Boston High School: Cam MacDonald

Summer Snapshot: Shepherd Hill Rams

July, 14, 2014
DUDLEY, Mass. -- Per our yearly tradition, we check in with some of the state's anticipated top teams during the summer months as we prepare for the start of high school football. With about 35 days before the first MIAA practices commence, we kicked off our tour today with Shepherd Hill Regional High School.

Walnut Lane Farm in Dudley was the backdrop for today's setting, where the Rams played up their "country strong" aesthetic for a farmer-themed shoot. (How much pride do they take in it? Word has it when the Rams hosted Doherty in last year's D4 Central playoffs, the city-bred Highlanders were greeted with several bales of hay on their sideline).

The Rams figure to average around 270 pounds across its offensive line, led by Boston College commit Chris Lindstrom Jr. and also including Chase Flibbert, Austin Jones and Cam MacDonald. They'll also be led by quarterback Drew Jean-Guillaume, a true option quarterback with sprinter's speed (10.8 in the 100-meter dash) orchestrating a powerful Double Wing offense. They figure to be among the favorites statewide in Division 4.

Look for the Rams in our annual preseason photo gallery next month. Here are some of the hits from today's shoot:

Archies, Westford roll at Cape Cod Cup

December, 29, 2013
FALMOUTH, Mass. – After a night full of ties at the Cape Cod Cup on Friday, Saturday brought about a pair of blowouts.

Fifth-ranked Archbishop Williams got four goals from senior Ryan Dunn en route to a 9-3 shellacking of Chelmsford in the day’s second game. In the earlier contest, Westford Academy rode a hat trick by Anthony Gulliver to a 7-2 victory over the host team from Falmouth.

The night before, head coach Derackk Curtis’s squad needed a final-minute miracle provided by Nick Menzel to earn a draw against WA. There was no need for such dramatics against Chelmsford as the Bishops scored multiple goals in every period to run away and hide from the Lions.

“We wanted to make a statement, because the team as a whole didn’t feel like we performed well yesterday,” Curtis said. “I though overall we played pretty well.”

Leading 2-1 after one, Archbishop Williams took charge in the second period with three quick goals that opened up some breathing room.

Mike Sorrenti bore down the right side and tucked one past Tim Huggins just 36 seconds into the second, scoring on his team’s first shot of the period. Just 30 seconds later Dunn blasted in a set-up by Eric Keefe that made it 4-1. Then, at 5:16, a Chelmsford turnover found Sorrenti in the low slot and he let it rip instantaneously to give his team a three-goal cushion.

The rest of the second period was all Lions, but Archies goalie Matt McCaughey (30 saves) prevented things from getting too close. McCaughey stopped 16 of 17 Lions shots on net during the middle frame, including three during a 5-on-3 power play late in the stanza.

His lone mistake in the second period came at 10:19 when Mike DeDenato slipped through a check on the left wing wall at the blue line and whistled a shot inside the near post to make it 5-2. Chelmsford had plenty of chances after that to close the gap late in the period, but McCaughey was extra sharp.

“Coming into it we didn’t really have Matt pegged in as the number one guy, but he’s come in and played with an air of confidence. He’s very calm, cool and collected back there,” Curtis said.

Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said that McCaughey’s stand-out play in the second period was a big reason for the outcome. “He made three or four really big saves there, and then we came out in the third and gave one up right away, and end of story.”

The Bishops kept it up in the third. Goals by Michael Davis and Cullen Lyne in the first five minutes increased the lead to 7-2. Danny Ferri closed the gap a little with a spectacular shorthanded goal at 5:06, but that was the last of the scoring for the Lions. Dunn capped the festivities with goals three and four later in the period, his first coming off of a funny bounce out of the corner, and then his last of the night on a clean breakaway.

AW opened the game by building a 2-0 lead, with Chelmsford making it a one-goal game late in the period. Dylan O’Brien got the game’s first one, tipping a Kyle Leonard wrist shot at 4:45. Dunn then snapped one in on a break up the middle at 9:16 to double his team’s advantage. Danny Ferri popped in his own rebound for Chelmsford at 14:24 to make it a one-goal game after the opening period.

