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Tabor New Year's Tournament

Joshua H. Weeks Tournament
At Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. (except as noted)
January 1-2, 2019

Tuesday January 1, 2019
Game 1: 9:00 am – St. Paul’s vs. Winchendon
*Game 2: 9:00 am – Proctor vs. Pomfret (at Gallo Arena) 

Game 3: 11:00 am – Tabor vs. Kents Hill
*Game 4: 11:0 0am – St. George’s vs. Worcester (at Gallo
 Arena)
Game 5: 2:00 pm – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 6: 4:00 pm – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 7: 6:00 pm – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 8: 8:00 pm – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Wednesday,  January 2, 2019
9:00 am – Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 5
11:00 am – Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5
1:00 pm – Loser of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 7
3:00 pm – CHAMPIONSHIP -- Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 7

 *Asterisk denotes games at Gallo Ice Arena, 231 Sandwich Rd, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

 

 

Krys Leads Salisbury Past Taft, 5-2

Salisbury, Conn. -- A pair of second period power play goals -- the game-winner and an insurance goal -- from senior D Luke Krys spelled the difference as host Salisbury knocked off Taft, 5-2, in the season opener for both teams here in the snowy northwest corner of Connecticut this afternoon.

With 4:30 left in the second period, and Salisbury on the power play, Krys's wrister from the right point found daylight, beating Taft PG goalie Thomas McAleer to break a 1-1 tie and give Salisbury a lead they would not relinquish.

Salisbury started the third period on the power play and, just 34 seconds in, Krys pinched and picked up a blocked shot, knocking it 5-hole from a scramble in front to make it 3-1.

Krys two goals? That's two more than he scored all of last season.

With the lead in hand, the Knights padded their lead with third period goals from Coronato and Quillan. Taft's Ryan Colwell scored off the draw with 3:24 left on the clock. It was too little to late, and the Knights skated off with a 5-2 win. For 14 Salisbury skaters, it was their first-ever prep school game. And they did just fine.

For two periods this was a hell of a good prep game. Taft is vastly improved and gave Salisbury all they had. In the  third it became a battle of attrition. And Salisbury's depth just wore the Rhinos down. 

Earlier, at 4:41 of the first, Taft opened the scoring when senior LW Finn Walker gathered a juicy rebound in the low slot and fired it past Salisbury senior goaltender Jared Levine.

But Salisbury answered just 20 seconds later when a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing sequence from the Cole Vallese-Jake Quillan- Matt Coronato line resulted in a rebound that junior D Bayard Hall swept into a suddenly unguarded net. The two teams went into their rooms after the first tied at 1-1.

For Taft, we particulary noticed junior LD Christian Jimenez, a Harvard recruit and possibly the cleverest blueliner in prep hockey, as well as senior Billy Dobensky, his partner on the blue line and a Middlebury recruit. Andrew Ebersol, a big right-shot postgrad defenseman from Rochester, NY, is an interesting prospect as well. Up front, Taft has an excellent top-line center in new junior Tristan Fasig, RW and top returning scorer Ryan Colwell, plus juniors Zack Tonelli and Bobby Barrasso, two sons of ex-NHLers playing on the same line.

Afterwards, we spoke with Salisbury coach Andrew Will, who said, "This was a close, hard-fought game that I think gave our young group confidence. Taft played great. They were strong, confident, and physical."

Taft coach Ryan Shannon, now in his second year behind the Rhinos' bench, said, "We knew what we were up against. Salisbury plays a sound, disciplined game. They executed their game plan better than we executed our's. Their goalie made some good saves, especially on some flurries we had in front."

"I thought our guys played hard. They gave it their all. And we can feel good about that looking forward."

Notes:

Shots favored Salisbury, 35-24. Salisbury forward Tom Richter, a Brunswick transfer and the son of yet another NHLer, broke his collarbone playing fall hockey and will be out until early January.

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Notes from around prep hockey, Wednesday, November 28, 2018:

Williston 5 @ Avon 2 -- Williston PG Brendan Nehmer scored a PPG to put his team up 3-2 late in the first. Nehmer would go on to score another goal. Soph David Novotny also notched 2 goals. PG goalie Kyle Breland kicked out 41 shots for the win.

@ Dexter 2, Cushing 0 -- Freshman Cully Wilson and senior John Farinacci scored the goals, and senior G Derek Mullahy (20/20) earned the win.

New Hampton 5 @ Winchendon 3 -- Juniors Cory Morris (2g,2a) and Isaac MacLeod (2g,1a) led the Huskies to the win on the road. Devin Moran had 2 goals for Winchendon. 

@ Middlesex 7, Worcester 1 -- Six different scorers chipped in for Middlesex.

Berkshire 0 @ Albany Academy 0 -- A rare one here. AA's PG Kyle Penton (25/25) and Berkshire soph Jed Baliotti (33/33) notched mutual shutouts.

Rivers 4 @ St. Sebastian's 0 -- Junior F Matt Cormier scored the GWG early in the 3rd, and junior Michael McEachern added an empty-netter. Junior G Casen Janko (20/22) earned the win.

Thayer 6 @ St. George's 1 -- Senior Christian Hayes (2g,1a) and soph Sasha Teleguine (1g,2a) led the Tigers' attack.

Millbrook 3 @ Canterbury 1 -- Senior F Jake Gagnon (1g,2a) figured in all three of Millbrook's goals. Senior Cam Fernandez kicked out 24 shots for the win.

Hotchkiss 4 @ Gunnery 0 -- Junior G Henry Wilder (27/27) stopped everything that came his way, and four different scorers chipped in for the Bearcats.

@ Belmont Hill 5, Berwick 0 -- Senior D James Perullo (2g,1a) led the offense and sophomore G Michael Hauswirth (26/26) earned the shutout.

@ Holderness 6, Hebron 3 -- Junior Tim Manning (1g,3a) and senior Isaiah Fox (1g,2a) led the attack for Holderness.

Proctor 3 @ St. Mark's 1 -- Hornets senior Conor Joslin (2g) led the attack, and junior G Cole Chingras kicked out 44 shots. 

Tilton 3 @ Kents Hill 0 -- Tilton PG goalie Owen Cuddyer (26/26) earned the shutout. Kents Hill junior G Max Macchioni (46/49) was the hard-luck loser.

@ Nobles 4, Pomfret 0 -- Junior F Jack Cronin (2g,1a) and senior D John Murray (1g,2a) each earned three points. Junior G Marc Smith (20/20) picked up the shutout. Pomfret had six penalties in this game; Nobles was called for just one. 


 

Northwood, Salisbury Tops at Monday's Jamborees

Of the 14 teams this typist saw Monday at the Berkshire and Hotchkiss Jamborees, Northwood and Salisbury were a clear notch above.

Northwood (22-3-3) has been playing games since mid-September, so were in mid-season form. Head coach Chad Cassidy, now in his first year, says it's the deepest team he's had since his first year at Northwood. "Our speed," he says, "makes us difficult to play against."

At Berkshire, Northwood's puck movement, passing skills, and 200-foot game made it extremely difficult for opponents to establish -- and sustain -- offensive pressure. Maybe later; certainly not now. Northwood beat Kent, 6-1, and blanked host Berkshire, 6-0.

Of the team's four committed players, three -- LW Tommy Bannister, RW Cody Monds, and LD Jared Lambright -- are headed to St. Lawrence. The fourth, C Reid Leibold, is headed to RPI. All of those players are juniors. So is Lambright, as is his defense partner, junior Nate Boak, a 5'8", 159 pounder who makes up what he lacks in size through quick feet, a quick stick, smarts and a strong head for the game.

Second line RW Daniel Colabufo, a new junior, was also quite noticeable. So was 6'5", 207 lb. senior LD Andrew Gilbert, by far the largest member of the team.

The goaltender in net when this typist was watching was Ryan Wilson, who wasn't tested much. Wilson, who would have been a senior at Proctor and the Hornets #1 goalie this season, transferred to Northwood over the summer.

Salisbury is going to be very tough this season. The Knights have 11 Div. I commits, 12 if you include center Mike Cameron, who decommited from RPI. And there will be more. If not this year, then down the line.

