Boston High School: Bob Jackson

D2 North: Tewksbury 3, Marblehead 2

March, 4, 2014
Mar 4
BILLERICA, Mass. – The Tewksbury Redmen have just four seniors on their team, but Derek Doherty’s team played like an experienced group on Monday night at Chelmsford Forum.

The top line of Ryan Petti, Colin Quinn and Jack Cash each scored once as the Redmen advanced to next Monday’s Division 2 North Final with a 3-2 victory over upset-minded Marblehead.

“We played well,” said Doherty, Tewksbury’s head coach for the past 13 seasons.

Top line shines: The Redmen jumped on top, 1-0, at the 13:10 mark of the first period when leading scorer Ryan Petti made a nice move towards the net before backhanding the puck on net. Marblehead goaltender Harrison Young made the initial save, but Jack Cash was there to bang home the rebound.

With the score knotted at one midway through the second, the top line struck again. Defenseman Sean Brady fed a nifty pass to Quinn, who snapped a quick shot on net that was denied by a beauty of a kick save by Young. The puck caromed in back of the net where Petti retrieved it and banked one in off the surprised goalie.

The trio gave their team what would turn out to be some much needed breathing room 5:19 into the final frame. Petti’s outlet pass sprung Quinn and Cash on a 2-on-1. Cash delivered a nice feed at the perfect time to Quinn who wasted no time depositing the puck into the back of the net.

“Quinn has great hands. He’s smart, he sees the ice well and he finishes. [Cash and Quinn] looked up and knew they had a little bit of time. They didn’t rush the play,” said Doherty of the game-winning goal.

“They played well tonight. They’ve been playing well, especially the last few games of the tournament,” said Doherty.

Paquette, defense hold down the fort: The Redmen have shut out their opponents seven times this season, and although they allowed two goals on Monday night, it was apparent that the team takes pride in protecting its own end.

Junior goaltender Kyle Paquette was terrific, especially in the second period.

“Kyle’s been great for us,” Doherty said. “He’s been focused and is just staying the course. It was a big game and Kyle came to play tonight.”

Tewksbury played well throughout the third period, keeping Marblehead along the perimeter for much of the final 15 minutes. After allowing the Headers to get within one, the defense clamped down and prevented any serious scoring chances by Marblehead to tie the game.

“Our defense played well in the third period to secure that win. That goal that they scored coming out of the corner shouldn’t have happened. We talked about it after the game. We’ve got to play a little harder,” explained Doherty.

Coachable, composed team: Many young teams would have become flustered with a late goal against to end a period, but not the Redmen. With just 1.6 seconds to play in the first period, Marblehead’s Tom Kolinowski banged home a rebound off a nice rush by Erik Powers.

“They scored that goal with one second left in the first, and I kind of had to settle my team down a little bit,” said Doherty. [My team] has been good. They’re very coachable. If we play our systems we’ll be fine.”

“We are young, but we work hard,” added Doherty.

Tough ending for Marblehead: A sophomore, Kalinowski, and a freshman, Braden Haley, scored the two goals for Marblehead, but it was his seniors who head coach Bob Jackson felt for after the game.

“I feel bad for the seniors in that room right now,” Jackson said. “The seniors gave it their all. You hate to see any senior end their hockey career like this. I loved the four years I got to spend with all of them. I’m tickled pink that I got to know all those young men.”

It was a senior class that won the Division 3 State Championship as freshmen and got to see the program elevated to Division 2 for this season.

“For us to jump up, it was a good challenge,” Jackson said. “We believed in ourselves. We actually thought we had a chance to be here. We would have loved to be playing here next Monday.”

Looking ahead: Tewksbury will have its work cut out facing No. 1 Beverly (20-1-1) in the Division 2 North Final, Monday night (6 p.m.) at Tsongas, but the Redmen are as cut out as any team to take on the Panthers.

We’ll play our game and not worry about [Beverly’s] game,” said Doherty.

“Unbelievable,” said Paquette when reminded that his team would be playing for the sectional final next time out.

Recap: No. 18 Beverly 4, Marblehead 3

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
SALEM, Mass. -- Twice this season Marblehead had scored three or more times against Beverly, the only team to do so, and lost.

