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Prep Composite, Week of Jan. 30, 2017

Mon. Jan. 30
Augustine @ Princeton Day School, 4:00 pm
Bishop Eustace Prep @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
Berwick @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:45 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Brunswick @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Westminster, 5:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Dexter @ Brooks, 6:00 pm
Central Catholic @ Hingham HS, 6:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 31
CBA @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm -- cancelled, snow

Wed. Feb. 1
Avon Old Farms @ Westminster, 2:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
Berkshire @ Canterbury, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Tilton @ Cushing @, 3:00 pm -- moved back to 4:15 pm start
Proctor @ Brewster Academy, 3:00 pm
Gunnery @ Millbrook, 3:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Worcester Academy, 3:00 pm
South Kent @ Pingree, 3:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Rice Memorial, 3:15 pm
St. Mark's @ Roxbury Latin, 3:30 pm
Hoosac @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Kents Hill @ Berwick, 3:45 pm
Lawrenceville @ La Salle College, 4:00 pm
Salisbury @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:15 pm
Stanstead College @ New Hampton, 4:30 pm -- new start time is 5:30 pm
Dexter @ Pomfret, 4:30 pm
Exeter @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
Milton @ St. Sebastian's, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Andover @ Deerfield, 4:30 pm
Middlesex @ St. George's, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Rivers @ Groton, 5:00 pm -- moved up to a 4:30 start
Don Bosco Prep @ Pope John, 5:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Choate, 5:00 pm
Thayer @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm
Moses Brown @ Tabor, 5:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Lawrence Academy, 5:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Governor's, 5:30 pm
Pope Francis @ BC High, 6:15 pm
Austin Prep @ St. John's Prep, 7:45 pm
CBA @ Red Bank Catholic, 8:15 pm

Thurs. Feb. 2
Delbarton @ St. Augustine, 4:00 pm
Suffern HS @ Don Bosco Prep, 5:45 pm
Central Catholic @ Malden Catholic, 6:00 pm

Fri. Feb. 3
Proctor @ Rice Memorial, 3:30 pm
Winchendon @ New Hampton, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ Cushing, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Lawrence Academy, 4:30 pm
St. Paul's @ Noble & Greenough, 4:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Andover, 5:15 pm
St. Mark's @ Pingree, 5:15 pm
Kimball Union @ Holderness, 6:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Brunswick, 6:00 pm
Bridgton Academy @ Lawrenceville, 7:00 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ Hill School, 7:30 pm
La Salle College @ St. Joe's Prep, 8:45 pm

Sat. Feb. 4
Pope Francis @ HS, 12:00 pm
Bridgton Academy @ The Hun School, 1:00 pm
Rivers @ Belmont Hill, 1:00 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Worcester Academy, 1:00 pm
Milton @ Roxbury Latin, 1:00 pm
BC High @ Malden Catholic, 1:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Pingree, 2:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Winchendon, 2:00 pm
Bridgton Academy @ Hill School, 2:30 pm
Lawrence Academy @ BB&N, 3:00 pm
Proctor @ Ulysse Prep, 3:00 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Vermont Academy, 3:00 pm
Andover @ Dexter, 3:00 pm
Moses Brown @ Kingswood-Oxford, 3:00 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ Lawrenceville, 3:00 pm
Tabor @ St. Sebastian's, 3:15 pm
Archbishop Williams @ Austin Prep, 3:45 pm
Brunswick @ Delbarton, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Berwick, 4:00 pm
Thayer @ Governor's, 4:00 pm
Brooks @ Middlesex, 4:00 pm
Tilton @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Groton @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
Northwood Junior @ Stanstead College, 5:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ St. John's Prep, 6:45 pm
Central Catholic @ Chelmsford High School, 7:00 pm

Sun. Feb. 5
Académie Saint-Louis @ The Hun School, 9:15 am
Northwood Junior @ Stanstead College, 12:00 pm

Mon. Feb. 6
Fieldston @ Rye Country Day, 5:15 pm
Princeton Day School @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Arlington HS @ BC High, 6:15 pm


KUA Remains #1 in USHR Prep Poll

Once again -- and for the fifth time in seven weeks -- Kimball Union (21-3-1) is #1 in this week's USHR Prep Poll.

In addition, there are a couple of new teams in the polls, as well as the usual movement.

Two teams from last week's poll didn't make the cut this time around: Belmont Hill, which has lost two of four, and Loomis, which has lost three in a row.

USHR Prep Poll, Week of Jan. 30, 2107


Sat. Jan. 28 Highlights

 -- A Tyce Thompson 4x4 goal in the second period allowed #8 Salisbury to escape with a 1-1 tie at Berkshire. The goaltending -- Berkshire's Tom Draper (29/30) and Salisbury's Jonah Capriotti (26/27) -- was the story here.

-- A breakaway goal by junior Kai Duenez with 23 seconds left in OT gave Groton a 4-3 road win at Roxbury Latin and a sweep of the season series. Groton trounced RL 7-2 back on Dec. 7th. Roxbury Latin drops to 12-4-0 and has lost two in a row for the first time this season. Groton is 4-1-1 over its last six games.

--  A Tao Ishizuka goal at 4:46 of OT lifted Governor's to a 2-1 win at Brooks. Senior G Sam Best (21/22) got the win while Johnny Trotto (30/32) took the loss. Ishizuka, a junior, has 5 goals over his last 3 games.

-- A PPG goal from sophomore D Kevin Lassman with 4:56 remaining in the third lifted host Williston-Northampton to a 1-0 win over Brunswick. Junior Xander Rogers picked up the 22-save shutout, while Brunswick senior Strauss Mann (34/35) was the tough-luck loser.

-- #4 Rivers got goals from four different scorers and junior Aidan Porter (19/20) picked up the win. Middlesex sophomore Joe Stanizzi was kept extremely busy, kicking out 57 of 61 in a hard-luck loss. The win was Rivers's 8th in a row.

-- Senior D Marshall Rifai scored two goals, both assisted by classmate Chris Theodore, to lead host Hotchkiss to a 4-0 win over Deerfield. Senior Tyler Haywood (27 saves) earned the shutout.

-- An Eric Fournier PPG with ten seconds remaining broke a 2-2 and lifted NMH to a 3-2 road win at Tilton. Junior G Eric Green (25/27) picked up the win.

-- Senior D Josh Labonte (2g,1a) and sophomore G Peyton Durand (24/26) led Pomfret to a 4-2 road win at Canterbury. Junior Connor Amsley scored both Canterbury goals, one of them short-handed. Pomfret improves to 11-5-1.

-- Cushing edged #9 Belmont Hill 4-3 on the road as senior Joey Halstrom kicked out 40 of 43 to lead the way. The Penguins first goal was scored by senior Andrew Charmin, just called up from Cushing's "B" team. Sophomore Andrew Ide, junior Vilho Saariluoma, and senior Alec Andreucci also scored for Cushing. Bel Hill soph Connor Hopkins (14/18) took the loss. Sam Hesler (2g) and Christian O'Neill (1g,2a) provided all the Belmont Hill scoring.

-- Sophomore F Lynden Breen (3g,2a) and PG Harrison Piper (1g,2a) led the New Hampton attack in an 8-3 win at Brewster. New Hampton improves to 12-7-3.

-- #5 Exeter got goals from eight different scorers in an 8-0 win over the visitors from BB&N.

-- Nik Allain (2g,1a), Matteo Mangiardi (1g,2a), Jordan Tonelli (3a), and Misha Mrotchek (3a) led the Taft attack in a 7-1 home win over Trinity Pawling. Senior G Andrew Farrier (26/27) got the win. The Rhinos are now 10-5-1.

-- After going down 1-0 to #7 Loomis, host Andover scored four unanswered goals -- two from junior Quinn Doyle -- to take a 4-1 lead into the third. Loomis made things interesting with a pair of third period goals, a PP tally from junior Joey Cipollone and a 4x4 goal from sophomore Reilly Connors, his second goal of the game (and second of the season), to cut to 4-3. Andover PG Kyle Martin (33/36) picked up the win. Loomis, which outshot Andover 36-22, has lost three in a row and falls to 9-6-1.

-- Matt Boldy (2g,2a) had four points and Jack Halloran (2g,1a), Jack Nisbet (2g,1a), Chase McInnis (1g,2a), John Femia (3a) and d-man Bobby Pearl (3a) each had three points as #3 Dexter trounced the visitors from St. Mark's, 12-1.

-- Sophomore G Spencer Knight (27/27) posted his fourth shutout of the season to lead Avon Old Farms to a 5-0 win at Choate. Juniors Nick Wildgoose and Matt Kirwan each had a goal and an assist. Junior forwards Tyler Madden and Will Christensen, and junior d-man Mac Wiseman each had a goal. Avon improves to 10-4-3.


Things Are Getting Interesting
With nearly two-thirds of the prep season completed, and with every game played adding weight to the RPI and JSPR comparisons, here are some observations going into Saturday's action.

1. The East is way ahead of the West this year in terms of number of teams at the top of the RPI. There are no truly dominant teams in the West -- there is no Avon, Salisbury, or Gunnery with only one, or no, losses. If you look at the top 15 teams in terms of winning % there are 10 eastern teams and only five western teams. Is it simply a matter of there being true parity in the west? Perhaps, but it could also be about the number of games played. The top 10 teams in the East have averaged 17.8 games played -- let's round that to 18 -- while the top five teams in the West have averaged 16 (without Gunnery's 20 it is only 15).  There are four East teams with just 2-3 losses, but, apart from them, the numbers of losses is about the same as that of the teams in the West. It is indisputable that the advantage of 2-4 more wins truly affects winning percentage. Take Albany Academy for example. They only have two losses, but they haven't played a very good schedule -- no knock, as it takes time to build a strong schedule --  but Albany is high in RPI because they have only lost two games (to Thayer and Salisbury, teams ranked above them). If Albany loses another game or two it will drastically affect their winning percentage and probably drop them significantly. In other words, they have a small margin of error. Exeter, on the other hand, just lost to KUA, a 'good' loss, but the fact that they have four losses is covered up in large part by the fact that they also have 15 wins. Kent (9-4-2) and Avon (9-4-3) each have four losses -- and some ties -- but with only nine wins each they don't have the same margin for error that Exeter does. In the end, games played really do matter, especially when the range of games a team plays -- from 25 up to 35 -- varies so much. If everyone played 70-80 games it wouldn't make much difference. But given the smaller sample, it definitely does. This will smooth out over the next four weeks as the number of games played mounts.

