Belmont Hill Too Much for Nobles
Belmont, Mass. -- With a chance to strengthen their playoff position, Noble & Greenough instead squandered it, getting outworked, outhustled, outshot and soundly beaten, bowing 5-2 to Belmont Hill here today.
Belmont Hill came out strong and got on the board early when the Jack MacNamara – Jason Silvia – Jake Moscatel line applied early pressure. It paid off when MacNamara curled out from behind the net and took a shot that Nobles goalie John Muse made the initial stop on. The rebound came to Silvia who snapped it past Muse to make it 1-0. It was a soft goal, but it came off hard work.
The Silvia line would strike again at the 6:21 mark. This time, Silvia beat the D to the puck in the near corner and made a nice pass out in front to Moscatel who flipped it over Muse and into the top of the cage to give Belmont Hill a 2-0 lead.
It looked like Belmont Hill was going to steamroller Nobles, but then the visitors went on the power play with about five minutes left in the period, cashing in when Andrew Glass came down the right side and, from out by the faceoff circle, took a shot that Josh Franklin either got on a rebound or deflected home at the 13:46 mark.
Just 1:31 later, Nobles struck again as Derek Pallis, from the left point, took a low, hard shot on net that deflected off the stick of Glass and zipped over the glove hand of Belmont Hill goalie Matt Gedman to tie the game at 2-2. It was the last goal Gedman would allow.
With less than two minutes left, Belmont Hill almost went ahead when Muse came out to play the puck, but mishandled it, enabling a Belmont Hill player to take a shot that a Nobles skater had to scoot into the crease to block. By the time Muse scrambled back to the net everyone was tangled up with everyone else; a lot of pushing and shoving ensued. Muse stayed down on the ice for a few minutes, but eventually got to his feet and stayed in the game.
As a result of the scrum, five penalties were called, three on Nobles, two on Belmont Hill.
Just 27 seconds into the ensuing power play, Kevin MacNamara, from the right point, hit Matt McCollem with a pass. McCollem got it to Mark Dube, who fired it past Muse to give Nobles a 3-2 lead with 1:28 left in the period.
The second period was downright placid. Both teams skated hard, and the period was fairly even. Gedman, who had a strong game, came up with a couple of big saves to keep Nobles from tying the game up.
In the third, though, Belmont Hill just poured it on, particularly from about the five minute mark onward, scoring two more goals.
Dube made it 4-2, scoring his second goal of the day at the 8:53 mark, with assists going to Kevin MacNamara and McCollem.
With 2:52 left in the period and Belmont Hill on the power play due to a dubious tripping call against Josh Franklin, a shot wide of Muse was taken off the end boards by Trip Wray, whose attempt to ice the puck was picked off by Silvia, who fired it past a startled Muse.
Shots on goal in the third were Belmont Hill 17, Nobles 4. Shots for the game were Belmont Hill 44, Nobles 25.
“In the first,” said Belmont Hill coach Ken Martin, “the Silvia line played great and got a couple goals off hard work and quick sticks. Then we went to the penalty box. That hurt us. Nobles got momentum and scored twice.”
“In the second, it was just good skating, both ways.”
“In the third, I thought we had a little more jump and shut them down defensively. I was pleased with our overall team defense.”
Nobles coach Brian Day said, “They were just a better hockey team than we were tonight.”
“We were in the game coming in the third period and they just had more energy than we did. They won more loose pucks and carried the play.”
Quarterfinals Scoreboard -- Live
Div. I :
South Kent (#4 West) @ Salisbury (#1 West), 3:30 pm -- Anthony Borelli (S) and Sergiy Sorokolat (SK) are in net. Salisbury leads 1-0 after one on a powerplay goal by Joe Capuano -- In the second period, South Kent comes back with a pair of goals by PG Karl Mauhs, the first 5-on-3 and the second even strength. South Kent leads 2-1 after two -- Pereira scores in the third for South Kent. Final score: South Kent 3, Salisbury 1.
Lawrence Academy (#3 East) @ Belmont Hill (#2 East), 3:30 pm -- Belmont Hill leads 1-0 after one on a goal by Luke Arnold. -- Belmont Hill leads 2-0 after two as Kevin McNamara scores on a penalty shot -- In the third, Wayne Simpson scores for LA and Michael O'Donnell for Bel Hill. Final score: Belmont Hill 3, Lawrence 1.
Nobles (#4 East) @ Cushing (#1 East), 5:00 pm -- John Muse (Nobles) and TJ Massie (CA) are the starting goaltenders. It's 0-0 after the first period. Shots are 8-7 Nobles. -- No scoring in the second period. Shots in the second were 13-11 Cushing -- Nobles has scored a goal 2:27 into the 3rd to take a 1-0 lead -- Mark Gormley from Hourihan and Steele. It's Gormley's first goal of the season. This is a final now, 1-0 Nobles. Cushing poured it on in the third, outshooting Nobles, 21-6, but Muse came up big. Final score: Nobles 1, Cushing 0.
Hotchkiss (#3 West) @ Avon Old Farms (#2 East), 3:30 pm -- Starting goaltenders: John Yanchek (H) and Patrick Enloe (Avon). Avon ahead 1-0 on a Cam Atkinson goal. -- Second period is scoreless. Avon leads 1-0 after 2 periods -- Tom Atkinson put Avon up 2-0 in the third period, and Avon added an empty netter. Final score: Avon Old Farms 3, Hotchkiss 0.
#7 Brunswick vs. #2 Proctor, 3:30 (at St. Mark’s) -- Rosenholtz (P) and Petchonka (B) are the starting goaltenders. Brunswick is up 2-0 after one on goals by Letizia and C. Oberbeck. -- Proctor gets a pair of goals in the second, from Lucenta and Gaby (shorthanded) and it's 2-2 after two periods -- In the third, C. Oberbeck scores for Brunswick and Peterson scores for Proctor. It's 3-3 after three periods. -- Brunswick gets a goal by Justin Letizia at 2:23 of OT to defeat Proctor. Final score: Brunswick 4, Proctor 3 (OT)
#6 Middlesex vs. #3 Hoosac, 3:30 (at Eaglebrook School) -- Goalies are Delaney (M) and Boyer (H). Hoosac is up 1-0 after 1 on a goal by Stewart. -- In the second, Middlesex goals are scored by Ebert and Pierce and Hoosac gets a goal by O'Rourke. It's 2-2 after two. -- In the third period, Hoosac gets a powerplay goal by defenseman Kyle Hardy with 22 seconds left in regulation to beat Middlesex, 3-2. Final score: Hoosac 3, Middlesex 2.
#8 St. Mark’s vs. #1 Hebron, 3:30 pm (at Phillips Exeter) -- Goalies are Saltarelli (SM) and Glant (Hebron). Hebron leads 1-0 after 1 on a power play goal by Tobin -- Hebron leads 2-0 after two on a goal by Zegarelli. -- In the third, Pedemonti and Zegarelli score for Hebron. Final: Hebron 4, St. Mark's 0.
#5 St. George’s vs. #4 Vermont Academy, 3:30 pm (at Lawrence Academy) -- Goalies are O'Brien (SG) and Hernandez (VA). Vermont leads 2-0 after one on goals by Thompson and Donnellan. -- In the second, Allport scores for VA and Ryan scores a pair for St. George's. Vermont Academy leads 3-2 after 2 -- St. George's gets a third period goal from Guerriero to tie it up 3-3 after three periods. -- Vermont's Weimar scores at 10:50 of OT to give VA the win. Final score: Vermont Academy 4, St. George's 3 (OT).
Semifinals @ Salem, NH Sat. March 3:
South Kent vs. Belmont Hill, 3:30 pm
Nobles vs. Avon Old Farms, 6:00 pm
Brunswick vs. Hoosac, 11:00 am
Hebron vs. Vermont Academy, 1:15 pm
Calling All Blackberries, Treos – and Plain Old Cell Phones
For this year’s quarterfinals, we are going to do what we have done for past two seasons, and post updates at the end of every period of every game, both Div. I and Div. II, both boys and girls.
We’re looking for volunteers to either text or phone in scores at the end of each period and, if possible, include goal scorers. This worked really well last year and, in pretty close to real time, we were able to bring updates to people across the country and around the globe.
If you’re willing to help out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which game you will be attending. We’ll send you back the info you need.
With your help, we can pull this project off again. It should be fun.
2/24/07 Div. II Unofficial Playoff Seeding
Div. II Unofficial Playoff Seeding
Here is the unofficial seeding for Div. II.
4. Vermont Academy
5. St. George’s
7. St. Mark’s
St. Mark’s and Brunswick tied for 7th, even when the tie breakers were factored in. Geographical considerations may determine which team plays #1 Hebron and which plays #2 Proctor. Several of these quarterfinal games will have to be played at neutral sites.
