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A Quick Note
The 2014-15 New England Prep Preview can be found in USHR's December News. We figured, with the large number of games and tournaments in December, the Prep News file will become very large. It's best to balance things out a bit, so we'll probably be moving other things over there as well. 



 

Tues. Dec. 30 Tournament Scoreboard

Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Hockey Tournament (Final Day)
At the Nichols School; Buffalo, NY

Brunswick Blitzes Millbrook, 7-1, to Take 2014 Title.

Today’s Playoff Results:
9:00 am – Semifinal #1: Millbrook 3, Rivers 1
11:00 am – Semifinal #2: Brunswick 4, Belmont Hill 3
2:00 pm – 7th Place: Hebron 1, St. Francis 1
4:00 pm – 5th Place: Nichols 2, Upper Canada College 2
6:30 pm – Championship Game: Brunswick 7, Millbrook 1

16th Annual BB&N Holiday Showcase (Day 1 of 2)
At the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School; Cambridge Mass.
Today:
9:00 am   BB&N 4, Roxbury Latin 3
11:15 am – Pingree 5, Moses Brown 4
4:00 pm – Roxbury Latin 5, Pingree 3
6:15 pm – BB&N 3, Moses Brown 1

Tomorrow:
Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 (Final Day)
10:30 am – Roxbury Latin 4, Moses Brown 2
12:45 pm – BB&N 3, Pingree 2 (OT)
BB&N Jr. Chris Butler scores OT game-winner.
BB&N Sr. Mike Harris named MVP.
 

 

Mon. Dec. 29 Tournament Scoreboard

Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Hockey Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At the Nichols School; Buffalo, NY


Mon. Dec. 29:

 9:00 am – Belmont Hill 4, UCC 1
11:00 am – Millbrook 2, Hebron 2
1:00 pm – Brunswick 6, St. Francis 2
3:00 pm –Nichols 4, Rivers 0
6:00 pm – Belmont Hill 5, Hebron 3
8:00 pm – Millbrook 3, UCC 2

Blue Division: 1. Belmont Hill, 2. Millbrook, 3. Upper Canada College, 4. Hebron.
Green Division: 1. Rivers, 2. Brunswick, 3. Nichols School, 4. St. Francis High School.

Tomorrow’s Playoff Schedule (Tues. Dec. 30):

9:00 am – Semifinal #1 – #1Green vs. #2 Blue: Rivers vs. Millbrook
11:00 am – Semifinal #2 – #1Blue vs. #2 Green: Belmont Hill vs. Brunswick
2:00 pm – 7th Place: Hebron vs. St. Francis
4:00 pm – 5th Place: Nichols vs. Upper Canada College
6:30 pm – Championship Game -- ???

 

Sun. Dec 28 Tournament Scoreboard

Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Hockey Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At the Nichols School; Buffalo, NY

9:00 am -- Brunswick 4, Nichols 0
11:00 am -- Rivers 5, St. Francis 1
1:00 pm -- Belmont Hill 4, Millbrook 1
3:00 pm -- Upper Canada College 8, Hebron 1
6:00 pm -- Nichols 6, St. Francis 4
8:00 pm -- Rivers 5, Brunswick 1

 

Flood-Marr All-Tournament Team
Here is the Flood-Marr All-Tournament Team, as selected by the participating coaches:

Tournament MVP: Salisbury Sr. G Bailey MacBurnie

Salisbury: Bailey MacBurnie (G, Sr.), Vimal Sukumaran (F, Sr.), Kale Kane (F, Sr.)
Westminster: Johnny McDermott (F, Jr.), Taggart Corriveau (F, Jr.), Will Brophy (D, Sr.)
Milton: Drew Hotte (G, Sr.), Andrew Dumaresque (F, Jr.)
KUA: Jack McCarthy (F, Sr.), Ben Finklestein (D, Jr.)
Hotchkiss: Louis-Philippe DeCourcy (G, Sr.)
Nobles: Billy Carrabino (D, Sr.)
Deerfield: Louis-Philippe Page (D, Sr.)
Andover: Erik Wurman (G, Sr.)

Note: This has to be the first Flood-Marr Tournament Team with two Louis-Philippes on the roster!

 

Sun. Dec. 21 Tournament Scoreboard

50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At Noble & Greenough School; Dedham, Mass.
Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 -- Playoffs

8:00 am – 7th Place: Deerfield 8, Andover 3
10:00 am – 5th Place: Hotchkiss 1, Nobles 1
12:00 pm – 3rd Place: Milton 3, Kimball Union 2
2:00 pm – Championship Game: Salisbury 3, Westminster 1
MVP:
Bailey MacBurnie, Sr. G, Salisbury

2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.
Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 – Playoffs
9:00 am -- Rivers 4, Northwood 2
11:00 am -- Consolation: Williston 4, Winchendon 3
1:00 pm -- 3rd Place: Thayer 7, Albany Academy 1
3:00 pm – Championship Game: St. Andrew’s 4, St. Sebastian's 0
Hat trick from Sr. F JD Falconer; shutout from Sr. Matt Galajda.

67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At the Lawrenceville School; Lawrenceville, NJ
Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 -- Playoffs
8:00 am -- 7th Place: NMH 3, Upper Canada College 1
10:00 am -- 5th Place: Lawrenceville 1, Canterbury 1(Canterbury won shootout)
12:00 pm -- 3rd Place: Nichols 2, Taft 1
 2:15 pm -- Championship Game: Choate 1, Belmont Hill 0 (2-OT)
Sr. D Brenden Russ scores at 6:07 of 2nd OT (78:07). Goalies: Choate Sr. Sam Tucker (49/49) and Belmont Hill Jr. Matthew Barrow  (37/38).

Brooks-Pingree Tournament (Day 3 of 3)

At the Brooks School; North Andover, Mass.

Sun. Dec. 21, 2014 -- Playoffs (Both games at Brooks)
9:00 am -- 3rd Place Game: New Hampton 2, Kingswood 1 (2-OT)
11:30 am -- Championship Game: Brooks 4, Tilton 2
Seniors KJ Moore (1g,2a) and PJ Kelleher (1g,2a), and freshman Max Rand (1g,1a) led the attack. Senior goalie Max Prawdzik had 20 saves on 22 shots.

 

Sat. Dec. 20 Tournament Scoreboard

32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (Day 3 of 3)

At Avon Old Farms; Avon, Conn.
Saturday Dec. 20 Playoff Round:
8:30 am – 7th Place: Trinity-Pawling 3, St. Paul’s 3
10:30 am – 5th Place: Kent 7, Avon 2
1:30 pm – 3rd Place: Gunnery 4, Berkshire 1
3:30 pm – Championship: Loomis 4, Tabor 0
Tournament MVP:
Loomis G Tim Birarelli


50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 2 of 3)

At Milton Academy; Milton, Mass. 
9:00 am – Westminster 5, Milton 2
11:00 am – Hotchkiss 2, Andover 0
1:00 pm – KUA 3, Nobles 1
3:00 pm –  Salisbury 4, Deerfield 1
5:00 pm – Milton 5, Hotchkiss 2
7:00 pm – Westminster 2, Andover 0

Sunday's Playoffs (@ Nobles)
8:00 am -- Andover vs. Deerfield
10:00 am -- Hotchkiss vs. Nobles
12:00 pm -- Milton vs. Kimball Union
2:00 pm -- Westminster vs. Salisbury


40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
Culver wins title

At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
Saturday Dec. 20 -- Playoff Round
8:15 am – 7th Place: Lawrence 4, Holderness 2
9:30 am   5th Place: Groton 4, Pomfret 3 (OT)
10:15 am – 3rd Place: Dexter 4, Proctor 3        
11:30 am – Championship: Culver 3, Cushing 0 
Tournament MVPs:
Cullen Division: Patrick Horrocks, Cushing
Choate Division: Ryan Patrick, Culver


2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.
Sat. Dec. 20 – First Playoff Round
11:00 am -- Game 5: Loser 1 & 2 – Winchendon 3, Rivers 2 (shootout; so a tie for NEPSIHA purposes)
 1:00 pm -- Game 6: Loser 3 & Loser 4 – Williston 5, Northwood 2
 3:00 pm -- Game 7: Winner 1 & 2 – St. Sebastian’s 4, Albany Academy 1
 5:00 pm -- Game 8: Winner 3 & 4 – St. Andrew’s College 5, Thayer 3


Sunday's Playoffs
9:00 am -- Rivers vs. Northwood
11:00 am -- Consolation: Winchendon vs. Williston
1:00 pm -- 3rd Place: Albany vs. Thayer
3:00 pm -- Championship
: SAC vs. St. Seb's


13th Annual Howard Tournament (Day 2 of 2)
Brunswick wins Championship.
  
At St. George’s School; Newport, RI
8:15 am – Brunswick 6, BB&N 0
8:30 am – Hill School 4, St. George’s l
12:30 pm – Brunswick 2, Hill 1
12:45 pm – St. George’s 5, BB&N 1
Tournament MVP:
Tommy Dunleavy, Brunswick


67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 2 of 3)

Except as noted, all games will be held at the Lawrenceville School.
9:00 am – Choate 3, NMH 0
9:00 am – Nichols 4, Canterbury 1
11:00 am – Belmont Hill 6, Lawrenceville 1
11:00 am – Taft 1, UCC 0
2:30 pm – Canterbury 5, NMH 2
5:00 pm – Choate 3, Nichols 3 -- Choate wins in a shootout
7:00 pm – Lawrenceville 4, UCC 2
9:00 pm – Belmont Hill 2, Taft 1

Sunday's Playoffs at Lawrenceville
8:00 am -- 7th Place: UCC vs. NMH
10:00 am -- 5th Place: Lawrenceville vs. Canterbury
12:00 pm -- 3rd Place: Nichols vs. Taft
 2:15 pm -- Championship Game: Choate vs. Belmont Hill

Brooks-Pingree Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At North Andover, Mass. and South Hamilton, Mass.
@ Brooks:

9:00 am – Brooks 3, NYA 1
11:00 am – New Hampton 5, Millbrook 2
5:00 pm – Millbrook 4, NYA 2
7:00 pm – Brooks 6, New Hampton 1
@ Pingree:
9:00 am – Tilton 4, Pingree 1
11:00 am – Kingswood 2, Hebron 1
5:00 pm – Tilton 2, Hebron 2
7:00 pm – Pingree 2, Kingswood 0

Sunday's Playoffs -- Both Games at Brooks School
9:00 am -- 3rd Place Game: New Hampton vs. Kingswood
11:30 am -- Championship Game: Brooks vs. Tilton


2014 Barber Tournament (Day 2 of 2)
At St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) & Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)
St. Mark's Wins Championship 
Saturday Dec. 20 -- Playoff Round

8:30 am -- Game 5: Loser 1 & 2 – Governor’s 2, Portsmouth Abbey 1
8:30 am -- Game 6: Loser 1 & 4 – Vermont 5, Worcester 3
10:30 am -- Game 7: Winner 1 & 3 – Kents Hill 5, Middlesex 1 
10:30 am -- Game 8: Winner 2 & 4 – St. Mark’s 3, Stanstead 2
1:30 pm --  Game 9: Loser 5 & 6 -- Worcester 6, Portsmouth Abbey 0
1:30 pm -- Game 10: Winner 5 & 6 (Consolation) Governor's 2, Vermont Academy 1
3:30 pm -- Game 11: Loser 7 & 8 -- Stanstead 4, Middlesex 3
3:30 pm -- Game 12: Winner 7 & 8 (Championship) -- St. Mark’s 4, Kents Hill 1

 

 

Fri. Dec. 19 Tournament Scoreboard
32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (Day 2 of 3)
At Avon Old Farms; Avon, Conn., except where indicated.
9:00 am – Loomis 2, Kent 1 (OT)
9:00 am – Gunnery 4, St. Paul’s 2
11:00 am – Tabor 3, Berkshire 1
11:00 am – Avon 4, Trinity-Pawling 2
3:00 pm – Loomis 4, St. Paul’s 3
5:00 pm – Gunnery 2, Kent 1 (OT)
7:00 pm – Berkshire 4, Trinity-Pawling 3
9:00 pm – Tabor 4, Avon 2

-- Saturday Dec. 20 Avon Christmas Classic Playoff Schedule
8:30 am – 7th Place: Trinity-Pawling vs. St. Paul’s
10:30 am – 5th Place: Avon vs. Kent
1:30 pm – 3rd Place: Berkshire vs. Gunnery
3:30 pm – Championship: Loomis vs. Tabor


50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At Noble & Greenough School; Dedham, Mass.
 
