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This Week's Schedule
Mon. Jan. 11

Holderness @ Tilton, 2:45 pm
Salisbury @ Taft, 4:15 pm
Gunnery @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm

Tues. Jan. 12
Morristown Beard @ Delbarton, 4:30 pm
Malden Catholic @ BC High, 7:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 13
Canterbury @ Choate, 2:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Groton, 3:00 pm
Tabor @ Cushing, 3:30 pm
Brewster Academy @ Kents Hill, 3:30 pm
Portledge School @ Lawrenceville, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Tilton, 3:45 pm
St. Mark's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Kimball Union @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ Holderness, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Middlesex, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Berkshire @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Brooks, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Williston-Northampton, 4:15 pm
Brunswick @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
Pingree @ Dexter, 4:30 pm
Milton @ St. Paul's, 4:45 pm
Governor's @ BB&N, 5:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon vs. South Kent, 5:00 pm (@ UMass)
Hebron @ Berwick, 5:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Hoosac, 5:00 pm
Deerfield @ Loomis-Chaffee, 5:00 pm
Red Bank Catholic @ CBA, 5:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Lawrence, 5:15 pm
Catholic Memorial @ Xaverian, 6:00 pm
Austin Prep @ St John's Prep, 7:30 pm

Thurs. Jan. 14
Malden Catholic @ Chelmsford HS, 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 15
Hoosac @ Berwick, 3:30 pm
Kimball Union @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Middlesex, 4:45 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Winchendon, 5:00 pm
Dexter @ New Hampton, 5:00 pm
Groton @ Pingree, 5:15 pm
St. George's @ Tabor, 5:45 pm
Worcester Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:15 pm
Deerfield @ Cushing, 6:30 pm
Brunswick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 7:00 pm
Rice Memorial @ South Kent, 7:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Hebron, 8:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 16
Thayer @ Lawrence, 12:00 pm
Tabor @ Kimball Union, 1:00 pm
St. Mark's @ BB&N, 1:30 pm
King-Low @ Portsmouth Abbey, 1:30 pm
St John's Prep @ Malden Catholic, 1:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Governor's, 2:00 pm
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 2:00 pm
Westminster @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Deerfield, 2:30 pm
Brewster Academy @ New Hampton, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Brunswick, 3:00 pm
Cushing @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
Hoosac @ Rye Country Day, 3:30 pm
Proctor @ Noble & Greenough, 3:30 pm
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 3:30 pm
Brooks @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm
Delbarton @ Seton Hall Prep, 3:45 pm
St. George's @ Groton, 3:45 pm
Millbrook @ Pomfret, 4:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm (new time, moved back from 2:30 pm)
Andover @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 5:00 pm
BC High @ Xaverian, 5:15 pm
Milton vs. South Kent, 5:30 pm (@ Trinity College)
Williston-Northampton @ Berkshire, 5:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Canterbury, 6:30 pm
Taft @ Choate, 7:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Holy Angels @ Catholic Memorial, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 17
Stanstead College @ Kents Hill, 12:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm
Needham HS @ BC High, 2:15 pm
Catholic Memorial @ LaSalle, 5:00 pm
Mon. Jan. 18
Chelmsford HS @ Xaverian, 3:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
NYA @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Gunnery @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm
Salisbury @ Choate, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Millbrook, 5:30 pm
Pomfret @ Avon Old Farms, 6:00 pm


A New #1 in USHR Prep Poll
The Gunnery, which edged previous #1 Kent 2-1 last Monday, has taken over the top spot in this week's USHR Prep Poll.

To be honest, though, this is more of a #1 and #1-A scenario. Each team has beaten the other once. However, Gunnery's win came more recently - and that's really about all that separates these two teams. Even subjectively, it's hard to say which team is better, mainly because they play such wildly divergent styles. Kent is a big, strong, grinding, highly-defensive team. Gunnery has a fleet of quick forwards. They can put up fearsome numbers against pretty much everyone except... Kent. Both teams are getting excellent goaltending.

Nobles and Belmont Hill are nipping at their heels - neither team has lost a game since the Christmas Tournaments.

And the last two times we saw Avon - against Kent on Jan. 16 and vs. Choate on Sat. - they've looked like the best team in prep hockey. Quick, aggressive, hard-working. The Winged Beavers need to keep playing like that to wipe away the damage of December, when they hosted their annual Xmas Tournament and laid an inexplicable egg.

Here's a team to watch this week: Dexter. They are 16-0-0 and host Pomfret (Wed.) and hit the road to Andover (Sat.). The following Saturday, Feb. 13, they face Tabor. If they win all three, things could become very interesting indeed.

Other teams not in the Top 10, but bubbling under, are Salisbury, Berkshire, and NMH.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Feb. 1, 2010


Sat. Jan. 30 Highlights
Kent 2 @ Westminster 0 - Recent Brown recruit Marco De Filippo stopped all 33 shots he faced for the shutout. Kent got the first of its two goals from Matt McDonald, who walked in off the right half wall and roofed one on Westy's Patrick Spano for an unassisted goal with two minutes left in the second. Early in the third, Noel Acciari, off the draw, pushed it to Drew Brown, who snapped one home from the slot. #6-ranked Westy outshot #1-ranked Kent 33-28 but, despite the shot totals, there were very few good scoring opportunities in this game - for either team. However, Kent did a good job recognizing chances when they arose, making quality shots that resulted in a couple of goals.

@ Avon Old Farms 4, Choate 1 -- #10-ranked Avon Old Farms outworked and outhustled #3 Choate from the opening faceoff, and Morgan Mullen put the Winged Beavers on the scoreboard a little over a minute into the game. Having set the tone, Avon added two more - from Quinn Smith and KJ Tiefenwerth -- before the end of the first. Connor Doyle added a goal midway through the second to make it 4-0. Choate began to pull together midway through the second, and got an Alex Hagen goal to make it 4-1. But the Wild Boars could get no closer.  Josh Dionne had another strong performance in the Avon net, kicking out 35 of 36. Avon is undefeated in their last seven games.

@ Cushing 1, Exeter 1 - A goaltenders' duel between Chad Hardy (38/39) and Max Fenkell (26/27) produced no winner.

@ Deerfield 5, Hotchkiss 3 - A resurgent Deerfield squad got goals from five different scorers. In net, Connor Riley kicked out 30 of 33 shots, besting Jay Williams (24/29).   

@ Salisbury 4, Berkshire 1 - Max Edson broke up a 1-1 tie with a pair of goals 38 seconds apart early in the third period. Gabe Antoni had 29 saves on 30 shots.

Belmont Hill 6 @ Berwick 1 -Mike McNamara (1g,2a), Devin Albert (2g), John Caldwell (1g,1a) and Nick Tierney (2a) paced the offense for #5-ranked Belmont Hill. Derek Metcalfe kicked out 22 of 23 shots for the win.

@ Delbarton 10, Fairfield Prep 2 - Yale recruit Kenny Agostino (5g) and Princeton recruit Michael Ambrosia (2g,4a) led Delbarton, now 15-0-0 on the season.

Holderness 7 @ New Hampton 6 - This game was actually 3-2 going into the third, whereupon each team scored four goals. Eric Rochefort (2g,1a) was the big gun for Holderness. And John Humphrey (2g,2a) had a big day for New Hampton.

St. Paul's 6 @ Lawrence 2 - Jonathan Liau had three goals (the last was an empty-netter) for St. Paul's. Derick Roy was strong in goal, stopping 35 of 37.

Andover 4 @ Loomis 1 - Eric Yoon kicked out 26 of 27 shots, Garnet Hathaway had a pair of assists, and goals came from four different scorers.

Milton 4 @ Thayer 0 - Sean Dougherty had a 25-save shutout for the Mustangs.

@ Taft 3, Trinity-Pawling 1 - Michael Petchonka stopped 13 of 14 shots, and the Rhinos got goals from three different scorers.

@ Dexter 3, Brooks 1 - Dexter got goals from three different scorers, outshot Brooks 54-11, and improved to 17-0-0. Brooks goaltender Tyler Stillings stopped 51 shots for the hard-luck loss.

Hebron 6 @ Brewster 4 - Drake Hart (2g), Nate Dupere (1g,1a), and Andrew Bettencourt (1g,1a) each had two points for the Lumberjacks. Brewster's Yegor Bezuglyy had a hat trick.

Rivers 7 @ Middlesex 6 (OT) - A Tom Manna goal at 2:29 of OT lifted Rivers to a 7-6 win at Middlesex. Mike Whouley and Connor Dempsey each had two goals for Rivers. Joe Pascucci had a pair for Middlesex.

@ BB&N 6, Worcester Academy 2 - Eric Danilchuk had a pair of goals for BB&N.

@ Williston-Northampton 7, Albany Academy 3 - Garrett Lessard (3g) and P.J. McCadden (1g,2a) led the Williston scorers.

Wed. Jan. 27 Highlights
Kent 3 @ Taft 1 - Marco De Filippo, who committed to Brown yesterday, stopped 25 of 26 shots to lead #1-ranked Kent to a 3-1 win at Taft.

Deerfield 2 @ Westminster 1 - Goaltender Connor Riley stopped 42 of 43 shots to lead the Big Green past #6-ranked Westminster. Deerfield now has a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). They also have pulled themselves up to the .500 mark (8-8-1).

