Masuk hockey team skates into playoffs on winning note

Christian LaBella notched two goals and two assists against North Branford. Photo by Rob DeSanto

NORTHFORD, CT — The Masuk High hockey team concluded the regular season with a 5-1 win over North Branford at Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

Christian LaBella and Nick Kondub both scored twice and Luke Kondub added a goal. Luke Kondub, LaBella, Nick Kondub and James Cybart all had a pair of assists and Connor Kehlenbach added one assist. Goaltender Maddex LaFountain was solid in net.

Masuk finished regular season 13-7 (5-1 in the South-West Conference). The Panthers earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and the is the No. 4 seed in the Division III State Tournament.

The Panthers will take on the Bethel-Brookfield-Danbury-Immaculate co-op in the conference semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7:45 p.m. The game will take place at Danbury Ice Arena and is a rematch of a Feb. 17 clash in which the Panthers fell 5-4 in overtime.

James Cybart skates with the puck for Masuk. Cybart had two assists in a 5-1 win over North Branford. Photo by Rob DeSanto

Regular-season stat leaders (goals, assists, and points):

Nick Kondub: 43g – 35a = 78pts

Luke Kondub: 14g – 52a = 66pts

Christian LaBella: 26g – 23a = 49pts

Ryan Ewald: 3g – 16a = 19pts

James Cybart: 2g – 12a = 14pts

Maddex LaFountain: 11 wins

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  1. Great job Connor K! Proud of my grandson. Captain of state semifinalist Masuk Soccer team as well! Born leader of men!

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