9:00 am – Nobles 3, Deerfield 2
11:00 am – Salisbury 3, KUA 2
1:00 pm – Milton 4, Andover 2
3:00 pm – Westminster 2, Hotchkiss 1
5:00 pm – Salisbury 3, Nobles 0
7:00 pm – KUA 2, Deerfield 1 (OT)


67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At the Lawrenceville School; Lawrenceville, NJ.
9:00 am – NMH 2, Nichols 1 (OT)
11:00 pm -- Upper Canada College 3, Belmont Hill 2
 2:00 pm – Taft 8, Lawrenceville 1
 4:00 pm – Choate 5, Canterbury 0



40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
 9:00 am – Culver 6, Holderness 1 
 9:00 am – Cushing 6, Pomfret 3          
10:00 am – Dexter 8, Groton 2
11:00 am – Proctor 4, Lawrence 1      
BREAK
4:30 pm – Cushing 9, Proctor 3     
5:00 pm – Groton 4, Holderness 0
5:30 pm – Culver 5, Dexter 1
6:30 pm – Pomfret 5, Lawrence 3  

Saturday Dec. 20 -- Groton-Lawrence Playoff Schedule
8:15 am – 7th Place: Holderness vs. Lawrence (at LA)
9:30 am –  5th Place: Groton vs. Pomfret (at Groton, Pratt)
10:15 am – 3rd Place: Proctor vs. Dexter (at LA)           
11:30 am – Championship: Cushing vs. Culver (at Groton, O’Brien)  

2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.
2:00 pm -- Game 1: St. Sebastian's 4, Winchendon 3
4:00 pm -- Game 2: Albany 2, Rivers 1
6:00 pm -- Game 3: Thayer 4, Northwood 2
8:00 pm -- Game 4: St. Andrew's 6, Williston 2

Sat. Dec. 20 – First Playoff Round @ St. Sebastian's
11:00 am -- Game 5: Loser 1 & 2 – Winchendon vs. Rivers
 1:00 pm -- Game 6: Loser 3 & Loser 4 – Northwood vs. Williston
 3:00 pm -- Game 7: Winner 1 & 2 – St. Sebastian’s vs. Albany Academy
 5:00 pm -- Game 8: Winner 3 & 4 – Thayer vs. St. Andrew’s College


2014 Barber Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) & Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)
5:00 pm -- Game 1: Middlesex 6, Portsmouth Abbey 1 (@ Middlesex)
5:00 pm -- Game 2: St. Mark’s 5, Vermont Academy 2 (@ St. Mark's)
7:00 pm -- Game 3: Kents Hill 4, Governor’s Academy 3  (@ Middlesex)
7:00 pm -- Game 4: Stanstead College 3, Worcester Academy 1 (@ St. Mark's)

Saturday Dec. 20 Barber Tournament Playoff Schedule
8:30 am -- Game 5: Loser 1 & 2 – PA vs. Governor’s (@ Middlesex)
8:30 am -- Game 6: Loser 1 & 4 – Vermont vs. Worcester (@ St. Mark's)
10:30 am -- Game 7: Winner 1 & 3 – Middlesex vs. Kents Hill (@ Middlesex)
10:30 am -- Game 8: Winner 2 & 4 – St. Mark’s vs. Stanstead (@ St. Mark's)
1:30 pm --  Game 9: Loser 5 & 6 (@ Middlesex)
1:30 pm -- Game 10: Winner 5 & 6 (Consolation -- @ St. Marks)
3:30 pm -- Game 11: Loser 7 & 8 (@ Middlesex)
3:30 pm -- Game 12: Winner 7 & 8 (Championship -- @ St. Mark’s)


Brooks-Pingree Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At North Andover, Mass. and South Hamilton, Mass.
-- @ Brooks:
4:00 pm – Brooks 4, Millbrook 1
6:00 pm – New Hampton 5, NYA 3
-- @ Pingree:
4:00 pm – Hebron 9, Pingree 2
6:00 pm – Kingswood 1, Tilton 1

13th Annual Howard Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At St. George’s School; Newport, RI
5:45 pm – Brunswick 8, St. George’s 1
6:00 pm – BB&N 4, Hill 2


 

Thurs. Dec. 18 Tournament Scoreboard


32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (Day 1 of 3)
At Avon Old Farms; Avon, Conn.

3:00 pm – Loomis 3, Gunnery 1
5:00 pm – Berkshire 5, Avon 4
7:00 pm – Kent 3, St. Paul’s 3 -- a tie for NEPSIHA purposes -- Kent wins shootout
9:00 pm – Tabor 1, Trinity-Pawling 0 (OT)

40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament
(Day 1 of 3)

At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)

4:30 pm – Proctor 6, Pomfret 3
5:30 pm – Culver 10, Groton 1
6:30 pm – Dexter 5, Holderness 1
7:00 pm -- Cushing 3, Lawrence 1           


 

Prep Composite, Dec. 15-23, 2014

 
Mon. Dec. 15
Brunswick @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
St. Luke's @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
St. Peter's Prep @ Portledge, 5:30 pm

Tues. Dec. 16
Vermont Academy @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Choate, 4:00 pmflu at Choate; tentatively moved to Wed. 12/17 at 3:30 pm
Delbarton @ St. Peter's Prep, 4:15 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ Princeton Day School, 5:00 pm
Groton @ Andover, 5:15 pm

Wed. Dec. 17
Middlesex Bears @ St. George's, 2:15 pm
Exeter @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Brewster Academy, 3:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Choate, 3:30 pmcancelled
Albany Academy @ Salisbury, 4:00 pm
Hamden Hall @ Harvey, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Worcester Academy, 4:45 pm
Berwick @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Brooks, 5:00 pm
BC High @ St. Mary's Lynn, 5:00 pm
Westford Academy @ Central Catholic, 6:15 pm
Portledge @ Hill School, 6:15 pm
Xaverian @ Marshfield, 6:15 pm
St. Andrew's College @ Stanstead College, 8:00 pm


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Other Games Dec. 18-21 (Prep Tourneys to follow)

Thurs. Dec. 18

Bridgton Academy @ Ulysse Prep, 2:00 pm
Berwick @ Exeter, 5:00 pm
Springfield Cathedral @ Franklin HS, 6:30 pm

Fri. Dec. 19

Bridgton Academy @ Ulysse Prep, 2:00 pm
Harvey @ Hamden Hall , 5:00 pm
Bergen Catholic @ Don Bosco Prep, 7:00 pm

Sat. Dec. 20
Xaverian @ St. John’s Shrewsbury, 3:15 pm
Mount St. Charles @ Austin Prep, 4:00 pm (S)
Delbarton @ Malden Catholic, 5:30 pm
Central Catholic @ Billerica HS, 7:00 pm
Springfield Cathedral @ Archbishop Williams, 7:45 pm


Sun. Dec. 21

Delbarton @ Catholic Memorial, 1:00 pm


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2014 Prep Holiday Tournament Schedules

-- Thurs. Dec. 18


32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (Day 1 of 3)
At Avon Old Farms; Avo
n, Conn.
3:00 pm – Loomis vs. Gunnery
5:00 pm – Berkshire vs. Avon
7:00 pm – Kent vs. St. Paul’s
9:00 pm – Tabor vs. Trinity-Pawling

40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)

4:30 pm – Pomfret vs. Proctor (at Groton, Pratt)
5:30 pm – Culver vs. Groton (at Groton, (O'Brien)
6:30 pm – Dexter vs. Holderness (at Groton, Pratt)
7:00 pm -- Cushing vs. Lawrence (at LA)           


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-- Fri. Dec. 19

32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (
Day 2 of 3)

At Avon Old Farms; Avon, Conn., except where indicated.
9:00 am – Kent vs. Loomis (@ Trinity College)
9:00 am – St. Paul’s vs. Gunnery
11:00 am – Berkshire vs. Tabor (@ Trinity College)
11:00 am – Trinity-Pawling vs. Avon
3:00 pm – St. Paul’s vs. Loomis
5:00 pm – Gunnery vs. Kent
7:00 pm – Trinity-Pawling vs. Berkshire
9:00 pm –Tabor vs. Avon

50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At Noble & Greenough School; Dedham, Mass.
 
9:00 am – Deerfield vs. Nobles
11:00 am – Salisbury vs. KUA
1:00 pm – Milton vs. Andover
3:00 pm – Hotchkiss vs. Westminster
5:00 pm – Salisbury vs. Nobles
7:00 pm – KUA vs. Deerfield

67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 1 of 3)

At the Lawrenceville School; Princeton, NJ.
9:00 am – NMH vs. Nichols
11:00 pm -- Belmont Hill vs. Upper Canada College
 2:00 pm -- Lawrenceville vs. Taft
 4:00 pm – Choate vs. Canterbury

40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament (Day 2 of 3)

At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
 9:00 am – Holderness vs. Culver (at Groton, Pratt)
 9:00 am – Cushing vs. Pomfret (at LA)           
10:00 am – Dexter vs. Groton (at Groton, O’Brien)
11:00 am – Proctor vs. Lawrence (at LA)           
BREAK
4:30 pm – Proctor vs. Cushing (at LA)           
5:00 pm – Holderness vs. Groton (at Groton, O'Brien)
5:30 pm – Culver vs. Dexter (at Groton, Pratt)
6:30 pm – Pomfret vs. Lawrence (at LA)    

2014 Barber Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) & Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)
5:00 pm -- Game 1: Middlesex vs. Portsmouth Abbey (@ Middlesex)
5:00 pm -- Game 2: St. Mark’s vs. Vermont Academy (@ St. Mark's)
7:00 pm -- Game 3: Kents Hill vs. Governor’s Academy  (@ Middlesex)
7:00 pm -- Game 4: Stanstead College vs. Worcester Academy (@ St. Mark's)

2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.
2:00 pm -- Game 1: St. Sebastian's vs. Winchendon
4:00 pm -- Game 2: Albany vs. Rivers
6:00 pm -- Game 3: Thayer vs. Northwood
8:00 pm -- Game 4: Williston vs. St. Andrew's