Delbarton 6 @ Pomfret 3 - In a game played at Wesleyan University, Delbarton (14-0-0) rolled on with a 6-3 win over Pomfret. Kenny Agostino, back after playing a pair of games over the weekend with the U.S. Under-18 Team (while Delbarton was idle) had a hat trick and added an assist.

@ Kimball Union 1, Exeter 0 --  In a goaltender's battle, Martin Ouullette (30/30) bested Max Fenkell (29/30). Gabriel Veilleux scored the game's only goal, from Dennis Kravchenko, at 11:39 of the second. Exeter has now lost three in a row and seven of their last eight.

Gunnery 2 @ Salisbury 2 - A Kyle Hughes goal midway through the third lifted host Salisbury to a 2-2 tie with #2-ranked Gunnery, who are unbeaten in their last eight games.

@ Northfield-Mt. Hermon 6, Cushing 5 - #8-ranked Cushing held a 5-2 lead going into the third period but NMH exploded for four straight to nab the win. Nick Gordon (2g,2a) led the Hoggers' attack. Mike Conderman (2g,3a) and Conor Sheary (1g,4a) figured in all five of the Penguins goals. NMH now has six wins in their last seven games - and Cushing's winning streak was halted at five.

Noble & Greenough 4 @ St. Sebastian's 3 - With the help of a pair of goals from Kevin Hayes and a 31-save effort from Gene Lane, #4-ranked Nobles extended their winning streak to 11 games.

@ Belmont Hill 4, South Kent 1 - Brendan Fadden (2g,1a) and Brandon McNally (1g,2a) helped #5-ranked Belmont Hill extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1).

Dexter 5 @ St. George's 4 (OT) - A Mike Lopez goal at 1:43 of overtime - his second of the game - helped Dexter extend their record to 15-0-0.

@ Choate 7, Trinity-Pawling 1 --  Ben Foster (2g,1a), Joe Rausch (1g,2a), Dan Schuler (1g,2a), and Philippe Hudon (1g,1a) led the attack for the #3-ranked Wild Boars.

Berkshire 6 @ Hotchkiss 1 - Kevin Sullivan (2g,3a), Kyle Lockwood (2g,2a), and Jake Goldberg (4a) led the offense and Mitch Gillam kicked out 28 of 29 shots as the Bears topped the Bearcats.

@ Lawrence 5, Governor's 3 - Lawrence got goals from five different scorers and sent visiting Governor's to their fourth straight loss. Brian Ward had a couple goals for the Governors.

Avon Old Farms 9 @ Loomis-Chaffee 3 -- #10-ranked Avon extended their unbeaten streak to six games. Mike Pereira (2g,2a) and KJ Tiefenwerth (1g,3a) each had four points. Greg Gozzo had a hat trick. And defenseman Kyle Quick had three assists.

@ Kents Hill 5, NYA 3 - Tim Sullivan (3g,2a) figured in all five Kents Hill goals.

@ St. Paul's 3, Thayer 1 - Derick Roy stopped 27 of 28 to help St. Paul's move to the .500 mark (8-8-0).

Berwick 4 @ Proctor 2 - Berwick won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Nick Michaud (2g,1a) and Kevin Airoldi (2g,1a) each had three points and Alex Devine kicked out 36 of the 38 to pick up the win.

Winchendon 4 @ Andover 1 - John Palmieri stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced. Phil Arnone (1g,1a) had a couple points.

Holderness 6 @ Brewster Academy 6 - A Ridge Garbutt powerplay goal with 1:32 left in regulation lifted host Brewster to a 6-6 tie. Garbutt (3g,2a) had five points on the day. Brian Hart (2g,2a) and Spencer Montgomery (1g,2a) also had big days for Brewster. Derek Pimentel (3g,1a) and Eric Rochefort (3a) led the Holderness attack.

@ Tilton 3, New Hampton 1 - William Flachsbinder (24/25) led the Rams.

Brooks 7 @ Worcester Academy 6 (OT) - Host Worcester had a 4-2 lead early in the third but Brook scored five of the next seven - the last a Nick Galanos powerplay goal in OT - to knock off the Hilltoppers. It was Galanos' second goal of the game. Nick Potter (1g,4a) had a five-point game for Brooks. 

@ Christian Brothers 3, Seton Hall Prep 0 - CBA goaltender Zachery Dietrich posted an 18-save shutout in Gordon Conference action.

@ Brunswick 5, Hoosac 1 - Gryphon Richardson stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced to earn the win.

@ Williston-Northampton 3, Millbrook 1 - Kevin Kelly had two goals and Bobby Bowden kicked out 29 of 30 shots to lead Williston.

Hebron 10, Vermont Academy 2  -- Vladyslav Gavrik (4g,3a) had a seven-point day for Hebron.

Catholic Memorial 9, St. John's Prep 3 - In Catholic Conference action, TJ O'Brien, Chris Stathopoulos, and Derek Colucci each had two goals to lead CM (whose only two losses this season have come to St. Seb's and Delbarton).

Pingree 6 @ Portsmouth Abbey 2 - Kyle Lange had a hat trick and Conor Clement had a pair of goals to lead the Pingree offense. In net, Scott Caradonna earned the win, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Rivers 4 @ Roxbury Latin 3 - No details available on this one.



This Week's Schedule

Mon. Jan. 25
Avon Old Farms @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Kent @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:30 pm
Portledge @ The Hill School, 6:00 pm
BC High @ Reading H.S., 7:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 26
Proctor @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Christian Brothers @ Delbarton, 4:30 pm
Xaverian @ Malden Catholic, 6:00 pm

Wed. Jan. 27
Avon Old Farms @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:00 pm
Cushing @ Northfield-Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
Gunnery @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
New Hampton @ Tilton, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Berkshire @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Choate, 3:00 pm (not new start time)
Holderness @ Brewster Academy, 3:30 pm
Brooks @ Worcester Academy, 3:30 pm
Governor's @ Lawrence, 3:45 pm
Rivers @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Winchendon @ Andover, 4:00 pm
Exeter @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
Hebron vs. Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm (@ Phillips Exeter)
Lawrenceville @ Wyoming Seminary, 4:00 pm
Dexter @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Williston-Northampton, 4:15 pm
Delbarton @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm (@ Wesleyan University)
Thayer @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Deerfield @ Westminster, 4:30 pm
NYA @ Kents Hill, 4:30 pm
South Kent @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
Seton Hall Prep @ Christian Brothers, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ Proctor, 5:30 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ Gloucester Catholic, 6:00 pm
Pingree @ Portsmouth Abbey, 6:30 pm
Catholic Memorial @ St John's Prep, 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 29
Proctor @ Belmont Hill, 3:30 pm
Hamden School @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Rivers, 4:30 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ The Hill School, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Roxbury Latin, 5:00 pm
LaSalle College Prep @ Lawrenceville, 5:15 pm
Brewster Academy @ Pingree, 5:30 pm
Tilton @ Kimball Union, 6:00 pm
Winchendon @ Governor's, 7:00 pm
Hoosac @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Kingswood-Oxford, 7:30 pm
Seton Hall Prep @ Don Bosco Prep, 9:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 30
BC High @ Malden Catholic, 12:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ BB&N, 1:30 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Groton, 1:30 pm
Albany Academy @ Williston-Northampton, 2:00 pm
Holderness @ New Hampton, 2:00 pm
Milton @ Thayer, 2:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Andover @ Loomis-Chaffee, 3:00 pm
Cushing @ Exeter, 3:00 pm
Berkshire @ Salisbury, 3:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Berwick, 3:00 pm
Brooks @ Dexter, 3:00 pm
Kent @ Westminster, 3:00 pm
Northfield-Mt. Hermon @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Lawrence, 3:30 pm
Canterbury @ Pomfret, 4:00 pm
Rivers @ Middlesex, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Pingree, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Avon Old Farms, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Brewster Academy, 5:30 pm
Brunswick @ Harvey, 5:30 pm (cancelled)
Hotchkiss @ Deerfield, 6:00 pm
St John's Prep @ Matignon, 6:00 pm
Fairfield Prep (CT) @ Delbarton, 7:00 pm
Xaverian @ Catholic Memorial, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 31
Canterbury @ Winchendon, 1:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Millbrook, 2:00 pm
Northwood vs.South Kent, 3:00 pm (@ RPI)
Christian Brothers @ Middletown South, 4:15 pm
Red Bank Catholic @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm

Mon. Feb. 1
St John Vianney @ Christian Brothers, 3:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:30 pm
Salisbury @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Taft, 5:00 pm
Westminster @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
BB&N @ Lawrence, 5:15 pm
South Kent @ Choate, 5:30 pm
Harvey @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Malden Catholic @ Bishop Guertin, 6:00 pm
St John's Prep @ Framingham H.S., 7:00 pm


Playoff Race Taking Shape

The 2009 - 10 prep season is moving along quickly, with many NEPSIHA teams having passed the 15-game minimum, and many more soon to do so.  With that in mind, we feel it is time to publish the RPI standings to give teams a chance to get a rough idea as to where they stand in terms of making the playoffs. First, though, a few notes:

As not all of the teams have reached the 15-game mark, the data is still volatile, meaning the possibility of change is high, and making this a very early look into the possible playoff teams. Data is based on games submitted to USHR and is current through Saturday's games. 

The RPI represents the largest single component of the playoff formula, and changes with each NEPSIHA game played. The top eight teams in the RPI will not necessarily be the eight teams in the top tier of the NEPSIHA Championship Tournament. As you may know, the RPI is just one part of the playoff  formula.  That said, it's quite useful for gaining a feel for where teams stand. The statistical sample is plenty large enough for that.