The official seedings will be announced on Sunday afternoon. All quarterfinal games are this Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Playoff Seedings; Quarterfinal Matchups Announced
Playoff Seedings; Quarterfinal Matchups Announced
It’s official now. Here are the quarterfinal matchups for Wed. Feb. 28.
Div. I :
South Kent (#4 West) @ Salisbury (#1 West), 3:30 pm
Lawrence Academy (#3 East) @ Belmont Hill (#2 East), 3:30 pm
The winners will faceoff at the Icenter in Salem, NH in semifinal play on Sat. March 3 at 3:30 pm.
Nobles (#4 East) @ Cushing (#1 East), 5:00 pm
Hotchkiss (#3 West) @ Avon Old Farms (#2 East), 3:30 pm
The winners will meet at the Icenter in Salem, NH in semifinal play on Sat. March 3 at 6:00 pm.
The Div. I championship game will be held at 3:00 pm on Sun. March 4, also in Salem, NH.
#7 Brunswick vs. #2 Proctor, 3:30 (at St. Mark’s)
#6 Middlesex vs. #3 Hoosac, 3:30 (at Eaglebrook School)
The winners will meet at the Icenter in Salem, NH in a semifinal matchup on Sat. March 3 at 11:00 am.
#8 St. Mark’s vs. #1 Hebron, 3:30 pm (at Phillips Exeter)
#5 St. George’s vs. #4 Vermont Academy, 3:30 pm (at Lawrence Academy)
The winners will meet at the Icenter in Salem, NH in semifinal action on Sat. March 3 at 1:15 pm.
The Div. II championship game will be held Sunday March 4 at 12:30 pm, also in Salem, NH.
As we mentioned last night, St. Mark’s and Brunswick tied for #7 and the tiebreakers resolved nothing. So a coin was flipped and Brunswick won the #7 seed... Quarterfinal games will be held at the higher-seeded schools unless the travel time exceeds two hours, in which case the game will be held at a neutral site somewhere between the two schools. It looks like all the games will be at neutral sites this year.
Sat. Feb. 24, 2007 Summaries
Sat. Feb. 24, 2007 Summaries
-- At Watertown, Conn., Hotchkiss beat Taft 3-2 this afternoon, and in doing so dashed any hopes Taft had for the playoffs. Hotchkiss leading scorer Peter Massar scored at the 12:02 mark of the third period to break the 2-2 tie. Taft outshot Hotchkiss 46 to 21. John Yanchek kicked out 44 shots for the win.
--At Millbrook, N.Y., host Millbrook edged The Hill School 3-2 in the first semi-final game of the Empire Cup this afternoon. Zach Vit’s goal just five minutes into the third period was the game winner, while Mike McDonald kicked away 33 of the 35 shots he faced for the win. Millbrook will play the winner of the other semi-final, which pits Lawrenceville against co-host Trinity Pawling.
-- At Sheffield, Mass., Berkshire defenseman Michael Perkins scored two goals as host Berkshire defeated The Gunnery today by the score of 4-2. Berkshire goalie Charlie Ogalin stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced. With the win, Berkshire clinched the NEPSHC West league title.
--At Salisbury, Conn., host Salisbury defeated Canterbury today by the score of 14-2. Many Salisbury players scored many points, way too many to enumerate here.
--At Cambridge, Mass., guest Belmont Hill polished their scoring touch today in playoff preparation and demolished host BB&N by a 9-1 margin. Jason Silvia posted the hat trick for Belmont Hill, and winning Belmont Hill goalie Matt Gedman kicked out 23 of 24 shots. Belmont Hill leading scorer Kevin McNamara added four assists. Belmont Hill won the Keller Division of the ISL.
--At Wallingford, Conn., host Choate, leading 3-1 going into the third period, surrendered three unanswered third period goals and lost 4-3 to Kent, who completed one of their most successful campaigns in years. Kent forward Drew Daniels scored two short-handed goals, both the tying goal and the game winner, just 36 seconds apart in the third period to seal the win for Kent. Kent goalie Brian Dowd stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced.
--At Groton, Mass., St. Paul’s forward Jason Bourgea scored the game winner with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation to lift visiting St. Paul’s to a 5-4 win over Lawrence Academy this afternoon. St. Paul’s senior goalie Tyler O’Brien stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced. Joe Whitney scored twice for Lawrence Academy.
--At Exeter, N.H., host Exeter beat archrival Andover today by the score of 4-1. Exeter had four separate players find the net, and Exeter senior goaltender Jonathan Lee stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
--At Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing forwards Casey Brugman and Broc Little scored two goals apiece as host Cushing slammed Holderness 7-1.
--At Concord, Mass., Middlesex had five different players find the back of the net as they handed visiting St. George’s a 5-3 loss. Middlesex goalie Joseph Delaney stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced.
--At Gill, Mass., Tabor Academy blasted Northfield-Mt. Hermon here today by the score of 9-2. Ryan Kavanagh scored twice for Tabor, and Tabor goalie Ryan Carroll made 45 saves on the 47 shots he faced. Immediately after the game, NMH head coach Josh Brandwene announced that he will not be returning to NMH next year. More details to follow.
--At Dedham, Mass., Ben Shellington, a senior forward from Hanover, Mass., scored just nine seconds into overtime to give host Nobles a 3-2 win over Milton Academy. Milton outshot Nobles by a 39-29 margin.
-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., host Vermont Academy defeated Brunswick, 8-4. Brian Gibbons scored five of VA’s goals and Justin Aquino scored the other three.
-- At Groton, Mass., St. Mark’s got goals from four different scorers in a 4-1 win over Groton. Nick Saltarelli kicked out 29 of 30 shots for the win.
-- At Portsmouth, RI, Bryan Kriner scored all four goals in PA’s 4-2 win over North Yarmouth Academy.
-- At Simsbury, Conn., Westminster head coach Tom Earl’s last game behind the bench was a win as his squad defeated Deerfield, 4-0. Ryan Riffe (1g,2a), Nick Pitsikoulis (1g,1a), Julien Boutet (1g,1a), and David Earl (2a) led the Martlets’ attack. Darren MacDonald kicked out 19 shots to earn the shutout.
-- At Millbrook, NY, junior forward Paul Lee had two goals and an assist to lead Lawrenceville to a 6-1 win over Millbrook in the Empire Cup title game. Senior Cody McKinney kicked out 30 of 31 shots for the win.
-- At Windsor, Conn., Cam Atkinson (2g), Tom Atkinson (1g,1a), Nick Bonino (2a), and Ken Trentowski (2a) each had two points to lead Avon Old Farms to a 5-0 blanking of host Loomis-Chaffee. Senior Randy Wolcott earned the shutout for Avon, stopping all 25 shots he faced.
-- At Winchendon, Mass., Joe Pereira (2g,2a) and Nick Lampson (2g) led South Kent to a 5-2 win over host Winchendon.
Friday Empire Cup Results
Friday Empire Cup Results
Empire Cup Results for Fri. Feb. 23:
Lawrenceville 4, Albany Academy 0
Trinity-Pawling game cancelled
Hill School 3, Wyoming Seminary 2
Millbrook 8, Portledge 1
Empire Cup Schedule for Saturday, February 24th, is as follows:
12:00pm - Lawrenceville vs. Trinity Pawling (at T-P)
|12:00pm - Hill School vs. Millbrook School (at Millbrook)
7:00pm - Winners play in the Championship Game at Millbrook
Div. II: Down to the Wire
Div. II: Down to the Wire
All of Wednesday’s results are tallied up, so here’s how things stand heading into Friday’s and Saturday’s games.
1. Hebron 2-1-1 = 4
2. Proctor 3-2-2 = 7
3. St. George's 3-4-3 = 10
4. Hoosac 1-3-8 = 12
5. Middlesex 7-5-5 = 17
5. Vermont 6-7-4 = 17
7. Brunswick 5-6-7 = 18
8. St. Mark's 9-8-5 = 22
9. Berwick 8-9-9 = 26
10. Roxbury Latin 10-11-12 = 33
11. Pingree 13-10-11 = 34
12. Portsmouth Abbey 11-13-14 = 38
Wed. Feb. 21 Prep Summaries
Wed. Feb. 21 Prep Summaries-- At Avon, Conn., #3 Avon Old Farms scored five second period goals en route to an 8-2 pasting of Canterbury. Cam Atkinson (2g,2a), Tom Atkinson (1g,3a), and Nick Bonino (1g,3a) each had four points for the Winged Beavers. Patrick Enloe stopped 26 of 27 in 44 minutes of play.