Westford Academy 7, Falmouth 2

In the first game, Westford Academy (1-1-1) exploded in the second period to net a half-dozen goals in 15 minutes and turn a competitive contest into a laugher.

Grey Ghosts head coach Bob Carpenter was pleased to see his club travel South to the Cape Cod Cup and leave with three points in tow, after having played No. 5 Archbishop Williams to a draw the previous night.

“You don’t plan on that to come down here and get three points, it’s nice,” he said with a smile following his team’s rollicking win over the host team.

After a very competitive first 15 minutes, Westford Academy found another gear in the second period, striking early and often. Goals by Anthony Gulliver and Ryan Hesseltine less than a minute apart turned a 1-0 differential into a 3-0 contest in a matter of moments. Gulliver, who missed most of the previous day’s game with a severe headache, gave the Clippers pains by scoring a hat trick in the game. His second of the night, at 2:39 of the second, saw him camp on the edge of the crease and put home an Andrew Gounaris rebound. Just 51 seconds later Cam MacDonald dragged a defender on his hip up the left wing and centered a feed to the wide-open Hesseltine for a tip-in past Nick Cline to make it a three-goal differential.

Westford Academy was just getting started, though. The Ghosts went on to add four more before the second period concluded. Jay Drapeau’s power play goal, which came with 10 seconds left on a major against the Clippers, was the shot of the day as he sniped one just under the crossbar on the near side to make it 4-0.

Joe Schultz, Gulliver and Jack Conway each added to the tally late in the period as they bunched their strikes over a span of just 2:26, pushing their lead to a robust 7-0 differential after 30 minutes.

“I thought (Falmouth) played very well in that first period, and really took us out of our game. In the second period we kind of settled in better,” Carpenter said. “We worked harder in the second period. I thought we were trying to be a little too cute in the first period, and we were falling right into Falmouth’s trap, I think. We got back into our game, putting the puck on net and crashing the net.”

Falmouth (3-2-1) saved some face by winning the third period, scoring a pair of goals, both of which came off the stick of sophomore Sam Walker. Nick Marston set up the first one, with a nice feed off the right wing wall to the doorstep for Walker. The first-year varsity player netted number two on his next shift, intercepting a pass at the red line before sniping one in to the lower right corner at 11:39.

Paul Moore said that his team will move on from the blowout loss. “You play this game with your hands, your head and your feet and we stopped playing with all three in some situations tonight,” he said. “It was an abomination, I told them to have amnesia and forget about it. We’ll learn from our mistakes and move on.”

Archies, Chelmsford advance at Cape Cod Cup

December, 27, 2013
FALMOUTH, Mass. – Not one of the teams that participated in the Cape Cod Cup yesterday left the rink feeling all that satisfied.

Both Archbishop Williams and Chelmsford were deemed winners in overtime in their respective games. However, since the MIAA does not recognize overtime until postseason play, those clubs, along with their respective foes, Westford Academy and Falmouth, played to ties.

No. 5 Archbishop Williams and Westford Academy’s game will go into the record books as a 4-4 draw, while Chelmsford and host Falmouth counts as a 1-1 deadlock.

Of the four tying squads, the Bishops were the ones that had the most to feel good about at the end of the day as they rallied from two goals down in the final minute of regulation to tie the score.

Even so, head coach Derackk Curtis was hardly jumping for joy following a game that saw Bishops’ sniper Nick Menzel complete a hat trick with two goals in the final 48 seconds, both with the goalie pulled for an extra-attacker.

“I thought we should have been able to dominate the game a little bit more. Nothing against Westford Academy, but coming off the Springfield Cathedral game I thought we’d come in here and have a little more success, a little more confidence,” Curtis said. “We finished the game strong, so there is a positive, because last year we don’t win this game. Last year, we don’t come back from this, because we didn’t have the confidence, we didn’t have the leadership, and the determination to finish it off.”

Westford Academy (0-1-1) looked like it’d be finishing off a win as the game got down to crunch time. Riding a standout performance by sophomore goaltender Kyle Martin (31 saves), the Ghosts held a 4-2 lead through 44 minutes and needed to just survive the last 60 seconds to earn their first win of the year.