Brooks-Pingree Tournament
(Day 1 of 3)
At North Andover, Mass. and South Hamilton, Mass.
-- @ Brooks:
4:00 pm – Brooks
vs. Millbrook
6:00 pm – New Hampton vs. NYA
-- @ Pingree:
4:00 pm – Pingree vs. Hebron
6:00 pm – Kingswood vs. Tilton

13th Annual Howard Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At St. George’s School; Newport, RI
5:45 pm – St. George’s vs. Brunswick (Howard Rink)
6:00 pm – BB&N vs. the Hill School (Cutler Rink)
      

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-- Sat. Dec. 20

50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At Milton Academy; Milton, Mass.  
9:00 am – Westminster vs. Milton
11:00 am – Andover vs. Hotchkiss
1:00 pm – Nobles vs. KUA
3:00 pm – Deerfield vs. Salisbury
5:00 pm – Hotchkiss vs. Milton
7:00 pm – Andover vs. Westminster

32nd Annual Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic (Day 3 of 3)

At Avon Old Farms; Avon, Conn.
Playoff Round:

8:30 am – 7th Place Game
10:30 am – 5th Place Game:
1:30 pm – 3rd Place Game:
3:30 pm – Championship Game

40th Annual Groton-Lawrence Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)

8:15 am – Seventh Place Game (at LA)
9:30 am – Fifth Place Game (at Groton, Pratt)
10:15 am – Third Place Game (at LA)           
11:30 am – Championship Game (at Groton, O’Brien)  

13th Annual Howard Tournament (Day 2 of 2)      
At St. George’s School; Newport, RI
8:15 am – Brunswick vs. BB&N (Cutler Rink)
8:30 am – St. George’s vs. the Hill School (Howard Rink)
12:30 pm – Hill School vs. Brunswick (Cutler Rink)
12:45 pm – St. George’s vs. BB&N (Howard Rink)

2014 Barber Tournament (Day 2 of 2)
At St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) & Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)

8:30 am -- Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 (@ Middlesex)
8:30 am -- Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4 (@ St. Mark's)
10:30 am -- Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3 (@ Middlesex)
10:30 am -- Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (@ St. Mark's)
1:30 pm --  Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (@ Middlesex)
1:30 pm -- Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Consolation -- @ St. Marks)
3:30 pm -- Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (@ Middlesex)
3:30 pm -- Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Championship -- @ St. Mark’s)

67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 2 of 3)

Except as noted, all games will be held at the Lawrenceville School; Princeton, NJ.
9:00 am – NMH vs. Choate
9:00 am – Nichols vs. Canterbury (@ Baker Rink; Princeton University)
11:00 am – Belmont Hill vs. Lawrenceville
11:00 am – UCC vs. Taft (@ Baker Rink; Princeton University)
3:00 pm – Choate vs. Nichols
5:00 pm – Canterbury vs. NMH
7:00 pm – Lawrenceville vs. UCC
9:00 pm – Taft vs. Belmont Hill

2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.

11:00 am -- Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
 1:00 pm -- Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
 3:00 pm -- Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
 5:00 pm -- Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Brooks-Pingree Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
At North Andover, Mass. and South Hamilton, Mass.

@ Brooks:

9:00 am – Brooks vs. NYA
11:00 am –Millbrook vs. New Hampton
5:00 pm – NYA vs. Millbrook
7:00 pm – Brooks vs. New Hampton
@ Pingree:
9:00 am – Pingree vs. Tilton
11:00 am – Hebron vs. Kingswood
5:00 pm – Tilton vs. Hebron
7:00 pm – Pingree vs. Kingswood

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Sun. Dec. 21

50th Annual Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament (Day 3 of 3)

At Noble & Greenough School; Dedham, Mass.
 
8:00 am -- 7th Place Game: 4th Place Owen vs. 4th Place Harding
10:00 am -- 5th Place Game: 3rd Place Owen vs. 3rd Place Harding
12:00 pm -- 3rd Place Game: 2nd Place Owen vs. 2nd Place Harding
 2:00 pm -- Championship Game: 1st Place Owen vs. 1st Place Harding

2014 St. Sebastian's Hockey Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass. 
 9:00 am -- Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
11:00 am -- Game 10: Consolation: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
 1:00 pm -- Game 11: Third Place -- Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
 3:00 pm -- Game 12: Championship -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

67th Annual Lawrenceville Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At the Lawrenceville School; Princeton, NJ.
8:00 am – 4th vs. 4th
10:00 am – 3rd vs. 3rd
12:00 pm – 2nd vs. 2nd
2:15 pm – 1st vs. 1st (Championship Game)

Brooks-Pingree Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
At North Andover, Mass. and South Hamilton, Mass.
Playoffs: TBD
There will be 9:00 am and 11:30 am games at both Brooks and Pingree.


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Mon. Dec. 22
St. John's Shrewsbury @ BC High, 5:00 pm
Morristown Beard @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm

Tues. Dec. 23
Duxbury @ Xaverian, 4:45 pm
Acton-Boxborough Regional HS @ Central Catholic, 5:00 pm
Springfield Cathedral @ St. Peter Marian, 6:00 pm
St. Sebastian's vs. Catholic Memorial, 7:00 pm – at Harvard University
Chelmsford HS @ Austin Prep, 8:00 pm


 

First USHR Poll of Season Posted


We have our first USHR poll of the season posted now, and Exeter (8-0-0) is on top.

Prep Poll -- Week of Dec. 15, 2014

The three teams that just missed the cut were Thayer and Brooks, both of whom are undefeated, and Dexter..

What with all the games coming up, things could change dramatically by this time next week. Count on it. 


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Hill Wins Albany Academy Tournament
Albany NY -- Junior goaltender Jake Cerullo kicked out 36 of 37 shots to lead The Hill School to a 4-1 win over Winchendon in the Rider Cup Championship Game here today.

The Hill got goals from junior D Trent Thomas, soph. F Jake Hutchinson, junior F Michael Novello, and senior F Charles Ricard (ENG).

Fri. Dec. 12 -- Rider Cup Day 1
Game 1 – Winchendon 4, Albany Academy 3 (OT)
Game 2 -- Rice 5, Brewster 2

Sat. Dec. 13 -- Rider Cup Day 2
Game 3 -- Wyoming Seminary 3, Hoosac 2
Game 4 -- Hill 4, Lawrenceville 3 (OT)
Game 5 -- Losers Games 1&2 – Albany 7, Brewster 3
Game 6 -- Semifinal: Winners Games 1&2 – Winchendon 8, Rice 2
Game 7 -- Losers Games 3&4 – Lawrenceville 6, Hoosac 1
Game 8 -- Semifinal: Winners Games 3&4 – Hill 5, Wyoming 4 (OT)

Sun. Dec. 14 -- Rider Cup Day 3
Game 9 -- Losers Games 5&7 – Brewster 4, Hoosac 3 (OT)
Game 10 -- Winners Games 5&7 – Albany 4, Lawrenceville 1
Game 11 -- Losers Games 6&8 – Rice 3, Wyoming Seminary 2
Game 12 -- Championship Game: Winners Games 6&8 – Hill 4, Winchendon 1

 

 

Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 Highlights

 LA Ties Up Belmont Hill

Belmont, Mass. – With one minute left in regulation Lawrence sophomore Esbjorn Fogstad Vold fired an ice level shot, near corner, beating Belmont Hill junior goalie Matt Barrow and lifting Lawrence to a 4-4 tie on the road.

This is a different LA squad than last year’s group that finished 5-20-3 overall, and 1-12-1 in Keller play (slightly ahead of Governor’s 1-13-0). Second-year coach Robbie Barker has 13 new players on the roster.  And it’s a young team – four freshmen, and nine sophs are rostered – but they didn’t seem fazed playing Belmont Hill, which is going through some early-season woes, and is also young. (They took a 2-0 lead into the third at Governor’s Wednesday, but gave up three straight goals, losing 3-2).

In the first period today, Belmont Hill took an early lead when sophomore Jonathan Folsom cut across the slot and wristed a high shot over the glove of Mike Robinson, Lawrence’s 6’5” junior goalie.

LA got it back late in the period when some bad d-zone coverage down low allowed freshman J.J. Harding to knock home a rebound of his own shot at the 15:52 mark.

In the second, Belmont Hill senior, top-line center, and Dartmouth recruit Charlie Michalowski, in the offensive zone, steamrolled LA sophomore Matthew Hayes on the half wall. It was totally unnecessary, and put Lawrence on a five-minute power play. LA was unable to take advantage, however.

And Belmont Hill got the next goal, on a David Giunta shot from the left point that deflected off Robinson’s upper arm. That gave the Hillies a 2-1 lead to take into the second intermission.

The third period was goal-filled, with Lawrence, early on, scoring a pair several minutes apart, the first when freshman Timmy Kent scored off a rebound, the second when senior Richard Cardillo’s shot from the point deflected off the shin pad of a teammate – sophomore Craig Needham -- and into the net to give LA a 3-2 lead.

Later in the period Bel Hill got two goals less than two minutes apart, from sophomore Sam Hesler, and senior Charlie McConnell, who knocked home a rebound to give the Hillies a 4-3 lead. But they couldn’t hold it, as Vold, a 6’3” sophomore from Norway,  scored the tying goal with exactly 60 seconds left on the clock.

Early in OT, LA sophomore D Jamie Swiggett wrapped his arms around Michalowski, who was driving to the net, giving Bel Hill a power play, but they couldn’t cash in.  

After the game, Belmont Hill coach Jeremiah McCarthy was clearly frustrated. “No one played consistently well for three periods,” he said. “We’re trying to get up to speed, and we have a lot of youth. We are not in sync.”

“In order to elevate your game, you have to use your teammates in order to get consistent results,” he said, adding, “We didn’t do that.”

LA coach Robbie Barker said he wasn’t happy about settling for a tie. “I don’t think we skated the way we’re capable of,” he said. “We have young kids and my expectations are high. Belmont Hill battled and we battled. It’s good that our guys could bounce back at the end, but we have a lot to improve on.”

“Robinson may not have had his best game,” Barker added, “but he competes and he made some good saves when he needed to.”

“Harding, Needham, and Kent were good. They played tough all over the ice. In the defensive zone, (sophomore F) Sam Swanson played really well tonight.”


Notes:

Lawrence’s new goalie, 6’5” junior Mike Robinson, played for the Boston Jr. Rangers last season and committed over the summer to UNH. He’s a ’97 from Bedford, NH and is being watched by NHL scouts. We felt he had mixed results tonight. Belmont Hill’s second goal, off Robinson’s shoulder, is one he would certainly want back. He probably also wants the fourth goal back, a rebound that gave Bel Hill a short-lived lead they were unable to hold. But Robinson also made some excellent pad saves, and with his height he’s not going to give up many goals low.

With this group of young players as a foundation, Lawrence could get back to the Keller upper echelon. With young players it’s hard to draw a timetable, but Lawrence will be a tough opponent. Nobody’s going to be walking all over them this year.


Exeter Nips Cushing

Exeter 3 @ Cushing 2 – In a battle of two undefeated squads, Exeter never trailed en route to topping host Cushing.

In the first period, Exeter senior F Sterling Weatherbie got his team on the board first, at 7:01. But Cushing’s David Cotton tied it up with a PPG late in the period.

In the second, senior F Stanley Brenner scored what would turn out to be the game-winner at 11:59. It came on a wrist shot from the blue line that went over Joey Daccord’s left pad, and looked like a goal that the Cushing senior netminder would like to have back. A little less than five minutes later, Exeter junior D Jacob Dupont scored to give his team a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.

