Newington fails to keep up with Wethersfield in banner-night loss

Published on Sunday, 8 January 2023 00:28


NEWINGTON - In front of a packed house, the Wethersfield Eagles (2-3) handed the Newington Co-op (6-1) their first loss of the season 5-1 on Saturday night.

As if the rivalry between the schools wasn’t enough to get people to the rink, it was banner night for both clubs who were crowned Division II and Division III state champs last March.

Fans lined the rink to watch the banners be unveiled and see which side would win the war of attrition.

This was undoubtedly the most physical game the Nor’easters had played all season, but head coach David Harackiewicz didn’t think the atmosphere in the arena was the reason his side lost. By his account, Newington was simply not good enough.

“We were outplayed,” Harackiewicz said. “There’s no other way to say it. [Wethersfield] just outplayed us in every aspect of the game, and the other team played well. We just couldn’t get anything going. That’s what happens when you play a good team.”

The first period saw three total goals, and all three finding the back of their respective nets within 45 seconds of each other with Wethersfield bookending the scoring spree with a pair of goals from freshman Sean Millen.

Newington’s lone goal of the night came off the stick of Harrison Ranger with help from Evan Oliver.

The Nor’easters also logged the first and only penalty of the opening frame and kicked-off what ended up being a long night in the penalty box for the reigning D-III champs.

Newington accrued six penalties to Wethersfield’s three.

Wethersfield added to their lead three minutes into the second with a goal from Brady Quinn.

Newington failed to build any form of momentum the rest of the way and the Eagles ran away with things by the end of the third. Senior Anthony Ruck cashed in on Wethersfield’s fourth goal of the night with four minutes to play. Millen completed his hat trick less than two minutes later to secure the victory.

Newington will be back at home on Saturday to host E.O. Smith/Tolland at 7:30 p.m.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Newington on Sunday, 8 January 2023 00:28. Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2023 00:30.