Archbishop Williams put that first win celebration on hold, though. The Bishops went on to win in overtime, on a goal by Mike Davis two minutes and three seconds into the extra session.

Menzel and the Bishops were the better team for much of the game, but Martin kept making big save after big save. With the extra attacker out in the last minute, the numbers game caught up to the netminder and the Ghosts. Menzel popped his second of the game with just 48 seconds to play, as he camped on the right pipe and waited for a pinpoint pass off the far side boards that found him unmarked.

Archies then controlled the ensuing faceoff, got Steve Jenner out of the goal again, and went back on the attack. In a matter of seconds the puck was on the ice in front of Martin being whacked at by a gaggle of sticks. It was the one held by Menzel that made solid contact, and slipped it through the maelstrom to knot the score and leave the Ghosts stunned and the Bishops on Cloud Nine.

In the meaningless overtime, Archies dominated the proceeding as it accounted for all six shots that found the net, the last of which Davis popped in to make it 5-4.

After a scoreless first period, the Ghosts got hot in the second and tickled the twine three times to take charge. They struck first just 34 seconds into the period when Ryan Hesseltine completed a cross by Jay Drapeau. At 3:27 Andrew Gounaris buried a rebound, after Jenner stoned Tim Curran, to make it a two-goal game.

The Bishops answered 17 seconds later as Sorenti got his first of three in the game on a break-in.

The back-and-forth third period continued with Westford going up 3-1 on a gal by Anthony Gulliver, who found himself in the right place at the right time. The Bishops attempted to clear the puck out of their own end, without looking up first and sent a pass right to Gulliver in the high slot, who skated a stride in and then snapped a wrister past Jenner to the glove side at 6:15.

Four minutes later the Bishops made it a one-goal game on the first varsity goal of Cullen Lyne’s career. The sophomore, who had not played with the big club before the Cape Cod Cup, stepped into a regular shift when Eric Keefe went down with a shoulder injury early in the game. He popped a rebound up and over Martin, finishing off a break-in by Ryan Dunn.

In the third period it looked like Westford had the game in hand after taking a two-goal lead with 5:42 left in regulation. Hesseltine set up the Ghosts’ final tally with a brilliant lead pass out of the defensive zone, splitting the middle and finding Cam MacDonald in stride for a 2-on-1 break with Drapeau, who buried a cross to make it 4-2.

That set the stage for the Bishops’ late-game dramatics, whose plan was to get Jenner out of the cage with 100 seconds to play and try to wreak havoc. They did just that, and rallied to earn the draw, which felt like a win, and unofficially was one.

“They made a lot of good plays at the end, you have to give them a lot of credit,” Westford head coach Bob Carpenter said. “They really hung in there and made a lot of great plays on both goals, I thought. They’re good.”

Chelmsford 1, Falmouth 1

In the nightcap, the goals did not flow as freely as in the opener. Chelmsford (1-2-2) and Falmouth (3-1-1) each netted a goal in the second period, just 71 seconds apart, and that was it, other than an overtime goal by Mike DeDonato, that was set up by Matt Calnan with 45 seconds left in the extra session.

Paul Moore, the Clippers’ new head coach who replaced Massachusetts legend Buddy Ferreira this year, was upbeat about his young team’s performance against an opponent he sees as high quality.

“I’m so proud of the way that they played,” Moore said. “That’s a huge point for us right there and the effort from top to bottom was unbelievable. Cody Bailey had the game of his career, he got the game puck. Isaiah Lineaweaver, he could have gotten the game puck, too. I’m just so proud of there effort, we hung in there.”

While they weren’t exactly lighting it up, the two teams did light one another up with plenty of solid hitting in the open ice and solid defense all-around on both sides. The goalies were good, too. Falmouth’s Jake Beaton stopped 16 of 17 shots that he saw during regulation and his counterpart from Chelmsford, Tim Huggins, halted 17 of 18.