Early in the third, at 1:24, Cushing’s Bailey Conger scored a PPG to cut Exeter’s lead to one.

After that, Exeter’s penalty killing and PG Bryan Botcher’s goaltending were the keys to the third period. Cushing played hard and the top line of Conger, Cotton, and Jake Simons was a constant threat, but were only able to score on the PP tonight.

With 3:20 to go, Exeter had to weather one final storm as they were called for a penalty and, as soon as the penalty expired, Cushing pulled Daccord for the extra skater. But Botcher came up big, making several beautiful saves.

“I am proud,” Exeter coach Dana Barbin said. “It was a great team effort. Cushing played a great game. If Botcher hadn’t stood up to all that pressure in the final three and half minutes, we go to OT.”

Barbin described those final minutes as “a furious charge, a lot of crashing into the boards, and players blocking shots.”

It was very much a game of goalies. Botcher was excellent, stopping 30 of 32 and has a .933 save % on the season. Daccord stopped 20 of 23, and has a .930 save %.

The teams meet again Friday Jan 30 at Exeter.

 
Kent Nips Salisbury, 2-1

@ Kent 2, Salisbury 1 -- Two Kent goals 18 seconds apart late in the third period rubbed out Salisbury's 1-0 lead and gave Kent a big home win.

After a scoreless first period that was pretty even -- the shots were 8-8 -- and a second period in which Kent outshot Salisbury 15-7, the game was still 0-0 going into the third period.

Salisbury scored the game's first goal, and their only goal, at 10:44 of the final period. Junior D Dayne Finnson took a pass from fellow d-man James Gobetz and fired a shot from the point that beat screened Kent sophomore goalie Peter Negron.

Kent got on the board at 15:12. Sophomore F Tommy Tanner worked the puck into the Salisbury zone, then senior F Connor Landrigan came off the wall and beat Salisbury PG goalie Bailey MacBurnie with a top shelf short side goal.

The game-winner came at 15:30 -- 18 seconds later -- when junior D Greg Krisberg kept it in the Salisbury end, allowing UVM recruit Max Kaufman to feed Kevin Hill, whose shot beat MacBurnie between the arm and pads.

This was a fiercely-contested game, with a lot of pushing and shoving after every whistle, but it was also great prep school hockey -- physical, with a lot of up-and-down action, and two goalies who were excellent. The edge, though, goes to Kent sophomore Negron (25/26) as Salisbury had more Grade A chances. MacBurnie stopped 26 of 28.

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@ Rivers 5, Groton 0 -- Senior Ryan Colena stopped all 17 shots he faced, and senior forwards Pat Daley (2g,1a) and Joe Sacco (1g,1a), and sophomores Michael Young (1g,1a) and Christian Capello (2a) provided offensive punch.

@ Dexter 6, Hebron 0 -- Sophomore goaltender Liam Moore stopped all 20 shots he faced and senior D Jack Ouellette, junior F Jack Donato, junior F Pat Daly, senior forwards Sam D'Antuono, Bryan Green, and Ryan Donato each had two points.

@ Milton 5, Governor's 0 -- Sophomore F Jack Bliss (2g), sophomore D Buddy Mrowka (2a), and junior F Mitchel Donovan (1g,1a) each had two points.  Senior Drew Hotte had a 14-save shutout, and Gov's senior Mack Burton took the loss, but he worked for it, stopping 47 of 52 shots.

Trinity-Pawling 4 @ Avon Old Farms 3 -- T-P junior forward Devin Bilbrey broke up a 3-3 game early in the third period. Senior D Dan Kuter had two assists for T-P, and Avon soph Patrick Harper (1g,1a) had two points for the Winged Beavers. Senior Felix Marcotte-Hetu (20/23) had the win in net for T-P, who got goals from four different scorers.

NYA 3 @ Portsmouth Abbey 2 -- Junior F Josh Chapman scored all three goals for NYA. Those were the only shots that beat Portsmouth Abbey sophomore goalie Bailey Strangis, who stopped 47 shots in a hard-luck loss.

@ Kents Hill 3, Holderness 2 -- Kents Hill got two goals from junior F Mark Snyder, and outshot Holderness 24-13.

@ Berkshire 5, NMH 0 -- Senior F Zach Hale (2g,1a) and sophomore F Matt Koopman (1g,1a) led the Bears' offense. Senior G Spencer Cookson stopped all 18 shots he faced and now has a .974 save percentage. NMH senior goaltender Conor O'Brien, who has a .941 save percenteage, has had to carry his team with big senior F Ben Freeman out until the Cushing Tournament. O'Brien was a hard-luck loser tonight, stopping 50 of 55 shots.

Westminster 3 @ Pomfret 0 -- Connor Lloyd, Johnny McDermott, and Jack Fitzgerald each had a goal and junior G Nick Sanford stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout. Pomfret junior G David Altman, who has a .915 save percentage for an 0-5-0 team, stopped 40 of 43 in taking the loss.

Brunswick 2 @ Delbarton 1 -- Junior forwards Colin Slyne (2g) and Max Fuld (2a) led the attack. The goaltender for Brunswick was senior Matteo Esposito (13/14); for Delbarton, sophomore Troy Kobryn (23/25).

@ St. Paul's 5, Tabor 4 -- Senior forwards Vincent Lima (2g,1a) and Connor Sodergren (1g,2a) each had three points for SPS. Junior D Giacomo Messina had two assists. For Tabor, juniors Nick Godin (1g,1a) and Ben Taylor (1g,1a) were the top guns.

@ St. Sebastian's 8, New Hampton 2 -- The Arrows, now 4-0-0, have not allowed more than two goals in any game so far. Senior Will D'Orsi (2g,3a), soph RJ Murphy (2g,2a), senior John Rourke (1,3a), and senior D Matt Doherty (4a) all had big games. Senior F Joe Smith scored both of New Hampton's goals.

@ KUA 4, Tilton 3 (OT) -- Kimball Union remains undefeated at 6-0-0, but had a scare today as they trailed a greatly-improved Tilton squad 3-1 with six minutes left in the third period. But senior F Jack Doherty cut the lead to one at the 12:18 mark and junior D Ben Finkelstein tied it with just 1:24 on the clock, sending the game into OT, where junior F Nic Hamre won it at the 4:29 mark. Tilton PG Connor Irving had two assists for the Rams.

Millbrook 4, Berwick 1 -- In a neutral site game played at the Eaglebrook School (Deerfield, Mass.), Millbrook's offense was led by senior F Jacob Moreau (2g,1a) and junior forwards Massimo Luciani (1g,1a) and Luka Piccolo (2a). Millbrook junior goalie Owen Johansson, who has a .952 save %, stopped 30 of 31.

@ Brooks 1, St. Mark's 0 -- Ths one was a goalie battle. For Brooks, senior Max Prawdzik (.985) stopped all 20 shots he faced. For St. Mark's, junior Ryan Ferland (.923) stopped 28 of 29. A PPG in the third period by Brooks senior F KJ Moore accounted for all the goals in this one.

Deerfield 5 @ Choate 2 -- In the rivalry game, Deerfield never trailed. Deerfield senior G Jake Kahler kicked out 24 of 26 for the win. Choate senior Sam Tucker (16/20) took the loss.

@ Loomis 5, Canterbury 1 -- Loomis moved to 5-0-0 behind the goaltending of junior Tim Birarelli (17/18) and two points apiece from senior forwards Alex Esposito (2g), Eric Benshadle (2a), and Cam Toohey (2a). Sophomore F Eric Esposito (1g,1a) had two points as well.

Moses Brown 3, Rye Country Day 2 (OT) -- An overtime goal from freshman forward Jacob Studley gave Moses Brown a win at the Princeton Day Tournament.

Hill School 4, Lawrenceville 3 (OT) -- Junior D Mathieu Simard (1g,3a) figured in all four goals, including a SHG and an OT goal, to lead The Hill past Lawrenceville at the Rider Cup at Albany Academy.

Albany Academy 7, Brewster Academy 3 -- In a penalty-filled game at the Rider Cup at Albany Academy, the host school romped. Junior F Kevin O'Neil (1g,4a), sophomore F Liam Bove (3g), PG F Jack Riley (2g, 1a), and senior F Nick Boyagian (1g,2a) were all big contributors.

Hill School 5, Wyoming Seminary 4 (OT) -- An overtime goal from senior F Colton McMenamin, his second overtime goal of the day, lifted The Hill to victory at the Rider Cup Tournament at Albany Academy. Senior F David Null (4a), junior F Michael Novello (2g,1a), and junior D Andrew Troy (1g,2a) also were big contributors offensively. McMenamin also had an earlier goal in the game. The Hill will face Winchendon in the championship game at 2:30 pm tomorrow.



 

Nobles Knocks off Dexter, 4-1
Brookline, Mass. – Noble & Greenough, behind two power play goals and a three-point (1g,2a) night from senior Miles Wood, topped host Dexter before a large Friday night crowd here. Juniors Danny Jacobs (1g,1a) and Mike Fahie (2a) were also offensive factors for Nobles.

Nobles junior goaltender Brendan Cytulik played a strong game, kicking out 34 of 35 shots for the win. Dexter outshot Nobles 35-26.

Dexter went on top early in this game, scoring a first period goal on a Pat Daly tip at the 7:35 mark.

Nobles got it back at 12:20 as senior Billy Sweezey, just inside the blue line, teed up a shot that beat unscreened Dexter goalie Liam Moore five-hole.

In the second period, Nobles dominated, keeping the puck in the Dexter end for long stretches.

Nobles went up 2-1 when senior d-man Billy Carrabino, on the power play, fired one from the right faceoff circle, beating Moore cleanly at 7:22.

Nobles made it 3-1 when Wood made a great cross-ice pass right onto the stick of linemate Cody Todesco, who whipped a wrister past Moore at the 8:15 mark 

 In the third period, Nobles scored their final goal of the game when, on the power play, Wood, from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, fired a top-shelf wrister at the 3:08 mark.

With 6:32 left in the third, and with the play in the Nobles end, Wood plowed over Dexter’s Ryan Donato in the slot and was called for a major and a game misconduct. Donato left the ice holding his right shoulder, but was back out for the next shift.

Given a long stretch of power play time, Dexter put a lot of shots on Cytulik and hit a crossbar and a post. Dexter was without junior D Luke McInnis – he’s day to day – and his loss was particularly noticeable on the power play, which is normally potent, with a lot of puck movement and rotation from Matt Brazel, McInnis, and Donato on the umbrella, with big bodies Sam D’Antuono and Kevin Hock up front. Tonight, that lengthy PP at the end of the third was set up traditionally and was static despite a good number of shots. At any rate, that was Dexter’s last best hope – and they came up empty.

Afterwards, Nobles' head coach Brian Day said, “I was pleased with the effort, especially after our performance on Wednesday (a 5-3 loss at Tabor). We are trying to establish an identity, and that means caring about your teammates and self-sacrifice. We did that tonight and beat a hell of a team. It was nice for the kids to see.”

As for standouts, Day said, “Miles Wood was excellent in all three zones, with five hits in the first period alone. His back checks were terrific. It energized us.”

“And Cytulik made big saves and limited second chance opportunities.”

Dexter coach Dan Donato said, “They absolutely outplayed us in all phases. It’s hard to swallow when you get outcompeted. We have to be ready to play tomorrow.”

