Big Green Still #1
The new USHR Prep Poll is up and, once again, undefeated Deerfield is #1. Teams moving up include St. Seb's, Hotchkiss, and Lawrence -- plus there's a new team moving into the top 10.
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Shattenkirk Leads Taft
Watertown, Conn. -- Junior RW Keith Shattenkirk led the way with two goals - including the winner with under five minutes left -- as #6 Taft edged scrappy Trinity Pawling, 3-2, this afternoon.
Host Taft, playing its eighth straight game without ailing Casey Ftorek, started out like they were going to blow the visitors from New York out of the rink and back over the state line.
Shattenkirk, from New Rochelle, N.Y., opened the scoring at 1:18, walking untouched out of the right corner and zipping a top-shelf wrister over the catching glove of T-P's Chris Dowd.
Taft, playing with desperation after Wednesday's disappointing 1-1 tie with Kent, thoroughly dominated the next few minutes, winning every one-on-one battle and using its speed to advantage on the Olympic-sized ice sheet. It was so one-sided that T-P coach Brian Foster used his timeout at the 7:16 mark of the first to try to refocus his squad.
But just 20 seconds after play resumed, Taft's Todd Johnson's made it 2-0. On a faceoff in the Trinity-Pawling end, C Alex Meintel drew the puck back to D Ryan Ahearn at the point. His shot ended up in the skates of Johnson in the slot 15 feet in front of Dowd. The junior from Riverside, Conn., a right-shooting left wing, calming kicked the puck onto his stick blade and snapped it past Dowd at 7:36.
Down by two, Trinity-Pawling picked up its play but was lucky to get out of the first period without further damage.
The first half of the second period was uneventful, with neither team generating much offense. Taft inexplicably stopped skating, while T-P stuck with its game plan of chipping the puck out of its zone, and dumping it into Taft's end.
Trinity-Pawling got back in the game at 10:58 thanks to a lucky bounce. Eddie Sargent, a senior D from St. Albans, Vt., blasted a shot from the blue line that sailed wide of Taft G John Curry, but caromed off the glass and directly onto the stick of Kyle Tyll. The junior from nearby Sandy Hook, Conn., poked the puck past Curry to make it 2-1.
A few minutes later, with Taft D Sam Driver in the box for interference, T-P's Patrick Knowlton got his stick on RW Scott Schaub's cross-ice pass from the right side and deflected it through Curry's pads to make it 2-2.
Neither team had a prime scoring chance for the first 13 minutes of the third period.
Then, with time winding down, Taft D Tom Maldonado launched a rush into the T-P end. Carrying the puck from left to right, the junior from the Bronx, N.Y., fed Shattenkirk with a pass against the grain. With the defenders scrambling after Maldonado, Shattenkirk had a clear lane and he snapped a 20-footer along the ice past Dowd's stick at 13:08.
Gagnon OT Goal Lifts Lawrence
Concord, NH -- Lawrence Academy senior Jarred Gagnon banged home the rebound of a Patrick Kimball shot with 1:44 left in overtime to give #7-ranked Lawrence Academy a 2-1 win over #8-ranked St. Paul's School here today.
The matchup, between two evenly-matched teams, was as close as the final score indicated. The entertainment factor was high as well, with both teams going at it hard in all three zones.
Lawrence Academy opened the scoring with 3:04 remaining in the first period when St. Paul's, in attempting to clear the puck out of their end, misfired, banking the puck off the boards at too sharp an angle and allowing it to stay in their end where junior Walter Wright picked up the loose puck and shoveled a backhander past SPS goaltender Brad Shirley.
With 6:56 left in the second period, St. Paul's senior Al Stevenson, who worked his tail off every single shift, tied it up on the powerplay. Standing on the goal line about ten feet to the left of LA sophomore goalie Peter Vetri, Stevenson just slid it toward the crease where it appeared to bank off Vetri's skate and into the corner of the net.
That was all the scoring until overtime when Gagnon, who's from just down the road in Manchester, NH, potted the game-winnner.
Hoggers Freeze Penguins
Gill, Mass. -- Unranked Northfield-Mt. Hermon, behind stellar play from goaltender James Kalec and a pair of Andrew Genovese tallies, edged #2 Cushing, 3-2, here this evening.
Cushing controlled the territorial play throughout the game, and had the better scoring opportunities, especially when storming back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period. But over the first two periods, when NMH was building up its lead, it was the work of Kalec combined with strong defense that held the Penguins in check. The Hoggers, playing without star D Sean Hurley (broken finger), did a particularly good job keeping Cushing's skilled forwards to the outside, especially in even-strength situations, and gave Kalec good looks at the puck.
At the other end, NMH simply capitalized on their scoring chances.
Genovese got things going at 4:40 of the first when, off the forecheck, the 6'3" senior forward from Hingham, Mass., got the puck down low, made a nice toe-heel move and buried a backhander past Cushing goaltender Keith Longo for a 1-0 lead.
NHM went up 2-0 at 1:32 of the second when senior Mike Shaw, a Belmont, Mass. native, blew by the Cushing D, went down the right boards, curled behind the net and finished with a wraparound score.