-- At Watertown, Conn., #7 Taft spotted Trinity-Pawling an early 2-0 lead but came back with six unanswered goals to put away the visitors, 8-4. Sean Curran (2g,1a), Bobby Kramer (1g,2a), Bryan Curran (1g,2a), Kevin Nugent (3a), Andrew Balysky (1g,1a), Robbie Bourdon (1g,1a), George Hughes (2a), and Jesse Root (2a) led the Rhinos' attack. Robbie MacGregor (2g,1a) and Clark DeGeer (1g,1a) led the way for T-P.
-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor Academy, ranked #3 in Div. II, defeated New Hampton, 4-2. Matt Robertson (1g,1a), Neil Ruffini (1g,1a), Ransom Gaby (1g,1a), and Alex Milley (1g,1a) had two points apiece for the Hornets.
-- At Lakeville, Conn., #2 Salisbury blanked #6 Hotchkiss, 3-0, as Brian Gibbons (2g) and defenseman Dan Reed (2a) each had two points. Anthony Borelli kicked out 22 shots for the shutout.
-- At Windsor,Conn., host Loomis-Chaffee held a 1-0 lead but saw it disappear when, with 1:03 left in regulation, Choate senior forward Anthony Depietto scored to tie the game at 1-1. Depietto then struck again 2:28 into OT to give the Wild Boars a 2-1 win. Rob Wilechansky kicked out 24 shots for the shutout. Loomis' Matt Irvine stopped 43 of 45 shots in a hard luck loss.
-- At Sheffield, Mass., Berkshire topped Millbrook, 8-4 behind a Tom Regan hat trick. Other point producers for Berkshire included Matt Rappaport (2g), Michael Perkins (1g,1a), Josh Rabbani (2a), Dan Rainer (2a), and Nicholas Prokow (2a).
-- At Hoosick, NY, in a big Div. II matchup, #2 Hoosac topped #5 Vermont Academy, 5-2. After one period it was a 2-2 game, but the Owls pulled away with three straight goals. Kyle Hardy (4a), Sy Nutkevitch (3a), Matthew David (2g), and Michael Schiavi (1g,1a) -- all four from Quebec -- led the Hoosac attack. Nova Scotia native Kyle Ferguson kicked out 28 of 30 shots for the win.
-- At Washington, Conn., Westminster, on a Ryan Riffe goal 52 seconds into OT, edged #10 Gunnery, 4-3. Riffe (1g,1a), Nick Pitsikoulis (1g,1a), and Julien Boutet (2a) led the way for Westminster. PJ Tatum had a goal and an assist for Gunnery. Westminster senior goaltender Darren MacDonald stopped 37 of 40 shots for the win.
-- At Groton, Mass., the Middlesex School, ranked #7 in Div. II, held a 3-2 second period lead but got into penalty trouble, enabling host Groton to score a 5-on-3 power play goal to tie things up at 3-3, which is where things ended up. All six goals in this game were scored in the second period. Groton freshman goaltender Dale Adams stopped 40 of 43 shots, while Middlesex junior Joe Delaney stopped 34 of 37.
-- At Greenwich, Conn., Brunswick, ranked #6 in Div. II, defeated Rye Country Day, 6-1. J.E. Oberbeck (2g,2a), Christian Oberbeck (1g,3a), and Justin Letizia (2g,2a) each had four points for Brunswick.
-- At Kent, Conn., host Kent scored goals 46 seconds apart in the first period -- off the sticks of Drew Daniels and Regnars Alksnis -- and held on to defeat Deerfield 2-1. Junior Brian Dowd stopped 25 shots in the Kent net, while Michael Dizgun stopped 35 for Deerfield.
-- At Kents Hill, Maine, Kents Hill got a pair of goals from sophomore Cody Southier in a 4-1 win over North Yarmouth Academy.
-- At Wolfeboro, NH, a goal by senior Aki Uola 52 seconds into the third period broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Holderness to a 3-2 win over Brewster Academy.
-- At Southborough, Mass., Jeremiah Dargis figured in all three goals -- the last an empty netter -- to lead host St. Mark's to a 3-1 win over St. George's. Andrew Smith (1g,1a) and Kevin Erving (2a) also came up big for St. Mark's. The goalies were busy in this one, as junior Nick Saltarelli stopped 39 of 40 for St. Mark's, and junior Sean O'Brien kicked out 39 of 41 for the Dragons. This, too, was a big Div. II tilt, as St. Mark's is battling for a playoff spot, and St. George's is battling for home ice.
-- At West Roxbury, Mass., Jake Joyce (1g,1a), Dan Findley (1g,1a), and Richie Iskra (1g,1a) each had two points to help lead Roxbury Latin to a 4-2 win over Worcester Academy.
-- At Andover, Mass., host Andover defeated NMH, 4-1. Junior Bobby Farnham (2g) and freshman defenseman Bennett Carroccio (2a) led the Andover attack, while sophomore Glenn Stowell stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win.
-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #1 Cushing Academy defeated Wyoming Seminary, 7-1. Ryan Bourque (3g,1a), Broc Little (1g,2a), and Matt White (2a) led the Penguins attack. Cushing outshot Wyoming, 58-15. Cushing used all three of their goalies.
-- At Easthampton, Mass., Williston-Northampton thumped Albany Academy, 9-3. Junior Phil Bronner (5g,1a) and PG Mike Galligan (3g,3a) each had six points for the winners.
-- At Portsmouth, RI, Portsmouth Abbey topped Kingswood-Oxford, 6-3. Bryan Kriner (2g,1a), James Libutti (1g,1a), Bryan Abraham (1g,1a), and Rob Turner (2a) led the PA attack.
-- At Pomfret, Conn., Exeter defeated host Pomfret, 6-2. Tommy Clayton (2g), Michael Doherty (1g,1a), and Joey White (2a) led the Exeter attack.
-- At Weston, Mass., Brooks got goals from three different scorers in a 3-1 win over host Rivers. Junior goaltender Aaron Stanley stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win.
-- At Groton, Mass., St. Sebastian's held a 5-2 second period lead over #5 Lawrence Academy but couldn't hold it, falling 8-6. Joe Whitney (1g,4a), Steven Whitney (3g,1a), and John Simpson (1g,3a) led the way for the hosts. Chris Brown (2g,1a) and Michael Hoban (1g,1a) were the top point producers for the Arrows.
-- At South Berwick, Maine, senior forward Cam Clark had four points (3g,1a) to lead Berwick to a 5-1 win over Pingree.
-- At Milton, Mass., Milton Academy topped Tilton, 4-1. Brandon Nunn (3g) and Geoff Mucha (3a) led the Mustangs attack. Sophomore goaltender Michael Baldino stopped 25 of 26 for the win.
-- At Byfield, Mass., host Governor Dummer held a 2-0 lead late in the second period, but squandered it, allowing Noble & Greenough to come back with three unanswered goals, the final a Matt Marshall tally at 3:54 of overtime. John Muse kicked out 41 of 43 shots to earn the win. GDA outshot Nobles, 43-27. In addition to his OT goal, Marshall had an assist on Josh Franklin's 5-on-3 goal, which tied the game at 8:05 of the third. Andrew Glass had a pair of assists and defenseman Derrick Pallis assisted on all three of Nobles' goals. Mike Griffin scored a power play goal to start the Nobles comeback in the second period.
Div. II Numbers
Div. II Numbers
These are current as of today. They are, of course, unofficial.