USHR Three Stars: 1) Miles Wood, Nobles 2) Brendan Cytulik, Nobles 3) Billy Sweezey, Nobles.

Notes:

-- Luke Stevens was back in action for Nobles tonight after missing the opening games of the season due to injury.

-- Dexter assistant coach Brian McColgan was voted into the St. Lawrence University Hall of Fame this week. McColgan, who holds all the scoring records by Saints' defensemen, scored 99 points from the blue line over his four years. In 1987-88, his senior season, the Walpole, Mass. native put up a 17-32-49 line in 36 games played, was named a First Team All-American, and helped lead St. Lawrence to the NCAA Championship Game, held that year in Lake Placid, NY. St. Lawrence came close, but lost to Lake Superior State, 4-3 in OT.


 

Wed. Dec. 10 Highlights


Choate Edges Westy in OT, 2-1

Wallingford, Conn. – A goal by freshman Jack Hoey, off a clean win on the draw by senior captain Jeremy Germain, lifted host Choate to a 2-1 Founders’ League win over Westminster here today.

The goal, which came 2:04 into the extra session, came after Westminster controlled the first 90 seconds of overtime, pinning Choate in their end.

This was a good, fast-paced prep game with each team getting 7-8 quality scoring chances. The goaltending – Choate’s Sam Tucker and Westy’s Stephen Gasior – was very good.

After a feeling-out period, Westminster started to control the play a bit in the first period and, at the 12:17 mark, senior Jack Fitzgerald, on a 2-on-1, fed junior Johnny McDermott, who one-timed it past Tucker for a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second, both goalies made key saves to keep it a 1-0 game. First, Tucker came up with a big save on a one-timer, then, at the other end, Gasior made an almost identical save. Other than that, chances were few and far between in the second, which turned out to be scoreless.

In the third period, Choate, on the power play, tied the game at 1-1 when Germain, behind the net, fed it out front to junior Henry Marshall, who one-timed it past Gasior, blocker side, at the 3:04 mark.

And that was it. Westminster controlled most of the extra session – until Hoey’s strike.

Westy always brings their ‘A’ game to Choate,” Wild Boars coach Patrick Dennehy said. “I felt they controlled the first period, and we had to battle to bring it back to more of an even game.”

Westminster’s Tim Joncas said, “It was a good prep school hockey game. But we have to find a way to win one-goal games.”

USHR Three Stars: 1) Jeremy Germain, Choate 2) Johnny McDermott, Westminster 3) Jake Smith, Choate – and, we should add, both goalies were excellent.


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Taft Squeaks Past Avon in OT

Watertown, Conn. --- Taft got an OT goal from senior F Marcus Mollica to edge Avon Old Farms 4-3 here today.

The ending was not without drama, as Taft had to come back from a 3-2 deficit entering the third period. The Rhinos, however, got the tying goal at 8:23 of the third when senior D Tommy Mahoney blasted a shot from the point that looked like it was headed wide to the near side, but instead hit a player in front and, as it was sitting about six inches from the goal line, Peter Straub knocked it in.

Avon took a penalty late in the third. Taft had a good scoring opportunity, but couldn’t cash in. Ditto for Avon, which had a 2-on-1 off a blocked shot, but couldn’t convert.

Eighteen seconds of the penalty carried over to OT. Things got interesting here. With the play in Avon’s end, an Avon d-man made a cross-ice stretch pass to the far blue line to junior forward Jamie Armstrong, who had just hopped over the boards as the penalty was about to expire. However, the ref blew the whistle, ruling that the Avon player was still in the penalty box, at least partially, and, furthermore, the penalty had not expired when Armstrong received the pass. Therefore, he ruled, Avon had too many men on the ice. It was one of those calls that probably wouldn’t have been called but for the fact that Armstrong played the puck. Avon coach John Gardner was furious over the call – really furious.

On the ensuing power play, Straub had the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle and passed it laterally to Sam Nestor at the right circle. Nestor walked in a step or two and threw it toward net. It came right out front to Marcus Mollica who knocked it home to the delight of the Taft fans, who went nuts.

Early on in this game, there were some key moments. Taft had a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Matteo Mangiardi and Mollica, the latter on the PP, but Avon sophomore Patrick Harper scored two goals in the final minute of the period. The first was a beauty; the second a bunny.

Taft went into the first intermission a little shocked by the sudden turn of events, but came out and played hard in the second. Still, Avon scored the only goal of the second, taking a 3-2 lead on a John Giatrelis tally at 5:31, with Harper, who had a hand in all three Avon goals, assisting.

But that was it for the Winged Beavers. Taft tied it in the third on the aforementioned Straub goal, and then won it in OT.

This was a great prep game, a puck possession affair which was more about skill than physicality. There was little in the way of chipping out or dumping in. But passes were plentiful and fun to watch. The play was very back and forth, with no serious stretch of extended play in either end. Both goalies, Avon senior Tucker Weppner (21/25), and Taft senior Joseph Lissak (25/28) were very good. The top lines for each team, Avon’s Harper, Armstrong, and Jake Gresh, and Taft’s Straub, Nestor, and Mollica stood out.

Taft coach Danny Murphy said, “I was really proud of our team. I thought they showed real resilience. We played a great first period, then Harper scored a phenomenal goal followed by a long shot that Joe would normally have. It was 2-2 very quickly.”


“But the kids came out in the second and played well. They stayed with it. I was pleased with their ability to stay focused and play a full 54 minutes plus OT. Their resilience was the key to this game. They really could have packed it in after those Harper goals. That could have been a killer.”

“We’re a good solid hockey team,” Murphy added. “We can win these close games.”

USHR Three Stars: 1) Patrick Harper, Avon 2) Marcus Mollica, Taft 3) Joseph Lissak, Taft.

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Berkshire, Cookson Blank Gunnery

Washington, Conn. – Berkshire came into Gunnery’s barn and, behind a 35-save shutout by 6’2” senior goalie Spencer Cookson, blanked Gunnery 2-0.

Berkshire took a 1-0 lead at 3:50 of the second when senior forward Zach Hale rushed the puck down the right side and his wrister hit Gunnery goalie Trevin Kozlowski’s pads on the far side, bouncing into the slot where sophomore Matt Koopman put it into a wide-open net. Junior Barclay Gammill also got an assist on the goal.

Cookson made a gem of a save with 3:52 left in the third when Gunnery junior Cam Donaldson got the puck by the left side wall near the outside hash marks and made a cross-ice pass to pinching junior d-man McKay Flanagan, who, from inside the right faceoff circle, blasted a hard one-time slap shot. Cookson slid from left to right to make a sterling glove save.

And that allowed Berkshire to go into the second intermission with the 1-0 lead intact. 

Despite a furious Gunnery comeback effort in the third that hemmed in Berkshire for some lengthy stretches, the second period Koopman goal was all Berkshire would need. The same trio – Koopman from Hale and Gammill – notched an empty-netter with 30 seconds left.

“I thought our goalie was outstanding,” Berkshire coach Dan Driscoll said afterward. “Plus as a team we blocked 13 shots in the third period.”

“After,” Driscoll added, “we talked about how that is exactly the type of team defense we will need to win in this league.”

“It was the best game we’ve played all season.”

USHR Three Stars: 1) Spencer Cookson, Berkshire 2) Matt Koopman, Berkshire 3) Trevin Kozlowski, Gunnery.

***
@ Brunswick 3, Kent 2 -- Host Brunswick came back from a 3-2 deficit midway through the second period with goals by Tommy Dunleavy and Christian LeSueur. Dunleavy, a senior, with two goals and an assist, figured in all three of Brunswick's goals. Brunswick outshot Kent, 32-20.

@ Tilton 4, New Hampton 3 -- Tilton broke out to a 3-0 first period lead but then had to hold on as New Hampton stormed back. Junior D Dan Bates scored the game-winner for the Rams.

@ Exeter 5, Winchendon 2 -- Andy Espinoza (2g), Stanley Brenner (2a), and Mitchell Shennette (2a) led the Exeter attack. Teddy Hart, Graham Rutledge, and Greg Shapiro each notched single goals as Exeter improves to 7-0-0.

Hill School 3 @ Lawrenceville 2 -- Hill got goals from three different players, and outshot Lawrenceville 32-19.

@ Groton 5, Roxbury Latin 2 -- Junior Michael Brown (2g,1a), freshman Chris Brown (1g, 2a), senior Ace Cowans (1g,2a), and junior Matt Winter (2a) led the attack. Junior Matt Efros (20/20) had two shutout periods.

Kimball Union 5 @ Proctor 4 (OT) -- This sounds like a great battle. Proctor had leads of 3-0 and 4-2, but KUA came back with a pair in the third. The tying goal was a shorthanded effort by Brendan Riley, and the OT game winner came from Connor Jean at the 1:16 mark. Brendan Riley (1g,2a), Connor Jean (2g), and Nic Hamre (2a) led the Wildcat attack. Jake Pappalardo (1g,2a) figured in three of Proctor's four goals.
 
Rivers 5 @ St. George's 0 --Pat Daley (2g), Christian Capello 1g,1a), Joe Sacco (1g,1a), and Michael Young (0-2) led the Rivers attack.

@ Cushing 5, Williston 0 -- Cushing's top line of Bailey Conger (1g,2a), David Cotton (2g,2a), and Jake Simons (1g,3a) figured in four of the Penguins five goals. Senior Joey Daccord (32/32) notched the shutout as Cushing improved to 5-0-1.

@ Albany Academy 4, Trinity-Pawling 1
-- AA got goals from four different scorers and senior Jake Watson kicked out 32 of 33 shots for the win.

@ Loomis 5, Pomfret 1 -- Alex Esposito (1g,3a) figured in four of Loomis' five goals. Colin Merrill (2g), Zach Giuttari (1g,1a), and Jacob Bryson (1g,1a) also were in on the scoring. Loomis outshot Pomfret, 49-15.

@ Brooks 5, Middlesex 0 -- Junior D Connor Moore (2g,1a) and Vito Bavaro (2a) led the Brooks attack. Senior Max Prawdzik (19/19) sealed things up in net.

@ Governor's 3, Belmont Hill 2 -- Belmont Hill took a 2-0 lead into the third, but Governor's stunned the visitors with three unanswered goals and senior G Mack Burton stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win. Gov's goal scorers were Garrett Coley, Reid Howland, and Tyler Niven. Bel Hill had a 30-20 edge in shots.

Portledge 5 @ Millbrook 5 (OT) -- Senior D Joe Duszak (3g,2a) figured in all five of Portledge's goals.

@ St. Sebastian's 5, BB&N 2 -- Senior Will D'Orsi (1g,4a), soph RJ Murphy )2g,1a), and Jr. D Jack McCool (1g,1a) led the Arrows' offense. Senior Danny Higgins (24/26) got the win in net.

@ Lawrence Academy 4, Milton 2 -- Lawrence's 6'5" junior G Mike Robinson kicked out 33 of 35 to pick up the win. JJ Harding (2g,1a), Timmy Kent (1g,1a), Craig Needham (0g,2a), and Sam Swanson (1g) led the attack.

NMH 1 @ Deerfield 0 -- Senior G Conor O'Brien kicked out all 41 shots he faced to earn a big shutout. In four of his six starts, O'Brien has allowed one or fewer goals. Casey Hoban scored the Hoggers only goal, in the second period.

