Boston High School: Brandon Collett

Super 8: No. 2 Malden Catholic 4, No. 7 CM 3

March, 2, 2014
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BOSTON — Both Malden Catholic and Catholic Memorial knew things would be different this time around and neither expected a repeat of the 11-0 drubbing the Lancers put on the Knights back on Feb. 14.

This one came down to the wire with Malden Catholic getting a late power play goal from senior Tyler Sifferlen who beat Knights goalie Brandon Collett after a great cross ice feed from junior John McLean. The goal was the second of the night for Sifferlen.

The Knights had a six on four advantage in the final minute with the goalie pulled but could not draw even and now trail the best of three series 1-0 as the teams get ready for Game Two on Wednesday night at the Tsongas Arena (8 p.m.).

“I thought it was an up and down game and I thought CM played great,” said Malden Catholic coach John McLean. “Tyler has been doing it for four years. He is a great player and a great leader and always seems to come up with big goals at the Garden. He is a character kid and he was in the right spot at the right time.”

The Lancers came out strong in the first period and got on the board when Ara Nazarian calmly cruised into the offensive zone and passed against the grain to defenseman Will Lawrence whose snap shot found the top left corner over Collett’s blocker.

CM would answer after being outplayed for most of the first period when Paul Hardiman banged home a pass from Michael Stathopoulos at the goalmouth to tie the game at one.

With a hard push to start the second period, the Knights took what would be their only lead of the night when Zach Sullivan found Aaron Clancy in the slot and the captain beat Alex Reissis over his blocker side.

Lancers Matthew Filipe had the answer just 31 seconds later with a highlight reel goal busting down the left wing, eluding a defender, and slipping one through the pads of Collett (22 saves).

Sifferlen was in the right spot midway through the second period when Nazarian found him in the neutral zone in stride and Sifferlen split the Knights defense pair and chipped the puck over Collett for a 3-2 lead.

“Ara just shot it up the middle and found me on the breakaway,” said Sifferlen. “It was just a lucky goal. It went over his shoulder. I think it went off his stick and went in.”

However, CM had the answer with under a minute left in the second period when Hardiman notched his second of the night after he poked the puck free from Reissis and buried his chance that tied the game at three.

Not lacking confidence: Despite falling behind 1-0 in the series, the Knights certainly put any doubts in the rear view mirror about the mirage that was the last time these two teams played.

After being outplayed over the first 15 minutes, Catholic Memorial outshot MC 24-14 over the last two periods and got a huge effort from Hardiman along the way.

“The past few times we have played against them we haven’t really got our offense going,” said Hardiman. “We thought we would just throw the puck on net and rebounds just happened to pop out to me.”

Both of Hardiman’s tallies took the Knights out of one goal deficits and that has the Knights feeling confident heading into Game Two.

“We knew what we had to do to play with and we just had to play our game,” added Hardiman. “I mean we are really confident going into the next game. Hopefully we can get a few more bounces.”

Big time player: While it was a “quiet” two-assist game for MC captain Aza Nazarian, it was a play in his defensive zone with time winding down that won’t show on the score sheet.

With the goalie pulled and C-M making their final push on a power play in the final minute, Anthony Pannagio had the puck on his stick, cocked and ready to fire into an open side, when Nazarian got his stick in the shooting lane and deflected the attempt wide of the net.

For a player known so much for his offensive ability, his subtle play on the defensive end saved his team from facing overtime.

Super 8 tournament primer and picks

March, 2, 2014
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There are less than 24 hours remaining before the puck drops on the Super 8 tournament Sunday at TD Garden.

So we’re taking this opportunity to break down the final eight. We’re taking a look at the head-to-head breakdowns for each series first-round, best-of-three series, along with predictions:

Series: No. 1 BC High (14-2-4) vs. No. 8 Xaverian (12-3-6)

Players to watch: BC High – F Steve DeForge, F Patrick Kramer, F Jake Lemanski, D Billy Roche, D Ryan Shea, D Sam Topham, D Trevor Davis, G Brandon Payzant; Xaverian – F Jon Beniers, F Andrew Durkin, F Antonio Marini, F Connor McCarthy, F Tim Sweeney, D Ricky Smith, G Aidan Murphy.

Previous meetings: 2-2 tie, Jan. 4; BC High, 5-1, Jan. 22.

The skinny: The top-seed Eagles take on their Catholic Conference rival Hawks, who endured a double-overtime classic against Archbishop Williams to slide in as the No. 8 seed. Xaverian will have to take a page from the playbook of Duxbury – which handed BC High a loss in its season finale at the Buddy Ferreira Classic – playing a tight-checking game through the neutral zone to stick with the Eagles’ slick transition game. Murphy has shown flashes of brilliance in his freshman campaign and the Hawks will have to rely on him and a big series from All-State hopeful Marini if they want to keep up with BC High.

X-factor: Payzant. The Eagles’ sophomore netminder has performed admirably in his first season taking the reigns from All-Stater Peter Cronin. But until a goaltender sees his first rubber in the playoffs, the book is still out.

Prediction: BC High in two.

Series: No. 2 Malden Catholic (16-4-0) vs. No. 7 Catholic Memorial (10-7-4)

Players to watch: MC – F Matt Filipe, F Ara Nazarian, F Tyler Sifferlen, F Jake Witkowski, D John McLean, D Nick Rolli, G Alex Reissis; CM – F Aaron Clancy, F Anthony Panaggio, F Mike Stathopoulos, D Frank Cosolito, D Tim Weinstein, G Brandon Collett.

Previous meetings: CM, 3-2, Jan. 25; MC, 11-0, Feb. 14.

The skinny: Once again the Lancers went on a February run, going 7-1-0 in February, despite a loss to Cathedral in the teams’ season finale at the Panthers vacation week tournament. Meanwhile, on the flip side, the Knights back their way into the tournament, having been blanked in the final month of the season, as CM didn’t win a game until Monday’s play-in game victory over Braintree in a one-goal game. However, as one-sided the matchup between Catholic Conference rivals might seem, CM does have the blueprint on how to take down MC, evidenced in the Knights’ 3-2 win in the teams’ first meeting at Walter Brown. In that game, CM was able to harass the Lancers breakout with an aggressive forecheck. In order to skate with MC, the Knights will have to repeat that performance or risk having their first-round series resemble more of the teams’ second meeting.

X-factor: Filipe. The Northeastern commit has provided a strong presence throughout the season on the Lancers’ second unit. While teams have a difficult enough time contending with MC’s vaunted top line, with Filipe and the second unit rolling, the Lancers’ attack is that much more difficult to match up with, defensively.

Prediction: MC in two.