Right now, we're going to concentrate on the top 16 teams, as measured by RPI. Those 16 teams include two former Div. II teams - Dexter and Berwick.

The mathematics suggests a top tier that looks like this:

1. Kent
2. Nobles, Gunnery, Cushing
3. Westminster, Choate, Dexter, Belmont Hill, KUA, Milton

We will be fairly surprised if any of these ten teams don't wind up finishing in the top 16, and be a team under consideration for the top tournament.

Concerning Dexter:  Dexter is currently seventh in the RPI and they have not lost or tied a game all season.  However, they are one of only seven teams whose opponents' average winning percentage is below .400. As of now, their opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (which accounts for 54% of RPI) is last among teams under consideration and ranks 49th in NEPSIHA. The fact that they are in the top eight puts them in an advantage position in the second part of the overall playoff formula, but in order to assure a playoff berth Dexter must maintain perfection (or something very close to it).  Their three games in February against Andover, Pomfret, and Tabor are must-win games if Dan Donato's boys hope to make the top tournament. When determining Dexter's strength through comparing mutual opponents, these three games will factor heavily.

The difference between teams in 16th and 17th place is a mere .008021.

These numbers are very fluid.  Naturally, each game between two NEPSIHA teams affects the standings in many ways, so each game matters.

For a detailed explanation of how the new playoff system works, please refer to the USHR News of 11/1/09.

Current RPI Leaders:

1. Kent, 2. Nobles, 3. Gunnery, 4. Cushing, 5. Westminster, 6. Choate, 7. Dexter, 8. Belmont Hill, 9. KUA, 10. Milton, 11. Berkshire, 12. Berwick, 13. Avon, 14. NMH, 15. Salisbury, 16. Andover, 17. Brewster, 18. Exeter, 19. Tabor, 20. Hotchkiss, 21. Proctor, 22. Taft, 23. Pomfret, 24. Deerfield, 25. St. George's, 26. Hoosac, 27. Canterbury, 28. St. Paul's, 29. South Kent, 30. BB&N, 31. Brunswick, 32. St. Sebastian's, 33. Lawrence, 34. Tilton, 35. Governor's, 36. Middlesex, 37. New Hampton, 38. Groton, 39. Hebron, 40. Vermont Academy, 41. Winchendon, 42. Williston, 43. Kents Hill, 44. Holderness, 45. Loomis, 46. T-P, 47. Millbrook, 48. Thayer, 49. Rivers, 50. Brooks.


Kent Holds Onto Top Spot in USHR Poll
Once again, Kent is the #1 team in the weekly USHR Prep Poll.

Two teams have gotten the heave-ho since last week: Salisbury, which fell to 7-5-2 after losses to Choate and Kent sandwiched around a win over T-P. And Berkshire, which beat Hotchkiss, but then lost to Choate and Avon. They're still a very respectable 12-6-0, but haven't yet found consistency.

Check out the poll and see which are the two new teams.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 25, 2010

Sat. Jan. 23 Highlights
@ Kent 2, Salisbury 1 - A Connor MacPhee goal at 8:54 of the second broke the 1-1 tie and improved #1 Kent to 14-1-0. Salisbury outshot Kent, 33-24. Marco De Filippo stopped 32 for Kent; Gabe Antoni had 22 saves for #4-ranked Salisbury.

@ St. Sebastian's 4, Governor's 3 (OT) - At 2:27 of OT, Tommy O'Regan, with assists from Ryan Coffey and Desmond Bergin, put this one in the win column for the Arrows.

Avon Old Farms 5 @ Berkshire 1 - Josh Dionne kicked out 37 of 38 shots to lead the Winged Beavers past #10-ranked Berkshire. Mike Pereira (2g,2a), Quinn Smith (1g,2a), and Kevin Tiefenwerth (1g,2a) led the way offensively.

Deerfield 3 @ Choate 3 - Deerfield, trailing #3-ranked Choate on the road by two goals entering the third, got a pair of goals - a SHG by Kevin Roy and an even-strength goal by Steven Victor - to earn a 3-3 tie. Choate outshot Deerfield 31-24 but Connor Riley came up with 28 saves for the Big Green. Joe Rausch had a pair of goals for Choate.

@ Brunswick 4, Hill 3 - Kevin Duane scored the game-winner with one second on the clock.

@ Millbrook 5, Winchendon 3 - Millbrook, trailing 2-0 late in the second, came back with five straight goals by five different scorers to top Winchendon. Jason San Antonio stopped 38 of 41 shots. Hugo Turcotte had a pair of goals for Winchendon.

@ Tilton 4, South Kent 2 - Max Balaban (1g,1a) and Justin Ducharme (1g,1a) led the Rams.

@ Vermont Academy 12, Portsmouth Abbey 1 - Pier-Andre Marquis had four goals, and Frederick Farmer had three.

@ St. Mark's 4, Pingree 2 - Aaron Rocha (2g,1a) and Eric Dolan (2g,1a) led the offense and Casey Harvey kicked out 42 of 44 shots.

@ Gunnery 8, Williston-Northampton 2 - Derek Army (2g,3a) had five points and defenseman Nick Luukko (1g,2a) had three to lead #2 Gunnery. Alex Vazzano kicked out 27 of 29 shots.

@ Westminster 9, Loomis-Chaffee 1 - Ryan Tyson (3g,2a) led #6 Westminster.

Hotchkiss 4, Exeter 3 - In a game played at UNH's Whittemore Center, Hotchkiss got goals from four different players. Jay Williams kicked out 20 of 23 to pick up the win.

Proctor 6 @ Lawrence 4 - Bruno Courchesne (3g) and Nik Tasiopoulos (4a) led Proctor. Michael Jamieson scored all four of Lawrence's goals.

Pomfret 2 @ Albany Academy 1 - Connor Quinn scored both of Pomfret's goals, and Sam Gifford kicked out 25 of 26 shots.

@ Northfield-Mt. Hermon 8, Lawrenceville 1 - NMH got goals from eight different scorers today.

Nobles 5 @ Andover 1 -- Matt Harlow (1g,2a), Kevin Hayes (1g,2a), and defenseman Gus Young (1g,2a) led #7 Nobles. Shots were 36-12 Nobles.

@ Brewster Academy 6, New Hampton 4 - Ridge Garbutt (3g,1a) and Brian Hart (2g,1a) led Brewster.

@ Trinity-Pawling 8, Kingswood-Oxford 0 - Mike MacDonald (2g,1a), Brendan MacDonald (1g,3a), and Gabriel Cromp (2g) led the way for T-P.

@ Groton 6, Middlesex 2 - Nils Martin (2g,2a) and Mike Doherty (2g) put up some points and Dale Adams (25 saves) held down the fort.

@ Hoosac 9, Harvey 0 - Francis Germain and Chris Pirocacos each had two goals for the Owls.


Wed. Jan. 20 Highlights
Choate 6 @ Berkshire 3 -- #3-ranked Choate got goals from six different scorers. Kevin Sullivan (1g,2a) figured in all three Berkshire goals.

Kent 4 @ Hotchkiss 2 -- #1 Kent improves to 13-1-0. Noel Acciari (2g) and Drew Brown (3a) led the Kent attack. Between the pipes, Kent's Marco De Filippo (36 saves) bested Jay Williams (32 saves).

Taft 9 @ Loomis 2 - Aidan Cavallini (2g,1a), Will Einstein (2g,1a) and defenseman Thomas Freyre (1g,3a) led the Rhinos.

@ Gunnery 7, Millbrook 2 - Shane Gorman (2g,1a) and Terrence Wallin led the way for #2 Gunnery.

Milton 8 @ Lawrence Academy 1 - Woody Hudson and Sean Okita each had a pair of goals for #9-ranked Milton.

Nobles 3 @ St. Paul's 0 - Gene Lane earned the shutout, stopping all 30 shots he faced while Mark Hourihan (2g), Kevin Hayes (1g,1a), and Matt Harlow (2a) led the offense for #7 Noble & Greenough. For St. Paul's, Derick Roy kicked out 40 of 43 in a losing cause.

Avon Old Farms 7 @ NMH 5 - Cam Hatch (2g), Quinn Smith (2g), and Mike Pereira (1g,2a) led the way for the Winged Beavers. But the offensive star of the day was Hoggers' freshman forward Austin Cangelosi (3g,1a), who figured in four of his team's five goals.

@ Andover 6, St. Sebastian's 3 - Linemates Garnet Hathaway (2g,2a) and Brian Safstrom (2g,2a), and defenseman Bennett Carroccio (4a) led the attack for Andover.

@ Tabor 3, Exeter 2 - Tim Coffey (2g), Tim Shea (1g,1a), and Cam Spiro (2a) led the Seawolves' offense. Goaltender Robbie Kang stopped 26 of 28 for Tabor. Max Fenkell stopped 30 of 33 for Exeter.

@ Cushing 3, Thayer 0 - Chad Hardy picked up the shutout, stopping all 19 shots he faced. Mike Conderman, Conor Sheary, and RJ Boyd were the Penguin goal scorers. Cushing outshot Thayer 38-19.

Salisbury 5 @ Trinity-Pawling 1 - Jon-Paul Durso (2g), Gunnar Hughes (1g,1a), and Kyle Armstrong (2a) led #4 Salisbury's attack. Jon Gillies stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

Westminster 6 @ Canterbury 3 -- #6-ranked Westminster got goals from six different scorers in this one.

