Prep Season Opens for Real
Andover, Mass. -- A much-improved squad from Lawrence Academy battled Andover to a 3-3 tie on the road today, and came close to heading home with a win. However, Andover ninth grade goaltender Glenn Stowell, starting the season in place of injured senior Matt Ward, kicked out 39 of 42, saving his teammates bacon.
Lawrence Academy scored just 1:20 into the game, as ninth grader Steven Whitney, off passes from brother Joe and Jason Schneider, beat Stowell to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Andover got it back at the 6:46 mark, as J.P. Martignetti hit a streaking Paul Engelhardt with a perfect pass which Englehardt was able to deflect past Lawrence goaltender Justin Gates on a bang-bang play at the corner of the crease.
Andover went up 2-1 when a Lawrence defenseman mishandled the puck at his blue line and sophomore forward Stephen Bury stole it and walked in alone, tucking it by Gates at the 9:28 mark.
Lawrence tied it at 2-2 when senior Brett Moore made a play from the left corner, connecting with Joseph Ehiorobo for a power play goal with 58 seconds left in the period.
The second period was quite different, turning into a tug of war, with a lot of early-season lack of connectivity on plays. No goals were scored, and the period kind of lurched along.
In the third, things picked up a bit, as Joe Whitney missed an open net at one end, and at the other end an Andover defenseman clanged one off the crossbar.
A power brown-out sent both teams to their locker rooms with 14:52 left in regulation. When play resumed after a delay of 10-15 minutes, Andover’s Tommy Dignard, following up on the rebound of a Martignetti shot, had plenty to shoot at, and didn’t miss, giving Andover a 3-2 lead with 13:58 remaining on the clock.
With 4:35 left, Lawrence senior forward John Simpson moved the puck from below the goal line out to Stevie Bergin, stationed at the left point. Bergin fired it, not terribly hard, but plenty accurately, kind of a change-up that found a big chunk of open net, and the game was tied at 3-3.
In overtime, Andover’s Chris Cahill had a sparkling opportunity to give his team the win, but his shot went just wide of the net, and time ran out.
Lawrence outshot Andover, 42-34. Andover took nine penalties to Lawrence’s two, and a number of them were unnecessary.
“We were extremely undisciplined,” Andover coach Dean Boylan said. “Kevin (Potter) has a a good team, but we can’t go helping them out like we did with our undisciplined play.”
As for the visitors, Potter said “We’re young, we even have a 14-year-old, Steve Whitney, in the lineup. This game could have gone either way. But to start the season with a point on the road at Andover… I’m happy with this team. It’s a good way to start the year.”
--- In Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing hosted Bridgton and bombed them, 8-2. Senior Alex Curran had four points (2g,2a), sophomore defenseman Zach Bogosian had three points (3a), while senior Aaron Bogosian (2g), senior Ryan Duff (1g,1a), junior Broc Little (1g,1a), and junior defenseman Sean Couglin (2a) each had two points. Senior Tom Bardis and freshman Ryan Bourque each added a goal. In net, Richard Bachman played 30 shutout minutes before giving way to sophomore TJ Massie… In Southborough, Mass., St. Mark’s topped Milton Academy, 3-2, with junior Kevin Erving (2g) and senior Harrison Biggs (2a) leading the way offensively. In net, junior Aaron Natale kicked out 25 of 27 shots to pick up the win for St. Mark’s and new coach Brian Grady… In Avon, Conn., the visitors from South Kent knocked off defending prep champs Avon Old Farms, 5-4, on a Wayne Sands goal at 2:05 of OT. Avon outshot South Kent, 40-27, but South Kent goaltender Sergiy Sorokolat stopped 36 shots to lead the way defensively. Offensively, Mike Vaskivou (2g,1a) and Tony Morrone (3a) made the noise. For Avon, sophomore Chris Wieland had a pair of goals and defenseman Ken Trentowski had a pair of assists…. St. Sebastian’s goaltenders Connor Toomey and Jay McNamara combined for a 5-0 shutout of Rivers. Offensive leaders were the Rogers brothers, Doug (2g,1a) and Steve (2a), along with Eric Lake (1g,2a) and Michael Hoban (2g)…. The