On Wednesday, with the game tied at three and less than four minutes to go, it looked as if the Magicians would finally steal a point from the Panthers.


Beverly senior Ryan Santo wristed a shot over the glove of Myles Barry with 3:18 to go to cap the Panthers' comeback and seal a 4-3 win at Rockett Arena to keep the Panthers undefeated. Beverly rallied from a two-goal first period deficit.

“The kid's got ice in his veins,” Beverly senior Graham Doherty said of Santo. “He got stoned like seven times earlier in the game; he was snake-bit for a while. He just kept his nose to the grindstone and he popped it in over his shoulder. That was amazing.”

Down by a pair early Doherty took the game by the scruff and asserted himself. Doherty solved Barry on Beverly's 16th shot to put the Panthers on the board with 30 seconds left in the first. He added another goal early in the second when he wristed home a shot from the right circle to tie the game.

“Graham's a sniper, he can shoot,” Beverly coach Bob Gilligan said. “ He's got that pro-type shot.”

Marblehead, held to only 12 shots during the game, made the most of their opportunities early. The Headers scored on two of their first three shots to open a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Tom Koopman buried a shot to the short side of Beverly goalie Tim Birarelli to open the scoring. Erik Powers bowled past a defenseman and slid the puck between Briarelli's legs to double the lead.

After that Beverly's defense closed down and made it extremely difficult for the Magicians to get many more solid opportunities.

“That's probably the fewest shots we've had on anyone in a long time,” Marblehead coach Bob Jackson said. “I don't know if it was us not generating offense or they just did a good job of picking us up. Except for Beverly we outshoot guys. We make goalies look good.”

As the game progressed Beverly's conditioning and speed became apparent and gradually took over. The Panthers pressed hard on the forecheck throughout and it paid dividends in the end. Marblehead was unable to pull Barry for the extra attacker late in the game until there was less than 40 seconds left because the Headers could not move the puck through the neutral zone.

“We credit that to our coaches; they skate us hard every day in practice, and it pays off in the third period,” Doherty said. “We play our best hockey in the third period. We work all the time 3-on-3 forward line against forward line from the tops of the circles in in the defensive zone cycling the puck and just trying to keep it moving.”

Braden Haley gave Marblehead it's second lead with a late goal in the second period. Jesse MacLaughlin floated home a shot from the side boards to tie the game at three and set up the chaotic finish.

“It's a really good test of our character to come from behind,” Doherty said. “We were able to battle back little by little. We just stayed positive on the bench and chipped away at the lead. We never lost our confidence. We just had to keep working our game.”

SHOTS & SAVES: Beverly was able to throw 43 shots at Barry during the game and attempted dozens more. Marblehead's defense made some of those shots easier than others, but Barry was asked to do a lot between the pipes and, even in defeat, he stepped up to the moment.

“If it wasn't for Myles it could have been 10-3,” Jackson said. “It wouldn't have even been close.”

Barry dealt with wave after wave of Panther attacks early. He turned aside 15 shots in the first and 12 in the second period. Both Gilligan and Doherty were also complimentary of Barry and his talents.

“He was great,” Gilligan said. “There were a lot of shots that he came up big.”

“That was the best goalie performance we've played against all year,” Doherty said.

Marblehead claims first-ever D3 hockey title

March, 20, 2011

BOSTON -- A flurry of goals in the second period from the Marblehead Magicians was the turning point of the Division 3 boys' hockey championship Sunday at the TD Garden, a 6-3 victory over the Westfield Bombers, for their first ever D-3 Title.

“Indescribable,” Marblehead senior Ryan Dempsey said, “Everybody was so happy, we’ve lost is such big games, so to win a game like this is indescribable, the best.”

The first five minutes of the game were played inside Westfield’s blue line. Marblehead forced five early saves out of Bombers goalie Nick Liberto (21 saves total). But it was Westfield who got on the scoreboard first at 5:12 on their first shot of the game. Nick Sibilia stole the puck just inside the Marblehead blue line and beat Magician’s goalie Tony Cuzner (8 saves) one on one.