2. There are three small schools -- KUA, Dexter, and Rivers -- that look like they will probably make the Elite 8.  This is impactful all the way down the line because, typically, there are only two small schools that make the Elite 8. The small schools usually dip below the large schools for the #6-8 slots in the small school tourney, therefore having another small school in the Elite 8 means an additional low-ranked small school will finish around .500 and make the post-season while a large school with both a better record and strength of schedule will not be playing in March. This has been a consistent source of debate and will likely continue to be.

3. Unless more than one from the group of Avon, Salisbury, or Kent go on a run, there may be only one West team in the Elite 8, which is kind of crazy when you think about it. This is likely about winning percentage but additonal insight could be gained by looking at the records of East vs. West matchups this season, something we haven't had the time to calculate. Still, from simply seeing all these teams in action, it's difficult to say definitely that eastern teams, overall, are that much stronger than western teams this year. It would be easy to say, "Well, it will all come out in the wash once the playoffs start." But if strong teams miss the playoffs, even that becomes questionable.

4. If you look at the current RPI leaders in groups of 10 -- i.e. 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, etc. -- the East teams are near the top of that group of ten five out of six times. In other words, the top 10 teams in each grouping have seven East and three West teams, with the top five teams all east, with the next five consisting of two east and three west. This is happening across the board because the East teams play each other a lot -- and a number of them have great winning percentages. Hence, when compared to teams with similar RPI they come out ahead.

5. Pomfret, Proctor, New Hampton, Holderness, Proctor, and Tilton are all bubbling under the Top 16  going into Saturday's games. These schools will have a big impact on the JSPR because their wins and losses against the top 16 teams will totally change the TUC part of the comparison. Again, this is one of the reasons why JSPR is still so volatile. In another 7-10 days, history shows that there will have been enough games played so that the Top 16 only changes by one or two teams through the remainder of the season.

Large School/Small School Breakdown
Here is this season's large school/small school breakdown, by male enrollment. Large schools are in the left column; small schools in the right.

2016-17 Large School/Small School Breakdown


Wed. Jan. 25 Highlights

Avon Blanks #7 Loomis
#1 KUA Edges #5 Exeter
#8 Salisbury Shuts Out Gunnery

Avon, Conn. -- Sophomore Trevor Zegras (2g,1a) and junior Tyler Madden (1g,2a) led Avon's attack and sophomore goaltender Spencer Knight was perfect, kicking out all 26 shots he faced, as the Winged Beavers topped Loomis 4-0 this afternoon.

Avon came out hard and got on the board just 50 seconds into the game when a Nick Wildgoose shot from the slot broke off the glove -- and dropped in behind -- Loomis goalie Adin Farhat to give the Winged Beavers a quick 1-0 lead. The goal also put a quick end to Farhat's two-game shutout streak.

At the 3:03 mark of the second period sophomore Trevor Zegras made it 2-0 on a wide-angle shot from the right faceoff circle.

Just 1:11 into the third, with Avon on the PP, Zegras struck again on a hard wrister -- this time from the left faceoff circle -- that beat Farhat short side to the top corner. At 8:04, again on the PP, Madden beat Farhat with a high wrister from the right faceoff circle to wrap up the day's scoring.

This was a good, clean, up-and-down prep game between two good teams. The difference? Avon capitalized on their scoring chances and got excellent goaltending. Loomis didn't capitalize on their chances and Farhat had an uncharacteristically bad game.

Avon had a 29-26 edge in shots.

"We played hard today," Avon head coach John Gardner said. "In Monday's debacle (a 2-1 OT loss to Westminster at home) we were outworked and outhustled. But today we moved the puck and did all the little things right. The defensemen did a nice job. Their passes had a purpose.  A couple good PKs helped us too. Plus Zegras had a couple nice snipes."

Avon, which improved to 9-4-3, is at Choate Saturday night. Loomis falls to 9-4-1 and is at Brunswick on Friday and Andover on Saturday.


-- Host Berkshire scored two PP goals in the last couple of minutes of play to pull out a 3-3 tie with Hotchkiss. Junior D Mark Driscoll scored at 16:48 to cut Hotchkiss's lead to one. Just 27 seconds later fellow junior d-man Billy Zegras tied it up at 3-3. Both goaies - Berkshire's Tom Draper and Hotchkiss's Carter Pearen -- had 27 saves.

-- Lynden Breen (3g,2a), Michael Kesselring (4a), and Michael Kane (3g) led the scoring parade as host New Hampton topped Tilton 10-5. Larry Niland had a hat trick for Tilton.

-- Junior Ben Thomas (2g,1a) had three points and senior G Brandon Graf kicked out 30 of 31 shots to lead host Winchendon to a 4-1 win over Andover.

-- Host Kent edged Taft 2-1 as senior G Peter Negron, coming off a 54-save shutout of Salisbury Saturday night, had two more shutout periods tonight before Taft junior D Azan Dorsett nicked him for a goal in the third. Negron finished with 34 saves. Will Robinson and Kyle Delmaestro scored Kent's goals in the second period. Taft senior G Andrew Farrier stopped 35 of 37 shots in a hard-luck loss.

-- Senior F Chris Connolly (2g) and  senior G Justin Lampert (46/47) led host Trinity-Pawling to a 4-1 win over Choate.

-- Peter Laviolette had two goals and Reilly Walsh, Ronan Walsh, and Cole Joslin each had two assists to lead Proctor to a 4-1 win at Berwick. Junior G Devin Barresi (19/20) picked up the win.

-- Sophomore G Thomas Gale (29/30) and junior forward Chris Camelio (2g) led Deerfield to a 4-1 win over visiting Westminster. Michael Holland and Wiggle Kerbrat each had two assists for the Big Green.

-- Cushing got goals from 3 different scorers and senior G Joey Halstrom posted a 20-save shutout to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 win over the visitors from NMH. Hoggers junior goaltender Eric Green (45/48) took the hard-luck loss.

-- BB&N picked up a 4-2 road win at Groton as freshman Gavin FitzPatrick kicked out 42 of 44 shots. Junior F Jack Studley and sophomore D Max McKay each had 2 points for BB&N.

-- Salisbury senior G Jonah Capriotti (34/34) earned the shutout and sophomore Johnny Beecher and junior Kevin Wall scored within 4 minutes of each other early in the second period to lead the #8 Knights to a 3-0 win at Gunnery. Junior Tyce Thompson added a late ENG. Junior G Cedrick Andree (34/36) took the loss for Gunnery.

-- Ian Murphy (2g,1a), Jack Rathbone (3a), Matt Boldy (2g), John Femia (1g,1a), and Bobby Pearl (2a) led #3 Dexter to a 6-0 shutout over the visitors from St. George's. Aidan Murphy (23/23) and Liam Moore (4/4) shared the shutout.

-- A goal from sophomore D Robert Radochia goal at 13:55 of the third period lifted #9 Belmont Hill to a 1-0 win over visiting Brooks.

-- Sam Swanson (2g,1a), Neil Shea (2g), and Jack Cameron (1g,1a) led #2 Lawrence to a 5-3 win at Governor's. Swanson's second goal came on a penalty shot, and Shea's second goal was a SHG. Junior Tao Ishizuka had a pair of goals for Gov's.

-- A Nils Janson goal at 2:49 of OT lifted host Kents Hill to a 4-3 win over North Yarmouth Academy. Jaxon Friedman (25/28) got the win for Kents Hill, while NYA senior G Jeremy Thelven (44/48) took the loss.

-- Host St. Mark's topped Middlesex 5-2. Freshman Sean Farrell (2g, 2a), sophomore D Henry Thrun (2g,1a), and senior Ethan Kimball (2a) led the St. Mark's attack. Senior Will Thrun had both Middlesex goals. Farrell has 8 goals over his last three games.

-- Senior F Matt Paul broke a 0-0 tie with a goal at 16:27 of the third and added an empty-netter 29 seconds later to lift #4 Rivers to a 2-0 win over visiting Roxbury Latin. Junior Aidan Porter (12/12) got the shutout for Rivers. Senior Bryan McGrath (44/45) took a tough loss for RL.

-- Freshman F Jack Cronin (2g,1a) and senior G Harry Sherman, with a 28-save shutout, led host Nobles to a 4-0 win over St. Sebastian's.

-- Alex Gagnon, Greg McGunigle, and Connor Preston each had two goals to lead Holderness to a 7-2 road win over Brewster. Holderness senior G Logan Bateman (29/31) earned the win.

-- A Nick Schofield PPG at 4:53 of OT lifted host Williston-Northampton to a 2-1 win over Millbrook. Williston junior goaltender Xander Rogers (18/19) picked up the win; Millbrook junior Greg Brassard (32/34) took the loss.

-- #1 Kimball Union edged #5 Exeter 2-1 at Kimball Union today. The goalies -- KUA junior Sean Dynan (34/35) and Exeter freshman Ryan Welch (33/35) -- were good in this one. KUA improves to 20-3-1 while Exeter drops to 15-4-0.

-- Pingree went on the road and beat Portsmouth Abbey, 5-2. Zach Mitchell (2g,1a), Connor Sweeney (1g,2a), and Sean O'Donnell (3a) led the Pingree offense, while Dominick Cappadona had two goals for PA. Pingree freshman G Shea Grant (23/25) picked up the win.

Last Weekend's Belated Highlights

Last weekend, this typist drove too many miles, saw plenty of hockey, found the one hotel whose wi-fi network was impossible to connect to and... instead of beginning the catch-up process Sunday, went to another game in the afternoon, then drove home to watch the Patriots-Steelers on TV --- and fell asleep with the game on. 

So forgive me.

Forgive me because, as always, there were some pretty fine performances, and we want to shine some light on them -- albeit in an abbreviated form -- before the next round of games begins tomorrow.

-- We started out Saturday at Groton and saw a couple of periods of their game against Middlesex. It was a very good day for Groton junior center -- and leading scorer -- Santeri Hartikainen, who had all four goals in his team's 4-0 win over Middlesex.

-- From there, we continued west to Deerfield and watched Choate forward Jack Hoey (4g,1a) figure in all five goals as the Wild Boars topped the Big Green in their rivalry game. This typist was gung-ho to write these games up, but, alas, was let down by modern technology. (Don't worry, USHR will not be going back to its pre-internet days as a Xeroxed newsletter!)