Series: No. 3 Springfield Cathedral (15-2-5) vs. No. 6 Duxbury (16-2-3)

Players to watch: Cathedral – F Peter Crinella, F Johnny Leonard, F D.J. Petruzzelli, F Riley Prattson, D Dan Petrick, G John Liquori, G Keith Petruzzelli; Duxbury – F Nick Marrocco, F Matt Murphy, F Shayne O’Brien, F Trevor O’Brien, F Matt Saia, D Shawn Errasti, D Tyler Powers, G Tucker Kelly.

Previous meetings: N/A.

The skinny: In perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the first round, the high-flying Panthers offensive juggernaut squares off against a sound, defensive-minded squad from Duxbury. Cathedral enters the tournament ranked among the statewide leaders in just about every statistical category and host two of the top scorers in the state in Crinella (28-26-54) and D.J. Petruzzelli (21-32-53). Meanwhile, the Dragons played their best hockey down the stretch, beating BC High in the Buddy Ferreira Classic final to punch their Super 8 ticket. John Blake’s group excels with countering the team’s speed through the neutral zone, so the Panthers could be in for some tough sledding.

X-factor: Crinella. A contender for the Mr. Hockey award this season, the Holy Cross commit is capable of taking games over – something to be said on a roster full of Division 1 commits. This could be his coming out party on a statewide scope.

Prediction: Cathedral in three.

Series: No. 4 Austin Prep (13-4-4) vs. No. 5 Central Catholic (16-3-3)

Players to watch: AP – F Bobo Carpenter, F Eric MacAdams, F Jake McKennelley, D Andrew Cross, D J.J. Layton, G Elijah Harris; Central – F Zach Cote, F Richie Greenberg, F Lloyd Hayes, F Alex Lester, F Eric Robbins, F Corey Webber, D Conrad Jepson, D Cam Smith, G Colin Soucy.

Previous meetings: Central, 4-1, Jan. 1; AP, 3-2, Feb. 3.

The skinny: In a rarity with non-league opponents, the teams faced off twice during the regular season and, somewhat predictably, split the series. The teams are near carbon copies of each with a mix of top-flight offensive skill, depth and quality goaltending. AP, a Super 8 finalist last year, is a bit of an unknown commodity this season, as the Cougars lost multitudes of man games to injury through the year. In fact, AP didn’t even practice with its full fold of players until February, so we likely haven’t seen the Cougars’ attack at its fullest potential. Meanwhile, the Raiders can consistently roll three lines, with little drop off from the first to the third. So this one will be about as close as you can find.

X-factor: The goaltending. Both Harris and Soucy made names for themselves at last year’s Super 8. Regarded as two of the top goaltenders in the state, both offenses will be hard-pressed to find room to shoot.

Prediction: AP in three.

Super 8 play-in: CM 2, Braintree 1

February, 25, 2014
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STONEHAM, Mass. – It was so familiar yet so different.

Last year, it was Malden Catholic back-stepping into the Division 1A tournament as a 10-seed and using its play-in win to jump start a third straight title run.

Last night, it was a previously free-falling Catholic Memorial squad that plugged the holes, righted the ship, and came back to defeat Braintree 2-1 at an overflow Stoneham Arena to advance to a first-round series against the aforementioned Lancers.

Knights captain Aaron Clancy played up to the moment, scoring a pair of goals less than three minutes apart in the third period to power CM into the Super 8.

“It was a quality win over a quality opponent,” Catholic Memorial coach Bill Hanson said. “We finally played the system we should be playing, and we got great goaltending.”

The Knights fell flat on their facemasks in the first period, but Brandon Collett carried them through it. The sophomore goaltender, celebrating his 16th birthday Monday, let a Wamp goal past him but locked down and stopped six shots in the period. Collett stopped 14 Braintree shots in total.

“Kid stood on his head,” Clancy said of Collett. “Without him we wouldn't be here. He's peaking at the right time, and that's all you need in playoff hockey.”

The Wamps came out guns blazing in the first period. Kevin Howard put Braintree up late in the period when his shot from the point deflected off a body and went in. Braintree used the body early and often to dictate tempo and looked as if it would turn the game into a replay of Friday's 3-0 win over the Knights.

However, CM streamlined its strategy in the final two periods and were able to turn the tide, in all facets of the game, on the Wamps. Braintree outshot CM 7-1 in the first but was outshot 18-8 during the final two periods.

“I thought in the first period we had a jump in our step, I thought we were playing well,” Braintree coach David Fasano said. “For some reason, the second period we did too much standing around; we were on our heels a little bit. Against a good team like CM you've got to go at them, force them to make mistakes.”

As the game progressed CM chipped pucks deep and forced Braintree to play a 200-foot possession, and the Knights were able to slop up the middle of the ice enough to break up the Wamps' passes. Braintree's physical, crisp game of the first period was unable to thrive once CM adjusted.

“They were great in the neutral zone and we adjusted by coming back a little deeper, getting the red line, and playing dirty, ugly hockey,” Hanson said.

“We stepped up our physical presence. We actually simplified what we did the second and third period. All's we wanted to was get the red line, try to take center ice away, and then get it in and make us play with their backs to us.”

CONTROVERSY: The game's most memorable moment was a disallowed Braintree goal in the first period that will be dissected for the rest of the tournament.

Wamps forward Brian Gallagher sliced through the CM defense and roofed a shot over Collett. The goal light went on, the Wamps celebrated, and the Knights looked to regroup. However the referee, who was just to the right of Collett waved the goal off.

After a meeting with the other officials, followed by a meeting with the goal judge, the call stood.

STILL POTENTIAL GLORY: The silver lining in Braintree's loss is that the Wamps are still playing hockey. Braintree will slot into the top seed in Division 1 South and will face either Falmouth or Walpole this weekend in the sectional quarterfinal.

Fasano said that tough odds were a manageable task for his team.

“These guys have responded all year,” Fasano said. “We lost opening night. We were 5-4-1 at one time and weren't sure what way we were going to go. We had a nice team meeting and we decided to go the right way. They've battled through some adversity.”

The Wamps will enter a wide-open South bracket that includes Marshfield on their side and possible opponents Archbishop Williams and Barnstable on the other side.

“Our guys got to keep their heads up, and hopefully we can make a run at in the Division 1 tournament,” Fasano said. “I think we've got enough talent to make a serious run. We didn't do any shame out here tonight. We'll be back at it.”

Recap: Braintree 3, Catholic Memorial 0

February, 22, 2014
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BOSTON – A potential spot in the Super 8 was on the line Friday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University. The urgency displayed by both teams was apparent through the first two periods, but it was Braintree’s third-period explosion that lifted the Wamps past Catholic Memorial, 3-0.

“I think this is a huge statement win. We earned it in the third period,” said Braintree head coach David Fasano.

With 13 seniors as a calming presence, Braintree didn’t show any signs of alarm, even with the score remaining scoreless entering the final period.

“[The senior leadership] means a lot in between periods, out on the ice and on the bench,” Fasano said. “A few of them don’t play a lot, but they’re all out there supporting their teammates.”

