Eventually, in Saturday's Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I semifinals, the game's velocity favored unbeaten and top-seeded New London, with the Whalers outrunning No. 4 Stonington 63-33 to advance to Wednesday's championship game.
Ledyard's Richard Mullaney surprised himself by winning the CIAC Class S heavyweight championship on Saturday, while top seeds Noah Caskey (132 pounds) and Nick Tibbetts (220) won titles for Montville.
J.J. Brennan's five 3-pointers, the last of which snapped a 77-77 tie with 1:39 left, lifted Waterford to an entertaining 80-77 win over Norwich Free Academy before an in-full-throat sellout crowd at Alumni Hall.
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Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney edged Brittany Bowman of Tufts by two-tenths of a second to capture the women's 3,000-meter race during Saturday's New England Division III indoor track and field championships at Springfield College.
Travis Konecny scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon made 25 saves in relief and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to down the New York Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.