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Thurs. Jan. 1, 2009 Tournament Results

Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy (Day 1 of 3)
9:00 am – Lawrence 4, NMH 1 -- Sophomores Zach Shannon (1g,1a) and Zack Phillips (2a) led the attack. Freshman Matt Baldino, senior Steven Whitney, and junior Lucas Sousa also scored for LA.

11:10 am – Cushing 4, Pomfret 2 -- Cushing came back from a 2-0 second period deficit. Freshman Collin Bourque (2g) and senior Casey Brugman (1g,1a) led the comeback. Junior Conor Sheary also had a goal. Junior Mike Reed was in net for Cushing; senior Ben Coulthard for Pomfret.

1:20 pm – Berkshire 3, Culver 2 -- Steven Puffer, Kyle Lockwood, and and Kevin Sullivan scored the goals. Trevor Mingoia and Justin Agosta each had two assists.  For Culver, Tony Giacin scored both goals, and Bradley McBridge picked up assists on both of them. Connor Wilson was in net for Berkshire; Jason Torf in net for Culver.

3:30 pm – Canterbury 8, Nobles 3 -- Canterbury outworked Nobles -- and got better goaltending, too. It was 3-0 after one, 5-2 after 2. Rich Rodeschini (2g), Jarred Emmett (1g,1a), Kevin Goumas (1g,2a), Bernard Rismiller (1g,1a), Ian Watson (2a), and Andrew Kacz (2a) led the Canterbury attack. Mark Hourihan (1g,2a) figured in all three Nobles goals. Senior Brian Taptick got the win in net for Canterbury. For Nobles, Gen Lane played the first period, and Billy Burchill played the second and third. 

5:40 pm – NMH 7, Pomfret 3 -- Junior Josh Woody (2g), sophomore Garret McMullen (2g) and junior Nick Gordon (3a) led the Hoggers offense. Matt Morin, Brant Sherwood, and John Gallagher each added two assists to the cause. Branden Komm was in net for NMH; Rob Sassone for Pomfret.

7:50 pm – Lawrence 5, Cushing 1 -- Sophomores Zack Phillips (2g) and Zach Shannon (2a), and seniors Wayne Simpson (1g,1a), Brendan Cottam (1g,1a), and Steven Whitney (3a) led Lawrence to a 5-1 win over Cushing. Matt Walsh was in net for Lawrence; Marcus Calvanico for Cushing. If Lawrence, 2-0 in the tournament thus far, beats Pomfret tomorrow, they will clinch first place in the Fisher Division and advance to Saturday afternoon's title game. 


Sat. Jan. 31 Recaps

-- Salisbury Comes Back to Earn 2-2 Tie at Berkshire’s Big Day

Sheffield, Mass. -- Under the dome of Mount Everett, on a brilliant winter afternoon, the Berkshire School officially dedicated the Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center, an impressive 117,000 square foot building with 14 locker rooms, a state-of-the art fitness center, numerous athletic training rooms, and two ice sheets -- including an Olympic-sized main arena. To say the building raises the bar when it comes to prep arenas is seriously understating things.

But in the game, a potential prep playoff preview, Salisbury came back from a 2-0 third period deficit to steal off into the night with a 2-2 tie.

The momentousness of the occasion – or just the waiting around during the dedication ceremonies – led to some tentative early play. Salisbury came at Berkshire hard and dominated the first four or five minutes. After that, though, the game settled into a long, tentative stretch. The engine was firing, but in fits and starts, and the curious officiating kept the game from developing the flow the occasion deserved.

The first period ended 0-0.

Things picked up in the second when Berkshire broke the ice. Junior Keith Veronesi moved the puck up off the wall in the neutral zone to senior Justin Agosta, who carried it in from the blue line, boring right in on Salisbury junior goaltender Andy Iles. When Iles committed to the shot, Agosta passed it right-to-left onto the stick of sophomore Trevor Mingoia, who tapped it into the unprotected side of the net at the 7:37 mark.

At the 11:37 mark Berkshire went up 2-0 on the power play when senior Andrew Flynn one-timed a nice pass from junior Jake Goldberg. Agosta had an assist on the play, too.

In the third, Salisbury picked it up and got on the board at the 2:28 mark when junior Peter Stratton made a nice pass out from behind the goal line, finding senior John Guay alone in front. Guay snapped it past Berkshire senior goaltender Zeke Testa. Just like that, it was a one-goal game.

Salisbury kept the pressure on and with 6:02 remaining in regulation, and on the power play, senior Frankie Drolet got the puck out to senior Danny Biega at the right point. Biega’s shot, low to the ice, found the far corner to make it a 2-2 game.

The final six minutes of the period were a little chippier than necessary, and the final two minutes saw the two teams skating 4x4 on the big Olympic sheet.

In OT, Berkshire came back and held the edge in play, but had a hard time turning their territorial advantage into good scoring opportunities – and the game ended at 2-2.

Shots in the game favored Salisbury, 35-26.

Afterward, Berkshire head coach Dan Driscoll offered his thoughts. “We have proven we can play with just about anybody. And to come out with a tie against a great team like Salisbury is good, but also disappointing because we were two goals ahead going into the third period.”

Driscoll pointed to the two defensive breakdowns that allowed Salisbury to come back in the third period – leaving an unattended man in front on the first goal, and failing to block the shot/passing lane on Biega’s shot from the point that tied the game at 2-2.

”We played smart for 50 of 54 minutes,” he said.

Down the hall, Salisbury head coach Andrew Will was happy with the comeback. “I was pleased with the way the kids battled back and showed resilience coming back in the third period. They kept working hard, tied it up, and had chances to win.”

… and the rest of the action:

@ Choate 5, Avon Old Farms 1: Having not picked a victory since Jan. 14 (three ties and three one-goal losses), Choate rolled to a convincing 5-1 win over Founders’ league rival Avon. The Wild Boars were led by seniors Mark Goggin (2g,1a), Wes Rene (3a), and McCullough Shriver (1g,1a); and sophomores Adam Patel (2g) and Dan Linell (2a). Junior Nick BonDurant kicked out 37 of 38 Winged Beaver shots to preserve the victory.

@ Belmont Hill 3, Berwick 2 (OT): Belmont Hill senior Jack McNamara buried the winner 3:21 into the extra frame. Belmont Hill was led by senior Michael Blake (1g,1a); and sophomores Connor Brickley (1g,1a) and Mike McNamara (2a). Seniors Matt Tucceri (1g,1a) and Aaron Harris (2a) led the Berwick offense. Belmont Hill’s Mike Condon stopped 36 of 38 shots, while Berwick junior Shaun Millerick kicked out 45 of 48 in the hard-luck loss.

@ Brunswick 5, Harvey 1: Sophomore Bo Stafford (2g) and junior Nick Trepp (2a) powered Brunswick’s offense. Final shots on goal were 50-8 for Brunswick.

@ Hebron 6, Brewster 1: Seniors Andrew Cetola (1g,2a), Chase Goodwin (3a) and Billy Brewster (1g,1a) led #1 Hebron’s attack. Senior Craig Ryan stopped 27 of 28 shots to pick up the win.

@ BB&N 3, Worcester Academy (OT): BB&N junior Eric Danilchuk (2g) scored his second goal of the game, on the power-play, to play to upend Worcester Academy in OT. BB&N juniors Jack Bartlett (1g,1a) and Greg Tang (2a) helped on the offensive end. Worcester Academy was led by junior Anthony Bilotta (1g,1a) with both tallies coming on the power-play. BB&N senior Joe Papa stopped 26 of 28 while Worcester senior Nico Candelmo faced 49 shots, stopping 46.

Exeter 4 @ Cushing 2: On the strength of three power play goals, Exeter was powered by seniors Thomas Larkin (2g,2a), Dan Weiniger (1g,2a), and Matt Hatch (2a). Junior Max Fenkell kicked out 33 of 35 Cushing shots to pick up the road win.

Taft 6 @ Trinity-Pawling 1: #3 Taft registered goals in each frame thanks to seniors Robbie Bourdon (2g), Jesse Root (2a); and junior Ryan Collier (2a). Junior Steve Racine stopped 21 of 22 for the win.

New Hampton 2 @ Holderness 1: Senior Cody Sharib (2a) figured in both New Hampton tallies. Goaltending dominated this game, as Holderness junior Jeff Wasson stopped 32 of 34, while New Hampton senior Pat Dunn kicked out 40 of 41 shots for the win.

@ Vermont Academy 3, Pingree 0: Vermont Academy’s offense was led by senior Arron Canarelli (2g,1a). Senior Austin Erney stopped all 17 shots for the shutout win. 

@ Northfield Mt. Hermon 6, Tilton 4: In a game that saw a combined 21 penalties, the NMH offense capitalized with the help of juniors Brantley Sherwood (2g,2a), Andrew Bonazza (1g,1a); and sophomore Garrett McMullen (3a). Senior Kevin Meehan (1g,1a) added two points on the power-play for visiting Tilton. Senior Ryan Dillon picked up the win for the Hoggers, stopping 24 of 28 shots on net.

Westminster 3 @ Kent 2: Westminster finished off an undefeated week in which they defeated three Founders League rivals: Avon, Deerfield, and Kent. Westminster’s offense was powered by junior Ryan Tyson (2g,1a). Senior Charles Corsi faced a barrage of Kent shots, stopping 43 of 45. 

Dexter 6 @ Brooks 3: Dexter was led by juniors Mike Lopez (3g,1a) and Matt Furey (2a); sophomores John Magliozzi (3a), Malcolm Kelly (1g,1a), and Brendan Fitzgerald (2a); and freshman Cameron Darcy (1g,1a). Sophomore Kevin Green kicked out 23 of 26 shots for the win.

Pomfret 3 @ Canterbury 2: Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, visiting Pomfret came back to pick up its third victory on the season. Pomfret’s comeback was led by senior Kevin Karales (1g,1a). Canterbury senior Chris Cerbino (1g,1a) contributed to both goals, both coming on the man advantage. Pomfret senior Chris Turney made 21 saves on 23 shots.

@ Hotchkiss 4, Deerfield 2: Hotchkiss,  led by seniors Pierce King (2g) and Robbie Mormina (2a), picked up its third consecutive victory. Juniors Erik Bertin and Nick Wetzel scored for Deerfield.

@ Rivers 5, Middlesex 2: Rivers was led by juniors Marco Eberth (1g,1a), Tom Manna (1g,1a); and sophomore Cam Brown (1g,1a).  Rivers sophomore Dillon Pieri stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win, while Middlesex sophomore Zach Arnold kept things respectable, kicking out 49 of 54 shots.

@ Albany Academy 6, Williston-Northampton 4: Albany Academy was led by senior Brendan Chin (2a); juniors Zach Popp (2g,1a), Matt Rakoczy (1g,1a), Nick Mannarino (1g,2a); and sophomore Albee Daley (2g). Williston got its offense from junior P.J. McCadden (2g), T.J. Powers (2a), and Kevin Kelly (2a). Albany Academy sophomore Colin Stevens stopped 48 of 52 shots for the win.

@ Andover 6, Loomis-Chaffee 2: #1 Andover was led by seniors Ryan Heavey (1g,1a), Josh Geary (1g,1a), and Brooks Dyroff (2g); and juniors Garnet Hathaway (2g,1a) Brian Safstrom (2a), and Luke Duprey (2a). Before being relieved five minutes into the third period, Andover senior Glen Stowell stopped 13 of 14 shots.


Northwood Updates

Here are some updates concerning Northwood’s schedule, which might be useful for college recruiters and/or NHL scouts following the likes of PG forward Adam Berkle, junior D Marc-Antoine Carrier, and senior D’s Nik Pokulok (Clarkson) and Etienne St-Germain.

-- The Northwood game Sunday vs. the South Kent School at RPI's Houston Field House is a 2:30 start and follows the Cap District-Syracuse EJHL game, which is an 11:15 start. The EJHL web site has that as a 2:00 pm start, but that is not correct.

-- Northwood’s game this coming Wednesday (2/4/09) vs. the Green Mountain Glades (EJHL) is at the Leddy Park arena, not Gutterson. The game time is 1:25 pm.

-- On Sat-Sun. Feb. 21-22 Northwood will be at UMass’ Mullins Center for a pair of games. On Saturday, they play Wyoming Seminary at 2:00 pm. And on Sunday they play the Junior Bruins at 3:00 pm. (FYI, UMass will be home to Maine on Fri-Sat. nights.).

Northwood senior defenseman Nick Cecere, a University of Nebraska-Omaha recruit, left Northwood after the first semester ended last week to join Des Moines (USHL). A late ’90, Cecere, who is from Des Moines, will also be playing for the Bucs next season before enrolling at UNO in the fall of ’10. We was not kicked out of Northwood. Des Moines, his hometown team, wanted him right now, so he decided to do it.

1/28/09 updated 

Games On

Confirmed games on are:

-- Taft @ Kent, 2:30 pm

-- Berkshire @ Pomfret. It was originally scheduled for 5:00 pm, but has been moved up to 3:30 pm.


It will be updated continuously.

Late afternoon notes:

The South Kent @ Belmont Hill game has been rescheduled for Fri. 2/27 at 3:00 pm. 

1/28/09  updated

Thursday's Games

Here are the snowed-out games from today that we have confirmed will be played tomorrow. Note that in most cases, the faceoff time is new as well.

Thurs. Jan. 29, 2009:
Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Loomis-Chaffee @ Avon Old Farms, 3:30 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:15 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Westminster @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28

1/28/09 -- Amidst all the snow, there were a couple of games played today, with interesting results. Kent is on a 6-2-1 run and today at home edged #3 Taft 3-2, handing the Rhinos their second loss in three games.... Pomfret, which has just two wins all season, came back from a 4-2 third period deficit to 'upset' #6 Berkshire, 4-4.  