South Kent 3 @ Williston-Northampton 2 - South Kent got goals from three different scorers. Rasmus Reijola stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced.

@ Pomfret 7, Winchendon 4 - Danny Palumbo (3g,1a), Ray Zeek (3g), and Garrett White (1g,3a) led the way for Pomfret. Hugo Turcotte had a pair of goals for Winchendon.

@ Brewster 3, Tilton 0 - Brian Hart had a pair of goals and Carl Maltais-Beland stopped all 30 shots he faced.

@ Dexter 4, Groton 1 - Dexter improved to 14-0-0 behind a 23-save shutout by Kevin Green. Four different players scored one goal apiece for Dexter.

Hebron 6 @ Bridgton 1 - Vladyslav Gavrik (3g) and Andrew Bettencourt (2g,1a) each had three points for the Lumberjacks. Anthony Avitable stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced, earning the win.

@ New Hampton 7, Berwick 2 - Connor Gorman (3g) and Ryan Arsenault (2g,1a) were the big guns today for New Hampton. In net, Sean Mahoney stopped 28 of 30 shots.

@ Proctor 3, Rivers 2 - A third period shorthanded goal by Connor Toomey was the difference in this one. Proctor goalie Paul DeSilva stopped 29 of 31. His counterpart in the Rivers' net, Tim Corey, stopped 50 of 53 in a losing cause.

Middlesex 5 @ Roxbury Latin 4 - Carl Hesler (3g,1a) figured in four of Middlesex's five goals. For Roxbury Latin, Michael Shepard (2g,1a) and Danny Regan (2g,1a) keyed the offense.

Deerfield 4 @ Kimball Union 3 -- Deerfield, trailing #8-ranked KUA 3-1 early in the second period, responded with three unanswered goals, by Kevin Roy, Tucker Dayton, and Steven Victor. In the Deerfield net, Connor Riley sopped 26 of 29 shots to earn the win.

Christian Brothers 4, St. Augustine Prep 0 - In New Jersey Gordon Conference action,  Tim Clifton (2g,2a) figured in all four goals. Freshman D Connor Clifton (1g,2a) had a big game, too. Zachary Dietrich stopped all 27 shots he faced, earning the win.

This Week's Schedule
Mon. Jan. 18
Chelmsford HS @ Xaverian, 3:00 pm
Bergen Catholic @ Delbarton, 3:30 pm
Gunnery @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Berkshire, 4:45 pm
Salisbury @ Choate, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Millbrook, 5:30 pm
Pomfret @ Avon Old Farms, 6:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 19
Westminster @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ BC High, 7:30 pm

Wed. Jan. 20
Westminster @ Canterbury, 2:30 pm
Exeter @ Tabor, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Loomis-Chaffee, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Andover, 3:15 pm
St. Mark's @ Worcester Academy, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Middlebury College JV, 3:30 pm
Middlesex @ Roxbury Latin, 3:45 pm
Milton @ Lawrence, 3:45 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Gunnery, 4:00 pm
Deerfield @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Salisbury @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Berwick @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Bridgton Academy, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ NSA, 4:00 pm
Groton @ Dexter, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ Cushing, 4:30 pm
Winchendon @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Tilton @ Brewster Academy, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Paul's, 4:45 pm
South Kent @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
St Augustine @ CBA, 5:00 pm
Bishop Eustace @ Hill School, 5:00 pm
Delbarton @ Gloucester Catholic, 6:15 pm
Connecticut Chiefs @ Portsmouth Abbey, 7:00 pm
Xaverian @ St John's Prep, 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 22
Roxbury Latin @ Pingree, 3:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Brewster Academy @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Andover @ Thayer, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ NYA, 5:00 pm
Rivers @ Dexter, 5:00 pm
Milton @ Groton, 5:00 pm
Cushing @ Governor's, 6:00 pm
Lawrence @ Noble & Greenough, 6:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Trinity-Pawling, 7:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Brunswick, 7:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ BC High, 7:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 23
Kents Hill @ Rye Country Day, 1:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 2:00 pm
Middlesex @ Groton, 2:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Kent, 2:30 pm
BC High @ St John's Prep, 2:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm
Proctor @ Lawrence, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ St. Mark's, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Brewster Academy, 3:45 pm
Canterbury @ Taft, 4:00 pm
Hotchkiss vs. Exeter, 4:00 pm (at UNH)
Governor's @ St. Sebastian's, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm
NYA @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Hill School @ Brunswick, 4:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Andover, 4:45 pm
Winchendon @ Millbrook, 5:00 pm
Holderness @ Hebron, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Vermont Academy, 5:00 pm
Malden Catholic @ Catholic Memorial, 5:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Westminster, 6:00 pm
South Kent @ Tilton, 7:00 pm
Deerfield @ Choate, 7:00 pm
Harvey @ Hoosac, 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 24
South Kent @ Cushing, 1:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Taft, 1:00 pm
Gunnery @ Albany Academy, 2:00 pm
St. Peter's Prep @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm

Mon. Jan. 25
Avon Old Farms @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Millbrook @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Kent @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:30 pm
Portledge @ Hill School, 6:00 pm
BC High @ Reading H.S., 7:00 pm

Kent Remains #1 in USHR Prep Poll
The Kent School, despite losing their first of the year yesterday at Avon Old Farms, remains at the top of this week's USHR Prep Poll.

Only one team was bounced out this week: Andover.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 18, 2009

Sat. Jan. 16 Highlights
-- Avon Hands #1 Kent Their First Loss

Avon, Conn. - Unranked Avon outhustled and outplayed previously undefeated Kent, skating off with a convincing 4-1 win here today in a performance that suggested there just might be one more player in the Founders' League race before all is said and done.

The pace to this game was fast, making it one of the better prep games we've seen this year. And it was Avon, which has excellent team speed, that dictated the tempo from start to finish.

Avon went up early, as senior Kevin Tiefenwerth snapped one from the slot at the 9:39 mark, beating Kent senior goaltender Matt Madrazo low stick side. Kent, however, came back several minutes later on the power play, with junior Drew Brown taking a nice pass from senior Dave Dupuis, and, from the corner of the crease, sweeping it past Avon goaltender Josh Dionne to tie the game at 1-1.

In the second, Avon took a 2-1 lead when junior forward George Welles, forechecking aggressively, stripped the puck from Kent defenseman Mark Higgins and tucked it past a surprised Madrazo at the 8:27 mark.

Avon went up 3-1 on a 5x3 power play when senior Quinn Smith converted a nice pass in the low slot from Colin Sullivan at 11:53 mark.

With the two-goal lead, Avon increased the pressure, and there was great up-and-down action for the remainder of the second. In the final couple of minutes, Avon was swarming all over Kent.

In the third, Avon didn't sit back. They took away space from Kent, using their speed to jump on guys as soon as they touched the puck, giving Kent no time to set up and get much in the way of quality shots. 

Quinn Smith added his second goal of the day, an empty-netter, with 49 seconds remaining. For the record, the Tiefenwerth-Smith-Mike Pereira line figured in three of Avon's four goals. It may have been the best game we've seen Tiefenwerth play in his Avon career. Sophomore defenseman Colin Sullivan had a couple of assists for the Winged Beavers. Senior right shot defenseman Patrick MacGregor had a strong game throughout. And Dionne made the saves he had to make. Avon outshot Kent 34-24.

Afterwards, Kent coach Matt Herr said, "I thought it was a good hockey game. Big hits. Nice goals. It was a good game between two very good teams. We're a team that maybe needed something like this to keep our edge. I hope our guys take something from this game and regroup. Avon played very well, just great defensive hockey."

Avon head coach John Gardner said, "I thought we played well defensively. We didn't give up a lot of odd-man rushes. In the third period, we really limited their scoring opportunities. I think they only had six shots all period. I also thought we effectively used our speed to draw penalties. The word is that we're fast but soft. I think if they buy into the defensive end of things, they'll see good things happen. Hopefully, we can build on this win and realize what the recipe for winning hockey is."

Avon and Kent do not meet again in the regular season. They previously met on Dec. 18, in the Avon Christmas Classic. Kent won that one, 3-1.

In other action today:

@ Exeter 2, Andover 1 (OT) - An OT goal by Nate Morgan lifted Exeter to a 2-1 win over archrival Andover. Max Fenkell kicked out 34 of 35 for the win. In the Andover net, Eric Yoon stopped 40 of 42 shots. The two teams meet again on the last Saturday of the regular season.

Belmont Hill 8 @ Governor's 4 - Gov's was up 4-3 early in the second, but #6-ranked Belmont Hill came back with a vengeance, scoring five unanswered goals. Brandon McNally (2g,2a) led the attack. Six of Bel Hill's goals came on the power play.

@ Choate 4, Taft 2 - Dan Schuler had a pair of goals and Nick BonDurant stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead the #5-ranked Wild Boars.

@ Nobles 4, Proctor 3 (OT) - Andrew Doane scored three goals, the last in overtime, to lead #8-ranked Nobles.

@ Canterbury 7, Albany Academy 1 - Alan Endres stopped 21 of 22 shots and Nicolas Angelo notched a pair of goals to lead the Saints.

@ Deerfield 5, Trinity-Pawling 3 - Alex Ward (2g) and Matthew Doyle (4a) led the Big Green attack. Mike McDonald had a pair of goals for T-P.