There are 16 new players at Salisbury, and the team is junior-heavy, so they could be even stronger next year, if they don't get raided by juniors. But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves here. After all, this season hasn't offically started for most of the teams here, and that includes Salisbury.

"We have depth up front," says coach Andrew Will. "We have a good mix of size. We have speed and skill. We're not flashy on the back end, but steady. And our goaltending is solid."

"We're also young and inexperienced," added Will, noting that the team will be looking for leadership from its seniors, such as Luke Krys (Brown), Clay Korpi, and Brunswick transfer Tom Richter (Union).

Here's how the Salisbury lines looked on Monday:

Michael Fairfax '20- Ilya Usau '20 (UConn)- Nick Capone '20 (Maine)
Justin Hryckowian '19 (NU)-Lucas Mercuri '20 (UVM)- Matt DeBoer '20
Jake Quillan '20 (Q-pac)- Matt Coronato '20 (Harvard)-Brendan Kennedy '20
Cole Vallese '20 (PC)-Michael Cameron '20 -Dean Bauchiero '21

Clay Korpi '19- Jared Crespo '20 (Penn St.)
Luke Krys '19 (Brown)-Bayard Hall '20 (Brown)
AJ Casperson '20 - Bobby Metz '20
Eddie Girardi '19 -Jonathan Critelli '20

Jared Levine '19
Nick Haas '20

Note that among the forwards, there are 10 juniors, one sophomore, and one senior.
Among the D, there are five juniors and three seniors.

So the big question is: How will Salisbury do with a team so heavy on underclassmen? Can they return to the championship game?

In this typist's experience, the prep teams that win it all generally have a strong core group of seniors.

This squad certainly has the skill to win it all, but the fact that they will be relying on so many new, younger players bucks the trend. Also, how the goaltending shakes out is always a question mark for most teams at this time of year, and often beyond.

Note:

We don't want to give the impression that Northwood and Salisbury were the only teams in action Monday. There were 12 other teams, and we checked them all out. With the time restaints -- two games going on simultaneously and the two jamborees overlapping -- it's like speed dating for recruiters and coaches. But Monday allowed this typist to begin the process of getting to know the teams, getting a real feel for their character and how they are constructed. That obviously will go on throughout the season.

Leaving Hotchkiss late in the afternoon, after dark, with the rain coming down in sheets, was not at all conducive to happy driving. Earlier, in daylight, USHR's chief meteorologist noted that the ground that was totally saturated and thus impossible to drain. The streams and smaller rivers are swollen, and little pop-up ponds appear in the middle of fields and back yards. This is something we sometimes see in March, at the height of mud season, but certainly not this time of year. Just sayin'.

 

 

Prep Composite Schedule, Week of Nov. 26, 2018
Mon. Nov. 26, 2018
Berkshire Jamboree
Rink 1:
 9:30 am -- Pomfret vs. Brunswick
11:30 am -- Berkshire vs. Nichols
 1:30 pm -- Canterbury vs. Pomfret
 3:30 pm -- Berkshire vs. Northwood
Rink 2:
10:00 am -- Gunnery vs. Canterbury
12:00 pm -- Northwood vs. Kent
 2:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. Nichols
 4:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Kent


St. Paul's Jamboree (last day)
10:00 am -- Tabor vs. Taft
12:15 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Groton

Hotchkiss Jamboree
11:15 am -- Salisbury vs. Westminster (Dwyer Rink)
11:30 am -- Hotchkiss vs. Trinity Pawling (Schmidt Rink)
1:15 pm -- Westminster vs. Loomis (Dwyer Rink)
1:30 pm -- Trinity-Pawling vs. Millbrook (Schmidt Rink)
3:15 pm -- Loomis vs. Salisbury (Dwyer Rink)
3:30 pm -- Millbrook vs. Hotchkiss (Schmidt Rink)
Scrimmages will consist of two 22:30 running time periods.

Kents Hill @ Stanstead College, 3:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Brooks, 4:00 pm (S)

Tues. Nov. 27, 2018
Bergen Catholic @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm 

Wed. Nov. 28, 2018
Taft @ Salisbury, 2:30 pm
Williston Northampton @ Avon Old Farms, 3:00 pm
Millbrook @ Canterbury, 3:00 pm
Hotchkiss @ Gunnery, 3:00 pm
Pomfret @ Noble & Greenough, 3:15 pm
Berkshire @ Albany Academy, 3:30 pm
New Hampton @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Cushing @ Dexter, 3:30 pm
Pingree @ Governor's, 3:30 pm (S)
Brewster Academy @ Vermont Academy, 4:00 pm
Rivers @ St. Sebastian's, 4:00 pm
Groton @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:00 pm
Portledge @ La Salle College HS, 4:00 pm
Tilton @ Kents Hill, 4:30 pm
Hebron @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
Proctor @ St. Mark's, 4:30 pm
Berwick @ Belmont Hill, 5:00 pm

Thurs. Nov. 29, 2018
Loomis Chaffee @ Brunswick, 5:00 pm

Fri. Nov. 30, 2018
Northwood Junior vs. St. Andrew's College, 2:00 pm
Delbarton @ St. Augustine, 4:00 pm
Rivers @ Thayer, 4:00 pm -- Note: new start time is 5:00 pm
Nichols vs. Cage Andre Laurendeau , 4:30 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ Holderness, 4:30 pm
Bridgton Academy @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:45 pm
St. Johns (DC) @ Hill School, 5:00 pm
Hoosac @ Lawrenceville, 5:00 pm
Brooks @ Pingree, 5:00 pm
St. Sebastian's @ Milton, 5:15 pm
Middlesex @ Governor's, 5:15 pm
Rothesay Netherwood School vs. Stanstead College, 5:30 pm
Berwick @ Kents Hill, 5:45 pm
Tilton @ Proctor, 6:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Brewster Academy, 6:00 pm
BB&N @ Lawrence Academy, 6:00 pm
Northfield Mt. Hermon @ Westminster, 6:00 pm
Malvern Prep @ La Salle College HS, 6:45 pm
Winchendon @ Cushing, 7:00 pm

Sat. Dec. 1, 2018
Northwood Junior vs. CEGEP Andre-Laurendeau, 10:00 am
Nichols vs. Culver Academy Prep, 12:30 pm
Académie Saint-Louis @ Middlesex, 2:00 pm (S)
Brewster Academy @ Proctor, 3:00 pm
Brooks @ BB&N, 3:00 pm
Canterbury @ Hotchkiss, 3:00 pm
St. Paul's @ Tilton, 3:30 pm
St. Mark's @ Winchendon, 3:30 pm
Belmont Hill @ Noble & Greenough, 3:30 pm
Loomis Chaffee @ Trinity-Pawling, 4:00 pm
Worcester Academy @ Holderness, 4:00 pm
Pingree @ North Yarmouth Academy, 4:15 pm
Hoosac @ Avon Old Farms, 4:30 pm
Hill School @ Choate, 4:30 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ Roxbury Latin, 4:30 pm
Salisbury @ Williston Northampton, 5:00 pm
Millbrook @ Lawrenceville, 5:00 pm 
Governor's @ Thayer, 5:30 pm
St. George's @ Northfield Mt. Hermon, 6:00 pm
Deerfield @ Groton, 6:00 pm
Taft @ Berkshire, 7:00 pm

Tabor Invitational, at Tabor Academy
Day 1
5:30 pm -- Andover vs. Albany Academy
7:30 pm -- Tabor vs. Pomfret

Exeter Invitational, at Phillips Exeter Academy
Day 1 
3:30 pm -- Vermont Academy vs. KUA
4:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. New Hampton
6:00 pm -- Exeter vs. Kent
7:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Hebron

Sun. Dec. 2, 2018
Tabor Invitational, at Tabor Academy
Day 2
12:00 pm -- Pomfret vs. Albany Academy
 2:00 pm -- Tabor vs. Andover

Exeter Invitational, at Phillips Exeter Academy
Day 2
11:30 am -- Vermont Academy vs. Hebron
12:00 pm -- Kent vs. New Hampton
 2:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. KUA
 2:30 pm -- Exeter vs. Gunnery

Mon. Dec. 3, 2018
CBA @ Gloucester Catholic, 3:45 pm
La Salle College HS @ St. Joe's Prep, 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Abbey @ St. George's, 4:45 pm
St. Mark's @ St. Sebastian's, 4:45 pm
Columbia Prep @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
Millbrook @ Salisbury, 5:30 pm

 

 

Thayer Edges Rivers in Hard-Fought Scrimmage

Weston, Mass. -- A Reilly Moran goal broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Thayer to a 3-2 scrimmage win at Rivers Saturday morning. 

