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ESPN Boston's MIAA Boys' Hockey All-State Team

March, 23, 2012
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First Team:
All-StateF – Brendan Collier, Sr., Malden Catholic
The two-time ESPN Boston All-Stater closed out his senior season with a second straight Super 8 title and claimed our Mr. Hockey Award. The Charlestown native and Boston University commit scored 26 goals with assists for 65 points, a figure which led all Division 1 scorers. Collier, who also plays golf and lacrosse at MC, plans on playing a year of juniors next year before joining the Terriers.

All-StateF – Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr., Malden Catholic
The Lancers’ top-line pivot makes his second All-State team appearance, his first on the First Team. The North Reading native and Boston College commit again eclipsed the 50-point plateau (31-21-52), despite missing the first couple weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, and helped the Lancers to their second straight Super 8 title.

All-StateF – Sam Kurker, Sr., St. John’s Prep
When looking up the term power forward, the Eagles senior winger and captain fit the mold. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward finished with 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points. The Boston University commit has also seen time with U.S. National Team Development Program and skated with the U-18 select team at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament during the summer.

All-StateD – Colin MacGillivray, Jr., Malden Catholic
The Lancers blue-liner is made in the mold of an old school rugged defenseman. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Peabody native played on MC’s top pairing through the season while posting three goals and 10 assists for 10 points for the repeat Super 8 champions.

All-StateD – Nikko Markham, Sr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
The Catholic Central Conference Most Valuable Player and Spartans captain finished a sound career by leading St. Mary’s to a No. 2 seed in the Super 8. The Salem native was among the top point-scoring blue-liners in the state with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Jr., BC High
For the second straight season, the Eagles went as their netminder went, and Cronin led BC High to its first Super 8 finals appearance since 2007. Playing in each of the Eagles’ 25 games, the Norwell resident posted a 2.00 goals against average and a 91.7 save percentage.

2nd Team:
All-StateF – Kevin Emmerling, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Perhaps the most skilled skater in the state, the Pioneers’ center provided a dynamic offensive punch to their Super 8 run. The Whitinsville native finished third in Division 1 scoring with 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points. Emmerling is exploring his options for next year and hopes to play college hockey.

All-StateF – Conal Lynch, Sr., Boston Latin
Lynch also showed that Charlestown is again a hotbed of hockey, carrying the Wolfpack to a DCL/MVC Div. 2 championship. Lynch finished second in Division 2 in scoring with 35 goals and 18 assists for 53 points. The Wolfpack captain is weighing his options in pursuing prep or junior hockey next year.

All-StateF – Matt Sullivan, Sr., BC High
The senior captain was a true two-way center with a high hockey IQ. The Duxbury resident anchored the Eagles’ top line, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and lifting BC High to its first Super 8 final appearance since 2007. He is pursuing prep and junior hockey opportunities for next season.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Fr., Malden Catholic
The younger brother of Ryan, Casey catapulted himself onto the scene in his first year, filling the role of a puck-moving defenseman previously held by former All-Stater Conor Evangelista. The North Reading resident and Boston College commit tallied two goals and 15 assists for 17 points in his first year.

D – Peter Sikalis, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
The Colonials’ captain was the impetus behind their run to the D1 North semifinals. Sikalis had eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points while eating up boatloads of ice time for head coach Bob Lavin. The imposing 6-foot-3 defenseman is exploring his hockey options for next year.

All-StateG – David Letarte, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The captain has been the Eagles’ backbone during the last three seasons, leading Prep back to the Super 8 once again. Letarte had a 2.08 goals against average and a 91.3 save percentage in 18 games played. He is currently mulling over college and junior hockey offers for next year.

