Taft Edges Avon, 3-2Avon, Conn. – Taft, trailing 2-1 on the road after one period, rebounded with a pair of second period goals to edge Avon Old Farms, 3-2, here today.
The winning goal, which broke a 2-2 tie, came at the 7:48 mark of the second period. Taft junior Tommy Cantwell won a battle for the puck in the right corner and passed the puck out front to sophomore Robbie Bourdon, a sophomore from Ile Bizard, Quebec. Bourdon snapped a shot past Avon senior goaltender Randy Wolcott. That was it for the scoring. For the final 28 plus minutes both teams fired blanks.
Most of the scoring came in the first period and Taft wasted no time getting on the board. Fourteen seconds in, junior Andrew Balysky knocked in a high rebound of a shot from Bryan Curran at the right point to make it 1-0.
Avon tied it up at 1-1 at the 5:20 mark when senior Ryan Butler carried the puck down the right boards into the Taft end and then hit sophomore Pat Mullane, at the top of the crease, with a pass. Mullane’s shot beat Taft senior goaltender Andrew Margolin.
Right after that, Taft defenseman Kevin Reich took a five-minute major for hitting from behind. To compound Taft’s troubles, defenseman Bobby Torney was then whistled for a trip.
Avon had two minutes of 5-on-3, and they didn’t waste the opportunity as senior defenseman Brian Malchoff made a nice diagonal pass to Chris Wieland, stationed at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Wieland snapped one short side to give Avon a 2-1 lead. It would be the last goal Avon would score – Margolin would shut them down for the next 45 minutes.
At the 2:27 mark of the second period, Taft tied the game up when junior Kevin Nugent knocked home the rebound of a Bobby Kramer shot to make it 2-2.
A little over five minutes later, Bourdon would score the game winner, and the Rhinos would hold on through a scoreless third period and skate off with the win.
Although the score was close, this game was not a classic Winged Beavers-Rhinos tilt. Seventeen penalties were called – ten against Taft; seven against Avon – and the game never really developed any flow. Both teams had a hard time stringing together passes, or getting themselves in good shooting areas. There was, however, a lot of driving to the net and just blasting away – and a good bit of physical play.
Avon outshot Taft, 41-32, and the difference in the game was Margolin. The Taft defense aided him out by aggressively clearing Avon forwards from the front of the net, and minimizing second chance shots.
Taft coach Danny Murphy said, “We have a good nucleus who played a subtle role last year, but really stepped up today. And obviously Andrew Margolin played super. He was the rock today.”
“In the second period we got some momentum, got Avon back on their heels a bit, and cashed in. Avon kept coming at us. We bent but we didn’t break.”
Avon coach John Gardner was suffering from the flu but didn’t let it stop his streak of 32 years of coaching without missing a single game. Afterward, he said, “Their goalie played well, and we didn’t get enough traffic in front. Taft was opportunistic. They pounced on rebounds and played a good hockey game. My stars didn’t move the puck like they should. My take is simply this: we have to get better.
Avon forward Cam Atkinson, a Boston College recruit, was also suffering from the flu. He played a little bit in the first, sat out the second, and came back for a few shifts in the third. It just wasn’t his day, and it wasn’t Avon’s.
The two teams meet again in exactly one month – Jan. 6, at Taft.
Cushing defeats Culver; Wins Watkins Title
Ashburnham, Mass. – Cushing Academy, behind a pair of goals from Matt White and a 29-save effort by T.J. Massie, topped Culver Academy 4-2 in the title game of the 16th Annual Watkins Tournament here this afternoon.
The game-winning goal, scored by White, came with 37 seconds remaining in the second period. Cushing senior defenseman Sean Coughlin picked up a loose puck in his own end and one-timed a tape-to-tape pass to a wide open Broc Little at center ice. Little, who would be named tournament MVP, skated into the Culver zone and took his shot, which Culver goalie Jason Torf was able to block, but not control. Anticipating accurately, White, a junior center from Long Beach, California, fought through a Culver defenseman and pounced on the rebound, knocking the puck past Torf for his second goal of the game and putting Cushing up, 3-1.
Each team would score a goal in the third period.
The game, which began wide-open and absent of the cat-and-mouse strategy often seen in championship games, featured both Cushing and Culver displaying significant periods of puck control. Scoring opportunities, though, were few, as both defenses were tenacious and both goalies solid. Massie made one save in particular late in the first, the third rapid-fire save of a sequence, kicking out his left leg and robbing Culver defenseman Michael Kretschmer of a choice rebound opportunity.
After one period, it was a 0-0 game, but a hitting-from-behind penalty (major, DQ) to Culver senior defenseman Michael Sdao at 16:52 would take its toll later on. Culver, exhibiting good team speed, outshot Cushing 8-6 in the period.
The second period began with Cushing still enjoying a 5-on-4 advantage for another 3:52. White, moving into the Culver zone on the right side, was strong on the puck and crashed the net, despite having a Culver defenseman draped all over his back. White did the only thing he could, flipping the puck on net. The shot seemed innocent enough, but it was a bit of a change-up. Torf couldn’t control it, and the puck trickled past him, putting Cushing up 1-0 just 56 seconds in. Sean Coughlin assisted on the goal.
Cushing scored again 11 minutes later when Yale recruit Little scooped up a perfect pass from sophomore defenseman Dave Warsofsky at center ice and out-raced a Culver defenseman into the Culver zone. Little, crossing the blueline step-by-step with the defender, cut towards the net at full speed, took his shot, and then banged his own rebound past Torf to put the Penguins up 2-0.
Cushing’s second goal seemed to wake up the Culver troops, and with sustained even-strength pressure over the next few minutes, Culver’s persistence was rewarded when Dave Warsofky, whose presence was felt all afternoon, was called for a holding penalty at 14:28. Just 27 seconds later, junior forward Sebastian Geoffrion banged home a rebound off a Kretschmer shot, cutting Cushing’s lead to 2-1.
However, a little under three minutes later, White would score the game winner for Cushing, sending the Penguins into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead. In the second period, Culver again out-shot Cushing, this time by a 16-11 margin.
In the third period the hitting picked up a bit and became noticeably more personal. While there were only five total penalties called in the first two periods, there were six in the third, as the urgency of the clock began to take its toll. At the 6:22 mark Little was called for holding, and at 7:16 Coughlin was whistled for tripping. Culver quickly took advantage. Moving the puck beautifully in Cushing’s zone with the 5-on-3 advantage, Culver junior defenseman Steven Hoshaw flipped a pass to his defensive partner, Kretschmer, who had moved lower into the slot. Kretschmer wasted no time, blasting a slapshot past Massie for the power-play goal. Suddenly, it was a one-goal game again.
But Cushing didn’t panic. Less than six minutes later, Cushing regained the two-goal lead as sophomore forward Torin Snydeman found the back of the net. Casey Brugman and Neil Lavanchy picked up assists on the play.
Culver would call a time out with 25 seconds remaining and their goalie pulled, but failed to score as the game ended quietly.
“Culver is one heck of a good hockey team”, Cushing head coach Steve Jacobs said after the game. “They are solid all the way up and down their roster. They really work hard.”
Culver head coach Al Clark said, “Obviously we are disappointed.”
Cushing: Matt White (2g), Broc Little (1g, 1 a), Sean Coughlin (2a), Torin Snydeman (1g), Dave Warsofsky (1a) Casey Brugman (1a), Neil Lavanchy (1a)
Culver: Michael Kretschmer (1g, 1a), Sebastian Geoffrion (1g), Steven Hoshaw (1a)
Goaltending: TJ Massie (Cushing) 29/31; Jason Torf (Culver) 22/26.
Jake Williams, NMH
Ryan Fritz, Canterbury
Chris Hartzell, Pomfret
Kevan Miller, Berkshire
Josh Franklin, Nobles
Steve Whitney, Lawrence
Victor Saponari, Culver
David Gerths, Culver
Will MacDonald, Culver
Sean Coughlin, Cushing
Matt White, Cushing
Dave Warsofsky, Cushing
TJ Massie, Cushing
Broc Little, Cushing
-- Could it be time for mandatory face shields for officials? One of the referees in this championship came close to a serious eye injury when, blocked in by four different players in the corner, he took a stick dangerously close to his right eye.
-- The game was a rematch of exactly two weeks earlier, when, in the Lawrence-Groton Tournament, Culver, with the help of four unanswered second period goals, defeated Cushing 6-2.
Sun. Dec. 31 Tournament Scoreboard
9:00 am – Milton 4, St. Sebastian’s 1 – M: Mountain (2g,1a), Bellotti (1g,2a), Voloshin (1g), Descoteux (1a), Matczak (1a), Nunn (1a), Mleczko (1a). SS: Donahoe (1g). Penalties: M: 5 minors; SS; 4 minors plus one major/game misconduct (Jancaterino – hit from behind).
11:00 am – Tabor 5, Hill 1: TA: Clarke (3g), Feiden (3a), Jangro (3a), Kader (1g), Svoboda (1g), Colp (1a), Pawliczka (1a), Economides (1a). H: Kratz (1g). Penalties: TA: 8 minors; H: 8 minors.
1:00 pm – New England Jr. Falcons 4, Governor Dummer 0 – NE: Nelson (3g), Syner (1g,2a), Vellecca (3a). Penalties: NE: 6 minors; GDA: 4 minors.
3:30 pm – Milton 3, Hill 1 -- M: Bellotti (1g,1a), Mountain (1g), Donahue (1g), Descoteux (1a), Mucha (1a), Nunn (1a), Megnia (1a). H: McConney (1g), Mould (1a). Penalties: H: 12 minors plus 1 game misconduct (Petrov); M: 6 minors.
5:30 pm – New England Jr. Falcons 4, St. Sebastian’s 2 -- NE: Nelson (2g), Garrow (2a), Vellecca (1g), Cauley (1g), Lalor (1a), Fernandez (1a). SS: Hoban (1g), Reddish (1g), Harrity (1a), Donohoe (1a), Sullivan (1a). Penalties: NE: 8 minors; SS: 7 minors.
7:30 pm – Tabor 4, Governor Dummer 0 -- TA: Colp (1g,1a), J. Jelinek (1g,1a), Feiden (1g), A. Jelinek (1g), Svoboda (1a), Jangro (1a), Clarke (1a). Penalties: TA: 10 minors; GDA: 4 minors plus a major for tripping/game misconduct (Cody).
Mon. Jan. 1, 2007
10:00 am – Game 1
12:00 pm – Game 2
2:00 pm – Championship
Matchups for tomorrow will be determined by:
-- Total points earned (three points for a win, two points for a shootout win, and one point for a shootout loss)
-- Goal differential (+5 maximum per game allowed)
-- Total goals against in tourney
-- After the championship game participants are determined, tomorrow’s other games will be set by the tourney committee using the above criteria but also attempting to ensure that there are no repeat games. Once the matchups are set, a coin will be flipped to determine game times.
Sat. Dec. 30 Tournament Scoreboard
Watkins Tournament; Ashburnham, Mass. -- Cushing Tops Culver in Championship Game
9:00 am – 7th Place Game -- NMH 2, Canterbury 1
11:10 am – 5th Place Game -- Berkshire 4, Pomfret 0
1:20 pm – 3rd Place Game -- Lawrence 4, Nobles 3 (SO) -- Jason Molle shootout game winner
3:30 pm – Championship Game -- Cushing Academy 4, Culver Academy 2 -- Broc Little Tournament MVP
Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament, Buffalo, NY -- Belmont Hill Edges Gunnery for Title
9:00 am – Semifinal #1– Gunnery 6, St. Francis 2
11:00 am – Semifinal #2 – Belmont Hill 3, Nichols 1
1:00 pm – 7th Place Game – UCC 3, Millbrook 2
3:00 pm – 5th Place Game – Gilmour 4, KUA 4
6:00 pm – Championship Game – Belmont Hill 4, Gunnery 3
BB&N Tournament; Cambridge, Mass. -- Williston Thumps Thayer
8:30 am – Game #9: Loser #5 vs. Loser #6 -- Tilton 4, Roxbury Latin 0
10:30 am – Consolation Final – Winner #5 vs. Winner #6 -- Proctor 5, Shady Side 2
12:30 pm – Third Place Game -- Loser #7 vs. Loser #8 -- Hebron 4, BB&N 1
3:00 pm – Championship Game – Winner #7 vs. Winner #8 -- Williston 6, Thayer 1
We do have scoring information for many of these games. However, due to a death in the family, this typist is behind. We’ll try to keep putting the scores up as time allows. Rest in peace, CGKW (1918-2006), naturalist, professor, father, and former intramural goaltender at the St. Paul’s School.
Fri. Dec. 29 Tournament Scoreboard
Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy
9:00 am – Lawrence 6, NMH 0
11:10 am – Cushing 4, Berkshire 3
1: 20 pm – Nobles 5, Pomfret 1
3:30 pm – Culver 7, Canterbury 6 (OT)
5:40 pm – Berkshire 5, NMH 2
7:50 pm – Cushing 7, Lawrence 1
Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament at the Nichols School
9:00 am – St. Francis 2, Upper Canada College 1
11:00 am – Belmont Hill 8, KUA 0
1:00 pm – Nichols 4, Millbrook 3
3:00 pm – Gunnery 2, Gilmour 0
6:00 pm – Belmont Hill 7, St. Francis 3
8:00 pm – KUA 5, Upper Canada College 3
BB&N Holiday Tournament
9:00 am – Game #1: Thayer 2, Proctor 1
9:00 am – Game #2: Hebron 4, Tilton 1
11:00 am – Game #3: Williston 4, Shady Side 2
11:00 am – Game #4: BB&N 4, Roxbury Latin 4 (BB&N Wins Shootout)
1:30 pm – Game #5: Proctor 4, Tilton 3
3:30 pm – Game #6: Shady Side 4, Roxbury Latin 3
5:30 pm – Game #7: Semifinal – Thayer 2, Hebron 1
7:30 pm – Game #8: Semifinal – Williston 7, BB&N 2
Thurs. Dec. 28 Tournament Scoreboard
Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament; Buffalo, NY
9:00 am – Gunnery 7, Millbrook 3
11:00 am – Nichols 4, Gilmour 2
1:00 pm – Belmont Hill 5, Upper Canada College 1
3:00 pm – St. Francis 3, KUA 0
6:00 pm – Gilmour 7, Millbrook 4
8:00 pm – Gunnery 7, Nichols 3
Watkins Tournament; Ashburnham, Mass.
9:00 am – Pomfret 5, Canterbury 3
11:10 pm – Culver 6, Nobles 2
1:20 pm – Cushing 7, NMH 3
3:30 pm -- Lawrence 4, Berkshire 2
5:40 pm – Culver 7, Pomfret 0
7:50 pm – Nobles 5, Canterbury 3
Tabor Tournament Schedule
The Tabor Tournament will take place Sun. December 31st, 2006 and Mon. January 1st, 2007 at the school’s campus in Marion, Mass., on the shores of Buzzards Bay.
Last year’s tournament was won by St. Sebastian’s, 5-3, over Governor Dummer Academy. Eric Lake had four points (3g,1a) for the Arrows.
