FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Ludlowe/Fairfield Warde combined hockey team is headed to the state championship.
The Fairfield Co-op team defeated North Branford, 3-1, in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II semifinal Monday night. The No. 13-seeded Warde/Ludlowe team will play No. 2 East Catholic in the finals March 18.
So far, Fairfield has pulled off three upsets to advance in the tournament. It started its run by defeating No. 4 Watertown-Pomperaug and then knocked off No. 5 Branford in double overtime. On Monday, the team rode goalie Kyle Greenhunt’s 21 saves and goals from Thomas Kyrspin, Jack O’Rourke and Austin Armas to defeat ninth-ranked North Branford.
If Fairfield wins next week, it will be the first time a Fairfield public high school team has won a state title in CIAC history. The closest any Fairfield public team has come to the title was in 2008, when Fairfield Warde finished second in the Division II tournament.
The championship game starts at 7 p.m. March 18 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven.