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Schedule: Week of Jan. 15-21, 2007

Mon. Jan. 15, 2007:
Westminster @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm

Wed. Jan. 17, 2007:
Loomis-Chaffee @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Kent's Hill @ Proctor, 2:45 pm
Tabor vs. Bridgton, 3:00 pm (@ Exeter)
Pomfret @ Winchendon, 3:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Milton, 3:30 pm
Groton @ Kingswood-Oxford, 3:30 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Middlesex, 3:30 pm
Exeter @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Hill School @ Wyoming Seminary, 3:45 pm
Gunnery @ Millbrook, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Rivers, 4:00 pm
Canterbury @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Salisbury, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Avon Old Farms, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Deerfield, 4:15 pm (postponed)
Brewster @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Thayer @ Cushing, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Pingree, 4:30 pm
New Hampton @ Berwick, 4:30 pm
South Kent @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Andover @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Lawrence @ BB&N, 5:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 19, 2007:

Pingree @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
KLHT @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Holderness, 4:45 pm
Brewster @ Kimball Union, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ North Yarmouth, 5:00 pm
Rivers @ Dexter, 5:00 pm
Thayer @ Andover, 5:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Lawrence, 5:30 pm
Cushing @ Governor Dummer, 6:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Belmont Hill, 7:00 pm
BB&N @ Milton, 7:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Brunswick, 7:00 pm
Winchendon @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 7:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Kingswood-Oxford, 8:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 20, 2007:
Thayer @ Milton, 1:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Lawrence, 1:00 pm
University School @ Shady Side Academy, 1:15 pm
Groton @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Paul's, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Rye Country Day @ Hoosac, 2:30 pm
Andover @ Noble & Greenough, 2:30 pm
Berkshire @ Avon Old Farms, 2:45 pm
Brewster @ Cushing B, 3:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Rivers, 3:00 pm
Taft @ Canterbury, 3:00 pm
Tilton @ Governor Dummer, 3:30 pm
Hebron @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Holderness, 4:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Bridgton, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Delbarton @ Hill School, 5:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 5:00 pm
South Kent @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ St. Thomas More, 6:00 pm
Hotchkiss vs. Exeter, 6:00 pm (at Amherst College, Amherst, MA)
Choate @ Deerfield, 6:30 pm
Westminster @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:00 pm
Sun. Jan. 21, 2007:
Millbrook @ Winchendon, 11:00 am
Academie St. Louis @ New Hampton, 12:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Tilton, 1:00 pm
Taft @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 1:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Gunnery, 2:00 pm


Wed. Jan. 31, 2007 Summaries

-- At Groton, Mass., #4 Belmont Hill held a 2-0 lead over Lawrence Academy… until the final minute of play, when Sean Buckley and Steven Whitney scored 38 seconds apart to send the game into OT where Lawrence won it 3-2 on a power play goal – John Simpson from the Whitneys. Joe Whitney (1g,2a) figured in all three of LA’s goals. Simpson (1g,1a) and Steve Whitney (1g,1a) each had two points. LA hasn’t lost a NEPSIHA game since 12/29 vs. Cushing. Bel Hill hadn’t lost a NEPSIHA game since Dec. 2 to Nobles.

-- At Gill, Mass., PG forward Mark Collins (3g,1a) led the offense, and PG goalie Ryan Henry of Norwood, Mass. kicked out 47 of 49 to lead visiting Kimball Union over NMH, 5-2.

--At Simsbury, Conn., in a key Founder’s League game, #7 Westminster, needing to make a statement after their recent slump, did just that, knocking off #1 Avon Old Farms on an OT goal by Julien Boutet from David Earl. Tommy Cross (1g,1a), Nick Pitsikoulis (2a), and Ryan Riffe (1g,1a) each had two points for the Martlets. For the Winged Beavers, Brian Malchoff (2g) and Nick Bonino (2a) led the way. Avon squandered a 3-1 third period lead.

-- At Exeter, NH, Michael Doherty (1g,2a) and Conor Pieri (2a) led host Exeter to a 4-1 win over Holderness.

-- At Milton, Mass., Geoff Mucha scored on a breakaway with two seconds to go in the second period for the game winner as Milton edged Tabor, 4-1. In the end, Milton had to really hang on, killing two minors over the last 4:20 including a stretch of 6-on-4 when Tabor pulled the goalie. Mucha (2g), Brandon Nunn (3a), and Billy Donahue (1g,1a) led the way for the Mustangs, who, after starting the season with seven straight losses, are 4-1-1 in their last six, and 9-5-1 in their last 15.

-- At New Milford, Conn., an overtime goal by junior Nicholas Prokow, from senior defenseman Michael Perkins and senior forward Josh Rabbani, gave Berkshire a 2-1 win over host Canterbury. Junior Charlie Ogalin kicked out 30 of 31 to get the win for the Bears, while Caleb Luther was the hard-luck loser, stopping 39 of 41.

-- At Greenwich, Conn., in a much-anticipated Div. II battle, #2 Hoosac knocked off #1 Brunswick, 5-2. Brunswick jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of play, but then the Owls took over, shutting down Hoosac the rest of the way while putting up a five-spot. Matthew David (2g), Shaun Sacco (2g), Andrew Stewart (1g,1a), and Sy Nutkevitch (2a) each had two points. Senior Blake Boyer stopped 33 of 35 for the win in the Hoosac net.

-- At Washington, Conn., #9 Gunnery rolled over Millbrook, 8-2. Adam Houli (3g,2a) and Tom Chiapetta (1g,3a) led the attack. Rich Nolan (2g), Evan Dietz (2a), Nick Izzi (2a), Jeff Buvinow (2a), and Rich Falasca (1g,1a) each had two points. Gunnery has one loss in its last seven games.

-- At Groton, Mass., Groton held the bully pulpit today in a 4-0 win over Rivers. Sophomore Julian Bloom picked up the shutout on 22 saves. Four different scorers found the back of the net.

-- At Wolfeboro, NH, Proctor, ranked #4 in Div. II, topped Brewster, 5-2. Ransom Gaby (2g), Ryan Ruddick (1g,1a), Dennis Silvio (2a), Will Compton (2a), and Tyler Violette (2a) led the Hornets attack. Josh Rosenholtz kicked out 23 of 25 for the win.

-- At Watertown, Conn., #5 Taft edged Kent, 2-1. Andrew Margolin kicked out 25 of 26 to pick up the win for the Rhinos; Junior Mike Milana took the loss for Kent, stopping 29 of 31.

-- At Deerfield, Mass., which always looks like a diorama to us, the Big Green kept alive their seven-game unbeaten streak, edging Andover, 4-3. Matt Rhone (2g), Merrick Friedman (1g,1a), Chip Daugherty (1g,1a), and Milton Lyles (2a) led the way.

-- At Lawrenceville, NJ, Lawrenceville the school beat Wyoming Seminary, 5-2. Liam Teer (2g,1a) led the L’ville attack, and Cody McKinney kicked out 25 of 27 for the win.

-- At Kent’s Hill, Maine, Matt Pedemonti scored a natural hat trick and Jon Glant stopped 22 of 24 shots to lead Hebron past Kent’s Hill, 4-2.

-- At West Roxbury, Mass., St. Mark’s topped Roxbury Latin, 5-2. Jeremiah Dargis (2g,1a), Kevin Erving (2a), Andrew Smith (2a), Nick Ciccolo (1g,1a), and Chris Cyr (2a) led the Lions attack. Nick Saltarelli stopped 29 of 31 for the win.

-- At Pawling, NY, #3 Salisbury unloaded on Trinity-Pawling, 7-1, outshooting them 49-23. Michael Biega (2g,1a), Adam Pawlick (2g,1a), and Nick Jaskowiak (3a) each had three points for Salisbury.

-- At Byfield, Mass., Brian Day scored a pair of goals in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over St. Paul’s. -- At Portsmouth, RI, Portsmouth Abbey bombed St. Thomas More, 10-1. Bryan Kriner (2g,1a), Pierce King (3a), Bryan Abraham (1g,2a), and Chris Thompson (2g,1a) each had three points.

-- At Stanstead, Quebec, Stanstead College edged New Hampton, 6-5. Joshua Vanasse (1g,3a) and Alex Gagnon Sckoropad (3g) led the Stanstead attack.

-- At South Hamilton, Mass., with the horses away for the winter, they’re playing hockey, and host Pingree beat North Yarmouth Academy, 2-0. Junior goalie Ben Bradley had a 19-save shutout for the hosts. Junior Eric Molie was the hard-luck loser for NYA, stopping 39 of 41.

-- At North Andover, Mass., Berwick broke open a 1-1 tie with three third-period goals to beat host Brooks, 5-2. Kyle Riffe (3a), Josh Richards (1g,1a), and Joe Perry (2a) led the Berwick attack.

-- At Dedham, Mass., #6 Nobles got a pair of goals from free agent Matt Marshall and defenseman Chris Steele chipped in with a goal and an assist to lead host Nobles past Thayer, 3-1.

-- At Middletown, RI, in an important Div. II matchup, #8 Middlesex beat #6 St. George’s, 3-1. Christian Ebert (1g,1a) led the offense and junior goalie Joe Delaney had 24 saves.

-- At Pomfret, Conn., visiting Cushing, ranked #2, rolled over Pomfret, 7-1. Matt White (2g,2a), Ryan Bourque (1g,2a), Broc Little (1g,2a), Ryan Warsofsky (1g,1a), Dave Warsofsky (2a), and Sean Coughlin (2a) were all big contributors to the Penguins attack.


This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 29, 2007:
BB&N @ St. Paul's, 3:30 pm
Salisbury @ Berkshire, 4:15 pm
St. Mary’s (LI) @ Wyoming Seminary, 4:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Westminster, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Lawrence @ Nobles, 5:30 pm (resumption of 1/10 game; LA leads after one period, 1-0)

Tue. Jan. 30, 2007:
Vermont Academy @ Stanstead College, 4:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 31, 2007:
Kent @ Taft, 2:00 pm
Proctor @ Brewster, 2:15 pm
Berkshire @ Canterbury, 2:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Berwick @ Brooks, 3:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:00 pm
Millbrook @ Gunnery, 3:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ BB&N, 3:00 pm
Rivers @ Groton, 3:15 pm
Tabor @ Milton, 3:30 pm
Bridgton @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Lawrence, 3:30 pm
Hebron @ Kent's Hill, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Exeter, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Deerfield, 3:45 pm
St. Mark's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Salisbury @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Stanstead College, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Williston-Northampton, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Pingree, 4:00 pm
Middlesex @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ King & Low-Heywood Thomas, 4:15 pm
Cushing @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Rye Country Day  @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Choate, 5:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Governor Dummer, 5:15 pm
Thayer @ Noble & Greenough, 5:30 pm
National Sports Academy vs. Canton ATC JV, 7:00 pm

Thu. Feb. 01, 2007:
Vermont Academy @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Gunnery, 4:00 pm

Fri. Feb. 02, 2007:
Cushing @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Nichols, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ Berwick, 4:30 pm
Lawrence @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Harvey @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Brunswick @ Worcester Academy, 5:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Andover, 6:00 pm
Tilton @ Proctor, 6:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Pingree, 6:00 pm
Brewster vs. Northwood Midgets, 6:30 pm
National Sports Academy vs. Boston Jr. Bulldogs, 7:00 pm (Aston, PA)

Sat. Feb. 03, 2007:
National Sports Academy vs. Washington Nationals, TBA (Aston, PA)
Wyoming Seminary @ Nichols, 10:30 AM
Thayer @ Governor Dummer, 1:00 pm
Brunswick @ Pingree, 1:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. George's, 2:00 pm
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 2:00 pm
Brooks @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ North Yarmouth, 2:15 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Tabor, 2:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Worcester Academy, 2:30 pm (at NESC)
Dexter @ Kent's Hill, 3:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Winchendon, 3:00 pm
Groton @ St. Mark's, 3:00 pm
Milton @ Exeter, 3:00 pm
New Hampton @ Brewster, 3:30 pm
Proctor @ Rivers, 3:30 pm
Hoosac @ Vermont Academy, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Kimball Union, 3:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Bridgton @ Tilton, 4:30 pm
BB&N @ Andover, 4:45 pm

Sun. Feb. 04, 2007:
Northwood Midgets @ New Hampton, 12:00 pm
Winchendon @ Bridgton, 2:00 pm



Sat. Jan. 27 Summaries

-- At Kent, Conn., Kent handed #2 Westminster their third loss of the week, an 8-5 decision. For the full story, see below.

-- At Albany, NY, Albany Academy and Williston traded goals all day. Williston, though, got the last one – with 1:04 remaining – and eked out a 5-4 win over AA. For Williston, Alex Radmin (2g,2a) figured in four of his team’s five goals. Scott Cook (1g,2a), Eric Cook (1g,1a), and Jason Simmons (1g,1a) also had productive afternoons. For Albany, Chris Connors (2g), Lukas First (1g,1a), and Matt Tyksinski (2a) each had two-point efforts.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #3 Cushing rolled over Exeter, 6-2. Ryan Bourque (1g,3a), Matt White (1g,3a), Broc Little (2g,1a), and Sean Coughlin (1g,1a) led the Penguins attack. Cushing outshot Exeter, 56-32. T.J. Massie had 30 save for Cushing; Ryan Purdie had 50 for Exeter.

-- At Pawling, NY, #1-ranked Taft lost their second straight, this time to Trinity-Pawling, 5-2. Clark DeGeer (2g,1a), Billy Sabia (3a), Roman Krivda (2g), and Jon Esposito led the T-P attack. Junior Colin Bessey kicked out 31 of 33 for the win. Taft has now lost two in a row.

-- At Wallingford, Conn., #4 Avon Old Farms defeated host Choate, 5-3. Cam Atkinson (2g,1a), Nick Bonino (1g,2a), and Tom Atkinson (2a) led the Winged Beavers attack. Greg Manz (2g,1a) and Mark Goggin (1g,1a) led the Wild Boars offense.

-- At Weston, Mass., Middlesex, behind a 16-save shutout from junior Joseph Delaney, blanked host Rivers, 4-0. Michael Pearce (1g,2a), Christian Ebert (1g,1a), and Tom Blake (1g,1a) led the Middlesex attack. Middlesex outshot Rivers, 44-16.

-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., Vermont Academy, ranked #2 in Div. II, got a hat trick from Brian Gibbons and beat Pingree, 5-2.

-- At New Milford, Conn., host Canterbury beat Pomfret, 6-3. Pasha Kozhokin (1g,3a), Sean Murray (2g), Ryan Fritz (1g,1a), Tony Klonowski (1g,1a), and Rob Dinicola (1g,1a) led the Canterbury offense. Chris Hartzell and Brian Flynn (1g,1a) each had two points for Pomfret.

-- At Andover, Mass., host Andover defeated Loomis, 6-1. Joe Smith (2g,1a) J.J. McGregor (2g), and Andrew Cox (2a) led the way for Andover. Sophomore Glenn Stowell kicked out 25 of 26 shots.

-- At Belmont, Mass., #5 Belmont Hill rolled on, blanking Div. II Berwick 7-0. Sophomore Michael Condon picked up the shutout, making 18 saves. Matt McCollem (2g,1a), Mark Dube (3a), Michael Blake (2g), Sam Choate (1g,1a), Luke Arnold (1g,1a), and Joe Tierney (2a) led the Hillies offense.

-- At Greenwich, Conn., Brunswick, ranked #1 in Div. II beat Worcester Academy, 4-1. Brunswick got goals from four different scorers, plus sophomore defenseman Nick Trepp had three assists.

-- At Milton, Mass., a goal by junior Geoff Mucha with eight seconds left lifted host Milton into a 2-2 tie with the Lawrenceville School. Milton goaltender Michael Baldino stopped 26; L’ville’s Cody McKinney stopped 31.

--  At Concord, NH, Lawrence Academy topped host St. Paul’s, 5-2. Steven Whitney (2g,1a), John Simpson (1g,1a), and Joe Whitney (2a) were the big point producers for LA, which is undefeated in their last seven NEPSIHA games. Justin Gates kicked out 26 of 28 for the win.



Kent Strikes Again

Kent, Conn. – Kent, which upset #1 Taft Wednesday, today knocked off #2 Westminster, 8-5, capping off the most successful week the program has had in at least a decade, and sending a strong message that the school’s hockey program, in the dumps for years, is making a resurgence under second-year head coach Matt Herr.

The fact that the game was played in front of an appreciative hockey alumni weekend crowd, just made it that much better for Kentians, many of whom remember the glory days of the early ‘80s.

There’s no David Quinn on this team, but try telling that to Westminster. The visitors were actually up, 2-1, seven minutes into the first period, but Kent then struck twice in a 20-second span, and never looked back.

Kent led 3-2 after one period, and 7-3 after two. For Kent, Danny Colvin (2g,4a), Justin Daniels (1g,4a), twin brother Drew Daniels (2g,1a), and Regnars Alksnis (2g) led the attack. For Westminster, Nick Pitsikoulis (3g,2a), Julien Boutet (1g,1a), and David Earl (2a) led the way.

Brian Dowd kicked out 24 of 29 shots for the win. Darren MacDonald took the loss for Westminster, stopping 26 of 34.

The game was an entertaining barn-burner, with the defense taking a vacation. In spite of 22 penalties (12 Kent, 10 Westy), there was constant end-to-end play, intense and purposeful hitting and gritty, determined efforts from both teams.

The deciding factor, if one can be selected from an 8-5 explosion, was Kent’s transition game being able to offset Westminster’s team speed. Each time Westminster scored, Kent stormed back with one of their own – or two or three – keeping pressure on the Westminster defense.

”We were getting to the loose pucks consistently and that was key for us,” said Herr. “The boys are starting to see the rewards of team effort shift after shift after shift.”



Wed. Jan. 24 Summaries

-- At Kent, Conn., #1-ranked Taft got knocked off by the Kent School. Kent broke out to a 3-0 lead, but Taft scored the next two to make it a 3-2 game early in the third period. And that’s how it stayed until Kent’s Drew Daniels added an empty-netter late. Justin Daniels (1g,2a), Drew Daniels (1g,2a), and Danny Colvin (1g,1a) led the Kent attack. Andrew Balysky (1g,1a) and junior defenseman Drew MacKenzie (2a) each had two points for the Rhinos. Kent’s Brian Dowd kicked out 28 of 30 shots for the win.

--  At Pomfret, Conn., an unassisted OT goal by Brian Flynn gave Pomfret a 4-3 win over Berkshire. Flynn (3g,1a) figured in all four of Pomfret’s goals today. Chris Hartzell (1g,1a) and Brendan Shea (2a) each had two points.

-- At Belmont, Mass., #5 Belmont Hill blanked #6 South Kent, 3-0. Matt McCollem (2g) and Mark Dube (2a) each had two points for Belmont Hill and senior goaltender Matt Gedman posted a 24-save shutout. Belmont Hill outshot South Kent, 43-24.

-- At Pawling, NY, #8 Choate topped Trinity-Pawling, 5-3. Choate was ahead 5-0, but T-P scored the final three goals to make things interesting. Five different players scored for Choate.

-- At Deerfield, Mass., host Deerfield upset #2 Westminster, 5-3. Alex Killorn notched a hat trick (his third goal was an empty-netter), and Matt Rhone had three points (1g,2a). Tommy Herd and Matt Lovejoy each had a pair of assists for the Big Green. Nick Pitsikoulis (1g,1a) was Westy’s top scorer. Junior Michael Dizgun kicked out 27 of 30 for the win. The loss was Westminster’s second in a row, the first time that has happened this season. Deerfield is undefeated in their last five.

-- At Andover, NH, in a major Div. II matchup, host Proctor, ranked #5, upended #2-ranked Vermont Academy, 4-1. Neil Ruffini (2g,1a), Matt Robertson (1g,2a), and Dennis Silvio (2a) led the Hornets’ attack. Josh Rosenholtz stopped 24 or 25 for the win.

-- At Portsmouth, RI, a third period power play goal by Rob Turner lifted Portsmouth Abbey to a 3-2 win over Pingree. Chris O’Reilly stopped 40 of 42 for the win.

-- At New Milford, Conn., #9-ranked Hotchkiss beat host Canterbury, 6-1. Junior Peter Massar (2g) and senior Adam Kaiser (1g,1a) each had two points for the Bearcats. Junior John Yanchek kicked out 18 of 19 for the win.

-- At Avon, Conn., #4-ranked Avon Old Farms had no trouble with Loomis-Chaffee, beating them 5-1. Cam Atkinson (2g), Tom Atkinson (1g,1a), Brad Peltz (1g,1a), Nick Bonino (2a), and Brian Malchoff (2a) each had two points. Avon outshot Loomis, 63-16. Matt Irvine had 58 saves in a losing effort; Randy Wolcott stopped 15 shots for the Winged Beavers.          

-- At Groton, Mass., PG Kevin Danie scored with 3:16 remaining in the third period to lift Worcester Academy to a 4-4 tie with host Groton. Danie (2g,1a) figured in three of the four Worcester goals. Groton’s attack was led by freshman Scott Fronsdahl (2g,1a). William Lee (1g,1a), Mike Violette (2a), John Zacharias (2a) each had two points for Groton.

-- At Greenwich, Conn., host Brunswick, ranked #1 in Div. II, topped Rye Country Day, 5-1. Seniors Justin Letizia (3g) and Christian Oberbeck (1g,1a) led the way for Brunswick. Shots on goal were Brunswick 40, Rye CD 13.

-- At Exeter, NH, host Exeter defeated Kimball Union, 6-3. Michael Doherty (3g,1a), Jon Dwyer (2g,1a), and Tommy Clayton (3a) were the big guns for Exeter. Ryan Purdy kicked out 19 of 20 for the win.

-- At Millbrook, NY, host Millbrook upset Williston-Northampton, 6-2. Mike McDonald stopped 36 shots for the win and Eric Satim (2g,2a), Kirk Baldo (1g,1a), Zach Vit (1g,1a), Taylor Vit (2a), and Stephen Messina (2a) led the way offensively. Alex Radmin (1g,1a) figured in both Williston goals.

-- At Washington, Conn., #7 Salisbury topped host Gunnery, 3-1. Junior Jack Clayman, senior Ben Ketchum, and PG Joe Capuano each scored for Salisbury. Junior Anthony Borelli kicked out 30 of 31 shots for the win.

-- At Katonah, NY, Kingswood-Oxford blanked the Harvey School, 4-0. Chris D’Angelo, Ben Kantor, Matt Corona, and Matt Ohlheiser scored for K-O. Justin Potter picked up the shutout, making 13 saves.

-- At North Andover, Mass., St. George’s, ranked #6 in Div. II, defeated Kent’s Hill, 7-2. Jeff Ryan (1g,2a), Chris Fogg (3a), Whit Curtin (1g,1a), Garrett Sider (1g,1a), Patrick Guerriero (1g,1a), and Chase Uhlein (1g,1a) led the Dragons’ attack. Kevin Corkery stopped 31 of 33 shots for the win. Kents Hill outshot St. George’s, 33-22. This was a neutral site game, played at the Brooks School.

-- At Dedham, Mass., #10 Nobles edged visiting St. Sebastian’s, 6-5. Nobles never trailed in this one, and led 6-3 in the third period, but St. Seb’s made it interesting with two late goals, the final one with 19 seconds left to make it a one-goal game. Multiple point producers for Nobles were Josh Franklin (1g,2a), Nick Resor (2g), Chris Steele (1g,1a), and Derrick Pallis (2a). For the Arrows, Michael Hoban (1g,2a), Christian Scully (2g), and Tucker Donohoe (2a) led the way offensively.

-- At Gill, Mass., #3-ranked Cushing  rolled on, rolling over NMH, 10-0. Josh Bernard (1g,3a), Torin Snydeman (4a), Broc Little (3g), Brian Maguire (2g), Ryan Bourque (1g,1a), Sean Whitney (1g,1a), Dave Warsofsky (1g,1a), Sean Coughlin (2a) and Matt White (2a) all had two or more points. Cushing outshot NMH, 50-22 and used all three of their goalies for the combined shutout. 

-- At Oakdale, Conn., visiting New Hampton trounced St. Thomas More, 9-3. Phil Matson led the New Hampton attack with four points (2g,2a). Notching two points apiece were Kyle Stewardson (2g), Steve Gallo (1g,1a), James Galante (1g,1a), Ryan Fitzpatrick (1g,1a), George Jenkins (2a), and Kevin Hurlbut (2a).

-- At Wolfeboro, NH, Berwick topped Brewster, 4-1. Senior defenseman Russ Franey (1g,2a) and Steve Scott (2a) led the way offensively. Jared Hay stopped 25 of 26 for the win.


This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 22, 2007:
St. Thomas More @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Westminster @ Avon Old Farms, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Brewster, 4:20 pm (at North Conway, NH)
Gunnery @ Kent, 4:30 pm
Canterbury @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
Choate @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Wed. Jan. 24, 2007:
Holderness @ Tilton, 1:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Proctor, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Deerfield, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Canterbury, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Millbrook, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Berkshire @ Pomfret, 3:30 pm
Rivers @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Berwick @ Brewster, 3:45 pm
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ St. Thomas More, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Princeton Country Day, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Groton, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Belmont Hill, 4:30 pm
Pingree @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:30 pm
Salisbury @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Cushing @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm
St. George's vs. Kent’s Hill, 4:45 pm (at Brooks School)
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 4:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Harvey, 5:30 pm

Thu. Jan. 25, 2007:
Proctor @ Kimball Union, 2:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Hebron, 4:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 26, 2007:
Holderness @ Andover, 3:30 pm
Bridgton @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Pingree @ Brewster, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ Brooks, 4:30 pm
Germantown Academy @ Wyoming Seminary, 5:00 pm
Harvey @ North Yarmouth, 5:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Brewster, 5:15 pm
Berwick @ Hebron, 6:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Hill School, 6:00 pm
Hoosac @ Kent's Hill, 7:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 27, 2007:
Shady Side Academy vs. LaSalle School, 9:00 am (at the Hill School)
Wyoming Seminary vs. Thayer, 1:00 pm (at West Point, NY)
Worcester Academy @ Brunswick, 1:00 pm
Berwick @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
St. George's @ Noble & Greenough, 2:15 pm
Taft @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Rivers, 2:45 pm
Hoosac @ Brewster, 3:00 pm
Westminster @ Kent, 3:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Groton, 3:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm
Pingree @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Choate, 4:00 pm
Lawrence @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Andover, 4:30 pm
Deerfield @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Cushing, 5:30 pm
Tilton @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 5:30 pm
Dexter @ North Yarmouth, 5:30 pm
Winchendon @ Berkshire, 5:30 pm (this is a new starting time) 
Kent's Hill @ Hebron, 6:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Milton, 6:00 pm
South Kent @ National Sports Academy, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 28, 2007:

South Kent @ Northwood, time TBA
Laconia Leafs @ National Sports Academy, 11:00 AM
Lawrenceville @ Taft, 12:00 pm
Salisbury vs. Holderness, 1:00 pm (at Harvard University)
Albany Academy @ Millbrook, 1:00 pm
Winchendon @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm


Sat. Jan. 20, 2007 Summaries

-- At Concord, NH, a Mark Dube power play goal with 2:53 remaining in regulation lifted #9 Belmont Hill to a 5-4 win over St. Paul’s. The win was the 11th straight for Belmont Hill. Matt McCollem (1g,2a) and Luke Arnold (1g,1a) had multiple point games for the winners.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #5 Cushing beat #4 South Kent, 7-4. For the full story, see below.

-- At Groton, Mass., Lawrence Academy outshot the Lawrenceville School 49-28 but came out on the losing end, 6-3, as L’ville goalie Cody McKinney kicked out 46 of the 49 shots he faced. Max Van Bourgondien (2g) Matt Gottlieb (2g), Chris Zaires (1g,1a), Paul Lee (1g,1a), and Liam Teer (2a) each had two point afternoons for L’ville.

-- At Dedham, Mass., a third period goal by Ben Shellington lifted #10 Noble & Greenough to a 4-3 win over Phillips Andover. Josh Franklin (1g,1a), Nick Resor (1g,1a), and freshman defenseman Gus Young (3a) had multiple points for Nobles. John Muse kicked out 20 of 23 for the win.

-- At Avon, Conn., #3 Avon Old Farms came up with a five-spot in the first period and rolled to a 6-2 win over Berkshire. Nick Bonino (2g,2a), Tom Atkinson (1g,3a), and Cam Atkinson (1g,2a) led the Winged Beavers attack. Randy Wolcott stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win. Avon has a 12-game unbeaten string going.

-- At Salisbury, Conn., #8 Salisbury topped Kent, 5-2. Jack Clayman (2g), Ben Ketchum (1g,1a), Michael Biega (1g,1a), and Kevin Quick (2a) led the Salisbury attack. Junior goaltender Anthony Borelli kicked out 22 of 24 shots for the win.

-- At South Hamilton, Mass., a goal off the stick of junior forward Nick Ciccolo at 3:03 of overtime lifted St. Mark’s to a 5-4 road win over Pingree. Andrew Smith (3g) and Kevin Erving (1g,2a) each had three points for St. Mark’s.

-- At Plymouth, NH, a goal by senior defenseman Tad Skelley with 58 seconds remaining in OT lifted host Holderness into a 3-3 tie with Proctor. Matt Robertson (1g,1a) and Dennis Silvio (1g,1a) each had two points for Proctor.

-- At Byfield, Mass., Governor Dummer beat Tilton, 4-2. Steven Cody (2g), Brian Day (3a), and Herbie Kent (1g,1a) led the Governors’ attack.

-- At Milton, Mass., host Milton Academy edged Thayer, 6-5. Brandon Nunn (2g), Kyle Mountain (2g), Geoff Mucha (1g,1a), Jeremy Deutsch (1g,1a), and John Bellotti (2a) led the Milton offense with two points apiece. For Thayer, the big guns were Paul Golden (2g,1a), Brian Dowd (2g,1a), and Peter Oswald (1g,1a). Thayer has lost five of their last six.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., #2 Westminster topped Loomis, 5-0, behind a 17-save shutout by Darren MacDonald. Ollie Koo (2g), David Earl (1g,1a), Derek Sandberg (2a), and Patrick O’Brien (2a) led the Martlets attack.

-- At Deerfield, Mass., a second period power play tally by Deerfield’s Tommy Herd proved to the game winner as the host Big Green edged #7 Choate, 4-2. Alex Killorn had two goals, one shorthanded and one an empty-netter, for Deerfield. Michael Dizgun kicked out 22 of 24 for the win.

-- At Portsmouth, RI, Vermont Academy, ranked #2 in Div. II, outshot host Portsmouth Abbey 55-25 but had to settle for a 4-4 tie. Vermont Academy led 4-1 after two periods, but PA came back with three third period goals. The heroes for Portsmouth Abbey were Bryan Kriner, who had a hat trick, and goaltender Chris O’Reilly, who kicked out 51 of 55 shots. Justin Aquino (2g,1a) keyed the Vermont attack.

-- In a neutral site game at Amherst College, Exeter blanked #6 Hotchkiss, 3-0. Jonathan Lee earned the win with a 37-save shutout. Michael Doherty (2g), Jeff Reppucci (2a), Jon Dwyer (1g,1a), and Joey White (2a) each had two points for Exeter.

-- At New Hampton, NH, visiting Hebron, ranked #4 in Div. II, got a second period goal from senior Carmine Zegarelli to edge new Hampton, 2-1. Hebron outshot New Hampton, 46-16, but New Hampton goaltender Matt McCarthy stopped 44 shots in a losing cause. Kevin Crosby kicked out 15 of 16 shots to pick up the win.

-- At New Milford, Conn., #1-ranked Taft topped Canterbury, 4-1, getting two-point nights from Kevin Nugent (1g,1a), Tommy Cantwell (1g,1a), Andrew Balysky (2a), and Bobby Kramer (2a). Andrew Margolin stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced for the win. Taft has a nine-game unbeaten streak going.

-- At Concord, Mass., Middlesex, ranked #8 in Div. II, rolled over Groton, 8-2. Leading the Middlesex attack were Christian Ebert (3g,2a), Rob Dudley (1g, 3a), Michael Pearce (3a), Patrick Lydon (2g), Tom Blake (2g), and Ethan Latour (2a).      



Cushing Makes A Statement

Ashburnham, Mass. – In the weekend’s most highly anticipated matchup, #5 Cushing outlasted #4 South Kent, 7-4.

In a wide-open barnburner, a deeper Cushing squad pumped 55 shots at South Kent goaltender Sergiy Sorokolat; while South Kent fired 48 shots at Cushing’s T.J. Massie.

For Cushing, which has an eleven-game unbeaten streak, it was their first win over a top ten team this season, and they passed the test with flying colors.

If there was a key to this high-scoring affair, it was Cushing’s ability to score almost immediately after a South Kent tally, squelching any momentum the visitors may have gained.

For example, a Josh Bernard second period goal came just 1:25 after South Kent’s Nick Lampson had cut Cushing’s lead to one goal.

Earlier, in the first period, Cushing’s Broc Little scored on a partial breakaway to give Cushing a two-goal lead less than two minutes after South Kent had scored to make it a one-goal game.

And, finally, Ryan Bourque scored off a pretty tic-tac-toe sequence 12:26 into the second period, giving Cushing a 6-4 lead just 1:14 after South Kent’s Joe Pereira had cut the Cushing lead to 5-4.

”A win is a win,” said Cushing head coach Steve Jacobs, adding, “…and this was a wild one.”

”Some nights you have it, some nights you don’t,” South Kent coach Geoff Marottolo said.

Cushing: Broc Little (2g,1a), Torin Snydeman (1g,2a), Brian Maguire (1g,1a), Josh Bernard (1g,1a), Dave Warsofsky (1g), Ryan Bourque (1g), Sean Whitney (2a), Sean Coughlin (1a), Ryan Warsofsky (1a), Matt White (1a).

South Kent: Rem Vanderbeek (1g,2a), Joe Pereira (1g,1a), Nick Lampson (1g,1a), Karl Mauhs (1g), John Tague (1a), Eric Daddario (1a).

Cushing Academy: TJ Massie (44/48); South Kent: Sergiy Sorokolat (48/55).


In the Cushing coach search, Bill Troy, who has assisted Steve Jacobs for the last 17 years and is widely respected and liked within the coaching fraternity, appears to be emerging as the early front-runner. Troy also works in the school’s office of admissions.

The other name heard a lot is 16-year NHL defenseman Jeff Norton, a 1984 Cushing grad who is back in his hometown of Acton and currently in the insurance business.  


Taft to Appeal NEPSIHA Ruling

The NEPSIHA Board has ruled that Taft’s 2-1 overtime win over Belmont Hill in the Lawrenceville Christmas Tournament on Dec. 16 will be considered a tie for purposes of seeding for the NEPSIHA Tournament.

For the full story -- it's too long for the prep section -- please go to today's USHR January News.


Westminster at Loomis Moved

Saturday’s Westminster at Loomis game has, due to a bum compressor at Loomis’ rink, been moved to Westminster. Faceoff will be at 7:00 pm.

The two teams are flip-flopping dates. The Westminster-Loomis game scheduled for Feb. 14 is now scheduled to be played at Loomis.

Here’s the full story, from Loomis:

”As of this past weekend Loomis Chaffee has lost its ice due to a problem in the refrigeration system.  This has forced the two boys teams and two girls teams to spend at least two weeks traveling for practice to nearby rinks who have been very cooperative in trying to find whatever hours they could to help.  Generally this has meant before school or later in the evening.  Loomis Athletic Director Bob Howe has done a great job scrambling and would like to thank those rinks for their help.  They include Trinity College, Kingswood Oxford, Enfield Twin Rinks, and the International Skating Center of Connecticut.  Loomis will ultimately need a new system to be put in this spring but a temporary solution has been found that will hopefully have Loomis back on its own ice by the week of January 29.   This has meant that during this down time all games that were scheduled at home will be played on the road.  The problem first occurred this past Saturday and caused the girls varsity game at home versus Hotchkiss to be played at Hotchkiss on Monday January 15.   Fortunately the only other varsity home game during these two weeks was scheduled for this Saturday January 20, Boys Varsity hosting Westminster.  This game will now be played at Westminster at 7:30pm.”



Deerfield Game Postponed Due to Teacher's Death

Today’s scheduled Kimball Union at Deerfield hockey game – and all athletic events – at Deerfield Academy have been cancelled due to the unexpected death of English teacher Jamie Kapteyn, who died last night playing indoor soccer at the school.

In addition to teaching English, Kapteyn, who was in his mid-forties and athletic, was a former athlete at Deerfield (class of ’79) and was an assistant girls varsity soccer coach and an assistant boys varsity lacrosse coach.



Wed. Jan. 17 Summaries

-- At Easthampton, Mass., junior Phil Bronner scored a short-handed goal with 32 seconds left in regulation to lift Williston-Northampton to a 4-4 tie with #4-ranked South Kent. Williston sophomore Scott Cook had two goals. For South Kent, Joey Diamond (2g,1a), Joe Pereira (1g,1a), and Dillon O’Hara (1g,1a) accounted for most of their team’s scoring. Shots on goal were South Kent 47, Williston 43.

Under first-year head coach Derek Cunha, the former Nobles and Holy Cross goaltender, Williston is now 9-6-2, with wins over BB&N (twice), Holderness, Thayer, Pomfret, Winchendon, and others.

-- At Salisbury, Conn., PG Matt Masucci (1g,2a) figured in all three Salisbury goals as #8 Salisbury beat Trinity-Pawling, 3-1. Salisbury outshot T-P, 49-12.

-- At Dedham, Mass., junior defenseman Chris Steele scored at 2:16 of overtime to give #10 Nobles a 4-3 win. Nick Resor and Matt Marshall picked up assists on the goal. St. Paul’s had a 2-0 lead midway through the second, but let it get away. Mike Griffin (1g,1a) and Josh Franklin (1g,1a) each had two points for Nobles. Jason Bourgea (1g,1a) had two points for St. Paul’s.

-- At Needham, Mass., Andover junior forward Andrew Cox scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of play – the second goal with just three seconds remaining – to lift Andover to a 3-3 tie with host St. Sebastian’s. Connor Toomey had 30 saves for the Arrows; sophomore Glenn Stowell had 33 saves for Andover.

-- At Cambridge, Mass., Lawrence Academy topped host BB&N behind goals from John Simpson, Jason Molle, Steven Whitney, and Sean Buckley. Wil Hartigan and Matt Maggiore scored BB&N’s goals. Chris Venti kicked out 41 shots in a losing effort; Justin Gates stopped 28 and picked up the win.

-- At Kent, Conn., #6 Hotchkiss, behind a pair of goals from junior Peter Massar, came back from a 2-1 second period deficit  to top host Kent, 4-2. Justin Daniels (1g,1a) figured in both Kent goals.

-- At Andover, NH, Neil Ruffini (3g,2a) and Matt Robertson (1g,4a) led host Proctor to a 6-3 win over Kent’s Hill. Marc Cormier (2g) and Cody Southier (2a) each had two points for Kent’s Hill.

-- At Plymouth, NH, Michael Doherty (1g,1a) and Jon Dwyer (1g,1a) led Exeter to a 3-1 win over Holderness.

-- At Watertown, Conn., #1-ranked Taft trounced Loomis-Chaffee, 7-0. Senior Bobby Kramer (2g,2a) led the Taft scorers. Taft outshot Loomis, 50-16. Sr. Andrew Margolin, who played two periods, and senior Hank Wyman, who played one period, shared the 16-save shutout.     

-- At Millbrook, NY, senior Evan Dietz (2g,2a) and junior defenseman Jeff Buvinow (2g) led Gunnery to a 9-3 road win over Millbrook.

-- At Concord, Mass., in a battle of two solid Div. II teams, Middlesex and Roxbury Latin battled to a 2-2 draw. Christian Ebert (1g,1a) figured in both Middlesex goals. Middlesex goaltender Joe Delaney had 32 saves; Roxbury Latin sophomore Matt Walsh had 34.

--At Winchendon, Mass., host Winchendon trounced Pomfret, 9-2. Patrick Fidler-O’Neil (2g,1a), Mike Adams (1g,1a), Christophe Ratte (1g,1a), Erik Trahan (1g,1a), and Corey Brennan (3a) led the Winchendon attack. Winchendon outshot Pomfret, 30-21.

-- At Avon, Conn., Cam Atkinson (1g,3a), Tom Atkinson (1g,2a), and Nick Bonino (1g,2a) teamed up for four first period goals and the #3-ranked Winged Beavers cruised to an 8-0 win over Northfield-Mt. Hermon. Patrick Enloe, with 26 saves, got the shutout win. Avon, over its last four games, has averaged seven goals a game.

-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., Mike Allport (1g,2a), Mike Donnellan (3a), and Justin Aquino (1g,1a)  led Vermont Academy, the #2-ranked team in Div. II, to a 5-3 win over Brewster.

-- At Milton, Mass., Governor Dummer Academy got goals from six different scorers in a 6-1 win over Milton Academy.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #5-ranked Cushing topped Thayer, 5-1. Sean Coughlin (2g,1a), Dave Warsofsky (1g,1a), and Broc Little (1g,1a) led the Penguins attack. TJ Massie kicked out 21 shots for the win. Cushing outshot Thayer, 47-22.

-- At South Berwick, Me., junior Kyle Riffe scored a goal and added an assist, and senior goaltender Jared Hay kicked out 25 of 26 to lead host Berwick to a 3-1 win over New Hampton.

-- At Marion, Mass., host Tabor topped Bridgton, 6-4. Karel Svoboda (1g,3a), Zachary Feiden (1g,2a), James Jelinek (1gt,2a), and Mark Colp (2g) led the way for the Seawolves. For Tabor, it’s their ninth win in the last ten games, the only loss being a 7-6 OT loss to Cushing.

-- At Katonah, NY, many players scored many goals – and picked up many assists – as host Hoosac trounced Harvey, 10-0.

--  At Weston, Mass., Portsmouth Abbey topped host Rivers, 5-2. Bryan Kriner (2g,1a), Ryan Andrews (1g,2a), and James Libutti (1g,1a) led the PA attack. 



Sat. Jan. 13 Summaries

-- At Lakeville, Conn., Hotchkiss topped Loomis, 6-1. Joe Buicko (2g), Peter Massar (1g,1a), Zach Martin (1g,1a), Emerson Eichler (2a), and Stephen Maier (2a) each had two points for Hotchkiss.

-- At Kent, Conn., Cam Atkinson (2g,1a), Tom Atkinson (2g,1a), and Nick Bonino (3a) led Avon Old Farms to a 7-2 win over Kent. Patrick Enloe kicked out 33 of 35 to pick up the win for the Winged Beavers.

-- At Needham, Mass., St. Paul’s and St. Sebastian’s battled to a 1-1 tie. Jason Bourgea scored for St. Paul’s and Tucker Donohoe scored for St. Seb’s. St. Paul’s outshot the Arrows, 40-22. Connor Toomey kicked out 39 for St. Seb’s; Tyler O’Brien stopped 21 for St. Paul’s.

-- At Andover, Mass., host Andover, behind four goals from Joe Smith, topped archrival Exeter, 4-2. For the full story, see below. 

-- At Greenwich, Conn., in a battle of Div. II heavyweights, Brunswick edged Vermont Academy 6-5 in overtime. The overtime goal, by Justin Letizia, came on a 5x3 powerplay. It was the second goal of the game for Letizia, who also had an assist. Christian Oberbeck also had three points (1g,2a) for Brunswick. Mike Allport (1g,2a) and Justin Aquino (2g) led VA’s attack.

-- At Southborough, Mass., St. Mark’s and BB&N battled to a 3-3 tie. Each team got goals from three different scorers. St. Mark’s outshot BB&N 47-35. Chris Venti kicked out 44 shots for the Knights.

-- At North Andover, Mass., Roxbury Latin got all four of their goals in the third period to defeat host Brooks, 4-1. Wayne Shepherd (2g), Sean McCarthy (2a), and Richie Iskra (2a) each had two points for Roxbury Latin. Sophomore Brad Barone kicked out 34 of 35 for win.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., host Westminster knocked off Salisbury 4-1. Nick Pitsikoulis, the Greek God of Goals, notched the hat trick.  For the full story, see below. 

-- At West Hartford, Conn., Berwick beat host Kingswood-Oxford, 5-1. Kyle Riffe, Josh Richards, Joe Perry, and Steve Scott each had a goal and an assist for Berwick.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing squashed Tilton, 10-4. Broc Little (4g,1a), Matt White (1g,3a), Sean Coughlin (1g,3a), and Ryan Bourque (1g,2a) led the Penguins attack.

-- At New Hampton, NH, host New Hampton, behind a 15-save shutout from Matt McCarthy, blanked Portsmouth Abbey, 3-0.

-- At Wallingford, Conn., a third period power play goal by Choate PG defenseman Todd Keats lifted the Wild Boars into a 3-3 tie with the Rhinos of Taft. Taft outshot Choate, 45-37.

-- At Winchendon, Mass., Brendan Sullivan kicked out 50 of 54 shots to lead Winchendon to an 8-4 win over Gunnery. Marc Pilon (3g,1a), Michael Owens (3a), and Brandon Castro (3a) led the Winchendon attack. Gunnery outshot Winchendon, 54-24.

-- At Pawling, NY, Micheal Dizgun stopped 30 of 32 shots to lead Deerfield to a 4-2 win over host Trinity-Pawling. Matt Rhone (2g), Alex Killorn (1g,1a), and Adam Boardman (2a) led the Big Green attack.

-- At Meriden, NH, Tabor topped host Kimball Union, 7-4. Zachary Feiden (2g,1a) and Mark Colp (1g,2a) each had three points for the Seawolves.

-- At Oakdale, Conn., the Harvey School edged host St. Thomas More, 4-3. Justin Edelstein (2g) and Colby Corsano (2a) each had two points for Harvey.

-- At Groton, Mass., Justin Gates kicked out 30 of 32 shots to lead Lawrence Academy to a 5-2 win over Thayer. Wayne Simpson (2g,1a), John Simpson (3a), and Joe Whitney (1g,1a) led the LA scorers.

-- At Middletown, RI, host St. George’s topped Groton, 5-2. Garrett Sider (3g), Jeff Ryan (3a), Scott Chanelli (1g,1a), and Whit Curtin (2a) led the Dragons attack.

-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor beat Pingree, 5-3. Neil Ruffini (3g,2a), Matt Robertson (1g,3a), and Dennis Silvio (1g,2a) led the way for the Hornets.

-- At Gill, Mass., junior Andre Guay kicked out 41 of 42 shots to lead the visitors from Holderness to a 5-1 win over Northfield Mt. Hermon. Tim Klotz (2g), Nick Neron (1g,1a), Kyle Baker (2a), and Pete Harriman (2a) keyed the Holderness offense.

-- At Concord, Mass., the visitors from Milton Academy got an 18-save shutout from sophomore Michael Baldino in a 7-0 win over Middlesex. Brandon Nunn had a goal and three assists for the Mustangs. Milton outshot Middlesex, 47-18.



Pitsikoulis Too Much for Salisbury... Again

Simsbury, Conn. --  Westminster forward Nick Pitsikoulis scored  a hat trick here today to lead Westminster past Salisbury, 4-1.

This is not the first time Pitsikoulis has victimized Salisbury. Last Jan. 14, Westminster, behind four goals from Pitsikoulis, went on the road and handed eventual prep champion Salisbury their only loss of the season, a 6-4 decision. 

Unlike a year ago, when Salisbury raced out to a 3-0 start before Westminster took over, today's game began with a spit-and-stutter start, as seven whistles were blown in the first 47 seconds of the contest, and it continued to take a while for the game to get flowing. Not helping matters any, and just 4:04 into the opening period, Salisbury’s Ben Ketchum was called for hitting from behind and was assessed a four minute penalty and a game misconduct. Although Westminster controlled the puck well on the power play, they were not able to sustain any prolonged pressure. On top of that, just 1:38 into the double minor Westminster forward Ollie Koo was called for holding, cutting short the lengthy man advantage.

Then it was Salisbury’s turn, as Westminster defenseman Tommy Cross was called for hitting from behind. The Simsbury native was assessed a four-minute penalty and a game misconduct as well, but Salisbury was unable to control the puck long enough to build any sustained pressure.

The period finally ended, with score even at 0-0, and with Westminster outshooting Salisbury by an 8-7 margin.

Westminster finally broke the deadlock just 48 seconds into the second period with the man advantage when, after controlling the puck from the opening face-off, Ryan Riffe fed a pass from down low back out to defenseman David Earl at the left point. Earl did not hesitate, and blasted a slapshot to Borelli’s glove side. Julien Boutet, positioned at the post, deflected the shot under Borelli’s glove, giving Westminster the 1-0 lead.

The game-winning goal, which at the time gave Westminster a 2-0 lead just 5:47 into the second period, came when Ryan Riffe, a PG from South Berwick, Maine, dug the puck away from two Salisbury players in the left corner and snapped a bullet pass toward the net. Ready and waiting was Pitsikoulis, who deftly redirected the pass into the net past Salisbury goalie Anthony Borelli.    

The second period ended with Westminster up 2-0. Shots on goal were even at 7-7.

In the third period, Westminster took advantage on the power play again, and it was all Pitsikoulis. Just 2:57 into the stanza, Boutet controlled a loose puck at his own blue line and fed a wide-open Pitsikoulis along the left boards. Pitsikoulis calmly crossed into Salisbury’s zone, looked right for a linemate, but then snapped a wrist shot to the far side past a stunned Borelli.   

Then, less than a minute later, Westminster found themselves on the power play again, and yet again Pitsikoulis came through, burying a pass from Riffe. David Earl also picked up an assist on the goal, and, just like that, Westminster was up 4-0 and smelling blood.

Salisbury avoided the shutout with just over nine minutes left in the game. Harvard-bound senior Michael Biega took a Paul Carey pass off a beautiful rush and beat Westminster goalie Darren MacDonald on the short side.

Final shots were 26-20, in favor of Westminster.


Smith Powers Andover Past Exeter

Andover, Mass - In a sharp and tight display of hockey, Phillips Andover came from behind twice to defeat archrival Phillips Exeter 4-2 in front of a packed house here tonight.

Andover senior captain Joe Smith delivered a monster performance to lead the hosts to victory, scoring all four goals for the Blue, including an empty-netter.


Without a doubt, last year’s 3-0 season-ending loss to Exeter was burned into the memories of the Andover players. However, it was the Red who struck first, and quickly.


Just a minute into the game, from behind the net, senior captain Mike Doherty fed Evan O’Brien at the front of the right goal post. O’Brien jabbed the puck in between the post and pad of surprised Andover sophomore goaltender Glenn Stowell for the 1-0 lead.


Andover responded four minutes later, when Sean Roche’s behind-the-back pass in the neutral zone found Harvard-bound Smith at the offensive blueline. The captain from Woburn, Mass. snapped a hard wrister from the high slot that beat Jonathan Lee top shelf.

Andover outshot Exeter 6-5 in the first period, and the tight defensive play by both teams led to a 17-15 shot total in the Red’s favor by the end of the game. Exeter’s pressure came mainly from the perimeter however, and Andover did a good job blocking shots and disrupting the Exeter cycling game down low and behind the net.


The second period opened quite like the first, as Exeter scored again at 1:03 of the stanza, when Ben Tsujiura knocked the puck in from a scrum in front of the net.

Andover’s power play, which has undergone a bit of a makeover since the holiday break, got another chance five minutes later. As the man advantage wound down, postgraduate Ryan Young fed an open Smith between the circles, and the captain ripped a one-timer into the back of the net to knot the game at 2-2.

The third period opened with high intensity, and the inevitable chippiness between the rivals also stepped up a bit. The excitement reached a climax when, five minutes in, the back end of an Exeter power play turned from good to bad in a flash, as Ryan Young chipped the puck over a Red defender’s stick at the blue line. The puck found the stick of Andover’s Smith, right out of the penalty box, who streaked in all alone to beat Lee five-hole on the breakaway – and the hats began to hit the ice.

The Big Blue held the lead dearly as the clock ran out, keeping Exeter to five shots in the final period, with help from some perfect goaltending from Stowell down the stretch. Exeter’s timeout with 42 seconds to play couldn’t delay the electric Andover celebration, which culminated when Smith’s clearing attempt found the empty net.

“I think overall we did a great job sticking to our system, especially on special teams and in the offensive zone, and we showed a lot of discipline.” said Andover head coach Dean Boylan. “The forwards and defense worked together and eliminated the quality opportunities, and I liked how we kept their forwards to the outside, and didn’t allow too much in the slot. I’m real proud of the kids. They put a great effort in today.”



Cushing’s Jacobs Announces Retirement

Longtime Cushing coach Steve Jacobs has made official what has been rumored for a  while, announcing to his players tonight that he would be retiring as head coach of Cushing after the season.

Jacobs, who has been synonymous with Cushing hockey for 22 years, took over a program that played in a cold off-campus rink in Gardner, Mass. and turned it into one of the top prep programs in the country, twice winning NEPSIHA Div. I crowns (1996, 1998).  times.

Jacobs began his coaching career 30 years ago, working as an assistant under Peter Van Buskirk at Hudson (Mass.) High School, which he had attended as a student prior to a PG year at Choate. Jacobs was on Van Buskirk’s staff when Hudson High won the 1978 Mass. Div. I state championship. From there, Jacobs moved on to Algonquin Regional High, where he was an assistant for one year. Jacobs first head coaching position was at Marlboro (Mass.) High School, where he was behind the bench for six years before taking over at Cushing in the mid-80s.

In January 2005, Jacobs earned win number 500. When it was pointed out to him that 500 wins comes out to an average of 25 a year for two decades, Jacobs replied, “That just means we’ve had great players here.”

In Jacobs’ 21 seasons, his teams have never had a losing campaign, and in all but one season have reached the final eight. Twelve Cushing teams have reached the final four, and five have reached the title game. Two Cushing teams have won prep championships, in 1996 and 1998. The Tom Poti-Ryan Moynihan-Bobby Allen-Joe Exter led team of 1995-96, which went 35-1 was the best Cushing team we’ve ever seen, and one of the great prep teams of all time.


We’ll be updating this story shortly, with quotes from Jacobs, in the main USHR News section. 



LA-Nobles Makeup Date

Wednesday’s Lawrence at Nobles game, called after one period when the power went off at Nobles’ rink, will resume on Monday Jan. 29 at 5:30 (at Nobles). Action will begin with the start of the second period. Lawrence is holding a 1-0 lead – and will continue to hold it for another 17 days.



                             Wed. Jan. 10 Summaries

-- At Marion, Mass., on the shores of Buzzard’s Bay, Cushing and Tabor played a wild one, with the Penguins coming out on top as Sean Coughlin scored a 5-on-3 power play goal late in OT to give his team a 7-6 win.

Tabor, despite being outshot 67-32, didn’t go down easily in this one, battling back three times from two goal deficits. Cushing went up 2-0; Tabor tied it at 2-2. Cushing went up 4-2; Tabor tied it up at 4-4. Cushing went up 6-4; Tabor tied it at 6-6 and sent it to OT.

In OT, Tabor was called for a penalty with about two minutes left and was then whistled again for tripping quickly afterward. The tripping was not blatant. Tabor goaltender Ryan Carroll, who kicked out 60 of 67 shots, made some big saves to keep it close before Coughlin came through, with assists going to Ryan Bourque and Dave Warsofsky.

Tabor’s season is looking a lot like last year, when they started slowly and then turned it on after Christmas, eventually falling just a little short of a playoff berth. This year, Tabor started out by losing five of their first six games, but then won six in a row entering today’s contest.

For Cushing, Dave Warsofsky (1g,3a), Ryan Warsofsky (1g,2a), Ryan Bourque (1g,1a), Broc Little (2a), and Neil Lavanchy (2a) led the scoring parade.

For Tabor, James Jelinek (1g,3a), Mark Colp (3g), and Andrew Jelinek (1g,1a) came up big.

--  At Watertown, Conn., host Taft edged Westminster, 4-2. Robbie Bourdon (1g,1a), Andrew Balysky (1g,1a), and Bryan Curran (2a) led the way up front for the Rhinos. In net, Andrew Margolin kicked out 22 of 24 shots for the win.

Three of Taft’s goals came on the power play.  

Note: Taft was without defenseman Kevin Reich, who received around 47 stitches in Monday’s game. Reich has had numerous small cuts on his chin from the past three or four seasons and the scar tissue that had built up just reopened Monday when a stick came up under the facemask, creating one big gash. Reich will not be able to play for approximately two weeks as the cut heals.

-- At Dedham, Mass., a power blackout early in the Lawrence at Nobles game caused the game to be scratched. It will be made up at a later date.

-- At Deerfield, Mass., the host Big Green blanked Loomis, 5-0, as Michael Dizgun and Christopher Gherlone combined on a 22 save shutout. Alex Killorn (2g,1a), Matt Lovejoy (3a), and Matt Rhone (2a) were Deerfield’s big offensive guns.

-- At Lakeville, Conn., Avon Old Farms knocked host Hotchkiss from the ranks of the undefeated, returning home with a 6-3 win.

Nick Bonino (3g), Tom Atkinson (1g,2a), Cam Atkinson (2a), Patrick Mullane (1g,1a), Chris Wieland (2a), and James Chamness (1g,1a) paced the Winged Beavers attack.

Peter Massar (2g,1a) figured in all three Hotchkiss goals.

-- At Belmont, Mass., host Belmont Hill edged Thayer, 3-2. Jake Moscatel (1g,1a), Dawson Luke (1g,1a), and Sean Tierney (2a) each had two points for Belmont Hill. Justin Harnett (1g,1a) figured in both Thayer goals.

-- At Groton, Mass., Vermont Academy blanked host Groton, 6-0. Mike Allport (2g,2a), Justin Aquino (1g,2a), and Pasha Zand (1g,1a) led the Vermont Academy attack. John Rossie (22 saves) picked up the shutout.

-- At Andover, Mass., Phillips Andover Academy topped Tilton, 5-3. Joe Smith (2g), Sean Roches (2a), and Stephen Bury each had two points for Andover.

-- At Milton, Mass., Tyler O’Brien kicked out 28 of 29 shots to lead St. Paul’s to a 3-1 win over Milton. Peter Child, Cam Lanoue, and Ben Albertson each had a goal for St. Paul’s. 

-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor topped Berwick, 6-3. Neil Ruffini (2g,1a), Chris Leach (2g), Dana Lucenta (1g,1a), and Matt Robertson (2a) led the way for the Hornets.

-- At Middletown, RI, St. George’s blanked Brooks, 5-0, behind a 25-save shutout from junior goaltender Kevin Corkery. Sophomore Jeff Ryan (2g,1a) and freshman Garrett Sider (3a) had big outings for the Dragons.

-- At Pawling, NY, Kent topped Trinity-Pawling, 6-4. Jon Schanke (1g,2a), Drew Daniels (1g,1a), and Regnars Alksnis (2a) had multiple point outings for Kent. Garrett Goodman (1g,1a) and Billy Sabia (1g,1a) led the way for T-P.

-- At Southborough, Mass., host St. Marks and Roxbury Latin battled to a 4-4 tie. Key contributors for Roxbury Latin were Shayne Anderson (1g,1a), Wayne Shepherd (1g,1a), Sean McCarthy (1g,1a), and Richie Iskra (2a). For St. Mark’s, Kevin Erving (1g,2a), Jeremiah Dargis (1g,1a), and Andrew Smith (1g,1a) were key contributors.

-- At New Milford, NY, Choate blanked Canterbury, 5-0. Scott Barchard had 32 saves for the shutout. Seniors Greg Manz (2g), A.J. Ferraro (1g,1a), Dan Cohen (1g,1a), and senior defenseman Ryan Corcoran (3a) led the Wild Boars’ attack.

-- At Byfield, Mass., Brian Day (1g,2a), Trevor Hines (2g), and Jason Michaud (1g,1a) led Governor Dummer Academy to a 7-0 win over BB&N. Maxime St. Pierre kicked out all 12 shots he faced in the GDA net.

-- At Yarmouth, Maine, a third period unassisted shorthanded goal by Trevor Hogan lifted New Hampton to a 2-1 win over North Yarmouth Academy.

-- At Meriden, NH, Exeter blanked host Kimball Union, 3-0. Tommy Clayton (2g) and Michael Doherty (1g,1a) led the way for Exeter, as did goaltender Jonathan Lee, who stopped all 26 shots he faced.

-- At West Hartford, Conn., Brunswick shut out host Kingswood-Oxford, 4-0. Sophomore goaltender Dan Cassidy stopped all 15 shots he faced. Christian Oberbeck (2g,1a), Justin Letizia (1g,2a), and J.e. Oberbeck (1g,1a) led the way for  Brunswick. 



This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 08, 2007:
Taft @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ South Kent, 4:30 pm
Bridgton @ The Governor's Academy, 6:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 10, 2007:

Kent @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Tilton @ Andover, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Deerfield, 2:45 pm
Kent's Hill vs. Brewster, 3:00 pm (@ North Conway, NH)
St. Thomas More @ Worcester Academy, 3:00 pm
Choate @ Canterbury, 3:15 pm
Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. Northwood, 3:15 pm (@ RPI)
Dexter @ Pingree, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Groton, 3:30 pm
BB&N @ Governor Dummer, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Winchendon, 3:45 pm
Brooks @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ North Yarmouth, 4:00 pm
Portledge @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
Cushing @ Tabor, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Northwood Midget Team, 4:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Brunswick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:30 pm
Berwick @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Milton, 4:30 pm
Middlesex @ Hebron, 4:45 pm
Thayer @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Berkshire, 5:15 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. Mark's, 5:30 pm
Lawrence @ Noble & Greenough, 5:45 pm
Choate @ Canterbury, 6:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 12, 2007:
Hoosac @ Berwick, 3:30 pm
Winchendon @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ BB&N, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ St. Thomas More, 5:00 pm
Tabor @ Holderness, 5:30 pm
Proctor @ Tilton, 6:00 pm
Choate @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 7:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:15 pm
New Hampton @ Rivers, 6:30 pm
Cushing @ Deerfield, 7:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 13, 2007:

National Sports Academy @ Ridley College, TBA
South Kent @ Bridgton, 1:00 pm
Thayer @ Lawrence, 1:00 pm
Tabor @ Kimball Union, 1:00 pm
Deerfield @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Berwick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 2:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Hotchkiss, 2:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Kent's Hill, 2:00 pm
Jersey Hitmen @ Lawrenceville, 2:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers @ the Hill School, 2:00 pm
Milton @ Middlesex, 2:15 pm
Salisbury @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Groton @ St. George's, 2:30 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Brewster @ Hebron, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ Proctor, 3:00 pm
St. Paul's @ St. Sebastian's, 3:15 pm
Tilton @ Cushing, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 3:30 pm
Gunnery @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Millbrook, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ St. Mark's, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ North Yarmouth, 4:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ North Yarmouth, 4:30 pm
Canterbury @ Albany Academy, 5:00 pm
Exeter @ Andover, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ New Hampton, 5:00 pm
Harvey @ St. Thomas More, 7:00 pm
Taft @ Choate, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 14, 2007:
National Sports Academy @ Ridley College, TBA
South Kent vs. Bridgton, 8:15 am (@ University of Maine)
Canterbury @ Albany Academy, 12:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Hebron, 1:00 pm
Academie St. Louis @ Kent's Hill, 1:15 pm
Princeton Country Day @ Lawrenceville, 5:00 pm



Sabky OT Goal Leads Choate Past Andover

Wallingford, Connecticut - Choate forward Greg Malley, a PG from Scituate, Massachusetts, dug the puck out of the corner from two Andover defenders and snapped a pass to linemate Sam Sabky. Sabky, cutting towards the net from the right side, fought off an Andover defender and tipped Malley’s pass past Andover goalie Glenn Stowell at 3:45 of overtime, giving Choate an exciting 3-2 overtime win here tonight.

Just two minutes earlier, Malley, who had played all night with a mission, controlled a loose puck at the Andover blueline and moved in towards the net with an Andover defenseman all over him. Undaunted, Malley kept his legs moving and pounded home a rebound underneath Stowell’s left pad in what appeared to be the game winner. One of the referees, however, blew the whistle and waved off the goal, claiming the net had been moved off its moorings.

The game began with Choate skating well and controlling much of the play. Outshooting Andover 11-5 in the first period, Choate was only able to get one shot past Stowell. On a faceoff to Stowell’s left, Choate’s Sabky cleanly won the draw, moving the puck back to defenseman Marc Nemec. Nemec blasted a slapshot past a totally screened Stowell, giving Choate the 1-0 lead.

In the second period Andover came out flying, seemingly finding their legs in the first intermission. The pressure, and the puck, were clearly in Choate’s end most of the second period, but the Choate defenders were blocking a ton of shots that never made it to Choate netminder Rob Wilechansky. Eleven minutes into the period and with Choate in need of a line change, Andover forward Bobby Farnham intercepted a center ice pass and spun towards the Choate zone. Farnham fed Ryan Heavey, who quickly snapped a pass to JJ McGregor. McGregor made a nice deke and fed linemate Andrew Cox who snapped his shot past Wilechansky to tie the game at 1-1.

In the third period the teams exchanged one goal apiece. Choate’s goal came 7:39 into the stanza as a very patient Mark Goggin moved in from the left side and snapped a bullet past Stowell’s stick side. The goal was unassisted.

Then, just five minutes later, and with Choate wearing out the carpet in the penalty box, Andover captain and forward Joe Smith moved in from the left side and wristed a shot over Wilechansky to knot the score at 2-2. Wes Stephanian assisted on the even-strength goal.

Regulation ended with the score tied at 2-2. In overtime, Choate outshot Andover 3-1.



Sat. Jan. 6 Summaries

-- At Deerfield, Mass., a Paul Carey goal at 13:26 of the third period was the difference as Salisbury edged host Deerfield, 3-2.

-- At Windsor, Conn, Kent topped host Loomis-Chaffee 7-2. Danny Colvin (2g,2a), Justin Daniels (4a), and Jon Schanke (2g,1a) led the scoring parade for Kent.

-- At New Hampton, NH, a second period goal by junior defenseman Kevin Mortimer lifted visiting Worcester Academy to a 2-1 win over New Hampton.

-- At Watertown, Conn., heavyweights Taft and Avon battled to a 2-2 tie. Chris Wieland, who also had an assist, and BU recruit Nick Bonino scored for Avon. Brendan Reich and Robbie Bourdon scored for Taft. Andrew Margolin kicked out 38 shots in the Taft net; Patrick Enloe stopped 25 shots for Avon.

-- At Middletown, RI, St. George’s, behind a 32-save shutout from junior goaltender Sean O’Brien, shut out St. Mark’s, 5-0. St. George’s got goals from five different scorers.

-- At Simsbury, Conn., host Westminster beat Trinity-Pawling, 3-1. Nick Pitsikoulis, Ryan Riffe, and Oliver Koo scored the Martlets’ goals. Westminster outshot T-P 33-14.

-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor topped Holderness, 7-4. Matt Robertson (3g,2a), Neil Ruffini (1g,4a), Dennis Silvio (4a), Chris Leach (2g,1a), and Ryan Ruddock (1g,1a) led the Hornets attack. Aki Uola notched two goals for Holderness.

-- At Millbrook, NY, a Chris Gudmundson goal at 16:05 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Hotchkiss to a 3-2 win over the Millbrook School. Junior John Yanchek had 20 saves for the Hotchkiss, junior Mike McDonald had 31 save for Millbrook.  

-- At Exeter, NH, host Exeter beat Northfield-Mt. Hermon 5-2. Jon Dwyer (2g), Cam Chaput (1g,1a), Tommy Clayton (1g,1a), and Evan Cook (2a) each had two points for Exeter. Tom DiDonato had two goals for NMH.

-- At Canton, Mass., Nobles, down 3-1 in the second, scored five of the next six goals and held on to beat Thayer, 6-5. Josh Franklin (3g,1a), Amherst Lord Jeffs’ recruit Tripp Wray (1g,1a), Mike Griffin (1g,1a), and Nick Resor (2a) led the Nobles’ attack. Thayer got goals from five different scorers.

-- At Washington, Conn., host Gunnery topped Winchendon, 5-3. Austin Smith (1g,1a) and Anthony Yelovich (1g,1a) led the way for Gunnery. Patrick Fidler-O’Neil (2g) and Mike Adams (2a) each had a couple of points for Gunnery. John Vazzano kicked out 28 of 31 shots for the win. 

-- At Groton, Mass., Justin Gates stopped 25 of 26 shots and Steven Whitney (2g,2a), Joe Whitney (2g,1a), Matt Rosenthal (2a) and John McGinnis (2a) each had multiple points. Lawrence Academy’s Stevie Bergin committed to UConn today.

-- At Marion, Mass., Tabor senior goaltender Ryan Carroll stopped all 33 shots he faced as the Seawolves blanked Tilton, 3-0. Ted Economides, Andrew Jelinek, and Wyatt Clarke each scored one goal.

-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., Vermont Academy got goals from four different goal scorers and remained undefeated by defeating Brewster Academy, 4-2.

-- At Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing Academy got goals from five different scorers -- including Broc Little for his 100th career point -- in a 5-1 win over Kimball Union. Cushing outshot KUA 57-15.

-- At Wallingford, Conn., Choate beat Andover, 3-2 in overtime. (See article above).

-- At Cambridge, Mass., Roxbury Latin topped host BB&N, 4-1. Sean McCarthy (2g,1a) and Wayne Shepherd (1g,1a) led the way offensively for Roxbury Latin while sophomore Matt Walsh kicked out 36 of 37 shots.

1/4/07  Update Fri. 1/5: This afternoon's scheduled Kent @ South Kent game has, due to ice conditions at South Kent, been moved down the road to Kent. Game time is still 5:00 pm. This is the second time this season that South Kent has had to move a home game due to warm weather.   

Coming Heat Wave Affecting Schedule

Due to El Niño and global warming, New England temperatures on Saturday are expected to reach into the low to mid-60s, which could made for some dicey ice conditions.