1/26/09 -- Last updated 11/28 at 2:15 pm 

This Week’s Schedule

Mon. Jan. 26, 2009:
Westminster @ Avon Old Farms, 4:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ Pomfret “B”, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Salisbury, 4:15 pm (@ Berkshire) Note time change
Gunnery @ Kent, 4:30 pm
Canterbury @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Holderness, 4:45 pm
Reading HS @ BC High, 8:15 pm (@UMass-Boston)

Tue. Jan. 27, 2009:
Cushing @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:45 pm  -- moved up from Wed. 1/28
Delbarton @ Hill School, 5:00 pm
Bishop Guertin @ Malden Catholic, 6:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 28, 2009:
National Sports Academy @ Vermont Academy, 1:30 pm -- canceled; won't be made up
Westminster @ Deerfield, 2:30 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 5:00 pm
Taft @ Kent, 2:30 pm -- GAME ON!
Loomis-Chaffee @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 3:30 pm
Brewster @ Holderness, 2:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Cushing @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 3:00 pm  -- moved to Tues. 1/27 at 4:45 pm
Andover @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Rivers @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Lawrence @ Governor's, 3:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:30 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Millbrook, 3:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Tilton vs. Northwood, 3:45 pm (@ Middlebury College) -- postponed; no makeup date yet
St. Paul's @ Thayer, 4:00 pm -- postponed; makeup date will be in Feb.
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:00 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 4:15 pm
North Yarmouth @ Kents Hill, 4:00 pm -- canceled
Hoosac @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm -- postponed to 2/17 at 4:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Lawrenceville, 4:15 pm
Proctor @ Milton, 4:30 pm -- postponed; makeup date will be in Feb.
Stanstead College @ New Hampton, 4:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
St. George's @ Dexter, 4:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Salisbury @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
Pingree @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:30 pm -- postponed; no makeup date yet
South Kent @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm -- postponed to Fri. 2/27 at 3:00 pm
Berkshire @ Pomfret, 5:00 pm -- GAME ON! But with an earlier starting time -- 3:30 pm
St. Thomas More @ Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Harvey, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm -- postponed to tomorrow at 4:30 pm
Duxbury HS @ Xaverian, 6:15 pm

Thurs. Jan. 29, 2009:

Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Loomis-Chaffee @ Avon Old Farms, 3:30 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:15 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28
Westminster @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/28

Fri. Jan. 30, 2009:
Proctor @ Belmont Hill, 3:00 pm
Rivers @ Noble & Greenough, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Lawrence @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Brewster, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Millbrook, 5:00 pm
Milton @ Governor's, 6:00 pm
Brunswick @ Hill School, 6:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ St. George's, 6:00 pm
Hoosac @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Berwick, 7:00 pm
South Kent @ Taft, 7:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 31, 2009:
BC High @ Fairfield Prep, 12:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ Malden Catholic, 12:15 pm
Worcester Academy @ BB&N, 12:30 pm
Berwick @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Thayer @ Milton, 2:00 pm
Brewster @ Hebron, 2:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Kingswood-Oxford, 2:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Governor's, 2:00 pm
Dexter @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Hoosac @ St. George's, 2:00 pm -- rescheduled from 1/7
Harvey @ Brunswick, 2:00 pm
New Hampton @ Holderness, 2:00 pm
Taft @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Choate, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Rivers, 3:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Groton, 3:00 pm
Exeter @ Cushing, 3:00 pm
Westminster @ Kent, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ Vermont Academy, 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Albany Academy, 3:00 pm
Salisbury @ Berkshire, 3:30 pm
Tilton @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 3:30 pm
Deerfield @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Andover, 4:30 pm
Pomfret @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
St John's Prep @ Xaverian, 6:15 pm
Bergen Catholic @ Delbarton, 7:45 pm

Sun. Feb. 1, 2009:
Bridgton Academy @ Stanstead College, 11:00 AM
Winchendon @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Tilton, 2:00 pm
South Kent vs. Northwood School, 2:30 pm (@ RPI)

Mon. Feb. 2, 2009:

Williston-Northampton @ Westminster, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm



Hebron Rolls On

Hebron Academy has been #1 on every USHR Div. II prep poll this season, and this week is no different.

The only thing different in this poll is the fact that the Lumberjacks are not a unanimous choice: Dexter received one first-place vote.

USHR Div. II Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 26, 2009



Here We Go Again

A winter storm headed for New England is threatening to play havoc with Wednesday’s slate of prep games.

Cushing and Northfield-Mt. Hermon have already decided to play tomorrow (4:45 pm @ NMH) rather than see the game wiped out on Wednesday.

The winter storm watch is in effect for New England from late Tuesday night through late Wednesday. Snow is expected to start falling between 3-6 am Wednesday with the heaviest snow occurring between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Please report all cancellations/postponements to


Sat. Jan. 24 Recaps

-- Placek Leads Hotchkiss Past Exeter

Worcester, Mass. – Hotchkiss, behind a pair of goals from 6’3” Czech sophomore wing Petr Placek, topped Phillips Exeter, 4-2, in a neutral-site game at Holy Cross this evening.

Hotchkiss came out flying and played a first period as good as any we’ve seen from a prep school all season. (The periods were 20 minutes, by the way.) With the exception of the four minutes Exeter was on the power play, Hotchkiss was dominating.

And they scored a pair of goals, too. The first, with Hotchkiss on the power play, came just 2:45 into the game. Junior Derek Deblois made a nice headman pass to Chris Steele who beat Exeter junior goaltender Max Fenkell to make it 1-0.

At the 7:06 mark, Hotchkiss made it 2-0 when senior forward Pierce King, behind the Exeter net, spotted Placek heading toward the crease and made a neat four-foot pass right as Placek – and his stick – reached the outside edge of the post. Converting on a nice anticipation play, Placek tucked the puck inside the post.

Placek struck again 1:52 into the second period, taking a great cross-ice pass from junior Mike Borge and whipping it past Fenkell to put Hotchkiss up 3-0.

It wasn’t looking like Exeter’s day, but perhaps that goal woke them up a bit, or maybe Hotchkiss started getting complacent. Most likely, it was a combination of the two.

What matters was that Hotchkiss took a few penalties in the period, and Exeter cashed in on two of the ensuing power plays.

At the 6:22 mark, Exeter junior Josh Richards, who had a nice game, made a heady pass out of the corner onto the stick of senior Dan Weininger. Exeter’s best finisher beat Hotchkiss junior goaltender Cab Morris to make it 3-1.

Richards then made it a one-goal game. Exeter senior defenseman Jeff Reppucci set it up with a nice play at the blue line, getting the puck to Weiniger, who moved it on to Richards, who roofed it stick side, which in Morris’ case – Fenkell’s too, for that matter – is the left side.

The two goals gave Exeter life, but they would also be the only goals Exeter would score all day.

The two teams battled pretty evenly the rest of the way. Hotchkiss junior LD Mac Bennett, watched closely by the retinue of NHL scouts on hand, ripped one from the top of the left faceoff circle past Fenkell with 1:55 to go.

Shots on the game favored Hotchkiss, 32-30.

“Our goalie played well,” said Hotchkiss head coach Damon White afterward. “Our D competed hard down low. I thought on occasion – not consistently, though – we moved it well, and intelligently, through the neutral zone. In the offensive zone, we were able to get the puck to the net.”

It was pointed out to White that his team played a dominant first period. “That’s been our M.O. all season,” he said. “We’ve played great in the first, but in the second we put it in cruise control and we take penalties and we get in trouble. That’s been the case in three of the last four games. If we recover in the third and stay out of the box we’re fine – and we did that today. We buttoned it up a bit in the third.”

Exeter head coach Dana Barbin’s team exhibited the problem in reverse. “Over the last two games we’ve been down a combined 7-0 early. The other night we came all the way back (Exeter trailed Tabor 4-0 early in the second, but came back to win 6-5 on Wednesday). But tonight we couldn’t.”

 … and now for the rest of the action:

@ Canterbury 5, Taft 4 (OT): Canterbury trailed 4-2 entering the third but scored three straight goals, the final one by junior Kevin Goumas at 3:25 of OT to upset the #2-ranked Rhinos. Goumas also had two assists in the game. Also coming up big for Canterbury were seniors Rich Rodeschini (2g), Chris Cerbino (3a), Sean Murray (2a); and junior Joey Agliato (2a). For Taft, seniors Jesse Root and Robbie Bourdon each registered two-point games (1g,1a). Canterbury senior Brian Taptick stopped 31 of 35 shots for the win,  while junior Steve Racine stopped 30 of 35 for the Rhinos.

@ Dexter 7, North Yarmouth 1: Juniors Mike Sullivan (3g), Mike Lopez (1g,2a), sophomore Steve McKenna (1g,1a) and senior Robert Lerro (1g,3a) led the Dexter offense. Sophomore Kevin Green kicked out 38 of 39 shots for the win.

Berkshire 3 @ Avon Old Farms 1: Berkshire got goals from junior Keith Veronesi and seniors Justin Agosta and Rich Pallai. Senior Zeke Testa stopped 35 of 36 shots in the win.

@ Winchendon 5, Millbrook 2: Seniors Raphael Pouliot (1g,2a) and Adam Hercules (1g,1a) led the Winchendon attack. Three of Winchendon’s five goals were scored on the power play. Junior Alex Eckhardt stopped 16 of 18 shots to preserve the victory.

Wyoming Seminary 6, Brewster Jr. Bulldogs 3 (@ Northwood Tournament): Seniors Kaz Iwamoto (1g,4a) Kris Arvanitakis (2g,1a), and DJ Brown (2g) led the way for Wyoming Seminary. This game saw a combined twenty-four penalties.

Hoosac 2, National Sports Academy 1 (@ Northwood Tournament): Senior Steven Buco (1g,1a) led the way for Hoosac. Senior Niko Langlois stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.  Also: Hoosac 3, Stanstead College 2 (@ Northwood Tournament): Senior Sean Jenkins (1g,1a) paced Hoosac’s attack, while Langlois kicked out 21 of 23. 

@ Northfield Mount Hermon 3, Lawrenceville 0: Juniors Brantley Sherwood (2g) and Andrew Bonazza (2a) led the Hoggers’ attack. Senior Ryan Dillon kicked out 18 shots to pick up the shutout.

@ Middlesex 3, Groton 3: Trailing 3-0 after two periods, Middlesex came back with three in the third to earn the tie against #5-ranked Groton with sophomore Nick Bingaman knotting things up at 3-3 with 1:56 left in regulation. Senior Jono Turchetta (1g,1a) led the way for Groton. Middlesex senior Zach Arnold was the story of this game, stopping 46 of 49 shots to preserve the tie. Junior Dale Arnold kicked out 21 of 24 for Groton.

Andover 2 @ Noble & Greenough 1: Trailing 1-0 on the road, Chris Kreider tied it in the second for Andover and senior Josh Geary buried the winner at the 6:48 mark of the third. Senior Glen Stowell kicked out 22 of 23 in the winning effort.

Brewster 2 @ New Hampton 0: Senior Guillaume Cyr and junior Ridge Garbutt scored for Brewster. Senior Brewster Philip Kagstedt stopped all 15 shots to pick up the shutout.

Belmont Hill 3 @ St. Paul’s 1: Sophomore Connor Brickley (1g,1a) and seniors Matt Ronan and Michael Blake scored for #10 Belmont Hill. Princeton recruit Mike Condon stopped 31 of 32 shots for the victory.

@ Holderness 5, Hebron 4 (OT): Holderness came back from a 4-1 third-period deficit to win this one in OT with junior Matty Chartrain scoring the game-winner 2:57 into the extra frame.  Senior Nick Neron (1g,3a), junior Eric Rochefort (2g,1a), and sophomore Ryan Tesink (3a) all had big days for Holderness. Hebron’s offense was fueled by seniors Chad Goodwin (1g,1a) and Andrew Cetola (2a). Senior David Grilk kicked out 40 of 44 shots to earn the win for Holderness. 

Lawrence 6 @ Proctor 2: Lawrence was led by sophomore Zack Phillips (2g,2a) and seniors Steven Whitney (3a), Wayne Simpson (1g, 1a), and Brendan Cottam (3a). Senior Matt Walsh made 24 of 26 saves for Lawrence.

St. Mark’s 3 @ Pingree 1: St. Mark’s won its second game of the year, upsetting #7-ranked Pingree on the road. Leading the way for St. Mark’s were seniors Chris Cyr (1g,1a) and David Murphy (1g,1a); and junior Scott MacDougall (1g,2a).

St. Sebastian’s 7 @ Govenor’s 3: Freshman Joe Prescott (2g), junior Tom O’Regan (1g,2a) and senior Paul Donato (2a) led the way for St. Seb’s. Sophomore Drew Tallett (1g,1a) led the Governor’s attack. Sophomore Don McGuirl made 27 of 30 saves for St. Seb’s -- and picked up an assist, too. 

@ South Kent 4, Hill School 0: Seniors Wade Megan (2g,2a), Will Rayner (2g) and Chris Wieland (2a) led the South Kent offense. Sophomore Sam Locke stopped all 16 shots to earn the shutout, while Hill goaltender Steve Messina kept the game respectable by stopping 50 of 54 South Kent shots.

Worcester Academy 4 @ Kingswood-Oxford 0: Junior Anthony Bilotta (2g) and seniors Scott Rosenthal (2g,1a) and Dennis White (3a) powered the Worcester attack. Junior Brian Lynch only needed 13 saves for the shutout.

@ Salisbury 4, Kent 4: Kent, trailing Salisbury 3-1 on the road, scored three of the next four goals, the final one a game-tying tally by senior Kyle Lysaght at the 9:33 mark of the third. Kent senior Mike Domsodi (1g,1a) also had a big day. Salisbury’s offense came from sophomore Gunnar Hughes (2g); juniors Michael McCann (2a) and Brandon Russo (2a); and senior Francis Drolet (2a). 

@ Deerfield 3, Choate 2 (OT): Senior Evan Dugdale buried the game winner, shorthanded at the 3:45 mark of overtime to propel Deerfield to its fifth straight victory. Sophomore Alex Ward (2a) led the Big Green attack as Deerfield got goals from three different players. Junior Casey DeSmith stopped 33 of 35 shots for the big win. Both games this year between the two arch rivals were decided in OT, as Mark Goggin scored the game winner in December for Choate, while Deerfield came away with the OT victory this time.