This year’s schedule:
Sun. Dec. 31, 2006
9:00 am – Milton vs. St. Sebastian’s
11:00 am – Tabor vs. the Hill School
1:00 pm – Governor Dummer vs. New England Jr. Falcons
3:30 pm – The Hill School vs. Milton
5:30 pm – St. Sebastian’s vs. New England Jr. Falcons
7:30 pm – Tabor vs. Governor Dummer
Mon. Jan. 1, 2007
10:00 am – Game 1
12:00 pm – Game 2
2:00 pm – Championship
Matchups for Day 2 will be determined by:
-- Total points earned (three points for a win, two points for a shootout win, and one point for a shootout loss)
-- Goal differential (+5 maximum per game allowed)
-- Total goals against in tourney
After the championship game participants are determined, the other games on Day 2 will be set by the tourney committee using the above criteria but also attempting to ensure that there are no repeat games. Once the matchups are set, a coin will be flipped to determine game times.
BB&N Tournament Schedule
The Eighth Annual Buckingham Browne & Nichols Holiday Showcase will take Dec. 29-30, 2006 in Cambridge, Mass.
Participating schools are: BB&N, Hebron, Proctor, Roxbury Latin, Shady Side Academy, Thayer, Tilton, and Williston.
All games are at BB&N unless indicated otherwise.
Dec. 29, 2006
9:00 am – Game #1: Thayer vs. Proctor
9:00 am – Game #2: Tilton vs. Hebron (@ Belmont Hill)
11:00 am – Game #3: Williston vs. Shady Side (@ Belmont Hill)
11:00 am – Game #4: BB&N vs. Roxbury Latin
1:30 pm – Game #5: Loser #1 vs. Loser #2
3:30 pm – Game #6: Loser #3 vs. Loser #4
5:30 pm – Game #7: Semifinal – Winner #1 vs. Winner #2
7:30 pm – Game #8: Semifinal – Winner #3 vs. Winner #4
Dec. 30, 2006
8:30 am – Game #9: Loser #5 vs. Loser #6
10:30 am – Consolation Final – Winner #5 vs. Winner #6
12:30 pm – Third Place Game -- Loser #7 vs. Loser #8
3:00 pm – Championship Game – Winner #7 vs. Winner #8
2005 Championship Game: Thayer 3, Hebron 0.
Nichols- Belmont Hill Tournament
This season, the Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament, which revolves between the two schools, will be held at the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY
Green Division: Nichols, Kimball Union, Millbrook, and Gunnery.
Blue Division: Belmont Hill, Upper Canada College, Gilmour, St. Francis.
Thurs. Dec. 28
9:00 am – Millbrook vs. Gunnery
11:00 am – Nichols vs. Kimball Union
1:00 pm – Belmont Hill vs. Upper Canada College
3:00 pm – Gilmour vs. St. Francis
6:00 pm – Kimball Union vs. Millbrook
8:00 pm – Gunnery vs. Nichols
Fri. Dec. 29
9:00 am – Upper Canada College vs. Gilmour
11:00 am – Belmont Hill vs. St. Francis
1:00 pm – Nichols vs. Millbrook
3:00 pm – Kimball Union vs. Gunnery
6:00 pm – Gilmour vs. Belmont Hill
8:00 pm – St. Francis vs. Upper Canada College
Sat. Dec. 30
9:00 am – Semifinal – Green Div. #1 vs. White Div. #2
11:00 am – Semifinal -- Green Div. #1 vs. White Div. #2
1:00 pm – 7th Place Game -- Green Div. #1 vs. White Div. #2
3:00 pm – 5th Place Game -- Green Div. #1 vs. White Div. #2
6:00 pm – Championship Game – Winners of semifinals.
2005 Championship Game: Belmont Hill 3, Gunnery 0. Wes Vesprini shutout (29 saves).
The Edward G. Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy will be held from Thurs-Sat. Dec. 28-30 this season.
Fisher Division: Berkshire, Cushing, Lawrence, Northfield-Mt. Hermon.
Iorio Division: Canterbury, Culver, Noble & Greenough, Pomfret.
Thurs. Dec. 28, 2006
9:00 am – Pomfret vs. Canterbury
11:10 pm – Culver vs. Nobles
1:20 pm – Cushing vs. NMH
3:30 pm -- Lawrence vs. Berkshire
5:40 pm – Pomfret vs. Culver
7:50 pm – Canterbury vs. Nobles
Fri. Dec. 29, 2006
9:00 am – Lawrence vs. NMH
11:10 am – Cushing vs. Berkshire
1: 20 pm – Nobles vs. Pomfret
3:30 pm – Culver vs. Canterbury
5:40 pm – NMH vs. Berkshire
7:50 pm – Cushing vs. Lawrence
Sat. Dec. 30, 2006
9:00 am – Fisher 4 vs. Iorio 4
11:10 am -- Fisher 3 vs. Iorio 3
1:20 pm – Fisher 2 vs. Iorio 2
3:30 pm – Fisher 1 vs. Iorio 1
2005 Championship Game: Nobles topped Cushing 5-2 to win their second straight Watkins Tournament title.
CM Tops St. Seb’s in Mutch CupAllston, Mass. -- Catholic Memorial senior forward Ryan Smith scored a pair of goals to lead Catholic Memorial to a 4-1 win over St. Sebastian’s in the Kevin T. Mutch Memorial Hockey game, played tonight before a good-sized crowd at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center.
CM outplayed St. Sebastian’s, coming up with a strong defensive effort, not only outshooting the Arrows 34-24, but limiting them to just a handful of decent scoring opportunities. In addition, CM was extremely efficient moving the puck out of their end, through center ice, and taking it to the net, where Arrows goaltender Connor Toomey was not given a lot of support by his defensemen.
The win was career win number 500 for Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Hanson. CM now holds a 6-5-2 advantage in the series between the two teams.
Catholic Memorial got on the board with 1:52 left in the first period -- 15 minute periods were played here – when a shot from inside the blue line appeared to bounce off the shin pad of a CM player in front and was redirected past Toomey on the glove side. Senior Brian Rosata, a Bowdoin recruit, was given credit for the goal. Defenseman Mike Keenan and forward Mike Collins got assists.
CM scored again in the second period, on a nice 2-on-1, as sophomore Billy Carey, the younger brother of Salisbury’s Paul Carey, slid a nice pass across to Smith who had plenty of net to shoot at and made his shot a good one, putting his team up 2-0 just 2:56 into the period. Junior defenseman Peter Starrette picked up the second assist on the play.
The Knights struck again just 2:57 into the third when Keenan fed senior Angelo Todesca, who skated down the right side into the St. Sebastian’s end and fired a low, hard shot past Toomey to put CM up 3-0.
CM put the game out of reach when sophomore defenseman Dan Furlong skated it down the left side, carried it behind the net, then put it out front onto the stick of Smith, who slid it past Toomey to make it 4-0 at the 5:29 mark.
St. Sebastian’s was able to break up the shutout bid by Knights senior goaltender John Jay off a solo effort by Dominic Jancaterino. The sophomore from Needham carried the puck from his end, and through center ice down the left side. As Jancaterino entered the CM zone he cut to the center and let go a nice wrist shot that beat Jay high glove side for an unassisted goal with 4:58 left in regulation.
Afterward, CM coach Hanson said, “Defensively we played well in all three zones, and we minimized turnovers, got good goaltending, and timely scoring.”
“Right now, we have kids who are ‘no-names.’ They won’t be no-names for long, though.”
St. Sebastian’s coach Steve Dagdigian said, “We seem to have lost our energy from the weekend. I would have liked to have seen more energy early – we have to come to play. This team has been successful making the smart little plays, but if you get away from that you just have a bunch of guys on ice. You have to play smart hockey.”
”We have no excuses,” Dagdigian added.
Money raised from this game is contributed to various charities in the memory of Kevin Mutch, a 1980 graduate of St. Sebastian’s who went on to play for Boston University. In 1991, Mutch returned to his alma mater as a coach, but in September of 1992 was struck and killed by a car while crossing a road on a foggy Cape Cod night.
The proceeds from tonight’s game will go to the Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Kevin’s brother, Tom Mutch, currently the women’s coach at Boston College, was on hand to present the trophy to the winners.
12/17/06 Updated 9:15 pm
Sun. Dec. 17 Tournament Scoreboard
Sun. Dec. 17: Flood-Marr Tournament -- Kaiser goal in 2nd OT lifts Hotchkiss to title.
8:00 am -- at Nobles -- 7th Place Game: Andover 3, KUA 1 -- PA: McGregor (1g), Smith (1a), McDonald (1g), Farnham (1g), Cox (1a), Woods (1a). KUA: Collins (1g), Toomey (1a), Hayes (1a).
10:00 am -- at Nobles -- 5th Place Game: Nobles 3, Milton 0 --Griffin (1g,2a), Franklin (2a), Resor (1g), Hourihan (1g), Marshall (1a), Wray (1a).
12:00 pm -- at Nobles -- 3rd Place Game: Westminster 2, Deerfield 1 -- W: Koo (2g), Carey (1a), Pitsikoulis (1a), Sandberg (1a). DA: Malcolm Lyles (1g), Rhone (1a), Killorn (1a). Goaltenders: MacDonald (W); Dizgun (DA).
2:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Championship Game: Hotchkiss 4, Salisbury 3 (2-OT) -- Hotchkiss: Hew (2g), Deblois (1g), ,Kaiser (1g), Gudmundson (1a), Kittredge (1a), Buicko (1a), Martin (1a), Coleman (1a). Salisbury: Gibbons (1g), Masucci (1g), Biega (1g-pen shot), Gutttek (1a), Quick (1a), Clayman (1a), Carey (1a). Goaltenders: Yanchek (H); Borelli (S).
Sun. Dec. 17: Brooks-Pingree Tournament -- Letizia figures in eight of Brunswick's ten goals.
9:00 am – at Pingree School -- Pingree vs. Kents HIll -- we're missing this one
11:00 am -- at Pingree School -- Wyoming Seminary 7, Rivers 0
11:00 am – at Brooks School -- 3rd Place Game: Shady Side 4, Brooks 1
1:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Championship Game: Brunswick 10, Portsmouth Abbey 5 -- Justin Letizia (5g,3a), Christian Oberbeck (3g,2a), and J.E. Oberbeck (2g,3a) lead the way for Brunswick.
Sun. Dec. 17: Lawrenceville Tournament -- Taft tops Choate in title game.
Game 9: 8:00 am – at Lawrenceville - 7th Place Game – NMH 6, Canterbury 2 --NMH: Downey (2g,1a), T. DiDonato (1g,1a), Thomas (2a), Drivas (2g), Gordon (1g), Jackson (1a), Fairless (1a). C'bury: Klonowski (1g), Hicks (1g), Maciel (1a), Bishop (1a). SOG: C'bury 28, NMH 19. Goaltenders: Williams (NMH); Taptick (C).
Game 10: 10:00 am – at Lawrenceville - 5th PlaceGame -- St. Andrew's College 6, Nichols 0 -- Ringuette (2g,2a), Boisvert (1g,2a), Morissette (1g,1a), Wallace (1g), Lamer (1g), Bonner (1a), Lebar (1a), Hale (1a), Clow (1a). SOG: SAC 31, Nichols 20. Goaltenders: Stafford (N); Lessard (SAC).
Game 11: 12:00 pm – at Lawrenceville -3rd Place Game – Lawrenceville 3, Belmont Hill 1 -- L'ville: VanBourgondien (1g), Zaires (1g), Pronchik (1g), Coxe (1a). BH: Dube (1g). SOG: BH 34, L'ville 29. Goaltenders: McKinney (L'ville); Gedman (BH).
Game 12: 2:30 pm -- at Lawrenceville – Championship Game -- Taft 4, Choate 3 -- Taft: Balysky (3a), S. Curran (1g,1a), Liotta (1g,1a), Hughes (1g), Dwyer (1g), MacKenzie (1a), Root (1a), Kramer (1a). Choate: C. Goggin (3a), M. Goggin (1g), DePietto (1g), Manz (1g), Corcoran (1a). SOG: Taft 20, Choate 19. Goaltenders: Margolin (T); Wilechansky (C).
Sun. Dec. 17: St. Sebastian’s Tournament -- Toomey leads Arrows
9:00 am – .at St. Seb’s -- Bridgton 5, Proctor 2
11:00 am – at St. Seb’s -- Consolation Final -- Thayer 6, St. Francis 4 -- TA: Oswald (2g), Crowley (1g), Beran (1g). SF: Scarsella (3g), Barrea (1g).
1:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Winchendon 4, Albany Academy 1 -- W: Webber (1g,1a). AA: Meyer (1g). Goaltenders: Sullivan (W) 16 saves; Heelan (AA) 27 saves.
3:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Championship -- St. Sebastian's 5, South Kent 3 -- SS: Hoban (1g,1a), Donato (1g), Reddish (1g), Fine (3a), Bergin (2a), Coffey (1g), Sugrue (1g), Jancaterino (1a), Corcoran (1a), Brown (1a). SKS: Lampson (1g,1a), Pereira (1g,2a), Vanderbeek (1g,1a), O'Hara (1a), Tague (1a). Goaltenders: Toomey (SS) 50 saves; Strang (SKS) 20 saves.
Hotchkiss Takes Flood-Marr in 2 OTsDedham, Mass. – A goal by senior Adam Kaiser at 7:50 of the second overtime and some stellar goaltending by junior John Yanchek lifted Hotchkiss to a 4-3 win over Salisbury here today.
For Yanchek, who was named tournament MVP, it was his second win over Salisbury this season, as he blanked the defending prep – and Flood-Marr – champions on Dec. 6 at Salisbury. Coming into today’s game, Yanchek had allowed only four goals in six games – and just one of those was even-strength.
The Hillsborough, NJ native was on his game early, as he made a couple nice saves on Paul Carey in the first five minutes of play.
But the vaunted Salisbury attack, which woke up with a vengeance here, scoring 14 unanswered goals since trailing Westminster 3-0 in opening day action on Friday, made it 15 in a row -- and then 16 -- before the end of the first period.
First, Brian Gibbons flicked home a clean rebound to make it 1-0 at 6:17. At 10:56, Salisbury extended the lead to 2-0 when Matt Masucci poked a puck home out of a scrum.
When the first period ended, it looked like Salisbury, the faster, more highly-skilled team, was on their way to their third consecutive Flood-Marr title.
But nobody told Hotchkiss.
The Bearcats came out in the second period with claws bared and got on the board at 3:58 when Chris Gudmondson took a shot from the right side which rebounded out to Brendan Deblois on the far side. DeBlois had plenty of net to shoot at and didn’t miss, making it a one-goal lead.
Hotchkiss tied up the game at 2-2 at 10:58 when burly junior defenseman Brandon Hew took it hard to the net and just pushed it through a pile, and over the goal line.
Hotchkiss went up 3-2 at 4:27 of the third when Hew, this time on the power play, picked up his second straight goal, this one off a blast from the left point with Salisbury’s Dan Reed off for hooking.