He added, “Last year we were on edge when we took the ice against [CM]. This year there was no panic at all out there.”

Instead, Braintree just came out with more intensity and determination to give the committee one last reason to include the Bay State Carey champions.

“We talked about it in the locker room,” Fasano said. “The boys came out and knew their season was on the line if they wanted to play in a play-in game Monday. They responded. When we were ready to take the ice for the third period there was fire in their eyes.”

As much confidence as the coach had in the players, the team was comforted by some reassuring words from their leader entering the finale frame.

“Coach just told us, ‘We got this, we can do this,’” said senior Nick Ward.

Ward wasted no time, giving his team a 1-0 advantage just 14 seconds into the final period. He drove to the net hard, splitting two CM defenders, before backhanding a shot past Brandon Collett.

“It worked out right away. It came right out to me in the middle and I had some speed going. I tried to take him wide and luckily it went in,” said Ward.

With Braintree enjoying sustained forecheck in the Knights zone, Dylan Casserly extended the lead with a quick snap shot from the high slot that snuck through the five-hole of Collett.

The Wamps were terrific getting sticks in shooting lanes and blocking shots all game.

“The kids laid it all on the line. We were blocking shots and our goaltender [Nick Anson] played outstanding. It was probably his best game of the season,” explained Fasano. “Nick made a few saves in the third period that gave us momentum,” added the coach.

With Catholic Memorial’s net empty in favor of the extra attacker Brian Gallagher blocked a shot and went the length of the ice to seal the deal for the third and final tally of the game.

The loss marked the eighth game in a row without a win for the Knights, leaving the team’s Super 8 fate in the balance.

“I feel that we deserve to be there with our overall body of work this year,” said veteran head coach Bill Hanson. “Recently? No. I hope the committee looks at the whole picture. We’re still .500 in our league. We had quality opponents and quality wins.”

The win gave Braintree an 8-0-2 record over its last 10 games entering the postseason, including wins over Duxbury and CM in the past few weeks. It’s a feat that Fasano and many observers believe could propel the Wamps into the Super 8.

“I believe we belong in the play-in game, at least,” the 14-year coaching veteran said of his team’s Super 8 prospects. “I’m out there [at the selection committee meeting] every year and the key is always how you’re playing down the stretch. We have eight wins and two ties over our last 10 games. We’ve beat St. Mary’s, Duxbury and CM.

“Our goal is to keep winning. We want to make it to the last game of the season,”

Recap: No. 7 Central Catholic 4, No. 3 CM 3

February, 18, 2014
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BOSTON – Central Catholic rallied from three one-goal deficits to defeat Catholic Memorial, 4-3, on the heels of Lloyd Hayes' breakaway goal with 1:58 left in Monday’s duel of Super 8 hopefuls at Walter Brown Arena.

“It's huge for us moving forward,” Central coach Mike Jankowski said. “That's the type of game we've been looking for. The tight ones when we haven't been able to pull away and separate ourselves, and today we did.”

Hayes led the way for the Raiders on the ice and on the boards. The senior first-liner set the tone physically from the start and played like a bulldozer for the full 45 minutes. To go with his goal, he had an assist on Central's third goal earlier in the third period.

“That's the way we have to play – going to corners, getting pucks, and getting traffic to the net,” Hayes said. “That's the way we're going to win these teams, especially against good teams like CM.”

The Knights were led by senior captain Aaron Clancy who scored a goal and added a pair of assists. Linemate Mike Stathopoulos had CM's first goal and had the primary assist on Clancy's.

CM coach Bill Hanson had less to say about his team's offense and more about his team's lack of consistency on the back end.

“We had an assist on every one of their goals except for the power play,” Hanson said. “We had two blatant turnovers which they, as a good team, capitalized on. It's just the lack of mental toughness and mental athleticism to make the mistakes they make contrary to the way that they're coached.”

The Raiders found numerous ways to deflate the Knights.

Hayes' goal popped the balloon, and Colin Soucy made several spectacular saves to keep CM from pulling away. Christian Thompson's fluke goal, which was blockered away by CM goalie Brandon Collett only to bounce over him and in, with 91 seconds left in the second period was another guy punch for the Knights.

Central's recent rejiggering of its lines seems to have paid off. Breaking up the original top line of Hayes-Alex Lester-Corey Webber has allowed for other players to step up for the Raiders and jell in different ways.

“I think we've done a lot of different changes and everyone puts certain guys together,” Jankowski said. “It helps to get everyone in the game, and we've seen it game in game out. Everyone's finishing, getting some goals.”

Jankowski was pleased with his team's performance, but Hanson, who gave credit to Central for its performance, was anything but.

I take no positives out of this at all,” Hanson said. “We are killing ourselves.”

ROBBINS RISES: Sometimes it's good to have a Batman and sometimes it's good to have a Robin[ns].

Central's Eric Robbins, who was slotted onto the first line alongside Hayes and Zach Cote, stepped up in a big way. Robbins assisted on Central's first and third goals and was omnipresent throughout the game.

“Whenever coach switches up the lines we try to do something new,” Robbins said. “We usually jell pretty early and we were doing good out there today. I try to help the team out as much as I can. If I get moved up I get moved up.”

Robbins first assist came when his initial shot was cleaned up by Richie Greenberg, who has played alongside Robbins for most of the season.

“We always seem to find each other whenever we're on the ice,” Robbins said.

Jankowski said Robbins' best ability was being able to play with poise anywhere on the sheet.

“He gets his points here and there, but honestly he's a great two-way player,” Jankowski said. “He's a defensive center. He's really made each line move whenever we've moved him around. We talk about mixing the lines to find the best recipe to move forward and he allows us to do that.”

Recap: No. 1 Malden Catholic 11, No. 3 CM 0

February, 15, 2014
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MALDEN, Mass. -- Since Catholic Memorial defeated Malden Catholic, 5-3, last month, the two teams have been heading in opposite directions.

That fact was perhaps never more apparent than Friday night at the Valley Forum when the Lancers skated away with an 11-0 triumph over the Knights.

Since the loss to CM last month, Malden Catholic has reeled off six consecutive victories, allowing just two goals over the last four games.

“It’s huge,” said sophomore forward Matt Filipe of his team’s recent momentum. “We had that loss to CM a few weeks ago and after that game we started playing really well.”

John McLean’s Lancers were firing on all cylinders Friday night as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one period.

Filipe had a hat trick in the opening period to blow the doors off the contest.

“He’s a man child,” said McLean of his second line pivot who recently committed to Northeastern. “He’s a monster. He’s not afraid to go to the net and that’s what it takes. He can skate. He’s big and strong. When he cuts to the net he uses his size and is not afraid to go there. He’s been that way since was a Mite.”

“It was a good first period and it was an overall good win for the seniors,” said a humble and well-spoken Filipe of his team’s final home game of the season.

McLean was pleased that his team did not let its foot off the pedal and continued pushing hard all game, including two quick goals to start the second period after such a strong first period.

“When the score gets like that guys tend to care more about points than playing team hockey,” McLean said. “We calmed them down, got back to our systems and things were fine after that.”

UNH recruit and Mr. Hockey hopeful Ara Nazarian had a pair of goals, but it was also a good night for some of the secondary scorers who found some added confidence by finding the back of the net. Jack Adams, Patrick Wrenn and Brian Cameron all scored in the lopsided affair.

On the other hand, Catholic Memorial has struggled since the meeting last month, going 1-4-1 in the six games following, including two consecutive blowout losses this week.

Bill Hanson’s team was shut out, 6-0, by BC High on Wednesday.

Catholic Memorial is still a team that will be heard from come tournament time, and will be dangerous, especially with a veteran head coach and a goaltender in Brandon Collett, who could get hot and steal a few games.

“CM was off tonight,” McLean said. “They are a good team and have a good coaching staff. It’s one of those things that happens once in a while. They’re a good team and they’ll be there in the playoffs. We’ll have to worry about them if we play them.”

The Knights will have a chance to bounce back on Monday facing fellow Super 8 hopeful Central Catholic.

McLean, the always business-like bench boss of MC, refused to think further ahead than his team’s next contest against Marshfield on Monday.

“We have to get ready for Marshfield on Monday,” he said. “We’re playing in a barn these kids have never played in. We have to beat Marshfield first so we’ll start training for them. We’ll worry about the Super 8 when the seedings come out.”

Following that the Lancers will face St. Mary’s in the first round of the Springfield Cathedral High School Tournament before playing either Cathedral or Needham in the second round.

Then it will be off to the Super 8 where MC will likely be a one or two seed in the tournament they have captured three consecutive years.

“We’re going for that number one seed,” said Filipe.

Recap: No. 2 BC High 5, No. 3 CM 0

February, 13, 2014
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DORCHESTER, Mass. – It happened again, and this time it was even more disparate.

With archrivals BC High and Catholic Memorial squaring off in a de facto Catholic Conference championship game at UMass-Boston, Wednesday night, the Knights were looking for a better effort than their 4-1 loss about a week prior. BC High had dominated that tilt at Conte Forum, at one point in the second period outshooting CM by a 22-4 margin.

The second leg of the teams’ league slate wasn’t all that different, as the Eagles again flexed their offensive muscle with a remarkable dominance in time of possession, en route to a 5-0 victory.

Through two periods, BC High had outshot the Knights 24-2 – a dizzying disparity between two of the state’s preeminent programs and bitter rivals.

The Eagles’ attack was balanced as well, as five different players scored, with eight players cracking the score sheet in total and, as a sum, they skated away with the Catholic Conference regular season crown in front of a capacity crowd on Senior Night.

“I think it’s big for whole school, everybody in the locker room,” Eagles senior captain Steve DeForge said. “That’s the first trophy you want to get, but there’s a couple more championships we want to get. There’s that one down in Falmouth [Buddy Ferreira Classic] and then we want to get the big one, the Super 8.”

Although BC High (12-1-3, 6-1-1) held the Knights (9-4-3, 3-2-2) without a shot in the first period, the Eagles were held off the board until its final minute. The Eagles peppered CM goaltender Brandon Collett (28 saves) with 12 shots in the first, but didn’t break through until there was 7.2 seconds remaining in the period, as Chris LaLiberte stuffed home a loose puck from the doorstep for his first on the season.

The Eagles’ momentum swelled in the second, when they scored four times in the span of two minutes and 11 seconds.

Three of those goals came during a stretch of 4-on-4 and an abbreviated power play. First, senior defenseman Sam Topham’s skillful keep at the point resulted in a DeForge goal at 12:07. Then, just 26 seconds later, Patrick Kramer was the beneficiary of a Ryan Shea pass on a 2-on-1 break.

On the power play, Topham rifled off a top shelf slap shot at 13:17, with Shea (2 A) and DeForge (1 G, 2 A) adding assists.

Connor Noonan capped the late-period flurry with the Eagles’ fourth goal of the second at 14:18.

While the Knights had several scoring chances in the final period, they didn’t come close to establishing pressure in BC High’s zone and the Eagles held a33-6 shot-on-goal advantage overall.

“They won every puck, they won every battle,” CM head coach Bill Hanson said.

“Passes went off sticks, but that’s because they were in our faces. It wasn’t for lack of effort, I thought we gave good effort. We’re just not as good as they are, it’s simple as that.”

Oh, what a night: Any hockey matchup between BC High and CM is memorable, but to the Eagles’ seniors it was much more than that.

“They knew this was a special opportunity, playing their last home game in front of an amazing crowd,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “It was a special moment.”

They seized the opportunity, controlling play from the get-go, in the same manner they had just a week ago, when they took control of the league race with a win at BC’s Conte Forum.

For the Eagles, it was a slight revision to an already effective script.

“You know he’s a good goalie, so we want to get traffic and you have to get shots,” Flaherty said. “We were trying to get pucks everywhere and anywhere to get them to the cage.”

On the flip side, while Hanson was less than thrilled with his team’s compete level in their first meeting with BC High, the same could not be said for Wednesday – even considering the margin of defeat.

“They’re just much better than we are,” he said. “They have much better personnel, highly-skilled and the way that they play forces us to look bad. It’s them.”

CM finishes out its Catholic Conference schedule Friday with a visit to No. 1 Malden Catholic.

Mastery on the breakout: A large element to the Eagles’ success this season has been their deep and talented defensive corps. It’s not unusual for BC High to roll seven defensemen in games, with perhaps the state’s best top two pairings.

While sophomores Billy Roche and Shea have generated a good amount of buzz, BC High has leaned on its senior pairing of Topham and Trevor Davis.

Topham, in particular, was excellent on Wednesday. Whether putting on a perfect pinch in the lead up to BC High’s second goal, or stemming the breakout with a tape-to-tape outlet pass, Topham typified the performance the Eagles have gotten from their blue-liners this year.

And that all starts with the work of BC High assistant coach Bob Roche.

“He’s very nit-picky,” Topham said of Roche. “But it’s good for all of us. He keeps us from the making the same mistakes over and over again.”

That is borne out of the incessant pursuit of perfection and attention to detail in practice.

“Half of every practice, at least the practice before a game, we’re working on the neutral zone,” Topham said. “We’re looking to see where the open guy is. We do drills where we break it out, looking for each other. We’re working on it all the time.”
CM hockeyScott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comCatholic Memorial played New Jersey powerhouse Delbarton School at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, as part of the NHL's Stadium Series.
NEW YORK -- As unnatural a statement it might be, in the elements, it can be said that hockey teams are sometimes out of their element.

Although weather didn’t come into play in Catholic Memorial’s duel with New Jersey powerhouse Delbarton School, Saturday at Yankee Stadium, the characteristics of outdoor ice sheets are such that no team can play as they would in the controlled environment of the rink.