Holderness 3 @ Brewster 1 -- Senior D Mark Luz scored two goals and senior G Mark Michaels (36/37) led the way for Holderness.

@ Pingree 6, Moses Brown 5 -- In a back and forth game, Pingree came out on top -- barely. JT Chamberlain (1g,2a) and Mike Riley (1g,2a) led Pingree, while Matt Fawcett (1g,3a), Colton King (1g,2a), and Alex Towey (2g) led the way for Moses Brown.

@ NYA 4, Berwick 1 -- Josh Chapman (1g,1a), Michael Pitts (1g,1a), and Bradley Plummer (1g,1a) led the NYA offense. Sophomore goalie Jeremy Thelven stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win.

@ Tabor 5, Nobles 3 -- Ben Taylor (1g,1a), Ed Hannon (1g,1a), and Wiley Knight (1g,1a) led the Seawolves. Miles Wood had two goals for Nobles, and Cam Burke had one. Tabor outshot Nobles 28-23.

@ St. Mark's 3, St. Paul's 1 -- Junior Ryan Ferland kicked out 29 of 30 in a statement win. Junior Luke O'Brien (1g,1a) and senior Adam Lee (2a) led the Lions' attack.

Salisbury 7 @ Hotchkiss 1 -- Kale Kane (2g), Cole Poliziani (1g,2a), Luke Israel (1g,1a), Jordan Kaplan (1g,1a), Mike O'Leary (2a), and James Gobetz (2a) led Salisbury's offensive outpouring. PG goaltender Bailey NacBurnie (18/19) picked up the win.

 

 

Prep Composite, Week of Dec. 8, 2014


MON. DEC. 8
Don Bosco Prep @ Gloucester Catholic, 4:00 pm
Andover @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Westminster, 4:45 pm
Portledge @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Canterbury @ Berkshire, 5:00 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 5:30 pm

TUES. DEC. 9
Bishop Eustace Prep @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm
Buffalo Jr Sabres AAA @ Nichols, 7:00 pm

WED. DEC. 10
Avon Old Farms @ Taft, 2:00 pm
New Hampton @ Tilton, 2:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Proctor, 2:00 pm -- moved back to a 3:00 pm start
Westminster @ Choate, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Brooks, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Brunswick, 3:00 pm
Winchendon @ Exeter, 3:00 pm
St. Paul's @ St. Mark's, 3:00 pm
NSA @ Hoosac, 3:00 pm -- cancelled, snowstorm in Adironacks
Harvey @ South Kent Varsity B, 3:30 pm
Austin Prep vs. North Reading, 3:45 pm (S) – at Breakaway Ice, Tewksbury
Roxbury Latin @ Groton, 4:00 pm
Ridley College @ St. Andrew's College, 4:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Bridgton Academy, 4:00 pm
Salisbury @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Tabor, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 4:15 pm
Berkshire @ Gunnery, 4:15 pm
Portledge @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
BB&N @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Worcester Academy, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ St. George's, 4:30 pm
Pomfret @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ Brewster Academy, 4:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Cushing, 4:45 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Milton, 5:00 pm -- moved to Lawrence Academy
Berwick @ North Yarmouth Academy, 5:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Hamden Hall , 5:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Governor's, 5:15 pm
Moses Brown @ Pingree, 6:00 pm
Waltham High @ Xaverian, 6:15 pm (S)
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Deerfield, 6:30 pm
Central Catholic @ Tewksbury High School, 7:00 pm (S)
Springfield Cathedral @ Simsbury High, 7:30 pm (S)

FRI. DEC. 12
Roxbury Latin @ Portsmouth Abbey, 3:45 pm
Vermont Academy @ Holderness, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's @ BB&N, 5:00 pm
Tilton @ Proctor, 5:00 pm
Princeton Day vs. Rye Country Day, 5:00 pm -- at Princeton Day Tournament
New Hampton @ Andover, 5:45 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Dexter, 6:00 pm
St. George's @ Pingree, 6:30 pm
Milton @ Governor's, 6:45 pm
Shady Side Academy vs. Moses Brown, 7:00 pm  -- at Princeton Day Tournament
Bridgton Academy @ Hebron, 7:00 pm
St. Andrew's College vs. Brother Rice Prep, 7:15 pm  -- -- at Michigan State
Nichols @ Ridley College, 7:30 pm

Rider Cup (Day 1 of 3)
@ Albany Academy
Game 1 -- Albany Academy vs. Winchendon, 6:00 pm
Game 2 -- Rice vs. Brewster, 8:00 pm

SAT. DEC. 13
Burlington High @ Austin Prep, 11:00 am (S) – at Stoneham Arena
Rye Country Day vs. Shady Side Academy, 11:00 am - at Princeton Day Tournament
St Peter Marian @ Springfield Cathedral, 12:00 pm
Groton @ Rivers, 2:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Belmont Hill, 2:00 pm
Groton @ Rivers, 2:30 pm
St. Andrew's College vs. Detroit Central Catholic, 2:45 pm  -- at Michigan State
Kingswood-Oxford @ Vermont Academy, 3:00 pm
Hebron @ Dexter, 3:00 pm
Governor's @ Milton, 3:45 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Avon Old Farms, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ Kents Hill, 4:00 pm -- moved back to 5:15 pm start time
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Berkshire, 4:00 pm
Westminster @ Pomfret, 4:15 pm
Brunswick @ Delbarton, 4:30 pm
New Hampton @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Tabor @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Thayer @ Proctor, 4:30 pm
Tilton @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Cushing, 4:45 pm -- Cushing's Annual Pink the Rink Charity Game
Millbrook vs. Berwick, 5:00 pm -- at Eaglebrook School
Brooks @ St. Mark's, 5:00 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ BC High, 5:00 pm (S)
Deerfield @ Choate, 5:30 pm
Gunnery @ Williston-Northampton, 6:00 pm
Northwood Junior @ Selects Academy U18, 7:00 pm
Salisbury @ Kent, 7:00 pm
Canterbury @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:00 pm
St Johns Shrewsbury @ Central Catholic, 8:15 pm

Rider Cup (Day 2 of 3)
@ Albany Academy
Game 3 -- Hoosac vs. Wyoming Seminary, 10:00 am
Game 4 -- Hill vs. Lawrenceville, noon
Game 5 -- Losers Games 1&2, 2:00 pm
Game 6 -- Semifinal: Winners Games 1&2, 4:15 pm
Game 7 -- Losers Games 3&4, 6:15 pm
Game 8 -- Semifinal: Winners Games 3&4, 8:15 pm

SUN. DEC. 14
Fairfield Prep (CT) @ Xaverian, 11:45 am (S)
Northwood Junior @ Selects Academy U18, 12:00 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Deerfield, 3:00 pm
Harvey @ Archbishop Stepinac, 5:15 pm

Rider Cup (Day 3 of 3)
@ Albany Academy
Game 9 -- Losers Games 5&7, 8:30 am
Game 10 -- Winners Games 5&7, 10:30 am
Game 11 -- Losers Games 6&8, 12:30 pm
Game 12 -- Championship Game: Winners Games 6&8, 2:30 pm


MON. DEC. 15
Brunswick @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
St. Luke's @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
St. Peter's Prep @ Portledge, 5:30 pm

 

 

Sat. Dec. 6 Highlights
Salisbury Edges Williston, 4-3; Will Ejected

Easthampton, Mass. -- A Cole Poliziani goal with 2:52 remaining lifted Salisbury to a hard-earned 4-3 win over host Williston-Northampton today.

On the winning goal, Williston was breaking out of the zone when the puck hit a linesman standing against the boards just outside the blue line and deflected onto the stick of the junior from Oakville, Ontario, who fired it under the crossbar, beating Williston junior goaltender Shane Mason -- and popping the top off the water bottle as well. Jordan Kaplan and Quincy Gregg were credited with assists on the play.

Salisbury head coach Andrew Will wasn’t around to see the end of this one, as he was ejected 39 seconds into the third period. Salisbury senior Kale Kane was assessed a major and game misconduct for a hit to the head. As Kane was heading to the box, Will, who felt it should have been a minor, calmly questioned the call to one referee when the second ref came over and quickly tossed him.

After the game, Will said, “I didn’t even get the chance to get in any good words.” 

Our reporter on the scene, along with both coaches, felt it was a terribly officiated game – equally bad both ways.

At the start of the game, Salisbury came out blazing and broke to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Kaplan at the 2:19 mark. Williston answered with a goal from senior forward Jack Gethings at 8:55.

At the 10:03 mark, Salisbury got a powerplay goal from junior defenseman Dayne Finnson to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

In the second, Williston, a tenacious, feisty team came out hard, changed their forecheck to a really aggressive 2-3 with the D pinching hard along the wall – and dominated the first five minutes of play. They did everything but score.

However, right after the flurry, at the 6:31 mark, Williston’s Gethings scored his second goal of the game, on a breakaway, to tie it up at 2-2.

About 30 seconds later, Salisbury’s Poliziani, off a rebound, had a wide-open net to shoot at, but hit a post.

However, Salisbury would go up 3-2 when senior Vimal Sukumaran scored on a rebound of a Kane shot at 8:30.  

In the third, Salisbury killed off the major to Kane to start the third, then a big hit by a Williston defenseman led to a 3-on-1 for his teammates which junior Jack Kelly finished off by firing the puck over the glove of Salisbury PG goalie Bailey MacBurnie at 9:31 of the third to tie it at 3-3. Senior Brandon Bork got an assist on the goal.

A good stretch of back-and-forth hockey followed until, with 2:52 left, Poliziani made amends for missing the open net by scoring the game-winner. Williston pulled Mason and had a flurry at the end – but to no avail.

The final shots were 37-21 in favor of the visitors. Mason was very good for Williston, taking away everything down low. He also controlled rebounds well. Salisbury was the better, deeper team, but Williston showed a lot of mettle. They are tough to play against. Not a dump-and-chase team, they prefer to move the puck.

“They are a tough team to play against in their barn,” said Will afterward.

Their top line of sophomore Nick Schofield, PG Jared Karas, and senior Tyler Scroggins was kept off the scoreboard but were effective nonetheless.

Williston coach Derek Cunha said, “The margin of error is so slim when you are going up against the big dogs. You just can’t make turnovers in the neutral zone or take too many penalties.”

***
Kimball Union 6 @ Vermont Academy 2 – Six different scorers came through for the Wildcats, and junior Elijah Harris kicked out 26 of 28 shots. Junior F Justin Cole (1g,1a) figured in both of VA’s goals.

Avon Old Farms 8 @ Albany Academy 2 – The hosts held a 2-1 lead halfway through the second, but Avon scored seven unanswered goals from that point on. Sophomore Patrick Harper (1g,4a), junior Jamie Armstrong (3g,1a), and senior Chase Zieky (1g,2a) led the Winged Beavers attack.

Brooks 5 @ BB&N 0 – An efficient, well-balanced Brooks squad blanked an extremely young BB&N squad behind a pair of goals from senior PJ Kelleher. For BB&N, junior goaltender Sihak Lee hung in there, stopping 38 of 43 shots. Brooks senior Max Prawdzik (11/11) had the shutout.

Loomis-Chaffee 4 @ Trinity-Pawling 3 – Loomis, behind a pair of goals from sophomore Eric Esposito and single goals from Shamus Fenton and Alex Esposito, took a 4-0 lead into the third period, but almost let it get away as Trinity-Pawling scored three times in the third period to make things interesting.