Yanchek came up big in the middle of the period, making a nice save on Masucci, and then stoning Gibbons from point-blank range.
Salisbury, trailing 3-2 with 1:29 left in regulation, called a time out. When play resumed, Borelli had been pulled for the extra skater.
Salisbury put heavy pressure on Hotchkiss and, with 22 seconds left and some heavy traffic in front of Yanchek, a Hotchkiss player put his hand over the puck in the crease. Salisbury was awarded a penalty shot.
With a chance to pull his team’s bacon out of the fire, senior Michael Biega didn’t disappoint, smoothly moving down the right side and then firing a low hard shot inside the far corner to tie it at 3-3.
In the first OT, Salisbury had opportunities to put it away, but Yanchek was up to the task.
Midway through the extra frame, Hotchkiss, forced to skate with the faster Salisbury squad, began to run out of gas, but hung in there, battling for every square inch of ice.
As the middle of the second overtime approached, and with both teams slowing down, Yanchek made a nice save on Salisbury’s Joe Capuano. Less than a couple minutes after that, a faceoff to Borelli’s left was won cleanly by Hotchkiss sophomore center Zach Martin, who drew it to Kaiser.
Kaiser ripped it top corner and the celebration was on.
Afterward, Hotchkiss coach Damon White said the win was about two things: “Goaltending… and the kids’ believing in their ability to make things happen. They can deal with adversity. They competed hard. Salisbury is the more highly-skilled team, but our kids -- like Irving, Yanchek, Buicko, Colaianni – just kept battling.”
What did White say to his team when they were down 2-0 after the first? “We had made a couple of mistakes in the defensive zone and they had made us pay,” White said. “I told them to be more attuned to these things – and just keep working.”
“The bottom line,” White added, “is that Yanchek has been phenomenal.”
Salisbury coach Dan Donato said, “Two good teams battled here and they got the bounce at the end – I thought (Hotchkiss) did a good job on faceoffs. They played well and battled. Both teams really played hard. We had a ton of chances in OT but their goalie was the difference.”
Donato acknowledged that his team was “a little flat” at times, but, he added, “in the last 5-7 minutes we played with real urgency.”
“I’m excited about the weekend. We found ourselves as a team here and now we know how hard we’ll have to work to be a good team.”
-- Goals were hard to come by here. There were 11 shutouts, including a pair of 0-0 games. In another ten games at least one team was held to two or fewer goals.
-- The win gave Hotchkiss their fifth Flood-Marr title, with the other wins coming in 1971, 1974, 1994, and 2003.
-- The last 14 Flood-Marr titles have been won by only four teams, with Deerfield picking up seven titles in that time, Hotchkiss three, Westminster two, and Salisbury two.
-- The title game will be considered a tie for purposes of the official NEPSIHA won-lost record because the winning goal came after the five minute mark in overtime. For an OT win in tournament play to go into the books as a win, the winning goal must be scored within the first five minutes, just as if it were a regular, non-tournament game.
Tournament MVP: John Yanchek, G, junior, Hotchkiss
John Yanchek, G, junior, Hotchkiss
Brandon Hew, D, junior, Hotchkiss
Joe Colaianni, F, senior, Hotchkiss
Brian Gibbons, F, senior, Salisbury
Michael Biega, F, senior, Salisbury
Matt Masucci, F, senior, Salisbury
Darren MacDonald, G, senior, Westminster
Nick Pitsikoulis, F, senior, Westminster
Michael Dizgun, G, junior, Deerfield
Alex Killorn, F, junior, Deerfield
John Muse, G, senior, Nobles
Michael Baldino, G, sophomore, Milton
Ryan Henry, G, senior, Kimball Union
Joe Smith, F, senior, Phillips Andover
The above players are selected by the coaches. Three players apiece are selected from the first and second place teams. Two players apiece are chosen from the third and fourth place teams. The coaches of the remaining four teams each get to name one player.
Taft Edges Choate, 4-3; Wins Lawrenceville Tournament
Lawrenceville, N.J. – Taft forward Nick Liotta picked up a rebound in front of a sprawled Choate goalie and banged in the game-winning goal just a little over six minutes into the third period today, giving Taft a 4-3 win and the tournament championship.
The play began innocently, with Taft rushing the puck in on the right side. Andrew Balysky took the initial shot from the right circle, but Choate goalie Rob Wilechansky didn’t seem to see the puck sitting in front of his left pad. Liotta calmly took it, moved a little to his left, and banged it home.
The championship game began in a business-like, cat-and-mouse fashion for the entire first period. Each team was skating well, and each team had some chances, but the emphasis early was on defense, forechecking, and puck control. The score was 0-0 after one period, with each team taking six shots on net.
But things picked up in the second, as Taft scored first just 1:18 in when defenseman Drew MacKenzie patiently worked the puck into the Choate zone. Controlling the puck in low behind the net, MacKenzie fed off to Andrew Balysky. Balysky took a shot that hit off the cross bar, and bounced straight down behind the Choate goalie. Forward Sean Curran pounced on it, giving Taft the 1-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Choate evened it up on a pretty power-play goal. Controlling the puck well with a 5-on-3 advantage, Choate moved the puck quickly and effectively in tick-tack-toe fashion. Choate captain Ryan Corcoran, moving toward the net from the right circle, began the sequence by deking a Taft defender and feeding defenseman Connor Googin who was moving in from the blueline. Googin wasted little time and immediately fed his younger brother, Mark Goggin, who was stationed at the right post of the Taft goal. The younger Goggin flipped the puck past a scrambling Andrew Margolin, who had no chance on the shot, and the score was tied at 1-1.
Three minutes later Taft regained the lead on a booming George Hughes slapshot from the blueline. Nick Liotta and Andrew Balysky assisted.
Now settled down and controlling the puck well, the Rhinos scored again less than two minutes later. Choate appeared to be on their heels a bit after the second Taft score, and they were unable to clear the puck from their own zone for almost two full minutes. Taft captain Bobby Kramer began this score with some solid work along the far boards, stripping the puck away from two Choate players. Kramer spotted Sean Curran in the slot and fed him the puck, and Curran took a shot that Wilechansky could not control. Jeremy Dwyer moved in from the left side and punched in the rebound, giving Taft a 3-1 lead with just under three minutes left in the period.
The second period ended with no further scoring. Choate fired seven shots at Margolin, while Taft had nine shots in the period.
Taft entered the third period with a 3-1 lead, but reminiscent of the playoff final last March, Taft saw their lead evaporate quickly. Choate head coach Pat Dennehy must have gotten his players’ attention with some choice words in between periods, as the Wild Boars came out flying and scored two goals, just 55 seconds apart, in the opening three minutes, and suddenly the game was tied.
On the first of these two Choate goals, Taft was back on their heels and the Choate forwards were relentless in pressuring the Taft defenseman. Skating with their best legs of the afternoon, Choate moved the puck around the Taft zone almost as if they were on a power play. Choate defenseman Connor Goggin, who had the primary assist on all three Choate goals, found an open Anthony Depietto in front of the Taft net and Depietto immediately buried his chance, cutting Taft’s lead to 3-2.
Just 55 seconds later, Choate scored again, this time on a fast and pretty sequence that saw Mark Goggin hit a speeding Greg Manz, and Manz wasted no time rifling his shot past Margolin.
The score was suddenly 3-3, and a sense of deja vu came over Taft head coach Dan Murphy, who promptly called a time out.
Last spring, you will recall, Taft held a similar 3-1 lead going into the third period of the playoff championship game against Salisbury, only to see Salisbury score two quick goals and then the eventual game-winner. During that flurry of goals, Murphy decided not to call time out, relying on a calm coaching staff to settle down his boys. This time he knew better.
“Don’t be afraid to lose”, Taft coach Dan Murphy told his team during the time out. “Go out and play to win.”
Taft did just that.
With rejuvenated skating legs, Taft turned the tide of momentum and began consistent pressure in the Choate zone. Forward Jesse Root dug the puck away from a Choate defender along the boards and kicked it to linemate Andrew Balysky. Balysky calmly moved towards the Choate net and threw the puck at the net. Nick Liotta then banged home the goal that would be the game winner.
Choate had a golden opportunity to tie the score with four minutes left in regulation. Skating with a 5-on-3 advantage, Choate forward Sam Sabky picked up a loose puck in the slot, and snapped a wrist shot just over Taft goalie Andrew Margolin’s right shoulder. Margolin, who was still down from an earlier shot, saw the puck clang off the cross bar and drop harmlessly into the corner.
- - This win gives Taft its fifth Lawrenceville Tournament championship in the past eight years, and seventh in the 59-year history of the tournament.
- - In 59 years Lawrenceville has never won this tournament, but arguably played well enough to win it this year. Their fate was sealed, however, when, after leading 4-1 in the semi-final game against Choate the previous night, the Larries gave up four unanswered goals over the final 25 minutes of play. During this stretch their focus seemed to shift from scoring goals to hitting bodies, and it cost them.
- - Choate, who won this tournament in 2004 and was the runner-up last year (losing to Belmont Hill), has taken home a championship six times since its inception in 1949.
- - St. Andrews, one of Canada’s oldest and largest independent all-boys boarding and day schools, replaced Upper Canada College this year as the Canadian invitee. The two schools generally alternate, attending every four or five years. St. Andrews dropped their opener to Choate 8-6, then won their next two games, beating NMH 2-1 and Nichols School 6-0.
- - The referee crew, headed again this year by Bob Ritchie, did an outstanding job throughout the tournament. Ritchie is heading to Sweden in a couple weeks to be on the referee crew for the World Juniors Tournament.
Sat. Dec. 16 Tournament Scoreboard
Sat. Dec. 16 Tournament Scoreboard
Sat. Dec. 16: Flood-Marr Tournament -- It's Salisbury vs. Hotchkiss for the Gonfalon
9:00 am – at Milton -- Hotchkiss 2, KUA 1(OT) -- Peter Massar strikes in OT. H: Colaianni (1g), Buicko (1a), Irving (1a), Massar (1g), Znutas (1a), Martin (1a). KUA: Wright (1g), Morgan (1a).
11:00 am -- at Milton -- Deerfield 5, Milton 0: DA: Rhone (1g,2a), Killorn (2g), Milton Lyles (1g), Ammon (1g), Mancini (1a), Boardman (1a), Dugdale (1a), Horan (1a).
1:00 pm -- at Milton -- Salisbury 7, Andover 0: S: Luther (2g,2a), Biega (2g,1a), Carey (2g,1a), Jaskowiak (2a), Masucci (1g), Reed (1a), Guttek (1a), Clayman (1a), Gibbons (1a).
3:00 pm -- at Milton -- Nobles 0, Westminster 0
5:00 pm -- at Milton -- Milton 5, KUA 0
7:00 pm -- at Milton -- Hotchkiss 2, Deerfield 0
Sunday @ Nobles:
8 am KUA vs. Andover; 10 am Milton vs. Nobles; 12 pm Deerfield vs. Westminster; 2 pm (Championship) Hotchkiss vs Salisbury.
Sat. Dec. 16 – Brooks-Pingree Tournament
9:00 am -- at Pingree School -- Rivers 6, Pingree 5
11:00 am -- at Pingree School -- Brunswick 8, Shady Side 1
1:00 pm -- at Pingree School -- Brooks 6, Portsmouth Abbey 2
3:00 pm -- at Pingree School-- Wyoming Seminary 3, Kents Hill 2
5:30 pm -- at Pingree School -- Shady Side vs. Rivers -- missing this one
7:30 pm -- at Pingree School -- Brunswick 5, Pingree 2
Sat. Dec. 16: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic -- Avon Wins It; Cam Atkinson Tourney MVP
8:30 am -- at Avon -- 4th Place vs. 4th Place: Loomis 2, Trinity-Pawling 1 -- Loomis: Tebano (1g), Dewdney (1g), Gal (1a), Lane (1a), Harris (1a). T-P: DeGeer (1g), Sabia (1a). Goaltending: Irvine (LC) 26 saves; Calamari (T-P) 36 saves.
10:30 am -- at Avon -- 3rd Place vs. 3rd Place: Tabor 5, Kent 4 -- Tabor: Colp (1g,1a), Svoboda (1g,1a), Kavanagh (2a), J. Jelinek (1g), Ellbogen (1g), Clemmenson (1g), A. Jelinek (1a), Jangro (1a). Kent: Passantino (1g), Lans (1g), Buquicchio (1g), Jobkar (1g), Colvin (1a), Schanke (1a), Belger (1a), Alksnis (1a). Goaltending: Carroll (T) 32 saves; Milana (K) 29 saves.
1:30 pm -- at Avon -- 2nd Place vs. 2nd Place: Berkshire 4, St. Paul's 3 -- Berkshire: DiOrio (2g), Regan (2a), K. Miller (1g), Guariglia (1g), Rainer (1a). SPS: Bourgea (1g), Lanoue (1g), Child (1g), Brisebois (1a), Rocha (1a), Daly (1a), Harff (1a).
3:30 pm -- at Avon -- 1st Place vs. 1st Place: Avon 5, Gunnery 2 -- AOF: Bonino (2g,1a), C. Atkinson (2g), Peltz (1g), Trentowski (1a), Chamness (1a), T. Atkinson (1a), Liebel (1a), Malchoff (1a). Gunnery: Yelovich (1g,1a), Tatum (1g), Smith (1a), Sanborn (1a). Goaltending: Wolcott (AOF) 32 saves; Vazzano (Gunnery) 40 saves.
Sat. Dec. 16: Lawrence-Groton Tournament - Culver wins Div. I section; Will MacDonald named MVP. Groton wins Div. II section; David Orlowitz named MVP.
11:30 am – at Lawrence Academy -- Culver 6, Cushing 2 --
1:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Lawrence 9, Hill 8
11:00 am – at Groton -- Groton 3, Kingswood-Oxford 0 -- Groton: Violette (2g), Fronzdahl (1g), Zacharias (2a), Brennick (1a), Lee (1a), Violette (1a), Laliberte (1a). Goaltenders: Adams (Groton) 17 saves; KO 25 saves.
1:00 pm – at Groton -- New Hampton 4, NYA 3
Sat. Dec. 16: Harvey School Tournament
8:00 am – at Harvey School -- Game #5 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2: KLHT 2, Kiski 0
9:30 am – at Harvey School -- Game #6 -- Loser Game #3 vs. Loser Game #4: Rye CD 5, Fieldston 4
11:00 am – at Harve y School -- Game #7 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2: Harvey 4, Dexter 3
12:30 pm – at Harvey School -- Game #8 -- Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4: Webster 7, St. Thomas More 0
2:00 pm – at Harvey School -- Game #9 – 7th Place Game -- Loser Game #5 vs. Loser Game #6: Fieldston 4, Kiski 3 (OT)
3:30 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #10 – Consolation Game -- Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6: Rye CD 5, KLHT 2
5:00 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #11 – 3rd Place Game -- Loser Game #7 vs. Loser Game #8: St. Thomas More 4, Dexter 3
8:00 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #12 – Championship -- Winner Game #7 vs. Winner Game #8: Webster 10, Harvey 1
Sat. Dec. 16: Lawrenceville Tournament
Game 1: 9:00 am – at Lawrenceville School - Lawrenceville 11, Northfield Mt Hermon 1 -- L'ville: Gottlieb (1g,1a), Teer (1a), VanBourgondein (1g,1a), Smith (1a), Coxe (4a), Rohaly (1g), Drolet (2g,1a), Weiner (2a), Lee (2g), Zaires (1g,2a), Pronchik (2g), Vasaturo (1g,1a), Shoykhet (1a), Ogden (1a), Castelo (2a), Schickner (1a). NMH: Czepiel (1g), T. DiDonato (1a), P. DiDonato (1a). SOG: L'ville 43, NMH 19. Goaltenders: McKinney (L) and Jarecki (NMH).