Austin Haley evened the score at one all at 7:37, knocking in a rebound from point blank, seniors Chris McLeod and Tyler Gelineau assisting. Westfield took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to Conner Laraway who added a rebound goal of his own with exactly one minute remaining in the period. Bombers forward Matt Gagnon had sent junior Kyle Levere in on a breakaway with a tape to tape pass from inside his defensive end. Levere’s shot was saved but Laraway couldn’t miss.
In the second period Marblehead seized control of the game for good with a flurry of goals, two on the power play.

“We wanted to just go out and win the second period, and play as well as we could,” Marblehead head coach Bob Jackson of his first intermission team talk, “And we went out and scored four goals, so we were happy.”

Westfield’s Nate Barnes picked up the games first penalty 2:36 into the second and the Magicians made the man advantage count. Senior Ryan Dempsey made a highlight reel backhand pass from behind the goal to McLeod who one-timed the finish tying the game at tow a piece. Thirty two seconds later the Magicians took the lead for good, Ben Koopmen blasted home a slap shot from just inside the blue line after Gelineau won the faceoff.

Jake Kulevich scored twice in the second period, his first on a rebound (4:40) and his second a shot that trickled through the Liberto’s 5-hole at 9:09.
Gagnon cut Westfield’s deficit to just two goals after his shot from a tough angle found the back of the net. But Hunter Graves scored the final goal of the game just 58 seconds into the third sniping his shot into the top corner for a 6-3 final.

After the game Marblehead talked about the hard work of the upperclassmen. “We have nine guys that have been here for four years, and I can’t begin to tell you the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm they brought with them everyday” Marblehead head coach Bob Jackson said of his seniors.

“We had a nice little moment after the game,” Kulevich said of the locker room celebration, “ We brought it in [after the game] one last time, there’s a lot of guys leaving this team, the coaches were great, and the coaches broke it down.”

ALLSTON, Mass. -- The Eastern Mass Division 3 final was by no means uncharted waters for the Headers. It’s everything beyond it that was unknown.

In three of the last four years, Marblehead boys’ hockey advanced out of the North bracket to earn a chance at the state title game. In their previous two attempts, they fell short, getting beaten by South champion Scituate in both turns.

“That loss last year was devastating,” Magicians senior captain Ryan Dempsey said of last year’s 5-2 defeat to the Sailors.

This year, with a change of opponent, Marblehead finally found the winning combination, holding on for a 3-2 win Tuesday night over South champion Pembroke at Harvard University’s Bright Center. With the victory, the Magicians will move on to play in their first state title game since 1985, when they were part of the Division 1 field.

Marblehead (19-4-3) controlled the flow of play through the first two periods, outshooting the Titans 28-7 after 30 minutes.

The Magicians came out firing in the first, but were unable to crack Pembroke netminder Kyle Jacobs (33 saves).

“We knew [Jacobs] was going to be strong out there and it would be difficult to beat him on initial shots,” Marblehead head coach Bob Jackson said. “We knew we’d need some rebound goals and we knew we’d have to position ourselves to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Marblehead was given a prime scoring opportunity six minutes into the opening period with a 5-on-3 power play. Only two shots found their way to Jacobs, however, on a great number of scoring chances. On the two-man advantage, the Magicians twice hit the side of the net (with space to sneak one in short side) and hit a post.

“We just kept hitting posts with shots and everything,” Dempsey said. “We didn’t get frustrated though because we knew it was coming. They can’t stop them all. We just went hard and finally they started going in.”

The Magicians finally got on the board with 2:36 remaining in the first with Austin Haley putting back the rebound off a Chris McLeod shot. Ben Koopman also picked up an assist on the play.

Marblehead again carried play in the second, outshooting Pembroke (15-6-4) by a 14-3 margin.

Hunter Graves had the Magicians to a 2-0 lead with 7:50 to play in the second, again capitalizing on a rebound opportunity with Alex Whitmore and Dempsey adding assists.

However, the Titans had plenty of fight in the third and whittled the deficit to a goal with 9:04 to play on Matt Sheehan’s unassisted tally off a Marblehead turnover.

The Magicians reestablished a two-goal lead with Dempsey banking in another tally off a rebound, this time with Haley and McLeod on the assists.

Pembroke answered right back, making it a one-score game with 3:04 to play on Chris Waterfield’s tally. Although the Titans had a few more quality chances on Magicians netminder Tony Cuzner, the Marblehead defenses held.