Even though there was nothing at stake here today, both schools' success last season gave the match-up a little extra box office appeal.

Rivers, you may recall, was edged out last season in the Elite 8 semifinals, 2-1 by KUA, in OT. The big cogs were forward Teddy Wooding, a Yale recruit  and goaltender Aidan Porter, a Princeton recruit. Wooding and Porter continue to be teammates this year, with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL).

Last season Thayer, despite having all-everything center Jay O'Brien (Providence College) stumbled out of the gate and missed the Elite 8, but pulled things together in the second half and made it to the Large School Championship game, where the Tigers lost to Brunswick, 4-3 in OT. In addition to O'Brien, other top players on that team were F Aiden McDonough, a Northeastern recruit now at Cedar Rapids (USHL), D Jayson Dobay (UMass) and F Tristan Amonte, both now teammates with Youngstown (USHL).

Then there's the coaches, Tony Amonte and Shawn McEachern, former teammates at BU who went on to long NHL careers. Both are entering their 10th season as prep head coaches.

Anyway, getting back to the matter at hand, both squads are much younger this year. Thayer's lineup is dotted with underclassmen, and Rivers isn't far behind.  

Rivers got on the board first, when Michael McEachern slipped a nice goalmouth pass to Phil Tresca, whose shot rebounded to junior Matt Cormier. 1-0 Rivers.

Thayer soph CJ Montorio tied it at 1-1, beating Rivers freshman goaltender Connor Sullivan from in tight right after a 5-on-3 powerplay expired.

With 1:29 left in the period, Thayer's Nolan Fitzpatrick was awarded a penalty shot, but Sullivan turned it away.

Thayer went ahead 2-1 on a goal from freshman RW Nick Roukanakis.

Later, Rivers tied it up at 2-2 when Tresca cleaned up a rebound of a Ryan Bell point shot.

And that's the way things stood until Moran's game-winner.

The game was a good one, especially for a scrimmage. Both teams played a physical game, and there was plenty of up-and-down action, hit posts, and nice saves. The game could have gone either way.

"We lost a lot (to graduation)," Amonte said. "But, barring injuries, we'll be OK. We have some horsepower up front in Teleguine, Moran and Hayes. But we're a very young team. We dressed three eighth graders today."

McEachern said, "We scrimmaged Pomfret, but today we were much better. We're headed in the right direction. Both teams played hard for the first time out. It was a good, hard-nosed prep game."

There were no rosters available for either team but -- with some help from the coaches -- this is how we had the lines and defense pairing:

Rivers:
Michael McEachern-Phil Tresca-Matt Cormier
Coleman Nee-Henry Muller-Rory Casey
Will Conway-Tommy Miller-Ziv Deener-Chodirker
Mel Mortarelli-Sam Amato-Reid Capello

Cade Webber-Pat Lawn
Tony Andreozzi-Ryan Bell
Dom Morelli-Ryan Rahbany

Connor Sullivan
Casen Janko

Thayer:
CJ Monturio-Reilly Moran-Nick Roukounakis
Nolan Fitzpatrick-Sasha Teleguine-Christian Hayes
Griffin Lincoln-Zach Glass-Mike Stenberg
Joe Bennett-__Lemanski-Kevin Moriarty

Jake Flynn-Cam Mannion
Jack Murphy-Nolan Hayes
David Romaine--CJ Foley

Alex MacMillan
Gavin Fitzpatrick



 

St. Andrew's College a Team to Watch

St. Andrew's College, now 10-0-0, is further into its season than any New England prep schools, so we don't want to read too much into a 4-1 win over a still-in-tryouts Belmont Hill squad, but David Manning's squad is a tough out. And will be no matter whom they face this season.

Belmont Hill came out hard and played a very strong, highly-competive first period, after which they led 1-0 on a PPG scored by diminutive LC Liam Kelly, on a tip of a Brett Bliss shot. 

But in the second, SAC's depth just started wearing Belmont Hill down. RW Ethan Landry, an 11th grader, tied the game at 1-1 and LD Liam Cavan made it 2-1 on a PPG.

In the third, RW Brendan Bowie scored on a bar-down shot to make it 3-1 and Cavan scored again on a one-timer for the final margin of 4-1. The visitors from Ontario pretty much had their way with their hosts in the third period. Belmont Hill was unable to muster a single odd-man rush in the final frame. 

For SAC, new 11th grade goalie Lassi Lehti, a 6'2" late '01 from Espoo, Finland, was very good.

For Belmont Hill, new soph Michael Hausworth played the first two periods (2 ga) and Charlie Lambert (2 ga) played the third.

In the off-season, Belmont Hill suffered two early losses when goaltender Connor Hopkins left for the BCHL, and 6'2" defenseman Michael Brown, who would have been a junior left to play with the Junior Bruins (NCDC). Bel Hill gained a new assistant coach in Brian Phinney, former Hotchkiss and Middlebury d-man who has worked as an assistant at Salisbury and, last season, Middlebury.

For St. Andrew's, we felt 11th grade LC Frankie Carogioello, a 5'8" Miami recruit, was impressive -- quick hands and quick feet. 6'1" RW Michael Stienburg, a power forward committed to Cornell, was relentless, both skilled in open ice and a grinder along the boards. He's a candidate for the June NHL draft. RD Jack Bar, a 6'2" late '02 who's committed to Harvard, was a standout. Goaltender Lassi Lehti, a 6'2" 11th grader from Espoo, Finland, also stood out. He too is eligible for the NHL draft.

St. Andrew's has five NCAA Div. I commits. In addition to the aforementioned Carogioello, Stienburg, and Bar, SAC also has an 11th grade LC Mark Hillier, a Merrimack College recruit, and 12th grade RD Jack Agnew, a St. Lawrence recruit.

For Bel Hill, LD James Perullo is picking up where he left off last season, a puck-moving D with a good stick and good PP ability. Sophomore center Ryan McGuire has really shot up since last year and has become a presence on ice. Look for him to start impacting games. Junior LD Brett Bliss made a couple nice stretch passes out of the zone. '03 sophomore Will Killoran also looks ready to take a larger role. 5'5" junior Liam Kelly is an inspirational player -- just fearless. He curled up like a cannonball and, on the forecheck, pasted a St. Andrew's defenseman to the end boards, a clean, hard hit.

After the game, we spoke to St. Andrew's head coach David Manning, now in his 11th year behind the bench. Manning feels that this is one of his deeper clubs. "I think we have a good balance of young and old," he said. "We have pretty much an equal number of 11th and 12th grade players. Depth-wise, I feel this is one of the strongest teams I've had. We're averaging about five goals per game, and our goaltending has been strong. So far, goaltending and defense have been our strengths. But I still don't think we're clicking on all cylinders."

As for host Belmont Hill, head coach Jeremiah McCarthy said, "We're still in the tryout phase. "I thought in the first we showed a good compete level, and kept our feet moving. But they (St. Andrew's) kept coming. No excuses, but in the second half of the game they were just better. We'll have to generate special teams offense. But we as a staff really liked the way we competed early on."

St. Andrew's College will face Proctor Academy (11:30 am) and St. Mark's (2:30 pm) in Saturday's Belmont Hill Jamboree. On Sunday (10:15 am) they'll be at Dexter Southfield. They'll be back in this area for the St. Sebastian's Tournament (Dec. 14-16) and again in the New Year (Jan. 5-6), when they face the Selects Academy U18s and Northwood School.

After Saturday's jamboree, Belmont Hill will plunge into their 2018-19 schedule by hosting Berwick on Wed. Nov. 28 (5:00 pm) and then heading down Route 128 for a Saturday Dec. 1 tilt at Nobles (3:30 pm).