-- Sunday morning, in a driving rain, we headed over to NMH and watched a couple of good goalies, Taft's Andrew Farrier (29/30) and NMH's Big Eric Green (30/32), battle it out. Taft won it 2-1 on a Shea Courtmanche goal with 4 seconds left in the second period.

In other games:

-- Exeter junior Kyle Jadatz (1g,4a) figured in all 5 of his team's goals in a 5-1 win over Hotchkiss. 

-- Newly-minted Union recruit Mike Hardman (2g,2a) notched 4 points in Winchendon's 8-6 win over Kents Hill.

-- St. Mark's freshman Sean Farrell has scored half his season's goal total over the last two games. The Harvard recruit had 2 vs. St. George's Saturday, and then addded 4 in St. Mark's 6-2 upset at Tabor on Monday.

-- Dartmouth recruit and Belmont Hill senior Sam Hesler (3g,2a) figured in all five goals in Belmont Hill's 5-2 win at St. Paul's Saturday.

-- Millbrook soph Greg Koutsomitis (2g,4a) and junior Zach Taylor (2g,3a) led the way in a 9-1 win over Hoosac.

-- Canterbury senior Mike Perrone scored the game-winner in OT to upset the visitors from Taft, 3-2.

-- Senior Tyus Watson-Tummings scored in OT to lead Vermont Academy past Académie Saint-Louis, 3-2.

-- On Monday, a Tasso Housakos PPG in OT lifted Westminster to a 2-1 win at Avon Old Farms.

Now, we already mentioned Green and Farrier, so how about some more on goalies?

-- The biggest news on the goaltending front was Peter Negron's 54-save shutout as Kent blanked Salisbury on the road, 4-0. Kent is 4-1-1 in the new year.

-- Loomis's Adin Farhat had a 27-save shutout in a 4-0 win over Westy on Saturday. The next day, Farhat posted a 15-save shutout in a 2-0 Pelicans win over Cushing.

-- Lawrenceville tied up NMH, 3-3 -- and L'ville junior goaltender Karl Szabo's 48 saves had more than a little impact on that outcome. SOG for the game were 51-13 in favor of NMH.

-- Avon sophomore Spencer Knight posted his third shutout of the season in a 3-0 home win over Berkshire.

-- Proctor senior Ville Lassonen (26/26) upset visiting LA, 3-0.

-- Pomfret soph Peyton Durand stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 1-1 tie at Albany Academy. Pomfret is now 10-5-1. Last year, they lost 19.

-- BB&N freshman and '02 birthdate Gavin FitzPatrick (44/48) held Rivers to 4 goals in a 4-1 loss.

-- Holderness senior Logan Bateman (40/42) led his team to a 5-2 win at Brooks.

-- Brewster senior Joe Benedetto kicked out 48 of 52 shots, but still took the loss in a 4-2 decision to New Hampton.

-- Andover PG goalie Kyle Martin (39/41) came up big in a 4-2 win over at Nobles.

-- In his first start of the season, NYA senior Jeremy Thelven (27/27) shut out Worcester Academy, 1-0.


Prep Composite, Week of Jan. 23, 2017
Mon. Jan. 23
Westminster @ Avon Old Farms, 4:15 pm
King School @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Canterbury @ Millbrook, 5:00 pm
Notre Dame HS (NJ) @ Princeton Day School, 5:30 pm
The Hun School @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Pingree, 6:00 pm
Pope Francis @ Arlington HS, 6:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 24
Vermont Academy @ Moses Brown, 4:30 pm

Wed. Jan. 25
Hotchkiss @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Tilton @ New Hampton, 3:00 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Cushing, 3:00 pm
Middlesex @ St. Mark's, 3:00 pm
BB&N @ Groton, 3:30 pm
Pomfret @ Pope Francis, 3:30 pm (S) -- at the Olympia, W. Springfield
Brewster Academy @ Holderness, 3:30 pm
Moses Brown @ Worcester Academy, 3:30 pm
Choate @ Trinity-Pawling, 3:30 pm
Westminster @ Deerfield, 3:30 pm
Andover @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Proctor @ Berwick, 3:45 pm
St. Luke's @ Harvey, 3:45 pm
St. Paul's @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Portledge @ Brunswick, 4:15 pm
Exeter @ Kimball Union, 4:30 pm
Vermont Academy @ Hoosac, 4:30 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Kents Hill, 4:30 pm
Salisbury @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Governor's, 4:45 pm
La Salle College @ Hill School, 4:45 pm
Millbrook @ Williston-Northampton, 4:45 pm
Andover High School @ Central Catholic, 4:45 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Noble & Greenough, 5:00 pm
St. George's @ Dexter, 5:00 pm
Brooks @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
St. Augustine @ CBA, 5:15 pm
Pingree @ Portsmouth Abbey, 5:15 pm
The Hun School @ Don Bosco Prep, 5:45 pm
Lawrenceville @ Delbarton, 5:45 pm
St. John's Prep @ Xaverian, 6:30 pm
Bishop Fenwick @ Austin Prep, 8:00 pm

Thurs. Jan. 26
Proctor @ Tabor, 4:45 pm
Princeton Day School @ Lawrenceville, 5:00 pm
St. Peter Marian @ Pope Francis, 6:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 27
Thayer @ St. Sebastian's, 4:00 pm
Hebron @ Berwick, 4:15 pm
New Hampton @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Brunswick, 4:30 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ Saint Augustine, 4:45 pm
Rivers @ Noble & Greenough, 5:00 pm
BB&N @ Governor's, 5:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ St. Paul's, 5:30 pm
Pingree @ Groton, 5:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Tilton, 6:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Rothesay Netherwood School, 6:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Nichols, 7:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 28
Albany Academy @ Nichols, 11:00 am
Groton @ Roxbury Latin, 2:00 pm
Governor's @ Brooks, 2:00 pm
New Hampton @ Brewster Academy, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Rivers, 2:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Hoosac, 2:30 pm
Salisbury @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
Brunswick @ Williston-Northampton, 2:30 pm
Berwick @ Worcester Academy, 3:00 pm
Deerfield @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
Pomfret @ Canterbury, 3:30 pm
Northwood Prep @ Hill School, 4:00 pm
Cushing @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Taft, 4:15 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Andover, 4:15 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Pingree, 4:30 pm
BB&N @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Winchendon @ Hebron, 4:30 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Tilton, 5:00 pm -- new start time is 3:30 pm
Millbrook @ Vermont Academy, 5:00 pm
Westminster @ Kent, 5:00 pm --  postponed, makeup TBA
St. Mark's @ Dexter, 5:30 pm
Arlington Catholic @ Austin Prep, 5:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Moses Brown, 6:30 pm
Archbishop Williams @ St. John's Prep, 6:45 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Choate, 7:00 pm
BC High @ Xaverian, 7:00 pm
Bishop Guertin HS @ Central Catholic, 8:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 29
Académie Saint-Louis @ Albany Academy, 12:00 pm
Northwood Prep @ Lawrenceville, 12:00 pm
Gunnery @ Vermont Academy, 1:00 pm
Winchendon @ Canterbury, 1:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 2:00 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ Bergen Catholic, 7:30 pm

Mon. Jan. 30
St. Augustine @ Princeton Day School, 4:00 pm
Bishop Eustace Prep @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm
Harvey @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Brunswick @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Westminster, 5:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Dexter @ Brooks, 6:00 pm
Central Catholic @ Hingham HS, 6:00 pm


O'Brien Leads Thayer Past Belmont Hill

Belmont, Mass. -- Thayer junior center Jay O'Brien notched a hat trick and added two assists to lead #10 Thayer to a 6-3 win at #8 Belmont Hill this evening. Linemate Casey Carreau (2g,1a) also had a big game, and junior d-man Jason Dobay chipped in with a goal and an assist. Junior Tristan Amonte had a couple of assists as well.

The game started inauspiciously for Thayer as Belmont Hill, charged up by the loud Friday night student section, came out hard and scored just nine seconds in as senior Sam Hesler, off a nice pass from Jonathan Folsom, fired a high wrister past Thayer junior goaltender Jimmy Scannell. Just 1:02 later, at 1:11 of the period, senior Christian O'Neill converted off a nice passing sequence with Max Fields and Mike Armstrong to make it 2-0.

As the period moved along, Thayer, which on Wednesday had also gone down 2-0 in the first couple of minutes before coming back to edge Cushing 4-3, began to reestablish their footing, getting a key goal with 1:30 left in the period when Carreau, off a goalmouth feed from O'Brien, took a shot that deflected off the stick of Belmont Hill goalie Connor Hopkins to make it a one-goal game.

Thayer tied it up 2-2 on a power play goal just 1:12 into the second when O'Brien took a pass from Dobay and fired home a wrister from the left faceoff circle. With 6:27 left in the period, O'Brien struck again with a high top corner wrister to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.

At 3:56 of the third, Belmont Hill tied things up on O'Neill's second goal of the game, a wrister from the slot, assisted by Peter O'Connell.

Five minutes later, at 8:02, Belmont Hill gave up an odd-man rush capped off by Amonte sliding the pack across the top of the crease to Carreau to make it 4-3 and give Thayer a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

A  little over a minute later Thayer stuck the dagger in, O'Brien scoring a power play goal to make it 5-3. Carreau added an empty-netter with 15 seconds to play.

This was a hard-fought game with plenty of up-and-down action. Normally, Belmont Hill plays a very sound team defense. But Thayer, with its quick transitions leading to odd-man rushes, was a handful for Belmont Hill tonight. The Tiger's also had two power play goals to none for Belmont Hill and were pretty lethal moving the puck below the dots -- and finishing. That's something Belmont Hill had a hard time doing once Jimmy Scannell settled into his game. Meanwhile, Connor Hopkins might want to put this one in the rear-view mirror.

"We gave the puck away early," said Thayer coach Tony Amonte afterward. "They are quick, they forecheck hard, and on the big ice they are always a challenge. It took us half a period to adjust. But we didn't panic. We just started chipping away. As the game went on we were able to slow them down a bit, limit turnovers, and get our power play going."

"And Jay O'Brien," Amonte added, "was a beast tonight. He really wanted it. He and Carreau had that extra jump."

Thayer is off until Wednesday, when they host St. Paul's. Belmont Hill, meanwhile, heads to St. Paul's for a road game tomorrow.