Gunnery 6 @ Williston-Northampton 4: Trailing 3-2 heading into the third period, Gunnery came back behind the offensive firepower of juniors Joey Fiori (2g,3a), Matt Milana (1g,2a), Shane Gorman (1g,2a), and sophomore Terrence Wallin (1g,2a). Williston was led by senior Scott Cook  (2g) and sophomore Brendan Woods (2a). Junior Alex Vazzano kicked out 20 of 24 shots for the win.

Vermont Academy 6 @ Portsmouth Abbey 2: Seniors Patrick Duggan (2g,1a), Scott Maciel (1g,3a), and juniors Pier-Andre Marquis (1g,1a), William Weimar (2a), Adam Harrison (2a) led the way for Vermont. Senior Austin Erney stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win. Vermont outshot their hosts, 52-25.



Wed. Jan. 21 Recaps

-- No Major Upsets This Wednesday

You may recall last Wednesday’s upsets, when Andover (to Tilton), Exeter (to KUA), and Belmont Hall (to Thayer) all bit the dust. Well, we headed out today looking for the upset of the year.

We didn’t find it.

But we found a BB&N team that was much better -- and much more promising – than we expected.

In the early going of this evening’s game, BB&N jumped all over #4-ranked Lawrence Academy, though just not for very long. In the end, Lawrence won it, 5-2, stretching their win streak to nine games. We have to say, though, that BB&N, whose best skaters are young, hung with them for the first half of the game, before Lawrence took over for a long stretch. However, BB&N got back into it at the end. Basically, it was a 4-2 game with an empty-netter at the end.   

BB&N may not be a Keller Division doormat for long. Milton Academy, you may recall, was 3-23-2 in ’02-03 – and all three of those wins were against Div. II teams. That was the team Paul Cannata inherited. Now Milton is battling Lawrence at the top of the Keller Division. Could BB&N have such a resurgence? Hard to say, but they’ll be better next year than they are this year.

BB&N threw a scare into Lawrence today. Three of the Knights first six shots on Lawrence sophmore goaltender Mac Haight were off odd-man rushes that resulted in great scoring chances. They just couldn’t convert.

At 10:14 of the first, though, it was Lawrence that did the converting, as Union recruit Wayne Simpson took a pass from senior defenseman Micah Williams, flew through the neutral zone and into the BB&N end, went wide on a defender and cut in, banking it off the right pad of BB&N senior goaltender Joe Papa.

That was all Lawrence got out of the first period. In the second, a shot from the point by junior defenseman Lucas Sousa was redirected home by Steven Whitney to make it 2-0. Immediately afterward, Lawrence amped it up, and showed why they are currently the cream of the Keller Division. For the rest of the period, the puck only left the BB&N end briefly and infrequently. LA made it 3-0 late in the period when freshman forward Devin Tringale, cutting across the slot, wristed a beauty inside the far post.

With 5:53 remaining in the game, Lawrence upped the lead to 4-0 when a Zach Shannon shot from the point broke off Papa’s pad and into the net. Zack Phillips and Steven Whitney picked up assists on the play. That’s three very good players teaming up – you all know about Whitney, of course,  but Shannon and Phillips, both late ‘92s from New Brunswick, are both excellent Div. I prospects. And they’re both sophomores.

BB&N got on the board with 3:33 remaining when freshman defenseman Aidan Hartigan scored on a shot from the left point. A little over a minute later, junior Jack Bartlett took a nice cross-ice pass from junior linemate Greg Tang, and sniped one from out by the right face-off circle to cut Lawrence’s lead to 4-2.

Things were suddenly a little interesting, but BB&N took a high sticking penalty with 1:18 left so didn’t get much of a chance to stage a garrison finish. Instead, Lawrence senior Wayne Simpson scored an empty netter with nine seconds remaining for the final 5-2 margin of victory.

Lawrence goaltender Haight kicked out 22 of 24 shots for the win; BB&N’s Papa stopped 46 of 50 shots.

“I felt we were subpar early in the first,” said Lawrence head coach Kevin Potter. “We weren’t playing with energy. We weren’t taking the body. Even though we outshot them, they weren’t quality shots. (We) turned it on in the second, though. And the BB&N goalie played well.”

BB&N head coach Terrence Butt said, “We are a better team than we give ourselves credit for. We’re a young team, and we had a few Grade A chances early. We hung  with them. It was 1-0 after one, 3-0 after two, and then we made a good run late. I’m proud of the way they battled from start to finish.”

And the rest of the action:

 @ Tilton 6, Brewster 1: Junior Cody Marquis (2g,1a) and senior John Hyslip (2g,1a) each had three-point games for Tilton. Also contributing to the attack were seniors Chris Gorovitz (2a) and Ryne Lubert (1g,1a). Senior goaltender Nick Drew kicked out 36 of 37 shots for the win.

Gunnery 7, @ Millbrook 2: #9 Gunnery was led by juniors Joey Fiori (2g), Vinny Scotti (2g), Matt Milana (1g, 1a), and Thane Heller (2a). Sophomore Adam DeSanctis (1g,1a) also helped power the Gunnery offense.

Williston-Northampton 4, @ South Kent 3 (OT): Williston junior T.J. Powers netted the game winner 3:25 into OT. Powers also scored the goal – with 1:08 remaining in regulation -- that tied the game at 3-3 and sent it into overtime. Junior P.J. McCadden (3a) also helped lead the Williston attack. Senior Wade Megan (1g,1a) led the way for South Kent. Williston junior goaltender Bobby Bowden came up big in net, stopping 41 of 44 shots to pick up the win, as South Kent outshot Williston by a huge margin. In the South Kent net, sophomore Sam Locke faced only 16 shots. 

@ Exeter 6, Tabor 5: Trailing 4-0 early in the second period, Exeter senior defenseman Jeff Reppucci (1g,1a) started the comeback at the 2:48 mark. #6-ranked Exeter’s offensive stars were led by seniors Matt Hatch (2g,2a), Dan Weiniger (1g,3a), Nick Kondiles (1g,2a), and Thomas Larkin (1g,1a). Seniors Eric Czapka (2g) and Regan MacLean (2a) led the way for Tabor.

@ Avon Old Farms 1, Northfield Mount Hermon 1: NMH junior Nick Gordon and Avon senior Charles Vasaturo each registered power play goals en route to a 1-1 tie. The story, though, was the goaltending. NMH junior Branden Komm stopped 38 of 39 shots, while Avon junior Josh Dionne stopped 27 of 28.

@ Winchendon 3, Pomfret 2 (OT): Winchendon PG Adam Hercules won it with an unassisted goal at 1:12 of OT.  Winchendon senior Ben Meisner stopped 28 of 30. Pomfret senior Chris Turney stopped 29 of 32.

@ Berkshire 4, Choate 3: Despite a late push by visiting #7 Choate, host #8 Berkshire prevailed in the battle of top ten teams, thanks to the play of senior netminder Zeke Testa who made 21 saves. Berkshire’s offense came from senior Rich Pallai (1g,1a), and juniors Jake Goldberg (1g,1a), Kevin Sullivan (2a), and Ben Chwick (2a). Choate got its goals from three different players.

@ Taft 7, Loomis-Chaffee 3: A goal from senior C.M. Liotta (1g,1a) with 12 seconds left in the first period broke a 2-2 tie. Taft added four unanswered goals in the s econd to pull away with the easy win. Leading the attack for #2 Taft were seniors Mike Singsigalli (1g,2a) and Matt Herskovitz (2a), juniors Thad Reycraft (1g,1a) and Ryan Collier (2a) and sophomore Mike Moran (1g,1a). Senior Ryan Stanley scored twice for Loomis. Taft outshot Loomis, 55-20.

@ Deerfield 4, Kimball Union 2: Without leading scorer Andrew Ammon (illness), seniors Evan Dugdale (2g) and  Antoine Laganiere (2a) and junior John Rose 1g, 1a) led the way for Deerfield. Junior Casey DeSmith stopped 22 of 24 for the win.

Dexter 3, @ Groton 2: Senior Robert Lerro (2g) led the Dexter attack. Groton got their goals from sophomore Garrett Sunda and junior Charles-Eric Boutet. Dexter sophomore Dale Adams stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

New Hampton 4, @ Berwick 1: Senior Mike Carr (1g,1a) led the way for New Hampton as senior Pat Dunn stopped 25 of 26 shots faced. New Hampton notched two shorthanded goals in the third period.

Hebron 10, @ Pingree 1: Visiting Hebron exploded for ten goals on the road thanks to goals from seven different players. Hebron was led by seniors Billy Brewster (2g,1a), Eric Rodriguez (2g,1a), Chad Goodwin (5a), Andrew Cetola (1g,3a) and juniors Nate Dupere (2g) and Chris Gacsy (1g,1a).

Roxbury Latin 4, @ Middlesex 1: Senior Shayne Anderson (2a), junior Kyle Kadlick (1g,2a), sophomore Thomas Buckley (2g), and freshman Danny O’Regan (1g,1a) all helped power the Roxbury Latin offense. Senior Brad Barone had 40 saves on 41 shots in between the Roxbury Latin pipes.

Hotchkiss 5, @ Kent 2: Juniors Matt Coleman (2g,2a), Derek Deblois (1g,3a), and senior Zack Martin (1g,1a) led the Hotchkiss attack. Both Kent goals were scored while on the power play. Hotchkiss freshman Jay Williams stopped 27 of 29 shots to preserve the win.

Worcester Academy 6, @ St. Mark’s 3: Junior Anthony Bilotta (2g,1a) and senior Tory Cole (2g) powered the Worcester attack. Senior Chris Cyr (1g,2a) factored into each of St. Mark’s goals. Six out of the nine goals scored in this game were scored on the power play.

@ Noble & Greenough 4, St. Paul’s 2: Sophomore Kevin Hayes (1g,3a) figured in all four of Nobles’ goals with help from fellow sophomore Billy Arnold (2g) and juniors Gus Young (2a) and Jared Lackey (1g,1a). Nobles juniors Gene Lane and Billy Burchill each stopped six of seven shots in 27 minutes of play apiece.

@ Salisbury 5, Trinity-Pawling 1: #3 Salisbury dominated as juniors Michael McCann (2g,1a), Billy Fitzgerald (2a), and seniors Danny Biega (1g,1a), and Francis Drolet (2a) all contributed to the Crimson Knight attack. Cornell recruit Andy Iles played two periods of play for Salisbury, stopping 19 of 20 shots.

@ St. Sebastian’s 3, Andover 3: Despite a hat-trick for #1 Andover’s Chris Kreider, St. Seb’s senior Paul Donato tied things with 1:36 left to secure the tie. Andover senior Glen Stowell stopped 24 of 27 shots while St. Seb’s sophomore Don McGuirl kicked out 28 of 31 shots.

@ Cushing 6, Thayer 2: Juniors Mike Conderman (2g,2a), Conor Sheary (1g,2a), Tim Sprague (1g,1a), and senior Mike Bosco (2a) fueled the Cushing attack. Junior Mike Reed made 20 saves on 22 shots for the win. 

@ Stanstead College 9, Middlebury College JV 3: Seniors Marc-Olivier Sauriol (2g, 2a), Nickolas Lapointe (1g,1a), Olivier Charette (1g,1a) and juniors Thomas Castle (2g,2a) and Ryan Bedard (1g,3a) all helped contribute to the Stanstead attack.

@ Westminster 2, Canterbury 2: Senior Joey Campanelli scored both Westy goals -- both shorthanded -- and junior Daniel Hnatko assisted on both of them. Senior Rich Rodeschini scored both of Canterbury's goals. Canterbury senior Brian Taptick stopped 36 of 38 shots while Charles Corsi of Westminster made 26 saves -- and picked up an assist, too.



Andover Clings to Top Spot in USHR Div. I Poll

Phillips Andover Academy holds onto the #1 spot in this week’s USHR poll, but Taft and Salisbury supporters can also make legitimate arguments on behalf of their teams. Things are very tight at the top. 

New to the poll this week is Gunnery, at #9. Bounced out this week is Cushing Academy, which was at #10 last week.

USHR Div. I Prep Poll; Week of 1/19/09 



This Week’s Schedule

Mon. Jan. 19, 2009:
Catholic Memorial @ Xaverian, 1:00 pm
BC High @ Needham H.S., 1:30 pm (at Babson College)
Albany Academy @ National Sports Academy, 2:00 pm
Chelmsford, MA @ Malden Catholic, 3:45 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Pomfret, 4:15 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm
Westminster @ Millbrook, 5:00 pm

Tue. Jan. 20, 2009:
LaSalle College Prep @ Lawrenceville, 5:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 21, 2009:
Brewster @ Tilton, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Pomfret @ Winchendon, 3:00 pm
Gunnery @ Millbrook, 3:00 pm
Proctor @ Rivers, 3:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Middlesex, 3:30 pm
Hoosac @ St. Thomas More, 3:30 pm
Cushing vs. Thayer, 3:30 pm (@ Babson College)
Canterbury @ Westminster, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Berwick, 3:30 pm
Dexter @ Groton, 3:45 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Hill School, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Avon Old Farms, 4:00 pm
Stanstead College @ Middlebury College JV, 4:00 pm
Tabor @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ South Kent, 4:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Deerfield, 4:15 pm
Hebron @ Pingree, 4:30 pm
Andover @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm (@ Berkshire)
St. Paul's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 5:15 pm
Lawrence @ BB&N, 5:30 pm
Malden Catholic @ BC High, 7:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 23, 2009:
Pingree @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Berwick @ North Yarmouth, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Lawrence, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ Rivers, 4:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Brewster, 4:30 pm
New Hampton @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Governor's @ Cushing, 6:00 pm
Thayer @ Andover, 6:30 pm
Lawrenceville @ Trinity-Pawling, 7:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Brunswick, 7:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 24, 2009:
Lawrenceville @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Pomfret, 2:00 pm
Groton @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm
Taft @ Canterbury, 2:45 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Governor's, 3:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Rye Country Day, 3:00 pm
Brewster @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Dexter, 4:15 pm
Lawrence @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
Andover @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm
Berkshire @ Avon Old Farms, 4:30 pm
CBA @ Delbarton, 5:00 pm
Hotchkiss vs. Exeter, 5:00 pm (@Holy Cross)
Vermont Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 5:00 pm
Hebron @ Holderness, 5:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
Millbrook @ Winchendon, 5:00 pm
Gunnery @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Hill School @ South Kent, 6:00 pm
Xaverian @ Malden Catholic, 6:15 pm
Kimball Union @ Tilton, 7:00 pm
Westminster @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:00 pm
Kent vs. Salisbury, 7:00 pm (at Berkshire School)
Choate @ Deerfield, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 25, 2009:
 South Kent @ Cushing, 1:00 pm
Taft @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 1:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Gunnery, 2:00 pm




Hebron Again #1 in USHR Div. II Poll

Hebron Academy, once again by a unanimous vote, remains #1 in the USHR Div. II coaches poll.