Salisbury juggernaut got cranked up with a 7-1 road win at Hotchkiss. Seven different players had two points apiece: Paul Carey (2g), Will Ortiz (1g,1a), Mike Biega (1g,1a), Jeremiah Cunningham (1g,1a), defenseman Nick Jaskowiak (1g,1a), Mark Arcobello (1g,1a), and John Cavanagh (2a). Sophomore Anthony Borelli kicked out 17 of 18 shots to pick up the win… Berwick took a 3-0 lead into the third period, and looked to be dominating Kent’s Hill – they would end up outshooting them, 44-17 – but Kent’s Hill came back with three third-period goals for a hard-earned tie. Kent’s Hill sophomore goalie Will Reyes worked up an honest sweat, kicking out 41 shots. Junior forward Shawn Feeney (2g,1a) had a hand in all three Kent’s Hill goals. For Berwick, junior Steve Scott (1g,1a) and senior Marc Levangie (1g,1a) led the way offensively… Berkshire senior goaltender Adam Szczepanski stopped all 23 shots he faced and got plenty of offensive support in an 8-0 win over Albany Academy. The big guns for Berkshire were junior Josh Rabbani (2g,2a), junior Dan Rainer (4a), senior Mike Ashley (2g,1a), and senior Parker McKee (1g,1a)…. In Concord, NH, St. Paul’s junior goaltender Tyler O’Brien had a 27-save shutout over Governor Dummer. Junior Jason DeGiovanni (2g), junior Francois Brisebois (3a), and sophomore Ben Albertson (2a) each had a multi-point afternoon. Defenseman Peter Child also scored for St. Paul’s…. At Dedham, Mass., senior Ryan Maguire picked up four points (2g,2a) in Noble & Greenough’s 4-1 win over Pomfret. Matt Rhone (1g,1a) and defenseman Chris Huxley (1g,1a) each picked up two points, and junior goaltender John Muse kicked out 24 of 25 for the win. Defenseman Ryan Joyce scored Pomfret’s lone goal… Westminster, playing on the road, topped Kent, 5-2. PG Miles Miller (2g,1a), junior Nick Pitsikoulis (3a), and senior Ben Smith (1g,1a) led the way for Westminster. Senior Alex Higgins had two assists for Kent.... At Middletown, RI, St. George's knocked off Thayer Academy, 5-3.
Cushing Wins Turkey Shoot
Cushing Academy won the 2005 Turkey Shoot at the Glacial Garden in Anaheim, California over Thanksgiving weekend. In the title game on Sunday, a 3-0 decision over the Long Beach Ice Dogs Midget AAA squad, senior forward Tom Bardis scored a pair of shorthanded goals, while senior defenseman K.C. Honeyman picked up the other goal. Goaltender Richard Bachman, who's being recruited by Cornell, Harvard, and Colorado College, made 17 saves for the shutout. In that game, Cushing outshot the Ice Dogs, 62-17, and the losing goalie, who kicked out 59 of 62, drew raves for his work. We'll try to get his name for you later today.
Thurs. Nov 24: Cushing 5, Ventura Mariners AAA 2
Fri. Nov. 25: Cushing 3, Gilmour Academy 1
Fri. Nov. 25: Cushing 3, Long Beach Ice Dogs AAA 2
Sat. Nov. 26: Cushing 7, Huntington Beach AAA 2
Sun. Nov. 27: Title Game -- Cushing 3, Long Beach Ice Dogs AAA 0
Albany Academy @ Berkshire, 4:00
South Kent @ Avon, 4:00
Bridgton @ Cushing, 4:00
Canterbury @ Millbrook, 3:00
New England Jr. Falcons @ Deerfield, 5:45 (scrimmage)
Gov. Dummer @ St. Paul’s, 4:45
Hebron vs. Holderness (@ Cardigan Mountain School), 4:30
Salisbury @ Hotchkiss, 4:30
Westminster @ Kent, 2:30
KUA @ Williston, 3:30
Lawrence @ Andover, 3:30
Milton @ St. Mark’s, 4:00
Pomfret @ Nobles, 4:30
Tilton @ Exeter, 4:30
Proctor @ Tabor, 4:00
Thayer @ St. George’s, 4:00
Kent’s Hill @ Berwick, 4:00
Worcester Academy @ Brooks, 5:00
NYA @ Pingree, 4:30
LaSalle @ Hill, 500
Crescent School @ Nichols, 3:30
Northwood @ SUNY-Canton, 6:00
The St. Paul’s vs. Gov. Dummer game scheduled for tomorrow (Wed. 11/30) has, due to a forecast of warm southern winds and high humidity that could affect the ice, been moved north to St. Paul’s. Game time will be at 4:45 pm.
The second meeting of the season between those two teams has been flip-flopped. That game will be played at GDA at 5 pm on Feb. 1st.
-- Today, Belmont Hill will be hosting the Boston Jr. Bruins Empire Jr. B team at 5:00 pm. It’s a scrimmage, but they’ll be playing it as a real game -- three 18-minute periods with real officials, etc.
In addition, on Thursday (12/1), Belmont Hill will be hosting the Irish National Team at 5:00 pm. More on that later.