With 1:43 left in the period, Genovese drove to the net all alone and beat Longo for a 3-0 lead.
Things were looking bad for the visitors from Ashburhnham.
However, they came back in the third, finally breaking through at the 9:25 mark, when, on the powerplay, junior Jimmy Russo came whipping down the left side and, just as he started to curl around behind the net, hit pinching D Keith Yandle with a perfect pass that Yandle one-timed past Kalec.
Cushing made it a one-goal game less than two minutes later. Chris Bourque fed Yandle, who fired it on Kalec. The rebound came out to Penguins senior center Chris Fontas, who buried it, making it a one-goal game with 7:14 on the clock.
Cushing kept the pressure on but lost their momentum when, with four minutes left, Fontas, Cushing's captain, took an unnecessary offensive zone penalty. With the puck in the corner to Kalec's right and several players struggling for control of it, Fontas, instead of coming in with his stick low and helping to dig it out, came in with stick high and was called for cross-checking. It was a call the ref had to make, and it pretty much took the wind out of Cushing's sails. Even after the penalty expired and Cushing coach Steve Jacobs pulled Longo for the extra skater, the Penguins were unable to get that one high-quality scoring opportunity they were looking for.
Afterward, NMH coach Jeff Matthews said the key to his team's win was Kalec, but also cited his team's physical game. "They played the body and finished their checks," he said, "and we kept the shifts short."
From a spectating point of view, this was one cold game. With the temperature inside NMH's rink somewhere around five degrees above zero and the wind pouring in through the openings in the tarp, fans streamed to their cars between periods, huddling inside with the engines running and the heaters cranked.
Hurley, who broke his finger playing broomball (seriously) on Saturday night, will be out about 10 days. Junior forward Ryan Monaghan moved back to take his place.
The defeat was only Cushing's second prep defeat this season. The other came on December 20, a 4-3 loss to Lawrence Academy in the Lawrence-Groton Tournament.
Deerfield's Late Show
Deerfield, Mass. -- For the second straight day, and the third time in the last five games, #1-ranked and undefeated Deerfield pulled one out of the fire and won a game they were either tied or trailing as the third period got underway.
In this one, Deerfield beat visiting Westminster, 5-2, but it wasn't a sure thing going into the third, particularly after a nifty goal by Westminster freshman forward Ben Smith with one second remaining in the second sent the two teams into the break deadlocked at 2-2.
However, Deerfield, bigger, deeper, and more talented, just wore out Westminster in the third with three straight goals, seniors Bob Burns,Darwin Hunt, and John Sales each scoring to put the game out of reach.
For Hunt, it was his second goal of the game. Sales (1g,1a) also had two points for Deerfield. Smith (1g,1a) had two points for Westminster.
St. Paul's, Shirley Blank Thayer
Canton, Mass. -- Ryan Blossom and Nick Snow scored goals and goalie Brad Shirley turned away the few testing shots he faced today as #8 St. Paul's methodically defeated host Thayer, 2-0.
St. Paul's came out of the gate hard, pinning Thayer in its own end and firing several good shots on sophomore goalie Mike Zarella in the opening minutes.
The Big Red scored first at 5:27 when Blossom, a sophomore from Concord, NH, curled untouched out of the left wing corner and from 15 feet out slid the puck along the ice past Zarella on the stick side.
Down 1-0, Thayer showed signs of life but had trouble penetrating the St. Paul's zone.
The second period was playhed mostly between the bluelines, with neither team able to generate much sustained offense.
Finally, at 11:40, St. Paul's broke through. After a rare Thayer foray into the St. Paul's end, the puck ended up on the stick of winger Dewey Thomson deep in the defensive zone. The sophomore from Northbridge, Mass. fed it to Snow in center ice. Snow, a junior center from Manchester, NH, carried it down the left wing, beat a defenseman with an inside-out move, protected the puck nicely on his backhand, and then poked the puck between Zarella's pads, where it barely trickled over the goal line.
The third period was sluggish and sloppy. Up against St. Paul's 1-2-2, Thayer had trouble mounting an attack. Their best chance came four and half minutes in on a solo rush by Pierce Norton. But with Shirley down out and Thayer seemingly on the verge of scoring, the referee lost sight of the puck and blew his whistle. The last five minutes featured one icing after another as St. Paul's was content to run out the clock.
It was the second straight shutout for Shirley, who blanked Belmont Hill, 2-0, last Saturday.
Next up for St. Paul's is a visit from #7 Lawrence on Saturday. Thayer's next game is Saturday at #3 St. Sebastian's.
Deerfield Still #1
The new USHR Prep Poll was released tonight and Deerfield is still holding strong in the #1 spot -- but after that there has been a slew of changes.
Click on Weekly Poll above for the complete rankings.
Pridham Lifts Nobles
Dedham, Mass. -- Junior forward Eric Pridham steered a shot past Cory Schneider from the edge of the crease with 2:07 left today, lifting host Nobles to a 3-2 win over #4-ranked Andover.
The winning goal developed after UNH-bound Andover D John Doherty, at the opposite end of the ice, walked in from the right point and fired a slapshot at Nobles goaltender Josh Fillman. Doherty's blast missed the net and sailed around the right wing boards to Nobles D Jon Landry.
