NORTHFORD — All Year the seniors of New Canaan have had the goal of getting to Yale.

And after Saturday’s 3-1 win over No. 12 Glastonbury at the Northford Ice Pavilion, that’s exactly where the fourth-ranked Rams are headed.

Led by its title-minded seniors, New Canaan moves on to the semifinals Wednesday to take on top-ranked Northwest Catholic at Ingalls Rink on the Yale University campus.

“After the FCIAC final (a 5-2 loss to Ridgefield) we said, ‘hey, we got bigger things to do,’” senior defenseman Teddy Hood said. “We’ve been saying since the beginning of the year we wanted to go to Yale. This is a big one, obviously, every playoff game is huge, so I’m glad we came out and performed and got the job done.”

It took little time for the Ram seniors to make their mark in Saturday’s contest.

Two minutes in, forward Tyler Hill found himself on a breakaway, and the Rams’ biggest playmaker made it count, roofing a shot for the early 1-0 lead.

“It’s key,” New Canaan coach Pat Gore said of the quick start. “Tyler is Tyler, he’s got some big goals for us all year…you always want to play ahead, it’s tough chasing, you get more tired chasing, so to score that goal early calms your nerves a little bit.”

In the second, junior Quinn McMahon turned a Glastonbury giveaway into a 2-0 lead with a wrister from the slot two minutes in.

New Canaan look poised to add to that lead on a power play late in the period, but a bad turnover right in front of the net turned into a Christian Mack slap shot that connected for a shorthanded strike for Glastonbury with just 1:34 to play in the second.

It only took the Rams 19 seconds to respond as Hood drove the net and was the beneficiary of a perfect feed from Hill. Hood tipped in Hill’s pass to give New Canaan a 3-1 lead with just over a minute until the second break.

“I got a few roles on the power play,” said Hood, who was recently added to the unit to create havoc in front of the net. “Coach told me to get in front of the net and drive the net. I saw Tyler coming wide with it and I said, I might as well get my stick down. He made a good pass and I finished it.”

Glastonbury almost responded again as a shot rang off the post at the buzzer in the second, and Gore harped on how important it was for New Canaan to escape that period with a two-goal lead.

“Going in that locker room 2-1 instead of 3-1, you don’t know what could happen,” Gore said. “One bounce and it’s tied, but we were able to regroup and relax.”

Glastonbury was unable to find any success in the third despite having two power plays. The reason the Tomahawks were within striking distance was the play of senior goaltender Griffin Jagel.

“He was squared up all night,” Glastonbury coach Ken Barse said of his netminder, who recorded 30 saves in the contest. “He’s a great athlete and a great competitor…it could have been a lot worse; the score says 3-1, but it could have easily been 6-1 or 7-1.”

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NEW CANAAN 3, GLASTONBURY 1

GLASTONBURY 0 1 0—1

NEW CANAAN 1 2 0—3

Goals: G—Christian Mack; NC—Tyler Hill, Quinn McMahon, Teddy Hood. Assists: NC—Hill. Goalies: G—Griffin Jagel (30 saves); NC—Peter Windas (16). Shots: G—17; NC—33.