NB Hockey Takes on Milford Co-Op Tonight

The T-Birds travel to West Haven for the quarterfinals of the Division II State Tournament.

The   went 1-4-1 in the final six games of the regular season to finish with an 11-8-1 record. Luckily, the T-Birds were strong enough through the start of the season to in the Division II State Tournament.

The T-Birds got back to their winning ways as they hosted East Catholic, which finished the regular season at 7-11-2 for the No. 14 seed, in the first round on March 6 at , taking a 3-0 victory. This followed a regular-season win over East Catholic, which North Branford won 5-4 on Jan. 4.

The first period of the first-round contest was scoreless before Alec Martone broke the deadlock with 9:38 to play in the second period off an assist by Dylan Podbielski.

North Branford add some insurance in the third period. Chris Burkle netted an unassisted score with 6:23 remaining before he assisted Podbielski on the final tally with just 35 seconds in the game.

Kyle Saroka earned the shutout for the T-Birds. Check out MaxPreps' photo gallery of the game.

The win sends North Branford into the quarterfinals tonight, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett Rink in West Haven, against Milford Co-op. This will mark the third time this season the teams have faced off. 

In the 2011-12 season-open on Dec. 14, Milford took a 5-2 victory, but the T-Birds avenged the loss on Feb. 11 with a 4-2 win. 

Milford Co-op finished the regular season with a 12-7-1 record to take the No. 6 seed in states. In the first round, Milford fought to a 4-3 overtime win over 11th-seeded Newtown (12-8).

ejota March 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
In case anyone was wondering who won this game on Friday, NB did! 5-4 in a thriller. Next up - neighboring Branford on Monday at Yale's Ingalls Rink. For more: http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2012/03/09/sports/doc4f5adcec38e78247525853.txt
Jenn McCulloch March 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks!! We'll have more details on the game tomorrow. Let's go T-Birds!!


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