Game 2: 9:00 am – at Princeton University -- Choate 8, St. Andrew's 6 -- Choate: M. Goggin (1g,3a), C. Goggin (4a), Manz (2g,1a), Ferraro (1g,2a), Corcoran (1g,1a), Sabky (1g), Depietto (1g), Wheeler (1g), Cohen (1a), Malley (1a). SAC: Bonner (2g,1a), Wallace (1g,2a), Ringuette (2a), Thomson (2a), Boyd (1g), Boisvert (1g), Drager (1g), Morissette (1a), Thorn (1a). SOG: Choate 31, SAC 16. Goaltenders: Barchard (6ga) and Wilechansky (0ga) for Choate; Lessard for SAC.
Game 3: 11:00 am - at Lawrenceville School -- Taft 3, Canterbury 0 -- Taft: B. Curran (1g,2a), Balysky (2a), S. Curran (1g,1a), Dwyer (1g), Nugent (1a). SOG: Taft 32, Canterbury 21. Goaltenders: Margolin (Taft); Dingman (3ga) and Luther (0ga) for Canterbury.
Game 4: 11:00 am - at Princeton University -- Belmont Hill 6, Nichols 3 -- BH: J. McNamara (1g,4a), Silvia (3g,1a), K. McNamara (1g,1a), Tierney (1g), Gordon (1a), O'Donnell (1a), Moscatel (1a). Nichols: Mullan (2g,1a), Cento (2a), Montour (1g), Livsey (1a). SOG: BH 26, Nichols 15. Goaltenders: Gedman (BH); Stafford (N).
Game 5: 2:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School -- Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2: St. Andrew's 2, NMH 1 -- SAC: Wallace (1g,1a), Geick (1g), Thomson (1a), Vangog (1a). NMH: Drivas (1g), Bigelow (1a). SOG: SAC 27, NMH 20. Goaltenders: Lessard (SAC); Williams (NMH).
Game 6: 4:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4: Nichols 4, Canterbury 2 -- Nichols: Livsey (2g,1a), Mullan (1g), Tokarczyk (1g), Deacon (1a). C'bury: Armstrong (1g), Fritz (1g), Celata (1a), Bishop (1a), Larino (1a). SOG: Canterbury 26, Nichols 20. Goaltenders: Koleini (N) and Luther (C).
Game 7: 7:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School -Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2: Choate 5, Lawrenceville 4 -- Choate: Malley (1g,1a), M. Goggin (2a), Sabsky (1g,1a), Wheeler (1g), Manz (1g), Ferraro (1g), Depietto (1a), Nudy (1a). SOG: C 32, L 31. Goaltenders: Wilechansky (C); McKinney (L).
Game 8: 9:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School -Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4: Taft 2, Belmont Hill 1 (OT) --A Jesse Root OT goal lifts Taft into title game. Earlier, a Jason Silvia goal put Belmont Hill up 1-0. Bobby Kramer, from Drew McKenzie, tied it up with a powerplay goal. Bobby Torney and Nick Liotta assisted on Root's OT tally.
Sunday @ L'ville:
8 am NMH vs. Canterbury; 10 am St. Andrew's vs. Nichols; 12 pm L'ville vs. Bel Hill; 2:30 pm (Championship) Taft vs. Choate.
Sat. Dec. 16: Howard Tournament -- Williston wins it. Indelicato Named MVP.
9:00 am – St. George’s Tournament -- Williston 2, BB&N 0 (Cutler Rink) -- Williston wins tournament on Eric Cook goal with 2:47 in regulation. Tournament MVP Anthony Indelicato adds an empty-netter. Kevin Moore gets the shutout. Williston scoring: Hartigan (1g), Indelicato (1eng), Radmin (1a), Kravitz (1a), and S. Cook (1a). Goaltenders: Moore (W); Venti (BB&N).
9:15 am – St. George’s Tournament -- Holderness 6, St. George’s 3 (Howard Rink) -- H: Silengo (3g,1a), Chartrain (2a), Neron (1g,1a), Baker (1g), N. Uola (1g), Davis (1a), Antinoeu (1a), A. Uola (1a). SG: Curtin (1g,1a), Fogg (1g), Sider (1g), Guerriero (1a), Kinney (1a), Ryan (1a), Simonds (1a). Goaltenders -- Guay (H) 16 saves; O'Brien (SG) 34 saves.
Sat. Dec. 16: St. Sebastian’s Tournament 1:00 pm – at St. Seb’s – Game 6 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2: South Kent 6, Winchendon 5 5:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 8 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4: St. Francis 5, Bridgton 3 -- St. Francis: Scarsella (2g), Day (2 g). B: George (2g).
11:00 am – at St Seb’s -- Game 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2: Thayer 5, Proctor 2 -- Thayer: Golden ( 2g,1a), Urso (1g,1a), Metivier (1g,1a). Proctor: Silvio (1g), Milley (1g). Goaltending: Reardon (TA) 11 saves; Rosenholtz (P) 44 saves.
3:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4: St. Seb's 5, Albany Academy 2 -- St. Seb's: Fine (2g), Donahoe (2a). Albany Acad: Connors (1g), Tyksinski (1g). Goaltending: Toomey (SS) 13 saves; Gerrish (AA) 32 saves.
Sunday @ St. Seb's:
9 am Proctor vs. Bridgton; 11 am Thayer vs. St. Francis; 1 pm Winchendon vs. Albany Academy; 3 pm (Championship) South Kent vs. St. Seb's
Sat. Dec. 16: Exeter Invitational
12:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Governor Dummer Academy 6, Northwood 4
1:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Pomfret vs. Blake CANCELLED
3:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Exeter 4, Tilton 3
1:00 pm – at St. Seb’s – Game 6 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2: South Kent 6, Winchendon 5
5:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 8 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4: St. Francis 5, Bridgton 3 -- St. Francis: Scarsella (2g), Day (2 g). B: George (2g).
Sat. Dec. 16: Barber Tournament -- Vermont Academy 2006 Winners
8:30 am – at Middlesex -- Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3: Ridley College 4, Middlesex 3
8:30 am – at St. Mark’s -- Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4: St. Mark's 3, Brewster 2
10:30 am – at Middlesex -- Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3: Worcester Academy 4, Hebron 3 (OT)
10:30 am – at St. Mark’s -- Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4: Vermont Academy 4, Princeton CD 1
1:30 pm – at St. Mark's -- Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6: Middlesex 3, Brewster 0
1:30 pm – at Middlesex -- Consolation Game -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 : St. Mark's 3, Ridley College 2 (OT) -- Chris Cyr scores game winner in OT. SM: Dargis (1g), Erving (1g), Cyr (1g), R. Smith (2a), C. Smith (2a), A. Smith (1a). RC: Clarke (1g), Allen (1g), Porter (1a), Lukasik (1a), Altilio (1a), Dickson (1a). Goaltenders: Smith (SM) 10/12 and Saltarelli (SM) 18/18; Meisner (RC) 39/42).
3:30 pm – at St. Mark's -- Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8: Hebron 6, Princeton Country Day 0
3:30 pm -- at Middlesex -- Championship Game -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8: Vermont Academy 4, Worcester Academy 1
Fri. Dec. 15 Tournament Scoreboard
Fri. Dec. 15: Flood-Marr Tournament
9:00 am – at Nobles -- Nobles 2, Andover 1 -- Freshman Mark Hourihan’s third period goal won it for today’s hosts. N&G: Steele (1g,1a), Hourihan (1g), Glass (1a), Gormley (1a), Resor (1a). PA: Smith (1g), Bury (1a), Roche (1a). Goaltending: Muse (N&G) 27/28; Stowell (PA) 22/24.
11:00 am -- at Nobles -- Salisbury 4, Westminster 3 -- Salisbury comes back from 3-0 deficit. Capuano from Masucci to tie it up; Masucci from Capuano, off a TO, to win it with 1:20 remaining. Salisbury: Biega (2g), Capuano (1g,1a), Masucci (1g,1a), Quick (1a), Jaskowiak (1a), Carey (1a), Gibbons (1a), Clayman (1a). Westminster: Boutet (2g), Riffe (1g,1a), Pitsikoulis (2a), Cross (2a), Earl (1a). Goaltending: Borelli (Salisbury) 14/17; MacDonald (Westminster) 30/34.
1:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Deerfield 0, KUA 0 -- Senior Todd Rowley of Billerica, Mass. came up big for KUA. Michael Dizgun was perfect, too. He just didn’t have to work as hard. Goaltending: Rowley (KUA) 38/38; Dizgun (Deerfield) 10/10.
3:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Hotchkiss 2, Milton 1 -- Zach Martin’s second period goal was the game winner. Hotchkiss: Buicko (1g), Martin (1g), Irving (1a), Kittredge (1a), Massar (1a), Deblois (1a). Milton: Brown (1g), Shepard (1a), Dougherty (1a). Goaltending: Yanchek (Hotchkiss); Baldino (Milton).
5:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Salisbury 3, Nobles 0 -- Anthony Borelli picks up shutout for Salisbury, kicking out 15 shots. Salisbury: Capuano (1g), Carey (1g), Ketchum (ENG), Guttek (2a), Clayman (1a), Biega (1a), Reed (1a). Goaltending: Borelli (Salisbury) 15/15; Muse (N&G) 28/30. Andrew Glass a scratch due to shoulder injury. #15 Tyler Parsons, #16 Nick Raffone, and #28 Mike Clarke added to Nobles roster.
7:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Westminster 4, Andover 0 -- Westminster senior goalie Darren MacDonald (26 saves) blanks Andover. Westminster: Earl (1g), Dewey (1g), Riffe (1g), Pitsikoulis (1g,1a), Cross (1a), Sandberg (1a), Boutet (1a). Goaltending: MacDonald (Westminster) 26/26; Stowell (PA) 23/27.
Fri. Dec. 15: Brooks-Pingree Tournament
9:00 am – at Brooks School -- Wyoming Seminary 4, Brooks 3 -- WS: Suchowski (2g,1a), Brown (1g,2a), Lapierre (2a), Averona (1g), Lieback (1a), Sweeney (1a). Brooks: Halloran (1g), Goodyear (1g), Swift (1g), Gallagher (1a), Napolitano (1a). Goaltenders: Ayotte (WS); Dionne (Brooks).
11:00 am – at Brooks School -- Portsmouth Abbey 7, Kents Hill 4 --PA: Kriner (4g,2a), Abraham (1g,3a), Holbrook (2a), King (2g), Valcour (1a), Libutti (1a), Estok (1a), Domos (1a). KH: Goellner (1g,2a)Kolb (1g,1a), Richard (1g,1a), Pessa (1g), Feeney (1a), Cormier (1a), DeHaven (1a). Goaltending -- O'Reilly (PA) 31/35; Luchessi (KHS) 23/30 and Fleming (KHS) 6/6.
2:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Brunswick 9, Rivers 3
4:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Pingree vs. Shady Side -- missing this one
6:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Portsmouth Abbey 5, Wyoming Seminary 3
8:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Kents Hill 3, Brooks 1
Fri. Dec. 15: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic 9 11:00 am -- at Avon -- Berkshire 4, Tabor 2 (@ Trinity College) -- Berkshire: Guariglia (1g,1a), K. Miller (1g), Eruzione (1g), DiOrio (1g), Perkins (1a), C. Miller (1a), Rabbani (1a), Rainer (1a). Tabor: Svoboda (1g,1a), Kavanagh (1a), Clemmenson (1g), Clarke (1a).
11:00 am -- at Avon -- Avon 7, Loomis 2 -- 16 Avon players notched at least one point. Avon: Butler (1g,1a), Seltenright (1g,1a), Mapes (1g,1a), Higginbotham (1g), C. Atkinson (1g), Peltz (1g), Wieland (1g), Devereaux (1a), Petersen (1a), New (1a), Bonino (1a), Liebel (1a), Ward (1a), Mullane (1a), Chamness (1a), Cooper (1a). Loomis: Grocki (1g), Dewdney (1g), Tebano (1a).Goaltending – Avon: Wolcott (13/13, 25:00 min.) and Kain (11/13, 25:00)/ Loomis Flessa-LaRoche (23/26, 25 min) and Irvine (16/20, 25 min.). 4:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 2 – South Kent 7, Thayer 4 --
9:00 am -- at Avon -- Gunnery 6, Trinity-Pawling 0 (@ Trinity College) -- Gunnery: Tatum (3g), Smith (1g,2a), Yelovich (3a), Falasca (1g,1a), Dyer (1g), Sullivan (1a), Adams (1a).
3:00 pm -- at Avon -- Gunnery 4, Kent 1 -- Gunnery: Smith (2a), Tatum (2a), Buvinow (1g), Houli (1g), Helderman (1g), Izzi (1g), Dietz (1a), Chiappetta (1a), McBride (1a). Kent: Williams (1g), Lans (1a). Goaltenders: Vazzano (Gunnery) and Dowd (Kent). SOG: Gunnery 34, Kent 29.
5:00 pm -- at Avon -- Trinity-Pawling 2, St. Paul's 1 -- T-P: MacGregor (1g,1a), Flynn (1g), Smith (1a). SPS: Albertson (1g), Bouharevich (1a), Daly (1a). Goaltenders: Calamari (T-P) and Peabody (SPS). SOG: T-P 32, SPS 31.
7:00 pm -- at Avon -- Berkshire 6, Loomis 0 -- Berkshire: Bursee (1g,2a), DiOrio (2a), Rabbani (1g,1a), Eruzione (1g), Guariglia (1g), Prokow (1g), Saltzman (1g), Rainer (1a), Pallai (1a), C.Miller (1a), Buonomo (1a), Smith (1a). Goaltenders: Stein (Berkshire) and Irvine (Loomis). SOG: Berkshire 42, Loomis 15.
9:00 pm -- at Avon -- Avon 7, Tabor 1 -- 13 Avon players notched at least one point. Avon: Bonino (2g,1a), C. Atkinson (1g,2a), Moffie (1g), Mullane (1g), Malchoff (1g), Seltenright (1g), Petersen (1a), Higginbotham (1a), Chamness (1a), Gurry (1a), T. Atkinson (1a), Trentowski (1a), Mapes (1a). Tabor: A. Jelinek (1g), Svoboda (1a). Goaltenders: Enloe (Avon) and Carroll (Tabor). SOG: Avon 41, Tabor 41.