Take the case of the Green Wave, for instance.

“It’s our first outdoor game, so the learning process goes on throughout the game,” Delbarton head coach Bruce Shatel said of the game, which was played as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series. “We are traditionally an East-West team, but tonight it needed to be North-South. We were trying to stretch them out and back them off.”

While skating up and down the length of the sheet for periods, neither team was able to find the back of the net. But when the Green Wave adopted a more conservative dump-and-chase attack in the third period and broke through the Knights’ dogged forecheck, the goals came in bowls.

Delbarton skated away with a 3-0 win on the heels of a 20-save shutout from freshman goaltender Troy Kobryn.

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Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comCM's Yankee Stadium trip was their second outdoor game in three years, having played BC High at Fenway Park in 2012. The Knights were shut out on both occasions.
“They played uncharacteristic of how they can play,” CM head coach Bill Hanson said of Delbarton. “We’re not as skilled as they are. We can certainly go up and down the ice and battle with them, as we did for two periods.

“It wasn’t pretty for either team, but we went into the third period for the ninth time this year with a chance to get a win.”

For the Knights (9-2-2), who have been strong in third periods of late, Saturday was a bit of an aberration.

They outshot Delbarton by an 11-4 margin in the second period, to gain a 16-11 advantage through 30 minutes before meeting the Green Wave’s onslaught in the third. That’s when Delbarton returned the favor, peppering CM netminder Brandon Collett (18 saves) with an 11-shot barrage.

“We grind it and we find a way to get to the third period,” Hanson said. “We’ve won three out of our last four games in the third period, and another in overtime, that’s pretty darned good.”

He added, “Both teams are better than what they showed out there tonight, It was tough playing.”

After two free-flowing and penalty-free periods, Delbarton broke the stalemate at 4:16 of the third. Tyler Kobryn banked one home with assists from defenseman Michael Gilfillan and Chad Otterman. Gilfillan had a hand in the Green Wave’s second tally as well as Harrison Newman redirected his point shot in front of Collett for a 2-0 lead at 9:55.

Will McCarthy rounded out scoring with 2:42 to play with an assist from Sean McLaughlin.

All three Green Wave goals were the result of a strong net-front presence – setting screens in front of the cage, getting sticks on pucks and working hard below the face-off dots.

“We didn’t have any of that in the first or the second,” Shatel said. “It’s great that our kids rose to the occasion on the big stage and made some plays. Obviously, to win a game on this stage against an unbelievable opponent like Catholic Memorial is something that we’ll remember forever.”

Toeing the rubber: While Delbarton controlled the pace of play in the third, it was in the second that the Green Wave’s first-year goaltender earned his stripes.

With the Knights buzzing in the offensive zone, Troy Kobryn was a factor.

What’s perhaps even more remarkable was the young goaltender’s cool demeanor. Kobryn, a 1999 birthdate, is just 14 years old and looked mature beyond his years in one of professional sports most iconic settings.

“He’s got composure beyond his years,” Shatel said. “He’s a very talented kid who’s got a very bright future in this game. I think he’s 14 years old, and to be playing at Yankee Stadium and pitch a shutout, that’s pretty impressive.”

Next up: For all the pomp and circumstance that a chance to skate at the Yankees’ home brought, it is the Knights’ next game that almost certainly will have greater bearing on their postseason hopes and beyond.

A date with archrival No. 1 BC High at Boston College’s Conte Forum looms Monday (4 p.m.), so Saturday’s disappointment will quickly give way to a more pressing task.

“If we would have stayed home, we would have practiced against each other,” Hanson said, “but this was real good preparation for us. We got some pucks in close, but we weren’t opportunistic on the chances that we did have.”

Recap: No. 6 Catholic Memorial 3, No. 2 MC 2

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BOSTON – Against a team as fast and skilled as Malden Catholic, the margin for error in the neutral and – in particular – the defensive is slim.

That’s why Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Hanson spent the lead-up to Saturday’s Catholic Confrence clash emphasizing responsibility through those two zones and the principle of taking away time and space from the Lancers’ forwards.

The Knights delivered on that promise, and combined with a 37-save performance from sophomore goaltender Brandon Collett and a couple of timely goals from senior winger Mike Stathopoulos, the No. 6 Knights delivered a 3-2 win over the second-ranked Lancers.

“We worked a lot on executing, getting the puck out of the zone,” Stathopoulos said. “If it’s not in the zone, they’re going to have trouble scoring, so we just wanted to get the puck out of the zone and really lock down the neutral zone, then make sure we work the puck down deep in their zone.”

Despite their attention to detail, the Knights (8-1-2, 2-0-1 Catholic) emerged a bit flat-footed in the first, while being outshot by MC (8-3-0, 2-2-0) by a 12-2 margin.

The opening stanza is when Collett turned in perhaps his finest work, keeping CM in the game while stopping a number of Lancers’ scoring chances. None was finer than his stop on an Ara Nazarian back-hander off a partial breakaway with about three minutes remaining in the first.

“Territorially, in that first period, they did what they do best, they attack the net,” Hanson said. “Our goaltender had to play real well in the first period to keep us in the game.”

The Knights turned the territorial battle in their favor in the second, propelled by an early goal from Stathopoulos. Just 11 seconds into the period, Stathopoulos floated a wrister from the right wing circle past Alex Reissis (16 saves).

CM outshot the Lancers, 10-5, in the stanza, but MC was able to head to the room all square after Matt Filipe’s tally at 8:46.

The Lancers claimed the lead at 4:26 of the third period on a Jake Witkowski goal. The lead was shortlived, however, as Aaron Clancy responded for CM just 36 seconds later.

The Knights reclaimed the lead with 7:58 remaining on Stathopoulos’ second of the game. CM defenseman Frank Cosolito earned his second assist, firing off a shot from the point with Stathopoulos putting back the rebound off the initial save.

“He’s playing with confidence and he’s an intelligent kid,” Hanson said of Stathopoulos. “There’s no nervousness in him.”

Little things add up: On the Knights’ methodology for success Saturday, Hanson outlined it to be: “We just didn’t want them to get odd-manned situations against us.”

Hanson lauded the efforts of his top defensive pairing of Cosolito and Tim Weinstein, which was rolled out each time MC’s top line touched the ice.

But defense is a team game, and the Knights forward shared in the responsibility – much of which was left to junior center Anthony Panaggio, who went toe-to-toe with the reigning Mr. Hockey award winner in the circle.

“He got in his shirt just enough to not let up that extra step,” Hanson said of Panaggio. “I thought he was tremendous tonight. [Nazarian] skates as well as anybody, but he was in his kitchen.”

Conversely, Lancers head coach John McLean thought his team was outworked and unable to get the greasy kind of goals required to win a tight Catholic Conference game.

