Branford Fights to the Wire in State Tourney

The Hornets accept the Division II runner up trophy at Ingalls Rink on March 16 following a down-to-the-wire contest against Trumbull.

The Branford Hornets hockey squad fought to the end in the state title match against Trumbull, scoring a tying goal with two minutes left to play before ceding a fourth and then a fifth empty net goal in the few remaining seconds of their 2011-2012 season.

Branford held a 2-0 lead after two periods with goals by Tyler Criscuolo and Tyler Hackett, only to face a third-period push from Trumbull that started with a power play goal.

Hackett scored Branford's third and final goal on a power play with two minutes left, but Trumbull would not be denied its fourth goal with a minute and a half remaining. The Hornets pulled their goalie in the last seconds and Trumbull scored it's fifth goal on an empty net with 30 seconds remaining on the Ingalls Rink clock.

Catch the full story on this epic Division II battle here and in The Sound on March 22.


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