@ NMH 5, Holderness 1 - Andrew Bonazza (2g,1a) led the Hoggers' attack. Branden Komm kicked out 20 of 21 shots.

Hotchkiss 4 @ Loomis 1 - Mike Borge (2g,1a) and Petr Placek (1g,1a) led the Bearcats attack, and Jay Williams stopped 21 of 22 shots.

@ St. Paul's 3, St. Sebastian's 1 - Josh Dickman had a pair of goals and Derick Roy stopped 35 of 36 shots.

@ Kimball Union 4, Tabor 1 - Peter LaFosse had a pair of goals and Dennis Kravchenko had three assists for the #9-ranked Wildcats. Martin Ouellette picked up the win, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced.

@ Lawrence 7, Thayer 3 - Devin Tringale had a hat trick.

Cushing 6 @ Tilton 4 - Conor Sheary (2g,2a) and Mike Conderman (2g,1a) led the Penguins' attack. Anthony Flaherty (2g,1a) figured in three of Tilton's four goals.

@ Salisbury 5, Westminster 3 --  Kyle Hughes (1g,2a) and Kyle Armstrong (2g) led the attack for #4-ranked Salisbury.

St. George's 3 @ Groton 1 - Paul Roche kicked out 33 of 34 shots to lead the Dragons to a road win. Penn Sednaoui scored the game-winner and also added an empty-netter.

@ Gunnery 10, Winchendon 2 - #2-ranked Gunnery avenged last week's 1-0 blanking at Winchendon with a ten-goal onslaught. Shane Gorman and Danny Divis each had a pair of goals. Alex Vazzano stopped 32 of 34 shots.

Brooks 7 @ Roxbury Latin 0 - Brendan McDonough (3g,1a), Nick Potter (1g,2a), and Nick Galanos (4a) led the Brooks attack. Tyler Stillings stopped all 20 shots he faced.

Brewster 5 @ New Hampton 2 - Ridge Garbutt (2g,1a) led the Brewster offense, and Carl Maltais-Beland stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced to pick up the win.

@ BB&N 9, St. Mark's 2 - Eric Danilchuk (2g,2a), Jack Bartlett (1g,4a), and Greg Tang (1g,3a) led the Knights.

@ Brunswick 7, Vermont Academy 2 - John Kelly (2g), Tommy Dwyer (1g,1a) and Nick Trepp (1g,1a) led Brunswick's scorers. In net, Gryphon Richardson stopped 28 of 30 shots.

Hill 4 @ Lawrenceville 3 - Marcello DeAngelis had a pair of goals and Steve Messina had 30 saves to lead the Hill. Keith Campbell had a pair of goals for L'ville.

South Kent 4, Milton 2 - In a game played at Trinity College, Matt Chartrain had a pair of goals to lead South Kent as they came back from a 2-1 second-period deficit. Joe Tebano and Ian Fleming had single goals for South Kent. #7-ranked Milton got goals from Jonathan Mleczko and Michael Megnia. Sam Locke was in net for South Kent; Sean Dougherty for Milton. Shots were even at 25-25.

@ Catholic Memorial 4, Holy Angels 2 - Marc Hetnik scored a pair of goals to lead the Knights past Holy Angels HS (Richfield, Minn.)

Hoosac 8 @ Rye Country Day 3 - Attila Pavuk had a hat trick to lead the Owls.

@ Hebron 11, Kents Hill 0 -- Vladyslav Gavrik, Andrew Bettencourt, and Robert DiSorbo each had a pair of goals for Hebron. Colin Taylor stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout win.


Wed. Jan. 13 Highlights

@ Westminster 2, Taft 0 --  Patrick Spano kicked out all 25 shots he faced in leading #3-ranked Westminster to a 2-0 shutout of Taft. Ryan Tyson put Westy up 1-0 on a first period power play goal, walking out of the corner and roofing one on Henri Pitkanen at 10:43 of the first. In the second a shot from the left point by Alex Pascal deflected in off a Taft defender to make it 2-0. Taft, which had defeated Salisbury 4-1 on Monday, was flat today and totally unable to take advantage of a five-minute power play in the second (Westy centerman Daniel Hnatko will be missing his team's next game due to a hit from behind) and nearly two full minutes of a 5-on-3 to start the third. "That's about as bad a game as we can play," Taft head coach Dan Murphy said afterward. Westminster head coach Tim Joncas was happy with his team's effort. "I thought it was at a high level," he said. "It had to be vs. Taft."

Northfield-Mr. Hermon 6, South Kent 1 (@UMass) - Sean Cirbus and freshman Austin Cangelosi each had two goals. Branden Komm stopped 30 of 31 shots.

Kimball Union 5 @ Exeter 3 - Ryan Cole had two goals and Martin Ouellette stopped 24 of 27 for #9-ranked KUA. Exeter's losing streak is now at four games.

Hotchkiss 5 @ Avon Old Farms 4 (OT) - A Matt Coleman overtime goal lifted Hotchkiss to a 5-4 road win at Avon. Hotchkiss was down 3-1 late in the second and 4-2 early in the third before rallying with three unanswered goals. Big Castan Sommer, the son of Worcester Sharks (AHL) head coach Roy Sommer, had two goals and an assist for Hotchkiss.

@ Choate 3, Canterbury 2 -- #5-ranked Choate, down 2-1 entering the third, rallied with goals from Will Laverack and Joe Rausch. Dan Rivellini kicked out 23 of 25 in the Wild Boars' net.

@ Middlesex 2, Portsmouth Abbey 0 - Zach Arnold stopped all 39 shots he faced.

Brunswick 2 @ Millbrook 2 - With goalie Tim Cooney pulled for the extra attacker, Matt Job scored with 45 seconds lift to lift host Millbrook to a 2-2 tie.

Brewster 2 @ Kents Hill 1 - A Ridge Garbutt third period goal lifted Brewster to a 2-1 win at Kents Hill. Andrew Marks got the win in net, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced.

Pomfret 3 @ Williston-Northampton 3 - A Garrett White goal gave Pomfret the 3-3 tie. Steve Mollo (1g,2a) figured in all three Williston goals.

St. George's 7 @ Brooks 2 - Mike Violette (2g,2a) and Garret Sider (2g,1a) led the Dragons' attack.

Berkshire 6 @ Albany Academy 4 - Kevin Sullivan had a hat trick and added an assist. Jake Goldberg had three points (1g,2a).

Governor's 7 @ BB&N 2 - Drew Tallett (1g,3a), Brett Riley (1g,2a), and Brian Ward (2g) led the Governor's offense.

Winchendon 3 @ Holderness 3 - A third period power play goal by Jean-Philippe Tardif lifted host Holderness to the tie. Winchendon outshot Holderness, 57-29 in this game. Junior Colby Drost had 54 saves for Holderness.

@ Kent 6, Trinity-Pawling 2 -- #1-ranked Kent School got a hat trick from Ryan Rosenthal to remain undefeated.

Belmont Hill 2 @ Thayer 1 - The youngsters ruled the day for #6-ranked Belmont Hill. Soph Jimmy Vesey had a goal and an assist, and freshman Matt Grzelcyk had a power play goal for the game-winner. Sophomore David Cunningham got the win in the Belmont Hill net.

Proctor 6 @ New Hampton 4 - Connor Toomey (2g,3a) figured in five of the six Proctor goals. Jon Felteau (2g,1a) also had a big day for the Hornets.

Andover 3 @ Tilton 1 - Eric Yoon stopped 17 of 18 shots for #10-ranked Andover.

Milton 5 @ St. Paul's 1 - Michael Megnia had two goals and Sean Dougherty stopped 28 of 29 shots for the #7-ranked Mustangs.

Tabor 5 @ Cushing 5 -- An RJ Boyd goal with the goalie pulled, the extra attacker on, and 18 seconds on the clock lifted host Cushing to a 5-5 tie with Tabor.

Vermont Academy 4 @ Groton 2 - Vermont, trailing Groton 2-1 early in the third period, got three unanswered goals to pull out the road win. Frederick Farmer had two goals for Vermont, and Sam Brown stopped 34 of 36 shots to earn the win.

@ Hoosac 5, Kingswood-Oxford 3 - Zachery Cappelli scored two first period goals for Hoosac as the Owls rolled to a 5-3 win.

@ Dexter 5, Pingree 0 - Mike Lopez (1g,2a), Nick Bligh (1g,2a) and Pat Curtis (1g,2a) each had three points for undefeated Dexter.

St. Mark's 4 @ Roxbury Latin 2 - Scott MacDougall (1g,2a), Matt Heise (1g,2a), and Brett Lawson (1g,1a) led the way for St. Mark's.

@ Berwick 4, Hebron 3 (OT) --  A Nick Michaud overtime goal gave Berwick the win. Berwick goaltender Alex Devine stopped 37 of 40 shots.

Undefeated Kent #1 in USHR Prep Poll
The Kent School, undefeated at 10-0-0, is again #1 in the USHR Prep Poll.

Bounced out this week: Cushing and Exeter.

Taking up residence: Belmont Hill and Nobles.

On the outside looking in: Berkshire.

There are a couple Monday games to keep an eye on: 

Salisbury at Taft (4:15 pm). This might be a good day for Taft to make a statement. With guys like Corbin McGuire, Sean McGovern, Aidan Cavallini et al the Rhinos have some offensive flair.