 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of year, when hope for the coming season abounds. Before we know it, the thrill of December will fade and the freeze of deep winter will seep into our bones and our collective consciousness and 'the grind' will strike a note of reality. For players, the message is simple. Be thankful. Now and all season. You have a great opportunity, so play every shift like it's your last. When late February rolls around and the sun is higher in the sky, you may have something even greater to be thankful for.

As for this typist, this is the U.S. Hockey Report's 24th season (there were a couple seasons when we published in paper before going to the Internet). People said we were crazy. And not without reason, either. Most subscribers would dial up on those cranky old telephone modems that would screetch like drunken owls before making a connection to the 'World Wide Web.' Back then, coaches would type out their team's box scores and email them in. There were no graphics, no photos, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook, no texting. There was a listserve that covered college hockey and would grow into USCHO, but hockey sites of any kind were few and far between. And there were no prep schools with web sites. It felt like the start of something, never mind that we operated at a loss for years.

None of what has happened since the fall of 1995 could have happened without our subscribers. And that means you! We think of our subscribers as a second family. And that will never change. You made this happen. And we are so very thankful!


 

KUA Splits at Stanstead Tournament

With his team heading home for Thanksgiving after splitting a pair of games at the Stanstead Tournament, KUA coach Tim Whitehead stayed behind in Quebec to do a little scouting. We caught up to him by phone Monday night.

First off, some context. Last year's championship team was senior-laden, so key players picked up their diplomas and headed out. Star defenseman Jordan Harris is at Northeastern. Forwards Andranik Armstrong (UMass-Lowell), Thomas Samuelsen (UConn), and Logan Cash (Vermont) are all out in the BCHL. Both goalies are also gone, Hugo Turcotte to St. Michael's College and Sean Dynan to juniors.

So how do they look this year?

"Our strength has always been our discipline," coach Tim Whitehead said, "and that's something we have to work on. I'd say our strength is a strong offense. Our defense is pretty new. But overall we have a good club."

Over the weekend, KUA played two games at the Stanstead College Tournament, and came away with a split, beating Stanstead, 5-3, on Saturday, and losing Sunday's game in OT, 4-3, to Northwood.

The Stanstead game, Whitehead said, was a good game. "But," he said, "we came out too amped-up. We gave up a powerplay goal and were down 2-1 after one." In the second period, things turned around and KUA tied the game up at 3-3 behind goals from Paul Dore and Sullivan Mack. Going into the third tied 3-3, KUA connected twice, with Zach Taylor, the star of the game for KUA, scoring the game-winner and adding an empty-netter for the 5-3 win.  KUA outshot Stanstead, 45-30. KUA went 2-for-6 on the powerplay, while Stanstead went 1-for-6. Zach Taylor, with two goals, was the star of the game for KUA. Tomas Mazura had two assists, and Kyle Penney had a goal. Zach Paputsakis kicked out 27 shots.

Sunday's Northwood game, the OT loss, was, Whitehead reports, "a little chippy." KUA had to kill off 11 penalties, including two 5-on-3's, and gave up three goals while shorthanded. But, oddly enough, the Wildcats scored two while short-handed. "We were in the box half the game, so we had to score some short-handed goals," Whitehead said. "Some of our guys need to control their emotions, and keep the game under control," he added. Northwood won the game with a powerplay goal in overtime. Whitehead was asked about the officiating, but didn't bite. KUA's goals were scored by Arlo Merritt, Paul Dore, and Taylor. Veeti Kohbakka had 28 saves.

A look at a few of the new Wildcats:

-- Zach Taylor, Saturday's hero, is an '00 PG from Hanover (Mass.) High School, where he notched 63 points last year. "He skates well, he can hit, and he can score," Whitehead said. Taylor had three goals on the weekend.

-- Brian Carrabes, who committed to Boston University in August, is an '03 junior out of St. John's Prep. He's a 5'10" forward with speed. "He hits hard for a smaller player," Whitehead said, "and he has a scoring touch."

-- Defenseman Teddy Griffin, an '03 junior from Duxbury, Mass., is the brother of Jack Griffin, a forward who graduated from Kimball Union in 2016, and is now playing at Norwich. "He's wiry and tough," said Whitehead. "He's competitive. He's got that Boston attitude."

-- Conner Chalmers, an '03 defenseman from Windham, NH, is on the third set of D. "He's a really good skater," Whitehead said.

-- 6'3" goaltender Zach Paputsakis, is a new junior from Rockland, Ontario, an '01 who played last year for the Jr. B Casselman Vikings.

-- Returning from last season, when he was the #3 goalie but played on the KUA JV, is '01 junior Veeti Kohbakka, a native of Finland (the land of goaltenders).

The key returnees up front are seniors Kyle Penney (Cornell) and Arlo Merritt (Ohio State).

The top returning defenseman is senior captain Christian Felton, a Bentley commit. Whitehead also reports that senior Devan Newhook, a 6'0" RD from Newfoundland, has taken "a nice step."

So there you have it, the team to beat.

Kimball Union is off until Dec. 1-2, when they face Vermont Academy and Brunswick at the Exeter Invitational.

 

Prep Composite Schedule, Week of Nov. 19, 2018

Note: To make these weekly schedules easier to navigate, we will be separating the NEPSIHA games from non-NEPSIHA games. We define NEPSIHA games as any game involing at least one member school. We might fiddle around with the formatting a little bit. Whatever looks good we'll use. Your ideas are always welcomed.
-- Also, we're looking for any stray scrimmages not included here. Thanks.


Mon. Nov. 19, 2018

-- No NEPSIHA games
-- Non-NEPSIHA:

Saint Augustine @ Calvert Hall, 3:30 pm (S)
St.Joe's Metuchen @ CBA, 4:30 pm (S)
Gloucester Catholic @ Portledge, 5:30 pm
St. John's College HS @ Mt. St. Joseph's, 6:00 pm

Tues. Nov. 20, 2018

-- NEPSIHA games
:

St. Sebastian's @ Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm 
Berwick @ Pingree, 5:00 pm (S)
Exeter vs. Stanstead College, 5:15 pm (at UVM)
-- Non-NEPSIHA:
Georgetown Prep @ Bishop O'Connell, 3:30 pm
Portledge @ Delbarton, 4:45 pm (S)

Wed. Nov. 21, 2018

No NEPSIHA games
No non-NEPSIHA games

Thurs. Nov. 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fri. Nov. 23, 2018

-- NEPSIHA games
:

St. Andrews College at Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm (S)
Non-NEPSIHA:
Shady Side Academy Thanksgiving Classic (through Sunday)

Sat. Nov. 24, 2018

NEPSIHA games
:

Belmont Hill Jamboree

8:30 am -- Belmont Hill vs. Proctor
10:00 am -- St. Mark's vs. Winchendon
11:30 am -- Proctor vs. St. Andrew's College
1:00 pm -- Winchendon vs. Belmont Hill
2:30 pm -- St. Andrew's College vs. St. Mark's

Thayer @ Rivers, 1:00 pm (S) 10:00 am

Non-NEPSIHA:

Delbarton @ Don Bosco Prep, 6:15 pm
Bishop's College School @ Stanstead College, 7:00 pm

Sun. Nov. 25, 2018

NEPSIHA games:
St. Paul's Jamboree

10:00 am -- St. Paul's vs. Taft
12:15 pm -- Groton vs. Tabor
 4:00 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Tabor
 6:15 pm -- Taft vs. Groton
Proctor Academy Thanksgiving Jamboree
 8:30 am -- Eaglebrook vs. Top Gun 14
10:00 am -- Berwick vs. Holderness
11:00 am -- Williston vs. Proctor
12:00 pm -- Eaglebrook vs. Top Gun 14
 1:30 pm -- Governor's vs. Berwick
 2:30 pm -- Williston vs. Holderness
 3:30 pm -- Proctor vs. Governor's

St. Andrew's College @ Dexter, 10:15 am (S)

Mon. Nov. 26, 2018

NEPSIHA games:
Berkshire Jamboree
Rink 1:
 9:30 am -- Pomfret vs. Brunswick
11:30 am -- Berkshire vs. Nichols
 1:30 pm -- Canterbury vs. Pomfret
 3:30 pm -- Berkshire vs. Northwood
Rink 2:
10:00 am -- Gunnery vs. Canterbury
12:00 pm -- Northwood vs. Kent
 2:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. Nichols
 4:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Kent

Kents Hill @ Stanstead College, 3:00 pm
Lawrence Academy @ Brooks, 4:00 pm (S)

St. Paul's Jamboree (last day)
10:00 am -- Tabor vs. Taft
12:15 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Groton

Hotchkiss Jamboree
11:15 am -- Salisbury vs. Westminster (Dwyer Rink)
11:30 am -- Hotchkiss vs. Trinity Pawling (Schmidt Rink)
1:15 pm -- Westminster vs. Loomis (Dwyer Rink)
1:30 pm -- Trinity-Pawling vs. Millbrook (Schmidt Rink)
3:15 pm -- Loomis vs. Salisbury (Dwyer Rink)
3:30 pm -- Millbrook vs. Hotchkiss (Schmidt Rink)
Scrimmages will consist of two 22:30 running time periods.