“You get pucks on net, get to the net and good things happen, but we’re not doing that enough right now,” McLean said. “We’re kind of shooting and watching, there were a lot of rebounds that we weren’t in the dirty areas to get to.

“When you have a good, hard-working defensive team like that, you have to take your lumps to get a goal.”

Work in progress: On that first line of Malden Catholic, it took another new look on Saturday, as the Lancers look to find the right combination heading into the pivotal month of February.

Filipe, skated the right wing alongside Nazarian and Tyler Sifferlen to start the game, with the trio combining on the Lancers’ first goal.

Witkowski stepped back onto the line, as the MC’s top line was again on the ice for its second goal.

“We’re doing what we did last year, trying to fine the right combination and who gels well,” McLean said. “[Filipe] is an outstanding center, but wherever he goes, he’s an outstanding player.”

Recap: No. 8 CM 2, No. 9 St. John's Prep 1

January, 12, 2014
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WILMINGTON, Mass. – Catholic Memorial and St. John's Prep were both in search of their first marquee win yesterday at Ristuccia Arena.

The Knights got it.

After an entertaining, back-and-forth affair, No. 8 CM escaped with a 2-1 win in the Knights’ Catholic Conference opener.

“We started off pretty slow,” CM's Mike Stathopolous said. “We kind of settled down between the first and second periods and then came into the second doing stuff with the system and kind of got after it.”

Stathopolous had a solid game that culminated when he fed sophomore Paul Hardiman, who buried it in the top corner above the should of Prep goalie Brian Conroy, early in the third to put CM ahead for good.

Before CM (6-1-0, 1-0-0) was able to score the go-ahead goal, it had to stave off the Prep attack that ambushed them in the first period. Prep outshot CM 12-2 in the first period and was able to solve Brandon Collett when Mark Etherington slid behind the CM defense and scored on a pass from Jim Currier with 10 seconds remaining in the period.

“They just jumped all over us, took the play away from us,” CM coach Bill Hanson said. “They won the battles along the wall and we just said settled down. Our goaltender kept us in the game, he was terrific.”

The Knights' offense shook off the bus legs in the second period and flipped the script on Prep. CM outshot the Eagles 10-5 in the second and every offensive line had quality scoring chances. None was better than Bill Czar tipping a shot into the top corner midway through the period to tie the game.

Collett buckled down in net for the Knights and finished the game with 27 saves.

“We had to grind it out and get the win,” Collett said. “That's how it's going to be all year.”

Prep (3-4-1, 0-3-1) had plenty of chances in the third period, the Eagles put 11 shots on goal, but they were unable to tie the game.

St. John's head coach Kristian Hanson gave credit to Collett in goal but also said that his team had to be more direct offensively.

“The guys just have to crash the net more, get some garbage goals, and play dirty,” Hanson said. “When I say dirty I mean go to the net, get in the dirty areas that no one wants to stand in. That's how you score goals. A lot of the stuff we're trying to do is too cute out there. It just doesn't work.”

MR. 600: Saturday's win was a historic one for Bill Hanson as it was his 600th win at the helm of the Knights. After all the years and all the wins, Hanson said he'd lost track.

“I had no idea,” Hanson said. “I knew it would be sometime this year, but I didn't know when.”

Hanson's teams have won 17 Super 8 titles and he's coached more than two dozen NHL draft picks. Even with the victories and accolades, Hanson said he was proud to achieve the goal with this year's Knights.

“The fact that I don't keep track of it tells you a lot,” Hanson said. “It couldn't have been with a greater group of kids too. You saw that game, they're a fun group to watch.”

EMPTY BOX: Catholic Conference rivalries run deep so it was quite a surprise that not a single penalty was called during yesterday's game. Apart from one or two moments in the third period there wasn't even a non-call that angered the fans.

Both coaches gave credit to their teams playing hockey within the rules.

“They let us play, but the kids to their credit, [at] the whistle stopped,” Bill Hanson said. “No one yaps. No high sticks … just real good disciplined teams.”

“I'd rather play every game without penalties,” Kristian Hanson said. “The refs did a good job today. It was a clean game anyways. I think we made their job easy.”

Stathopolous said that it was a pleasant difference to having a flowing game on the ice.

“The refs did a great job letting us play,” Stathopolous said. “There were some things that could have been called, but if you want to play a team you want to play them five-on-five. It was a good game.”

Recap: Catholic Memorial 5, Hingham 1

January, 5, 2014
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HINGHAM, Mass. – Zach Sullivan scored twice in the first period and Anthony Pannagio added a pair of goals in the second period to propel Catholic Memorial to a dominating 5-1 victory over Hingham at the Pilgrim Skating Arena on Saturday night.

The visiting Knights (5-1-0) got off to a strong start in the first period, forcing Hingham goaltender Jack Santilli into eight saves before Sullivan opened the scoring. The puck found the junior forward in left circle and he fired a wrister past the goalie. Gunnar McKenzie had the assist.

The Harbormen (1-5-1) had a solid scoring opportunity in the first period Ethan Iaria has a shot from the slot go narrowly wide. Three minutes after opening the scoring Sullivan made it 2-0. The puck was shot in from the point by McKenzie and Santilli’s save landed on the stick of Aaron Clancy who sent a pass behind the goalie through the crease to a wide-open Sullivan.

The Knights controlled most of the attacking play and had a 12-2 advantage in shots after the opening period, which head coach Bill Hanson noted is becoming a pattern for his team – even if it was not a perfect game.

He said, “We’ve been consistent in that style of play all year. You know, our effort and the intensity was there, but physically we were a day late and a dollar short a lot of times.”

Hanson added, “We didn’t have our best legs at all tonight, but the power play worked well and our discipline was fabulous. We beat a pretty good hockey team.”

The Knights added to their lead in the second period with a power play goal two minutes in by Pannagio, who knocked home a loose puck at the side of the net. Hingham responded by turning up the pressure and got its reward when freshman Matt Demelis followed up a rebound on a shot from Luke McInnis that trickled through the pads of CM goalie Brandon Collett.

Unfortunately for the Harbormen, any momentum that the goal could have given them was taken away by another penalty and another power play goal by the visitors. Again it was Pannagio that provided the lift with a point-blank, one-timer on a centering pass by Michael Stathopolous that made it 4-1.

“The penalties hurt us,” said Hingham head coach Tony Messina. “They’re not good penalties and you just can’t win against a team like CM when you’re taking those kinds of penalties.”

He added, “We’ve been having a little bit of trouble generating offense lately. But, you know, I thought at times we played very well tonight and we’ve had moments where we give up easy goals and that’s what happened tonight.”

Hingham held an 11-9 advantage on shots in the third period, but most of those shots came from long distance and were little trouble for Collett. Messina thought the team played well in spurts but admitted the Harbormen need to try and create more solid scoring opportunities.

