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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Recap: Nobles 6, Milton Academy 2

By Tom Layman



BOSTON -- Noble & Greenough used a four-goal outburst in the third period to exact a little bit of revenge on its long-time rival Milton Academy with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway Park in the Sun Life Frozen Fenway event.

Andrew Doane scored two goals and notched an assist, as Nobles beat the Mustangs for the first time in five attempts.

“We had know idea what to expect, because we haven’t played them yet,” said Doane, whose team dropped all four games against their rivals last season. “We knew it was going to be a battle. … It’s a big school rivalry. It ends every season with us playing them and the kids get really into it.”

Chris Calnan got Nobles on the board first at 7:13 of the first period. Adam Gilmour took a shot from the slot and Calnan came buzzing around to pot the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

Doane’s line broke out in a picture-perfect 3-on-1 in the second period as Max Franklin broke down the middle of the ice, passed it over to Will Sleeper on the right side of the triangle and he swept one right to the stick of Doane for the 2-0 lead.

“The linemates all helped me there,” said a humble Doane. “I didn’t do anything. I can’t take any credit.”

Jimmy Haddad got Milton on the big board when he lifted a wrist shot over the glove hand of Connor Maher, but the Mustangs would see Nobles run away from them in the third period with four unanswered goals.

“We got four in a row and it takes a little of the momentum,” head coach Brian Day said.

Gilmour took a nice feed from Phillip Sciretta right up the middle of the ice and he scored on the breakaway to get the first goal of the third period. Franklin was quick to get back on the board for Nobles as he took the puck over the blue line and went shortside to beat Andreas Graham.

The puck movement for Nobles was crisp for most of the night, and Doane’s pass to a back-cutting Tim Boyle was evidence of that when Boyle snapped one in for the 5-1 lead.

Doane finished off the scoring with a shorthanded goal when he picked the pocket of Mustangs’ defenseman Rob O’Gara at center ice and finished with a shot past Graham.

“We got four goals and a couple of bounces that we were able to jump on,” Day said.