Kyle Matthews made a couple of gorgeous early saves for Masuk. He had a big one on Jake Ball right in front of the net. Soon after a Newtown goal, he robbed Cory Fisher.
And he and the Panthers were still down 7-0 after one quarter.
That kind of a day for Masuk, which settled down defensively, made some big stops away from the net rather than needing them from Matthews, played the Nighthawks roughly even from there on. But it was still a 15-7 Newtown win at Benedict Field in Monroe.
Masuk is 4-6, with a win only against Brookfield in SWC Division I. Matthews lamented some close losses, including an April 19 loss to New Milford, 8-7.
“I’m stopping the (shots) I should, but I should be stopping some more,” Matthews said.
Newtown meanwhile secured the No. 2 seed in the SWC tournament. It’ll have a bye to the semifinals, leaving the Nighthawks a postseason win away from, most likely, a rematch with Barlow. The Falcons remained unbeaten in-state with another easy win, this one over Brookfield.
(Barlow outscored its six SWC Division I opponents 80-21. None closer than nine goals.)
Six games to go for Masuk, beginning Monday at St. Joseph, which lost a close one to Newtown on April 23. Four left — all at home — for Newtown, beginning Saturday against East Lyme.