1. Hebron 3-1-1 = 5
2. St. George's 1-3-3 = 7
3. Proctor 4-2-2 = 8
4. Hoosac 1-4-10 = 15
4. Vermont 5-5-5 = 15
6. Middlesex 7-5-4 =16
7. Brunswick 6-7-6 = 19
8. St. Mark's 9-8-7 = 24
9. Berwick 8-10-11 = 29
10. Pingree 12-9-9 = 30
2/19/07 Update: Saturday's Brunswick at Vermont Academy game will start at 2:30 pm
This Week’s Schedule
This Week’s Schedule
Mon. Feb. 19, 2007:
Groton @ Brooks, 3:00 pm (rescheduled from 2/14)
North Yarmouth @ Kingswood-Oxford, 3:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Salisbury, 4:00 pm (rescheduled from 2/14)
Harvey @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:00 pm (rescheduled from 1/6)
Canterbury @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Taft @ Deerfield, 4:15 pm (rescheduled from 2/14)
Winchendon @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
South Kent @ Choate, 6:00 pm
Tue. Feb. 20, 2007:
Vermont Academy @ Worcester Academy, 5:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 21, 2007:
Exeter @ Pomfret, 2:00 pm
Berkshire @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Westminster @ Gunnery, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Canterbury @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Choate @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:30 pm
New Hampton @ Proctor, 2:30 pm
Holderness @ Brewster, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
Brooks @ Rivers, 3:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Hoosac, 3:00 pm
Middlesex @ Groton, 3:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Lawrence, 3:30 pm
Tilton @ Milton, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Belmont Hill, 3:30 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Andover, 3:30 pm
BB&N @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Kent's Hill, 4:00 pm
Brunswick @ Rye Country Day, 4:00 pm
Deerfield @ Kent, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Williston-Northampton, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Bridgton, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Roxbury Latin, 4:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Portsmouth Abbey, 5:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Berwick, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Governor Dummer, 5:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Tabor, 5:15 pm
St. George's @ St. Mark's, 5:30 pm
Thu. Feb. 22, 2007:
Bridgton @ Exeter, 4:15 pm
Fri. Feb. 23, 2007:
Pingree @ Rivers, 4:45 pm
Governor Dummer @ Brooks, 5:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Winchendon, 5:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ Thayer, 5:00 pm
South Kent @ Berkshire, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ Kent's Hill, 5:00 pm
KUA at Holderness (rescheduled from 2/10)
Roxbury Latin at Dexter, 6:30 pm
New Hampton @ Harvey, 7:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ St. George's, 7:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 24, 2007:
Tabor @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 1:00 pm
Rivers @ Brewster, 1:15 pm
Pomfret @ Williston-Northampton, 1:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Berwick, 2:00 pm
St. George's @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ BB&N, 2:00 pm
Brunswick @ Vermont Academy, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Choate, 2:30 pm
Canterbury @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Gunnery @ Berkshire, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ Hebron, 3:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
North Yarmouth @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:00 pm
Holderness @ Cushing, 4:00 pm
South Kent @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Groton, 4:00 pm
Andover @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Brooks, 4:00 pm
Milton @ Noble & Greenough, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Lawrence, 4:45 pm
Governor Dummer @ Brooks, 5:00 pm
Deerfield @ Westminster, 6:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:30 pm
Sun. Feb. 25, 2007:
Thayer vs. St. Sebastian's, 5:00 pm (@ Harvard; rescheduled from Sat. Feb 24)
Sat. Feb. 17, 2007 Prep Summaries
Sat. Feb. 17, 2007 Prep Summaries
-- At Avon, Conn., #3 Salisbury defeated #2 Avon Old Farms, 4-2. For full story, see below.
-- At Watertown, Conn., a 5-on-3 power play goal off the stick of junior Kevin Nugent lifted #6 Taft to a 2-1 win over Choate. Earlier, junior defenseman Connor Goggin scored for Choate, and Nick Liotta scored for Taft. Andrew Margolin kicked out 26 of 27 for the win. Scott Barchard took the hard-luck loss, stopping 39 of 41.
-- At Pawling, NY, #7 Hotchkiss topped Trinity-Pawling, 6-2. Peter Massar (2g,2a) and Adam Kaiser (1g,3a) led the Hotchkiss attack.
-- At New Milford, Conn., Kent junior forward Justin Daniels scored at 4:56 of the third to break a 5-5 tie and lead Kent to a 7-5 win over host Canterbury. It was Daniels’ second goal – and fourth point – of the game. Junior Danny Colvin had four goals for Kent, and Drew Daniels had three assists. Kent outshot Canterbury, 45-22.
-- At Hebron, Maine, in a major Div. II tilt, #3 Hebron thumped #4 Proctor, 7-1. Matt Pedemonti (2g,2a), Kyle Tobin (3g), and Oleksandr Romanenko (3a) led the Lumberjacks attack. Hebron outshot Proctor, 33-11.
-- At Kent’s Hill, Maine, the Brunswick School, ranked #6 in Div. II, defeated host Kent’s Hill, 5-3, behind senior center Christian Oberbeck, who scored all five of his team’s goals. The fourth goal, at 10:03 of the third, broke a 3-3 tie. Oberbeck then added an insurance goal on the power play at 13:07.
-- At Concord, Mass., host Middlesex, ranked #7 in Div. II, got a pair of goals 32 seconds apart in the third period to pull out a 2-2 tie with Rivers. Junior Jake Whiting kicked out 36 of 38 for Rivers; junior Joe Delaney stopped 26 of 28 for Middlesex.
-- At Lawrenceville, NJ, sophomore goaltender Brad Kushner made 21 saves in a 2-0 shutout of LaSalle Prep.
-- At Meriden, NH, #1 Cushing rolled over Kimball Union, 7-1. Sean Coughlin (2g,1a), Torin Snydeman (2g), Broc Little (1g,1a), Matt White (2a), Dave Warsofsky (2a), Ryan Bourque (2a), and Brian Maguire (2a) led the Penguins attack.
-- At Windsor, Conn., sophomore Joseph Tebano scored two goals and added an assist to pace Loomis-Chaffee to a 5-1 win over Northfield-Mt. Hermon. PG goaltender Matt Irvine kicked out 36 of 37 for the win.
-- At Groton, Mass., St. George’s, ranked #5 in Div. II, edged host Groton, 4-2. Sophomore forward Jeff Ryan (1g,2a) led the way for the Dragons offensively, while goaltender Kevin Corkery stopped 21 of 23 to pick up the win.
-- At South Kent, Conn., John Tague (2g,2a), Joe Pereira (3g), and Nick Lampson (3a) led the way as #10 South Kent pounded Williston-Northampton, 9-1. Sergiy Sorokolat made 26 saves to pick up the win.
-- At Needham, Mass., sophomore Chris Menard and freshman Cody Ferriero each had a pair of goals as Governor Dummer defeated St. Sebastian’s, 4-2.
-- At Marion, Mass., Holderness, trailing 3-1 midway through the third, got goals from Aki Uola and Jeff Silengo to earn a 3-3 tie against Tabor. Junior goaltender Andre Guay stopped 49 of 52 shots in the Holderness net.
-- At Deerfield, Mass., Deerfield defeated Exeter, 6-1. Andrew Ammon (2g,1a), Andrew Mancini (1g,2a), Evan Dugdale (3a), and Michael Redmond (2a) led the Big Green offense. Junior Micheal Dizgun stopped 29 of 30 to earn the win in the Deerfield net.
-- At Sheffield, Mass., Berkshire broke open a 3-3 game with three third period goals and knocked off #9 Westminster, 6-3. Matt Guariglia (1g,2a), Dan Rainer (2g), Thomas Regan (2g), and Matt Rappaport (2a) led the Berkshire attack.
-- At Portsmouth, RI, BB&N and Portsmouth Abbey tied 2-2. Bryan Kriner scored a pair early in the third to put PA up 2-0, but Wil Hartigan answered with a pair to pull BB&N back even. Chris O’Reilly stopped 55 of 57 shots in the PA net. BB&N outhost PA 57-22.
-- At Albany, NY, Gunnery beat host Albany Academy, 7-2. Junior defenseman Jeff Buvinow had a pair of goals and Gunnery got five other goals by five different scorers. Junior goalie John Vazzano kicked out 23 shots for the win. Gunnery outshot Albany, 68-25.
-- At Concord, NH, Francois Brisebois had two goals and an assist and five other players scored as St. Paul’s defeated Thayer, 6-1. Tyler O’Brien made 25 saves for the win.
-- At West Hartford, Conn., New Hampton blanked Kingwood-Oxford, 3-0, with senior goaltender Matt McCarthy (30 saves) picking up the shutout. Senior forward Sammy Demerling (1g,1a) had two points for New Hampton.
-- At Southborough, Mass., #5 Lawrence Academy pounded St. Mark’s, 12-4. John McInnis (2g,3a), Sean Buckley (1g,4a), John Simpson (2g,2a), Wayne Simpson (1g,3a), Joe Whitney (1g,1a), TJ Flynn (1g,1a), and Steven Whitney (2a) led the LA attack.
#3 Salisbury Tops # 2 Avon, 4-2
Avon, Conn. -- In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, #3 Salisbury topped #2 Avon Old Farms, 4-2, before a SRO crowd in Avon’s Fairchild-Jennings Rink.
Salisbury, a team that struggled to find their identity early in the season, looked playoff ready today, outscoring their hosts 3-1 in the first and never letting Avon get closer the rest of the day.
The defending prep champs didn’t start out with a bang, though, as the first three or four minutes of the game were all Avon’s, with the Winged Beavers forwards working the puck deep and often into the Salisbury zone. Avon’s first scoring chance in this early flurry came after a center ice turnover led to a 2-on-1 rush with forward Tom Atkinson and defenseman Jon Higginbotham breaking in on Salisbury’s defenseman Nick Jaskowiak. Jaskowiak, though, held his ground, forcing Atkinson to shoot high. The momentum appeared to turn right there, for afterward it became Salisbury’s game.