With Doherty out of position, Landry sent Chris Trovato and Pridham away on a two-on-one. Trovato carried the puck down the right side, then slid it across to Pridham, who guided it past Schneider.
Nobles, forced to abandon its two forwards/three D alignment because of injuries to defensemen Dan McGoff and Joe Cappellano, had the better of the early play. Using their speed, the Bulldogs knocked Andover back on its heels by trying several home run passes.
The Bulldogs' Adam Marino opened the scoring at 3:15 of the first. The junior center collected the rebound of a Matt Nelson shot and had half the net to shoot at. Senior forward Matt Dalton was also creditied with an assist.
Nobles doubled its lead at 12:13 after a faceoff in the Andover end. Marino, who was around the puck all day, drew it back to junior defenseman Phil McDavitt, who fired a knee-high 55-footer. Andover freshman center Chris Cahill, standing 30 feet from the net, inadvertantly tipped the puck past Schneider.
Andover responded just 27 seconds later when sophomore wing Kyle Kucharski grabbed a turnover in the slot and snapped a 15-footer behind Fillman to make it 2-1.
Thirty seconds into the second period, Andover tied it up. The play started with senior forward Peter Smith's pass to Anchorage, Alaska native Nick Mazzolini -- a standout all over the ice today -- who fired from 20 feet. Fillman kicked the puck onto the stick of Wayzata, Minn. native Joe Adams, who converted the rebound from short range.
Nobles dominated the third period, pinning Andover in its defensive zone for several shifts and generating some two-on-ones. Schneider made some big saves and Chris Poli rang one off the post with about four minutes left.
After Pridahm's go-ahead goal, Andover pressed in the Nobles end. But Fillman preserved the win with a nifty pad save on Mazzolini's 20-footer with 1:20 leeft.
The win capped an up-and-down week for Nobles, which beat #6 St. Paul's on Wednesday, then lost to #8 Lawrence on Friday.
Andover, which started the week undefeated, fell to #5 St. Sebastian's on Wednesday and tied #7 Governor Dummer on Friday, before today's loss.
Murphy OT Goal Leads St. Seb's Past Andover
Needham, Mass. -- Sophomore wing Chris Murphy's goal with 1:24 left in overtime gave #5 ranked St. Sebastian's a 3-2 win over #4 ranked Andover here today.
After a lackluster and scoreless first period, play picked up in the second, with increasing amounts of physical play and action that was up-and-down, even if a little short of scintillating. High quality scoring opportunities were few, as numerous plays were broken before a shot resulted. Neither goalie, either the Arrows' Kevin Regan or Andover's Cory Schneider, had to stand on his head. The shots were fairly even.
Finally, with ten seconds left in the second, Andover got on the board first when Joe Adams, a PG from Wayzata, Minn., barrelled down the left side and threw the puck toward the slot, where senior Peter Smith banged it home to give Andover a 1-0 lead with 10 seconds on the clock.
In the third period, the action picked up a notch more. In the middle of the period, St. Seb's 14-year-old ninth grader Doug Rogers dropped a pass to sophomore linemate Brendan Moses, who banged home his own rebound, tying up the game with 7:43 left on the clock.
With 3:58 remaining in regulation, St. Seb's went up for the first time in the game when Teddy Brzek knocked home a rebound that came out front after Schneider made a sparkling pad save on a shot by Tommy Maregni. Senior defenseman Sean Sullivan made the initial pass to Maregni.
The Arrows' lead, however, was shsort-lived. With a couple of minutes on the clock, Andover PG forward Nick Mazzolini, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, curled behind the St. Sebastian's net, stepped out front and went five hole on Regan to tie the game at 2-2 with 2:19 on the clock..
The game moved to OT, which was fairly cautiously played, and with few good scoring opportunities until, with 1:24 left on the clock, and the action in the Andover end, BC-bound senior center Brian Boyle shoveled the puck to Nick Coskren, who got a shot off that Schneider stopped. Murphy, though, was there for the rebound. He banged it home and St. Seb's picked up a big non-league win.
This was a good game between two good teams. St. Sebastian's, after a slow start that inluded an opening day loss to NMH and a Dec. 14 tie against BB&N, has won every Div. I prep game they've played since. For Andover, it was their first loss of the season.
After the game, St. Sebastian's coach Steve Dagdigian said he felt his team played better as the game went along and cited the young line of Moses, Rogers, and freshman Todd Davis for their work. "They made that tying goal happen, which picked up everyone on the team tremendously."
Hotchkiss Knocks off Kent, 3-1
Kent, Conn. -- Hotchkiss beat Kent by a 3-1 score here this afternoon, but not without a struggle.
Hotchkiss, ranked #10 in this week's USHR prep poll, came to Kent after impressive wins over Avon and Berkshire. Kent looked like they could get walked over.
But the game was fairly even -- shots on goal were only 22-20 in favor of Hotchkiss -- and each team skated hard on both defense and offense.