@ Rivers 3, Pingree 0 – Three different scorers found the back of the net for host Rivers, and junior G Peter Ciccarelli stopped all 12 shots he faced.

@ Westminster 5, Northfield-Mt. Hermon 4 – Midway through the second period the visitors from NMH held a 4-1 lead, but Westminster came back with four straight goals. Westminster outshot NMH, 41-20.

@ Groton 5, Deerfield 1 – Deerfield outshot host Groton, 45-30, but junior goaltender Matt Efros (44/45) was up to the task. Junior Matthew Winter notched a hat trick for Groton; senior Ace Cowens had four assists.

St. Mark’s 3 @ Winchendon 3 – Senior Olivier Caron (2g,1a) figured in all three goals as Winchendon took a 3-0 lead. St. Mark’s woke up late in the second and came back with three of their own to pull out a tie on the road. Junior Peter Housakos (1g,1a) and Luke O’Brien (2a) led the way.

@ Exeter 7, Kent 4 – At the Exeter Invitational, Kent held a 3-2 lead after the first period, but Exeter owned the second, scoring four straight goals. Senior Teddy Hart had a pair of goals for Exeter, as did Andy Espinoza (the second being an empty-netter). Junior D Greg Krisberg (1g,2a) figured in three of Kent’s goals. Exeter outshot Kent, 39-24. 

@ Hotchkiss 5, Canterbury 3 – This one was a 2-2 game halfway through the second, but Hotchkiss scored three straight goals to win it. Senior F Greg Pezza (2g) and senior D Will Pasik led the Hotchkiss attack. Senior goalie Louis-Phillipe DeCourcey stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

@ Noble & Greenough 5, Belmont Hill 3 – Belmont Hill took a 3-1 lead into the final period, but Nobles junior Michael Fahie took care of that problem, scoring a natural hat trick in a span of 4:33. The second and third goals came 23 seconds apart. 

@ New Hampton 2, Hoosac 1 -- PG defenseman William Conroy's PPG at 11:20 of the third lifted New Hampton to the win. Hoosac senior G Jordan Elwood (29/31) and New Hampton soph Thomas McLarnon (15/16) each had strong games.

St. George's 5, Moses Brown 0 -- In a game played at Brown's Meehan Auditorium, sophomore Toby Almeida notched a hat trick and junior G Colin Seeley (19/19) picked up the shutout. St. George's outshot Moses Brown, 47-19.

Gunnery 4, Tabor 1 -- At the Exeter Invitational, Gunnery got four goals -- two on the powerplay -- from four different scorers. 

@ Proctor 6, Brewster 5 -- Proctor got six goals, each from a different player. Two of the goals were on the PP, and two were shorthanded efforts.

@ Millbrook 3, Lawrenceville 1 -- Junior Owen Johansson stopped 17 of 18 shots to lead Millbrook. Junior Monty Cunningham (42/45) was the hard-luck loser for L'ville.

Andover 3 @ Pomfret 2 -- Andover took a 3-0 lead on junior D Payton Jancsy's second goal of the game. In the third Pomfret scored a pair of power play goals. Senior goaltender Erik Wurman (24/26) earned the win. 

Taft 3 @ Berkshire 1 -- Junior Sam Nestor scored all three of Taft's goals -- the final being an empty-netter -- to lead the Rhinos to the road win.

Results from Stanstead Tourney:

Edge 6, Rice 5
St. Michael's 3, Stanstead College 1
Ridley 2, Edge 1 (OT)
St. Michael's 2, Rice 0

 

 

Friday's Notes: A Little Controversy

The end of today's Rivers at Thayer game, a 2-1 overtime win by the hosts on Lincoln Griffin's second goal of the game, was marred by controversy.

The winning goal came about because the referee, who was behind the net on the side away from the play, failed to blow his whistle when his view of the puck, being covered up by Rivers goalie Ryan Colena, was blocked. In those situations, if the ref loses sight of the puck, he blows the whistle. This did not happen, so Thayer just kept doing exactly what they should have done, i.e play hard and whack away until the whistle is blown.

Eventually Colena -- puck and all --  was pushed over the goal line and into the net.

Goal.

Game over.

Rivers coach Shawn McEachern, whose bench was situated closest to the play, was livid. Neutral observers up on the overhead viewing deck at the Canton SportsPlex who had an unblocked look straight down at the goal were in agreement that, well, Rivers got screwed.

It was too bad because the game was a good one, with play relatively even both ways. Both goalies, Thayer's Mike Royer (22/23) and Colena (32/34) were excellent and both teams played hard throughout, for which they deserve full credit. It just should not have ended the way it did, on a bad call.


***

The atmosphere was great up at Kimball Union today, with the Wildcat student section packed and in full voice for the game against St. Paul's. The game lived up to the billing, too, as it was very intense and physical, with a fast pace and plenty of big hits.

The game was tight, too, with KUA holding a 2-1 lead through two. But SPS took a lot of penalties, which finally caught up to them in the third, when Brendan Riley and George Sennott scored to make it a 4-1 KUA final.

Due to a school disciplinary matter, KUA had to play without forward Dominic Franco and defensemen Ben Finkelstein and Dennis Cesana. All three will be back for Saturday's game at Vermont Academy.

With Finkelstein and Cesana out, new junior defenseman Jake Massie had to pick up a lot of the slack, and he was terrific, showing why he's one of the top available college prospects still out there. Elijah Harris, in net for KUA, was also excellent, particularly late in the second when the game was still very much in the balance and St. Paul's was applying steady pressure. Harris finished with 28 saves on 29 shots.

This was an excellent game for two periods. St. Paul's, whose top line of John Laurito-Connor Sodergren-Austin Ricci was strong, was very much in the game but ran out of gas in the third.

"You can't win games on the road when you take ten penalties," St. Paul's coach Mark Bozek said afterward. "I thought our second period was our best effort of the season so far but we took those penalties at the end of the period and that really cost us."

KUA coach Tim Whitehead said, "That looked like a mid-season game. Both teams competed hard and it was a physical and fast-paced game. It was a hard-fought win."

Whitehead said that what we're seeing of defenseman Massie, who has Hockey East interest, "is just the tip of the iceberg." Whitehead, whose sister lives in Montreal, found Massie playing high school hockey in Montreal.


***

We got to see St. Sebastian's and Milton today in Needham, and Seb's came out on top, 6-2. The game was closer than the score indicated, as the two teams were tied at 2-2 early in the third. But Seb's senior Will D'Orsi scored a powerplay goal at 4:23 of the third, and that opened the floodgates. Milton senior goalie Drew Hotte, normally very solid, gave up a couple of goals in the final few minutes that were uncharacteristic, clearing a puck right on to Paul McAuliffe's stick for the fifth goal, and then getting all bollixed up, leading to D'Orsis's second goal of the game, an easy wraparound into a wide open net.

Milton's defense suffered due to injuries and lack of depth. New forward Spencer Fox had to be moved back to the blue line.

St. Sebastian's top line of soph RJ Murphy, senior Will D'Orsi, and senior John Rourke was a force throughout. D'Orsi had two goals and an assist, and Rourke added a pair of assists. Sophomore defenseman Eric Jeremiah had a goal and an assist.

Danny Higgins was solid in net, stopping 20 of 22.

 

 

Wed. Dec. 3, 2014 Highlights

 
--- Cushing and Dexter Battle to 2-2 Deadlock

Brookline, Mass. --- Nothing was decided as two of the top teams in prep hockey, Cushing Academy and host Dexter, battled to a 2-2 tie here this afternoon.

The game was an up-and-down affair with more skating than playmaking. That said, it was compelling viewing for an early December matchup.

Cushing got on the board just 57 seconds in, as top line winger Bailey Conger, with his back practically to the wall in the left corner, spotted d-man Patrick Horrocks breaking toward the net and hit him with a picture-perfect pass.

Dexter would get it back with a power-play tally by Kevin Hock with 1:35 left in the period. The play started when Bryan Green, from behind the goal line, spotted Sean Keohan on the point. Keohan fired on net and Kevin Hock neatly tipped the puck past Cushing’s Daccord.

After the tying goal, Dexter kept the pressure on in the Cushing end, but to no avail. The period ended at 1-1.

Dexter had a decided edge in play in an up-and-down second period. Both teams had opportunities off of turnovers, but with nothing to show for it. The plays generally died before turning into genuine scoring opportunities.

Much of the credit for that can go to the d-corps on both teams. Not many prep games contain more young, skilled defensemen than were on display today. Dexter boasted junior Luke McInnis, sophomore Sean Keohan, and freshman Jack Rathbone. On the visitor’s side, juniors Matt Dillon and Ethan Roswell, and 6’3” sophomore Brian Scoville were consistently noticeable. Only Dexter’s Keohan played prep hockey last year.      

With 7:45 left in the third, Cushing senior Jake Simons made a heads-up play, taking the puck off the end boards in the Dexter end and tucking it short side on Dexter sophomore goaltender Liam Moore. However, Moore had intentionally nudged the post off its mooring and the goal was waved off. Cushing protested, quite rightly, but to no avail.

With four minutes left in the third, Cushing fouled up their defensive coverage by backing in and before they knew what was going on, Dexter’s Pat Daly, a repeat junior transfer from Andover, came flying down the left side of the big sheet with no Cushing player within 20 feet. Curling in front of Daccord all alone, Daly held the puck before tucking it home to give Dexter what looked likely to hold up as the game-winner.

But no.

Just 1:51 later, Simons got back the goal he had taken away from him earlier in the period, burying the rebound of a point shot by Cushing senior D Trevor Kacz. It was now 2-2, a score that held up through the end of the third and the entire five-minute OT period, which never generated much flow.

Both goalies were solid, Daccord stopping 36 of 38, and Moore 28 of 30.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win on the road but getting any points is better than getting no points,” Cushing head coach Rob Gagnon said afterward. “We battled back and showed some moxie.”

Gagnon also felt his squad did a good job containing Dexter star center Ryan Donato. “We bottled him up as well as we could,” he said. “I thought our D kept an eye out for that toe drag of his, and fronted him well.”

Dexter coach Dan Donato was less pleased with the outcome. “I don’t think we finished the game,” he said. “That’s something we have to learn to do.”

Donato pointed out that for the second game in a row, his team had gotten off to a weak start. In Sunday’s exhibition against St. Andrew’s College, his starting line allowed a goal on the first shift. The exact same thing happened today.

“But I felt we got better in the second and third periods,” he said, “much like in Sunday’s game.”

“Cushing is a good team and a 2-2 tie is not bad. We’ll get better for having played this game.”

The two teams could meet again soon, in the playoff round at the Lawrence-Groton Christmas Tournament.

***

--- Salisbury Opens Title Defense With 5-1 Win Over Taft

Salisbury, Conn. – Salisbury opened its defense of its prep crown with a decisive 5-1 win over visiting Taft today.

The winning goal came off the stick of defenseman Brett Stirling at 1:29 of the third period, as the senior ripped a shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Taft senior goaltender Joseph Lissack to the far side.

For the first two periods, Lissak was the story of the game, making the stops he had to make, plus a   highlight reel glove save on Kale Kane with 3:35 left in the second. Despite the shots being 25-11 Salisbury after two periods, Lissack was able to get the Rhinos to the third period on the road in a 1-1 game.