The Thayer-Belmont Hill rematch is Friday Feb. 10 (4:00 pm) in Canton.


Wed. Jan. 18 Highlights

NMH Upsets Avon, Taft Edges Loomis, Gale Ties up KUA

-- Northfield-Mt. Hermon junior Eric Green stopped 54 shots to lead the Hoggers to a 5-4 road win at #9 Avon Old Farms. NMH scored three goals in a span of a little over two minutes in the first period to take a 3-1 lead. Avon senior G Brandon Schellin allowed five goals over the first two periods before being relieved for the third period by sophomore Spencer Knight. PG Tora Liu had two goals for NMH. Junior Tyler Madden had a pair for Avon. Shots on goal were 58-16 in favor of Avon. 

-- Kent took over the game with three goals in the second period en route to an 8-5 home win over Hotchkiss. Senior Tommy Tanner (3g,1a) and junior Jeremy Routh (4a) each had four points for the Lions. Hotchkiss senior Chris Theodore had a hat trick.

-- #10 Thayer, playing at home, trailed 2-0 after two periods, but scored the next three en route to a 4-3 win over Cushing. Senior forward Casey Carreau (2g,1a) had three points for the Tigers. Thayer is now 11-4-0 in NEPSIHA play while the Penguins drop to 4-10-1. 

-- A third period PPG from defenseman Brad Ingersoll -- his second goal of the game -- was the difference as #5  Exeter edged visiting Tabor, 3-2. Freshman goaltender Ryan Welch (22/24) earned the win. Exeter is now 14-3-0.

-- Roxbury Latin, behind three first period goals, edged Middlesex 3-2. Senior Bryan McGrath stopped 23 of 25 for the win. RL is now 11-2-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Albany Academy, playing at home, trailed Hoosac 2-0 after the first period, but scored the next seven to win it 7-2. The win was the Cadets' seventh in a row overall, and they are now 11-2-1 in NEPSIHA play. Remy Parker (1g,3a), Casey Rhodes (2g,1a), and Josh Chapman (2g) led Albany's attack.

-- Host Brewster blew a 4-1 second period lead, allowing Tilton to score five of the next six goals en route to a 6-5 win. Junior Cameron Weitzman scored the game-tying goal on the PP at 11:39 of the third and followed it up with the GWG with 2:15 on the clock. Weitzman also had two assists. Tilton, unbeaten over its last eight, is now 11-5-1 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Host Salisbury, trailing 1-0 after one period, got goals from four different scorers -- the last two were empty-netters -- to top Trinity-Pawling 4-1. Senior Jonah Capriotti (16/17) picked up the win, while T-P senior Justin Lampert (41/43) was the hard-luck loser. #7 Salisbury is 10-3-1 and undefeated since the Flood-Marr Tournament.

-- #3 Dexter trounced the visitors from Kents Hill 7-2 to improve to 13-2-0 in NEPSIHA competition. Junior D Jack Rathbone (2g,2a) and junior F Jack Nisbet (2g,1a) led the attack for Dexter.

-- Host Taft broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of early third period goals from senior F Matteo Mangiardi and sophomore D Billy Dobensky to edge #6 Loomis 3-2. Senior Andrew Farrier (31/33) earned the win while Loomis soph Patrick Pugliese (22/25) took the loss. The Rhinos are now 8-3-1 in NEPSIHA play while Loomis, which has lost three of its last four, drops to 7-3-1.

-- Host Westminster got late third period goals from senior Jack Flanagan and junior Ryan Doolin to edge Canterbury, 2-1. Sophomore goaltender Kai Edmonds stopped 21 of 22 shots for the win.

-- A pair of first period power play goals from senior Jack Lloyd gave the visitors from Berkshire a 2-0 lead at the end of one period, but Choate scored five of the game's next six goals, the last an empty-netter, to take a 5-3 decision. Junior D Faisal Al-Saif (2g,1a) and junior F Jack Hoey (1g,2a) each had three points for the Wild Boars. Junior G Cal Stewart (32/35) earned the win.

-- Senior F Jonathan Folsom (2g,1a) led the attack and sophomore G Connor Hopkins (18/18) earned the shutout as #8 Belmont Hill blanked the visitiors from St. Mark's, 4-0. Bel Hill is now 10-3-2 in NEPSIHA play and undefeated in their last seven games overall.

-- #4 Rivers, now 12-3-0, blanked host Brooks 9-0. Sophomore D Tony Andreozzi (2g,1a), senior F Matt Paul (1g,2a), and freshman D Cade Webber (3a) were the offensive stars.

-- Deerfield sophomore goaltender Thomas Gale came up with another big game, kicking out 49 shots to allow the Big Green, outshot 50-18, to tie #2 KUA 1-1. Sophomore Michael Holland gave Deerfield a 1-0 lead in the first. Senior Mike Lombardi tied it up for KUA in the third. Junior G Hugo Turcotte (17/18) had a strong game for the Wildcats. KUA drops to 17-3-1 while Deerfield improves to 8-5-0.

-- Host St. Paul's got goals from four different scorers and senior G Leo Saraceno (28/28) shut out Nobles 4-0.

-- Winchendon, playing at home, topped Proctor 6-3. Senior G Brandon Graf had 27 saves and junior Matt Fawcett (2g,2a), senior Johnny Mulera (2g,1a), senior D Brian Scoville (1g,2a), and junior Ben Thomas (1g,1a) led the Winchendon attack.

-- Holderness got goals from four different scoers and a shutout from senior Logan Bateman (24/25) to top host North Yarmouth Academy, 4-1. Holderness is now 11-4-1 in NEPSIHA play.

-- BB&N got goals from four different scorers and freshman G Gavin FitzPatrick kicked out 27 of 30 shots to lead the Knights to a 4-3 win at St. George's.

-- A Zack Mitchell OT goal lifted host Pingre to a 4-3 win over Portsmouth Abbey. Soph Vito Visconti had two goals for Pingree. Pingree outshot PA 52-32 but junior Jack Horoho (48/52) gave his team a chance.

-- #1 Lawrence Academy broke open a 3-3 game with third period goals from Drew Bavaro, defenseman Braden Doyle, and Timmy Kent to take a 6-3 decision at Milton Academy, thus avenging their only NEPSIHA defeat of the season, a 5-2 decision back on Dec. 7th. Bavaro (1g,2a), Neil Shea, (3a), and Doyle (2g) led the Spartans' scorers. The win was the eighth in a row for LA.

-- Junior Cedrick Andree posted a 26-save shutout to lead host Gunnery to a 3-0 win over Millbrook. Andree has allowed only two goals over his last three games. Gunnery has won four straight and six of seven to move to 13-5-0 in NEPSIHA play. Millbrook sophomore goalie Cam Fernandez (30/32) had a strong game in a losing effort.

-- Host St. Sebastian's, trailing Andover 3-2 entering the third, got goals from sophomore Riley Hughes, senior Chris Joyce, and sophomore Liam Gorman in a span of a little over five minutes to take a 5-3 decision. Freshman Liam Connors had three assists for the Arrows.

-- Wyoming Seminary senior F Fred Allaire (2g,2a) scored in OT to give his team a 4-3 win at Lawrenceville. 


Prep Composite, Week of Jan. 16, 2017

*Mon. Jan. 16 (MLK Day)*

Middlesex vs. Catholics Shootout
At O’Brien Arena; Woburn, Mass.
Woburn vs. St. John’s Prep, noon
Reading vs. Xaverian, 2:00 pm
Winchester vs. BC High, 4:00  pm
Arlington vs. Catholic Memorial, 6:00 pm
Burlington vs. Malden Catholic, 8:00 pm

USPHL All-Star Games
At Merrimack College
16U Young Guns Game, 2:00 pm
18U Young Guns Game, 4:00 pm
USPHL All-Star Game, 3:00 pm (Lawler Arena)

Worcester Academy @ Moses Brown, 2:00 pm
Central Catholic @ Austin Prep, 3:00 pm (at Stoneham Arena)
Lawrenceville @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hoosac @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:30 pm
Berkshire @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm
Choate @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Exeter, 5:15 pm

Tues. Jan. 17
Pope John @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm

Wed. Jan. 18
Hotchkiss @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Canterbury @ Westminster, 2:30 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Taft, 2:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Worcester Academy, 3:00 pm
Hebron @ Bridgton Academy, 3:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Pingree, 3:30 pm
Hill School @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
Hoosac @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm
Cushing @ Thayer, 4:00 pm
Upper Canada College @ St. Andrew's College, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Moses Brown, 4:15 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Lawrenceville, 4:30 pm
Kimball Union @ Deerfield, 4:30 pm
Tabor @ Exeter, 4:30 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Milton, 4:30 pm
BB&N @ St. George's, 4:30 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Avon Old Farms, 4:30 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Salisbury, 4:30 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Middlesex, 4:30 pm
Rivers @ Brooks, 5:00 pm
Holderness @ North Yarmouth Academy, 5:00 pm
Kents Hill @ Dexter, 5:00 pm
Berkshire @ Choate, 5:00 pm
Governor's @ Groton, 5:00 pm
Millbrook @ Gunnery, 5:00 pm
Andover @ St. Sebastian's, 5:00 pm
St. John's Prep @ BC High, 5:00 pm
Proctor @ Winchendon, 5:15 pm
Seton Hall Prep @ CBA, 5:15 pm
La Salle College @ Princeton Day School, 5:30 pm
Tilton @ Brewster Academy, 5:30 pm  new start time is 2:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ St. Paul's, 5:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Belmont Hill, 5:30 pm
Central Catholic @ Westford Academy, 7:45 pm
St. Mary's Lynn @ Austin Prep, 7:45 pm