 

 

Dexter Too Much for Delbarton

As has been the custom for a number of years, Delbarton made the trip north from Morristown, NJ to play a couple of pre-season scrimmages in New England. This year, the road took them to Berkshire, where they lost, 3-1, on Saturday; and Dexter, for a 5-3 loss today.

We saw the game against Dexter, and it was not as close as the score indicated. Dexter, a swift-skating, puck-moving group, has depth and skill throughout the lineup, three pairings of d-men who defend well and move the puck out of the zone quickly, and a top-flight goaltender.

That goaltender, Harvard recruit and senior Derek Mullahy, stopped every shot that came his way in his two periods of work today, though he was not tested much.

But Delbartarton's goalie, 5'10" Brett Cleaves, an '03, was severly tested, especially in the first period when he stopped several Dexter breakaways and numerous second chances. The sophomore was zipping back and forth in the crease, à la former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. By game's end, Cleaves had made 42 saves on 46 shots, many of which were tough chances. Not too shabby.

Cleaves, though, had a handful in Dexter senior center John Farinacci, a Harvard recruit who, you may recall, played for Delbarton as a freshman before moving on to Shattuck's U16 team and then Dexter. Farinacci, playing on a line with juniors Chase McInnis and John McElaney, dinged Cleaves for two first-period goals, while junior Ben Raymond connected on the power play. 

Dexter sophomore wing Doug Grimes scored the second period's only goal off the rush, taking a nice top-of-the crease pass from senior D Kevin MacKay and scoring an easy goal to make it 4-0. The game was essentially over at that point.

But Delbarton made things interesting in the third period, with a little help, as Mullahy was replaced at the begining of the period by senior Jack McMahon, who gave up all three Delbarton goals. Two of those came on the power play after Dexter's Ben Raymond took a 5-minute major and a game nmisconduct for a dangerous hit from behind on the far boards. Two of Delbarton's goals came back-to-back off the stick of senior RC Michael Balzarotti, Delbarton's top forward in the game. Balzarotti's goals cut Dexter's lead to 4-3, but Delbarton pulled Cleaves for the extra attacker, and Dexter's McElhaney finished things off with an empty-netter.

"Dexter is as fast and as skilled a team as we will see all season," Delbarton coach Bruce Shatel said. "Farinacci and McInnis were special today. Same with Mullahy. Plus they have depth."

And how much depth does Dexter have? Here are today's lines:

Chase McInnis-- John Farinacci-- John McElaney
Ben Raymond--Aidan Connelly--Connor Blanchard
Vincent Gould--Cully Wilson--Jack Dempsey
Doug Grimes--Wes Gierkink--Tommy Greely
Joey McColgan

Ben Meehan--John Fusco
Bobby Pearl--Patrick Morrissey
Kevin MacKay--Jack Hughes
Michael Adamson--Matt Fusco

Derek Mullahy
Jack McMahon

The coaching staff is unchanged, with Dan Donato back as head coach, and former St. Lawrence star d-man Brian McColgan and ex-Dartmouth forward Bill Kelleher as assistants.

"We skated well, and we were physical," Donato said. "Success starts from the net out, and we have the best in Mullahy. We have depth on the blue line this year, which is nice. They made good passes out of the zone."

"I think we have nice depth up front as well,"Donato added. "Farinacci and McInnis were flying today." 

Before we anoit anyone the next Hobey Baker winner, let's just say that Dexter has a handful of intriguing new players. We liked junior winger Jack Dempsey, who came over from Catholic Memorial. (We don't know if he was named after Jack Dempsey, 'The Manassa Mauler' -- the top heavyweight of the 1920s -- but we like to think he was. Great name, anyway.) BC High's top defenseman of last year, junior Michael Adamson, is new to Dexter as well. He laid out a kid with a nice center-ice hip check, a lost art if there ever was one. Soph Connor Blanchard, from Waltham High, showed some shiftiness. Sophomore Vincent Gould is a big raw wing who played last season on Mike Grier's Wizards team. Junior D Jack Hughes came over from Wellesley High. And Cully Wilson, a freshman center from Hingham and the Boston Jr. Eagles, might, in the long run, become one of prep's top forwards.

The seniors, especially Farinacci and Mullahy, will be getting a lot of attention from NHL scouts this season, as both are eligible for June's NHL draft. At least a half dozen NHL scouts were on hand today.

So there you have it. Our basic take is that Dexter, sporting a somewhat different look now that Jack Rathbone has moved on to college play, looks every bit as good as last year, and is ready to again compete for a slot in the Elite 8.


 

Keep 'Em Coming

As the season gets closer, we'll continue to see new schedules popping up every day (Thanks, coaches!)

We'll be updating this list periodically, but here are the schedules we have so far:

NEPSIHA Schools:
Albany Academy, Andover, Avon Old Farms, BB&N, Berkshire, Berwick, Brewster Academy, Brooks, Brunswick, Canterbury, Cushing, Dexter, Exeter, Groton, Gunnery, Hebron, Holderness, Hoosac, Kent, Lawrence Academy, Millbrook, Milton, New Hampton, North Yarmouth Academy, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Pomfret, Portsmouth Abbey, Proctor, Rivers, Salisbury, Tabor, Taft, Tilton, Trinity-Pawling, Westminster, Williston Northampton, Winchendon. NEPSIHA Associate Members: Académie Saint-Louis, Hill School, Lawrenceville, Nichols, Stanstead College

Non-NEPSIHA Schools: Académie Saint-Louis, Austin Prep, Bishop O'Connell, Bullis, Calvert Hall, Christian Brothers Academy, Delbarton, Gilmour Academy, Harvey, Hill, La Salle College, Landon, Lawrenceville, Mt. St. Joseph's, Nichols, Northwood, Portledge, Rice Memorial, Stanstead College, Wyoming Seminary.



Brooks-Pingree Tournament Schedule

At the Brooks School (N. Andover, Mass.) and the Pingree School (S. Hamilton, Mass.)
Fri.-Sun. Dec. 14-16, 2018

Brooks Division
Berwick Academy
Brooks School
Hebron Academy
New Hampton School

Pingree Division
Millbrook School
North Yarmouth Academy
Pingree School
Tilton School

Games at Brooks School

Friday, December 14, 2018
4:00 pm: Brooks School vs. Hebron Academy
6:00 pm: Berwick Academy vs. New Hampton School 

Saturday, December 15, 2018
9:00 am: Brooks School vs. New Hampton School
11:00 am: Hebron Academy vs. Berwick Academy
5:00 pm: New Hampton School vs. Hebron Academy
7:00 pm: Brooks School vs. Berwick Academy

Playoffs - Sunday, December 16, 2018
There will be 9:00 am and 11:30 am games at both Brooks and Pingree. Matchups to be determined.

Games at Pingree School

Friday, December 14, 2018
4:00 pm: Pingree School vs. Millbrook School
6:00 pm: North Yarmouth Academy vs. Tilton School 

Saturday, December 15, 2018
9:00 am: Pingree School vs. North Yarmouth Academy
11:00 am: Tilton School vs. Millbrook School
5:00 pm: Millbrook School vs. North Yarmouth Academy
7:00 pm: Pingree School vs. Tilton School

Playoffs - Sunday, December 16, 2018
There will be 9:00 am and 11:30 am games at both Brooks and Pingree. Matchups to be determined.