Gunnery at Hotchkiss (4:45 pm). It takes great goaltending to stop Gunnery's waterbugs. This could be a good test for Hotchkiss's Jay Williams.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 11, 2010

Hagen Hat Trick Leads Choate
Allston, Mass. - Choate junior RW Alex Hagen notched a hat trick in leading Choate to a 5-2 win over Exeter in a game played at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center this afternoon.

The win capped a successful two-game road trip for Choate, winners at Andover Saturday, and Hagen, who had a six-point weekend. For Exeter, it was their third straight loss.

Both teams came out flat, but Choate picked it up halfway through the period, and shortly thereafter Hagen poked home the rebound of a Mike Doyle point shot to put the Wild Boars on the board. Choate added two more in the second, the first when junior Kyle Criscuolo used his speed to cut across the slot and drop a pass for Hagen, who beat Exeter's Max Fenkell top corner with a shot from the left faceoff circle. Choate went up 3-0 when Criscuolo finished off a nifty passing sequence with linemates Adam Patel and Hagen.

In the third, with Choate's Doyle off for boarding at the 7:49 mark, Exeter went on the power play. Exeter head coach Dana Barbin pulling Fenkell to make it a 5x3. And it took all of seven seconds to work, as Brian Saling tipped home a Brendan Cosgrove shot from the left point to cut the lead to 3-1.

However, Choate got it back less than two minutes later when Ben Foster found Will Laverack alone in the slot, and Laverack beat Fenkell with a low shot to make it 4-1.

Exeter senior Josh Richards beat Choate goaltender Nick BonDurant with a high wrister from the left faceoff circle with 3:56 left to cut it to 4-2. That was as close as Exeter would get.

Hagen almost had his hat trick when he hit the cross bar with 1:44 left. No matter, though, for less than twelve seconds later, Criscuolo had the puck behind the net and hit Hagen, flying down the slot, with a perfect pass. Hagen fired it past Fenkell for his hat trick and the goal that made it 5-2.

"We came up here and we played two very good teams and came out of it with two W's," said Choate head coach Patrick Dennehy. "Our strength is our speed and we played with poise. The Hagen-Patel-Criscuolo line was terrific."

Exeter head coach Dana Barbin wasn't letting the three-game losing streak get him down.  "I have a good group of guys," he said. "Even after this tough weekend they'll show up for the next game. Pat has a good group over there. I thought they were hungry and really had a passion to finish off plays. When they had the chances they buried the sucker."  


Speedy Choate forward Dan Linell is out with mono, but could be back next weekend.

-- Stanstead, Que.
- Stanstead College won their tournament today, defeating Appleby College, 3-2 on a third period goal by Marc-Olivier Sauriol.

Here are today's other results:

Third Place Game: Upper Canada College 6, College Sainte-Foy 5
Fifth Place Game:
Hoosac 7, Pro Action 4
Seventh Place Game: Northwood Midgets 7, Ontario Hockey Academy 4

Tournament All-Stars:

Northwood -- Alex Conroy-Terrance
OHA -- Dominic Boyle
Pro Action -- Ryan Culkin
Hoosac -- Attila Pavuk
Upper Canada -- Andrew Morrison
Appleby -- Mitch McMullin
Sainte-Foy -- Emile Perrault
Stanstead College --Marc-Olivier-Sauriol

Best Goalie: Alex Pike, Appleby
Best Forward: Matthew Robertson, Stanstead
Best Defenseman: Samuel Labrecque, Stanstead


Sat. Jan. 9 Highlights
@ Winchendon 1, Gunnery 0 -- #2-ranked Gunnery was blanked by Winchendon senior goalie Simon Brandt, who kicked out all 43 shots he faced. For Gunnery, Alex Vazzano had 36 saves. Only Jon Baldwin, at 5:35 of the second, was able to solve him.

Berkshire 13 @ Williston 3 - Brown recruit Jake Goldberg notched his second consecutive five-goal game. On Wednesday, in Berkshire's 12-2 win over South Kent, Goldberg also had five goals. In each game, he also added an assist, giving himself 12 points over the last two games.

Taft 4 @ Avon Old Farms 4 - Avon had a 3-1 lead seven minutes into the third period,  but Taft came back with three goals in less than two minutes to grab a 4-3 lead. However, with 2:05 left in regulation, UMass recruit Mike Pereira notched the tying goal for the Winged Beavers.

St. Paul's 8 @ Exeter 1 - St. Paul's came down to Exeter and lit up Colgate recruit Max Fenkell. Josh Dickman (2g), Brendon Bourgea (2g), Christopher Finch (1g,2a) and Luke Sisler (3a) lead the way for St. Paul's. Derick Roy kicked out 34 of 35 shots for the win.

@ BB&N 7, Rivers 3 - Brown recruit Greg Tang had a hat trick and two assists.

NMH 4 @ Proctor 2 - Branden Komm kicked out 36 of 38 shots to lead the Hoggers.

@ Brunswick 5, Rye Country Day 1 -- Tommy Dwyer had a hat trick.

Groton 5 @ Brooks 2 - Nils Martin had a hat trick for Groton.

@ Noble & Greenough 3, Thayer 1 --  Andrew Doane and Nick Raffone each had two points and Gene Lane kicked out 20 of 21 shots.

@ Milton 9, Lawrence 4 - Dan Doherty (1g,3a) and George Pantazopolous (1g,3a) each had four points.

@ Kimball Union 3, Cushing 2 - Dennis Kravchenko (1g,1a) and Ryan Cole (1g,1a) each had two points for the Wildcats. Conor Sheary had a pair of goals for Cushing.

Choate 6 @ Andover 3 - Junior Alex Hagen had three points (1g,2a) for the Wild Boars. Senior Trevor Braun and freshman Eddie Ellis each figured in all of Andover's goals. Choate outshot Andover 31-13.

NYA 4 @ Portsmouth Abbey 2 - NYA, down 2-0 in the second, roared back with four unanswered goals.

@ Salisbury 3, Deerfield 1 - On the day their new rink and athletic center was dedicated, Salisbury got a 22-save effort from junior Gabe Antoni and goals from three different scorers.

Westminster 4 @ Trinity-Pawling 3 - Ryan Tyson had a goal and an assist for the Martlets. Mark Maraschiello had two goals for T-P. Junior Nick Thompson stopped 32 of 35 shots for the win.

@ Kent 3, Loomis 0 - #1-ranked Kent scored one goal in each period and Matt Madrazo stopped all 15 shots he faced. Loomis junior goaltender Steve Michalek deserves a high-five and a pillow to rest his head on: he stopped 62 of 65 shots in a losing cause.

New Hampton 6 @ Kents Hill 2 -- New Hampton got goals from six different scorers and Michael Vaughan stopped 19 of 21 shots for the win.

St. George's 10 @ St. Mark's 4 -- Penn Sedanoui (3g,2a), Mike Violette (1g,6a) and Garrett Sider (2g,4a) led the attack.

Wed. Jan. 6 Highlights
-- @ Kent 4, Westminster 0 -- #1-ranked Kent got goals from four different scorers and a 28-save shutout from Marco De Filippo in a big win over #3-ranked Westminster.

-- @ Taft 2, Lawrenceville 1 - Bo Redpath stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Taft net; Nick Jasset stopped 34 of 36 for L'ville. Peter Mistretta and Alec Root scored the Rhinos' goals.

-- Berkshire 12 @ South Kent 3 - Jake Goldberg scored five goals. Kevin Sullivan, Kyle Lockwood, Trevor Mingoia, Keith Veronesi, and Mike Singsigalli also had big nights.

-- Governor's 1 @ Exeter 0 - Rory Burke (20/20) outdueled Max Fenkell (22/23) in a goaltender's battle. Nathan Ferriero got the game's only goal.

-- @ Loomis-Chaffee 3, Brunswick 1 - Steve Michalek kicked out 37 of 38 shots to lead the Pelicans.

-- Stanstead College 4 @ NMH 4 - Stanstead got a pair of late goals to tie up NMH on the road. Earlier, Elric Boisvert scored a pair for Stanstead.

-- Cushing 5 @ Brewster 2 - Mike Conderman had the hat trick for the Penguins.

-- @ Canterbury 6, Williston 4 - Joseph Agliato scored a natural hat trick for Canterbury. Garrett Lessard (2g,1a) was Williston's big gun.

-- Dexter 5 @ St. Mark's 2 - Cam Darcy had a pair of goals for Dexter, and Matt Heise scored both St. Mark's goals. Dexter enjoyed a 50-9 edge in shots.

-- St. George's 6 @ BB&N 5 (OT) - A Jake Shimmel overtime goal lifted St. George's to a road win. The Dragons also got  key contributions from forward Michael Violette (2g,1a) and goaltender Paul Roche (43/48). Jack Bartlett (2g,1a) and Eric Danilchuk (1g,2a) each had three points for BB&N.

-- @ New Hampton 2, Hebron 1 - Michael Vaughan stopped 30 of 31 shots to lead New Hampton. Ricky Boudrow scored the game-winner.

-- Andover 6 @ Proctor 4 - Garnet Hathaway (2g,1a) led #9 Andover to the road win.


Belmont Hill Stages Furious
Fenway Comeback

Fenway Park, Boston -- Belmont Hill scored four goals in exactly six minutes -- the capper being John Caldwell's goal nine seconds into overtime -- to finish off a wild come-from-behind effort, skating off with a 6-5 overtime win in the first-ever official prep hockey game at Fenway Park.

