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Recap: No. 13 St. John's Prep 3, No. 16 Hingham 1

December, 21, 2014
Dec 21
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For an early-season game, the Ristuccia Arena got pretty loud on Saturday afternoon, as St. John’s Prep hosted Hingham High School in the Eagles' season opener.

St. John’s Prep controlled the action for much of the first period as the Eagles’ offense proved to be a challenge for Hingham’s young defense and they were aggressive with very physical play in the first period led by captain Tyler Scearbo. The Eagles didn't relent and, in the end, held on for a 3-1 win over the Harbormen.

Despite plenty of chances in the first period, St. John's Prep failed to capitalize on an opportunity until captain Nick Latham put the first point on the board with 4:10 left in the first period.

Fellow captains Teddy McNamara and Scearbo assisted Latham on the goal.

“I was able to find the low slot and was able to get it past the goalie,” Latham said.

Less than 20 seconds later, with 3:52 left in the period, junior Billy Falter put the second point on the board for the Eagles from just outside the goal crease.

The first period ended with the Eagles up 2-0, having outshot the Harbormen 17-3.

In the second period, Hingham’s junior goalie Andrew Ehler made several key saves, keeping the Harbormen close.

Still, the Eagles increased their lead with 4:20 left in the second period, when their captain-trio struck again. McNamara scored from the right faceoff circle, with assists from Scearbo and Latham. Although the Eagles were up 3-0, the Harbormen played hard and sophomore Matt Egan put their first goal on the board to end the second period.

The third period saw strong performances from both defenses. No goals were scored as each team was only able to muster four shots.

“I thought our defense played well, and that’s another area where there’s all new faces” said St. John’s Prep head coach Kristian Hanson. “They did a pretty good job of keeping all of the shots to the perimeter, made some simple and easy breakout passes, which is what we stressed with the guys.”

"We’ve been coming up here for years, and we know what it’s like” said Hingham head coach Tony Messina. “We have to withstand the storm--they’ve got to be flying. We gave up two goals, but it settled down after that.”

Despite their Top 25 rankings to start the season, Hingham and St. John’s Prep have relatively young teams. Hingham has just nine seniors on its roster this year. St. John’s Prep has six.

The St. John’s Prep captains had nothing but praise for the their young defense.

"Coming into the season, we were nervous about who was going to play defense and goalie for us," McNamara said. “They stepped up big time.”

Hingham is back to action on Christmas Eve, looking to get a win against Weymouth.

“We’re going to have to take care of the D-Zone” said Messina. “We need to establish a little more offense. We just need to create some more opportunities for ourselves.”

Meanwhile, St. John’s Prep looks to maintain their momentum against Woburn on Tuesday.

“I just want them to work hard and play hard hockey in the corners," said Hanson. "We’re not the best team in the state but we want to be the hardest working team.”

“We need to build off of this game,” McNamara said of Saturday's win. “Winning the first game of the year is great. Now, we just need to keep this pattern.”

D2 North: Wilmington, Danvers finals set

March, 5, 2013
BILLERICA, Mass. — Cam Owens sparked a monstrous second period for No. 3 Wilmington as the Wildcats iced No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury, 6-0, in a Division 2 North semifinal.

Wilmington (19-3-2) was firing on all cylinders during the second period by blasting four goals past Lincoln-Sudbury goalie Erik Kessler (28 saves). Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Drew Foley was not tested nearly as much as Kessler, but Foley did his job turning away the 14 shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Wilmington’s Anthony Castellano started the scoring at the 9:40 mark of the first period. Castellano fired a shot through traffic that Kessler never saw.

Owens opened up the second period by rifling a wrist shot past Kessler only 12 seconds into the period. That goal appeared to give Wilmington a big jump in its step.

“I put a little head fake on [the defense] and gave them the little shake and bake,” Owens said. “I went wide with it, and I shot it far side under the goalies blocker. After that, the floodgates just opened.”

Luke Foley, Billy Falter, and Dylan DiNatale played follow the leader behind Owens as they also added second-period goals to blow the game wide open.

In the third, Jake Rogers added the final goal of the game, becoming the sixth different Wildcat to find twine.

“We got a balanced scoring attack tonight, and those are the kind of contributions we need,” Wilmington head coach Steve Scanlon said.

The defending champs face Danvers their next time out for the Division 2 North final.

In the earlier game, No. 8 Danvers stayed on a roll by knocking off No. 12 Concord-Carlisle, 5-3.

A.J. Cuoto stayed hot scoring two goals after recording hat tricks in the Falcons (13-6-4) previous two-playoff games.