 

 

Stanstead College U.S. Thanksgiving Showcase

At Pat Burns Arena
Stanstead College; Stanstead, Quebec
U.S. Thanksgiving Hockey Showcase
Sat.--Sun. November 17-18, 2018

Participating Schools:
Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH
Northwood School, Lake Placid, NY
Upper Canada College, Toronto, Ontario
Stanstead College, Stanstead, Quebec 
Kuper Academy, Kirkland, Quebec 

Saturday, November 17, 2018
1:00 pm -- Upper Canada College vs. Northwood School
3:30 pm -- Kimball Union Academy vs. Stanstead Varsity
6:00 pm -- Kuper Academy vs. Stanstead Prep U16

Sunday, November 18, 2018
9:00 am -- Kuper Academy vs. Stanstead Prep U16
11:00 am -- Stanstead Varsity vs. Upper Canada College
1:30 pm -- Northwood School vs. Kimball Union Academy

 

 

Belmont Hill Jamboree

At the Belmont Hill School; Belmont, Mass.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

8:30 am -- Belmont Hill vs. Proctor
10:00 am -- St. Mark's vs. Winchendon
11:30 am -- Proctor vs. St. Andrew's College
1:00 pm -- Winchendon vs. Belmont Hill
2:30 pm -- St. Andrew's College vs. St. Mark's

Belmont Hill will also be playing three scrimmages leading up to the Jamboree:
Sunday, Nov. 18 -- Hill School at Belmont Hill, 12:00 pm 
Tuesday, Nov. 20 -- Belmont Hill at St. Sebastian's, 4:00 pm 
Friday, Nov. 23 -- St. Andrews College at Belmont Hill, 4:00 pm 


 

71st Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament

 At the Lawrenceville School; Lawrenceville, NJ.
Fri.-Sun. Dec. 14-16, 2018


Bernard Division: Canterbury,  Nichols, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Taft. 
Schonheiter Division: Belmont Hill, Choate, Lawrenceville, Upper Canada College. 

Fri. Dec. 14, 2018
 9:00 am -- Nichols vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
11:00 am -- Lawrenceville vs. Upper Canada College
 1:30 pm --  Taft vs. Canterbury 
 3:30 pm --  Belmont Hill vs. Choate

Sat. Dec. 15, 2018
 7:30 am -- Canterbury vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
 9:30 am -- Nichols vs. Taft
11:30 am -- Lawrenceville vs. Choate
 1:30 pm -- Upper Canada College vs. Belmont Hill 
 3:30 pm -- Northfield Mt. Hermon vs. Taft
 5:30 pm -- Canterbury vs. Nichols  
 7:30 pm --  Belmont Hill vs. Lawrenceville
 9:30 pm -- Choate vs. Upper Canada College 

Sun. Dec. 16, 2018
 8:00 am -- 4th vs. 4th
10:00 am -- 3rd vs. 3rd
12:00 pm -- 2nd vs. 2nd
 2:15 pm -- Championship Game -- 1st vs. 1st


 

Barber Tournament Schedule

 At St. Mark's School (Southborough, Mass.) and Middlesex School (Concord, Mass.)
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 14-15, 2018

Schools: Hill School, Kents Hill, Middlesex, Portsmouth Abbey, Princeton Day School,  St. Mark's, Vermont Academy, Worcester Academy

Fri. Dec. 14th
Game 1 -- Middlesex vs. Portsmouth Abbey, 5:00 pm (@ Middlesex)
Game 2 -- St. Marks vs. Worcester Academy, 5:00 pm (@ St. Mark's)
Game 3 -- Kents Hill vs. the Hill School, 7:00 pm (@ Middlesex) 
Game 4 --  Princeton Day School vs. Vermont Academy, 7:00 pm (@ St. Mark's)

Sat. Dec. 15th
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), 8:30 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), 10:30 am
Game 9 -- Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (@ St. Mark's), 1:30 pm
Game 10 -- Consolation -- Winners of Games 5 & 6 (@ Middlesex), 1:30 pm
Game 11 -- Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (@ St. Mark's), 3:30 pm
Game 12 -- Championship -- Winners of Games 7 & 8 (@ Middlesex), 3:30 pm


 

Roxbury Latin Holiday Showcase

At Hennessy Rink, The Roxbury Latin School
101 Saint Theresa Ave, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Sat. & Sun. December 29th & 30th, 2018
 

Participating Teams:
Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine
Buckingham Browne & Nichols; Cambridge, Mass.
North Yarmouth Academy; Yarmouth, Maine
Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, Mass.  

Sat. Dec. 29th -- 1st Round
1:00 pm -- Roxbury Latin vs. BB&N
3:15 pm -- Berwick vs. NYA           

Sun. Dec. 30th -- 2nd Round 
9:00 am -- Roxbury Latin vs. NYA
11:15 am -- BB&N vs. Berwick

Sun. Dec. 30th -- Final Round 
4:00 pm Roxbury Latin vs. Berwick
6:15 pm NYA vs. BB&N


 

'We're Nationals Bound'

Here are the winners of Sunday night's championship games at the New England Sports Center:

New England
U18 -- Yale 5, Selects 2
U16 -- Yale 5, Selects 1
15 -- Selects 5, Yale 0

*Selects Hockey (South Kent, Conn.) represent Central Connecticut in USA Hockey events.

Massachusetts
U18 -- Boston Jr. Eagles 4, NRV River Rats 2
U16 -- Cape Cod Whalers 6, NRV River Rats 1
15 -- Cape Cod Whalers 4, NRV River Rats 3 (OT)


 

Hotchkiss Jamboree Schedule

Monday, November 26th, 2019
At the Hotchkiss School; Lakeville, Conn.

11:15 am -- Salisbury vs. Westminster (Dwyer Rink)
11:30 am -- Hotchkiss vs. Trinity Pawling (Schmidt Rink)
1:15 pm -- Westminster vs. Loomis (Dwyer Rink)
1:30 pm -- Trinity-Pawling vs. Millbrook (Schmidt Rink)
3:15 pm -- Loomis vs. Salisbury (Dwyer Rink)
3:30 pm -- Millbrook vs. Hotchkiss (Schmidt Rink)
Scrimmages will consist of two 22:30 running time periods.



 

Albany Academy Tournament

Rider Cup at Albany Academy
Albany, NY
Fri.-Sun. Dec. 7-9, 2018

Fri. Dec. 7th
Game 1 --Bishops vs Everest , 2:00 pm
Game 2 --  Stanstead vs Wyoming Seminary, 4:00 pm
Game 3 --Albany Academy vs Rice Memorial, 6:00 pm
Game 4 -- Pope Francis vs Ridley College, 8:00 pm

Sat. Dec. 8th
Game 5 -- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:00 am
Game 6 -- Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 12:00 pm
Alumni Game, 2:00pm
Game 7 -- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:00 pm
Game 8 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6:00 pm

Sun. Dec. 9th
Game 9 -- Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 9:00 am
Game 10 --
Consolation -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 11:00 am
Game 11 -- Third-Place -- Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 1:00 pm
Game 12 -- Championship -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 3:00 pm

 

 

Mass & New England Regionals Rosters

The Massachusetts and New England Regionals are on tap for this weekend, Fri. Nov. 9th through Sun. Nov. 11th, at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass.

In a convenient twist this year, the two districts will be holding its playoffs in a single venue. In recent years, the New England's were held at the Berkshire School, so it was a handful to take in both. No longer.

The winners will move on to compete for a National Championship April 3-8, 2019. Here are the locations:

Tier I
16U & 18U -- Grand Rapids, Michigan
15 -- Plymouth, Michigan
14U -- Pittsburgh, PA

Tier II
18U -- San Jose, California
16U -- Plano, Texas
14U -- South Bend, Indiana

And here's the schedule for this weekend:

Mass & New England Regionals Playoff Schedule

(There's one mistake on the schedule: For the New England District 15s, please substitute the Northern Cyclones in place of the NH Avalanche.)