“Best of the Rest”
Nick Bertoni, F, Franklin
Tom Besinger, F, BC High
Tommy Bishop, F, Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, F, Hingham
Trevor Cimino, F, Burlington
Frank Crinella, F, Springfield Cathedral
Paul Curran, F, Milton
Vin D’Amato, F, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jarrod Fitzpatrick, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
James Gordon, F, Hingham
Danny Holland, F, Woburn
Mike Iovanna, F, Malden Catholic
Connor Irving, F, Beverly
Mike Kelleher, F, Central Catholic
Chris Leblanc, F, Winthrop
Bobby Mullins, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Ara Nazarian, F, Malden Catholic
Andrew Newis, F, Natick
Jack O’Hear, F, Catholic Memorial
Cam O’Neill, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Jake O'Rourke, F, Medway
Cam Owens, F, Wilmington
Brian Pinho, F, St. John’s Prep
Dalton Rolli, F, Wilmington
Joe Strangie, F, Danvers
D.J. Walsh, F, Needham
Bryan Carter, D, Hudson
Connor Fenton, D, Braintree
Brian Furey, D, BC High
Pat Houghton, D, Westford Academy
Steve Mattos, D, Burlington
Nick Pandalena, D, St. John’s Prep
Jake Secatore, D, Woburn
Brendan White, D, Malden Catholic
Joe Cerulo, G, Wakefield
Jordan Davis, G, Norwood
Mike Donadio, G, Franklin
Bailey MacBurnie, G, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Connor Murray, G, Needham
Connor Roddy, G, Medfield
Shane Starrett, G, Catholic Memorial
Steven Waites, G, Winthrop
Kyle Williams, G, Central Catholic

Coach of the Year
Chris Spillane, Franklin
Losing 15 seniors off of 2011's Division 2 state finalist team posed no problem to Spillane in guiding his team back to the Garden again. The 13-year Panthers bench boss is regarded as one of the finest in the state, but no season might have been more impressive for Spillane than getting this team back to the finals.

Finalists:
Karl Infanger, Natick
Mark Lee, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
John McLean, Malden Catholic

D3 boys' final: Hudson 5, Medway 1

March, 19, 2012
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BOSTON -- It’s been roughly three decades since Hudson boys' hockey hoisted some MIAA hardware, as the Hawks snapped their 34-year drought by defeating Medway, 5-1 in Sunday's Division 3 state final at TD Garden.

“The kids took me on a magical ride,” Hudson head coach Mike Nanartowich said. “It’s like a dream come true right now.”

“It seemed like we were always missing something,” added Nanartowich. “We couldn’t get by that state semi-final game, and we finally got past that little hurdle [to get us to the TD Garden].”

Hudson’s “hurdle” began back in 2010, as the Hawks lost to Longmeadow by three goals, and then Westfield in the same round a year later. However, the Hawks eventually avenged their loss to the Lancers this past season, as they handed Longmeadow a 3-1 thrashing, which catapulted them to the title match.

“As a senior, I knew how it must have felt losing like the guys in the past did,” said Hudson senior Tyler Kirby, who finished the game with two goals and one assist. “We have a lot of returning guys, so everybody knew what it felt like, and we knew this was probably was our last year as a team to be able to get this far, and we knew what we had to do. We’ve been here so many times, so we know that one bad bounce can change the game."

Medway began the game with a quick strike, as senior Jake O’Rourke stole the puck from Hudson senior Tom Fahey in the Mustang zone, and then rushed down the ice to record the first goal of the afternoon.

“[The puck] hit my pads, just hit the board, and it was a blocked shot that I kind of got lucky, a lucky bounce, and it was off to the races and I was able to put it home,” O'Rourke said of his team’s only score.

The Mustangs attempted to extend their one-goal advantage a few minutes later when sophomore Josh O’Toole connected with freshman Mike Boldy, but Hawks junior netminder Shane Barry denied the opportunity.

Hudson then endured two consecutive power plays before they lit the lamp at 12:00, as junior Bryan Carter sent a back-handed pass to senior Tom Fahey, who deposited the puck past Mustangs goaltender junior Mike Narducci for the score.

That particular goal provided the Hawks with all the momentum for the remainder of the day, as Hudson registered four more strikes – one in the second and three in the third, which came off the sticks of Kirby, Carter and senior Blake Seymour.

“We wanted to throw the puck down, wanted create some chaos, as we talked about this the past couple of days – creating chaos in front of the net,” Nanartowich said. “I told these kids, they took me on an unbelievable ride, and I told them it was something that they’ll never forget, and I’ll never forget.”

“Obviously a disappointing result here tonight, but we knew going in that Hudson was an amazing team, and they showed it tonight,” Medway head coach Chris Ross said. “I’m extremely proud of my boys, and the whole coaching staff, and this is the furthest Medway’s has ever been and [I’m] just extremely proud of this year in general.”

Despite loss, it was an ‘Unbelievable Journey’
Sunday’s crushing loss was probably not exactly what the Mustangs envisioned once they punched their ticket to the state title match on Wednesday, Mar. 14, but according to senior captain Jake O’Rourke, it was certainly an “unbelievable” journey that he and his senior teammates won’t ever forget.