USHR Div. II Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 19, 2009

1/17/09  Updated 1/18

Sat. Jan. 17 Recaps

Kreider, Stowell Lead Andover Past Exeter

Andover, Mass. -- #1 Andover, behind solid goaltending, a couple of key plays from junior Chris Kreider, and their opponent’s inability to cash in on numerous power plays, topped #3 Exeter, 4-1, in the big game between the ancient archrivals today.

This was a 0-0 game after one, and a 1-1 game after two. Andover continuously put themselves in a bad situation by taking numerous penalties, killing seven penalties in the game, while Exeter only had to kill two – no home cooking in Andover today.

For a good chunk of the first two periods Exeter was on the power play, and moving the puck nicely. However, Exeter’s shot selection left a bit to be desired, and Andover senior goaltender Glenn Stowell was solid.

Early in the second period, Andover broke out to a 1-0 lead when Kreider, from the far wall, spotted junior Garnet Hathaway breaking over the blue line. Kreider hit him with a nice pass and Hathaway, in alone, finished off with a nice shot, beating Exeter junior goaltender Max Fenkell high to the stick side just 1:09 into the period. Senior defenseman Ryan Heavey also picked up an assist on the play.

Exeter tied it up when PG Matt Hatch, Exeter’s best player all afternoon, hit PG Dan Weiniger with a nice pass. Weiniger beat Stowell high stick side to tie it up at 1-1 with 2:22 in the second.

A minute or so later, Hatch had a great chance to give Exeter a lead they could take into the second intermission, but he couldn’t solve Stowell, and the game was tied after two at 1-1.

The third period started out tentatively, but then Kreider busted loose, and came flying down the left side. There was a little space inside the near post and Kreider jammed the puck toward the opening. It hit the skate of linemate Brooks Dyroff and deflected into the net, giving Andover a 2-1 lead 3:30 into the period.

The game picked up in intensity, and Andover kept the pressure on.

At the 7:38 mark Andover junior Trevor Braun picked up a loose puck near the blue line, left an Exeter defenseman in his wake and, from below the inside edge of the right faceoff circle, sniped a shot, an unexpected beauty that Fenkell wasn’t really set for. It sailed over his right shoulder and into the net to give Andover a 3-1 lead, which was more than they would need today.

A Dyroff empty-netter with 51 seconds left sealed it for Andover.

Shots in the game were even: 26-26. 

Afterward Andover coach Dean Boylan said his players knew they had to put in a better effort today than they had against Tilton in Wednesday’s OT loss. “And I didn’t have to tell them either.”

”Today,” he added, “we got a couple of bounces and we were able to kill penalties – thankfully, because they were able to get good looks. I thought Glenn (Stowell) did a great job and made a spectacular save (on Hatch) in the second period. The game could have had a different outcome if he hadn’t made that save.”

Exeter head coach Dana Barbin said, “I was pleased with my team tonight. The kids played their hearts out. It would have helped if we had converted on one of those power plays. We did good things on the power play and moved it around, but we didn’t finish.”

Exeter and Andover meet one more time during the regular season – on the season’s final day, Feb. 28 at Exeter.  

 --- Due to the late hour -- got a little overextended today -- we will have the recaps posted in the morning.


Sat. Jan. 17 Recaps --

--- @ Kimball Union 5, Tabor 2: PG Andrew Murmes (3g,1a) had a four-point afternoon to lead KUA past Tabor. Sophomore Ryan Cole (1g,1a), PG Zach Musgrave (2a), and senior defenseman Michael Basist (2a) each had two points as the Wildcats continue their strong play. Sophomore goaltender Steve Mastalerz kicked out 23 of 25 shots for the win.

-- Milton 8 @ Middlesex 0: Senior Kyle Hunchberger (3g), junior Chase Davis (3a) and junior defenseman Michael Megnia (3a) led the Milton attack. Senior Michael Baldino stopped all 11 shots he faced to pick up the shutout.

-- @ Belmont Hill 9, Governor’s 5: Senior Jack McNamara (2g,3a) had five points to lead Belmont Hill to a 9-5 win over Governor’s. Seniors Matt Ronan (2g,1a) and Will Gray (2g), and sophs Connor Brickley (2g) and Brandon McNally (1gt,1a) also helped bring down Governor’s. Senior Chris Menand (1g,2a) led the Governor’s attack. Governor’s actually outshot Belmont Hill in this game, 44-32.

-- Vermont Academy 4 @ Brunswick 3: Juniors Jean-Daniel Vermette (2g) and Pier-Andrew Marquis (1g,2a) led the Vermont attack. Sophomores Bo Stafford (2g) and Toshi Terai (1g,2a) led the Brunswick offense. Senior Austin Erney kicked out 25 of 28 shots in the Vermont net.

-- @ Lawrenceville 5, CEGEP Sainte-Foy 0: Senior Eric Zagorski kicked out 26 shots for the shutout.

-- Berkshire 5 @ Williston-Northampton 1: Juniors Ben Chwick (1g,2a), Jake Goldberg (1g,2a), and Kevin Sullivan (1g,1a) led the Berkshire attack. Goaltender Zeke Testa stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win.

-- @ Westminster 2, Salisbury 1: A goaltender’s battle! Westminster senior Charles Corsi (38/39) takes a decision from Salisbury junior Andy Iles (37/39).

-- @ Kent 2, Avon Old Farms 1 (OT): Kent senior defenseman Nick McIntyre scored the game winner 22 seconds into overtime. Junior Marco DeFilippo kicked out 31 of 32 shots for the win. For Avon, junior Josh Dionne (42/44) took the hard-luck loss.

-- Roxbury Latin 3 @ Brooks 2: A power play goal by senior defenseman Shayne Anderson at 12:50 of the third period lifted Roxbury Latin to a win on the road.

-- @ Millbrook 4, Pomfret 2: Seniors Mathieu Dubuc (3g) and Matt Abbott (1g,2a) led the Millbrook offense. Pomfret PG Doug Dremluk assisted on both of his team’s goals. Senior Jamie MacMillan stopped 27 of 29 to pick up the win in the Millbrook net.

-- St. Paul’s 3 @ St. Sebastian’s 3: On the strength of third period goals from senior Steven Rogers and junior Peter Burke, St. Sebastian’s Country Day came back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a tie.

-- Lawrence 4 @ Thayer 1: Lawrence got goals from four different scorers and senior goaltender Matt Walsh kicked out 17 of 18 for the win.

-- Canterbury 7 @ Albany Academy 3: PG Bernie Rissmiller (1g,2a) had three points to lead the Saints. Seniors Rich Rodeschini (2g), Michael Larino (1g,1a), Scott Machinski (1g,1a), Chris Cerbino (2a), and  juniors Kevin Goumas (1g,1a) and Joe Agliato (1g,1a), each had two points.

-- Berwick 4 @ Kingswood-Oxford 1: Junior Shawn Millerick kicked out 22 of 23 shots to pick up the win in the Berwick net.

-- Taft 2 @ Choate 2: A third period goal by sophomore Dan Linell lifted the host Wild Boars to a 2-2 tie with Taft. Senior Mike Sinsigalli scored both the Rhinos goals. Junior Nick BonDurant stopped 36 of 38 in the Choate net; junior Steve Racine stopped 33 of 35 in the Taft net.

-- @ Groton 4, St. George’s 1: Junior Dale Adams kicked out 24 of 25 shots to lead Groton to victory.

--  @ Brewster 6, Hoosac 4: Senior Guillaume Cyr (3g,1a) and junior Ridge Garbutt (1g,3a) powered Brewster to the home win.

-- BB&N 11 @ St. Mark’s 3: Juniors Eric Danilchuk (3g,3a), Jack Bartlett (6a), Greg Tang (1g,4a), and Chris Aulet (3g) led the BB&N attack.

-- Holderness 8 @ NMH 8: A goal by junior Eric Rochefort with 22 seconds remaining in regulation – his third goal of the game – lifted visiting Holderness to an 8-8 tie with the Hoggers.

-- @ Hotchkiss 5, Loomis-Chaffee 2: Juniors Mike Borge (2g,1a) and Ken Matheson (1g,2a) led the Bearcats attack. Sophomore Ryan Manseau stopped 25 of 27 for the win. In the Loomis net, senior Craig Naclerio stopped 65 of 70 shots(!).

-- Gunnery 5 @ Winchendon 4 (OT): Junior Vinny Scotti scored his second goal of the game at 4:57 of OT to lift Gunnery to victory.

--  Deerfield 5 @ Trinity-Pawling 1: Senior Evan Dugdale (2g) and senior Andrew Ammon (1g,1a) led the Big Green attack.

-- @ Hebron 3, Kent’s Hill 0: Goals came from three different scorers. Hebron senior goaltender Craig Ryan got a shutout on just seven shots. His counterpart in the Kent’s Hill net, senior Brian Fleming, was a (very) hard luck loser, kicking out 48 of 51 shots.

-- @ South Kent 7, Proctor 2: Senior Wade Megan (2g,3a) had a big game. So did junior Mike Pereira (1g,2a) and senior David Benmocha (2g). For Proctor, junior Conner Toomey (1g,1a) and senior Rob Toczylowski (1g,1a) figured in both their goals.


NHL scouts will want to know that Hotchkiss junior defenseman Mac Bennett, who has been skating since Monday, will return to the ice on Saturday vs. Loomis and on Monday 1/19 vs. Berkshire. Bennett dressed for Wednesday's win over Avon but did not play.


Wed. Jan. 14 Recaps

-- Upsets in OT

Given the no-team-is-unbeatable story line of the season, this afternoon's events were apt, with three major upsets – all in overtime. In the day’s biggest upset, Andover, at home, fell victim to the curse of the USHR #1 ranking, falling victim to unranked Tilton, 3-2 in OT. Meanwhile, unranked Kimball Union, playing at home, knocked off previously undefeated – and #3 ranked -- Exeter, 2-1 in overtime. And #7 Belmont Hill, playing at home, fell victim in OT to unranked Thayer.

We’ll have a little more on those games later, but now, our feature game:

-- Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions   

Between injuries, suspensions, and shaky goaltending, Nobles’ season – since winning the Flood-Marr Tournament -- has become a fast downward spiral.

With tonight’s 5-4 overtime loss to Lawrence, the Noblemen have lost six of their last seven, the only win a 4-3 OT decision over Pomfret in the 7th place game of the Watkins Tournament Jan. 3rd.

Lawrence, meanwhile, won that tournament and continues on a roll, with seven straight wins. 

Despite not playing very well as a team today, Nobles hung in there all day. They have obvious skill, and were able to cash in on three power plays. But no matter what the manpower situation was -- whether they were playing a man up at even strength -- they were less than the sum of their parts. While there were some impressive individual efforts from Nobles players, there was not much in the way of great puck movement. However, there were plenty of lead changes – the game was really nothing but lead changes, as every Lawrence goal was answered by a Nobles goal – until the final one.

Lawrence went up 1-0 on a wraparound goal by sophomore Michael Jamieson at 4:25 of the first. Then with two seconds left in the period, Nobles tied it up at 1-1 when sophomore Kevin Hayes fed junior Jared Lackey, who came down the left side with speed and fired at the net. It looked like it may have been tipped past Lawrence senior goaltender Matt Walsh by junior Mark Hourihan, but the goal was credited to Lackey. No matter what, that was the last even strength goal until overtime. The next six goals would come on the powerplay. 

In the second, on a powerplay midway through the period, Nobles sophomore defenseman Mike Reardon took a shot from the right point that deflected off Walsh's right pad, and right onto the stick of an uncovered Billy Arnold, who scooped it into the net for a 2-1 Nobles lead.

Lawrence came right back and tied it at 2-2 on a nice cross-slot diagonal pass by Steven Whitney to Wayne Simpson  at the 12:43 mark.

Nobles' Lackey was called for hooking at the buzzer and Lawrence entered the third period with over a minute of 5x3 play. They cashed in, too, when a shot from the point by sophomore Zach Shannon rocketed off the backboard and right out front onto the stick of senior Wayne Simpson, who put it behind Nobles junior goaltender Billy Burchill for his second goal of the game..

At the 7:14 mark, Arnold took off up the right side, curled to the net, and stuffed it in the corner past Walsh to tie it at 3-3. Burchill picked up an assist on this one.

Lawrence went ahead with 5:16 to go when sophomore Zack Phillips, from along the goal line to Burchill’s right, made a nice behind-the-back pass to senior Brendan Cottam out front, giving Lawrence a 4-3 lead.

The prosperity was too much for Lawrence, though, and with one player already in the box, Lawrence’s Logan Gillis took a bad neutral zone penalty giving Nobles a 5x3 with 4:36 left. 

Nobles cashed in, with Arnold making a nice diagonal pass from the point to Lackey at the far corner of the net, tying the game up at 4-4 with 2:38 to go.

Lawrence gave Nobles another nice power play with under two minutes to go in the third, but Nobles couldn’t make much of it.

