The Wildcats’ quest for a fourth straight NEPSAC title came to an end with a 7-4 quarterfinal loss to Salisbury on Wednesday in Connecticut. The game started well for KUA, with Sullivan Mack scoring just 32 seconds into the first period, and again midway through the frame, to give KUA a 2-0 lead after one. A powerplay goal by Tomas Mazura put the Wildcats up 3-0 in the second, but a relentless Salisbury roared back with three straight goals to tie the game. Teddy Griffin put the Wildcats back up with a powerplay goal with three minutes left in the second, but Salisbury scored twice more to take a 5-4 lead after two. A Salisbury powerplay goal and a late empty-netter put the game on ice. Veeti Kohvakka and Zak Brice combined for 28 saves in net for the Wildcats. KUA finishes the season with a 26-8-2 record and a six-season streak of making the NEPSAC Elite 8.
Sullivan Mack’s shorthanded goal with five minutes to play turned out to be the game-winner as the Wildcats upended New Hampton 5-3 on Saturday in Meriden. Jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first, on goals from Nic Bernardo and Grant Eastwood, the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the second when Tomas Mazura scored on the powerplay shortly after a critical diving save from goalie Veeti Kohvakka (38 saves). New Hampton scored one goal late in the second and got within one in the third before Mack used his speed to fly past a New Hampton defender and deke the goalie for the shorthanded goal. New Hampton kept battling, scoring with a minute left to cut the lead to 4-3 before Mack set up Paul Dore for the empty-net goal that sealed the win for the Wildcats.
A powerplay goal with two minutes to play propelled Proctor Academy to a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in Meriden on Friday night. KUA senior Sullivan Mack scored his 40th goal of the season in the first period, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead after one. Proctor tied the game in the second and took the lead early in the third before Mack scored his 41st, burying a wrist shot off a faceoff win from Tomas Mazura. However, a late penalty cost the Wildcats, who could not find the net again despite firing 40 shots on net. Zak Brice made 30 saves in the KUA net.