It was no small thing, either. Salisbury possessed the puck extremely well. If they had an opportunity they went for it. If not, they regrouped and tried again. Taft was effective over the first two periods in keeping the shots to the perimeter, clearing out in front, and limiting second-chance shots.

But the third period was a different story, as Salisbury buried four goals, two by Stirling, sandwiched around power play goals by junior F Mike O’Leary and senior D James Gobetz.

“I thought the third period got away from us,” Taft head coach Danny Murphy said afterward.

“We played well through the first two periods, but between killing off several penalties in the second and Salisbury’s constant puck possession our guys got worn down by the third period. I was happy with our team’s compete level, but that’s a very deep team over there.”

On the other side Salisbury’s Andrew Will said, “I thought we played hard tonight. We were sloppy in the beginning, and overanxious. But as the game went on, we calmed down and played our game.”

Notes:

Salisbury's lines for Dec. 3 vs. Taft:

Vimal Sukumaran-Kale Kane-Tom Lee
Mike O’Leary-Cole Poliziani-EdgarsTreijs
Dante Latesssa-Luke Israel-Cody Pasic 

Quincy Gregg-Brett Stirling
Ray Seebeck-Nathan Ellis
James Gobetz-Anthony Vincent

Bailey McBurnie
 ***
@ Brunswick 3, NMH 1 -- Junior G Brian Ketchabaw kicked out 21 of 22 shots to lead host Brunswick past NMH. Hoggers senior Conor O'Brien (31/34) took the loss.

@ Exeter 10, Kents Hill 1 -- PGs Max Roche and Mitchell Shennette each had a pair of goals. In net, PG G Bryan Botcher (11/12) and sophomore Nick Moore (11/11) shared the win. Exeter outshot Kents Hill 30-23.

Thayer 4 @ St. George's 1-- Senior F Lincoln Griffin had pair of goals to lead the Tigers over the host Dragons.

Groton 11 @ NYA 2 --  Juniors Michael Brown and Matthew Winter each had a pair of goals to lead Groton.  

Brooks 7 @ Pingree 1 -- Senior Max Prawdzik stopped 14 of 15 shots and seven different teammates each scored a goal.

@ St. Sebastian's 4, Rivers 1 -- Senior John Rourke (2g,1a) and senior G Danny Higgins (26/27) led the Arrows.

Berkshire 5 @ Albany Academy 1 -- Junior F Barclay Gammill (2 SHG, 1 ENG), senior F Zach Hale (3a) and junior D Dan Driscoll (2a) led the Berkshire attack. Junior Sam Merrill (29/30) earned the win.

St. Paul's 2 @ Governor's 1 -- Senior Connor Sodergren (1g,1a) figured in both of St. Paul's goals. Senior Nathan Colannino (23/24) earned the win. Governor's senior Mack Burton (35/37) took the hard-luck loss.

Proctor 5 @ St. Mark's 2 -- Junior G Connor Simpson kicked out 31 of 33 for the win. The Hornets got goals from five different scorers.

Millbrook 2, Canterbury 2 -- Senior D Walker Hincenbergs (1g,1a) figured in both of Millbrook's goals and sophomore G Cole Hayward stopped 36 of 38 shots.

@ Tilton 7, Hoosac 0 -- PG Eric Hildebrand notched a pair of goals and senior G Andrew Herrmann (18/18) earned the shutout win.

@ Gunnery 2, Hotchkiss 1 -- The defending prep runners-up eked out a 2-1 win over Hotchkiss despite a 47-28 shot advantage. The goaltenders were the story here. 6'4" Gunnery junior Trevin Kozlowski (27/28) earned the win. The hard-luck loser was 6'2" Hotchkiss G Caleb Tse-Lalonde (45/47).

Hebron 3, Holderness 2 -- Senior G Devin Sadovnick (28/30) led the way for Hebron. Senior Frederic Cyr scored both of Holderness' goals.

@ Nobles 3, Pomfret 0 -- Senior D Billy Sweezey scored a pair of goals, the second one being an empty-netter. Jr. G Brendan Cytulik (14/14) got the shutout win. The story of the game was Pomfret junior G David Altman, who kicked out 54 of 56 in a losing cause.

Belmont Hill 6 @ Berwick 2 -- Belmont Hill got goals from seven different scorers. Junior G Matt Barrow (14/16) picked up the win.

@ Kimball Union 5, Williston 3 -- KUA got goals from seven different scorers, and PG goaltender Oscar Flory (21/24) got the win.


 

Large Schools & Small Schools

Here is the Large School/Small School Breakdown for this season. There are 58 Div. I schools and, ranked by male enrollment, they are split down the middle, with 29 on each side of the ledger.

Large School/Small Schools by the numbers




Prep Composite, Week of Dec. 1, 2014

 
-- MON. DEC. 1, 2014


St. Paul’s School Jamboree (Day 2 of 2)

10:00 am --- Tabor vs. Loomis -- official NEPSIHA game
12:15 pm – St. Paul’s vs. Groton

Berkshire School Jamboree

Sheffield, Mass.


Rink 1 (Olympic)
9:30 am – Berkshire vs. Nichols
11:30 am – Pomfret vs. Brunswick
1:30 pm – Berkshire vs. Northwood
3:30 pm – Canterbury vs. Pomfret

Rink 2 (NHL)
10:00 am – Kent vs. Northwood
12:00 am – Canterbury vs. Gunnery
2:00 pm – Brunswick vs. Nichols
4:00 pm – Gunnery vs. Kent


-- WED. DEC. 3, 2014

Kingswood-Oxford @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Hotchkiss @ Gunnery, 2:30 pm
Holderness vs. Hebron, 2:45 pm – at North Conway, NH
Taft @ Salisbury, 3:00 pm
Portland Jr. Pirates @ Bridgton Academy, 3:00 pm
Cushing @ Dexter, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Governor's, 3:30 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Moses Brown, 3:45 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Brunswick, 3:45 pm
Brooks @ Pingree, 3:45 pm
Portledge @ St. Anthony's, 3:45 pm
Groton @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:00 pm
Northwood Junior @ Middlebury College JV, 4:00 pm
Rivers @ St. Sebastian's, 4:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
Berkshire @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Winchendon @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ St. George's, 4:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Berwick, 4:15 pm
Millbrook @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
Brewster Academy @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Harvey @ King-Low, 4:30 pm
Proctor @ St. Mark's, 4:45 pm
Worcester Academy @ Middlesex, 5:15 pm
South Shore Kings U18 @ Milton, 5:30 pm (S)
Pomfret @ Noble & Greenough, 5:30 pm


-- FRI. DEC. 5, 2014
St. Francis Prep @ Lake Forest Academy, 10:00 am
Everest Academy (Mich.) @ Governor's, 3:45 pm (S)
Dexter @ Middlesex, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Moses Brown @ BB&N, 5:00 pm
Brewster Academy @ Andover, 5:00 pm
Rivers @ Thayer, 5:00 pm -- moved up; new start time is 4:00 pm
Milton @ St. Sebastian's, 5:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Roxbury Latin, 5:00 pm
Tilton @ Berwick, 5:15 pm
Kents Hill @ Proctor, 6:00 pm -- moved up; new start time is 4:45 pm
Winchendon @ Cushing, 6:30 pm
Brunswick @ Choate, 6:30 pm
Hoosac @ North Yarmouth Academy, 7:00 pm
Delbarton @ Pope John, 7:30 pm
Gilmour Academy @ Lake Forest Academy, 8:30 pm

Stanstead MPHL Tournament (Day 1 of 3)
@ Stanstead, Que.
Ridley College vs. Stanstead College, 10:00 am
Edge School vs. St. Michael's College, 12:15 pm
Stanstead College vs. Rice Memorial, 6:15 pm
St. Michael's College vs. Ridley College, 8:30 pm


-- SAT. DEC. 6, 2014
Rothesay Netherwood School @ Hebron, 1:30 pm (S)
Kimball Union @ Vermont Academy, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Albany Academy, 3:00 pm
Brooks @ BB&N, 3:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:00 pm
Pingree @ Rivers, 3:30 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Westminster, 4:00 pm
Canterbury @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's @ Winchendon, 4:30 pm
Governor's @ Thayer, 4:45 pm
Deerfield @ Groton, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Williston-Northampton, 5:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Holderness, 5:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Millbrook, 6:00 pm
Andover @ Pomfret, 6:00 pm
Hoosac @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ Noble & Greenough, 6:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Lake Forest Academy, 6:15 pm
Rye Country Day @ Hill School, 6:30 pm
Culver Academy @ St. Andrew's College, 7:00 pm
Brewster Academy @ Proctor, 7:00 pm
Taft @ Berkshire, 7:00 pm
Moses Brown @ St. George's, 7:30 pm
Bridgton Academy @ Northwood Junior, 7:30 pm
Everest Academy @ Hebron, 7:30 pm (S)
Portsmouth Abbey @ Harvey, 7:30 pm
Xaverian @ Central Catholic, 8:15 pm (S)

Phillips Exeter Invitational (Day 1 of 2)
Exeter vs. Kent, 6:00 pm
Tabor vs. Gunnery, 6:30 pm

Stanstead MPHL Tournament (Day 2 of 3)
@ Stanstead, Que.
Rice Memorial vs. Edge School, 10:00 am
St. Michael's College vs. Stanstead College, 12:15 pm
Edge School vs. Ridley College, 6:15 pm
Rice Memorial vs. St. Michael's College, 8:30 pm


- SUN. DEC. 7, 2014
Culver Academy @ St. Andrew's College, 11:00 am
Loyola Academy @ Lake Forest Academy, 12:15 pm
Bridgton Academy @ Northwood Junior, 12:30 pm
Cushing @ Avon Old Farms, 2:00 pm
Tilton @ Choate, 2:30 pm

Phillips Exeter Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
Kent vs. Tabor, 12:30 pm
Berwick vs. NE Wolves, 1:30 pm (S)
Exeter vs. Gunnery, 3:00 pm

Stanstead MPHL Tournament (Day 3 of 3)
@ Stanstead, Que.
Ridley College vs. Rice Memorial, 10:00 am
Stanstead College vs. Edge School, 12:15 pm


-- MON. DEC. 8, 2014
Andover @ St. Paul's, 4:30 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Westminster, 4:45 pm
Portledge @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Canterbury @ Berkshire, 5:00 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 5:30 pm

-- TUES. DEC. 9, 2014

Bishop Eustace Prep @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm
Buffalo Jr Sabres AAA @ Nichols, 7:00 pm

 

 

Around the Rinks

Salisbury seniors Vimal Sukumaran, James Gobetz, Quincy Gregg, and Kale Kane holding the hardware.
Salisbury seniors Vimal Sukumaran, James Gobetz, Quincy Gregg, and Kale Kane holding the hardware. (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)
 
Cole Poliziani (#17) scored Salisbury's first goal, assisted by Vimal Sukumaran (#11) and Jordan Kaplan (not pictured).
Cole Poliziani (#17) scored Salisbury's first goal, assisted by Vimal Sukumaran (#11) and Jordan Kaplan (not pictured). (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)
 
Brooks wins the 2015 Martin/Earl (Large Schools) Tournament.
Brooks wins the 2015 Martin/Earl (Large Schools) Tournament. (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)
 
St. Mark's wins the 2015 Piatelli/Simmons (Small Schools) Tournament.
St. Mark's wins the 2015 Piatelli/Simmons (Small Schools) Tournament. (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)