Lawrence didn’t get their first shot in OT until the 3:04 mark when, after a Nobles turnover at the blue line, a Lawrence player -- either defenseman  Shannon or forward Scott Shiner – got the puck to Cottam, who fired it far side for his second goal of the game and the game-winner.

Lawrence outshot Nobles, 40-29 in the game.

Afterward, Lawrence head coach Kevin Potter said, “I thought we put in a good effort. The team has a lot of confidence now. And even though we gave up three power play goals, we still had confidence in our penalty killing. I thought the flow was cut up by the amount of penalties. The whole game was one of special teams, but that’s something we’ve been working really hard on. I thought it was a gutty performance by our team.”

We don’t know what Nobles coach Brian Day had to say, but he spent a long, long time in the room with his players after the game. And this typist had to get back into town.

Nobles has a good chance to get healthy at BB&N on Friday, but don’t think BB&N isn’t lying in wait, licking their chops.


And Today’s Recaps:

Kent 5 @ Trinity Pawling 1: Three Kent goals in a five-minute span of the second period were enough to propel the Lions to their sixth win of the season.  Kent’s five goals were scored by five different players. Keying the Lions attack were seniors Kyle Lysaght (1g, 2a) Chris Buquicchio (3a), Mike Domsodi (1g, 1a), and junior Paul Cinquegrana (1g, 1a). Junior Marco De Filippo stopped 19 of 20 in a winning effort.

Tilton 3 @ Andover 2 (OT): #1 ranked Andover was the victim of a major upset this afternoon, falling victim to their opponents from New Hampshire. Tilton, on the strength of two goals by senior Kevin Meehan, took a 2-1 lead in the third period, only to see that snatched away when Andover junior defenseman Bennett Carroccio (1g) tied things up at 2-2 with just 24 seconds left in regulation. Senior Joey White (1g) buried the game winner just 44 seconds into OT.  For the victorious Rams, the offense was led, as mentioned, by Meehan (2g) and junior Justin Ducharme (2a). Tilton senior Nick Drew kicked out 23 of 25 shots for the win.  The Andover offense was powered by senior Josh Geary (1g, 1a).

Andover didn't execute today and were pushed hard in all three periods -- and all three zones -- by Tilton, who came up with a huge effort, played a focused, confident game, and were able to negate the strength of Andover. As for Kreider, the puck just didn't really bounce right for him all day. The star of the day was Tilton's Meehan, who worked hard, made plays, and finished.

@ Hotchkiss 4, Avon Old Farms 1: Four straight Hotchkiss goals were more than enough for the Bearcats to upend Founders rival, Avon Old Farms, 4-1. Leading the Hotchkiss offense was senior TJ Cholnoky (2g), and juniors Matt Coleman (1g) and Ken Matheson (1g). The Avon goal, scored on a 5x3, was registered by sophomore Morgan Mullen. In his second consecutive start, freshman Jay Williams picked up the win, stopping 20 of 21 Winged Beavers shots.

@ Tabor 6, Cushing 4: Six of the ten goals scored in this game were registered by special teams. This game was back-and-forth until the Seawolves scored two consecutive goals roughly two minutes apart early in the third period. #10 Cushing would come back to cut the deficit to one, but an empty-netter by Tabor sealed Cushing's fate. For Tabor, senior Jayson Megna (1g, 2a), sophomore Cam Spiro (1g, 1a) and senior Thomas Kader (1g, 1a) led the Seawolves attack. Cushing was fueled by senior Mike Bosco (1g, 1a), and juniors Mike Conderman (1g, 1a) and Conor Sheary (1g, 1a). Tabor senior Nick Betti kicked out 21 of 25 in the win.

@ Northfield Mt. Hermon 5, Stanstead College 3: Two third period goals for the Hoggers were enough to propel them past visiting Stanstead College. With their five goals coming from five different players, the NMH offense was fueled by junior Josh Woody (1g, 2a), and sophomores John Cangelosi (1g, 1a) and Garrett McMullen (2a). Stanstead’s offense was led by junior Olivier Letourneau (2g). NMH senior netminder Ryan Dillon stopped 24 of 27 for the win.

Thayer 1 @ Belmont Hill 0 (OT): Continuing with today’s theme of overtime upsets, #7 Belmont Hill dropped a 1-0 overtime shocker to Thayer. Sophomore Charlie Coyle registered the winner just 59 seconds into OT. Princeton recruit Mike Condon stopped 27 of 28 for Belmont Hill, but was bested by the superb effort of Sal Tecci, who pitched a 35 save shutout.

@ Groton 2, Vermont Academy 1: A Vermont Academy goal at 13:20 would not be enough, as host Groton held on for a 2-1 victory. Scoring for the Zebras came from the underclassmen as freshman Zach Baharozian (1g) and sophomre Garrett Sunda (1g) provided the offense. Junior Dale Adams stopped 21 of 22 shots to secure the victory. 

@ KUA 2, Exeter 1 (OT): #3 Exeter, previously the lone undefeated team in NEPSIHA play, was upset Wednesday by Kimball Union. Exeter got on the scoreboard first, on a power play goal Dan Weiniger (1g) 3:04 into the first period. However, a late third period goal by KUA sophomore Ryan Cole (1g) sent the game into OT where senior Kyle Gurry (1g) buried the winner with just three left in overtime. KUA sophomore Martin Ouellette was stellar in net, kicking out 33 of 34 shots.

@ Pingree 4, Dexter 3 (OT): A game that saw six of its seven goals scored in the third period eventually went to OT, where host Pingree scored just 1:19 in to seal it. The Pingree attack was propelled by senior Matt MacDonald (2g) and junior Kyle Lange (2a), while senior Adam Rimmer (1g) buried the clincher in overtime. The Hokies offense was powered by sophomore Steve McKenna (2a) as three different players scored for Dexter. Pingree senior Trevor Leahy stopped 30 of 33 shots for the win. 

@ St. George’s 5, Brooks 1: On the strength of their special teams, host St. George’s cruised to a 5-1 victory over Brooks. The St. George’s attack was driven by seniors Kevin Shelton (2g) and Carmen Boscia (2a), and juniors Garrett Sider (3a) and Mike Violette (2a). Sophomore Paul Roche stopped 20 of 21 for St. George’s.

Holderness 4 @ Winchendon 3: Visiting Holderness stormed all the way back from a three-goal second period deficit to defeat Winchendon. To add to Holderness heroics, the tying goal and winning goals were scored while shorthanded. Leading the comeback for Holderness was senior Nick Neron (2a), as the four goals were scored by four different players. Winchendon’s offense, all in the first period, was led by seniors Corey Bellamy (1g, 2a), Adam Hercules (1g, 1a), and Corey Lee (2a). Holderness junior Jeff Wasson stopped 31 of 35, while Winchendon’s Alex Eckhardt kicked out 21 of 25.

@ Governor’s 6, BB&N 1: Governor’s sandwiched three goals in the first and third periods to roll over BB&N. Governor’s junior Cody Ferriero recorded a hat-trick (3g, 1a), while sophomore Drew Tallett (3a) and juniors Jake Picking (3a) and Brett Riley (1g, 1a) helped lead the Governor’s offense. Senior Dominic Malerba allowed one goal on 19 shots for the win.

@ Taft 5, Westminster 3: With the score knotted at 3-3 after two periods, #4 Taft pulled away with two late third period goals. Leading the Rhinos attack were seniors Jesse Root (1g, 1a), Erik-Lars Hansen (1g, 1a), Mike Sinsigalli (1g, 1a), Matt Herskovitz (1g, 1a), and junior Thomas Freyre (2a). Westminster was led by senior Joey Campanelli (1g, 1a) and junior Peter Michaildis (2a). Taft junior goaltender Mike Petchonka stopped 26 of 29 to earn the win.

Brunswick 6 @ Kingswood-Oxford 1: Visiting Brunswick continued its offensive onslaught from Saturday, by defeating Kingswood-Oxford convincingly by a tally of 6-1. The Bruins attack, led by a hat-trick from junior Ben Weisburger (3g), was also supported by sophomores Bo Stafford (1g, 1a) and John Kelly (2a), and junior Nick Trepp (2a). Mike Furlong faced only fifteen shots in the game.

@ Berwick 7, Portsmouth Abbey 3: Berwick, on the strength of three goals in the first period, defeated Portsmouth Abbey, 7-3. Leading the Bulldog attack were juniors Oliver Jansson (2g, 1a) and Chris Atwood (2g), sophomore Alex Tobey (1g, 2a), and seniors Aaron Harris (2a), Tom Hay (2a), and Matt Tucceri (1g, 1a). D. Lavaiano had 2 assists for Portsmouth Abbey. Berwick junior Shaun Millerick stopped 16 of 19 to pick up the win.

@ Proctor 9, Hebron 6: In a game that saw twenty-one penalties, nine of the final 10 goals were scored on the power play. Leading the Proctor attack were senior Rob Toczylowski (3g, 1a); juniors Nik Tasiopoulos (2g, 4a), Keith Buehler (3a), and Connor Toomey (2g, 5a); and sophomore Jon Felteau (2g). Hebron was led by junior Andrew Bettencourt (2g, 2a) and senior Cam Moniz (2g).  Proctor sophomore Frankie McCormick stopped 28 of 34 shots to pick up the victory. 

@ Milton 2, St. Paul’s 1: A Sean Okita goal just 4:11 into the second period proved to be the eventual game winner as host #6 Milton defeated St. Paul’s. Milton’s goals were scored by Chris Sperandio and the aforementioned Okita. Holy Cross recruit Thomas Tysowsky kicked out 23 of 24 for the Mustang victory.

@ Deerfield 4, Loomis-Chaffee 2: Deerfield rebounded Wednesday with a win over Founders League opponent Loomis by a tally of 4-2. Deerfield had its special teams working, registering one goal on the power play, and another while shorthanded. Leading the attack for the Big Green were Princeton recruit Andrew Ammon (2g, 1a), Yale recruit Antoine Laganiere (1g), Evan Dugdale (1g), junior John Rose (2a), and fellow junior, Dartmouth recruit Nick Lovejoy (1a). Junior Casey DeSmith and senior Grant Dennis split time in between the Deerfield pipes to earn the victory. 

Hoosac 5 @ National Sports Academy 2: After two goals by National Sports Academy in the first, Hoosac scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods to take a 5-2 win. The Hoosac attack was led by senior Steven Buco (2g, 1a) and junior Jory Uhlman (2a). Junior David Brassard only had to stop 14 shots for the win.

Choate 9 @ Canterbury 6: In another offensive onslaught, #9 Choate and Canterbury combined for fifteen goals on Wednesday.  Choate began to gain momentum at the end of the first and beginning of the second periods by scoring three consecutive goals capped by a SHG by Billy Revellini (1g, 1a) at  the1:11 of the second. Also contributing to the Wild Boars attack were Dartmouth recruit Mark Goggin (2g, 1a), seniors Joel Goodsell (1g, 1a), Sam Gilbert (3a), sophomore Adam Patel (4a), and junior Dan Schuler (1g, 1a). For Canterbury, their offense was fueled by senior Bernie Rissmiller (2a) and juniors Kevin Goumas (1g, 1a). Six players each scored a goal in the losing effort. Choate junior Nick BonDurant stopped 32 of 38 for the victory.

Worcester 3 @ New Hampton 0:  Worcester was only the second team all day to win and secure a shutout. The Hilltoppers got goals from three different players: freshman Pat Harvey (1g), senior Scott Rosenthal (1g), and junior Anthony Bilotta (1g). Senior goaltender Nico Candelmo stopped 32 shots to gain the shutout.

Roxbury Latin 3 @ St. Marks 2 (OT):  Sophomore Thomas Buckley scored in OT to lift Roxbury Latin to a 4-3 win at St. Mark’s. The Roxbury Latin attack was led by senior defenseman Shayne Anderson (1g, 2a), Danny O’Regan (2a), and junior Kyle Kadlick (1g, 1a). Senior goalie Brad Barone kicked out 16 of 18 for the OT win.

@ Brewster 4, Kents Hill 1: Four consecutive goals in the second and third periods were more than enough for Brewster to coast past visiting Kents Hill. The Brewster attack was powered by junior Ridge Garbutt (2g, 1a) and senior Guillaume Cyr (1g, 2a). Sophomore Ethan Pelletier registered the lone tally for Kents Hill. Brewster junior Anthony Jacaruso kicked out 15 of 16 shots in the winning effort.

Kent will play at Loomis at 5:00 pm today (Mon. 1/12), a makeup from Saturday. Proctor will play at Phillips Andover tomorrow (Tues. 1/13) at 4:45 pm. This is a makeup game from last Wednesday.  


