RHS roundup: Wins for wrestling, boys hockey teams
The Ridgefield High wrestling and boys hockey teams both rallied from early deficits on Wednesday night.
In Westport, the RHS wrestlers spotted Staples a 21-12 lead before scoring 39 unanswered points en route to a 51-21 dual-meet victory.
The comeback began when Peter Murray pinned his Staples opponent in one minute and 15 seconds at 138 pounds. Connor Brown followed with another pin in just 49 seconds at 145 pounds to put Ridgefield ahead, 24-21.
After Lazar Agoev edged Staples' John-Carter Montoni, 13-9, at 152 pounds, the Tigers got three consecutive pins from Simon Preston (160 pounds), Jackson Trotter (170) and Liam Keppler (182) to open a 45-21 lead.
A double forfeit at 195 pounds was followed Sam Klotz's forfeit win at 220 pounds for Ridgefield in the final match.
On Wednesday night at the Winter Garden Ice Arena, the RHS boys hockey team recovered from a pair of one-goal deficits in the first period to beat New Canaan, 5-3.
The victory was the eighth straight for the Tigers, who are now 9-2 overall this season.
"New Canaan came out with good energy and intensity," said Ridgefield head coach Shaun Gallagher. "They took two separate leads in the first period but our (Matt) Walker/(Del) Irving/(Kees) van Wees line responded quickly each time to keep them in check."
Walker's second goal of the opening period tied the game at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
The score stayed knotted until Will Forrest's goal with 15 seconds left in the second period gave Ridgefield a 3-2 lead.
Third-period goals from Brady McSpedon and Liam Galloway made it 5-2 before New Canaan got the game's final goal with five minutes to play.
In addition to his goal, Galloway added two assists for the Tigers. Ty Fujitani, Nick Cullinan, van Wees, Walker, and Irving contributed one assist apiece.