Hotchkiss jumped off to a 1-0 lead at 7:17 of the first period when senior Sam Bowles took neat pass from junior Torrey Mitchell on a power play and rammed the puck home. Hotchkiss widened its lead to 2-0 at 16:34 when sophomore Pat McLaughlin picked up a rebound out of a scramble in front of the Kent net and poked it home. Hotchkiss outshot Kent 8-4 in the first period.
Both teams played fast but even hockey in the second period, and the only goal in the period came at 9:36 when Hotchkiss scored a power play goal. Postgrad Brett Sherrifs picked up a loose puck in front of the goal and tucked it away. Shots on goal in the period were 7-6, again in favor of Hotchkiss.
Kent came out skating hard in the third period, and finally got on the scoreboard at 3:37 when junior Matt DiPasquale picked up a rebound off the left post of the Hotchkiss goal and pushed it in. Greg McConnell and Todd Healey got assists on the goal.
Having narrowed the lead, Kent pressed Hotchkiss hard for the rest of the third period, but was unable to convert any of their scoring chances. Kent outshot Hotchkiss 10-7 in the third period.
Both goalies played well, with Hotchkiss sophomore goalie Zane Kalemba notching 21 saves while Kent senior goalie Nick Caruso had 17.
Kimball Leads Lawrence Comeback
Cambridge, Mass. -- Sophomore center Patrick Kimball had a goal and two assists as Lawrence Academy topped BB&N, 4-2, here today.
Lawrence trailed BB&N 2-1 with 40 seconds left in the second period before reeeling off three straight goals.
Sophomore goaltender Peter Vetri had 22 saves for LA.
Salisbury tops Taft in OT
It took another five minutes to decide the outcome to Monday's close contest
between Taft and Salisbury. Taft, despite missing Casey
Ftorek to sickness, came out flying in the first period, dominating play and keeping a tight Salisbury squad on their heels. Backstopped by
the outstanding play of goaltender Chris Molinaro, Salisbury was able to keep the score even after the first eighteen minutes.
Salisbury drew first blood three and a half minutes into the second period
when senior Vinny Rinaldi knocked a puck out of the air, and
through Taft goalie John Curry's five hole and into the net. The goal helped awaken a offensively sluggish Salisbury squad and the
Knights had several opportunities to go up multiple points, but they could not convert. Taft, even with an excellent power play in the final minutes
of the period, could not solve Molinaro, and the second period ended with Salisbury up by a goal.
The penalty-filled third stanza was a combination of the first two, with
neither team gaining ground on the other. Both teams had good
power plays, but only Taft would get a goal in the period. Alex Meintel, who had been playing an excellent game up to this point at both ends of the ice, found T.J. Kelley on the doorstep for the tying goal. The goal rejuvenated the Taft squad, and the two teams headed to overtime.
The final period was very fitting to the game. A hard-hitting, back-and-forth
period saw neither team get an advantage until senior Chris Pettit
had to sit for Taft for boarding. Salisbury, which had looked strong on the power play all night, ended the game when Chris Myers sent a
beautiful cross-crease feed to Jerry Pollastrone, who one-timed it past Curry to end the game. It was a game that could have gone either way with a couple of bounces, but Salisbury was able to convert on the chances Taft gave them for the win.
Deerfield Still on Top
The latest USHR Division I prep poll was released tonight and Deerfield is still #1. The Big Green got a little scare on Saturday, though, going into the third period at Trinity-Pawling tied at 3-3 before potting a couple to pull away for a 5-3 win.
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Andover Tops Exeter, Remains Undefeated
Andover, Mass. -- #4-ranked Andover continued its undefeated season with a convincing 5-1 win over archrival Exeter here today.
This was Andover's game from the start, as sophomore Kyle Kucharski, one of a handful of '87s playing key roles on the team, jammed home a rebound from the edge of the crease at the 1:25 mark.
In the second period, with Andover on the power play, big UNH-bound defenseman John Doherty drilled a low, hard shot from the point that found its way through traffic and put the home team up, 2-0 at the 6:30 mark.
A little over a minute later, senior Joe Adams of Wayzata, Minn. took a nice feed on a 2-on-1 from senior Nick Mazzolini, a PG from Anchorage, Alaska, to put Andover up by three.
Mazzolini, who also assisted on Doherty's goal, would pick up his third point of the day early in the third period when he broke up a play in the neutral zone, went in alone on Exeter goalie Andrew Edge and made it 4-0 at the 4:40 mark.
A little later in the period, Exeter, on the powerplay, pulled Edge to gain a two-man advantage. However, Andover freshman center Chris Cahill scored an empty-netter to put his team up, 5-0.
Andover junior goalie Cory Schneider played another excellent game, coming up with some big saves early -- e.g stopping an Exeter breakaway when it was still a one-goal game in the final minute of the first period -- but lost his shutout bid with just 2:37 left in the game when Exeter senior forward Wiley Dornseif beat him on a shot from the right face-off circle.
GDA Edges Belmont Hill, 2-1
Belmont, Mass. -- #8-ranked Governor Dummer edged Belmont Hill, 2-1, here today.
All three goals were scored in the second period. Sophomore defenseman Kevin Kapstad got things going when he broke down the right side and let one rip from inside the right faceoff circle, his shot breaking off the glove of Belmont Hill senior goalie Joe Butler and putting the vistors on the board with 5:16 left in the period.
