Milford loses in boys hockey

The Guilford High hockey team skated to a 7-3 Southern Connecticut Conference Division II win over Milford Co-op on Saturday afternoon at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Senior Day for the home squad.
The Guilford Indians’ first-line of junior Chris Cafiero, senior Kevin Gaudio and sophomore Ricky Sandella accounted for five of their teams’ goals, as the winners brought their record to 9-10-1.
Guilford evened its seasonal series with the Indians. Milford won the first encounter, 4-2.
Milford (9-9-0) took a 2-0 lead within the game’s first four minutes, as Luke Gibbs scored at the 45-second mark with an assist going to Brady Dennigan before David McLenithan beat Guilford goalie Kyle Dwyer  with a high-rising slap-shot from just outside the right face-off circle at 3:32.
Guilford drew within 2-1 on a first-period goal from Gaudio (5:48) and then evened it on Sandella’s unassisted power-play goal at 12:26.
The teams exchanged second-period goals. Guilford took a 4-2 lead on a score by Cafiero, then Jonathan DePascale’s drive from the point made it 4-3 with 1:54 left. DePascale scored while Milford had a one-man advantage.
Guilford extended its lead to 5-3 on another power-play goal, this one from Matt Clifford (at 14:14 of the second period) and put the game out of reach with a pair of third-period scores, from Sandella and Jack Petrick.
In all, 17 minor penalties and two game misconducts were called. Milford was whistled for 11 minors and Guilford for six. Milford lost Andrew Gobany for the game near the end of the second period while Ryan Brand was also send to the dressing room in the same period.
“We started out nice, got that 2-0 lead, then we lost our composure,” said Milford coach Sal Follo. “They (Guilford) just kept coming at us and we took way too many stupid penalties.
“It’s so unlike us to play like that. We’ll just have to put it behind us and move on. We have no one to blame, but ourselves.”
The Indians have a Sunday game against Daniel Hand of Madision at Northford at 12:30 p.m. before closing out the regular season on Wednesday at home with North Haven.
Guilford held a 27-20 advantage in shots with goalkeeper Kyle Dwyer making 17 saves. Sean Rowland turned aside 20 for the Indians.
Before the game, Milford seniors Sean Rowland, Charles Knights, Jonathan DePascale, Colin DiPisa, David McLenithan, Brady Dennigan and Jarrod Butts were recognized.