Here are the program books for the weekend. Included are rosters and schedules galore to help you plan before arriving at the New England Sports Center.

Massachusetts District Program Book

New England Regionals Program Book

Note:

For updates on the Massachusetts side of things, check Mass Hockey's website. To be specific, check out this link: 

Mass Hockey Tournament Page


 

Tabor Invitational

At Tabor Academy
Marion, Mass.
Sat.-Sun. Dec. 1-2, 2018

Sat. Dec. 1, 2018
5:30 pm -- Andover vs. Albany Academy
7:30 pm -- Tabor vs. Pomfret

Sun. Dec. 2, 2018
12:00 pm -- Pomfret vs. Albany Academy
 2:00 pm -- Tabor vs. Andover

 


St. Paul's School Jamboree
At the St. Paul's School (Gordon Rink)
Concord, NH
Sun.-Mon. Nov. 25-26, 2017
All games are scrimmages


Sun. Nov. 25, 2018
10:00 am -- St. Paul's vs. Taft
12:15 pm -- Groton vs. Tabor
 4:00 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Tabor
 6:15 pm -- Taft vs. Groton

Mon. Nov. 26, 2018
10:00 am -- Tabor vs. Taft
12:15 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Groton 

 

 

Proctor Academy Thanksgiving Jamboree

Proctor Academy Thanksgiving Jamboree
At Proctor Academy; Andover, NH
Sunday, November 25, 2018

 8:30 am -- Eaglebrook vs. Top Gun 14
10:00 am -- Berwick vs. Holderness
11:00 am -- Williston vs. Proctor
12:00 pm -- Eaglebrook vs. Top Gun 14
 1:30 pm -- Governor's vs. Berwick
 2:30 pm -- Williston vs. Holderness
 3:30 pm -- Proctor vs. Governor's


 

St. Sebastian’s Christmas Tournament

St. Sebastian’s Christmas Tournament   
At St. Sebastian’s School; Needham, Mass.
Fri.-Sun. Dec 14-16, 2018

Friday, December 14th, 2018
Game 1 -- 2:00 pm – St. Sebastian’s vs. Winchendon
Game 2 -- 4:00 pm – Williston vs. Albany
Game 3 -- 6:00 pm – Brunswick vs. Northwood
Game 4 -- 8:00 pm – Rivers vs. St. Andrew’s

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Game 5 -- 11:00 am -- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6 -- 1:00 pm -- Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7 -- 3:00 pm --   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 8  -- 5:00 pm --   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 

Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Game 9 -- 9:00 am --  Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 10 -- 11:00 am -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Consolation Game)
Game 11 -- 1:00 pm --   Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (Third Place Game)
Game 12 -- 3:00 pm --   Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Championship Game)

 

 

Howard Tournament at St. George's

17th Annual Howard Invitational
At St. George's School; Middletown, RI
Fri.-Sat. Dec. 14-15, 2018

Fri. Dec. 14
2:00 pm -- St. George's vs. Brewster (Howard Rink)
2:15 pm -- Wyoming Seminary vs. Rice (Cutler Rink)
6:30 pm -- St. George's vs. Rice (Howard Rink)
6:45 pm -- Brewster vs. Wyoming Seminary (Cutler Rink)

Sat. Dec. 15
8:30 am -- St. George's vs. Wyoming Seminary (Howard Rink)
8:30 am -- Brewster vs. Rice (Cutler Rink)


 

Watkins Tournament Schedule 

Edward G. Watkins
Boys’ Invitational Hockey Tournament

At Cushing Academy; Ashburnham, Mass.
Fri.-Sun. December 28, 29, 30, 2018 

Fisher Division
Cushing Academy
Governor’s Academy
Lawrence Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon School                                                          

Iorio Division
Canterbury School
Culver Military Academy
Dexter Southfield School
Thayer Academy                                               

Friday, December 28, 2018
 9:00 am -- Governor’s vs. Lawrence
11:10 am -- Cushing vs. NMH
 1:20 pm -- Dexter vs. Culver
 3:30 pm -- Thayer vs. Canterbury
 5:40 pm -- NMH vs. Governor’s
 7:50 pm -- Cushing vs. Lawrence

Saturday, December 29, 2018
 9:00 am -- Canterbury vs. Dexter
11:10 am -- Culver vs. Thayer
 1:20 pm -- Lawrence vs. NMH
 3:30 pm -- Cushing vs. Governor’s
 5:40 pm -- Dexter vs. Thayer
 7:50 pm -- Canterbury vs. Culver

Sunday, December 30, 2018
 9:00 am -- Fisher 4 vs. Iorio 4
11:10 am -- Fisher 3 vs. Iorio 3
1:20 pm -- Fisher 2 vs. Iorio 2
 3:30 pm -- Fisher 1 vs. Iorio 1

 

 

Mass & New England Regionals Playoff Schedule

The Massachusetts and New England Regionals are on tap for this weekend, Fri. Nov. 9th through Sun. Nov. 11th, at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass.

In a convenient twist this year, the two districts will be holding its playoffs in a single venue. In recent years, the New England's were held at the Berkshire School, so it was a handful to take in both. No longer.

The winners will move on to compete for a National Championship April 3-8, 2019. Here are the locations:
14U -- Pittsburgh, PA
15 -- Plymouth, Michigan
16U & 18U -- Grand Rapids, Michigan

Here's the schedule for this weekend:

Mass & New England Regionals Playoff Schedule


 

54th Annual Flood-Marr Tournament

At the Noble & Greenough School (Fri. Dec. 14 and Sun. Dec. 16); at Milton Academy (Sat. Dec. 15)

Owen Division: Nobles, Deerfield, KUA, Salisbury
Harding Division: Milton, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Andover

Friday, Dec. 14 @ Nobles
 9:00 am -- Deerfield @ Nobles
11:00 am -- Salisbury @ KUA
 1:00 pm -- Milton @ Hotchkiss 
 3:00 pm -- Westminster @ Andover 
 5:00 pm -- KUA @ Nobles
 7:00 pm -- Salisbury @ Deerfield
Saturday, Dec. 15 @ Milton
 9:00 Andover @ Milton
11:00 Hotchkiss @ Westminster 
 1:00  Nobles @ Salisbury
 3:00 Deerfield @ KU
 5:00 Westminster @ Milton 
 7:00 Andover @ Hotchkiss 
Sunday, Dec. 16 @ Nobles
8:00 am -- 7th Place Game
10:00 am -- 5th Place Game
12:00 pm -- 3rd Place Game
2:00 pm -- Championship Game

Home team is listed second. 
Each games consists of three 15-minute periods.




 

St. Sebastian's-Nobles New Year's Tournament 
At St. Sebastian's School (Fri. Dec. 28, 2018)
At Noble & Greenough School (Sat. Dec. 29, 2018)

Fri. Dec. 28 -- at St. Sebastian's
11:00 am -- Williston vs. St. Sebastian's
 1:15 pm -- Nobles vs. Berkshire 

Sat. Dec. 29 -- at Noble & Greenough
12:00 pm -- Williston vs. Nobles
  2:15 pm -- St. Sebastian's vs. Berkshire


 

Northeast Showcase Schedule

The 25th Annual Northeast Showcase, hosted by the Tilton School and New Hampton School, will take place this year on the weekend of Nov. 16-18.

The tournament, formerly held on Thanksgiving weekend, has a Prep Division, a U18 Division and a U16 Division.

Here's the schedule:

Northeast Showcase Schedule

For updated scores and Sunday's playoff matchups, go to:

www.NEShowcase.com



 

Nichols-Belmont Hill Tournament Schedule

At Buffalo, NY
Fri.-Sun. Dec. 28-30, 2018

Blue Division: Belmont Hill, Brunswick, Millbrook, Kimball Union.
Green Division: Nichols, St. Francis School, New Hampton, Rivers.