Next, Alex Berry, GDA's big sophomre winger, worked hard battling for the puck along the wall, came out with it, took it to the net, and buried it top shelf with 3:14 remaining in the period for what would turn out to be the game-winning goal.
Belmont Hill got on the board with just nine seconds left in the middle period when senior defenseman Brian Leslie lofted a shot from the point which found its way through a screen and beat GDA junior goalie Don Wieczorek to make it a one-goal game.
The third period didn't have quite the tempo that the first two periods did and, of course, neither team scored. Belmont Hill, it should be noted, played well and hard, are improving, and appear to have the best team the school has iced for several years. However, they don't yet have the depth of Gov. Dummer and the other top Keller Div. schools.
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Nobles Lets it Slip Away
Dedham, Mass. -- Lawrence Academy, trailing 3-1, scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to skate off with a 3-3 tie against host Noble & Greenough.
The game-tying goal came with six seconds remaining, as senior Jonathan Swift poked the puck home from a scrum in front of Nobles goaltender Josh Fillman. Senior John Geverd picked up an assist on the play.
A little over a minute earlier, Geverd scored the goal that cut Nobles lead to one.
Earlier, Nobles had gotten on the board just 50 seconds into the game on a Matt Nelson goal, with assists going to Jon Landry and Chris Poli. However, at the 5:42 mark Lawrence answered with a goal by junior Timothy LaMare, assisted by Swift. At 10:39 of the first, Nobles senior Pete Harris put his team ahead 2-1, with Colin Greenhalgh and Adam Marino picking up assists on the play.
In the second period, Nobles forward Matt Dalton turned a Lawrence defender at the blue line, broke in alone, and beat goaltender Peter Vetri for an unassisted goal which at the time looked to be a game-breaker, giving Nobles a 3-1 lead. Nobles, though wouldn't score again, as Vetri held the fort while his teammates mounted their comeback.
Nobles had a golden opportunity as Lawrence's Patrick Kimball started OT in the box. Shortly after Kimball got out, Nobles went right back on the power play as Topher Bevis was called for a trip. Nonetheless, the best scoring opportunity in OT came when Lawrence forward Walter Wright, with his team short-handed, broke in alone on Fillman but couldn't get off a clean shot.
Lawrence, ranked #7, had played Nobles four days earlier in the third-place game of the Cushing tournament, a game won by Lawrence, 3-2, though in that case it was Lawrence almost giving it away as they built up a 3-0 lead after one, but allowed Nobles to come back with a pair and make it close.
Note: Nobles junior defenseman Joe Cappellano missed the game with a knee injury, but another Nobles' junior d-man, Dan McGoff, returned for his first game since suffering a separated shoulder against Andover in the third-place game of the Flood-Marr Tournament Dec. 22.
Coyotes Repeat Winners at Tabor Tournament
Marion, Mass. -- The New England Jr. Coyotes edged St. Sebastian's, 3-2, here today to take the the Joshua H. Weeks Tabor Invitational for the second consecutive year (and third time in the last four years).
It was also the fourth consecutive year the two schools met in the final.
Like last year's game, this was a rugged, hard-hitting affair. The Coyotes came out hard, took the body, and did everything they could to knock big St. Seb's center Brian Boyle off his game while at the same time disrupting the Arrows skating and passing game.
They did all three pretty well, but St. Seb's still got on the board first when, after Boyle was broken up at the blue line, sophomore center Nick Coskren jumped on the loose puck, drove to the net and short-sided it past Coyotes goaltender Joe Wichowski.
Earlier -- several minutes into the game, actually -- St. Seb's forward Kenny Roche hit the post with a soft shot. Then, in the final minute of the period, Tom Maregni hit the crossbar behind Wichowski.
However, with 33 seconds remaining in the period, the Coyotes Marc Mastropolo tied it up at 1-1.
Fourteen seconds into the second period, the Coyotes went ahead to stay when Maine-bound center Keith Johnson took a nice pass on his backhand from Mark McCutcheon, drove hard to the net, and fired a forehand shot over the shoulder of St. Sebastian's goaltender Kevin Regan. Johnson hit the boards hard and was very slow getting up, but was on the ice again a shift or two later.
In the second period, the Coyotes continued to bump and wear down St. Seb's, affording them little room to wind it up through the neutral zone.
Later in the period, the Coyotes added a power play goal when Mastropolo took a wrister from the faceoff circle to Regan's right. The shot hit Regan's pad and dribbled over the goal line, putting the Coyotes up, 3-1..
In the third, on the power play, Roche took a nice pass from Boyle and snapped one off from between the hash marks to cut the Coyotes lead to 3-2.
With a little over four minutes left, Coskren had a good chance to tie it up for the Arrows, but his point-blank shot was gloved by Wichowski. And that was as close as St. Sebastian's would get as time wound down.