This Week’s Schedule

Mon. Jan. 12, 2009:

Iona Prep @ Harvey, 3:30 pm
Salisbury @ Taft, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ South Kent, 4:45 pm
Kent @ Loomis, 5:00 pm – rescheduled from Sat. 1/10/09
Xaverian @ Reading H.S., 6:00 pm

Tue. Jan. 13, 2009:
Proctor @ Andover, 4:45 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/7/09
Malden Catholic @ Catholic Memorial, 5:00 pm
Wed. Jan. 14, 2009:
Westminster @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Tilton @ Andover, 2:30 pm
Brewster vs. Kents Hill, 3:00 pm (at North Conway, NH)
Avon Old Farms @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
Dexter @ Pingree, 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Berwick, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Groton, 3:30 pm
Cushing @ Tabor, 3:30 pm
Thayer @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm
Brooks @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Canterbury, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Brunswick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Deerfield, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Milton, 4:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm
Delbarton @ CBA, 5:00 pm
Hoosac @ National Sports Academy, 5:00 pm
Hebron @ Proctor, 5:00 pm
BB&N @ Governor's, 5:15 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. Mark's, 5:15 pm
Lawrence @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm
Albany Academy @ Berkshire, 5:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ New Hampton, 5:45 pm

Thu. Jan. 15, 2009:
South Kent vs. Boston Jr. Bruins, 6:30 pm (@ Yale)

Fri. Jan. 16, 2009:
St. Thomas More @ Harvey, 3:30 pm
Hoosac @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Middlesex @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Rivers, 4:45 pm
New Hampton @ Dexter, 4:45 pm
Winchendon @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Pingree, 6:00 pm
Tabor @ Holderness, 6:00 pm
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers @ Wyoming Seminary, 6:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:15 pm
Noble & Greenough @ BB&N, 6:30 pm
CEGEP Sainte-Foy @ Lawrenceville, 6:45 pm
Cushing @ Deerfield, 7:00 pm
Delbarton @ Pope John, 7:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Hebron , 8:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 17, 2009:
Tabor @ Kimball Union, 12:30 pm
Kents Hill @ Hebron, 1:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Brunswick, 1:00 pm
CEGEP Sainte-Foy @ Lawrenceville, 1:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Bridgton Academy, 2:00 pm
Milton @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Governor's @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Lawrence @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Groton @ St. George's, 2:30 pm
Berwick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 2:30 pm
Deerfield @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
St. Paul's @ St. Sebastian's, 3:15 pm
Hoosac @ Brewster, 3:30 pm
Pomfret @ Millbrook, 3:30 pm
BB&N @ St. Mark's, 3:30 pm
Tilton @ Cushing, 3:30 pm
North Yarmouth @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Gunnery @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Proctor vs. South Kent, 4:00 pm (@ Eaglebrook School)
Holderness @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Andover, 5:00 pm
St. Peter's Prep @ Delbarton, 5:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, 5:45 pm
BC High @ Xaverian, 6:15 pm
Canterbury @ Albany Academy, 6:30 pm
Taft @ Choate, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 18, 2009:
Sainte Foy @ Hill School, time TBA
Canterbury @ Albany Academy, 12:30 pm
Academie St. Louis @ Kents Hill, 2:30 pm
Choate @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm


Hebron Unanimous #1 in USHR Div. II Prep Poll

The new USHR Div. II prep poll was released tonight, and Hebron continues to hold the top spot – and once again it’s by unanimous decision.

Hebron, which is undefeated in Div. II, has also played four Div. I games and is 3-1 in those, the only loss a 6-5 decision to South Kent on Saturday.

For the full poll, click on “Standings/Poll” in the left-hand column of this page.


Sat. Jan. 10 Recaps

Sorry for the delay in getting these up. We will have longer game stories in the morning on both the Avon Old Farms win over Taft, and the Choate-Andover tilt. The drive back from the Choate game, a night game to begin with, took over three hours, so it’s a late night.

Here are the other games we have for you:.

Governor’s 3 @ Pomfret 2: A goal by sophomore Nick Wirth midway through the third period lifted Governor's to a 3-2 road win at Pomfret. Wirth also picked up an assist on the Governor's goal that tied the game at 2-2 in the second. Governor’s other big gun was sophomore Brian Ward (1g, 1a). Senior Kevin Karales scored both of Pomfret’s goals, which came within a two minute span. Junior Luke Montoni picked up the win in goal for Governor's.

Exeter 4 @ St. Paul’s 2: St. Paul’s tied it at two midway through
the second, but visiting Exeter pulled away and captured a 4-2 road victory.
The Exeter offense was fueled by Dan Weiniger (1g, 1a), Jeff
Reppucci (1g, 1a), Thomas Larkin (3a), and Matt Hatch (2a). Senior Max
Fenkell stopped 24 of 26 for the win.

@ Lawrence 6, Milton 2: In a big Keller matchup, Lawrence emerged with a convincing win , topping visiting Milton, 6-2. Lawrence’s attack was led by the dynamic duo of BC
recruit Steven Whitney (2g, 1a) and Union recruit Wayne Simpson (2a). Milton’s Chase Davis (1g, 1a) factored in each of the Mustang goals. Lawrence senior Matt Walsh stopped 16 of 18 shots to secure the victory.

Belmont Hill 5 @ St. Sebastian’s 4 (OT): Belmont Hill  sophomore Brandon McNally netted the decisive goal at 3:41 of OT. Senior Will Gray (2g) and Joe McNamara (2a) led the Belmont Hill attack. The Arrows attack was spearheaded by junior Peter Burke (1g, 1a). Princeton recruit Michael Condon was busy throughout regulation and overtime for Belmont Hill stopping 45 of 49 shots.

Hotchkiss 3 @ Millbrook 2: Hotchkiss came back from a second period
deficit to defeat host Millbrook 3-2. Leading the Hotchkiss comeback was
junior Mike Borge (1g, 2a). Millbrook senior goaltender Jamie MacMillan
kicked out 30 of 33, while Hotchkiss freshman goalie Jay Williams
stopped 26 to 28 for the win.

@ Cushing 2, Kimball Union 1 (OT): KUA sophomore Steve Mastalerz kept things
interesting by kicking out 50 of 52 shots, but his luck ran out when
Cushing senior Mike Bosco buried a power play goal to end it 1:01 into
OT. Scoring for Cushing were the aforementioned Bosco (1g) and Brendan
Conklin (1g). Scoring the lone goal for KUA was sophomore Ryan Cole
(1g). In contrast to Mastalerz, Cushing’s Mke Reed only faced sixteen
shots throughout.

Williston-Northampton 3 @ Berkshire 2: Visiting Williston pulled of a
big win against Berkshire thanks to a decisive second period goal by
senior Kyle Vandemoer. Berkshire’s goals were scored by senior Andrew
Flynn (1g) and junior Keith Veronesi (1g). Williston got goals from T.J.
Powers (1g), Steve Mollo (1g), and Vandemoer (1g). Williston senior Max
Bigler stopped 27 of 29 in the win, while juniors Connor Wilson and Sam
Hodgkinson split time between the Berkshire pipes.

Proctor 7 @ Northfield Mt. Hermon 5: Pomfret’s offense was fueled by juniors Keith Buehler (2g, 1a) and Connor Toomey (2a). NMH sophomore Garrett McMullen (3g) and junior Nick Gordon (2a) led the way for the Hoggers.

Tilton 5 @ Tabor 5: In a back-and-forth game, Tilton and host Tabor
skated to a 5-5 tie. Three of Tilton’s goals were scored on the man
advantage, while Tabor maintained the scoring advantage at even
strength. Leading the Seawolves attack were senior Eric Czapka (2g),
Jayson Megna (2a), and Thomas Kader (2a). For the visiting Rams, Cody
Marquis (1g, 2a) and Kevin Meehan (1g, 2a ) led the attack. Tabor senior
Nick Betti stopped 25 of 30 while Tilton’s Matt Mosca stopped 29 of 34.

@ Westminster 5, Trinity Pawling 3: Trinity-Pawling could not recover from three
consecutive Westminster tallies late in the first and early in the
second. Leading the Martlets attack were senior Joey Campanelli (2g, 2a)
and juniors Peter Michaildis (1g, 2a) and Daniel Hnatko (2a). The TP
offense was fueled by seniors Robbie MacGregor (2g, 1a) and Brian Desrosier (2a). Westminster senior Charles Corsi stopped 29 of 32 for the win. There were 17 penalties in the game.

@ Brunswick 6, Rye Country Day 0: Five different scorers helped host
Brunswick run over Rye Country Day, 6-0. Junior defenseman Nick Trepp
(2g, 1a) and sophomore Toshi Terai (1g, 1a) led the Bruins attack.
Seniors Dan Cassidy and Mike Furlong combined for 20 saves and a

Rivers 2 @ BB&N 2: After falling behind 2-0, BB&N scored a
power play goal and an even strength goal to get the tie. Leading the
attack for BB&N was junior Jack Bartlett (2a), while the Rivers offense
was led by senior Jack Rautiola (1g,1a). BB&N’s Joe Papa kicked out 27
of 29, while Rivers’ junior netminder Tim Corey singlehandedly kept his
team in it, stopping 43 of 45.

Polyvalente Veilleux Ecole 2 @ Vermont Academy 2: After a 8-1
shellacking by Vermont Academy on Friday night, the two teams skated to
2-2 tie on Saturday. A power play goal 6:33 into the third period by
Vermont Academy senior Josh McKinley proved to be the final tally of the
game. Vermont sophomore goaltender Mike Lespasio faced only ten shots in
the game.

Worcester Academy 6 @ Albany Academy 4: Worcester scored four goals in nine
minutes to pull out a win on the road. The Hilltoppers attack was led by D.J. Goldberg (2g,2a), Cam Maillet (1g, 1a), and Dennis White (1g, 1a). Their offense was not the only factor in their victory, as Worcester junior Brian Lynch kicked out 41 shots to preserve the win. For Albany in the losing effort, junior Zach Popp (2a) led the way as four different players scored for Cadets.

New Hampton 0 @ Kents Hill 0: New Hampton and Kents Hill skated to a
0-0 tie. Kents Hill senior Brian Fleming stopped 28 shots. 


Stanstead College Tournament (Day 2 of 3)

-- at Stanstead, Quebec.

Wyoming Seminary 3, Northwood “B” 1: Senior Kris Arvanitakis scored all three Wyoming goals, and fellow senior Kaz Iwamoto  contributed by picking up assists on all of them. .

St. Francis School 6, Appleby College 2: Jaime Vona (2g,1a) and Greg Day (2g ) banged home two goals.

Hoosac 2, King’s Edgehill School  2: Jory Uhlman had a goal and an assist.

Stanstead College 4, Upper Canada College 0: Jordan Moore had three  assists and Marc Olivier Sauriol had a goal and an assist.  Senior goalie Logan Vanasse kicked out 20 saves for the shutout.

Appleby College 3, Northwood School “B” 1: Mark Bennett scored two goals for Appleby. 

Wyoming Seminary 4, St. Francis 3: Wyoming’s attack was led
by seniors DJ Brown (2g), Kris Arvanitakis (1g, 2a), and Kaz Iwamoto
(1g, 1a). David Aman kicked out 31 of 34 to secure the win -- and he had an assist, too. Kaz Iwamoto’s goal was the game-winner, and came on a second-period breakaway.

Schedule for Sunday Jan. 11Cross-Over Matchups: 

8:00 am -- King's Edgehill School vs. Appleby College
10:15 am --  Upper Canada College vs. St. Francis School 
12:30 pm Hoosac vs. Northwood “B”     
2:45 pm – Championship Game: Stanstead College vs. Wyoming Seminary    



Stanstead Wins its Tournament

Sun. Jan. 11 @ Stanstead, Que.

-- 1st Place GameStanstead College 6, Wyoming Seminary 3:  Junior Matthew Robertson (2g,1a) led the Stanstead attack in a 6-3 win over Wyoming Seminary in the championship game.

Wyoming came out hard and scored first on a Dominic Colati power-play goal. Stanstead, though, came back with a pair --  by Julien Quincou and Jean-Francois Lefort – to give Stanstead a 2-1 lead after the first period.

The second period featured a lot of up-and-down hockey but Stanstead opened things up with goals from Jean-Philippe Daigle and Robertson to go up 4-1. Wyoming narrowed it to 4-2 when Kaz Iwamoto scored a short-handed goal with five seconds left in the period.

Stanstead’s Thomas Castle, off nice passes from Ryan Bedard and Nick Lapointe, scored a power-play goal in the first minute of the third period to go up 5-2. Moments later, Robertson scored his second goal of the game to put Stanstead up 6-2. Wyoming added a late goal to make it a 6-3 final. Senior goaltender Logan Vanasse kicked out 24 of 27 shots to earn the win for Stanstead.  

-- 3rd Place Game: Hoosac School 5, Northwood “B” 3: Jory Uhlman (2g,1a) led the Owls.

-- 5th Place Game: Upper Canada College 2, St. Francis School 1: Jordan Morash scored the game-winner for Upper Canada College. St. Francis was all over UCC in the third period but just couldn’t score the equalizer. In the final minute, St. Francis had a 5x3 powerplay and pulled their goalie to go 6x3 for 45 seconds but Omar Kanji, in goal for UCC, barred the door with a big performance.   

-- 7th Place Game: Appleby College 5, King’s Edgehill School 4. Mark Bennett (2g,1a) led the attack for Appleby. Valerian Poticny scored a pair of goals for King’s Edgehill.          

Tournament All-Star Team

Appleby College -- Matt Rubinoff                      
King’s Edgehill School -- Matt Lively              
St. Francis School -- Anthony Day               
Upper Canada College -- Omar Kanji                 
Hoosac School -- Phil Moore
Northwood “B” -- Chris Cooney
Wyoming Seminary -- David Aman
Stanstead College -- Marc-Olivier Sauriol



Two Games.... and a Bit of Snow

We had this doubleheader circled on the calendar early: a day-night twinbill, with Taft hosting Avon in the early game and, 30 miles to the southeast, Andover visiting Choate for the nightcap. As yesterday dawned, we realized it would be a heavy slog through the snow, but, hey, we’ve been through worse, and many times, too.

In the early game, at Taft, Avon Old Farms rolled in and just played a solid, thorough game, neutralizing a very good Taft team, and heading back up the highway with a 5-1 win.

There was nothing overpowering about the win. Unlike last season’s Winged Beavers, the ’08-09 edition lacks firepower and depth. 

It does show, though, that Avon, stripped as they were by graduation, the USHL, the NTDP et al., are still not to be taken lightly. Teams should be beating up on them now, while they have the chance. Head coach John Gardner is restocking the pantry, and things will be more difficult for opponents next year.

Taft, which had beaten Avon 7-4 on Dec. 10 at Avon, had a chance to make it a clean sweep of Avon, but didn’t. Worse, they were barely there.

Taft, on a C.M Liotta goal that beat Avon junior netminder Josh Dionne – a softie, as he left the short side unprotected – managed to sneak a 1-0 lead into the second period – and then let Avon dictate the game from that point on.

At the 5:19 mark, with the teams playing 4x4, junior Quinn Smith made a passout from behind the Taft net that found senior Stefan Demopoulos in front. Bingo. Tie game.