Here are the Div. I schedules – 21 in all -- that have been posted by prep coaches:
Albany Academy, Avon Old Farms, BB&N, Berkshire, Bridgton, Choate, Cushing, Exeter, Governor Dummer, Holderness, Hotchkiss, Kent, Loomis-Chaffee, Millbrook, Noble & Greenough, Northfield-Mt. Hermon, Pomfret, St. Paul’s, Taft, Westminster, and Winchendon.
We’re still waiting for the following Div. I schools to post their schedule:
Andover, Belmont Hill, Canterbury, Deerfield, Gunnery, KUA, Lawrence Academy, Milton Academy, Salisbury, St. Sebastian’s, Trinity-Pawling, Tabor, Thayer, Tilton, and Williston.
Here are the Div. II schedules – 10 in all -- that have been posted by prep coaches:
Berwick, Harvey, Hebron, Kent’s Hill, Kingswood-Oxford, Middlesex, Proctor, South Kent, St. Mark’s, and Vermont Academy.
We’re still waiting for the following Div. II schools to post their schedule:
Brewster, Brooks, Brunswick, Groton, New Hampton, North Yarmouth Academy, Pingree, Rye Country Day, Rivers, Roxbury Latin, St. George’s, St. Thomas More, and Worcester Academy.
Of the national prep schools (non NEPSIHA) we have schedules from Nichols, Wyoming Seminary, and Shady Side Academy.
Team rosters have been posted by coaches from the following schools:
In Div. I, Berkshire, Bridgton, Canterbury, Exeter, Holderness, Hotchkiss, Millbrook, Northfield-Mt. Hermon, Pomfret, St. Paul’s, South Kent, and Westminster. In Div. II, Berwick, Harvey, Hebron, Kent’s Hill, Kingswood-Oxford, Proctor, Rivers, St. Mark’s and Vermont Academy. Outside of New England, we have rosters from Nichols, Wyoming Seminary, Upper Canada College, Lake Forest Academy, and Shady Side Academy.
Coaches having technical difficulties uploading schedules or rosters should either write admin (at) ushr.com or call Noah Cutler at (413) 303-1215.
Sunday Results at St. Paul's
St. Paul's 1, Taft 1
Canterbury 3, Tabor 1
Taft 6, Canterbury 2
Tabor 6, St. Paul's 2
All scrimmages consisted of three 18-minute periods.
Monday at St. Paul's
In Concord, NH, the St. Paul's School pre-season tournament wound up with two games this morning. The scores were:
Tabor 2, Taft 2
St. Paul's 4, Canterbury 3
Both games were scrimmages.
Pomfret Jamboree Results
Here are today's results from the Pomfret School HockeyFest:
South Kent 5, Pomfret 4
Lawrence Academy 2, Governor Dummer 2
Bridgton 1, Gunnery 1
Governor Dummer 6, South Kent 4
Pomfret 6, Bridgton 1
Lawrence 3, Gunnery 3
As far as we know, all games, which consisted of two 25-minute halves, were considered scrimmages.
The tournament, a one-day affair, is complete.
Schedules.. So Far
Here are the schedules that coaches have posted to date. More are coming in every day. So are some rosters.
Albany Academy, Avon Old Farms, BB&N, Berkshire, Bridgton, Exeter, Governor Dummer, Holderness, Hotchkiss, Loomis-Chaffee, Noble & Greenough, Pomfret, St. Paul's, Taft, Westminster, Winchendon, Berwick, Harvey, Hebron, Kents Hill, Kingswood-Oxford, Middlesex, Proctor, South Kent, St. Mark's, Vermont Academy, the Nichols School, Wyoming Seminary, and Shady Side Academy.
Thanks to everyone.
Exeter Off to a Quick Start
Exeter, NH -- Phillips Exeter picked up three goals in the first seven minutes of play en route to a 5-1 win over a game Hebron squad, which has a new coach in former UNH forward Rob Gagnon.
Five different scorers lit the lamp for Exeter. Tommy Clayton scored Exeter’s first goal of the season just 1:14 into the period. Several minutes later, D.J. Fimiani scored, and then a couple of minutes after that Phil Negus made it 3-0.
In the second period, Kevin McCarthy, on the power play, wristed a top-shelf bullet to make it 4-0. Colin Murphy added a third period goal.
For Exeter, Mike Doherty and Kevin Crane each had a pair of assists. Fimiani, ex of BC High, had an assist to go along with his goal.
Exeter outshot Hebron, 45-27. Exeter played three different goaltenders – Brad Powell, Jonathan Lee, and Teddy Hume – for a period apiece.
... and welcome to the 2005-06 prep season. We'll be working over the next couple of days to get things ready. At that point, coaches will be able to put up their team's schedules. We'll let you know by e-mail when we're all set.
If you have any thoughts, pro or con, about the new look of the site, feel free to let us know.