New England Jr. Coyotes 3, St. Sebastian's 2
SS -- N. Coskren (Boyle, Murphy)
NEC -- Mastropolo (Ellis, Johnson)
NEC -- Johnson (McCutcheon)
NEC -- Mastropolo (McDonald) PPG
SS -- Roche (Boyle) PPG
NEC -- 12 minors, 1 misconduct (Ellis)
SS - 10 minors, 2 misconducts (Boyle, C. Young), and 1 game misconduct (Asst. Coach Doherty, at end of game)
NEC -- Wichowski (23/21)
SS -- Regan (40/37)
3rd Place Game
Governor Dummer 7, Upper Canada College 4
GDA -- McLaughlin (Ferriero)
GDA -- McLaughlin (Tabak) PPG
GDA -- McGuirk (Berry)
UCC -- Bouchard (Cadrin, Boucher)
UCC -- Bouchard (Ross, Boucher)
UCC -- Cadrin (Corrigan, Marshall)
GDA -- Kapstad (unn.) PPG
GDA -- McGuirk (Kapstad) 4x4
UCC -- Ross (Bouchard, Boucher) PPG
GDA -- Tabak (Kapstad, Bastarache) 4x3
GDA -- McLaughlin (Dudley)
UCC 6, GDA 4
GDA -- Wieczorek
UCC -- Ravio
5th Place Game
Tabor 7, Hill 4
TA -- Lenes (Cook, Silver)
H -- Beck (unn.)
TA -- Lenes (unn.) SHG
H -- Bradley (Beck, Donaher) PPG
H -- Zodtner (Farren, Yost)
TA -- Silver (Brennan)
TA -- Potts (Burns)
H -- Zodtner (Farren)
TA -- Lenes (Burns, Silver) 5x3
TA -- Silver (Cook, Andricopoulos)
TA -- Andricopoulos (Lenes, Silver)
Hill 5, Tabor 3
Hill -- Yinger
Tabor -- Wenstrom (3 ga) and Wright (1 ga)
7th Place Game
Holderness 6, Milton 1
H -- Honeyman (Lea, Payeur)
H -- Thompson (Simon, Farrow)
H -- Farrow (LaPointe)
H -- Carr (Lea, Payeur)
M -- Byrne (unn.)
H -- Farrow (Simon)
H -- Smith (Williams)
Holderness 5, Milton 4
M -- DeStadler
H -- Burzon
Cushing Edges Pomfret; Takes Watkins Title
Ashburnham, Mass. -- In a hard-fought game, Cushing edged Pomfret 4-2, with the final goal an empty-netter, to take the 2003 Watkins Tournament.
Pomfret got on the board first, when a low, hard shot from the left point by junior defenseman Mark Mulhern found its way through traffic and beat Cushing goaltender Keith Longo to the glove side.
At 15:54 of the first, Cushing's Chris Bourque evened the game at 1-1, curling around the top of the offensive zone as if drawing the arc of an umbrella with his skates, and then ripping off a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Pomfret goaltender Pat Watson to the far side. Jimmy Russo and freshman defenseman Keith Yandle picked up assists on the goal.
In the second period, Cushing, on the power play, went up 2-1 when senior defenseman Chris Murray skated it down the right side, curled behind the Pomfret net and put it out front onto the stick of Russo, who fired it home at the 15:21 mark
In the third period, Cushing forward Sam D'Agostino took a five minute major for spearing Pomfret's Mulhern in front of the Pomfret bench. On the ensuing power play, Pomfret tied the game at 2-2 when defenseman Michael Robinson put a low, rather soft shot from the left point that made its way through traffic, possibly hitting a skate on the way through, and beat Longo at the 11:12 mark..
The game -winning goal came off the stick of Cushing sophomore center Billy Ryan, who, from the right face off circle, snapped off a hard shot that beat Watson cleanly with 2:22 left.
Longo make a big save in tight on Pomfret's Mark Latter with 22 seconds left to preserve the one-goal lead.
With 11 seconds left, Cushing's Yandle scored an empty-netter to seal the win for the Penguins.
Twenty-seven penalties were called in this game -- more than necessary, really. Both teams worked hard. Pomfret, lacking the high-end skill of Cushing and having to kill off far more penalties, had to put in a full team effort just to stay in the game, and they did that right up until the end. Watson, a PG from Waltham (Mass.) HS, had an excellent game for Pomfret, kicking out 34 of the 37 shots he faced. For Cushing,Longo had a strong game, too, kicking out 22 of 24. Both goalies did an excellent job of smothering rebounds and limiting second chances.