Northfield-Mt. Hermon is taking a pre-emptive strike, flip-flopping their games with Exeter.

That means instead of playing at home on Saturday, the Hoggers will go on the road to Exeter and play at 4:45 pm. The two teams will also be meeting on February 10. That game, originally scheduled to be played at Exeter, will be switched to NMH and will start at 6:00 pm.

For all weather-related changes, please notify us at:   information (at) 



Wed. Jan. 3, 2007 Summaries

Founders League Hockey Jamboree
At the Taft School; Watertown, Conn.

1:00 pm – Taft 2, Westminster 1 (Mays Rink)
1:00 pm – Trinity-Pawling 0 vs. Choate 1 (Odden Rink)
2:00 pm – Hotchkiss 3 vs. Loomis-Chaffee 0 (Mays Rink)
2:00 pm – Salisbury 1 vs. Avon Old Farms 0 (Odden Rink)
3:00 pm – Trinity-Pawling 0 vs. Loomis-Chaffee 1 (Mays Rink)
3:00 pm – Kent 1 vs. Westminster 1 (Odden Rink)
4:00 pm – Salisbury 1 vs. Choate 1 (Mays Rink)
4:00 pm – Hotchkiss 1 vs. Deerfield 1 (Odden Rink)
5:00 pm – Kent 0 vs. Avon Old Farms 3 (Mays Rink)
5:00 pm – Taft 0 vs. Deerfield 0 (Odden Rink)

The format calls for each contest to be 25 minutes. Each team will play two games. The winner of the tournament will not be any one school, but rather the East Division or the West Division. West Div. schools are listed first in the above schedule; East Div. schools second.


As these were a series of 25-minute scrimmages, the results obviously don’t count. In the same vein, shots and score sheets weren’t kept. We can tell you some basics, but not in any complete sense as games were going on at two rinks simultaneously, and fans, friends, college and pro scouts moved freely from one rink to another. Each team’s first game tended to be tentative. Some teams were able to practice before arriving; others weren’t able to practice at all. The later games, not surprisingly, were infinitely better, and served to whet the appetite for the second half of the season. 

This jamboree was an excellent idea. Perhaps, in time, it will evolve into a full-fledged jamboree with full-length games played over – or right after – Thanksgiving break, when the teams have a couple of weeks of practice under their belt. And perhaps other prep leagues will follow suit.

As for the games, Choate beat T-P, 1-0, with Fred Masotta scoring the lone goal and Scott Barchard getting the demi-shutout. The younger Goggin stood out for Choate; ninth grader Brandon Moore was T-P’s best prospect. Brian Foster called a time out with two seconds left.…. Taft edged Westminster 2-1 behind goals from Bobby Kramer and Andrew Balysky… Hotchkiss blanked Loomis, 3-0 – we missed that one .… Salisbury blanked Avon, 1-0, with Anthony Borelli getting the demi-shutout and Matt Masucci, who arrived in the slot at precisely the right moment, getting the lone goal… Loomis blanked Trinity-Pawling 1-0, leaving T-P scoreless for the day…. Kent and Westminster skated to a 1-1 tie. Robbie Veriker scored for Kent. Westy’s goal was a pretty one, as Julien Boutet finished off a nice passing sequence with linemates Ryan Riffe and Nick Pitsikoulis…. Hotchkiss tied Deerfield, 1-1. Alex Killorn, who’s getting attention from the Ivies as well as BC, BU, and UNH, scored the Big Green’s goal, hitting the top corner from a spot halfway between the top of the right faceoff circle and the blue line. Doug Kinney countered for Hotchkiss, also a nice top-corner strike…. Deerfield then went right back out and skated to a 0-0 deadlock with Taft…. Avon finished the day by blanking Kent, 3-0. Rick Longobardi, Tom Mapes, and Chris Wieland scored for the Winged Beavers and Randy Wolcott allowed no goals…. And that was it… The ride home was illuminated by an incandescent full moon. If there were a reflective layer of snow on the ground, this typist could have driven back to Boston without headlights.


-- At Belmont, Mass., host Belmont Hill topped Milton Academy, 5-2. Matt McCollem notched a hat trick, with the final goal an empty-netter. Mark Dube had a goal and two assists and senior goaltender Matt Gedman kicked out 34 of 36 for the win. Kyle Mountain and Brandon Nunn scored for Milton.

-- At Byfield, Mass., freshman Cody Ferriero scored a late third period goal to lift Governor Dummer to a 1-1 tie with Lawrence Academy.

-- At Exeter, NH, Tabor scored two goals in the final minute of play to come back and beat host Exeter 5-4. Exeter had a 2-1 lead after two, but the two teams combined to score six goals in the final period. With 6:16 remaining Exeter tied the game at 3-3 on a Mark Seager goal. With 1:43 left, Exeter went ahead 4-3 on a Jeff Reppucci goal. But they couldn’t hold the lead. With 24 seconds remaining Tabor’s Andrew Jelinek tied it up at 4-4. And with 10 seconds remaining Mark Colp scored the game winner for Tabor.

For Exeter, Tommy Clayton (1g,2a) and Cam Chaput (2a) led the scoring.

-- At Easthampton, Mass., Canterbury edged host Williston-Northampton, 4-2. Canterbury got goals from Ryan Fritz, Dan Hebert, Rob DiNicola and, with an empty-netter, Tony Klonowski.

Phil Bronner and Ryan Colwell were Williston’s goal scorers.

Caleb Luther picked up the win in the Canterbury net, kicking out 27 shots.

-- At Plymouth, NH, host Holderness topped New Hampton, 3-1. Nick Neron, Aki Uola, and Kyle Baker scored for Holderness. Kyle Krulac added a pair of assists. Andrew Guay stopped 21 shots for the win.

-- At Needham, Mass., a Mike Griffin goal gave Nobles a 1-0 win over host St. Sebastian’s. John Muse stopped all 30 shots he faced for Nobles, and Connor Toomey kicked out 25 of 26 for St. Sebastian’s.


This Week's Schedule

Wed. Jan. 03, 2007:
New Hampton @ Holderness, 3:00 pm
Canterbury @ Williston-Northampton, 3:00 pm
Tabor @ Exeter, 3:00 pm
Thayer @ BB&N, 3:15 pm
Lawrence @ Governor Dummer, 4:15 pm
Boston Jr. Bulldogs @ Hebron, 4:00 pm
Northfield-Mt. Hermon @ Tilton, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Rivers, 4:00 pm
Milton @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm

Founders League Hockey Jamboree
At the Taft School; Watertown, Conn.
Wed. Jan. 3, 2007

1:00 pm – Taft vs. Westminster (Mays Rink)
1:00 pm – Trinity-Pawling vs. Choate (Odden Rink)
2:00 pm – Hotchkiss vs. Loomis-Chaffee (Mays Rink)
2:00 pm – Salisbury vs. Avon Old Farms (Odden Rink)
3:00 pm – Trinity-Pawling vs. Loomis-Chaffee (Mays Rink)
3:00 pm – Kent vs. Westminster (Odden Rink)
4:00 pm – Salisbury vs. Choate (Mays Rink)
4:00 pm – Hotchkiss vs. Deerfield (Odden Rink)
5:00 pm – Kent vs. Avon Old Farms (Mays Rink)
5:00 pm – Taft vs. Deerfield (Odden Rink)

The format calls for each contest to be 25 minutes. Each team will play two games. The winner of the tournament will not be any one school, but rather the East Division or the West Division. East Div. schools are listed first in the above schedule; West Div. schools second.


Fri. Jan. 05, 2007:
Bridgton @ Hebron, 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm
Gunnery @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Brooks, 4:15 pm
Proctor @ Exeter, 4:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Worcester Academy, 5:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Berwick, 5:00 pm
Kent @ South Kent, 5:00 pm -- moved to Kent School; same starting time

Sat. Jan. 06, 2007:
St. Paul's @ Middlebury College JV, 11:00 am
Brooks @ Groton, 1:45 pm
Pingree @ Kingswood-Oxford, 2:00 pm
Milton @ Lawrence, 2:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ BB&N, 2:00 pm
Boston Jr. Bulldogs @ Bridgton, 2:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ New Hampton, 2:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
St. Mark's @ St. George's, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ Pomfret, 2:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Holderness @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Brewster, 3:30 pm
Harvey @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Kent @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm -- moved to Exeter, 4:45 pm
Kimball Union @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm
Tilton @ Tabor, 5:15 pm
Andover @ Choate, 6:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Millbrook, 7:00 pm
Hill School @ Northwood, 7:00 pm  
Lawrenceville @ NSA, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 07, 2007:

Lawrenceville @ Northwood, TBA
Hill School @ National Sports Academy, 2:00 pm
Pomfret @ Albany Academy, 1:15 pm



Mon. Jan. 1 Prep Scoreboard

Tabor Tournament:

10:00 am – Hill 3, St. Sebastian’s 2 (OT) – Hill wins on PP goal with five seconds left in OT. H: Mould (1g, in OT), MCConney (2a), Guldin (1g), Davis (1g), Dewyea (1a), Kratz (1a), Petrov (1a). SS: Hoban (2a), Harrity (1g), Brown (1g), Corcoran (1a), Sullivan (1a). Penalties: SS: 6 minors; H: 6 minors plus 1 misconduct (Phillips).

12:00 pm – Milton 4, GDA 3 (OT) -- Milton comes back from 3-0 deficit; Bellotti game-winner in OT. MA: Bellotti (2g), Mountain (1g,1a), Matczak (1g), Descoteux (1a), Donahue (1a), Voloshin (1a), Mucha (1a), Mleczko (1a). GDA: Day (2g), Bielinski (1g), Ward (2a), Kent (2a). GDA: 6 minors; MA: 2 minors.

2:00 pm – Championship Game -- Tabor 5, New England Falcons (EJHL) 2 -- TA: Svoboda (2g,1a), J. Jelinek (2g,1a), Pawliczka (1g), Economides (1a), Clemmenson (1a), Colp (1a), Hogan (1a). NE: Vellecca (1g), Garrow (1g), Carroll (1a), Nelson (1a), Scanlon (1a). Penalties: TA: 9 minors; NE: 9 minors plus 1 major and a misconduct.