“A.J. [Couto] has been playing well as we have seen the past few games,” Danvers head coach Kevin Brown said. “He is playing hard and mixing it up, so I am happy with A.J.”

Couto’s line was on fire scoring four-of-the-five goals that the Falcons scored as Rob Buchanan and Joe Strangie both lit the lamp too.

“Sometimes it just clicks at a certain point of the season, and we have made several different line changes throughout the season,” Brown said.

Danvers wasted little time getting on the board as Buchanan scored only 39 seconds into the game. Strangie then followed with a power-play goal by screening the goalie and deflecting the puck past Concord-Carlisle goalie Ranger Beguelin (24 saves).

“We have to set a screen because most goalies will stop the puck if they see it,” Brown said. “We like the guys around the crease, and Joe [Strangie] did a good job there.”

Couto then followed with his own power play goal by connecting with the puck in mid-air to redirect a wide shot into the goal.

“I just saw the shot coming from the point, so I stuck my stick out to try and make contact,” Couto said. “I got my stick on the puck, and it just happened to go into the net.”

Nick McCormack got the Patriots on the board before the period ended by tapping home a rebound late in the first.

Seamus Vahey brought the Patriots within a goal in the second period, but Couto and Adam Merry countered sending Danvers into the third up, 5-2.

In the third, Matt Robinson added a goal for Concord-Carlisle, but Danvers goalie Alex Taylor (16 saves) held the fort down to preserve the win.

Recap: No. 10 Wilmington 1, No. 13 Winchester 0

January, 27, 2013

WOBURN, Mass. -- There is a new name tied atop the record books at Wilmington High. Actually, it is the same name, just with a different first initial.

Wildcats senior captain Cam Owens scored his 135th career goal to equal the school record that his brother Andy set just two seasons ago. Cam would be expected to take hold of the record on his own by the end of the season with still eight more games to play in the regular season.

Owens goal was also the lone score in Wilmington’s 1-0 win over Middlesex League rival Winchester on Saturday afternoon at O’Brien Rink. The win qualifies the Wildcats, the defending Division 2 state champions, for the postseason.

The game’s only goal came with just 8:02 remaining in the third period. Junior forward Brendan McDonough fired a long pass down the middle of the ice to find Owens streaking into the Winchester zone. Owens pushed towards goal and, forced onto his backhand, fired a pass across the crease toward freshman Billy Falter but the puck deflected off the skate of a defenseman into the net.

Wilmington head coach Steve Scanlon was pleased to come away with the win, but pointed to a number of chances that his team failed to take that would have killed off the game.

“We missed some good chances there late in the game, some open nets, but they’re a good team and a stubborn team,” Scanlon said. “We were fortunate to get the goal. We just preached to put the puck on net in the third and they did a good job.”

The Wildcats (11-2-0, 9-1-0) did not get off to a great start to the game and chances were at a premium for both teams throughout. Wilmington had the best chances in the first period when McDonough hit the post twice and Dylan DiNatale failed to tip in the puck on an empty net.

Scanlon blamed his team’s week layoff for the rough start to the game.

He added, “I thought the week off at this point in the season would help us. I think we were a little sluggish.”

The Sachems (9-2-2, 7-2-2) managed only two shots on goal in the first period and struggled to create clear-cut scoring chances. Referencing the goal that Wilmington scored, Winchester head coach Matt Spang explained that his team needed to make a more concerted effort to produce offense.

“You’re going to have to score ugly goals and we’re going to have to get to the net a little better,” he remarked. “We have 22 guys on the bench and I need all of them to contribute, not just defensively, but offensively, too. You can’t just wait for one or two guys to get it done.”

Despite being outshot, 27-17, for the game, Winchester hung around and had a chance to tie the game late in the third period. With 2:31 left, the Sachems earned a power play, but were unable to create a great chance. Junior Nolan Redler had one good shot snapped out of the air by Wildcats goaltender Drew Foley, which kept it 1-0 in the final seconds.

Scanlon was full of praise for his junior goalie, who he described as “among the best goaltenders we’ve ever had.”

He added, “Drew gives you a chance to win every night of the week. He’s a tough goaltender. He controls rebounds and you need to pour a lot of shots on him to beat him and we don’t give up a lot of shots.”

Regardless of the scrappy nature of the game and the game-winning goal, Scanlon was proud to see his team step up and get the result that qualifies them for the postseason.

“We wanted to get a seat in the tournament so getting the result was what we were after,” he said.

Winchester will play No. 6 Reading on Wednesday, while Wilmington will travel to Stoneham.