The game-tying goal was equally dramatic, as it came with the goalie pulled and five seconds left in regulation. There was a scramble in front, a couple players took whacks at the puck, but Belmont Hill's Mike McNamara, who also scored in the first period, got wood on it, and knocked it past St. Seb's goaltender Don McGuirl.

Earlier, things were looking very good for St. Seb's, as they had, with the help of a couple goals from junior D Desmond Bergin, built a 5-2 lead by the time the game's only ice cut was made at precisely 9:15 pm. (There was a minute or two left in the second period at the time.) 

And the Arrows, despite Bel Hill picking it up in the third, held that three-goal lead until 5:51 remained in regulation, when Brandon McNally scored to make it a 5-3 game. The goal seemed to give Belmont Hill life.

Just 1:15 later, with the Arrows' Mike Ewing in the box, Brendan Fadden scored his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 5-4.

Then, as we mentioned, Mike McNamara tied it at 5-5 with five seconds left, and Caldwell, nine seconds into OT put it into the books as a W. On the game-winner, Caldwell, a defenseman who has been converted to center for his senior season, pushed the puck forward off the opening faceoff, got a shot off, and then knocked home his own rebound.

This was an exhilirating win for Belmont Hill, and an extremely tough loss for the Arrows, who, with the help of a couple of dumb penalties, really handed this game to Belmont Hill, a classic snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory scenario.


For Belmont Hill fans, this was certainly the hockey team's greatest comeback since the NEPSIHA association quarterfinals on Feb. 27, 2008, when Exeter took a 3-0 lead into the third period, but host Belmont Hill, like tonight, came up with three in the third to send it into OT where, in the third OT, Sam Choate finally won it for Bel Hill. The goalies in that one were Ryan Purdy for Exeter, and Mike Condon for Belmont Hill.

Tonight's game was disorienting due to the fact that there was no game clock visibile to the crowd, or even the coaches and players. The referee would at times update the coaches and players on how much time was left, but the fans had no such luck. So the dramatic nature of the final six minutes of regulation only became fully apparent after the fact. 

Given the distance the 3,000 fans in attendance were from the sheet -- all were in the grandstand, from the near side of the visitor's dugout to the near side of the Red Sox dugout -- it was extremely difficult to read the Belmont Hill numbers, which are dark red on a dark blue background.

The weather was excellent for a night game outdoors, with temps holding at around 30 due to the cloud cover. There was a moderate breeze. The ice was good. And, of course, the field was entirely snow-covered.

Scoring Summary:

First Period:
BH -- Fadden (Grzelcyk) ) :52
SS -- O'Regan (Prescott, B. Burke) 6:14
BH -- M. McNamara (Gustin) 12:36
SS -- B. Burke (Prescott) 13:04

Second Period:
SS -- Bergin (Burke)3:53
SS -- Coffey (Prescott) 13:32
SS -- Bergin (P. Burke) 16:15

Third Period:
BH -- McNally (Pike) 12:09
BH -- Fadden (J. McNamara) ppg 13:24
BH -- M. McNamara (Tierney, J. McNamara) 17:55

BH -- Caldwell (unn.) :09

BH -- Metcalfe
SS -- McGuirl

Att.: 3,000

This Week's Schedule
Mon. Jan. 4

Kents Hill Tournament:
8:00 am -- Shady Side vs. Brooks
10:10 am -- Stanstead vs. OHA
12:30 pm -- Hoosac vs. NYA

CBA @ Middletown South, 3:45 pm
Boston Jr. Bulldogs @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
Reading H.S. @ Xaverian, 8:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 5
Catholic Memorial @ Malden Catholic, 6:00 pm
St John's Prep @ BC High, 7:00 pm
Belmont Hill vs. St. Sebastian's, 8:00 pm (at Fenway Park)

Wed. Jan. 6
Westminster @ Kent, 3:00 pm
Winchendon @ Vermont Academy, 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Canterbury, 3:30 pm
Cushing @ Brewster Academy, 3:30 pm
Berkshire @ South Kent, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Proctor, 3:45 pm
St. George's @ BB&N, 4:00 pm
Brunswick @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:00 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
Portledge @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Choate @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ New Hampton, 4:30 pm
Pomfret @ Deerfield, 4:45 pm
Governor's @ Exeter, 5:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Taft, 5:00 pm
Dexter @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ CBA, 5:00 pm
Hill School @ Delbarton, 5:30 pm

Thurs. Jan. 7
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Milton, 4:40 pm (rescheduled from Wed. 1/6/10)
BC High @ Springfield Cathedral, 6:30 pm
Tilton @ Berwick, 7:00 pm
Xaverian @ St Johns - Shrewsbury, 7:00 pm

Fri. Jan. 8
Stanstead College Tournament
King-Low @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Canterbury @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Middlesex @ BB&N, 4:30 pm
Brooks @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Kents Hill, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Roxbury Latin, 5:00 pm
Brewster Academy @ Tabor, 5:15 pm
Brunswick @ Worcester Academy, 6:00 pm
NYA @ St. George's, 6:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 9
Stanstead College Tournament
Rivers @ BB&N, 12:00 pm
Lawrence @ Milton, 1:00 pm
Thayer @ Noble & Greenough, 1:00 pm
Cushing @ Kimball Union, 2:00 pm
Groton @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
Deerfield @ Salisbury, 2:15 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 2:30 pm
Central Catholic @ St John's Prep, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Avon Old Farms, 2:45 pm
Westminster @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm
Middlesex @ Pingree, 3:00 pm
Choate @ Andover, 3:15 pm
NYA @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:30 pm
Holderness @ Vermont Academy, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Governor's, 4:00 pm
Gunnery @ Winchendon, 4:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Brunswick, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Kents Hill, 4:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Worcester Academy, 4:00 pm
Tabor @ Tilton, 4:30 pm
St. George's @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Kent, 4:30 pm
Catholic Memorial @ Hingham HS, 5:15 pm
Malden Catholic @ Xaverian, 5:45 pm
Millbrook @ Hotchkiss, 6:30 pm
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers @ Hill School, 7:00 pm
BC High @ St. John's (S), 7:00 pm
Hebron @ South Kent, 8:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 10
Stanstead College Tournament
Hill School @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm
Hebron @ South Kent, 1:00 pm
Choate vs. Exeter, 1:30 pm (at Harvard University)
CBA @ Bergen Catholic, 7:30 pm

Mon. Jan. 11
Holderness @ Tilton, 2:45 pm
Salisbury @ Taft, 4:15 pm
Gunnery @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm


Sun. Jan. 3 Tournament Scoreboard

-- E.G. Watkins/Cushing Tournament (Day 3 of 3; @ Ashburnham, Mass.):
Gunnery Tops NMH 8-5 for Title; Fiori Named Tournament MVP

Sun. Jan. 3 -- Playoffs:

7th Place Game: Pomfret 3, Canterbury 2
-- Pomfret, down 2-1 entering the third, answered the bell with goals from Will Archambault and Connor Quinn. Earlier, in the second period, Garrett White put Pomfret up 1-0, but Canterbury's Joseph Agliato scored a pair of goals 1:34 apart to give the Saints the lead going into the second intermission. Rob Sassone got the win in the Pomfret net. David Ioffredi was in goal for Canterbury.

5th Place Game: Lawrence 2, Culver 0
-- Devin Tringale (1g,1a) and Michael Jamieson (1g,1a) figured in both of LA;s goals. Nathaniel Hielbron picked up the shutout win. 

3rd Place Game: Northwood 3, Cushing 2
-- Cushing, on goals by Jacob Butler and Mike Conderman, broke out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game, but Northwood chipped away, getting a goal in the first from Zach Popp, one in the second from Jordan Bruce, and one in the third -- the game-winner -- from Brady Sipe. Raphael Girard was in net for Northwood and Chad Hardy for Cushing. 

3:30 pm -- Championship Game: Gunnery 8, NMH 5 (final) -- Gunnery blitzed NMH early and went into the first intermission with a 5-1 lead. NMH got back into it, but the hill was too steep to climb. Gunnery's big guns today were Shane Gorman (2g,2a), Matt Milana (2g,1a), Jake Wood  (2g,1a), Derek Army (2g), Vinny Scotti (3a), and Joey Fiori (2a). For NMH, Nick Gordon (1g,1a) and Garrett McMullen (1g,1a) each had two points. Andrew Bonazza, Josh Woody, and Austin Cangelosi each added single goals. Alex Vazzano was in goal for Gunnery, and Branden Komm for NMH.

All-Tournament Team:

Joey Fiori,
Sr. F, Gunnery

Matt Milana, Sr. F, Gunnery
Shane Gorman, Sr. F, Gunnery
JC Cangelosi, Jr. F, NMH
Andrew Bonazza, Sr. F, NMH
Corey Scammon, Soph. D, Cushing
Mike Conderman, Sr. F, Cushing
Jordan Hobaica, Sr. F, Northwood
Raphael Girard, Sr. G, Northwood
Max Terhar, Jr. F, Culver
Mike Jamieson, Jr. F, Lawrence
Tom Hartnett, Sr. F, Canterbury
Danny Palumbo, Jr. F, Pomfret

-- Tabor New Year's Tournament
(Day 2 of 2; @ Marion, Mass.):
Milton Tops St. Seb's, 4-2, for Championship

Sunday Jan. 3 -- Playoffs:

Consolation Game #1: Tilton 1, Hill 0
-- Kenny Craig scored the game's only goal for Tilton.