“It’s the best thing that I’ve ever been apart of [in] my high school career,” O'Rourke said. “[I’ve] played a few sports, been on a lot of teams, been around lot of guys and this is the best team by far, head and shoulders above anything. The journey has been unbelievable, and to get here is just unheard of and uncharted waters, which coach [said] and it was an unbelievable experience, and sucks it has to end like this, but that’s what it is [because] someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose.”

Even head coach Chris Ross harped about his team, as well as the wonderful support by the community when he stated, “The town’s definitely been buzzing. Former players and parents and coaches and just people in the town really rallied around this team, and really came out, sent us off on the game [Sunday], but just showed their support all week long to these guys.”

Getting Past Longmeadow
Hudson senior Tom Fahey remembers quite vividly the night the Hawks lost to Longmeadow in the 2010 Div. 3 semi-finals.

“It’s very special [that we finally beat them],” he said. “I remember sophomore year, skating off the ice and I remember the minute I stepped off the nice, it was just like 'ugh.' So just to get over that hump was a big deal.”

Nanartowich said his team's recent struggles but eventual triumph over their Western Mass rivals provided Hudson with enough momentum to reach the Garden.

“The real momentum ride was the courage that my kids showed against Wachusett Regional [and] being down 3-0 at the end of one, and coming into the locker room, I told them I believed in them, I told them I loved them and I told them from that point forward we’ve got to do this together, and we came all the way back, won it 45-seconds into overtime and I think that I kind of propelled us,” said the head coach. “I think that was the spark we kind of needed.”

Following the win against Wachusett, Hudson spouted off 12 consecutive wins, which helped them earn their first state championship since 1978.

“It’s been a long ride,” added Fahey. “Two state semi-games, which we lost, [and] we were down in the dumps the next day, so it’s like a weight being lifted off because we wanted this for so long.”

D3 semi: Hudson 3, Longmeadow 1

March, 15, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Two years isn't a very long time to forget.

Thursday night, the Hudson boys' hockey team extracted some sweet revenge after posting a 3- 1 victory over Longmeadow in the Division 3 Central/West state semifinal held at the MassMutual Center.

Two years ago the Hawks fell victim to the Lancers by a count of 6-3 in this very same game. Longmeadow went on to capture the state title. Last year, Hudson was upended by Westfield in the state semifinal.

So "the third time is the charm'' theory fits well here.

The Hawks (22-1-1) will meet Medway (19-6-1) Sunday at TD Bank Garden (1:30 p.m.) for the state championship. The last time Hudson reached this plateau came back in 1978 when it defeated Burlington for a Division 1 crown. For Medway, which defeated Wayland in the North/South state semifinal Wednesday, this marks its first title appearance. No stranger to one another, these two teams met on Dec. 28th with the Hawks coming out on top 3-1 in the Metro West Tournament.

"It was a great hockey game and I have the utmost respect for Longmeadow," Hudson coach Mike Nanartowich said. "Playing in a state final is something that is very special. We go up against Medway now and all we can do is move forward and see what happens."

In last evening's affair, Hudson came out the aggressor from the opening face off and never backed off. A solid mix of physical checks at both ends of the ice never allowed the Lancers (12-6-4) to get comfortable, resulting sloppy puck possession, numerous turnovers and missed passes in the neutral zone as it became a constant struggle moving the puck around once inside the Hawks' zone. Even when Longmeadow had the man-advantage the Lancers failed to convert finishing 0-for-4.

"Hudson has got such a deep team," Longmeadow coach Jim Joyce said. "They're a team with a lot of seniors which brings different leadership and different dynamics. We knew coming in it was going to be a battle for us to win this because of their overall depth and us playing with a relative short bench."

Jeff Hamelin and Blake Seymour put the Hawks on the board first, both scoring a minute apart for an early 2-0 lead. But with just six seconds left in the initial frame, freshman Charlie Kelleher fired a laser past goaltender Shane Barry brining the Lancers back to within a goal.

Early in the middle frame while on the power play, Hudson pushed its advantage out to two goals after John Dutney tipped in a shot at 1:42.

"Playing in the Boston Garden is something I've always dreamed about," Hawks junior defenseman Bryan Carter said. "We knew Longmeadow is a very good team but I felt we were very well prepared tonight. We really did a good job defensively in tying them up and shutting them down."

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