Tournament MVP --
Boomer Ewing, Soph. F, Cushing
All Tournament Team --
Chris Bourque, Jr. F, Cushing
Jimmy Russo, Jr. F, Cushing
Chris Murray, Sr. D, Cushing
Patrick Watson, Sr. G, Pomfret
Patrick Bowen, Soph. D, Pomfret
Mark Mulhern, Jr. D, Pomfret
Patrick Kimball, Soph. F, Lawrence Academy
Colin Greenhalgh, Sr. D, Nobles
Mike Cohen, Sr. F, Berkshire
Jimmy Kalec, Sr. G, Northfield- Mt. Hermon
Carter Lee, Jr. F, Canterbury
Tony King, Sr. F, Gunnery
Cushing 4, Pomfret 2
P -- Mulhern (unn.) 8:14
CA -- Bourque (Russo, Yandle) 15:54
CA -- Russo (Murray) 5x3 15:21
P -- Robinson (Osborne) 5x3 11:12
CA -- Ryan (Sabo, Buono) 15:38
CA -- Yandle (unn.) ENG 17:48
Pomfret -- 17 minors
Cushing -- 9 Minors, 1 major/game DQ (D'Agostino, spearing)
P -- Watson (37/34)
C -- Longo (24/22)
3rd Place Game
Lawrence 3, Nobles 2
LA -- Walford (Przybylowicz)
LA -- Wright (Kimball)
LA -- Kimball (Bevis, Gulizia)
N&G -- Pridham (Poli, Marino)
N&G -- Rhone (McDavitt)
LA 2, Nobles 1
LA -- Vetri
Nobles -- Horgan
5th Place Game
NMH 4, Berkshire 3
NMH -- Monaghan (Dave Germain)
B -- Dancey (Shackford, O'Brien)
NMH -- Dave Germain (Matt Germain) PPG
B -- Cohen (Norton, Klein)
B -- Naesssens (Willets)
NMH -- Genovese (Nolan, Strait) SHG
NMH -- Zack Wissman (unn.)
Berkshire 8, NMH 5
7th Place Game
Canterbury 9, Gunnery 2
C -- Lee (Smith, V. Ciardullo)
G -- Vredenburgh (Murphy, Kauffman)
C -- Reinhardt (Torti, Goodwin)
C -- Lee (Smith, Fritsch) PPG
C -- Reinhardt (Lee)
G -- Haddock (King, Noonan)
C -- Reinhardt (M. Ciardullo, Fritsch)
C -- Reinhardt (Sixsmith, M. Ciardullo)
C -- Lee (unn.)
C -- Olinyk (Meyer, Smith)
C -- Meyer (Halpern, Torti)
Canterury 3, Gunnery 3
Note: Friday's box scores from the Cushing Tournament can now be found below.
Saturday's Box Scores: Tabor Tournament
St. Sebastian's 6, Holderness 0
SS -- Coskren (Boyle, Sullivan) 5x3
SS -- Boyle (Coskren, Murphy)
SS -- Coskren (Boyle, Murphy)
SS -- Brzek (Roche, Sullivan)
SS -- Coskren (Boyle, DiPietro)
SS -- Brzek (DiPietro, Maregni)
H -- Burzon (37/31)
SS -- Regan (23/23)
Upper Canada College 7, Hill 1
UCC -- Lowman (Rouleau)
UCC --Ross (Boucher, Belanger)
UCC -- Bouchard (Rouleau)
UCC -- Rouleau (Lowman, Pepall)
UCC -- Lowman (Pepall, Rouleau)
HS -- Wehrenberg (Bradley)
UCC -- Frechette (Pepall, Rouleau)
UCC -- Corrigan (unn.)
UCC 4, Hill 1
New England Jr. Coyotes 7, Tabor 2
NEC -- Cirullo (Hanley)
T -- Kolb (unn.) SHG
NEC -- Cirullo (Generous, Ellis)
NEC -- Barnych (Weston, Chlanda)
NEC -- McCutcheon (Fenton, Crum)
NEC -- Barnych (Weston)
NEC -- Fenton (McDonald) PPG
NEC -- Chlanda (Hanley)
T -- Lenes (Brennan) SHG
NEC -- Hanley (Moller, Cirullo) PPG
NEC -- 6 minors plus majors/game DQs to Schultz (butt end) and Griffin (elbow/game misc.)
Tabor -- 12 minors
Gov. Dummer 2, Milton 2
M -- Brestoff (Walsh)
GDA -- Gallagher (Campbell)
GDA --Ferrierro (Borden) PPG
M -- Baird (Byrne) PPG
GDA -- Borden (Morrissey)
GDA -- McLaughlin (Gallagher, Dudley)
GDA -- Borden (MacPhee, Kapernekas)
GDA -- Borden (Kapernekas)
GDA 3, Milton 1
Upper Canada College 3, Holderness 2
UCC -- Bouchard (Archibald, Boucher)
H -- Thompson (Farrow) PPG
UCC -- Belanger (Boucher)
H -- Smith (unn.)
UCC -- Boucher (Belanger, Marshall) PPG
UCC 5, Hill 3
St. Sebastian's 6, Hill 2
SS -- N. Coskren (Roche, Maregni)
SS -- Roche (Maregni, N. Coskren)
SS -- Boyle (unn.)
SS -- Maregni (Roche, Young)
SS -- Moses (DiPietro, Murphy)
SS -- Roche (Sullivan, Maregni)
Hill -- Wehrenberg (Beck, Bradley) PPG
Hill -- Eischen (Bradley) PPG
SS 2, Hill 2
Hill -- Smith (32/26)
SS -- M. Coskren (16/14)
Saturday's Tournament Scores
We're going to start by putting up all the scores we have, and then add in box scores and a short account of the Cushing Tournament final. .