Thurs. Jan. 19
St Johns Shrewsbury @ Pope Francis, 6:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 20
Académie Saint-Louis @ Groton, 4:00 pm
North Yarmouth Academy @ Berwick, 4:15 pm
Delbarton @ St. Augustine, 4:45 pm -- cancelled
New Hampton @ Vermont Academy, 5:00 pm
Hebron @ Proctor, 5:00 pm
Andover @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Thayer @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm
BB&N @ St. Mark's, 5:15 pm
Brewster Academy @ Kimball Union, 6:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Lawrence Academy, 6:00 pm
Tilton @ Holderness, 6:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Kingswood-Oxford, 6:00 pm
Milton @ Tabor, 6:30 pm
Lawrenceville @ Trinity-Pawling, 7:00 pm
Pingree @ Roxbury Latin, 7:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 21
Lawrenceville @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 1:00 pm
Berkshire @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ Vermont Academy, 2:30 pm
Kents Hill @ Winchendon, 3:00 pm
St. Mark's @ St. George's, 3:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Kimball Union, 4:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Holderness @ Brooks, 4:00 pm
Culver Academy @ St. Andrew's College, 4:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Westminster @ Loomis-Chaffee, 4:30 pm new start time is 3:00 pm
Taft @ Canterbury, 4:45 pm
Andover @ Noble & Greenough, 5:00 pm
Middlesex @ Groton, 5:00 pm new start time is 3:30 pm
Pomfret @ Albany Academy, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Governor's, 5:00 pm
Berwick @ Kingswood-Oxford, 5:15 pm
Rivers @ BB&N, 5:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ North Yarmouth Academy, 5:30 pm
Hill School @ Brunswick, 5:30 pm
Exeter vs. Hotchkiss, 5:30 pm (at Wesleyan)
Belmont Hill @ St. Paul's, 5:30 pm
Brewster Academy @ New Hampton, 6:00 pm
Hoosac @ Millbrook, 6:00 pm
Rye Country Day @ Moses Brown, 6:30 pm
Malden Catholic @ St. John's Prep, 6:45 pm
Kent @ Salisbury, 7:00 pm
Choate @ Deerfield, 7:00 pm
Austin Prep @ Archbishop Williams, 7:45 pm
Central Catholic @ Acton-Boxborough HS, 8:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 22
Moses Brown @ Hoosac, 10:00 am
Culver Academy @ St. Andrew's College, 12:00 pm
Taft @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 1:00 pm -- new start time is 12:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Northwood Junior, 1:00 pm
Bridgton Academy @ Stanstead College, 1:00 pm
Catholic Memorial @ BC High, 1:15 pm
Cushing @ Loomis-Chaffee, 3:30 pm
Delbarton @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm
Christian Brothers Academy @ Bergen Catholic, 7:45 pm

Mon. Jan. 23
Westminster @ Avon Old Farms, 4:15 pm
King School @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Canterbury @ Millbrook, 5:00 pm
Notre Dame HS (NJ) @ Princeton Day School, 5:30 pm
The Hun School @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Pingree, 6:00 pm


Sat. Jan. 14 Highlights

Tabor Stuns #1 KUA; Lawrence Blanks Thayer 5-0

-- Junior Nick Boardman (2g,1a), and seniors Christian LeSueur (1g,2a) and Nick Van Belle (1g,2a) each had three points to lead host Brunswick past Hoosac 8-3.

-- Senior Steve O'Connor had a hat trick and added an assist, and junior Nathan Katzaroff had three assists to lead host Milton to a 7-4 win over Moses Brown. Freshman Gunnarwolfe Fontaine and junior Jacob Studley each had two goals for Moses Brown.

-- Reilly Walsh had two goals and an assist, while younger brother Ronan Walsh and senior d-man Matt Slick each added a goal and an assist in Proctor's 5-2 win over visiting Nobles. Proctor moves to the .500 mark at 6-6-1 while Nobles falls to 6-8-0.

-- Senior Sam Hesler (1g,3a) and junior John Copeland (1g,2a) led the Belmont Hill attack, and Nick Eselius kicked out 20 of 21 shots in a 5-1 win over visiting Governor's. #10 Bel Hill improves to 9-3-2 in NEPSIHA play.

-- An Andrew Somerville PPG with 1:27 remaining lifted host Tilton to a 5-5 tie with Vermont Academy. Strange game: Tilton got four in the first, Vermont answered with four of their own in the second, and each team had one in third (and, of course, none in OT). Tilton's Callahan Johnson had a three-point afternoon, as did VA's John Peloso and Robbie Ferreira.

-- Senior Brendan Schneider had both goals in host Albany Academy's 2-1 win over Canterbury. Albany is sneaking up. They're now 9-2-1 in NEPSIHA games.

-- Senior Andrew Ray (2g,1a) had three points to lead NYA to a 5-3 win over visiting Académie Saint-Louis.

-- Junior Neil Shea had a hat trick and an assist and senior Owen Zdunski posted a 24-save shutout to lead #5 Lawrence Academy to a 5-0 win over #6 Thayer at the Canton SportsPlex. Steve Needham and Teddy Locke also had goals for LA, now 9-1-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Junior Kevin Wall had a hat trick, Jacques Bouquot had two goals, and senior goaltender Jonah Capriotti kicked out 21 of 23 shots to lead #8 Salisbury to a 7-4 win over host Westminster. Salisbury had an abysmal first period -- serious bus legs -- and allowed Westy to jump out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 29 seconds apart. But Salisbury came back with a pair early in the second -- and added five more goals in the third. Jack Flanagan scored on a penalty shot for  Westminster. Salisbury is 8-3-1 now.

-- Deerfield got goals from seven different scorers and sophomore goaltender Thomas Gale kicked out 36 of 38 shots to lead the Big Green, now 8-5-0, to a 7-2 win at Trinity-Pawling. Sophomore Joey Musa (1g,1a) figured in both of T-P's goals.

-- Senior defenseman Michael Young (2g,2a) and senior forward Charlie Lawerence (2g) led the attack and junior Aidan Porter (20/20) got the shutout as #3 Rivers blanked St. Mark's 9-0.

-- Tyler Madden's second goal of the game lifted #7 Avon to a 2-2 tie at Kent. Senior d-man Troy Daniels (1g,1a) figured in both Kent goals. Goaltenders Spencer Knight (24/26) and Peter Negron (37/39) had busy afternoons.

-- Junior goaltender Jaxon Friedman (26/27) led Kents Hill to a 4-1 win over the visitors from Ulysse Prep.

-- Junior F Albert Washco had two goals and junior G Cedrick Andree kicked out 22 of 23 to lead Gunnery to a 4-1 win over Stanstead College.

-- Senior D Josh Labonte (2g,3a) and PG forward Phil Satin (2g,3a) each had five points in host Pomfret's 6-1 win over Millbrook. Sophomore G Peyton Durand (34/35) earned the win. Pomfret improves to 8-5-0.

-- After a scoreless first period Tabor scored three goals in a four-minute span of the second period to take charge. KUA, on a Chris Konin goal, cut it to 3-2 but host Tabor held on and knocked off the #1 Wildcats. Senior goaltender Jeremie Forget stopped 26 of 28 shots for the big win. Jay Cote, Ed Hannon, and Eric Pedro scored the Seawolves' goals.

-- A goal from senior defenseman Graham Rutledge late in the second period turned out to be the game winner as #9 Exeter edged archrival Andover 4-3 today at Andover. Exeter outshot Andover 37-20.

-- New Hampton bounced back from a 2-0 first period deficit to edge host Hebron 4-3. New Hampton got goals from four different scorers. Senior Waltteri Rannisto had two goals for Hebron. New Hampton improves to 7-7-3.

-- Sophomore Sean Dennehy gave host Choate a 1-0 lead after one, but Taft came back with three straight goals -- from Ryan Colwell, Jeremie Lavallée, and Matteo Mangiardi -- to go ahead 3-1. Choate's Chance Gorman added a third period goal to make it 3-2 but the Wild Boars could get no closer. Senior Andrew Farrier (26/28) earned the win while junior Cal Stewart (35/38) took the loss. The Rhinos improve to 7-3-1.

-- Host Berwick spotted visiting Worcester Academy a 3-0 lead but came roaring back with four unanswered goals -- the last from senior Byron Welch -- to take a 4-3 win.

-- Senior Dominick Cappadona had a hat trick and added an assist to lead Portsmouth Abbey to an 8-4 win over Kingswood-Oxford. The win was the first of the season for PA.

-- Harrison Roy (1g,3a), Joey Cipollone (2g,1a), and Justin Grillo (3a) led the attack as #4 Loomis, now 7-2-1, celebrated the school's 100th year of hockey with a 5-2 win over Hotchkiss.


Rathbone Returns; Strikes in OT

Brookline, Mass. -- Star Dexter defenseman Jack Rathbone returned to action after a four-week absence due to concussion symptoms, and wasted no time making his presence felt, scoring a PP goal at 1:27 of overtime to lead his team to a 3-2 win over New Hampton tonight.

On the winning goal, which came with New Hampton forward Joe Dunlap in the penalty box due to a rather dubious slashing call, Dexter goalie Aidan Murphy passed the puck up to Rathbone on the far wall. The junior, a Harvard recruit getting a good look from the NHL scouts in the building, used his considerable speed to fly through the New Hampton defense and fire the game-winner stick-side past New Hampton senior goalie Thomas McLarnon.

This was a very good prep hockey game. Dexter scored the game's first goal, a Tommy Giandomenico goal at 3:59 of the first. New Hampton answered in the second on a power play tally by senior Chris Lemay. Dexter went ahead 2-1 on a Danny Shea goal, off a nice pass from John Femia. New Hampton tied it up 2-2 at 2:14 of the third on Lemay's second goal of the night, a quick-release shot high to Murphy's glove side. And that was all the scoring until Rathbone struck for the OT game-winner.

Shots on the game were 38-34 Dexter.

"It's good to have Jack (Rathbone) back," Dexter coach Dan Donato said afterward."I thought we played just OK. The kids had exams this week, so our first practice was yesterday. And that's a mature New Hampton team."

"I thought a key to the game was our goalie. (Murphy) played very well, stopping two key breakaways in the second to keep the game 2-1 us instead of 3-2 them."

New Hampton coach Casey Kesselring is looking for more scoring, as six of his team's seven losses thus far have been by one goal. This was also New Hampton's third 3-2 OT loss on the season.

"It was a good hard-fought game," Kesselring said. "We had chances, but our guys are gripping their sticks too hard. If we can get our lines clicking and just string some wins together we can gain some positive momentum. If we get on a roll and are fortunate enough to reach the playoffs I feel we could be dangerous. But we have to get there first."


Wed. Jan. 11 Highlights

Gale Kicks Out 40, Haggerty Scores in OT as Deerfield Upsets Loomis

Deerfield, Mass. -- Deerfield sophomore goaltender Thomas Gale, the MVP of the Flood-Marr Tournament last month, kicked out 40 shots and PG forward Chad Haggerty scored a breakaway goal with 33 seconds remaining in overtime as the Big Green upset #4 Loomis-Chaffee 3-2 tonight.