On just their third shot of the game, Salisbury’s Matt Masucci, controlling the faceoff to Avon goalie Randy Wolcott’s right, calmly poked the puck under and past the sliding netminder for the 1-0 lead. The goal, an unassisted tally, came just 4:20 into the opening stanza.
Then, just one minute later, Salisbury used their team speed to take advantage of an Avon turnover. Randy Luther, a PG from Edina, Minnesota, took a pass from Adam Pawlick and cut in on Wolcott’s right side. Luther waited for Wolcott to commit himself, then calmy slid the puck under the sprawled goalie’s blocker for the two-goal lead.
Avon came right back when, skating with the man advantage, forward Tom Atkinson controlled a bouncing puck just inside the Salisbury blueline and quickly fed the puck to linemate Chris Wieland, who one-timed a blast over Salisbury goalie Anthony Borelli. Wieland’s goal cut the Salisbury lead to 2-1, and that would be as close as the Winged Beavers would come to evening the score.
Salisbury’s game-winning goal came at the 13:21 mark of the first period while skating with a 5-on-3 advantage. Salisbury, once again using their speed to advantage, controlled the puck beautifully and, in classic left-to-right then right-to-left fashion, moved the puck lower and lower until forward Joe Capuano, a PG from Melrose, Mass., blasted a 15-foot slapshot past Wolcott to restore Salisbury’s two-goal lead. Kevin Quick and Masucci picked up well-deserved assists on the play.
The period ended with the score 3-1 in Salisbury favor. Shots, by our count, were 14-9 for Salisbury.
The second period was scoreless.
In the third, the two teams traded goals. Salisbury scored its fourth of the day at the 12:52 mark when Kevin Quick took a Michael Biega pass and fired it past a partially-screened Wolcott. Avon would score on the power play with just 4:12 left in the third period when Brian Malchoff finished a rush in front of Borelli. Jon Higginbotham assisted.
“This is a tough environment to come into and win,” said Salisbury head coach Dan Donato. “Our guys were ready to play today, and that’s what you have to do when you play a great team like Avon.”
“Not our day,” said Avon head coach John Gardner. “Just not our day.”
After Avon’s second goal with just over four minutes remaining in the game, the referee skated over to the scorekeeper and said “I don’t have a clue who scored.” So, after the game, Gardner asked the players who scored the final tally. Brian Malchoff said Jon Higginbotham scored, and Higginbotham said Malchoff scored. So maybe the refs were right on this one.
Div. II Rankings
Div. II Rankings
Here are the Div. II rankings going into today’s games
1. Proctor 3-1-1 = 5
2. Hebron 5-2-2 = 9
3. Vermont 2-4-4 = 10
4. Hoosac 1-2-8 = 11
5. Brunswick 6-5-3 = 14
6. St. George's 3-6-6 = 15
7. Middlesex 7-7-5 = 19
8. St. Mark's 10-8-7 = 25
9. Pingree 9-9-10 = 28
10. Berwick 8-10-12 = 30
11. Roxbury Latin 13-11-11 = 35
12. Portsmouth Abbey 11-11-14 = 36
2/14/07 Updated Valentine’s Day Whiteout
Valentine’s Day Whiteout
Here are the games scheduled for Wednesday. If we learn that a game is postponed, cancelled, or will actually be played, we will report its status immediately. Please email info to cwarner(at)ushr.com
Trinity-Pawling @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm -- cancelled
Choate @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 5:15 pm
Kent @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 5:15 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Westminster, 2:30 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 4:30 pm
Groton @ Brooks, 3:00 pm -- postponed to Mon. 2/19 at 5:15 pm
St. Sebastian's @ St. Paul's, 3:15 pm -- postponed to Friday at 3:30 pm
Rivers @ St. Mark's, 3:15 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 4:45 pm
Belmont Hill @ Milton, 3:30 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ South Kent, 3:30 pm -- cancelled
Kimball Union @ Berwick, 3:30 pm -- cancelled
St. Thomas More @ Hoosac, 3:30 pm -- cancelled
St. George's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm -- game on. (final: St. George's 5, RL 1)
Thayer @ Tabor, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Thursday at 5:30 pm
Exeter @ Bridgton, 3:00 pm -- postponed to Thurs. 2/22. No time yet.
Brewster @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm -- cancelled
Williston-Northampton @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Friday at 5:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Salisbury, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Mon. 2/19 at 4:30 pm
New Hampton @ Hebron, 4:00 pm -- cancelled
Vermont Academy @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Tues. 2/20, 5:00 pm
Pomfret @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm -- cancelled
Taft @ Deerfield, 4:15 pm -- postponed to Mon. 2/19 at 4:30 pm
Winchendon @ Holderness, 4:30 pm -- cancelled
BB&N @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm -- postponed to Thursday, game time 5:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ Lawrence, 5:00 pm -- postponed to Thurs. Feb. 15 at 5:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm -- cancelled
Andover @ Cushing, 5:00 pm -- cancelled
2/12/07 -- A winter storm watch is in effect for New England from Tuesday evening through late Wed. night. This storm is expected to bring a significant snowfall to the region. Please email cancellations and postponements to cwarner(at)ushr.com
This Week's Schedule
Mon. Feb. 12, 2007:
Portsmouth Abbey @ St. George's, 4:15 pm
Berwick @ Exeter, 4:45 pm
Millbrook @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm
St. Thomas More @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:00 pm
Brunswick @ Lawrenceville, 5:30 pm
Tue. Feb. 13, 2007:
Proctor @ Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 14, 2007:
Trinity-Pawling @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Appleby College @ St. Andrew's, 2:00 pm
Choate @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Groton @ Brooks, 3:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ St. Paul's, 3:15 pm
Rivers @ St. Mark's, 3:15 pm
Belmont Hill @ Milton, 3:30 pm
Gunnery @ South Kent, 3:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Berwick, 3:30 pm
St. Thomas More @ Hoosac, 3:30 pm
St. George's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm
Thayer @ Tabor, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Bridgton, 4:00 pm
Brewster @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Salisbury, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Hebron, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Taft @ Deerfield, 4:15 pm
Winchendon @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
BB&N @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ Lawrence, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm
Andover @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
St. Mary's Prep @ Lawrenceville, 6:00 pm
Thu. Feb. 15, 2007:
Fieldston Prep @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Bridgton, 4:00 pm
Brunswick @ North Yarmouth, 4:00 pm
Fri. Feb. 16, 2007:
Brunswick @ Hebron, 3:30 pm
Brewster @ New Hampton, 3:30 pm
Dexter @ Rivers, 3:45 pm
Middlesex @ Pingree, 4:30 pm
Milton @ BB&N, 4:45 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
Winchendon @ South Kent, 5:00 pm
Brooks @ Roxbury Latin, 6:00 pm
Tabor @ Andover, 6:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Deerfield, 7:00 pm (Rescheduled from Jan. 17)
Bridgton @ Wyoming Seminary, 7:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Vermont Academy, 7:00 pm
Gilmour @ Shady Side Academy, 7:30 pm
Sat. Feb. 17, 2007:
Brunswick @ Kent's Hill, 11:30 am
Lawrence @ St. Mark's, 1:00 pm
LaSalle Prep @ Lawrenceville, 1:15 pm
BB&N @ Portsmouth Abbey, 1:30 pm
St. George's @ Groton, 2:30 pm
Thayer @ St. Paul's, 2:30 pm
Rivers @ Middlesex, 2:30 pm
Brewster @ Tilton, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ South Kent, 3:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:30 pm
Gunnery @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Taft, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:00 pm
Cushing @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy vs. Kuper Academy, 4:30 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Deerfield, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Proctor @ Hebron, 5:00 pm
Holderness @ Tabor, 5:15 pm
Hoosac @ North Yarmouth, 5:30 pm
Brooks @ Andover, 6:00 pm
Westminster @ Berkshire, 7:00 pm
Kent @ Canterbury, 7:00 pm
Bridgton @ Hill School, 5:30 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Gilmour, 7:30 pm
Sun. Feb. 18, 2007:
Hoosac @ Hebron, 11:00 am
Wyoming Seminary @ Gilmour, 11:00 AM
Proctor @ Kent's Hill, 12:00 pm
Bridgton @ Lawrenceville, 12:00 pm
Albany Academy @ National Sports Academy, 2:00 pm
2/10/07 Sat. Feb. 10, 2007 Prep Summaries
-- At Salisbury, Conn., #3 Salisbury topped Loomis-Chaffee, 6-0. Michael Biega (2g,2a) and Brian Gibbons (2g,1a) led the Salisbury scorers. All of Salisbury’s goals came in the first period. With the score 4-0 about eight minutes into the game, Loomis switched goalies, bringing in Matt Irvine, who allowed two goals over the remainder of the period and then shut down Salisbury over the final two periods. In 45 plus minutes, Irvine kicked out 59 of 61 shots and played, according to one eyewitness, “like a magician… pulling off one terrific save after another.” For the game, Salisbury outshot Loomis, 74-11.