Fri. Dec. 15: Lawrence-Groton Tournament
10:00 am – at Lawrence Academy -- Culver 4, Lawrence Academy 4 -- (Culver wins shootout, 2-0)
12:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Kingswood-Oxford 6, NYA 4 --
10:00 am -- at Groton -- Cushing 8, Hill 4 --
12:00 pm – at Groton -- Groton 2, New Hampton 1 -- Groton: Turchetta (1g), Orolowitz (1g), Robinson (1a), Laliberte (1a). NH: Conley (1g), Stewardson (1a). Goaltenders: Adams (Groton) 26 saves; NH 18 saves.
5:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Culver 4, Hill 3 (OT) -- Victor Saponari's goal wins it in OT for Culver. Culver: Darnell (1g), Kretschmer (1g), Moles (1g), Saponari (1g), Schmit (1a), Geoffrion (1a), Gerths (1a), MacDonald (1a), Hibbeler (1a). Hill: Guldin (1g,1a), Mould (1g), Potts (1g), Dewyea (1a), McConney (1a), Petrov (1a).
8:00 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Cushing 4, Lawrence 3 -- Cushing: Bourque (2g,1a), White (1g,2a), Little (2a), Jessyko Bernard (1g), Josh Bernard (1a), Couglin (1a). LA: J. Simpson (2g), Buckley (g), Rosenthal (1a), Bergin (1a), J. Whitney (1a), S. Whitney (1a).
6:00 pm – at Groton -- New Hampton 3, Kingswood-Oxford 1 -- NH: Hurlsut (1g), Jenkins (1g), Stewardson (1g), Galante (2a), Fitzpatrick (1a), Hogan (1a), Conley (1a).
8:00 pm – at Groton -- Groton 2, NYA 0 -- Groton: O'Brien (1g), Lee (1g), Knight (1a), Violette (1a), Zacharias (1a). Goaltenders: Bloom (Groton) 18 saves; NYA 38 saves.
Fri. Dec. 15: Harvey Tournament
3:00 pm – at the Harvey School -- Game #1 -- Harvey 3, KLHT 1
5:00 pm – at the Harvey School -- Game #2 – Dexter 4, Kiski 2 --
7:00 pm -- at the Harvey School -- Game #3 – St. Thomas More 4, Rye Country Day 3 (OT) --
9:00 pm -- at the Harvey School -- Game #4 – Webster Academy 10, Fieldston 0
Fri. Dec. 15: St. Sebastian’s Tournament
2:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 1 – Winchendon 6, Proctor 4 -- Winchendon: Trahan (2g,1a), Fidler-O'Neil (1g,2a). Proctor: Lucenta (2g,1a), Silvio (2g). Goaltending -- Rossy (W) 18 saves; Rosenholtz (P) 41 saves.
6:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 3 – St. Sebastian’s 4, Bridgton 3 --
8:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 4 – Albany Academy 3, St. Francis 2 -- AA: Nadaski (1g), Tysinski (1g), Quillinan (1g). SF: V. Scarsella (G), M. Benedict (G). Goaltenders: Gerrish (AA) 40 saves; Musialowski (SF) 21 saves.
Fri. Dec. 15: Howard Tournament
10:00 am – St. George’s Tournament -- BB&N 3, St. George’s 1 (Howard Rink) -- BB&N: Florentino (1g,1a), Hartigan (1g), Croy (1g), Rismiller (1a), Zizza (1a), Mazzei (1a). SG: Ryan (1g), Sider (1a), Boscia (1a). Goaltenders -- Papa (BB&N); O'Brien (SG). SOG -- BB&N 33, St. George's 26.
10:15 am – St. George’s Tournament -- Williston 4, Holderness 1 (Cutler Rink) -- W: Bronner (1eng, 2a), Colwell (1g,1a), Vece (2a), Simmons (1g), Potofsky (1g), Mathers (1a), Haverty (1a), Soltys (1a). H: N. Uola (1g), A. Uola (1a), Leach (1a). Goaltending -- Moore (W); Guay (H).
5:15 pm – St. George’s Tournament -- Holderness 2, BB&N 1 (Cutler Rink) -- H: Antoniou (1g), Chartrain (1a), Silengo (1g), Branton (1a). BB&N: Mazzei (1g), Hartigan (1a). Goaltenders: Guay (H); Venti (BB&N).
6:00 pm – St. George’s Tournament -- Williston 4, St. George’s 1 (Howard Rink) -- W: Indelicato (3a), Colwell (1g,1a), Bronner (1g,1a), Simmons (1g), Vece (1a), Haverty (1a), Kravitz (1a). SG: Ryan (1g), Sider (1a). Goaltenders -- Bigler (W); Corkery (SG). SOG: Williston 40, St. George's 28.
Fri. Dec. 15: Exeter Invitational
9:00 am -- at Avon -- St. Paul's 4, Kent 1 -- SPS: Lanoue (1g,1a), Rocha (1g, 1a), Brisebois (1g), Daly (1g), Prather (1a), Bouharevich (1a). Kent: J. Daniels (1g). Goaltenders: O’Brien (SPS)/ Milana (Kent). SOG: SPS 26, Kent 26.
11:00 am -- at Avon -- Berkshire 4, Tabor 2 (@ Trinity College) -- Berkshire: Guariglia (1g,1a), K. Miller (1g), Eruzione (1g), DiOrio (1g), Perkins (1a), C. Miller (1a), Rabbani (1a), Rainer (1a). Tabor: Svoboda (1g,1a), Kavanagh (1a), Clemmenson (1g), Clarke (1a).
11:00 am -- at Avon -- Avon 7, Loomis 2 -- 16 Avon players notched at least one point. Avon: Butler (1g,1a), Seltenright (1g,1a), Mapes (1g,1a), Higginbotham (1g), C. Atkinson (1g), Peltz (1g), Wieland (1g), Devereaux (1a), Petersen (1a), New (1a), Bonino (1a), Liebel (1a), Ward (1a), Mullane (1a), Chamness (1a), Cooper (1a). Loomis: Grocki (1g), Dewdney (1g), Tebano (1a).Goaltending – Avon: Wolcott (13/13, 25:00 min.) and Kain (11/13, 25:00)/ Loomis Flessa-LaRoche (23/26, 25 min) and Irvine (16/20, 25 min.).
4:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 2 – South Kent 7, Thayer 4 --
2:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Northwood 6, Portland Junior Pirates 1 -- Northwood: Starczewski (2g,1a), Alber (2g), Lindley (1g,1a), Boyd (1g,1a), Morley (2a), Schneider (2a), Zengerle (1a), Fulton (1a), Franzon (1a). Portland: Payson (1g), Michaud (1a).
5:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Governor Dummer Academy 4, Exeter 1 -- GDA: Day (2g), Menard (1g,1a), Ward (1g), Bielinski (1a). PE: O'Brien (1g), Dimitruk (1a). Goaltending -- Hume (PE) 27/30 and Malerba (26/27).
5:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Tilton 5, Pomfret 1-- Tilton: Penny (2a), Orgon (2a), Meehan (1g), Russell (1g), Scholl (1g), O'Leary (1g), Lubert (1a), Callahan (1a), Moreschi (1a), Johnston (1a), Ostendorf (1a). Pomfret: McCloud (1g), Sullivan (1a), Scully (1a).
Fri. Dec. 15: Barber Tournament
5:00 pm – at Middlesex -- Game 1: Hebron 2, Middlesex 1 (OT) -- A Cameron Laurie OT goal brings Hebron the win. Hebron: Colleran (1g), Laurie (1g), Beer (1a), Guerard (1a). Middlesex: Dudley (1g), Mahoney (1a). Goaltenders -- Crosby (Hebron) 35 saves; Delaney (Middlesex) 28 saves.
5:00 pm – at St. Mark’s -- Game 2: Vermont Academy 3, St. Mark's 2 (OT) -- A Mike Allport OT goal lifted Vermont Academy to a 3-2 win over tourney host St. Mark's. VA: Gibbons (1g), Aquino (2a), Thompson (1g), Allport (1g), Donnellan (1a), Frigo (1a), Labb (1a). SM: Erving (1g,1a), Dargis (2a), Roberts (1g), Smith (1a). Goaltending -- Hernandez (VA) 36/38; Saltarelli (SM) 31/34.
7:00 pm – at Middlesex -- Game 3: Worcester Academy 4, Ridley College 2 (@ Middlesex)
7:00 pm – at St. Mark’s -- Game 4: Princeton Day School 6, Brewster Academy 1 (@ St. Mark's)
Wed. Dec. 13 Recaps
* Gunnery States Its Case * South Kent Stays Undefeated *
-- At Watertown, Conn., an Adam Houli goal with 3:26 left in the third period lifted Gunnery to a big 5-4 win over host Taft. After Houli’s game winner, Taft went on a late power play but Gunnery held them off. Big guns for Gunnery were Anthony Yelovich (2g,1a), Austin Smith (1g,1a), Adam Houli (1g,1a), and defenseman Matt Helderman (1g,1a). Bobby Kramer (1g,1a), Kevin Nugent (1g,1a), Bobby Torney (1g,1a), and Bryan Curran (1g,1a) each had two points for Taft. Gunnery outshot Taft, 35-22.
-- At Salisbury, Conn., Paul Carey had two goals and an assist to lead Salisbury to a 5-1 win over Millbrook. Matt Masucci (1g,1a) and Michael Biega (1g,1a) each had two points for Salisbury. Salisbury outshot Millbrook, 54-11.
-- At Milton, Mass., Lawrence Academy topped host Milton, 6-4. Stevie Bergin (1g,2a), Joe Whitney (1g,1a), Steven Whitney (1g,1a), Jason Molle (1g,1a), TJ Flynn (1g,1a), and Wayne Simpson (2a) led the Lawrence attack. Brandon Nunn (1g,3a), Sasha Voloshin (1g,2a), Jonathan Mleczko (1g,1a), and Jeremy Deutsch (1g,1a) paced the Mustangs.
-- At Deerfield, Mass., a Tom Atkinson goal at 9:32 of the third period lifted Avon Old Farms to a 2-1 road win over Deerfield Academy. After a scoreless first period, Avon sophomore D Lee Moffie put the Winged Beavers on the board, but the game was quickly tied up on a goal by Deerfield junior Matthew Snow. Michael Dizgun kicked out 33 of 35 in the Big Green net. Randy Wolcott stopped 32 of 33 for Avon.
-- At Andover, NH, Proctor topped St. Mark’s, 5-2. Matt Robertson (1g,4a) figured in all five of Proctor’s goals and Neil Ruffini (2g,2a) figured in four of them. Ryan Ruddock (3a) and Dennis Silvio (1g,1a) also contributed. Proctor outshot St. Mark’s, 55-35. Josh Rosenholtz picked up the win in the Hornets’ net.
-- At Exeter, NH, South Kent School remained undefeated as Rem Vanderbeek scored an overtime power play goal to edge host Exeter, 7-6. Vanderbeek also scored a goal with 1:33 remaining in the third to send the game to OT. In addition, the PG from New Jersey added two assists for a four-point day. Other big guns for South Kent were Nick Lampson (2g,1a), Joey Diamond (1g,1a), Joe Pereira (1g,1a), and John Tague (1g,1a). Exeter’s big scorers today were Ben Tsujiura (2g,2a), Jon Dwyer (2g,1a), Joey White (3a), Michael Doherty (2a), and Evan O’Brien (2a). South Kent outshot Exeter 40-27.
-- At Meriden, NH, host Kimball Union scored four third-period goals to blank Northfield-Mt. Hermon. KUA PG Todd Rowley kicked out 31 saves for the shutout. Mark Collins had two goals for KUA; and Travis True and Colin Young each had two assists.
-- At Groton, Mass., Pingree took a 5-3 road win over Groton. Ben MacLaughlin (1g,1a), Chris Lange (2g), and Mike Collins (1g,1a) led the Pingree attack. Sophomore Jono Turchetta (1g,1a) and freshman Mike Violette (1g,1a) each had a couple of points for Groton.
South Kent Tops Exeter in OT Thriller, 7-6
Exeter, NH - In a back-and-forth shootout that saw six lead changes, South Kent edged host Phillips Exeter by a 7-6 score today to remain undefeated.
Senior Rem Vanderbeek scored a late game-tying goal for South Kent, while Joe Pereira notched the game-winner in OT, to break the deadlock between the evenly-matched teams.
The outcome brought back visions of last year's Exeter/South Kent tumble, in which South Kent also came back to win 7-6 with two late goals.
This time, with Exeter up 6-5 with under four minutes to play, South Kent sophomore forward Daniel Pelletier forced a turnover at the Big Red blueline, and fed to the streaking Vanderbeek in the right slot. The postgraduate forward from New Jersey calmly walked in and snapped the puck in between Exeter goaltender Jonathan Lee's right armpit for the game-tying tally.
After South Kent killed a crucial penalty to end regulation, both teams struggled to get going in the extra frame, before Exeter captain Michael Doherty was whistled for hooking with 2:40 to go in OT.
It only took a minute until Vanderbeek fed Pereira at the left dot on the power play, and his low shot evaded Lee, clanging off both posts and into the net to ignite the visitors from Connecticut.
"Rem is an absolute leader," said South Kent head coach Geoff Marottolo after the game, "I've never had anyone like him before."
With senior goaltender Sergiy Sorokolat prepping for World Junior play with the Ukranian National Team, junior Derek Strang manned the net for South Kent today in the wild contest.
Exeter came out strong in the first period, ringing a post or two, and struck first on a Jon Dwyer goal. But South Kent quickly responded when junior Joe Diamond's wrister popped high in the air out of Lee's glove, and landed just beyond the stunned goaltender and into the net.
In the second period, Exeter opened a two goal lead with two perimeter shots that found their way past Strang's blocker-side. South Kent's opportunistic and quick to transition offense would respond in kind, however, as the six goals in six minutes streak began.
After Jon Lee was bowled over to the ice and somewhat dazed halfway through the second, South Kent went on a scoring spree, lighting the lamp three times in a minute-and-a-half, all on shots in close proximity to the goal.
South Kent's 4-3 lead would not last long, as Jon Dwyer scored his second of the game for Exeter, deflecting a Joey White slapshot in front of the net for the equalizer. Two minutes later, while killing a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation, the Red struck again when captain Doherty drove two defenders to the net, leaving the puck at the right dot for Ben Tsujiara to roof over Strang's head.
Exeter continued the offensive pressure throughout the second period, but was denied three times in the last two minutes by Strang. "[Derek] hung in there," said Marottolo, "he made some big saves today that kept us in the game."
Momentum swung back South Kent's way in the 3rd, as the visiting Cardinals cycled the puck well and manufactured shots with the flow of the game back in place after a penalty-laden second stanza. Senior Nick Lampson struck only six minutes in to tie the game at 5-5, as he drove from the neutral zone, dangled past a defender at the right dot, shot and collected his own rebound for the goal.
Exeter was quick to answer yet again, when a minute later Doherty found open space in the slot, before shoveling a backhand saucer pass to streaking junior Tom Clayton at the right post for the one-timer. With the 6-5 lead, Exeter had an opportunity to ice the game when South Kent's Lampson went off for a 5 minute major penalty, but the Big Red took a penalty of its own to stifle the attack.