Loomis got on the board just 24 seconds into the game as Joey Cipollone converted a Justin Grillo goalmouth pass to put the visitors up 1-0. There was no other scoring in the first. Despite the lead, Loomis, having played no games since the Avon Tournament, looked a little rusty and ragged in the first. However, their goalie, junior Patrick Pugliese, was on his game, and kept Deerfield at bay.

Deerfield tied things up 1-1 at the 10:35 mark of the second when Justin Masella banged home the rebound of a Thomas Dale shot. That was the only goal of the second period. Loomis outshot Deerfield by a 15-7 margin, but Gale put on a clinic, as the Loomis forwards swarmed him, firing shots from all over.

Gale was in a zone, coming up with numerous 10-bell saves.

Loomis got to him in the third, however, as center Johnny Barbieri, on the PP, deflected a shot from the right point at 3:22 to give the Pelicans a 2-1 lead. It was the second and final goal Loomis would score on the day. 

Deerfield tied it up 2-2 on a great individual effort from PG forward Danny Farr, who beat a couple defenders as he motored wide down the right side, beating Pugliese short side at the 7:05 mark. That was the final goal in regulation, though not for lack of trying: Loomis, with a 13-5 edge in shots in the period, just poured it on Gale,

With about two minutes left, Loomis junior D Andrew Lucas sprung Justin Grillo on a breakaway. Gale came up with the stop of the game.

Overtime was a little less frenetic, and, just as it looked as if a tie was in the cards, Deerfield junior D Bret Pastor sent Haggerty in on the breakaway that would give Big Green the win with just 33 seconds on the clock, as the Deerfield student section and players celebrated.

"We'll take a win any way we can," said Deerfield coach Tim McVaugh. "But Gale stole one for us tonight."

"Also I really liked the way we responded," McVaugh added. "Both times Loomis scored we got it right back. I think that resilience bodes well for the future."

Loomis coach JR Zavisza could only shake his head in wonder, as his team played two dominant periods but left with nothing to show for it.

"Their goalie played out of his mind," he said. "He stole three or four goals."


Final shots on goal showed Loomis with a 42-30 edge.

Deerfield is playing without its top d-man, 6'3" senior tri-captain Justin Marler. He's out with a shoulder separation.

-- #1 Kimball Union got second-period goals on point shots from Dillon Munson and Bryce Dolan to improve to 16-2-0 in NEPSIHA play. Sean Dynan kicked out 19 of 20 for the win, while Vermont's Guy Piccolo was excellent in a losing cause, stopping 28 of 30.

-- Taft senior goaltender and captain Andrew Farrier -- a recent Colgate recruit -- kicked out 39 of 41 shots to lead host Taft, now 6-3-1, to a 5-2 win over Westminster. Senior Jeremie Lavallée scored two goals, including the GWG, for the Rhinos.

-- Avon, on the road at Hotchkiss, got 26 saves from Brandon Schellin and goals from four different scorers in a 4-2 win. The #7 Winged Beavers improved to 7-2-2.

-- Berkshire got goals from six different scorers and goaltender Thomas Draper (19/20) got the win as Berkshire topped host NMH 6-1.

-- Exeter got goals from Matt McShea and Gray Betts -- and an ENG from Graham Rutledge -- to edge host Governor's 3-1. #9 Exeter improves to 11-3-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Host Proctor allowed New Hampton to take a 3-0 first period lead, but bounced back with four unanswered goals to go ahead 4-3. But Lynden Breen tied it up for New Hampton at 4-4 late in the second.  In the third, Cole Joslin scored a SHG to give Proctor a 5-4 lead, but New Hampton's Joe Dunlap salvaged a tie for the visitors.

-- Tilton sophomore G Brendan Benoit stopped 40 of 43 shots to lead the Rams to a 4-3 road win at Andover.

-- Berwick freshman Chris Dowd scored the game-winner in a 3-2 win over Holderness.

-- Kent led Trinity-Pawling 2-1 after two periods today, but things fell apart in the third as the hosts scored five of the next six goals. Ray Zimmerman (2g,4a), Nick Charron (1g,4a), and Jordi Jefferson (2g,1a) led the T-P scoring parade. Senior G Justin Lampert kicked out 47 of 50 -- and T-P picked up its first win of the season, 6-3.

-- With the goalie pulled and 1:18 left on the clock, Brunswick senior captain Nick VanBelle scored to lift his team to a 4-4 tie at Millbrook.

-- A Sam Swanson goal with five minutes on the clock lifted #5 Lawrence Academy to a 5-4 road win at Nobles. LA improves to 8-1-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Junior Harrison Clark's second goal of the game turned out to be the game-winner as Middlesex edged host Portsmouth Abbey 5-3.

-- Senior Ben Alofsin's goal at 2:33 of OT gave host Pomfret a 3-2 win over Winchendon. Sophomore G Peyton Durand (31/33) picked up the win.

-- Host Williston got two goals from JoJo Carbone en route to a 6-0 blanking of Worcester Academy. Williston had a 63-17 edge in shots.

-- Brewster, traiing Kents Hill 2-1 after two periods, scored four unanswered goals in the third to take a 5-2 win.

-- Host Milton got goals from five different scorers and senior goaltender Ethan Domokos kicked out 24 of 26 shots in a 5-2 win over St. Paul's.

-- Sophomore Connor Sweeney had two goals and an assist to help lead Pingree to a 7-3 win at NYA.

-- A Zack Lauderback second period goal lifted host Canterbury to a 2-2 tie against Choate. Canterbury senior Dan Seitz (31/33) and Choate junior Cal Stewart (34/36) each had strong games in net.

-- Roxbury Latin got goals from four different scorers in a 4-0 shutout at St. Mark's.


Prep Composite, Week of Jan. 9, 2017
Mon. Jan. 9
Don Bosco Prep @ Gloucester Catholic, 3:45 pm
Nobles @ Thayer, 4:00 pm  (makeup of Sat. 1/7 snow-out)
North Yarmouth Academy @ Hebron, 4:15 pm
Wall HS @ Christian Brothers Academy, 4:30 pm
BC High vs. Catholic Memorial, 4:30 pm (at Fenway Park)
Portsmouth Abbey @ St. George's, 4:45 pm
Hotchkiss @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm
Brooks @ Groton, 5:15 pm (makeup of Sat. 1/7 snow-out)
The Hun School @ Princeton Day School, 5:30 pm
Morristown Beard @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Kent @ Millbrook, 5:30 pm
Holderness @ New Hampton, 6:30 pm
Austin Prep @ Melrose HS, 7:00 pm

Tues. Jan. 10
Delbarton vs. St. Peter's Prep, 4:00 pm (at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ)

Wed. Jan. 11
Vermont Academy @ Kimball Union, 2:30 pm
Tilton @ Andover, 2:30 pm
Westminster @ Taft, 2:30 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
Exeter @ Governor's, 3:00 pm
Berkshire @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 3:30 pm
Harvey @ St. Luke's , 3:45 pm
New Hampton @ Proctor, 4:00 pm
Middlesex @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Princeton Day School, 4:15 pm
Holderness @ Berwick, 4:15 pm
The Hun School @ Wyoming Seminary, 4:30 pm
Kents Hill @ Brewster Academy, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Groton, 4:30 pm
Brunswick @ Millbrook, 4:30 pm
Kent @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 pm
Worcester Academy @ Williston-Northampton, 4:30 pm
Choate @ Canterbury, 4:30 pm
Brooks @ St. George's, 4:30 pm
Pingree @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:45 pm
Winchendon @ Pomfret, 4:45 pm
St. Paul's @ Milton, 5:00 pm
Loomis-Chaffee @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Noble & Greenough, 5:15 pm
St. Peter's Prep @ Christian Brothers Academy, 5:15 pm
Roxbury Latin @ St. Mark's, 5:30 pm
Portledge @ Lawrenceville, 6:00 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ South Kent, 6:00 pm
Central Catholic @ Waltham HS, 7:00 pm
Tabor vs. Belmont Hill, 7:45 pm (at Fenway Park)

Thurs. Jan. 12
St. Augustine @ Delbarton, 3:45 pm
St. John's Prep @ St. Peter Marian, 7:30 pm

Fri. Jan. 13:

Northwood Invitational; Lake Placid, NY (Showcase Division)
(Day 1 of 3)

Nichols vs. CÉGEP Sainte-Foy, 2:00 pm (1980 Rink)
Northwood vs. Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 5:00 pm (1932 Rink)
St. Andrew’s College vs. Culver, 8:00 pm (1980 Rink)

Full Northwood Tournament Schedule (All Divisions)

Académie Saint-Louis @ Hebron, 2:00 pm
NMH vs. Princeton Day School, 3:00 pm (at Amherst College)
Xaverian @ BC High, 4:00 pm
BB&N @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Moses Brown @ Roxbury Latin, 5:00 pm
Tabor @ St. George's, 5:30 pm
Cushing @ Deerfield, 5:30 pm
Winchendon @ Williston-Northampton, 5:30 pm
T-P @ Westminster, 6:00 pm (makeup of Sat. 1/7 snow-out)
New Hampton @ Dexter, 6:00 pm
Berwick @ Brewster Academy, 6:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Lawrenceville, 6:00 pm
Governor's @ Kimball Union, 6:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 14:

Northwood Invitational; Lake Placid, NY (Showcase Division)
(Day 2 of 3)

Culver vs. CÉGEP Sainte-Foy, 11:00 am (1980 Rink)
Northwood vs. Nichols, 2:00 pm (1980 Rink)
St. Andrew’s vs. Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 5:00 pm (1980 Rink)