-- At Wallingford, Conn., host Choate defeated #6 Westminster, 3-1. Greg Manz had a goal and an assist for the Wild Boars and Scott Barchard stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win. Westminster outshot Choate 33-21. Westminster has lost two in a row and five out of their last seven.
-- At Needham, Mass., St. Sebastian’s won the Travis Roy Cup, defeating Tabor, 3-2. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Arrows. St. Sebastian’s found themselves down 2-0 just 6:25 into the game, meaning they’d allowed 16 unanswered goals to be scored against them during the week. Something clicked -- they woke up and scored three straight goals. One in the first period, by Mike Hoban; one in the second, by Tucker Donohoe; and one early in the third, the game winner, by Chris Brown. Connor Toomey kicked out 31 of 33 for the win; Tabor’s Ryan Carroll turned back 37 of 40 in a losing cause.
-- At Andover, NH, in a battle of Div. II heavyweights, #4 Hebron went on the road and defeated #3 Proctor, 5-1. Oleksandr Romanenko (1g,2a) and Joe King (2g) led the Hebron attack. Jon Glant kicked out 25 of 26 for the win.
-- At Trinity College in Hartford, #5 Belmont Hill defeated South Kent, 3-1. Luke Arnold (1g,1a) and defenseman Kevin McNamara (2a) led the Belmont Hill attack. Matt Gedman kicked out 48 of 49 for the win; Sergei Sorokolat stopped 38 of 41 in a losing cause. Three of South Kent’s four losses have come against Top 10 teams (Belmont Hill twice, and Cushing).
-- At North Andover, Mass., #7 St. George’s topped Brooks, 4-2. Sophomore forward Jeff Ryan (1g,3a) figured in all four of the Dragons’ goals. Sophomore forward Patrick Guerriero (2g,1a) also had a big day. Senior goalie Kevin Corkery kicked out 23 of 25 to pick up the win for St. George’s. Junior Aaron Stanley stopped 30 of 33 for Brooks.
Sat. Feb. 10, 2007 Prep Summaries
-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #1 Cushing beat Canterbury, 6-2. Broc Little (3g), Matt White (4a), Dave Warsofsky (1g,2a), Sean Coughlin (3a), and Brian Magure (1g,1a) paced the Penguins attack. TJ Massie kicked out 34 of 36 for the win.
-- At South Hamilton, Mass., host Pingree, ranked #9 in Div. II, defeated Kent’s Hill, 3-1. Sophomore forward Matt MacDonald (2g,1a) figured in all three of Pingree’s goals. Senior goalie Brendan Rimmer kicked out 29 of 30 for the win.
-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., Vermont Academy, currently #1 in Div. II, thumped Kingswood-Oxford, 7-0. VA got five goals -- from five different scorers -- in the first period and cruised, outshooting K-O, 51-11. Julien Hernandez had an 11-save shutout. VA has won five in a row.
-- At Southborough, Mass., host St. Mark’s got goals from three different scorers and defeated #6 Middlesex, 3-2. Nick Saltarelli kicked out 27 of 29 for the win. Joe Delaney stopped 38 of 41 in a losing cause. St. Mark’s is 5-1-2 in their last eight games. Middlesex’s six-game winning streak came to an end.
-- At Cambridge, Mass., a goal at 3:58 of OT by sophomore Chris Menard lifted Governor Dummer Academy to a 2-1 win over host BB&N.
-- At Meriden, NH, host Kimball Union edged Holderness, 6-5. Jim Toomey (3g,1a), Travis True (1g,2a), and defenseman Evan Roberts (1g,2a) led the KUA attack. Kyle Krulac (1g,2a) and defenseman Reed Branton (3a) were the big point producers for Holderness.
-- At Easthampton, Mass., a goal by Mike Galligan at 1:02 of OT lifted Williston-Northampton to a 6-5 win over Millbrook.
-- At Gill, Mass., Exeter topped NMH, 5-2. Michael Doherty (2g,2a), Jon Dwyer (1g,1a), and sophomore defenseman Jeff Repucci (2a) paced the Exeter attack. Junior Ryan Purdy stopped 32 of 34 for the win. Exeter has four wins in a row, and has won seven of their last eight.
-- At Kent, Conn., Kent defeated Trinity-Pawling, 6-3. Chris Buquicchio (1g,2a), John Passantino (1g,2a), Drew Daniels (1g,1a), Jon Schanke (2a), and Danny Colvin (2a) led the Kent attack. Roman Krivda had a pair of goals for T-P.
-- At Pomfret, Conn., #10 Gunnery thumped Pomfret, 7-0. Anthony Yelovich (3g), Austin Smith (3a), Nick Izzi (1g,1a), PJ Tatum (2a), and Adam Houli (2a) led the Gunnery attack. Junior goalie John Vazzano got the shutout on 21 saves and also picked up an assist.
-- At New Hampton, NH, New Hampton edged St. Thomas More, 4-3. Trevor Hogan (1g,2a) and Sammy Demerling (1g,2a) led the way for the hosts.
-- At Milton, Mass., #8 Nobles and host Milton battled to a 3-3 tie. For the full story, see below.
-- At Avon, Conn., #2 Avon Old Farms defeated #9 Deerfield, 4-1. For full story, see below.
Power Plays Boost Avon Past Deerfield
Power Plays Boost Avon Past Deerfield
Avon, Connecticut – Avon Old Farms, currently ranked #2, topped Deerfield here today 4-1 in front of a packed house at Avon’s Fairchild-Jennings Rink.
The winning tally, which came at the 12:21 mark of the second period, was of the blue collar varieties, with sophomore defenseman Lee Moffie finishing some excellent Avon pressure with a one-timer off a feed from forward Nick Bonino. Deerfield goalie Michael Dizgun, who stood on his head more than once this afternoon, appeared to make the first three saves during this barrage, but couldn’t grab the handle on Moffie’s shot. The goal came during a 4-on-4 situation.
Deerfield, winner of their last seven games but without forward Tommy Herd and defenseman Matt Lovejoy for this afternoon’s tilt, came out skating well in the first period, keeping Avon in their own zone for long stretches at a time. Although Deerfield held both territory and puck-control advantages throughout much of the first period, it was Avon’s speed and transition game that kept the fans on their feet. Deerfield’s Dizgun stoned both Nick Bonino and Patrick Mullane within a minute of each other, both on partial breakaways, to keep the score at 0-0. But luck ran out for the Big Green at the 12:44 mark of the first period when defenseman Brian Malchoff, circling counter-clockwise down the center of the slot, took a pass from Ken Trentowski, made one quick deke, and slid the puck past a sprawled Dizgun to give the Winged Beavers the first goal of the game, a power play goal, and the 1-0 lead.
Deerfield would answer back with a power-play goal of their own just over three minutes into the second period. Matthew Rhone, a PG forward from Dedham, Mass., fed Alexander Killorn from behind the Avon net. Killorn, positioned just inside the left face-off circle, took one step and snapped a bullet to the short side past Avon goalie Randy Wolcott.
Avon added two goals in the third period, by Chris Wieland and Tom Atkinson, to seal the victory.
“We aren’t there yet,” said Avon head coach John Gardner after the game. “We’re competing, and we’re getting better, but we aren’t there yet.”
“Avon is a very good team and I’m proud of our boys and their effort today,” said Brendan Creagh, Deerfield’s head coach. “A bounce here and a bounce there, and it could have been a different game. We’ll bounce back.”
Milton Knots NoblesMilton, Mass. – #8 Noble & Greenough, coming off a 2-2 tie at St. George’s Thursday, had to settle for another tie today, this time by a 3-3 score at Milton Academy.
First off, Milton, which thumped St. Sebastian’s 8-0 Friday, is a vastly improved and more confident team than the edition we saw in December. It’s like night and day. Nobles, on the other hand, seems to be fighting it a bit. The team has been through a lot of disruption due to injuries. Now, most players are back, but there has been a lot of lineup juggling. While they are not firing on all cylinders, they’re still very good, with a dangerous power play.
Milton got on the board first today as sophomore Kyle Mountain drew the puck back to junior defenseman Jeremy Deutsch, stationed at the right point. Deutsch fired it past Nobles goaltender John Muse at the 9:58 mark to give Milton the 1-0 lead.