Before Vanderbeek and Pereira's late-game heroics sent the South Kent supporters home happy, the Cardinals bench and fans were in an uproar as the visitors had to kill virtually half a period of penalties with time winding down. Joe Pereira's late breakaway attempt also ended with Exeter's Lee poking and tripping the prep league's leading scorer, with no call made.
The first lines of South Kent and Exeter both tallied 5 goals for their teams today, and the speedy, skilled, and crafty Pereira-Vanderbeek-Lampson line was an interesting contrast to Exeter's first unit of Dwyer, Doherty, and Clayton, with Tsujiara jumping in at times. The Big Red top line, led by captain Doherty, features more size and physicality, and all are crisp and heady players.
South Kent outshot Exeter 40-27 today, but Exeter had its fair share of grade A opportunities. With the loss, Exeter drops to 4-2-0, while South Kent stays unbeaten at 8-0-0.
After the game, Exeter head coach Dana Barbin captured the glum picture. "Any time you give up seven goals, there's something you need to work on. We gave up this game with some bad turnovers, and to take a penalty to neutralize a five minute power play, and then to take another one in overtime, it's just a bad loss. South Kent is talented, skillful and nasty, they're shaping up to be a team that no one will want to face come late season."
Across the hall, an elated coach Marottolo gave credit to the opposition. "Dana's team came ready to play. They're real competitive on the puck, they dictated play, but we were patient enough with the puck and we'll certainly take the win. We gave up six goals, but most of them were from the perimeter, and if we can keep the shots to the outside, we should be okay and can play our game."
Thurs. Dec. 14 Tournament Scoreboard
Thurs. Dec 14: Exeter Invitational
2:30 pm – at Exeter -- Culver 5, Exeter 3 -- Culver went up 2-0, Exeter came back with three straight power play goals to go up 3-2, but Culver scored the final three goals to win 5-2. Culver: Will MacDonald (2g,1a), Chris Darnell (3a), Victor Saponari (1g,1a), David Gerths (1g,1a), Kevin Harris (2a), Michael Kretschmer (1g), Tyler Quartuccio (1a), Tim Hennessey (1a). Exeter: Jon Dwyer (1g,2a), Tommy Clayton (1g,1a), Joey White (1g), Michael Doherty (1a), Ben Tsujiura (1a). Goaltending: Culver: Jason Torf (21/24)/ Exeter: Teddy Hume (22/27).
3:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Pomfret 10, Holderness 3 -- Well, admission was free... Pomfret: Brian Flynn (3g,3a), Brendan Shea (1g,3a), Jim Crowley (1g,2a), Brendan Rempel (1g,2a), Robert Becker (2g), Bobby Sullivan (1g,1a), Chris Hartzell (1g), Shawn McLeod (1a), Patrick Duane (1a), Stephen Zorkers (1a), Garrett Guiles (1a), Claude Lamothe (1a). Holderness: Kyle Krulac (1g,1a), Niko Uola (1g,1a), Kyle Baker (1g).
5:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Governor Dummer Academy 3, Wyoming Seminary 2 -- GDA: Herbie Kent (2g), Brian Day (1g,1a), Jason Michaud (1a), Patrick Morrissey (1a), Eric Ward (1a). Wyoming: Alan Pouliot (2a), DJ Brown (1g), Robert Lim (1g), Ian Barnes (1a), Nick Lapierre (1a).
5:30 pm -- at Exeter -- South Kent 6, Tilton 4 -- South Kent ran out of gas in the third – and Tilton scored all four of their goals. South Kent: Dillon O’Hara (5a), Joey Diamond (2g,2a), John Tague (2g,1a), Joe Pereira (1g), Karl Mauhs (1g), Rem Vanderbeek (1a), Chris Miller (1a).
7:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Green Mountain Glades 6, Northwood 3
8:00 pm -- at Exeter -- NH Jr. Monarchs 3, Junior Bruins 2
Thurs. Dec. 14: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic
3:00 pm – at Avon -- Avon 4, Berkshire 3 -- Avon: Cam Atkinson (2g), Nick Bonino (2a), Ryan Butler (1g), Brad Peltz (1g), Chris Wieland (1a), Patrick Mullane (1a), Tom Atkinson (1a), Brian Malchoff (1a). Berkshire: Dan Guariglia (1g), Justin Torre (1g), Paul Eruzione (1g), Kevan Miller (1a), Dan Rainer (1a), Josh Rabbani (1a). Goaltending – Avon: Patrick Enloe (26/29)/ Berkshire: Russ Stein (22/26, 28:00 min) and Charlie Ogalin (8/8, 21:00 min).
5:00 pm – at Avon -- Kent 3, Trinity-Pawling 2 -- All three Kent goals came on the power play. Kent: Justin Daniels (1g,1a), Jon Schanke (1g), Blake Jobkar (1g), Sean Tuohy (1a), Danny Colvin (1a), John Passantino (1a), Drew Daniels (1a). T-P: Mathieu Limoges (1g,1a), Tim Margiotta (1g), Colin Flynn (1a). Goaltending – Kent: Brian Dowd (13/15)/ T-P: Colin Bessey (34/37).
7:00 pm – at Avon -- Gunnery 4, St. Paul's 3 (OT) -- P.J. Tatum scores a power play goal at 2:23 of OT to give Gunnery its second quality win in two days. Gunnery: Austin Smith (1g,3a), PJ Tatum (1g,3a), Billy Sanborn (1g), Matt Dyer (1g), Adam Houli (1a), Anthony Yelovich (1a). SPS: Ben Albertson (1g,1a), Peter Child (2a), Jason Bourgea (1g), Yuri Bouharevich (1g), Mike Daly (1a), Jason DeGiovanni (1a). Goaltending -- Gunnery: John Vazzano (33/36)/ Tyler O’Brien (30/34).
9:00 pm – at Avon -- Tabor 4, Loomis 2 -- Tabor: Eric Clemmenson (2a), James Jelinek (1g), Andrew Jelinek (1g), Wyatt Clarke (1g), Evan Ellbogen (1g), Ryan Kavanagh (1a), Zachary Feiden (1a), Karel Svoboda (1a), Trevor Pawliczka (1a), Michael Jangro (1a). Loomis: Alex Chissler (1g), Tyler Dewdney (1g), Bobby Lane (1a), David Gal (1a). Goaltending – Tabor: Ryan Carroll (25/27)/ Loomis: Matt Irvine (42/46).
12/11/06 Update 12/13 -- The Blake School, due to a communication snafu (Exeter thought they were coming; Blake had no plans to go) will not be appearing at the Exeter Invitational. Wyoming Seminary will take their slot for Thursday, facing GDA at 5:00. The Portland Junior Pirates will take the Friday slot and play Northwood at 2 pm. Saturday's Blake-Pomfret game has been cancelled.
This Week’s ScheduleMon. Dec. 11, 2006:
Kent's Hill @ Bridgton, 3:30 pm
Iona Prep @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Tue. Dec. 12, 2006:
Brooks @ Brewster, 3:15 pm
John Jay H.S. @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Canterbury @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Belmont Hill, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Choate, 4:30 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Governor Dummer, 5:00 pm
Wed. Dec. 13, 2006:
Portledge @ the Hill School, 2:00 pm
Gunnery @ Taft, 2:00 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 2:15 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Deerfield, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ Groton, 4:00 pm
Lawrence @ Milton, 4:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ Brewster, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
New Hampton @ Kent's Hill, 4:30 pm
Brunswick @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Kimball Union, 5:15 pm
Berwick @ Worcester Academy, 5:00 pm (at Marlboro, Mass.)
Thu. Dec. 14, 2006:
Thurs. Dec 14: Exeter Invitational
2:30 pm – at Exeter -- Exeter vs. Culver
3:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Holderness vs. Pomfret
5:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Governor Dummer Academy vs. Wyoming Seminary
5:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Tilton vs. South Kent
7:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Green Mountain Glades vs. Northwood
8:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Junior Bruins vs. NH Jr. Monarchs
Thurs. Dec. 14: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic
3:00 pm – at Avon -- Berkshire vs. Avon
5:00 pm – at Avon -- Kent vs. T-P
7:00 pm – at Avon -- Gunnery vs. St. Paul's
9:00 pm – at Avon -- Loomis vs. Tabor
Fri. Dec. 15, 2006:
Fri. Dec. 15: Flood-Marr Tournament
9:00 am – at Nobles -- Andover vs. Nobles
11:00 am -- at Nobles -- Westminster vs. Salisbury
1:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Deerfield vs. KUA
3:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Milton vs. Hotchkiss
5:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Salisbury vs. Nobles
7:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Westminster vs. Andover
Fri. Dec. 15: Brooks-Pingree Tournament
9:00 am – at Brooks School -- Brooks vs. Wyoming Seminary
11:00 am – at Brooks School -- Portsmouth Abbey vs. Kents Hill
2:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Brunswick vs. Rivers
4:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Pingree vs. Shady Side
6:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Portsmouth Abbey vs. Wyoming Seminary
8:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Brooks vs. Kents Hill
Fri. Dec. 15: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic
9:00 am -- at Avon -- T-P vs. Gunnery (@ Trinity College)
9:00 am -- at Avon -- St. Paul's vs. Kent
11:00 am -- at Avon -- Berkshire vs. Tabor (@ Trinity College)
11:00 am -- at Avon -- Loomis vs. Avon
3:00 pm -- at Avon -- Kent vs. Gunnery
5:00 pm -- at Avon -- Trinity-Pawling vs. St. Paul's
7:00 pm -- at Avon -- Berkshire vs. Loomis
9:00 pm -- at Avon -- Tabor vs. Avon
Fri. Dec. 15: Lawrence-Groton Tournament
10:00 am – at Lawrence Academy -- Culver vs. Lawrence Academy
12:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Kingswood-Oxford vs. NYA
10:00 am -- at Groton -- Cushing vs. the Hill
12:00 pm – at Groton -- Groton vs. New Hampton
5:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- The Hill vs. Culver
8:00 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Lawrence vs. Cushing
6:00 pm – at Groton -- New Hampton vs. Kingswood-Oxford
8:00 pm – at Groton -- NYA vs. Groton
Fri. Dec. 15: Harvey Tournament
3:00 pm – at the Harvey School -- Game #1 -- KLHT vs. Harvey
5:00 pm – at the Harvey School -- Game #2 – Kiski vs. Dexter
7:00 pm -- at the Harvey School -- Game #3 – St. Thomas More vs. Rye Country Day
9:00 pm -- at the Harvey School -- Game #4 – Fieldston vs. Webster Academy
Fri. Dec. 15: St. Sebastian’s Tournament
2:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 1 – Winchendon vs. Proctor
4:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 2 – Thayer vs. South Kent
6:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 3 – St. Sebastian’s vs. Bridgton
8:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 4 – St. Francis vs. Albany Academy
Fri. Dec. 15: Howard Tournament
10:00 am – St. George’s Tournament -- St. George’s vs. BB&N (Howard Rink)
10:15 am – St. George’s Tournament -- Williston vs. Holderness (Cutler Rink)
5:15 pm – St. George’s Tournament -- Holderness vs. BB&N (Cutler Rink)
6:00 pm – St. George’s Tournament -- St. George’s vs. Williston (Howard Rink)
Fri. Dec. 15: Exeter Invitational
2:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Northwood vs. Portland Junior Pirates
5:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Exeter vs. Governor Dummer Academy
5:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Tilton vs. Pomfret
Fri. Dec. 15: Barber Tournament
5:00 pm – at Middlesex -- Game 1: Middlesex vs. Hebron (@ Middlesex)
5:00 pm – at St. Mark’s -- Game 2: St. Mark's vs. Vermont Academy (@ St. Mark's)
7:00 pm – at Middlesex -- Game 3: Ridley College vs. Worcester Academy (@ Middlesex)
7:00 pm – at St. Mark’s -- Game 4: Princeton Day School vs. Brewster Academy (@ St. Mark's)
Sat. Dec. 16, 2006:
Sat. Dec. 16: Flood-Marr Tournament
9:00 am – at Milton -- KUA vs. Hotchkiss
11:00 am -- at Milton -- Deerfield vs. Milton
1:00 pm -- at Milton -- Salisbury vs. Andover
3:00 pm -- at Milton -- Nobles vs. Westminster
5:00 pm -- at Milton -- KUA vs. Milton
7:00 pm -- at Milton -- Hotchkiss vs. Deerfield
Sat. Dec. 16 – Brooks-Pingree Tournament
9:00 am -- at Pingree School --Pingree vs. Rivers
11:00 am -- at Pingree School -- Shady Side vs. Brunswick
1:00 pm -- at Pingree School -- Brooks vs. Portsmouth Abbey
3:00 pm -- at Pingree School-- Kents Hill vs. Wyoming Seminary
5:30 pm -- at Pingree School -- Shady Side vs. Rivers
7:30 pm -- at Pingree School -- Pingree vs. Brunswick
Sat. Dec. 16: Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic
8:30 am -- at Avon -- 4th Place vs. 4th Place
10:30 am -- at Avon -- 3rd Place vs. 3rd Place
1:30 pm -- at Avon -- 2nd Place vs. 2nd Place
3:30 pm -- at Avon -- 1st Place vs. 1st Place
Sat. Dec. 16: Lawrence-Groton Tournament
11:30 am – at Lawrence Academy -- Culver vs. Cushing
1:30 pm – at Lawrence Academy -- Lawrence vs. the Hill
11:00 am – at Groton -- Groton vs. Kingswood-Oxford
1:00 pm – at Groton -- New Hampton vs. NYA
Sat. Dec. 16: Harvey School Tournament
8:00 am – at Harvey School -- Game #5 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2
9:30 am – at Harvey School -- Game #6 -- Loser Game #3 vs. Loser Game #4
11:00 am – at Harve y School -- Game #7 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2
12:30 pm – at Harvey School -- Game #8 -- Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4
2:00 pm – at Harvey School -- Game #9 – 7th Place Game -- Loser Game #5 vs. Loser Game #6
3:30 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #10 – Consolation Game -- Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6
5:00 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #11 – 3rd Place Game -- Loser Game #7 vs. Loser Game #8
8:00 pm – at Harvey School-- Game #12 – Championship -- Winner Game #7 vs. Winner Game #8
Sat. Dec. 16: Lawrenceville Tournament
Game 1: 9:00 am – at Lawrenceville School - Lawrenceville vs. Northfield Mt Hermon
Game 2: 9:00 am – at Princeton University -- Choate vs. St. Andrew's
Game 3: 11:00 am - at Lawrenceville School -- Taft vs. Canterbury
Game 4: 11:00 am - at Princeton University -- Nichols vs. Belmont Hill
Game 5: 2:000 pm - at Lawrenceville School -- Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 6: 4:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 7: 7:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School -Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 8: 9:00 pm - at Lawrenceville School -Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
Sat. Dec. 16: Howard Tournament
9:00 am – St. George’s Tournament -- BB&N vs. Williston (Cutler Rink)
9:15 am – St. George’s Tournament -- St. George’s vs. Holderness (Howard Rink)
Sat. Dec. 16: St. Sebastian’s Tournament
11:00 am – at St Seb’s -- Game 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
1:00 pm – at St. Seb’s – Game 6 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
3:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
5:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 8 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Sat. Dec. 16: Exeter Invitational
12:30 pm -- at Exeter -- Governor Dummer Academy vs. Northwood
1:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Pomfret vs. Blake CANCELLED
3:00 pm -- at Exeter -- Exeter vs. Tilton
Sat. Dec. 16: Barber Tournament
8:30 am – at Middlesex -- Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
8:30 am – at St. Mark’s -- Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4
10:30 am – at Middlesex -- Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3
10:30 am – at St. Mark’s -- Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4
1:30 pm – at St. Mark's -- Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
1:30 pm – at Middlesex -- Consolation Game -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
3:30 pm – at St. Mark's -- Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
3:30 pm -- at Middlesex -- Championship Game -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Sun. Dec. 17, 2006:
Sun. Dec. 17: Flood-Marr Tournament
8:00 am -- at Nobles -- 7th Place Game: 4th place Harding vs. 4th Place Owen
10:00 am -- at Nobles -- 5th Place Game: 3rd place Harding vs. 3rd Place Owen
12:00 pm -- at Nobles -- 3rd Place Game: 2nd place Harding vs. 2nd Place Owen
2:00 pm -- at Nobles -- Championship Game: 1st place Harding vs. 1st Place Owen
Sun. Dec. 17: Brooks-Pingree Tournament
9:00 am – at Pingree School -- TBD
11:00 am -- at Pingree School -- TBD
11:00 am – at Brooks School -- TBD
1:00 pm – at Brooks School -- Championship Game
Sun. Dec. 17: Lawrenceville Tournament
Game 9: 8:00 am – at Lawrenceville - 7th Place Game – Losers of Games 5 & 6
Game 10: 10:00 am – at Lawrenceville - 5th PlaceGame -- Winners of Games 5 & 6
Game 11: 12:00 pm – at Lawrenceville -3rd Place Game – Losers of Games 7 & 8
Game 12: 2:30 pm -- at Lawrenceville – Championship Game -- Winners of Games 7 & 8
Sun. Dec. 17: St. Sebastian’s Tournament
9:00 am – .at St. Seb’s -- Game 9 – Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8
11:00 am – at St. Seb’s -- Game 10 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8 (Consolation Final)
1:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 11 – Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7
3:00 pm – at St. Seb’s -- Game 12 – Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 (Championship)
Sat. Dec. 9 Recaps
* South Kent Stays Undefeated * Salisbury, Lawrence Lose Again *
-- At South Kent, Conn., South Kent improved to 7-0-0 as Joe Pereira (2g,1a) and Rem Vanderbeek (3a) provided offensive punch and Sergiy Sorokolat kicked out 34 of 37 shots in a 4-3 win over the Berkshire School. Dan Guariglia (2g), Chris Buonomo (2a), and Ryan Saltzman (2a) paced the Bears.