Consolation Game #2: Tabor 5, Governor's 3
-- Ian Coleman (4a), Andrew Latta (3a), Cam Spiro (2g), and Kevin Salvucci (1g,1a) led the Seawolves attack. Brian Ward (1g,2a), Cody Ferriero (2g),and Brett Riley (2a) did likewise for the Governor's.

Championship Game: Milton 4, St. Sebastian's 2 -- St. Seb's scored a goal early in the first, by Ryan Coffey, and one in the third by Brendan Burke. But Milton did their damage with three straight second period goals -- by Sean Okita, Woody Hudson, and Jonathan Mleczko -- and then added an empty-netter by Pat McNally with 18 seconds to go.

-- Kents Hill New Year's Tournament (Day 2 of 3; @ Kents Hill, Maine):   
Rothesay had to drop out due to the weather, so please note revised schedule.

Sun. Jan. 3rd Results:
Shady Side 4, Ontario Hockey Academy 3
Stanstead 8, Kents Hill 3
Hoosac 3, Brooks 1
Ontario Hockey Academy 7, NYA 4
Shady Side 1, Stanstead 0

Mon. Jan. 4 Results:
Shady Side 8, Brooks 1
Ontario Hockey Academy 6, Stanstead 1
Hoosac 4, NYA 1
(Shady Side wins tournament with 4-0 record)

Sat. 1/2/10

Sat. Jan. 2 Tournament Scoreboard
E.G. Watkins/Cushing Tournament (Day 2 of 3; @ Ashburnham, Mass.):
NMH and Gunnery to Battle for Championship Sunday

Culver 5, Canterbury 4 -- Culver got goals from five different scorers. Stephen Servideo (1g, 2a) had three points for Canterbury. Nick Kulmanovsky picked up the win in the Culver net. 

Northwood 2, Gunnery 1 (OT) -- Chris Roll, son of Clarkson head coach George Roll, scored 57 seconds into OT to give Northwood the win. Gunnery, on a first period goal by Joey Fiori, held a 1-0 lead until Northwood's Zach Popp tied it up with 2:57 in the third, forcing OT. Raphael Girard got the win in the Northwood net.

Pomfret 6, Lawrence 6 (Lawrence wins shootout, 3-2) -- This was a back-and-forth affair. LA led 3-1 about ten minutes into the first, but allowed Pomfret back in it. The teams entered the third period tied at 4-4. Lawrence went up 6-4 on goals by Tyler Whitney and Michael Jamieson. But Pomfret came back and tied it up on a pair of late goals 17 seconds apart off the sticks Garrett White and Ray Zeek. However, after an OT period, Lawrence won it in a shootout. Mac Haight (LA) and Sam Gifford (Pomfret) were in net.

Northfield-Mt. Hermon 6, Cushing 0 -- NMH broke open a 0-0 game with four strikes in the second period, and a couple more in the third. Cushing took four penalties in this game to NMH's one. And NMH's power play, which is extremely potent (and features five forwards on one unit and four on the other), cashed in on three of those four opportunities. NMH got goals from six different scorers. Branden Komm picked up the shutout win for the Hoggers. Marcus Calvanico played the first two periods in the Cushing net (4 ga); Chad Hardy came in for the third (2 ga). With the win, Northfield clinched a spot in Sunday's championship game (3:30 pm).

Northwood 5, Canterbury 2 -- Tommy Fiorentino had a pair of goals for Northwood. Chris Powers had a goal and an assist. Raphael Girard was in goal.

Gunnery 4, Culver 1 (final) -- Adam DeSanctis, Matt Milana, Shane Gorman, and Terrence Wallin each scored a goal for Gunnery. Alex Vazzano got the win. And Gunnery, via a tie-breaker, advances to Sunday's championship game against Northfield-Mt. Hermon (3:30 pm)

Final Round Robin Standings:

Fisher Division:
1. NMH (3-0)
2. Cushing (2-1)
3. LA (1-2)
4. Pomfret (0-3)

Iorio Division:
1. Gunnery (2-1)
2. Northwood (2-1)
3. Culver (2-1)
4. Canterbury (0-3)

Sun. Jan. 3 Playoff Schedule:
9:00 am -- Pomfret vs. Canterbury
11:10 am -- Lawrence vs. Culver
1:20 pm -- Cushing vs. Northwood
3:30 pm -- Championship Game: NMH vs. Gunnery

-- Tabor New Year's Tournament
(Day 1 of 2; @ Marion, Mass.):
Milton and St. Seb's to Face Off in Title Game Sunday

Milton 6, Governor's 3 -- Chase Davis (2g,1a), Jonathan Mleczko (1g,1a), and George Pantazopolous (1g,1a) led the Mustangs attack. Cody Ferriero had a pair of goals for Governor's. Sean Dougherty picked up the win in the Milton net.

St. Sebastian's 1, Tilton 0 -- A second half goal by freshman Tom Kelley and the shutout goaltending of sophomore Gordon Donnelly was the story in this one. Matt Mosca allowed just the one goal in the Tilton net.

Tabor 3, Hill 2 (OT) --  A Cam Spiro power play goal with 1:50 remaining in overtime lifted host Tabor to victory. The Seawolves had a 2-0 lead late in the first half, but allowed Hill to come back and tie things up, forcing OT. Mark Meads (1g,1a) and Timothy Shea (1g,1a) each had two points for Tabor; Marcello DeAngelis (2a) had likewise for Hill. Robert Kang (Tabor) and Steve Messina (Hill) were the goaltenders.

Milton 4, Tilton 1 -- Jonathan Mleczko, with a goal and two assists, led Milton's attack. The win clinched a spot in Sunday's championship game for the Mustangs. They will face the winner of tonight's Tabor vs. St. Seb's game. 

Governor's 7, Hill 4 -- Josh Adinolfo (2g,1a), Jack Ceglarski (3a), Nick Wirth (1g,1a), Nathan Ferriero (1g,1a), and Brett Riley (2a) led the Governor's offense.

Tabor 1, St. Sebastian's 1 (St. Seb's wins shootout) -- Kevin Salvucci scored a goal for Tabor in the first half, and Brendan Burke did the same for St. Seb's in the second half. St. Sebastian's then won the shootout, enabling them to move on and face Milton in Sunday's title game. 

Sunday Jan. 3 Playoff Schedule:
10:00 am -- Tilton vs. Hill
12:00 pm -- Tabor vs. Governor's
 2:00 pm -- Championship Game: Milton vs. St. Sebastian's.

-- Kents Hill New Year's Tournament
(Day 1 of 3; @ Kents Hill, Maine):   
Rothesay had to drop out due to the weather, so please note revised schedule:

Shady Side 4, Kents Hill 1 -- In a penalty-filled game, Shady Side got goals from four different scorers.

NYA 5, Brooks 1 -- Tom Gildersleeve (3g) and William Strabley (1g,2a) led the NYA offense.

Stanstead 5, Hoosac 0 -- Patrick Earle had the shutout for Stanstead. Goals came from five different scorers.

Ontario Hockey Academy 4, Kents Hill 2 -- Frank Hart (2g), Aaron Pinksen (2g), and Tyler Miller (2a) led OHA's attack. 

Sun. Jan. 3rd Schedule at Kent's Hill:
8:00 am -- Stanstead vs. Kents Hill
9:45 am -- Shady Side vs. OHA
11:30 am -- Hoosac vs. NYA
1:15 pm -- Brooks (Practice)
3:00 pm -- Shady Side vs. Stanstead
4:45 pm -- OHA vs. NYA
6:30 pm -- Brooks vs. Hoosac


Fri. Jan. 1 Tournament Scoreboard

E.G. Watkins/Cushing Tournament (Day 1 of 3; @ Ashburnham, Mass.):

NMH 5, Lawrence 3 -- Freshman Austin Cangelosi (1g,3a) figured in four of the Hoggers' five goals.

Cushing 4, Pomfret 2 -- Brian Troy (1g,1a), Petter Aronsson (1g,1a), and Collin Bourque (1g,1a) each had two points. Cushing sophomore goaltender Chad Hardy stopped 19 of 21 for his first prep win. Sam Gifford kicked out 41 of 45 in the Pomfret net.

Gunnery 7, Canterbury 4 -- Matt Milana (2g,1a), Derek Army (1g,2a), and Vinny Scotti (3a) led Gunnery's attack. For Canterbury, Justin Bishop had a pair of goals.

Culver 3, Northwood 2 -- Culver, trailing 2-1 with under a minute to go, got a pair of goals 20 seconds apart to pull out a dramatic win. The tying goal came with 40 seconds on the clock off a great bang-bang play -- Stephen Keisler to Alex Feighan. Twenty seconds later, Max Terhar ripped one five-hole to make it 3-2. And that's where it ended. Sophomore Nick Kulmanovsky picked up the win in the Culver net. Raphael Girard was in goal for Northwood.

NMH 11, Pomfret 5 -- Josh Woody (3g,2a) and JC Cangelosi (1g,4a) each had five points for NMH. Garrett McMullen (2g,1a) and Nick Gordon (2g) were also big contributors. For Pomfret, Danny Palumbo (2g,1a) pitched in with three points. Brandon Komm played the first two periods in the NMH net. Pomfret used three different goaltenders.

Cushing 4, Lawrence 1 -- Mike Conderman (1g,1a) and defenseman Corey Scammon (1g,1a) each had two points for the Penguins. Marcus Calvanico earned the win, stopping 16 of 17 shots.