Nobles tied it up at the 12:42 mark when junior Matt Marshall tried to stuff a wraparound inside the post to the left of Michael Baldino, Milton’s sophomore goalie. Baldino got a piece of it, but the rebound was knocked home by junior Nick Resor to tie the game at 1-1.
Resor scored again less than three minutes later, tipping home a shot from the right point by Trip Wray to put Nobles up 2-1. Andrew Glass also picked up an assist on the play.
In the second period, Milton came out with authority and put some heavy pressure on Nobles right from the start.
It was Nobles, however, that cashed in. With Milton defenseman Walter McCarthy off for interference, Andrew Glass, stationed at the right faceoff circle, was the recipient of a couple nice passes by Wray and Derrick Pallis. Glass fired it past Baldino at the 6:32 mark, giving Nobles a 3-1 lead. However, it was the last goal Nobles would score on the day.
Milton began their comeback with a shorthanded goal, as junior Nolan Descoteux picked off a Derrick Pallis pass and broke in alone on Muse. The Nobles goalie made the initial save but Billy Donahue knocked home the rebound to cut the Nobles lead to 3-2, which is where things stood after two periods.
In the third period, Milton kept up the attack, outshooting Nobles 15-4. The tying goal came at the 9:40 mark and it was pretty identical to the first one, as Mountain again drew the puck back to Deutsch at the right point. Only this time there was no mustard on Deutsch’s shot. It just floated up there, like the Lunesta butterfly, wafting over the glove hand of John Muse, and settling quietly in the back of the net.
In overtime, Glass had a couple nice opportunities for Nobles, and Geoff Mucha and Brandon Nunn had chances for the Mustangs. Nothing doing, though, and the game ended at 3-3.
“We had a slow start coming off last night’s game,” said Milton head coach Paul Cannata. “We were tentative in the first. It took us a little while to find ourselves. We had more energy in the second period – the tempo was good – and that carried through to the third. It was a good game. We’re playing playoff teams and we’re in there battling.”
“I thought in the first part of the game we did a good job keeping it simple, getting pucks on net,” said Nobles coach Brian Day, “but we got away from that as the game progressed. We’ve been trying to be too perfect lately.”
Milton Academy, just before opening faceoff, plays a snippet from Carmina Burana, the Philadelphia Orchestra version conducted by Eugene Ormandy nearly half a century ago. This is quite refreshing, and a welcome change from the dreck heard in most hockey arenas. How nice would it be if other schools followed suit?
Gedman Pitches ShutoutBelmont, Mass. – Senior goaltender Matt Gedman kicked out 31 shots to lead #5 Belmont Hill to a 6-0 shutout win over St. Sebastian’s here today.
Matt McCollem (2g,1a), Jason Silvia (1g,1a), Kevin McNamara (2a), Sam Choate (2a), Jack McNamara (2a), and Dawson Luke (2a) led the Belmont Hill scorers.
Belmont Hill struck hard and fast in this one. At the 1:05 mark of the first period a turnaround wrist shot from the inside hash marks beat St. Sebastian’s goaltender Connor Toomey to put the hosts up 1-0.
At the 3:21 mark Belmont Hill scored a power play goal when Kevin McNamara, at the right point, zipped a diagonal pass onto the stick of Mark Dube, who made it 2-0.
Belmont Hill continued to pour it on, outshooting St. Seb’s, 21-9, on the period.
In the second period, Belmont Hill kept it up, as McCollem tipped home a Dawson Luke shot to make it 3-0. Less than a minute later, Silvia took a pass in front and calmly lifted it over Toomey to make it 4-0. And, a few minutes after that, Sam Choate made it 5-0, knocking home a rebound from the doorstep.
In the third, Matt O’Connell scored early to make it 6-0.
Afterward, Belmont Hill head coach Ken Martin said, “I thought the second period was the best period we played all year. Matt Gedman had a strong game, McCollem, Dube, Silvia all had pretty goals. And all our D played well.”
St. Sebastian’s coach Steve Dagdigian said, “(Belmont Hill) was excellent. They had the jump. They had the speed. They had everything working.”
Wed. Feb. 7 Prep Summaries
Wed. Feb. 7 Prep Summaries
-- At Watertown, Conn., postgrad Joe Capuano scored a 11:18 of the third period to give #3 Salisbury a 1-0 win over #4 Taft. Anthony Borelli stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. Taft’s Andrew Margolin, who has committed to Boston College, kicked out 31 of 32 for a hard-luck loss.
-- At Washington, Conn., #2 Avon Old Farms blanked #10 Gunnery, 5-0. Patrick Enloe made 36 saves for the shutout win. Nick Bonino (2g,2a), Cam Atkinson (2g,1a), and Tom Atkinson (1g,2a) led the Winged Beavers' attack.
-- At Kent, Conn., a goal by junior Justin Daniels at 10:44 of the third period turned out to be the winning goal as host Kent edged Berkshire, 3-2. Junior Brian Dowd had 28 saves for the win.
-- At Gill, Mass., NMH beat Williston-Northampton, 4-2. Kevin Czepiel (1g,2a), Tom Didonato (1g,2a), and Colin Downey (1g,1a) led the NMH attack while Corey Jarecki kicked out 36 of 38 shots for the win. Ryan Colwell (1g,1a) and Casey Vece (2a) each had two points for Williston.
-- At West Roxbury, Mass., Middlesex, ranked #6 in Div. II, topped #10 Roxbury Latin, 6-3. Christian Ebert (2g,1a), Rob Dudley (2g), Tom Blake (2g), and Michael Pearce (2a) led the Middlesex attack. Kyle Kadlick had a pair of goals for Roxbury Latin.
-- At Exeter, NH, Phillips Exeter trounced Div. II Pingree, 9-0. Tom Clayton (3g,1a), Evan O’Brien (3g,1a), Jon Dwyer (1g,3a), and Michael Doherty (1g,2a) led the Exeter attack.
-- At Groton, Mass., Portsmouth Abbey beat host Groton, 4-2. Bryan Kriner had a pair of goals and Chris O’Reilly stopped 33 of 35 shots.
-- At Ashburnham, Mass., #1 Cushing thumped Tabor, 9-2. Dave Warsofsky (1g,3a), Casey Brugman (2g,1a), Brian Maguire (2g), Jessyko Bernard (1g,1a), and Neil Lavanchy (1g,1a) led the Penguins offensive salvo. Cushing outshot Tabor 57-36. T.J. Massie stopped 34 of 36 to earn the win.
-- At Andover, Mass., Phillips Andover beat Kimball Union, 5-2. Joe Smith (2g), Andrew Cox (1g,1a), Ryan Young (2a), and Sean Roche (2a) each had two points for Andover. Sophomore goaltender Glenn Stowell stopped 17 of 19 shots for the win.
-- At Windsor, Conn., #9 Deerfield blanked Loomis, 5-0. Michael Dizgun and Jacob Jasinski combined for the shutout. Daniel Bartus (1g,2a), Milton Lyles (2g), Alex Killorn (1g,1a), Chip Daugherty (2a), and Merrick Friedman (2a) led the Big Green attack.
-- At New Milford, Conn., Trinity-Pawling pounded Canterbury, 7-2. Roman Krivda (1g,2a), Robbie MacGregor (2g), Jon Esposito (1g,1a), and Clark DeGeer (2a) led the T-P attack. Andrew Calamari stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win.
-- At North Andover, Mass., junior Frank Conway (3g,2a) figured in all five of his team’s goals as he led Brooks to a 5-3 win over St. Mark’s. Mike Burbank (2g,1a) and Nick Galanos (2a) also made big contributions to Brooks’ win.
-- At Yarmouth, Maine, Hebron, ranked #4 in Div. II, thumped NYA, 9-2. Leading the Hebron attack were: Cameron Lao-Gosney (2g,1a), Roman Lao-Gosney (1g,1a), Ryan Gormley (2a), Oleksandr Romanenko (1g,1a), David Woods (2a), Eric Rodriguez (1g,1a), and Carmine Zegarelli (2g).
-- At Lakeville, Conn., junior John Yanchek made 23 saves as Hotchkiss shut out #6 Westminster, 4-0. Hotchkiss got goals from four different scorers.
-- At Andover, NH, host Proctor, ranked #3 in Div. II, had no trouble with #8 Worcester Academy, coming out on top by a 6-1 score. Neil Ruffini led the way with a hat trick. Dennis Silvio (2a), Matt Robertson (2a), Matt Milley (2a), Ransom Gaby (2g), Will Compton (2a), and Ryan Ruddock (1g,1a) each added two points.