-- At Byfield, Mass., an overtime goal by junior Herbie Kent, his second tally of the day, led Governor Dummer Academy to a 3-2 win over Milton Academy.
-- At Kent, Conn., host Kent School knocked off Salisbury, 5-2, the second straight loss for the defending New England prep champs. Junior Jon Schanke had a hat trick for the winners, and Justin Daniels and Chris Buquicchio each had a pair of assists. Junior Mike Milana kicked out 30 of 32 shots to pick up the win.
-- At Exeter, NH, Cushing, behind a pair of goals from sophomore Casey Brugman, topped host Exeter, 3-1. Scroll below to read the full story.
-- At. Southborough, Mass., junior Jeremiah Dargis (3g,1a) figured in all of his team’s goals as host St. Mark’s topped Brooks, 4-1. Seniors Colin Smith (1g,2a) and Kevin Erving (3a) lent helping hands as well. In net, junior Nick Saltarelli stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.
-- At Concord, NH, Jason DeGiovanni’s second period goal was all St. Paul’s needed in a 1-0 victory over visiting Tabor. Tyler O’Brien made 21 saves for the shutout win; Tabor’s Ryan Carroll kicked out 38 of 39 shots in a losing effort.
-- At South Hamilton, Mass., visiting St. George’s topped host Pingree, 7-2. The biggest contributors to the Dragons attack were sophomore Jeff Ryan (2g,3a) and senior Daniel Simonds (3g,1a). Also having big days were Garrett Sider (3a), Scott Chanelli (2g), Brett Lyall (2a) and Whit Curtin (2a). Leading the attack for Pingree was sophomore Matt MacDonald (2g).
-- At Belmont, Mass., Joe Tierney scored an overtime goal to lead Belmont Hill to a 3-2 win over Lawrence Academy. Earlier, Belmont Hill had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by Jason Silvia and Jake Moscatel only to see Lawrence’s Charlie Carkin and John McInnis come back in the third period and tie it up at 2-2 to force OT.
-- At Washington, Conn., host Gunnery dispatched Williston-Northampton, 6-2. Seniors Austin Smith (2g,1a) and P.J. Tatum (1g,2a) led the way for Gunnery.
-- At Avon, Conn., Nick Bonino (1g,1a), Cam Atkinson (1g,1a), and Tom Atkinson (1g,1a) led the way offensively in Avon’s 6-0 blanking of Trinity-Pawling. Patrick Enloe kicked out all 17 shots he faced for the shutout win. Avon outshot T-P, 49-17.
-- At Plymouth, NH, senior Aki Uola scored two goals to lead host Holderness to a 3-2 win over Northfield-Mt. Hermon. Junior Andre Guay had 34 saves iin the win.
-- At West Hartford, Conn., Vermont Academy trounced host Kingswood-Oxford, 7-1. Mike Donnellan (4a), Brian Gibbons (2g,1a), Zach Dornan (2g,1a), Mike Allport (1g,2a), and Marc Labb (2g) all had big days. John Rossi stopped 23 of 24 in the Vermont net.
-- At Worcester, Mass., host Worcester Academy topped New Hampton, 3-1. Greg Rooney, Alex Essaris, and Brandon Sinnery each scored a goal and Nick Blanchette had 26 saves to earn the win.
-- At Stanstead, Quebec, Stanstead College defeated the Exeter Freeze, 9-2. Pierre-Olivier jean (3g), Alex Gagnon Sckoropad (2g,1a), Julian Perrotta (3a), and Ryan Bedard (2g) led the way.
-- At the Albany Academy Tournament, Lawrenceville edged Wyoming Seminary, 5-4. Chris Zaires (4a), Martin Drolet (2g), Matt Gottlieb (1g,1a), and Paul Lee (1g,1a) led the way for L’ville. Sophomore D.J. Brown (1g,3a) figured in all four of Wyoming’s goals. Ken Suchoski (1g,2a) and Robert Lim (2g) also had big days.
-- At Needham, Mass., host St. Sebastian’s topped BB&N, 3-1. Juniors Jordan Fine (1g,1a) and Tucker Donohoe (2a); and freshman Ryan Coffey (2a) led the way for the Arrows. Tim Corcoran and Christian Scully each scored a goal as well. Connor Toomey kicked out 24 of 25 shots for the win.
-- At Windsor, Conn., host Loomis-Chaffee edged Canterbury, 2-1, behind a 54-save effort from Matt Irvine. Sophomores Joseph Tebano and Paul Gallagher scored for Loomis which won despite being outshot 55-20.
-- At Dover, NH, the Hoosac School won the Charlie Holt Hockey Classic, defeating Bridgton, 5-4, on Friday; and Berwick, 5-1, and Brewster, 1-0, today.
-- At Wallingford, Conn., Choate topped Deerfield, 5-2. The Wild Boars attack was led by sophomore Mark Goggin (1g,3a) and senior Greg Manz (2g, 1a). Defensemen Ryan Corcoran (2a) and Connor Goggin (2a) also chipped in.
-- At South Berwick, Maine, Berwick topped Bridgton, 3-1, behind goals from Will Gibson, Kyle Riffe, and Joe Perry.
-- At Pomfret, Conn., host Pomfret was crushed by Westminster, 8-1. Big point producers for the Martlets were Nick Pitsikoulis (2g,2a), Ryan Riffe (2g,1a), David Earl (3a), Alex Anderson (1g,1a), Tommy Cross (1g,1a), Augie Perrigo (1g,1a), and Julien Boutet (1g,1a).
Brugman Paces Penguins
Exeter, NH – A pair of second-period goals by sophomore LW Casey Brugman led Cushing Academy to a 3-1 road win at Exeter today.
The goals came 79 seconds apart in the second period. At the time, Cushing was holding a 1-0 lead on a first period Dave Warsofsky point shot that went in off an Exeter player.
Brugman struck first when, moving down from the high slot, the Winthrop, Mass. native took a nice pass from PG defenseman Ryan Warsofsky and wristed a shot past Exeter senior goaltender Jonathan Lee to make it 2-0 at the 10:39 mark.
On his next goal, Brugman was stationed at the right side of the crease and snapped one under the crossbar. Sophomores Torin Snydeman and Dave Warsofsky picked up assists on the goal, which came at 11:58, and made the score 3-0.
Exeter actually controlled play territorially in the second period, outshooting Cushing 14-8. Penguins junior goalie T.J. Massie was kept busy, stopping everything that came his way, though he didn’t have to stand on his head.
In the third, with 10:02 remaining, Exeter went on a 5-on-3, but called a timeout and pulled Lee to make it a 6-on-3. It paid off 28 seconds later when Ben Tsujiura scored on a wrister from the high slot – pretty much the same spot on the ice Brugman scored his first goal from – to make it a 3-1 game.
As the second penalty expired, Exeter had a chance to cut the lead to one as a puck was loose in a scrum around Massie, but they couldn’t nudge it over the goal line.
This was a different game than a lot of Cushing-Exeter matches we’ve seen, many of which have been tong wars. This was a more wide-open game, with a lot of skating room. Seventeen penalties were called – ten against Cushing; seven against Exeter – but it was a clean game, played hard but without animosity.
Cushing is a young team, heavily laden with sophomores and juniors, but they look like they’ll get even better as they mature. They should be in the hunt all season. While we still have a lot of prep teams to see, it’s unlikely we’ll see a more skilled line in prep hockey this season than Cushing’s trio of senior Broc Little, junior center Matt White, and sophomore Ryan Bourque. They’re a pleasure to watch. And if they don’t score, others – like Brugman today – can pick up the slack. Defensively, Sean Coughlin, the team captain, anchors the blue line, and Massie is solid in net. And then there’s Dave Warsofsky…
Exeter’s attack is more of a one-line affair, centered around senior Michael Doherty who lacks speed but is extremely savvy with the puck. Tommy Clayton, Ben Tsujiura, and Jamie Core help out, too. Exeter coach Dana Barbin will have to find more scorers in order to win games like this one.
“Our effort was terrific," Barbin said. "I have a fair number of new players. This is a game to build on. The kids see we can play with anyone. I’m not saying we’re as good as Cushing. Massie played well for them. And Cushing contests everything. They block things. They get in the way of shots with sticks and legs. They defend better than any team we’ve played against.”
”I’m pleased with my team. I didn’t know what to expect. We played Cushing tough, and lost. They’re an unhappy group right now but I told them to keep their chins up. I give Cushing credit. You have to play your best game against them – and have some good fortune, too.”
Across the hall, and around the corner, Cushing coach Steve Jacobs said, "We were opportunistic. “I thought our effort was there. We brought a lot of energy. Our penalty killing and goaltending were outstanding. We had some nice chances we didn’t capitalize on, but we’ll take the win. This is always a tough place to play.”
Everyone Back for Lawrence AcademyLawrence Academy will be back at full strength for Saturday’s 2:00 pm game at Belmont Hill.
Earlier this week, for an infraction of team rules, coach Kevin Potter suspended seven players and his team manager for one game. Sitting out Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to BB&N were Richie Dart, TJ Flynn, Stevie Bergin, Sean Buckley, Joe Whitney, Steven Whitney, and Justin Gates.
Wed. Dec. 6 Summaries
* Martin Wins 600th; Hotchkiss Blanks Salisbury *
-- At Byfield, Mass., Belmont Hill edged Governor Dummer, 4-3, to give coach Ken Martin his 600th career win. Senior defenseman Kevin McNamara led the attack with two goals and an assist. Mark Dube and Jake Moscatel each added a goal.
-- At Salisbury, Conn., defending New England prep champs Salisbury was defeated, 1-0, by Hotchkiss. The game-winning goal – the only goal – was a third period power play tally by senior Joe Coalaianni, assisted by Kevin Kittredge and Andrew Irving. Junior goaltender John Yanchek picked up the shutout for Hotchkiss, kicking out all 25 shots he faced.
-- At Avon, Conn., Taft edged Avon Old Farms, 3-2. Scroll below for the full story.
-- At Simsbury, Conn., Nick Pitsikoulis (1g,1a) and Tommy Cross (1g,1a) paced host Westminster to a 5-1 win over Choate.
-- At Easthampton, Mass., Cushing trounced Williston-Northampton, 7-1. Broc Little (1g,2a), Ryan Bourque (1g,2a), Jessyko Bernard (1g,2a), Matt White (1g,1a), and Sean Coughlin (1g,1a) led the Penguins attack.
-- At Groton, Mass., BB&N junior goaltender Chris Venti blanked Lawrence Academy, 2-0, behind a 37 save effort. BB&N’s goals were scored by Wil Hartigan and Rob Florentino. A number of Lawrence Academy players sat out the game due to disciplinary issues.
-- At Marion, Mass., Nobles senior goaltender John Muse picked up his second shutout in a row – he’s only allowed one goal in three games this season – as his team blanked host Tabor, 4-0. Juniors Nick Resor (2g), Matt Marshall (1g,2a), and Andrew Glass (1g) led the attack.
-- At West Roxbury, Mass., Roxbury Latin sophomore goalie Matt Walsh kicked out 40 of 41 shots in a 1-1 tie with Groton.
-- At. North Bridgton, Maine, host Bridgton edged Holderness, 3-2. Tim Sharek, Matt Scioli, and Ryan Fader each scored one goal; and James Lemonias picked up the win in net.
-- At Tilton, NH, St. Sebastian’s and Tilton skated to a 1-1 tie. Sophomore Joe McNamara scored for the Arrows. Connor Toomey stopped 35 of 36 shots.
-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor topped Kimball Union, 3-2, on an overtime goal by junior Ryan Ruddock. Matt Robertson and Neil Ruffini picked up assists on the goal. Senior Josh Rosenholtz kicked out 45 of 47 shots for the win.
-- At Exeter, NH, Tom Clayton, Michael Doherty, and Ben Tsujiura each tallied one goal apiece as Exeter edged Winchendon, 3-2.
-- At New Hampton, NH, junior Brian Gibbons scored all three of Vermont Academy’s goals – one in each period – in a 3-0 blanking of New Hampton. Senior Julien Hernandez, with 17 saves, picked up the shutout.
At North Andover, Mass., senior Christian Ebert (1g,3a), junior Brandon Berry (3a), and senior Michael Pearce (2g) led the attack in Middlesex’ 4-0 win over host Brooks. Junior Joseph DeLaney stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.
