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The Woodstock Academy boys’ hockey team displayed the flag, decked out in their camo jerseys, to celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Photo by Trent Peters/The Woodstock Academy.

Spotless week for boys’ hockey team
The Woodstock Academy boys’ hockey team completed a spotless week with a 3-2 victory over Tri-Town on Military Appreciation Night Feb. 1.
The victory in the Nutmeg Conference game raised the Centaurs record to 4-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall.
Junior Guerin Favreau scored all three goals for the Centaurs. His first was a shorthanded goal halfway through the first period. His second came off the stick of Doug Newton.
It was the 97th point of Newton’s career with the Centaurs.
After a scoreless second period, Favreau put his 21st of the season into the net in the third period for the hat trick.
It gave the Centaurs a 3-0 lead and it turned out that the Centaurs would need all of those tallies as the Knights (3-7-2) rallied for two goals late in the third period.
The Centaurs had a mixed bag of results earlier in the week.
They had to fight hard for a win in Auburn and then coasted through a game with North Branford.
Woodstock Academy sophomore defender Brendan Hill was hit pretty hard in a game against Auburn earlier in the week and there was some concern about his availability for the boys’ hockey contest Jan. 30 versus North Branford.
Hill not only played, but also had a big contribution in the 7-1 Centaurs victory over the Thunderbirds.
“The training staff held him out of practice which was smart. They evaluated him on Thursday before we left for the game. He passed and was inserted back into the lineup,” said Woodstock Academy coach Kevin Bisson.
Hill scored his first two goals of the season for Woodstock Academy. He got his first with 1:50 left in the first period and then added a second, a power-play goal, with 4:48 left in the second period.
It was a breakout game, offensively, for the Centaurs as a whole. Kyle Brennan added a goal and three assists while Favreau and Newton each had a goal and two assists. Jake Starr and Nick Chubbuck also scored for Woodstock Academy.
The Centaurs came up with a pair of second half goals and downed the Rockets in a non-league game, 2-1.
The small ice surface helped Woodstock Academy score what proved to be the game winner.
Senior Austen LeDonne bodied up on an Auburn defender and kept the puck in the offensive end, immediately shoveling it to Starr.
Starr, from a tough angle, put it into the top shelf from the short side for his sixth goal of the season with 4:07 left in the second period.
Newton scored the first goal for the Centaurs just 2:06 into the second period off assists from  Brennan and Favreau.
The Centaurs had experimented the game before, an 8-1 loss to Branford, with splitting up their top line. The experiment was quickly shelved.
Auburn did tie the game with 7:03 left in the second period, setting up Starr’s game winner.
The Centaurs also had to kill a hooking penalty which gave the Rockets the power play for the final 1:57 of the game.
Bisson has split the season up into five game mini-series. At first, it wasn’t so pleasant.
"Looking at the record now, I feel a little better,” Bisson said.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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