Avon continued to control the second period. Taft had difficulty breaking the puck out of their end, and trouble at the other end stringing passes together and creating any kind of sustained offense. If Taft did get a shot on net, Dionne turned it away, and his defensemen played well in front of him.

In the final minute of the second, a Taft defensive zone miscue resulted in the puck winding up on the stick of junior Kevin Tiefenwerth in the high slot. Tiefenwerth buried a nice shot to give Avon a 2-1 lead to take into the second intermission.

The third period was a disaster for the Rhinos, as Avon scored a pair of shorthanded goals 1:04 apart, the first when Demopoulos followed up a Quinn Smith shot and jammed it through Taft goaltender Steve Racine. A few minutes later, sophomore Mark Naclerio took a nice pass from Blake Forkey and beat Racine to make it 4-1. And a few minutes after that, Forkey beat Racine short side on the power play for the final 5-1 margin of victory.

“They outcompeted us, outworked us, and outhustled us,” Taft head coach Dan Murphy said afterward. “Also, when you give up a goal in the last minute of the period, and two shorthanded goals, you’ve violated some basic hockey principles – and you’re not going to win.”

Avon’s bench coach John Gardner, on the other hand, was feeling fine. “I was impressed with our guys  and our effort. Coming down here and beating the #1 team in New England is a feather in our cap.”

“We came to play,” he added. “We were focused, and we worked hard.”

Gardner said his team’s approach was to contain Taft’s top line. “I didn’t want #14 (Robbie Bourdon) to beat us. If you give him time and space he’ll hurt you.”

Bourdon was not a factor in the game. To take it a step further, none of Taft’s forwards were.

Avon’s forwards, on the other hand, were very noticeable, particularly Demopoulos (2g,1a), and Forkey (1g,2a), Smith (2a), and Tiefenwerth (1g,1a),



The drive from Watertown to Wallingford was a slog and a half, but worth it. The Choate Arena was packed, the students were in full voice, and two very good teams went at it hard in a very good prep game. And when it was over, it went in the books as a 3-3 tie, which was totally representative of the play.  This was a game where you were glad shootouts don’t exist in prep hockey (outside of tournaments, that is).

The game was a two-parter. The first half or so belonged to Choate, then Andover took over for the rest of the way.

Choate got on the board 10:37 in when Colgate recruit Billy Rivellini took a nice pass from senior Joel Goodsell and wristed it top corner, over the glove of Andover senior goaltender Glenn Stowell.

Then, just ten seconds later, the Wild Boars went up 2-0 when Goodsell took a shot and freshman Phillipe Hudon, cutting across the top of the crease with his stick at chest level, batted the rebound into the net.

Choate’s two-goal lead didn’t last far into the second.

Wild Boars’ junior goaltender Nick BonDurant mishandled a Bennett Carroccio shot and Andover cut the lead to 2-1 at the 6:04 mark.

Then Choate just started taking penalties left and right. They paid the price when Andover PG Josh Geary tied the game at 2-2 with a 5x3 goal at the 15:02 mark.

But, 26 seconds later, Choate responded, as Rivellini came flying down the right side and made a saucer pass to the front of the net, where sophomore Dan Linell tipped it past Stowell for a 3-2 Choate lead, which they’d carry into the second intermission.

From where we stood, we didn’t think the Wild Boars would be able to carry a lead into the third. They were fortunate. They’d been outshot 17-7 in the period, and they’d taken six minor penalties to Andover’s two. That can take its toll.

And it did in the third.

Just 1:11 into the period, a good, hard hit on Hudon along the near boards knocked the freshman out of the game, leaving the Wild Boars without his services for the duration of the game (The hit, by Carroccio, knocked the wind out of the impressive freshman; he may have a slight concussion, too.)

When play resumed after a five-minute delay while Hudon was being tended to, Choate never got it going again. They seemed flat.

Andover tied it up at the 10:13 mark when junior Chris Kreider, who draws a phalanx of NHL scouts to his every game, made a nice pass out from behind the net and senior linemate Brooks Dyroff knocked it home for the tying goal.

That was all she wrote. Andover carried the play down the stretch and through overtime, but Choate hung in there. Mark Goggin had a nice chance for Choate in OT, but couldn’t bury it.

”I liked the way we came back after a poor first period,” said Andover head coach Dean Boylan. “I thought we competed a whole lot better in the second and third period.”

Choate coach Pat Dennehy said, “We had a great first period but lost some of our energy in the second. We had that string of penalties called against us – that was a factor. But they’re a big, physical, strong team and we didn’t match their energy in the second half.”

 Good game. Two good teams. The ride back to Boston, through the snow, was a little arduous. Was too snowblind to write up the games last night, but here they are now. Sorry for the delay.



Stanstead College Tourney Results

Fri. Jan. 9, 2009 at Stanstead, Que. (Day 1 of 3): 

-- Stanstead College 5, King's Edgehill School 3: Pietro Antonelli had two goals for Stanstead. Travis Mosher (1g,1a) led King's Edgehill.

-- Hoosac School 7, Upper Canada College 3: Stephen Buco (1g,3a) led Hoosac; David MacNicol (1g,1a) had two points for Upper Canada College.

-- Northwood School “B” 4, St. Francis School 1: Chris Cooney was outstanding in goal for Northwood; James O'Reilly (2g,1) led the attack.

-- Wyoming Seminary 7, Appleby College 4: Kaz Iwamoto (2g,2a) and Jakub Husek (3g) were the big guns for Wyoming. Mark Bennet banged home two goals for Appleby College.

-- Stanstead College 6, Hoosac School 3: Ryan Bedard (3 goals -- one on a penalty shot) led the Stanstead offense. Stephen Buco had three assists for Hoosac

-- Upper Canada College vs. King's Edgehill School:  in progress   

Day 2 Match-ups
Saturday, January 19th

8:00 am -- Northwood vs. Wyoming
10:15 am -- Appleby vs. St. Francis
12:30 pm -- Hoosac vs. King's Edgehill
2:45 pm -- Stanstead vs. Upper Canada College
5:00 pm -- Northwood vs. Appleby
7:15 pm -- Wyoming vs. St. Francis



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Cancellations/Postponements Wed. Jan. 7

Brewster @ Cushing has been postponed. A makeup date will be announced later.

Proctor @ Andover has been postponed and will be made up at a later date.

New Hampton @ Hebron has been postponed to Wed. Feb. 18 at 4:00 pm.

Kent @ Westminster has been postponed  to tomorrow (Thurs. 1/8) at 5:00 pm. 

The Rye Country Day vs. Harvey game has been moved to tomorrow (Thurs. 1/8) at 4:00 pm at Harvey. The subsequent game between the two teams will now be played at Rye Country Day at 5:15 on Wed. Jan. 21.

Portledge @ Albany Academy has been postponed until Thursday at 4:00 pm.

Hoosac vs. St. George's has been canceled.

NMH @ KUA has been postponed. The makeup date is Fri. Feb. 20 at 5:00 pm at KUA. 

We will, of course, let you know if we hear of any other cancellations or postponements. 

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Wed. Jan. 7, 2009 Recaps

-- Milton Digs Deep Again

Belmont, Mass. – Milton Academy, on a Kyle Hunchberger snipe 29 seconds into overtime, edged Belmont Hill, 2-1, here today.

Milton, after falling behind 1-0 with 56 seconds remaining in the second period, responded with a strong third period, tying the game up on a Sean Okita goal at the 6:39 mark. The Mustangs then wasted no time winning it in overtime.

Milton has shown a steely determination so far this season. To date, they have a 7-2-3 record in their 12 NEPSIHA Div. I games. Of special note is the fact that nine of those games have been extremely close contests – i.e. decided by one goal or less. And in those nine nailbiters Milton is undefeated at 6-0-3.

In other words, don’t let the Mustangs hang around.

That’s what Belmont Hill did today.

Early on, Milton, which had played three games in the Tabor Tournament Saturday and Sunday, appeared sluggish. Their passes were missing the mark. Belmont Hill, on their big sheet, was beating them to loose pucks. It looked like a game in which Belmont Hill might jump out to a quick lead, but they couldn’t take advantage and, while Milton steadily got their legs underneath them, the game turned into a battle of two of the east’s stellar goaltenders in Belmont Hill’s Mike Condon and Milton’s Thomas Tysowsky. Neither goaltender was being called upon to make spectacular saves. They were simply stopping everything that came their way, and making it look pretty easy, too.

It wasn’t until 56.6 seconds remained in the second period that the game’s first goal was recorded and it came off a Milton turnover in the slot. On a heads-up play Belmont Hill junior Brendan Fadden quickly slid it to Brandon McNally, who snapped it past Tysowsky to give the Hillies a 1-0 lead to take into the second intermission.

A goal given up in the last minute of a period can be dispiriting, but instead Milton came out and played a strong third period, tying the game at 1-1 when junior Jonathon Mleczko came flying down the right side and fired a low, hard shot on net. The puck rebounded off Condon’s right pad and Okita deposited the rebound at the 6:39 mark.

With 43 seconds left in regulation, Belmont Hill’s McNally fed senior Matt Ronan with a nice pass, but Ronan’s shot clanged off the post, and the game went to OT. Yes, it’s a game of inches.

In overtime, the puck quickly wound up in the corner to Condon’s right. Ryan Edwards and Jay Haseley went in after it, won the battle for the puck, and got it out to Hunchberger. The 6’2” native of Montreal held his shot neatly until he was in the slot and then just roofed a beauty. Game over -- and it took only 29 seconds.

“I was happy with the third period,” said Milton coach Paul Cannata. “We built confidence as we went along and managed to sneak out of here with a win. If you get two points here you have to be happy. Belmont Hill is a good team and Condon is a good goaltender.”

-- Belmont Hill outshot Milton in the game, 28-27.

--  There were only four penalties called in the game – three against Belmont Hill, and one against Milton.

-- Belmont Hill star sophomore forward Connor Brickley had to sit the game out. In the first period of Belmont Hill’s previous game, a 5-2 loss to South Kent in the semifinals of the Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament Tues Dec. 30th, Brickley was assessed a major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind.

-- Milton goaltender Thomas Tysowsky has committed to Holy Cross for next fall.


-- @ BB&N 2, Thayer 0: Senior goaltender Joe Papa kicked out all 43 shots he faced in a 2-0 shutout of Thayer this afternoon in Cambridge, Mass. Juniors Greg Tang and Eric Danilchuk scored the Knights' goals. Thayer junior goaltender Sal Tecci had a strong game, stopping 28 shots. 

-- Exeter 4 @ Governor's 1: Senior Nick Kondiles had a goal and an assist, junior Max Fenkell had 28 saves, and Exeter topped GDA to remain undefeated in NEPSIHA play.

-- @ Choate 9, Millbrook 3: Leading the Wild Boars' attack were senior Joel Goodsell (2g,1a), freshman Philippe Hudon (2g,1a), seniors Billy Rivellini (1g,1a) and Mark Goggin (1g,1a), sophomores Dan Linell (2a) and Adam Patel (2a), and senior defenseman Wes Marcik (2a).  

-- @ St. Sebastian's 8, Nobles 1: Billy Arnold gave Nobles an early 1-0 lead but it was all St. Seb's the rest of the way. Leading the Arrows' attack were juniors Tommy O'Regan (2g,1a) and Peter Burke (1g,2a), seniors Chris Brown (1g,1a) and Dom Jancaterino (1g,1a), sophomore Stephen Brown (1g,1a), and senior defenseman Mac Lalor (2a). And let's not forget St. Seb's sophomore goaltender Don McGuirl, who kicked out 23 of the 24 shots he faced. A lot of players out with injuries in this game, including Nobles star forward Kevin Hayes (7-14 days, shoulder) and defenseman Mike Reardon (groin).

--  @ Berkshire 10, South Kent 5: Senior Andrew Flynn (1g,4a) had five points, sophomore Trevor Mingoia (2g,2a) had four points, and juniors Jake Goldberg (1g,2a) and Ben Chwick (2g,1a), senior Cam Miller (1g,2a), and senior defenseman Justin Agosta (3a) each had three points for the Bears.

-- @ Dexter 5, St. Mark's 1: Sophomore Brendan Fitzgerald (1g,2a), freshman Cameron Darcy (2g), junior Mike Lopez (1g,1a), sophomore Steve McKenna (2a), and senior Robert Lerro (2a)  led Dexter's attack.

Due to today's snow, ice, and sleet a number of games were postponed:

Brewster @ Cushing: a makeup date will be announced later.
Proctor @ Andover: a makeup date will be announced later.
New Hampton @ Hebron: to Wed. Feb. 18 at 4:00 pm.
Kent @ Westminster: to tomorrow (Thurs 1/8, 5:00 pm). 
Rye Country Day vs. Harvey: to tomorrow (Thurs. 1/8, 4:00 pm).  
Portledge @ Albany Academy: to tomorrow (Thurs. 1/8, 4:00 pm).
Hoosac vs. St. George's: a makeup date will be announced later.
NMH @ KUA: to Fri. Feb. 20 at 5:00 pm. 
Deerfield @ Pomfret: a makeup date will be announced later.
North Yarmouth @ Berwick: a makeup date will be announced later.