-- At Pomfret, Conn., Choate PG goaltender Scott Barchard kicked out 25 shots in a 5-0 shutout of host Pomfret. Sam Sabky (1g,1a), Greg Manz (1g,1a), and Greg Malley (2a) each had two points.
-- At Weston, Mass., St. George’s, ranked #7 in Div. II, beat host Rivers, 5-1. Jeff Ryan (2g,1a), Thomas Growney (2g), Patrick Guerriero (1g,2a), and Nick Carrellas (2a) led the Dragons’ attack. Senior Kevin Corkery stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.
-- At Greenwich, Conn., Brunswick, #5 in Div. II, rolled over Kingswood-Oxford, 9-3. Justin Letizia (3g,1a), Peter Mistretta (3g,1a), Christian Oberbeck (1g,3a), and Ben Weisburger (1g,2a) led the Greenwich offensive onslaught.
-- At Canton, Mass., Thayer came back from a 2-1 second period deficit to defeat #7 Lawrence Academy, 4-2. Richie Crowley (1g,1a) and Paul Golden (1g,1a) led the Thayer offense. Matt Jiminez had 37 saves for the win. LA’s Justin Gates also had 37 saves, but took the loss.
-- At New Hampton, NH, Kent’s Hill beat New Hampton, 4-1, behind a pair of goals from Josh Goellner and a 23 save effort by Pete Lucchesi.
-- At Dedham, Mass., Governor Dummer Academy, behind a Brian Day hat trick, topped #8 Noble & Greenough, 4-1. Steven Cody had a pair of assists, and Maxime St. Pierre kicked out 23 of 24 for the win.
-- At Belmont, Mass., #5 Belmont Hill blanked St. Sebastian’s, 6-0. For the full story, please see below.
This Week's Schedule
Mon. Feb. 5, 2007:
Harvey vs. Fieldston Prep, 4:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Tue. Feb. 6, 2007:
Bridgton @ Holderness, 3:15 pm
Lake Forest Academy vs. CYA, 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 7, 2007:
Nichols @ St. Andrew's, 2:00 pm
Tilton @ Holderness, 2:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Canterbury, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Brooks, 3:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Hill School, 3:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Delbarton, 3:30 pm
Tabor @ Cushing, 3:30 pm
Middlesex @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 3:30 pm
Choate @ Pomfret, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Groton, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Rivers, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Lawrence @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:00 pm
Berkshire @ Kent, 4:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Gunnery, 4:00 pm
Deerfield @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:15 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Belmont Hill, 4:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ St. Thomas More, 4:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Andover, 4:30 pm
Westminster @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Pingree @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Milton @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Governor Dummer @ Noble & Greenough, 5:30 pm
Kent's Hill @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Brunswick, 6:30 pm
Thurs. Feb. 8, 2007:
Nobles @ St. George's, 5:00 pm
Fri. Feb. 9, 2007:
Roxbury Latin @ Pingree, 3:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Germantown Academy, 4:00 pm
Gunnery @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Hoosac @ New Hampton, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Kimball Union, 4:45 pm
Milton @ St. Sebastian's, 4:45 pm
Andover @ Governor Dummer, 5:00 pm
Lawrence @ Tilton, 5:00 pm
Harvey @ Dexter, 7:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Loyola Academy, 7:30 pm
St. Andrew's @ Nichols, 8:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 10, 2007:
Shady Side Academy @ Lake Forest Academy, 11:00 am
St. Andrew's @ Ridley College, 12:00 pm
Kent's Hill @ Pingree, 12:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Rivers, 12:00 pm
Governor Dummer @ BB&N, 1:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Vermont, 2:00 pm
Winchendon @ Berkshire, 2:00 pm
Middlesex @ St. Mark's, 2:00 pm
Dexter @ Portsmouth Abbey, 2:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ New Hampton, 2:00 pm
Westminster @ Choate, 2:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Deerfield @ Avon Old Farms, 2:45 pm
Tabor @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Milton, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Brooks, 4:30 pm
Taft @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Proctor, 4:45 pm
Millbrook @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Exeter @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 6:00 pm
Canterbury @ Cushing, 6:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Kent, 7:00 pm
South Kent vs. Belmont Hill, 7:00 pm (@ Trinity College)
Shady Side Academy @ Loyola Academy, 7:30 pm
Sun. Feb. 11, 2007:
Shady Side Academy @ Lake Forest Academy, 11:00 am
Canterbury @ Winchendon, 12:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Hill School, 1:00 pm
L’ville’s McKinney Blanks The Hill
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Senior forward Chris Zaires scored two of Lawrenceville’s three goals, including the game winner, and Cody McKinney stopped all 33 shots he faced as Lawrenceville blanked their archrivals 3-0 here this afternoon.
Zaires’ game-winner, at the 5:14 mark of the second period, was an unassisted goal which came on a shot during an apparent Lawrenceville line change. Zaires picked up the loose puck at his own blueline and skated up the left side of the ice, looking to his right for help. Seeing no teammates, he cut to the center and snapped a bullet from just above the slot that appeared to catch Hill goalie Josh Watson by surprise. The even-strength goal, high on the short side, gave Lawrenceville a 1-0 lead, and the Larries never looked back.
Zaires scored again just 1:28 into the 3rd period on an almost identical play, with linemate Paul Lee picking up an assist.
Lawrenceville forward Henry Coxe added the third goal six minutes later to seal the victory for the Big Red.
Watson kicked out 44 of 47 shots for The Hill.
Sat. Feb. 3, 2007 Summaries
-- At South Hamilton, Mass., Pingree, needing a big win, edged Brunswick, 2-1, as junior goaltender Ben Bradley kicked out 26 of 27 shots. Dan Gale and Colby McDonald each scored power play goals for Pingree.
Sat. Feb. 3, 2007 Summaries
-- At Andover, Mass., Terry Woods scored two goals (the second an empty-netter) and Stephen Bury had a goal and an assist to lead Andover to a 3-1 win over BB&N. Sophomore Chase Potter picked up the win on 14 saves. BB&N’s Chris Venti kicked out 37 of 39 in taking the loss.
-- At Saxton’s River, Vt., in a big Div. II matchhup, Julien Hernandez made 35 saves to lead Vermont Academy to a 1-0 shutout win over Hoosac. VA’s goals came at 2:13 of the first period, and was scored by Zach Dornan.
-- At Middletown, RI, St. George’s junior goaltender Sean O’Brien stopped 25 shots to lead the Dragons to a 2-0 shutout win over Roxbury Latin. Whit Curtin and Jeff Ryan scored the goals.
-- At Exeter, NH, Phillips Exeter defeated Milton Academy, 4-2. Ben Tsujiara (1g,2a), Michael Doherty (1g,1a), and Evan O’Brien (1g,1a) led the Exeter attack. Jonathan Lee made 27 saves on 29 shots for the win.
-- At Concord, Mass., Middlesex topped Brooks, 4-1. Tom Blake (2g,2a) figured in all four of the Middlesex goals. Michael Pearce (1g,2a) had three points and junior goaltender Joseph Delaney stopped 17 of 18 shots.
-- At Marion, Mass., Tabor blanked NMH, 6-0, as Ryan Carroll (24 saves) and Robert Kunka (11 saves) combined for the shutout. James Jelinek (2a), Andrew Jelinek (1g,1a), Zach Feiden (1g,1a), and Mark Colp (1g,1a) each had two points for the Seawolves. NMH’s Corey Jarecki stopped 54 of the 60 shots Tabor poured on him.
-- At Marlboro, Mass., Portsmouth Abbey, behind a four-point effort by Bryan Kriner (3g,1a), knocked off host Worcester Academy, 5-3. Ryan Andrews (1g,1a), Pierce King (1g,1a), Jonny Valcour (1g,1a), and Michael Behan (2a) each had two points for Portsmouth Abbey. Defenseman Alex Essaris had a pair of power play goals for Worcester.
-- At Southborough, Mass., an overtime goal by defenseman Dan Roberts led St. Mark’s to a 4-3 win over Groton. Jeremiah Dargis (1g,2a) and Andrew Smith (3a) each had three points for St. Mark’s.
-- At Winchendon, Mass., Patrick Fidler-O’Neil (2g) and Martin O’Brien (1g,1a) each had two point in Winchendon’s 8-1 win over visiting Albany Academy.
-- At Wolfeboro, NH, New Hampton topped Brewster, 5-2, behind a 23-save effort from senior goaltender Matt McCarthy.
-- At Weston, Mass., Proctor trounced Rivers, 8-1. Chris Leach, with a hat trick; and Eric Peterson, with three assists, led the Hornets attack. Proctor outshot Rivers, 58-20.
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 shots 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.