“We’re trying to get the guys to drive to the net,” he remarked. “I thought we had some decent moments where we created chances but a lot of the shots were from the perimeter. I think we out shot them in the third, but most of them were harmless.”

Catholic Memorial wrapped up the scoring with eight minutes remaining on an unassisted goal by Eion Hurley to make it 5-1. Hansen was pleased with the result ahead of a tough stretch that includes games with conference rivals St. John’s Prep and Xaverian.

He commented, “In this building, it’s hard to play. I think they have a little advantage when they play here. We’ll take 5-1 at this point.”

Recap: Framingham 2, No. 6 Catholic Memorial 1

December, 28, 2013
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- It is not an uncommon occurrence for one person's performance to lift an entire team.

Framingham goaltender Al Lynch proved it Friday night. The senior put forth a grand performance between the pipes, stopping 41 of 42 shots in leading the Flyers to a stunning 2-1 triumph over No. 6 Catholic Memorial in the opening round of the Silverback Hockey Classic inside Loring Arena.

With the victory, Framingham (2-2-0) will face St. John's (Shrewsbury) in the title game Saturday night beginning at 7:50 p.m. The Knights will play in the consolation game (5:50 p.m.) versus Marshfield.

"It all starts with our forwards to our defense then all the way back to me," Lynch said. "When your team is feeling it, it's easy to play well behind them."

You had an inkling that Lynch's evening would be special after he turned aside 17 CM shots in the opening period to keep the game scoreless. Often times, Framingham, playing without last year's top-scorer Corey Gorovitz (who is expected back for the title game), found itself limited once it was able to move the puck beyond the blue line. As is their nature, the Knights defense collapsed on any Flyer with the puck on his respective stick once inside their own zone. The Flyers mustered just one shot in the opening frame.

But because of Lynch's play, they remained upbeat.

"When it's a 0-0 game after one period and the goalie is feeling it then I think it's easy for the rest of the team to feel it as well and rally around him," said Lynch. "It was nice to get out of that first period feeling good. Once you get that first 15 minutes in, then the rest of the night the pucks begin to look like beach balls. Having everyone work their tails off all game, I think it proves something to us as a team as well as anyone watching."

Framingham's positive demeanor carried into the second period and was raised even highter after Chris McGinty's rebound goal at 4:25 to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

CM's frustration was evident. Numerous quality chances on net were swatted away by Lynch. Knight players could be seen often skating to their bench shaking their heads in dismay. With time ticking down in the period, CM, albeit briefly, was finally able to prove that Lynch was human afterall. Gunnar McKenzie, a sophomore forward, managed to direct a rebound shot by Eion Hurley past Lynch stick side at 13:13 to send the Knights into the second intermission tied 1-1.

The goal served as a much-needed lift for CM who believed it had out-played Framingham at both ends of the ice yet only had the one goal to show for it.

Any momentum gained following McKenzie's tally was diminished to begin the third. Just 13 seconds in, defenseman Joey Gilbert had the puck on his stick following a face off. Standing 20 feet to the left of CM goalie Brandon Collett (13 saves), the sophomore was able to skate in alone several feet before firing s shot into the upper left corner of the net, giving the Flyers a 2-1 advantage.

"For the most part I thought we played disciplined," Flyers head coach Paul Spear said. "You don't get to beat a team like that very often so tonight was very exciting. Our goaltender is outstanding and we feel he is a Division 1 prospect. He just played his heart out tonight. We've got to come back and play St. John's next but I told our kids we should be proud and happy but when we wake up in the morning lets put our focus on St. John's and try to win our own tournament."

Having regained the lead back, Framingham was consistent with its defensive effort. The Flyers played much tighter, allowing little space for the Knights to work in.

They also got a little more physical, pushing CM off its routes in its attempt to notch the tying score. With Lynch still working his magic, things got a bit more interesting after Framingham was called for a pair of penalties with under three minutes to go. However, both times the Flyers penalty unit did its job. Although the Knights (2-1) still managed to fire 14 shots at Lynch in the period, all were stopped giving Framingham one of its biggest victories in school history.

"We had a lot of scoring opportunities but their goaltender was up to the task," said CM head coach Bill Hanson. "But when we go back to watch this game, the little one-on-one battles especially in the last 1:15 their kids did a helluva’ job. We didn't have any open man situations or 2-on-1s and 3-on-2s. Our kids never let up and played hard throughout.

“There was no pity party inside our locker room. There is disappointment. But I still think we'll be a very good team. Paul [Spear] does a great job over there. He doesn't get enough credit being a real good X's and O's guy."

Recap: No. 10 Catholic Memorial 9, Natick 1

December, 17, 2013
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BOSTON – Catholic Memorial doesn’t have a true superstar, but the Knights are a deep team that can run four lines and continuously attack their opponents. That was evident on Monday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University.

Junior captain Aaron Clancy, senior Michael Stathopolous and sophomore Paul Hardiman each scored two goals as the No. 10 Knights cruised past Natick, 9-1.

Hardiman and Stathopolous scored first period goals to take a 2-1 lead over Natick after 15 minutes. It was the only period that Natick mustered any offensive charge against CM and goaltender Brandon Collett.

The story of the night might have been the effectiveness of the second line for the Knights. Longtime Catholic Memorial coach Bill Hanson put Hardiman, Stathopolous and junior Anthony Pannagio together on the second line, and the trio displayed good chemistry and the ability to create offense.

“[Stathopolous] is a senior. It’s the first time he’s had a good night offensively. His engine, he’s playing hard and he’s getting after it,” Hanson said.

“Hardiman and Pannagio were our best penalty killers last year as freshmen. They played a ton for us last year. They weren’t good offensively as freshmen because it’s hard to play as freshmen. They’ve taken the next step. They’re good hockey players.”

The onslaught was on from there as CM scored seven times in the final 30 minutes to win going away. Zach Sullivan, Tim Weinstein and Will Conroy also added goals for Catholic Memorial.

The Knights improved to 2-0-0 on the young season, and are averaging 7.5 goals per game despite losing UMass recruit Liam Coughlin, one of the best offensive players in the state last season to graduation, and Cornell recruit Beau Starrett to juniors.

“We have a lot of the same cast of characters back from last year. My concern coming in was that they played so well last year making it to the [Super 8] Final Four, were they going to make that next step?” Hanson said. They really have exceeded my expectations. I’m pleasantly surprised. Their confidence factor is right where it should be.”

Hanson continued, “We don’t have Liam. We roll four lines. I firmly believe we have eight to nine guys who are 10, 12 goal scorers. The intensity and energy that we play with has to make up for Liam’s loss.”

Notes: Maine associate head coach Jay Leach and Los Angeles Kings scout Bob Crocker were both in attendance to take in the action at the former home of the Boston University Terriers … Clancy, the team’s top returning scorer, showed why with his quick release and ability to work well in traffic… Senior Will Conroy looked more like a skilled forward on his nifty breakaway goal to cap off the scoring… Catholic Memorial is off until Dec. 27 when it takes on Framingham in the Silverback Hockey Classic.