1/5/09 updated 1/7/09 due to winter storm 

This Week’s Schedule

Tue. Jan. 06, 2009:
Hotchkiss @ Delbarton, 4:30 pm (@ Aspen Ice Arena; Randolph, NJ)
John Jay H.S. @ Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 07, 2009:
Holderness @ Tilton, 2:30 pm
Proctor @ Andover, 2:30 pm -- postponed, new date TBA
Kent @ Westminster, 3:00 pm -- postponed to Thurs. 1/8, 5:00 pm
St. George's vs. Hoosac, 3:00 pm (@ Marlboro, Mass.) -- postponed, new date TBA
Noble & Greenough @ St. Sebastian's, 3:15 pm
Milton @ Belmont Hill, 3:30 pm
Thayer @ BB&N, 3:30 pm
South Kent @ Berkshire, 3:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Dexter, 3:30 pm
Exeter @ Governor's, 3:45 pm
Portledge @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Thurs. 1/8, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Thurs. 1/8, 4:00 pm
St. Thomas More @ South Kent "B" 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Hebron, 4:00 pm -- postponed to Wed. 2/18, 4:00 pm  
Deerfield @ Pomfret, 4:00 pm -- postponed, new date TBA
North Yarmouth @ Berwick, 4:00 pm -- postponed, new date TBA
Millbrook vs. Choate, 4:00 pm (@ Trinity College)
Canterbury @ Williston-Northampton, 4:00 pm
Brewster @ Cushing, 4:00 pm -- postponed, new date TBA
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Kimball Union, 4:45 pm -- postponed to Fri. Feb. 20, 5:00 pm
Hotchkiss vs. Wyoming Seminary, 6:15 pm (@ Colgate University)

Thurs. Jan. 08, 2009:
Rye Country Day @ Harvey, 4:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/7
Portledge @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/7
Kent @ Westminster, 5:00 pm -- rescheduled from Wed. 1/7

Fri. Jan. 09, 2009:
Roxbury Latin @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:30 pm
Gunnery @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ Brooks, 4:45 pm
Brewster @ Tabor, 5:00 pm
King & Low-Heywood Thomas @ Harvey, 5:00 pm
Proctor @ Holderness, 5:00 pm
BB&N @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Pingree, 6:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Brunswick, 6:30 pm
North Yarmouth @ St. George's, 6:30 pm
Lawrenceville @ National Sports Academy, 7:00 pm
Polyvalente Veilleux Ecole @ Vermont Academy, 7:00 pm
Dexter @ Kingswood-Oxford, 8:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 10, 2009:
Rivers @ BB&N, 1:00 pm
Polyvalente Veilleux Ecole @ Vermont Academy, 1:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Albany Academy, 1:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Pingree @ Kingswood-Oxford, 2:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Brunswick, 2:00 pm
Governor's @ Pomfret, 2:15 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Milton @ Lawrence, 3:00 pm  -- please note, as this game had been originally scheduled for 1:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Westminster, 3:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
North Yarmouth @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:00 pm
St. Mark's @ St. George's, 3:00 pm
New Hampton @ Kents Hill, 3:30 pm
Brooks @ Groton, 3:45 pm
Hebron vs. South Kent, 4:00 pm (@ Walter Brown Arena; Boston University)
Williston-Northampton @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ St. Paul's, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Kent @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Proctor @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Cushing, 5:00 pm
Tilton @ Tabor, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Deerfield, 5:30 pm
Andover @ Choate, 6:00 pm
Moses Brown High School @ St. Thomas More, 7:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Millbrook, 7:00 pm
Hill @ Northwood, 7:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 11, 2009:
Hill School @ National Sports Academy, 12:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Northwood, 1:15 pm
Pomfret @ Albany Academy, 2:00 pm
Winchendon @ Berkshire, 2:45 pm



Sun. Jan. 4, 2009 Tournament Results

Tabor Tournament at Marion, Mass. (Day 2 of 2)

In Double OT, Deutsch Lifts Milton to Tabor Tournament Title

10:00 am – Tilton 4, Hill 1 -- Kevin Meehan scored a pair of goals for Tilton.

12:00 pm – Tabor 4, St. Sebastian's 2 -- Eric Czapka (1g,2a), Anthony Mezzagno (1g,1a), and Andrew Jelinek (2a) lead the Seawolves.

2:00 pm – Championship Game: Milton 5, Governor's 4 (2-OT) -- It took a total of 14:02 of overtime and a wrist shot by defenseman Aaron Deutsch to lift Milton Academy to a 5-4 win over over Governor's Academy and the Tabor Tourney championship. Governor's had a 3-1 lead in this game, but the Mustangs came right back with three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead late into the third period. However, Alex Gacek, off a pass from Chris Menard, tied it up for Governor's with 1:53 to go. Deutsch (1g,2a) and Chase Davis (1g,1a) finished as Milton's leading scorers. Gacek (1g,2a) and Brian Ward (2g) led the way for the Governors. Thomas Tysowsky was in goal for Milton; Dominc Malerba for GDA. This game will count as a tie for NEPSIHA seeding purposes.    


Undefeated in Europe, But Can They Yodel?

Exeter is back from their holiday trip to Italy and Switzerland.  They tied Ambri-Piotta, 3-3; won 3-2 over Zurich; won 3-1 over Lugano; and  won 6-1 in a rematch against Ambri-Piotta for the Challenge Cup. Max Fenkell continued his strong play, going 2-0 (the Zurich game, and the title game vs Ambri-Piotta), making a combined 67 saves on 70 shots. The other three tenders (Andrew Jankowsi, Greg Jenkins, and Joe Blundo) played well in the 3-3 tie and 3-1 win over Lugano, whose assistant coach, by the way, is former Boston Bruins goaltender Marco Baron. Exeter scoring looked like this: Matt Hatch (4,5a), Dan Weiniger (3g,4a), Nick Kondiles (4g,2a), Tom Larkin (5a), and Jeff Reppucci (1g,3a). In addition, James Shannon, Ryan Williamson, and Josh Richards each had one goal.


Sat. Jan. 3 Tournament Results

Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy (Day 3 of 3)
Sat. Jan. 3 -- Championship Round

Lawrence Takes First Watkins Title in 12 Years

9:00 am – 7th Place Game -- Nobles 4, Pomfret 3 (OT) -- Freshman Andrew Doane scored at 1:35 of OT to lift Nobles to a much-needed win. Sophomore Matt Harlow (2g,2a) figured in all four Nobles goals. 

11:10 am – 5th Place Game -- NMH 5, Canterbury 3 -- Canterbury broke out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by senior Sean Murray. But Northfield came back, led by juniors Nick Gordon (1g,3a) and John Sucese (2g). Senior John Gallagher and sophomore Garrett McMullen each had a pair of assists. Junior Branden Komm kicked out 46 of 49 shots.

1:20 pm – 3rd Place Game -- Cushing 4, Culver 2 -- Junior goaltender Mike Reed kicked out 36 of 38 shots to lead the Penguins to a third place finish. Seniors Casey Brugman (1g,1a) and Neil Lavanchy )1g,1a) led the offense.

3:30 pm – Championship Game: Lawrence 3, Berkshire 2 (final) -- Senior Matt Walsh had an excellent game in goal and senior forward Steven Whitney (1g,2a) figured in all three Lawrence goals to lead the Spartans to a 3-2 win and the Watkins Tournament championship. The stake in Berkshire's heart came when, with the Bears on a full 5x3 power play and down by a goal, Whitney stole puck at offensive blue line for an unassisted shorthanded goal that put Lawrence up 2-0. In the second, senior Brendan Cottam put LA up 3-0, converting a great Whitney feed in front. Berkshire then got going with a couple, with junior Jake Goldberg and junior Keith Veronesi (on the power play) cutting the lead to 3-2 before the end of the period. There was no scoring in the third, though Whitney came close, rining one off the crossbar. Senior Zeke Testa was in goal for Berkshire today. 

All-Tournament Team:

Pomfret -- #19 Kevin Karales, Sr, F
Nobles -- #2 Gus Young, Jr. D
NMH -- #18 Nick Gordon, Jr. F
Canterbury -- #2 Chris Cerbino, Sr. F
Culver -- #15 Zach Sternberg, Sr. D
Culver -- #22 Brad McBride, Sr. F
Cushing -- #16 Casey Brugman, Sr. F
Cushing -- #17 Neil Lavanchy, Sr. F
Lawrence -- #4 Micah Williams, Sr. D
Lawrence -- #5 Wayne Simpson, Sr. F
Berkshire -- #9 Jake Goldberg, Jr. F
Berkshire -- #19 Justin Agosta, Sr. D

MVP: Lawrence senior goaltender Matt Walsh.

Note: We understand that coaches voting for these all-tournament teams like to highlight unsung players who had a strong tournament, but we still have a hard time with Lawrence forward Steven Whitney being totally left off the all-tournament team. We would have voted him the MVP. When you have a hand in all three goals in a championship game (including a big 5x3 SHG)... well, you get the point. Maybe they should have a Most Valuable Skater and a Most Valuable Goaltender. Including Walsh, three of the last four MVPs in the tournament have been goaltenders (the other two were John Muse three years ago and Jason Torf last year).


Tabor Tournament
at Marion, Mass. (Day 1 of 2)
Sat. Jan. 3 -- First Round

9:00 am – Milton 5, St. Sebastian’s 1 -- Senior Jay Haseley and sophomore George Pantazopolous each scored two goals for the Mustangs.

11:00 am – Tabor 2, Hill 2 (Tabor won shootout) -- Hill went ahead 2-0 on goals by junior Adam Lucosky and senior Brooks Potts; Tabor came back with goals from seniors Anthony Mezzagno and Eric Czapka. Tabor won the shootout, though.

1:00 pm – Governor’s 6, Tilton 3 -- Seniors Trevor Hines (2g) and Chris Menard (1g,1a), and sophomores Alex Gacek (1g,1a) and Greg Rooney (2a) each had two points for the Governors. Junior Cody Marquis (1g,1a) and senior Kris Brassard (2a) each had two points for the Rams. Junior Luke Montoni kicked out 23 of 26 for the win.

3:30 pm – St. Sebastian’s 3, Hill 0 -- Senior Jake Dagdigian had a goal and an assist, and juniors Tommy O'Regan and Ryan Coffey had single goals to lead the Arrows offense.

5:30 pm – Governor’s 7, Tabor 1 -- Sophomore Alex Gacek (1g,3a), junior Cody Ferriero (1g,1a), senior Chris Menard (1g,1a), and junior Jake Picking (1g,1a) led the Governor's attack.

7:30 pm – Milton 1, Tilton 1 (Milton wins shootout) -- PG Joey White scored for Tilton; senior Ryan Edwards scored for Milton. And Milton won the shootout.

Tomorrow's schedule: 

-- Sun. Jan. 4, 2009 Schedule at Tabor
Tabor Tournament at Marion, Mass. (Day 2 of 2)
10:00 am – Hill vs. Tilton 
12:00 pm – St. Sebastian's vs. Tabor 
2:00 pm – Championship Game: Governor's vs. Milton


Fri. Jan. 2, 2009 Tournament Results

Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy (Day 2 of 3)

9:00 am – Culver 7, Canterbury 4 (final) -- Culver, down 2-1 midway through the game, exploded for five goals in seven minutes en route to a 7-4 win over Canterbury. Senior Kit Sitterley (2g,1a), senior Bradley McBride (1g,2a), and junior Tieg Alward (1g,2a) led the way. Junior Matt Mahalak got the win in net. For Canterbury, junior Kevin Goumas (2g,1a) was the top gun.

11:10 am – Berkshire 3, Nobles 2 (final) -- Junior Keith Veronesi, senior defenseman Justin Agosta, and junior defenseman Dylan Pritchard (shorthanded) scored the Berkshire goals. Senior Zeke Testa got the win in net -- and also got the sole assist on Pritchard's SHG. For Nobles, freshman Andrew Doane and sophomore Billy Arnold scored the goals; junior Mark Hourihan had a pair of assists. If Berkshire can beat Canterbury this evening they will advance to the championship game Saturday.

1:20 pm – Lawrence 5, Pomfret 3 (final) -- With the win, Lawrence Academy clinched first place in their division. Lawrence got goals from freshman Jake Schechter, senior defenseman Andrew Haber, senior Steven Whitney, and senior Wayne Simpson (who actually had two, the latter an empty-netter).

3:30 pm – Cushing 4, Northfield-Mt. Hermon 4 (Cushing wins shootout, 2-1) -- When Cushing went up 4-1 midway through the second period, NMH head coach Tom Pratt called a timeout, rallied the troops, and, by the end of the period, the Hoggers had responded with three goals -- the last a breakaway effort by senior Matt Morin -- to tie the game at 4-4. After a scoreless third period and OT, a shootout was needed to decide things -- and Cushing took that, 2-1. Leading the NMH attack were sophomore Garrett McMullen (1g,1a), junior Nick Gordon (1g,1a), and junior John Sucese (2a). Seniors Neil Lavanchy (3a) and Casey Brugman (2g), and junior Brendan Cocklin (1g,1a) led the way for the Penguins.  

5:40 pm – Berkshire 7, Canterbury 1 -- Senior Andrew Flynn had a goal and four assists to lead Berkshire to a 7-1 win and a berth in tomorrow's championship game (3:30 pm) against Lawrence Academy. Sophomore Trevor Mingoia, senior Cam Miller, and juniors Kevin Sullivan, Jake Goldberg, and Keith Veronesi also scored one goal apiece. Junior Connor Wilson picked up the win in net. 

7:50 pm – Culver 4, Nobles 2 (final) -- This was a 1-1 game after two periods, with a Jared Lackey powerplay goal putting Nobles up in the first, and Culver's Tony Giacin answering in the second. Culver struck for two goals -- from Dominic Panetta and Kit Sitterley -- to go up 3-1 early in the third period. With 6:08 to go a Billy Arnold unassisted goal gave Nobles life, making it a one-goal game. However, a little over two minutes later, Sitterley scored on the power play for the final 4-2 margin of victory. Culver will meet Cushing in the third place game at 1:20 tomorrow. 

-- Tomorrow's Schedule
Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy (Day 3 of 3)
Championship Round
9:00 am – Fisher 4 (Pomfret) vs. Iorio 4 (Nobles)
11:10 am – Fisher 3 (NMH) vs. Iorio 3 (Canterbury)
1:20 pm – Fisher 2 (Cushing) vs. Iorio 2 (Culver)
3:30 pm – Championship Game: Fisher 1 (Lawrence) vs. Iorio 1 (Berkshire)

Round Robin Standings:
Fisher Division: 
1. Lawrence (3-0), 2. Cushing (2-1), 3. NMH (1-2), 4. Pomfret (0-3). 
Iorio Division: 1. Berkshire (3-0), 2. Culver Academy (2-1), 3. Canterbury (1-2), 4. Nobles (0-3).