Beaton stopped two late first period shots, by Wes Phillips and Derek Adamson, which were definite scoring opportunities. Phillips’ bid hit a skate on the way to the goal, but Beaton stayed with the deflection and covered it up. He then dove to the far post with just 20 seconds left in the period to deny a wraparound try by Adamson that would have crossed the line if not for the lunge.

Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said he felt like his team left Falmouth off the hook early in the game. “I’m disappointed. We had four two-on-ones in the first period, and we had an opportunity to put them away early and we let them hang around,” McGrath said. “Right now we’re just struggling to score. We’ve only got four goals in the last three games.”

Huggins came up biggest late in the game, with Falmouth flying around in the final five minutes looking to bring the hometown crowd to its feet. He robbed Bailey on a break-in with six minutes to go in the game and then answered the bell on an Arlin Moore chance with 5:05 to play.

As for the goals that were scored, they both came late in the second frame. Chelmsford took a brief 1-0 lead at the 11:53 mark of the second when Jack Olson roofed a rebound over Beaton after the keeper had stopped a shot by Jesse Lye, but was left prone on the ice.

Shortly after they fell behind, the Clippers drew even as their leading scorer, Robbie Souza, found the back of the net for the fourth game in a row. The senior co-captain blocked a shot by the Lions and beat everyone else up the ice in a mad dash for the loose puck. Souza tipped it ahead to himself in the neutral zone and bore down on Huggins, beating the goalie from the high slot with a wrister to the glove side for his ninth tally of the young season.

All four teams will be back at tomorrow afternoon. Falmouth will face Westford Academy at 1 p.m., followed by Archies against Chelmsford at 3 p.m.

Recap: No. 4 Central Catholic 5, Westford 1

December, 20, 2013
TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. – Depth, for lack of a better word, is good.

No. 4 Central Catholic showed that last night as each of its three lines shined as the Raiders downed Westford Academy, 5-1, at Skate 3.

Lloyd Hayes took an Alex Lester feed for a short breakaway and scored 46 seconds in to give the Raiders a lead they would not relinquish. Colin Soucy did his thing in net, turning aside 15 Westford shots, including a cross-net, Tim Thomas-inspired dive to stop Jay Drapeau point blank in the second period.

“[Soucy] hasn't missed a beat since last year,” Central coach Mike Jankowski said. “He's able to make saves that you don't expect him too and the team builds off that. When he closes the door on one end it builds momentum the other way.”

The Raiders' top line of Hayes, Lester, and Alex Webber used that momentum to dominate the first period whenever they were on the ice. The Raiders outshot Westford 15-6 in the first period.

Lester capped off the dominance with a short-handed slapper that beat Kyle Martin glove side.

“We tied Acton-Boxborough [on Monday] and considered that a tough one,” Lester said. “We really wanted to come out early and set a statement.”

The Ghosts fought back in the second. Drapeau scored from an impossible angle a minute in to halve the deficit and Westford played with vigor in the middle stanza that was missing earlier in the game.

Drapeau, along with linemates Cam MacDonald and Ryan Hesseltine, provided the motor for the Grey Ghosts.

“Jay is an unbelievable athlete and an unbelievable competitor,” Westford coach Bob Carpenter said. “You can't find a guy that works harder or a nicer guy than him. Him and Cam MacDonald play hard and play well.”

Westford put the most pressure on Soucy in the second and had their highest shot output with seven pucks put at goal. However, Central found a way to curb Westford's enthusiasm with a pair of goals in the final two minutes that took flipped momentum back to the visitors.

“Those were back breakers,” Carpenter said. “We were hoping if we could bring them into the third period 2-1 we would be in pretty good position. I think we had a couple of defensive breakdowns, and when you play a club as good as Central they're going to take advantage.”

WHITE LINE STEPS UP: Jankowski names his lines after colors, and in the second period the “white” line of Richie Greenberg, Kevin Regan, and Eric Robbins stepped up when the Raiders needed it.

Greenberg scored Central's first second period goal. A scrum in front of the net left the puck at his feet and he poked it home amidst the chaos. Just over a minute later Greenberg fed Robbins in front who potted a backhanded, one-timer to put the Raiders up three at the intermission.

