WILTON, Conn. The Wilton High boys ice hockey team came into Saturdays conference quarterfinal hoping to compete with New Canaan. But in the blink of an eye, the game had spiraled out of Wiltons control.
The Rams needed a span of less than three minutes in the first period to net four goals and pull away from Wilton. New Canaan poured it on all night, crushing the Warriors, 9-2.
New Canaan got plenty of second chances, as shot after shot on Wiltons goalie rebounded back in front of the net. Puck Richardson was the first to take advantage, slamming a rebound into the back of the net for the first goal of the evening just over five minutes into the game.
Then the deluge began. Hart notched the first of three goals on the evening to put New Canaan up by two. Before the crowd had even stopped cheering, Brock Anderson raced off the faceoff and netted another New Canaan goal just nine seconds later.
Hart scored again just 1:17 after Andersons goal and was followed by Spencer Manchuk 1:15 after that. In a span of just two minutes and 41 seconds, New Canaan had turned the game into a 5-0 blowout and it was still the first period.
Wilton finally got on the board with a bit of its own quick scoring in the second period. Cole Rance and Alex Pagliano netted goals 1:31 apart early in the second, but the deficit was far too much to overcome.
Wilton now awaits its opponent in the Division II state tournament.
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