ESPN Boston preseason MIAA boys' hockey All-State

December, 16, 2013
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Presenting our MIAA boys' hockey preseason All-State team:

1st Team
F – Bobo Carpenter, Jr., Austin Prep
F – Ara Nazarian, Jr., Malden Catholic
F – Tyler Sifferlen, Sr., Malden Catholic
D – Ean Mendeszoon, Sr., St. John’s Prep
D – Nick Rolli, Sr., Malden Catholic
G – Colin Soucy, Sr., Central Catholic

2nd Team
F – Peter Crinella, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
F – Lloyd Hayes, Sr., Central Catholic
F – Nolan Redler, Sr., Winchester
D – Andrew Cross, Sr., Austin Prep
D – Bryan Nelson, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
G – Elijah Harris, Jr. Austin Prep

3rd Team
F – Patrick Kramer, Jr., BC High
F – Antonio Marini, Sr., Xaverian
F – Pat Shea, Jr., Marshfield
D – John Carlson, Sr., Hingham
D – Adam Crowley, Sr., Burlington
G – Brandon Collett, Soph., Catholic Memorial

Our MIAA boys' hockey All-State Team

March, 28, 2013
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FIRST LINE
All-StateF - Liam Coughlin, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Finished third among all Division 1 players in scoring, while leading the Knights back to the Super 8 for the first time since 2009-10. The South Boston native put up 28-20-48 totals, tied for first among Catholic Conference scorers this season.

All-StateF - Ara Nazarian, Soph., Malden Catholic
ESPN Boston’s Mr. Hockey award winner this season, Nazarian had 26-22-48 totals for the regular season, along with nine goals and five assists during the Super 8 tournament for the three-time defending champions. The Boxford resident and center is the first underclassman to win the Mr. Hockey award.

All-StateF – Brian Pinho, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The Providence College commit led the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in this year’s Super 8 tournament. The North Andover resident compiled 12-24-36 totals this season and, in January, was ranked No. 117 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Soph., Malden Catholic
The North Reading resident earned his second Super 8 title with the Lancers, playing on all defensive units and is one of two players making a second-straight appearance on our All-State team. The Boston College commit had 5-17-22 totals on the season and recently was accepted in the United States National Team Development Program’s U-17 team.

All-StateD – Matt Foley, Sr., Springfield Cathedral
The two-way blue-liner finished third on the Panthers in scoring with 10-16-26 totals this year while leading them to another Super 8 apperance. A Longmeadow resident, the captain is deciding among prep schools for next year, as well as offers to play in college.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Sr., BC High
The only repeating First-Team All-Stater this year, Cronin finished in the top five among Division 1 netminders in both goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (94.6) while starting all 23 of the Eagles’ games. He is currently considering colleges among playing opportunities at the prep school and junior levels.

SECOND LINE
All-StateF – Tom Besinger, Jr., BC High
The Eagles’ top center and captain was force to reckon with in the circle, in addition to leading the Eagles with 35 points (10 goals and a team-best 25 assists).
All-StateF – Cam Owens, Sr., Wilmington
Finished his high school career with back-to-back Division 2 state championships. Owens racked up 30 points, playing alongside All-State honorable mention Brendan McDonough. Owens is currently weighing prep and junior options for next year.
All-StateF – Nolan Vesey, Sr., Austin Prep
The senior captain led the Cougars back to the Super 8 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and all the way to a finals appearance at the Garden. Vesey led AP in goals (18) and points (31) while kicking in 13 assists.
All-StateD – Nick Gorski, Sr., Central Catholic
A player who head coach Mike Jankowski repeatedly called his “most improved player” since freshman year, the Raiders captain played on all units, leading Central to another Super 8 appearance.
All-StateD – Jack Williams, Sr. Springfield Cathedral
A major component to perhaps the state’s best blue-line core, Williams did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, including playing forward on power-play units. The Suffield, Conn. resident tallied four goals and 19 assists for 23 points. He is currently weighing his playing options for next season.

All-StateG – Colin Soucy, Jr., Central Catholic
The break-out star of this year’s Super 8 tournament, Soucy nearly delivered the Raiders to a quarterfinal-round upset of No. 1 seed St. John’s Prep in his first year as Central’s starting netminder.

Best of the Rest – Honorable Mention
Forwards
Tyler Bird, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Tommy Bishop, Sr., Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, Jr., Hingham
Brian Brooks, Jr., Canton
Mike Carbone, Sr., Marshfield
Bobo Carpenter, Soph., Austin Prep
A.J. Couto, Sr., Danvers
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Peter Crinella, Soph., Springfield Cathedral
Cam Curley, Sr., Franklin
Sam D’Antuono, Jr., Hingham
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Josh Edwards, Sr., Blue Hills
Brendan Greene, Jr., Winchester
C.J. Grinnell, Sr., Burlington
Marc Happy, Jr., Wachusett
Lloyd Hayes, Jr., Central Catholic
Kevin Hock, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Mike Iovanna, Sr., Malden Catholic
Andrew Irving, Sr., Beverly
Connor Irving, Jr., Beverly
Ryan Jones, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
Jack Kilty, Sr., Medway
Pat Kramer, Soph., BC High
Tom Koopman, Jr., Marblehead
Matt Kustra, Sr., Natick
Brendan McDounough, Jr., Wilmington
Anthony Lespasio, Sr., Bedford
Jack O’Hear, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Derek Petti, Sr., Tewksbury
Eddie Pratt, Sr., Xaverian
Nolan Redler, Jr., Winchester
Tyler Sifferlen, Jr., Malden Catholic
Mike Sorenti, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Sean Spohr, Sr., Westfield
Max Turcotte, Sr., Holliston
Max Willman, Sr., Barnstable

Defense
Matt Burchill, Sr., Marshfield
Derek Butler, Jr., Natick
John Carlson, Jr., Hingham
Adam Crowley, Jr., Burlington
Nick Edwards, Jr., Blue Hills
Sean Heelan, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Kurt Leavitt, Sr., Canton
Bryan Nelson, Soph., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Nick Rolli, Jr., Malden Catholic
Ryan Shea, Frosh, BC High
Sam Topham, Sr., BC High

Goaltenders
Tim Birarelli, Soph., Beverly
Alex Buckley, Sr., Newburyport
Brandon Collett, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Davis, Sr., Norwood
Derek DeCastro, Sr., Burlington
Drew Foley, Jr., Wilmington
Nolan Greene, Jr., North Quincy
Elijah Harris, Soph., Austin Prep
John Liquori, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
Al Lynch, Jr., Framingham
Evan Morelli, Sr., Reading
James Offner, Soph., Winchester
Nick Russo, Sr., Waltham
Jimmy Tierney, Soph., Oliver Ames

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