Moses Brown @ Milton, 12:00 pm
Hoosac @ Brunswick, 1:00 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ NYA, 1:00 pm
Shady Side Academy @ Lawrenceville, 1:00 pm
Barnstable HS @ Pope Francis, 1:00 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Proctor, 2:00 pm
Northfield - Mt. Hermon @ Holderness, 2:00 pm
Governor's @ Belmont Hill, 2:15 pm
Avon Old Farms @ Kent, 2:30 pm
Deerfield @ Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 pm
Middlesex @ Pingree, 2:30 pm
Ulysse Prep @ Kents Hill, 3:00 pm
Groton @ St. George's, 3:00 pm  ppd due to stomach bug at St. George's
Canterbury @ Albany Academy, 3:00 pm
St. Paul's @ St. Sebastian's, 3:00 pm
Williston-Northampton @ Berkshire, 3:15 pm
Central Catholic @ Lincoln-Sudbury HS, 3:15 pm
Vermont Academy @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
Salisbury @ Westminster, 3:30 pm
Stanstead College @ Gunnery, 3:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Rivers, 4:00 pm
Bishop's College School @ Brewster Academy, 4:30 pm
Millbrook @ Pomfret, 4:45 pm
Kingswood-Oxford @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:45 pm
Kimball Union @ Tabor, 5:00 pm
Exeter @ Andover, 5:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Berwick, 5:15 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Thayer, 5:30 pm
New Hampton @ Hebron, 6:00 pm
Roxbury Latin @ Brooks, 6:00 pm
Austin Prep @ Bishop Fenwick, 6:00 pm
Taft @ Choate, 7:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Loomis-Chaffee, 7:00 pm
St. John's Prep @ Catholic Memorial, 8:00 pm

Sun. Jan. 15:

Northwood Invitational; Lake Placid, NY (Showcase Division)
(Day 3 of 3)

St. Andrew’s College vs. CÉGEP Sainte-Foy, 9:00 am (1980 Rink)
Culver vs. Northwood, 9:00 am (1932 Rink)
Shattuck-St. Mary’s vs. Nichols, 10:50 am (1932 Rink)

Princeton Day School @ Pomfret, 12:00 pm
Ulysse Prep @ Kents Hill, 12:00 pm
Albany Academy vs. Stanstead, 1:00 pm (at Middlebury College)
Barnstable HS @ Pope Francis, 2:00 pm
Bishop Eustace Prep @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm

Mon. Jan. 16
John's Prep @ Woburn HS, 11:00 am
Worcester Academy @ Moses Brown, 2:00 pm
Central Catholic @ Austin Prep, 3:00 pm
BC High vs. Winchester, 3:00 pm (at O’Brian Arena; Woburn, Mass.)
St. Rose @ Christian Brothers Academy, 3:30 pm
Lawrenceville @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Gunnery, 4:30 pm
Hoosac @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4:30 pm
Berkshire @ Hotchkiss, 4:45 pm
Choate @ Salisbury, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Exeter, 5:15 pm


KUA Again #1 in USHR Prep Poll

Kimball Union (15-2-0) is once again #1 in the USHR Prep Poll, as the Wildcats picked up wins in both of their games last week, a 2-1 decision over New Hampton on Wednesday, and a 5-0 blanking of Cushing on Saturday.

Because some teams had no games scheduled for Wednesday -- and many games were snowed out on Saturday -- there was a definite shortage of big games that would have caused large, multiple shifts in the poll.

There are changes, though. For starters, Gunnery and St. Sebastian's -- #9 and #10 respectively last week -- have  been unceremoniously bounced from this week's poll.

Click below and see who's taken their place.

USHR Prep Poll, Week of Jan. 10, 2017


Saturday's Abbreviated Schedule

With a winter storm warning across much of the area, a number of games will get scratched today. Please let us know, via text, email, or Twitter, if you learn of any cancellations we don't know about. We will keep this page up to date, and also send out relevant tweets. Stay safe. And thank you.

Scheduled Games of Sat. Jan. 7, 2017:

Albany Academy @ Princeton Day School, 10:00 am
Bishop Hendricken @ Pope Francis, 12:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Sebastian's, 12:30 pm
BC High @ Malden Catholic, 1:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Middlesex @ BB&N, 2:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Choate @ Holderness, 2:00 pm
Berwick @ Portsmouth Abbey, 2:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Worcester Academy @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Brooks @ Groton, 2:30 pm  ppd to Mon. 1/9 at 5:15 pm
Millbrook @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
St. George's @ Pomfret, 2:30 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Rye Country Day @ Pingree, 2:45 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Trinity-Pawling @ Westminster, 3:00 pm   ppd. to Fri. 1/13 at 6:00 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 3:15 pm
New Hampton @ Governor's, 4:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Kimball Union @ Cushing, 4:00 pm (Pink the Rink Fundraiser)
St. Mark's @ Tabor, 4:00 pm  ppd to Mon. 1/23 at 5:30 pm
Tilton @ Milton, 4:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Rivers, 5:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Kent @ Loomis-Chaffee, 5:00 pm  ppd to Mon. 2/13 at 5:45 pm
Exeter @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ North Yarmouth Academy, 5:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 5:30 pm  ppd to Mon. 1/9 at 4:00 pm
Brewster Academy @ Lawrence Academy, 6:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 6:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
St. John's-Shrewsbury @ Austin Prep, 6:00 pm  ppd, makeup date TBA
Moses Brown @ King School, 6:45 pm  cancelled
Xaverian @ St. John's Prep, 6:45 pm ppd, makeup date is Sun. 1/8 at noon
Chelmsford HS @ Central Catholic, 7:30 pm ppd, makeup date TBA


Wed. Jan. 4, 2017 Highlights

-- Roxbury Latin Opens New Rink

Roxbury Latin played their first game at their impressive new rink this afternoon, but couldn't wrap it up with a bow as St. George's senior Toby Almeida scored through a screen at 1:23 of OT to lift the visitors to a 1-0 win.

This was a goalies' game, as both St. George's senior Shane Conlon, a '99, and Roxbury Latin senior Bryan McGrath, a '98, were excellent.

As for the skaters, Roxbury Latin's star is 6'1" LD -- and Providence recruit -- Mike Callahan. He was paired with 8th grader Peter Frates, who is quick, mobile and plays with a lot of assurance for an 8th grader with an October '01 birthdate. You'll be hearing a lot more from him over the years.

Up front, junior Jimmy Duffy was the best forward on either team. He's grown some and played a little more physically than we recall from last season. Duffy has skill, is a strong skater, sees the ice, and had a lot of opportunities but just couldn't bury any of them. A junior and an '00 birthdate, Duffy has the potential to play Div. I down the line. 5'7" sophomore winger Jack Luca was also interesting, but it's too early to say whether he is a D-I or D-III prospect. He's on the small side now, so a lot depends on whether he can grow and fill out some.

St. George's got strong performances from senior F Toby Almeida, who is going to Conn College for lacrosse, LC Gordan Gurnell, a repeat junior from the Conn. high school ranks, and junior D Max Thomson.

As for RL's rink, it's just one facet of the new on-campus Indoor Athletic Facility -- its formal name -- and on Friday Jan. 20th at 7:30 pm will be formally dedicated prior to that night's game vs. Pingree. Roxbury Latin has played its home games at Dexter's Thorndike Rink for 40 years, so the building is a real boon for coach Dave Cataruzolo's program. It's easy to imagine a potential recruit's eyes lighting up as he walks around the spacious, light-filled arena with numerous cathedral-style windows and yards of glass. An impressive weight room looks down on the ice from one corner. There are offices, a reception room with fireplace, a concessions area, a trainer's room, and impressive locker rooms with hardwood stalls. With a balcony on one side and the benches and penalty boxes on the other, it bears a resemblance to the rinks at Belmont Hill and Rivers. The rink is not instantly recognizable as a rink from the outdoors because it is connected to the rest of the athletic facility, which in turn is connected to the school. The long red brick building looks out over the recently re-turfed football fields. As part of the construction, the school has also built new baseball and soccer fields, as well as tennis courts.

-- At the Berkshire School this afternoon, a Jack Lloyd
goal with the extra attacker on and :07 on the clock tied things up at 3-3 but the visitors from Millbrook -- in the person of sophomore Jake Gagnon -- scored at 2:42 of OT to give the Mustangs the win. Junior Greg Brassard (22/25) got the win. Millbrook is now 7-3-2 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Matteo Mangiardi (2g,2a) had four points in host Taft's 8-4 win over Brunswick. The Rhinos improve to 5-2-1 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Chris Theodore and Alex Bourhas each had a goal and two assists in Hotchkiss's 5-0 shutout of Lawrenceville.

-- Senior Thomas Dale had two goals in Deerfield's 6-3 win over Pomfret. One goal was an empty-netter and the other came on a penalty shot. Deerfield is 6-3-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- In a battle between #5 Dexter and #2 Rivers, host Dexter came out on top, 3-2. John Femia's second goal of the game, at 6:28 of the second period, turned out to be the game-winner. But it was controversial, as Rivers, as well as many impartial observers, felt that the play had been whistled dead after a high stick but before the puck crossed the goal line. This was a good, hard-fought game between two teams that could meet again in the post-season.

-- Sophomore G Greg Iverson kicked out 35 shots in Williston's 3-1 win over Canterbury.

-- A Ryan Farley goal with 4:07 to play lifted #6 Thayer to a 3-2 road win at Winchendon. Junior Jimmy Scannell kicked out 25 of 27 shots for the win. It was Winchendon's fourth game in three days. Thayer is now 9-3-0.

-- Kent sophomore goaltender Alex Contey kicked out 43 of 45 shots to lead his team to a 4-2 road win at Gunnery. Senior D Troy Daniels scored the GWG in the third and Kent added an empty-netter for the final margin of victory. Kent's #1 goalie, Peter Negron, has been under the weather, but is expected back at school tomorrow (Thurs.).

-- Senior Rich Steinberg's first goal of the season was a big one, coming in the third period and lifting host Tilton to a 2-1 win over Proctor. Tilton is 9-5-0 in NEPSIHA play.

-- Brendan Schneider and Jericho Petkovich each had two goals and an assist in host Albany Academy's 7-1 win over Portledge.

-- Junior Bobby Murray (1g,2a) had three points as host Exeter topped Brooks, 4-1. Exeter improves to 9-3-0 in NEPSIHA competition.

 -- Henry Thrun, Sean Farrell and Mike Nantais each had four points as host St. Mark's crushed Worcester 8-2. In addition, Colby Bailey, Tyler Young, Connor Berry, and Justin Biela each had two points. After losing five straight to start the season, a young St. Mark's team has rebounded with wins in three of its last four games.

-- Derek Muse (3g,1a) and Greg Stohrer (2g,2a) each had four points in Berwick's 7-2 road win at Pingree.

-- Holderness senior goalie Logan Bateman (25 saves) shut out Vermont Academy 3-0. Holderness improves to 8-2-0 vs. NEPSIHA competiton.