Championship Game: Cushing 4, Pomfret 2
3rd Place Game: Lawrence 3, Nobles 2
5th Place Game: NMH 4, Berkshire 3
7th Place Game: Canterbury 9, Gunnery 2
St. Sebastian's 6, Hill 2
Upper Canada College 3, Holderness 2
Governor Dummer 6, Milton 2
New England Jr. Coyotes 7, Tabor 2
Upper Canada College 7, Hill 1
St. Sebastian's 6, Holderness 0
1. New England Jr. Coyotes (3-0-0)
2. Gov. Dummer (2-1-0)
3. Tabor (1-2-0)
4. Milton (0-3-0)
1. St. Sebastian's (3-0-0)
2. Upper Canada College (2-1-0)
3. Hill (1-2-0)
4. Holderness (0-3-0)
Sunday's Playoff Schedule
7th Place Game: Milton vs. Holderness, 9:00 am
5th Place Game: Tabor vs. Hill, 11:00 am
3rd Place Game: Gov. Dummer vs. Upper Canada College, 1:00 pm
Championship Game: New England Jr. Coyotes vs. St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
BB&N Holiday Showcase
Fri. Jan. 3:
Winchendon 4, Hebron 0
Roxbury Latin 2, Tilton 0
BB&N 3, Proctor 3 (BB&N wins shootout, 2-0)
Pingree 4, Brunswick 2
Tilton 3, Hebron 2
Brunswick 5, Proctor 1
Winchendon 6, Roxbury Latin 1
Pingree 6, BB&N 2
Sat. Jan. 4:
7th Place Game: Hebron 4, Proctor 2
5th Place Game: Tilton 4, Brunswick 1
3rd Place Game: Roxbury Latin 3, BB&N 3 (Roxbury Latin wins shootout, 1-0)
Championship Game: Winchendon 2, Pingree 1
Friday's Box Scores: Cushing Tournament
Pomfret 6, Lawrence 4
P -- Latter (Mazzapica, Couturier)
P -- Pike (unn.) SHG
LA -- Gevard (Keane, Kimball) PPG
P -- Gevard (unn.)
P -- Mulhern (Bowen) PPG
LA -- Gulizia (Keane)
LA -- Kimball (unn.)
P -- Mulhern (unn.)
LA -- Kimball (Gevard)
P -- Rafuse (Osborne)
Pomfret 3, Lawrence 1
Berkshire 3, Gunnery 1
B -- Cohen (unn.) SHG
B -- Cohen (Bellamy, Klein) PPG
B -- O'Brien (Shackford, Holland) PPG
G -- Noonan (King, Haddock) PPG
Berkshire 11, Gunnery 9
Cushing 4, NMH 0
CA -- Ewing (Bourque)
CA -- Russo (Ryan, D'Agostino)
CA -- Bourque (Fontas, Murray) PPG
CA -- Koziara (Butler) PPG
NMH 12, Cushing 9
CA -- Longo (12/12)
NMH -- Kalec (45/41)
Nobles 4, Canterbury 4 (Nobles wins shootout, 2-1)
C -- M. Ciardullo (Smith, Fritsch)
C -- Volpe (Olinyk, Meyer)
N&G -- Trovato (McDavitt, Landry) PPG
N&G -- Pridham (Landry, Poli) PPG
N&G -- Poli (Landry)
C -- Lee (unn.)
N&G -- Pridham (Trovato, Poli) PPG
C -- V. Ciardullo (Smith, Lee)
Canterbury 7, Nobles 2
Lawrence 9, Gunnery 1
LA -- Herbert (Hutton, Poulack)
LA -- Poulack (Wright, Lamare)
LA -- Gagnon (Bevis, Gevard)
LA -- Herbert (Merritt)
LA -- Keane (Kimball)
LA -- Greenwood (Lamarae, Dupler)
LA -- Gulizia (Gevard) SHG
LA -- Gulizia (Gevard, Gagnon)
G -- King (Haddock)
LA -- Poulack (Herbert, Hutton)
Lawrence 4, Gunnery 1
Pomfret 7, Berkshire 3
P -- Mulhern (Latter) PPG
P -- Osborne (Ladd)
P -- Kelley (Mulhern, Pike)
B -- Holland (Cohen, Bellamy)
P -- Osborne (Rafuse, Ladd) PPG
B -- Holland (Carlbom, Donovan) PPG
P -- Bowen (West) PPG
P -- Harrison (Lowell, Mulhern)
P -- Ladd (unn.) SHG
B -- Tommasiello (Pagotto, Beckett) PPG
Pomfret 9, Berkshire 7
The schedule for Saturday's playoff games at Cushing are as follows:
12 pm -- Canterbury vs. Gunnery
2 pm -- NMH vs. Berkshire
4 pm -- Nobles vs. Lawrence
6 pm -- Cushing vs. Pomfret (championship game)
Friday Box Scores: Tabor Tournament
Marion, Mass. -- Here are the box scores of opening day action at the Joshua H. Weeks Tabor Invitational Tournament at Tabor Academy. Standings after the first day of play follow. The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday.
Game #1, 11 am
Tabor 4, Milton 0
TA -- Brennan (Lenes, Burns) PPG
TA -- Cook (Badeau, Potts)