Fri. Dec. 28, 2018
 9:00 am -- Nichols vs. St. Francis 
11:00 am -- New Hampton vs. Rivers
 1:00 pm -- Belmont Hill vs. Brunswick
 3:00 pm -- Millbrook vs. Kimball Union
 6:00 pm -- New Hampton vs. Nichols
 8:00 pm -- Rivers vs. St. Francis

Sat. Dec. 29, 2018
 9:00 am -- Belmont Hill vs. Millbrook
11:00 am -- Brunswick vs. Kimball Union
 1:00 pm -- St. Francis vs. New Hampton
 3:00 pm -- Nichols vs. Rivers
 6:00 pm -- Kimball Union vs. Belmont Hill
 8:00 pm -- Millbrook vs. Brunswick

Sun. Dec. 30, 2018
 8:00 am -- 4th Place Teams
10:00 am -- 3rd Place Teams
12:00 pm -- 2nd Place Teams
 2:30 pm -- Championship Game
 

 Exeter Invitational Schedule

At Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
Sat.-Sun. Dec. 1-2, 2018

Sat. Dec. 1, 2018
3:30 pm -- Vermont Academy vs. KUA
4:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. New Hampton
6:00 pm -- Exeter vs. Kent
7:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Hebron

Sun. Dec. 2, 2018
11:30 am -- Vermont Academy vs. Hebron
12:00 pm -- Kent vs. New Hampton
 2:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. KUA
 2:30 pm -- Exeter vs. Gunnery


 

Large School/Small School Breakdown

Here is the 2018-19 NEPSAC large school/small school breakdown. The 28 schools in the left-hand column are all large while the 27 schools in the right-hand column are all small. The numbers refer to male enrollment.

This list will become increasingly relevant in the second half of the season, when playoff spots are within reach.

2018-19 Large School/Small School Breakdown

 

36th Avon Old Farms Christmas Classic

At Avon Old Farms and, where noted, Trinity College.

Thurs.-Sat. Dec. 13-15, 2018

Pierpont Division: Trinity-Pawling, Gunnery, Kent, Loomis Chaffee.
Trautman Division: Avon Old Farms, St. Paul's, Tabor, Berkshire.


Thurs. Dec. 13, 2018
1:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Trinity-Pawling
3:00 pm -- Berkshire vs. Avon
5:00 pm -- Loomis vs. Kent
7:00 pm -- Tabor vs. St. Paul's 

Fri. Dec. 14, 2018
9:00 am -- Loomis vs. Trinity-Pawling (@ Trinity College rink)
9:00 am -- Kent vs. Gunnery
11:00 am -- St. Paul's vs. Berkshire (@ Trinity College rink)
11:00 am --  Tabor vs. Avon
(Lunch)
3:00 pm -- Loomis vs. Gunnery  
5:00 pm --  Trinity-Pawling vs. Kent
7:00 pm --  Berkshire vs. Tabor
9:00 pm -- St. Paul's vs. Avon

Sat. Dec. 15, 2018
8:30 am -- 4th Place Pierpont vs. 4th Place Trautman
10:30 am -- 3rd Place Pierpont vs. 3rd Place Trautman
(Lunch)
1:30 pm -- 2nd Place Pierpont vs. 2nd Place Trautman
3:30 pm -- Championship -- 1st Place Pierpont vs. 1st Place Trautman

All games are to consist of two 25-minute halves except for the championship game, which will consist of three 18-minute periods.

 

 

Berkshire Jamboree Schedule

11th Annual Piatelli Jamboree
At the Berkshire School; Sheffield, Mass.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Rink 1:
 9:30 am -- Pomfret vs. Brunswick
11:30 am -- Berkshire vs. Nichols
 1:30 pm -- Canterbury vs. Pomfret
 3:30 pm -- Berkshire vs. Northwood

Rink 2:
10:00 am -- Gunnery vs. Canterbury
12:00 pm -- Northwood vs. Kent
 2:00 pm -- Brunswick vs. Nichols
 4:00 pm -- Gunnery vs. Kent

All games are scrimmages.



45th Annual Groton/Lawrence Holiday Tournament

At the Groton School (Groton, Mass.) and Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.)
Fri. Dec. 14th through Sun. Dec. 16th, 2018

Choate Division: Groton, Holderness, Pomfret, Proctor.
Kullen Division: Lawrence, Culver, Cushing, Dexter.

Fri. Dec. 14, 2018
Game #1 -- 4:00 pm -- Proctor vs. Pomfret (@ Groton, Pratt Rink)
Game #2 -- 5:00 pm -- Holderness vs. Groton (@ Groton, O'Brien Rink)
Game #3 -- 6:00 pm -- Dexter vs. Culver (@ Groton, Pratt Rink)
Game #4 -- 7:00 pm -- Cushing vs. Lawrence (@ Lawrence Academy)

Sat. Dec. 15, 2018
Game #5 -- 3:00 pm -- Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (@ Groton, O'Brien Rink)
Game #6 -- 4:00 pm -- Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 (@ Lawrence Academy)
Game #7 -- 5:00 pm -- Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (@ Groton, O'Brien Rink)
Game #8 -- 6:00 pm -- Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 (@ Lawrence Academy)

Sun. Dec. 16, 2018 
7th Place -- 9:00 am -- Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6 (@ Lawrence Academy)
5th Place -- 9:30 am -- Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (@ Groton, O'Brien Rink)
3rd Place -- 11:00 am -- Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8 (@ Lawrence Academy)
1st Place -- 11:30 am --  Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (@ Groton, O'Brien Rink)

Teams listed second wear dark/home jerseys


 

Welcome to 2018-19!

The 2018-19 Prep Pages are now officially open.

All of last season’s news, rosters, schedules, and stats have been archived, and new material will start going into this season’s pages immediately, as coaches begin to upload their teams' schedules.

We want to remind new readers of a couple of features we introduced over the last two seasons. Players’ career prep statistics, for one. If you click on a player’s name on the roster you will see his final stats for all the seasons he has played prep hockey and, of course, running totals for the current season. If you click on the year, say 2015-16, it will show a player's game-by-game statistics.

It is also possible to download rosters, schedules, and all statistics pages in PDF form, which has the added benefit of giving pages a cleaner look when printed out.

Pretty much all columns are sortable. Just click on the top. This is useful for, among other things, separating scoring and goaltending leaders by school, birth year, position, points, etc. 

We’ve also done a lot of work on the back end, mainly behind-the-scenes stuff that you probably won’t notice beyond the fact that the site will be running more smoothly than ever.

Once we have a reasonable number of schedules posted, we will begin to keep you updated on which of them are actually up, so you won’t have to waste your time looking for those that have yet to be uploaded.

We will also be posting jamboree and holiday tournament schedules. Look for those to start going up over the coming week as well. Note to coaches: send 'em along, please.

We are also accepting advertising for the upcoming season. Please write ads(at)ushr.com for rates.

Of course, we will have the news coverage you have come to expect.

Welcome to the new season. We're glad to be here. We’re glad you’re here. And, as always, we thank you for your support.  

 

 

Around the Rinks

KUA's Paul Dore celebrates his game-winning goal, scored with 52 seconds left in the third period on Sunday March 3rd at Manchester, NH. The goal gave
KUA's Paul Dore celebrates his game-winning goal, scored with 52 seconds left in the third period on Sunday March 3rd at Manchester, NH. The goal gave the Wildcats a 4-3 win and its third straight championship. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
 
Salisbury junior F Lucas Mercuri scored two of his team's three goals -- Michael Fairfax scored the other -- in Sunday's Elite 8 Championship Game los
Salisbury junior F Lucas Mercuri scored two of his team's three goals -- Michael Fairfax scored the other -- in Sunday's Elite 8 Championship Game loss to KUA. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
 
A 0-0 tie midway through the the third period of Sunday's Large School Championship game was broken by Kent junior Aidan Cobb. Eleven seconds later te
A 0-0 tie midway through the the third period of Sunday's Large School Championship game was broken by Kent junior Aidan Cobb. Eleven seconds later teammate Alex Giummo would score what turned out to be the GWG. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)
 
Senior F Brendan Sjostedt (2g,1a) helped Tilton to a 5-3 win over Holderness in the Small School title game on Sunday in Manchester, NH.
Senior F Brendan Sjostedt (2g,1a) helped Tilton to a 5-3 win over Holderness in the Small School title game on Sunday in Manchester, NH. (Photo: Dave Arnold Photography)