-- Nobles got scoring from five different scorers in a 5-1 win at St. Sebastian's. Junior G Matt Lane kicked out 24 shots for the win.

-- Senior Clay Ellerbrock's goal at 9:34 of the third lifted Kents Hill to a 6-5 win over host NYA.

-- Freshman Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (2g,2a) scored a SHG with 1:53 to play to lift Moses Brown to a 4-4 tie at Groton.


Tues. Jan. 3rd, 2017 Tournament Scoreboard

 Joshua H. Weeks New Years' Tournament (Day 2 of 2)
At Tabor Academy; Marion, Mass.
9:30 am -- Game 1: Hill 4, Kents Hill 3
11:30 am -- Game 2: Milton 2, Winchendon 2
1:30 pm -- Championship Game: Tabor 3, Stanstead 1  Soph. D Tyler Harvey scores GWG in 3rd period


Mon. Jan. 2nd, 2017 Tournament Scoreboard

Joshua H. Weeks New Years' Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At Tabor Academy; Marion, Mass.
 9:00 am -- Stanstead 2, Winchendon 1
11:00 am -- Tabor 4, Kents Hill 1
1:00 pm -- Milton 2, Hill 1 (OT)  Bobby Beniers SHG in OT
3:30 pm -- Winchendon 9, Kents Hill 5  Mulera 2g,3a; Fawcett 3g; Thomas 3a
5:30 pm -- Tabor 8, Hill 1  Ed Hannon 2g,3a
7:30 pm -- Stanstead 4, Milton 2

Tuesday's Playoff Schedule at Tabor:
9:30 am -- Game 1: Hill vs. Kent's Hill
11:30 am -- Game 2: Milton vs. Winchendon
1:30 pm -- Championship Game: Stanstead vs. Tabor


Prep Composite, Week of Jan. 2, 2017

Mon. Jan. 2, 2017

Joshua H. Weeks New Years' Tournament (Day 1 of 2)
At Tabor Academy; Marion, Mass.
 9:00 am -- Winchendon vs. Stanstead
11:00 am -- Tabor vs. Kents Hill
1:00 pm -- Hill vs. Milton
3:30 pm -- Kents Hill vs. Winchendon
5:30 pm -- Tabor vs. Hill
7:30 pm -- Milton vs. Stanstead

Other games on Mon. Jan. 2, 2017:
Gloucester Catholic @ CBA, 3:30 pm
Woburn High @ Catholic Memorial, 7:00 pm (Boch Ice Center; Dedham)

Tues. Jan. 3, 2017

Joshua H. Weeks New Years' Tournament (Day 2 of 2)
At Tabor Academy; Marion, Mass.
9:30 am -- Game 1
11:30 am -- Game 2
 1:30 pm -- Championship Game
(The top two teams are seeded after Day 1. The other two matchups are determined based on who has not yet played each other, travel, etc.)

Other games on Tues. Jan. 3, 2017:
Exeter @ New Hampton, 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Met @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
La Salle College @ St. Augustine, 4:00 pm
Northwood Junior @ Albany Academy, 4:00 pm -- postponed, weather
Bishop Eustace Prep @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm

Wed. Jan. 4, 2017

Proctor @ Tilton, 2:30 pm
Millbrook @ Berkshire, 2:30 pm
Kent @ Gunnery, 2:30 pm
Brunswick @ Taft, 3:00 pm
U.S. National Junior Team vs. Russia, 3:00 pm (at Montreal, Que.)
Noble & Greenough @ St. Sebastian's, 3:30 pm
Moses Brown @ Groton, 4:00 pm
Berwick @ Pingree, 4:00 pm
Pomfret @ Deerfield, 4:00 pm
Canterbury @ Williston-Northampton, 4:00 pm
Brooks @ Exeter, 4:00 pm
St. George's @ Roxbury Latin, 4:00 pm (Opening day for RL's new rink)
Worcester Academy @ St. Mark's, 4:00 pm
Lawrenceville @ Hotchkiss, 4:00 pm
Wyoming Seminary @ Princeton Day, 4:15 pm
Rivers @ Dexter, 4:30 pm
Holderness @ Vermont Academy, 4:30 pm
Kents Hill @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:45 pm
Greenwich HS @ Rye Country Day, 4:45 pm
Don Bosco Prep @ CBA, 5:15 pm
Portledge @ Albany Academy, 5:30 pm
Thayer @ Winchendon, 5:30 pm
St. John's Prep @ Malden Catholic, 6:00 pm (at Valley Forum II; Malden)
Pope Francis @ St. Peter Marian, 7:30 pm (at Holy Cross)
St. John's Shrewsbury @ Central Catholic, 7:45 pm

Thurs. Jan. 5, 2017

Delbarton @ The Hun School, 4:00 pm
New Hampton @ Kimball Union, 5:30 pm
Milton @ Belmont Hill, 5:30 pm
U.S. National Junior Team vs. Canada, 8:00 pm (at Montreal, Que.)

Fri. Jan. 6, 2017

Rice Memorial @ Shady Side Academy, 9:45 am
Gilmour Academy @ Ridley College, 11:30 am
Rice Memorial @ Lake Forest Academy, 3:45 pm
King School @ Harvey, 3:45 pm
CBA @ St. Augustine, 4:30 pm
Rye Country Day @ Kingswood-Oxford, 4:30 pm
Berwick @ Kents Hill, 5:00 pm
Westminster vs. Cushing, 5:00 pm (at the Eaglebrook School)
Roxbury Latin @ Pomfret, 5:45 pm
Hebron @ Brewster Academy, 6:00 pm
Governor's @ Rivers, 6:00 pm
Dexter @ BB&N, 6:00 pm
Albany Academy @ Lawrenceville, 6:00 pm
Proctor @ Holderness, 6:15 pm
Gunnery @ Canterbury, 7:00 pm
La Salle College @ Malvern Prep, 8:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 7, 2017

Albany Academy @ Princeton Day School, 10:00 am
Bishop Hendricken @ Pope Francis, 12:00 pm
Belmont Hill @ St. Sebastian's, 12:30 pm
BC High @ Malden Catholic, 1:00 pm
Middlesex @ BB&N, 2:00 pm
Choate @ Holderness, 2:00 pm
Berwick @ Portsmouth Abbey, 2:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Northfield - Mt. Hermon, 2:30 pm
Brooks @ Groton, 2:30 pm
Millbrook @ Hotchkiss, 2:30 pm
Taft @ Avon Old Farms, 2:30 pm
St. George's @ Pomfret, 2:30 pm
Rye Country Day @ Pingree, 2:45 pm
Trinity-Pawling @ Westminster, 3:00 pm
Berkshire @ Williston-Northampton, 3:15 pm
New Hampton @ Governor's, 4:00 pm
Kimball Union @ Cushing, 4:00 pm (Pink the Rink Fundraiser)
St. Mark's @ Tabor, 4:00 pm
Tilton @ Milton, 4:00 pm
Hill School @ Lawrenceville, 4:00 pm
Proctor @ Rivers, 5:00 pm
Kent @ Loomis-Chaffee, 5:00 pm
Exeter @ St. Paul's, 5:00 pm
Salisbury @ Deerfield, 5:00 pm
Vermont Academy @ North Yarmouth Academy, 5:30 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 5:30 pm
Brewster Academy @ Lawrence Academy, 6:00 pm
Winchendon @ Gunnery, 6:00 pm
St. John's Shrewsbury @ Austin Prep, 6:00 pm
Moses Brown @ King School, 6:45 pm
Xaverian @ St. John's Prep, 6:45 pm
Chelmsford HS @ Central Catholic, 7:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 8, 2017

Seacoast College Prep @ Bridgton Academy, 12:00 pm
Delbarton @ Bergen Catholic, 7:30 pm

Mon. Jan. 9, 2017

Don Bosco Prep @ Gloucester Catholic, 3:45 pm
Noble & Greenough @ Thayer, 4:00 pm  (makeup of Sat. 1/7 snow-out
North Yarmouth Academy @ Hebron, 4:15 pm
Wall HS @ CBA, 4:30 pm
Catholic Memorial vs. BC High, 4:30 pm (at Fenway Park)
Portsmouth Abbey @ St. George's, 4:45 pm
Hotchkiss @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm
Pingree @ Middlesex, 5:00 pm 
Brooks @ Groton, 5:15 pm  (makeup of Sat. 1/7 snow-out
The Hun School @ Princeton Day School, 5:30 pm
Morristown Beard @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Kent @ Millbrook, 5:30 pm
Holderness @ New Hampton, 6:30 pm
Austin Prep @ Melrose HS, 7:00 pm


KUA Back at #1 in USHR Prep Poll

Kimball Union Academy, just back from winning the Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament in Buffalo, NY, is now 13-2-0 in NEPSIHA games, and returns to the top spot in this week's USHR Prep Poll. The Wildcats were #1 in our first poll of the season, before being moved out by Loomis in the Dec. 19th poll.

We expect plenty of changes before the end of the season, but the spate of tournament games over the past 2-3 weeks has built up the sample size to a fairly respectable point. We're beginning to see who the stronger teams are. We feel that the top six teams in this week's poll have set themselves apart. The teams in the 7-8-9-10 slots have had good moments and bad moments but could well be in the hunt until the end.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 2, 2017

Around the Rinks

Middlesex sophomore G Joe Stanizzi kicked out 57 of 61 shots in a hard-luck 4-0 loss to Rivers on Sat. Jan. 28.
Middlesex sophomore G Joe Stanizzi kicked out 57 of 61 shots in a hard-luck 4-0 loss to Rivers on Sat. Jan. 28. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
Avon junior Tyler Madden had 3 points (2g,1a) in a 5-4 loss to NMH on Wednesday.
Avon junior Tyler Madden had 3 points (2g,1a) in a 5-4 loss to NMH on Wednesday. (Photo: J. Alexander Imaging)
Deerfield soph. G Thomas Gale had another big game Wednesday, kicking out 49 shots as the Big Green tied up #2 KUA, 1-1.
Deerfield soph. G Thomas Gale had another big game Wednesday, kicking out 49 shots as the Big Green tied up #2 KUA, 1-1. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
Belmont Hill senior Christian O'Neill after scoring a goal vs. Tabor Wed. Jan. 11 at Fenway.
Belmont Hill senior Christian O'Neill after scoring a goal vs. Tabor Wed. Jan. 11 at Fenway. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)