-- At Washington, Conn., Gunnery and Berkshire skated to a 3-3 tie. Senior Michael DiOrio (1g,2a) and junior Nicholas Prokow (3a) figured in all three of Berkshire’s goals. For Gunnery, each goal came from a different scorer. Adam Houli had a pair of assists.
-- At Millbrook, NY, host Millbrook beat Portledge, 9-4. Seniors Scott Arnold (2g,3a) and Eric Satim (2g,3a) led Millbrook’s attack. Ryan Fanning and David Rothenberg each added a pair of goals.
-- At Deerfield, Mass., host Deerfield had to come from behind to edge Northfield-Mt. Hermon, 5-4. For the Big Green, Alex Killorn (3g), Matthew Snow (2g), Matt Rhone (3a), and Chip Daugherty (2a) led the scoring parade. For NMH, Tom DiDonato (1g,3a) figured in all of his team’s goals. Kevin Czepiel contributed a goal and an assist.
This Week’s Schedule
Mon. Dec. 04, 2006:
Canterbury @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm
Hotchkiss @ Gunnery, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Millbrook, 5:15 pm
Wed. Dec. 06, 2006:
Choate @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Brooks, 2:45 pm
Cushing @ Williston-Northampton, 3:00 pm
Berkshire @ Gunnery, 3:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Proctor, 3:00 pm
BB&N @ Lawrence, 3:30 pm
Winchendon @ Exeter, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ New Hampton, 3:30 pm
Lawrenceville @ the Hill School, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Bridgton, 3:30 pm
St. Mark's @ St. Paul's, 3:30 pm
Groton @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Kent @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
St. Andrew’s @ Upper Canada College, 4:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ North Yarmouth, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Milton @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Rivers @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Tilton, 4:15 pm
Hotchkiss @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Pomfret @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary vs. Binghamton Senators, 5:00 pm (@ Scranton, PA)
Belmont Hill @ Governor Dummer, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Tabor, 5:00 pm
Portledge @ Millbrook, 5:15 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Deerfield, 6:00 pm
Pingree @ Worcester Academy, 6:30 pm or 7:30 (NESC)
Thu. Dec. 07, 2006:
South Kent @ Canterbury, 3:30 pm
Fri. Dec. 08, 2006:
Bridgton vs. Hoosac, 3:00 pm (@ Berwick Academy)
Proctor @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Williston-Northampton, 6:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Brunswick, 6:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Williston-Northampton, 6:00 pm
Academie St. Louis @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
NJ Kings @ New Hampton, 7:30 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Gilmour, 7:30 pm
Sat. Dec. 09, 2006:
Wyoming Seminary vs. Millbrook, 9:30 am (@ Albany Academy Tournament)
Bridgton vs. Brewster, 12:00 pm (@ Berwick Academy)
Wyoming Seminary vs. Lawrenceville, 1:00 pm (@ Albany Academy Tournament)
Groton @ Rivers, 1:15 pm
Lawrence @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Portsmouth Abbey, 2:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Gunnery, 2:00 pm
Brooks @ St. Mark's, 2:00 pm
Salisbury @ Kent, 2:30 pm
St. George's @ Pingree, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Avon Old Farms, 2:45 pm
BB&N @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Hill School vs.Winchendon, 3:00 pm (@ Albany Academy Tournament)
Berkshire @ South Kent, 3:00 pm
Cushing @ Exeter, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Kingswood-Oxford, 3:30 pm
Tilton @ Kimball Union, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Milton @ Governor Dummer, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Holderness, 4:15 pm
Tabor @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
North Yarmouth @ St. Thomas More, 6:00 pm
Deerfield @ Choate, 6:00 pm
Westminster @ Pomfret, 7:00 pm
Canterbury @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:00 pm
Hill School vs. Albany Academy, 7:00 pm (@ Albany Academy Tournament)
Westminster @ Pomfret, 7:00 pm
Bridgton @ Berwick, 7:30 pm
Sun. Dec. 10, 2006:
Albany Academy Tournament -- playoffs
Pingree @ Andover, 1:00 pm
Berkshire vs. Northwood, 2:00 pm (@RPI)
Saturday Dec. 2 Summaries
-- At Worcester, Mass., Hebron took out Worcester Academy, 7-1. Matt Pedemonti (1g,2a) and Matt St. Pierre (1g,2a) each had three points. Cameron Lao-Gosney (2g), Kyle Tobin (2g), Brendan Beer (2a), and Mike Colleran (2a) each had two points.
-- At Milton, Mass., St. Sebastian’s Country Day School nipped Milton, 2-1. Brothers Tim and Brendan Corcoran scored the Arrows’ goals.
-- At New Hampton, NH, Justin Potter kicked out 28 shots and Matt Ohlheiser scored a pair of goals to lead Kingswood-Oxford to a 3-1 win over host New Hampton.
Saturday Dec. 2 Summaries-- At Marion, Mass., Exeter topped host Tabor, 6-4. For Exeter, Michael Doherty (1g,3a), BJ Lalonde (1g,2a), and Tommy Clayton (1g,2a) led the attack. For the Seawolves, Karel Svoboda (2g), Wyatt Clarke (1g,1a), and Andrew Jelinek (2a) each had two points.
-- At Plymouth, NH, Matt Rhone had a goal and an assist to lead Deerfield past Holderness, 3-2.
-- At. South Hamilton, Mass., junior goaltender Ben Bradley kicked out 29 of 30 shots and Colby MacDonald, Ben McLaughlin, and Dan Gale each tallied a goal to lead host Pingree to a 3-1 win over Berwick.
-- At Portsmouth, RI, Bryan Kriner (2g,2a) figured in all of Portsmouth Abbey’s goals in a 4-2 win over Groton. Rob Turner (3a) and Bryan Abraham (2g) were also forces in the win, as was goaltender Chris O’Reilly, who had 30 saves.
-- At Andover, NH, Phillips Andover trounced host Proctor Academy, 8-1. JJ McGregor (3g) and Andrew Cox (2g,1a) paced the attack with three points apiece. Jack Fitts (1g,1a), Stephen Bury (2a), Terry Woods (2a), Joe Smith (1g,1a), and Bobby Farnham (2a) each had two points apiece.
-- At Wallingford, Conn., senior Ryan Corcoran had five points (1g,4a) in Choate’s 7-3 win over the Gunnery. Seniors Sam Sabky (2g,1a), Greg Manz (2a), and Dan Cohen (1g,1a) were also cogs in the Wild Boars offense. Scott Barchard kicked out 32 of 35 shots for the win.
-- At North Andover, Mass., Brooks got goals from four different goal scorers, and sophomore goaltender Josh Dionne kicked out 28 of 29 shots en route to a 4-1 win over Kents Hill.
-- At Greenwich, Conn., Brunswick topped St. George’s, 6-4. Seniors Justin Letizia (4g,1a) and Christian Oberbeck (2g,3a) each had five-point games.
-- At Easthampton, Mass., junior Paul Carey (2g,1a) and senior Michael Biega (3a) led Salisbury past Williston-Northampton, 4-2. Anthony Borelli kicked out 19 shots for the win. Williston senior Kevin Moore kicked out 37 of 41 shots in a losing effort.
-- At Cambridge, Mass., St. Paul’s senior goaltender Tyler O’Brien shut out BB&N 6-0. Juniors Ben Albertson (2g,1a), Cam Lanoue (2g), Cheyne Rocha (1g,1a), and Jason Bourgea (1g,1a) led the St. Paul’s offense.
-- At Pottstown, PA, the Hill School crushed visiting St. Mark’s, 9-1. Mike McConney picked up the hat trick and sophomore goaltender Josh Watson kicked out 18 of 19 shots. Jake Kratz (1g,1a), Andrew Mould (1g,1a), Brian Phillips (1g,1a), and Derek Guldin (2a) each picked up two points for the Hill.
-- At Millbrook, NY, Winchendon beat Millbrook, 12-8, and a whole bunch of people got a whole bunch of goals and assists. Yes, they did.
-- At North Bridgton, Maine, Bridgton Academy topped visiting Kimball Union, 6-1. Matt Colby (2g), Mike Hubbard (1g.1a), Andrew Hillson (1g,1a), Dylan George (1g,1a), Matt Scioli (1g,1a), and Jon Santos (2a) each had two-point days.
-- At Simsbury, Conn., Westminster topped Northfield-Mt. Hermon, 7-4. Juniors Julien Boutet (1g,2a), Michael Sorrenti (2g), and Tommy Cross (2a); and senior Nick Pitsikoulis (1g,1a) led the Martlets offense.
-- At Kingstown, PA, South Kent beat Wyoming Seminary, 6-2. Seniors Joe Pereira (1g,2a), Nick Lampson (2g,1a), and Dillon O’Hara (1g,1a) each had big days. Junior goaltender Derek Strang stopped 31 of 33 shots to pick up the win.
Over a Hundred Shots on Net, and Forty Penalties
Lawrenceville, NJ – In a game featuring a total of 104 shots on net and 40 penalties, South Kent topped Lawrenceville 4-1.
South Kent senior Joe Pereira scored off a patient set-up by Joey Diamond six minutes into the third period to give South Kent a lead they would not surrender.
On the game winning play, defenseman Jake Vitali picked off an errant Lawrenceville pass just inside his own blue line and snapped a rink-wide pass to Diamond streaking up the left side. Moving in on a 2-on-1, Diamond waited and waited until both Lawrenceville’s defenseman and goaltender committed to him. Diamond then slid a pass to his right to Pereira who snapped the puck into a wide open net.
The key to the game was the fact that South Kent took advantage of their power play chances, while Lawrenceville did not. Both goalies, Lawrenceville’s Cody McKinney, a native of Weston, Florida, and South Kent’s Sergiy Sorokolat, from Kharkiv, Ukraine, made several key saves on breakaways and short-handed situations. If two stars were given out at the end of the game, these two would be the recipients.
South Kent outshot Lawrenceville, 57-47.
Sat. Dec. 2, 2006:
St. Francis @ Shady Side Academy, 12:00 pm
Winchendon @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ New Hampton, 2:00 pm
Berwick @ Pingree, 3:00 pm (or 5:00 pm – check)
Belmont Hill @ Noble & Greenough, 3:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Milton, 3:00 pm
Groton @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Andover @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Salisbury @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Kent's Hill @ Brooks, 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ Choate, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ BB&N, 4:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Hill School, 4:45 pm
Governor Dummer @ Thayer, 5:00 pm
St. George’s @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Exeter @ Tabor, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Lawrenceville, 5:30 pm
Deerfield @ Holderness, 5:30 pm
South Kent @ Wyoming Seminary, 5:30 pm
Hebron @ Worcester Academy, 6:00 pm
Lawrence @ Pomfret, 6:30 pm
KUA @ Bridgton, 7:00 pm
Taft @ Berkshire, 7:30 pm
Hoosac @ St. Thomas More, 8:00 pm
Kent Edges LawrencevilleLawrenceville, NJ -- Kent, trailing 2-0 early in the game and down 4-3 with less than four minutes to play, hit their mark when senior defenseman Regnars Alksnis scored a power-play goal with just 3:34 left in regulation to tie the score at 4-4. Junior Drew Daniels assisted on the goal.
Then, with just 57 seconds remaining, Kent struck again. Daniels, controlling the puck low in the Lawrenceville zone, drew a Lawrenceville defender towards him, then calmly moved the puck to linemate -- and brother -- Justin Daniels, who immediately fed junior Jon Schanke, who deked Lawrenceville’s stretched-out goalie Cody McKinney for the game-winner.
Kent added an empty-netter with 17 seconds left to close it out.
“We survived an ugly one,” said Kent head coach Matt Herr. “Our boys never quit.”
For Kent, juniors Drew Daniels (1g,2a), Danny Colvin (2g), and Justin Daniels (2a) were the big guns. For Lawrenceville, seniors Chris Pronchik (1g,2a), Chris Zaires (3a), and Martin Drolet (1g,1a) were the big offensive contributors.
12/2/06 Nobles Calls on Their Muse
Nobles Calls on Their Muse
Dedham, Mass. – A gritty and determined Belmont Hill squad threw everything they had at Nobles today, outshooting their hosts 46-22, but coming out on the losing end of a 3-0 score.
The difference: Nobles senior goaltender John Muse, who, in front of highly interested coaches from Princeton, Harvard, and UMass, all of whom are recruiting him, put on a show, totally stonewalling Belmont Hill and emerging with a 46-save shutout.
In the first period, Belmont Hill played with a ton of energy, causing Nobles to take penalties, crashing the net, and just keeping a ton of pressure on the hosts, outshooting them 20-7. The whole story of the first period was Muse, who single-handedly kept his team in the game.
In the second, the Nick Resor-Josh Franklin-Mike Griffin line was buzzing right off the bat for Nobles, and, in the first minute of play, Belmont Hill goalie Matt Gedman was called on to make a sparkling glove save – as would befit the son of a former major league catcher -- off Griffin.
Belmont Hill, however, would begin to pay a price for their aggressiveness, as they would take four penalties on the period, to just one for Nobles. Belmont Hill did a good job on the PK, killing them off aggressively.
However, at 5:24 of the second, Nobles, after some sustained pressure, got on the board, as junior defenseman Greg White wristed home the rebound of a Griffin shot to put the home team up 1-0.
Nobles kept the pressure on. Less than 30 seconds after White’s goal, Gedman was forced to make an excellent glove save on Nobles junior forward Matt Marshall.
With 19 seconds left in the period, Griffin sprung Franklin free with a nice pass, leaving Belmont Hill defenseman Kevin McNamara, who played a strong game, no choice but to hook Franklin down to prevent the clean breakaway.
Nobles started the third period on the power play and, at the 43 second mark, with a delayed penalty called on Belmont Hill, cashed in, as junior defenseman Chris Steele fired a bad angle shot from the right corner that somehow found the back of the net to make it 2-0 Nobles.
Belmont Hill didn’t quit, though, keeping pressure on Nobles. Halfway through the period Muse came up with a great glove save on Belmont Hill’s Mark Dube, who played with energy all through the game.
With 2:41 left in regulation, Franklin, Nobles’ junior centerman, with his team shorthanded, curled out of the left corner and fired a wrister high glove side to make it 3-0.
Afterward, Belmont Hill coach Ken Martin said the difference in the game was Muse. “Their goalie played great,” he said.
“I thought the first period was good two-way hockey,” he added. “In the second they took advantage of their power play opportunities. In the third I thought our kids showed a lack of experience and composure, turning the puck over in bad spots. But I have to give Nobles credit. That’s a good strong team. They will contend all season long.”
Nobles coach Brian Day said, “John Muse was the story today. In the first period we were in the box a lot and he stopped upwards of twenty shots. He allowed us to stay in the game. In the second, we competed better and then carried it through to the third. I felt the flow was curtailed by penalties at the end.”
“Belmont Hill,” Day added, “competed hard and contested every loose puck.”
Both Belmont Hill and Nobles were missing key players to injury, with Matt McCollem out for the former, and Derrick Pallis for the latter.