“We don't have that high, high-end player, but we have a nice group of character guys that can skate real well and are disciplined,” Jankowski said. “That white line of Robbins, Regan, and Greenberg had two in one shift and that really turned the game around.”

Lester said having so much talent beneath the top line makes his job a lot easier and a lot less stressful.

“It's great to know that we have a lot of depth in our team; we trust our guys a lot,” Lester said. “It's good to know that when I get off and we're gassed we're safe with the next two or three lines.”

Central's depth is a byproduct of having so many players who have played in big games for a long time. Players like Zach Cote and Conrad Jepson, who have risen and grown with the Central program, provide a backbone on the ice that can't be taught.

“This is that first time that we have that solid core back, we have that depth back, and we have the goaltending,” Jankowski said. “It's exciting. It's fun to be a part of and see what we can put together going forward. We think we're going to keep getting better and better as it goes.”

Recap: No. 22 Westford 3, No. 16 Archies 2

December, 29, 2012

FALMOUTH, Mass. – It was something of a shot in the dark.

With about 15 seconds to play in Westford Academy’s opening-round matchup of the Cape Cod Cup against No. 16 Archbishop Williams at the Falmouth Ice Arena, Cam MacDonald skated in from the neutral zone against the world. He crossed the Bishops’ blue line face-to-face with a Bishops defensemen and with an Archies’ forward coming on the back check, MacDonald could’ve just taken a long distance shot in at goal.

Instead, the junior forward went it alone.

“I got a nice chip off the boards, so I went in one-on-one,” MacDonald said. “I tried to beat [the defenseman], but it got caught up in my body and I got a lucky bounce, I went to my forehand and I just took a hack at it.”

Then the puck went in, giving the No. 22 Grey Ghosts a 3-2 lead with 11 seconds to play in regulation. Westford held on, capping a string of three unanswered goals and, perhaps, just giving his team some needed early-season momentum.

“It’s nice, it’s a great win,” Grey Ghosts head coach Bob Carpenter said. “But maybe a win like tonight might help us to be able to get going.”

MacDonald factored in all three Westford goals, with two snipes and an assist on the Grey Ghosts’ first tally – a Ryan Bunyon strike at 2:29 of the second period.

However, Westford (2-2-0) was a bit sluggish to start, and had to pull itself from a 2-0 hole to claim the win.

Archies (1-2-1) outskated the Grey Ghosts in the first period and were rewarded for its effort on Jake Reardon’s goal at 10:21 of the first. The Bishops then opened to a 2-0 lead at 1:59 of the second on Nick Menzel’s tally, with Reardon picking up his second point of the game on the assist.

From there, Westford seized control of the action. The Grey Ghosts answered just 30 seconds later with MacDonald collecting his first of three points, setting up Ryan Bunyon.

With 6:04 remaining, MacDonald tallied the game-tier, banking home the rebound off Peter Hargrave point shot.

The Bishops and Grey Ghosts volleyed scoring chances in a wide-open third. Archies outshot Westford 17-16 in the period, with Grey Ghosts netminder Bill McLaughlin (32 saves) making high-degree-of-difficulty saves in the game's waning moment.

But the Grey Ghosts had the last laugh on MacDonald’s amazing finish.

“That’s just hard work by Cam, he just kept going,” Carpenter said. “He just has the competitive spirit that he’s going to get there.”

Recap: No. 21 Andover 2, No. 24 Westford 2

December, 23, 2011

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Parity will most likely be the name of the game in the Dual County League/Merrimack Valley Conference this season and Friday's tilt between Andover and Westford Academy was a prime example of that.

The No. 21 Golden Warriors (2-0-1) and 24th-ranked Grey Ghosts skated to a 2-2 tie on a rare weekday early afternoon game at Breakaway Ice Center. Liam Centrella notched two goals for Andover, while Jay Drapeau potted a pair for the Grey Ghosts (1-0-2), including the game-tying goal with 6:10 left in the third period, to keep these two league rivals well aware that little ground will be given up in the league this season.

After the game, it was Andover’s head coach Mike Ciarletta’s reaction that summed up the game the best.

“It’s not like you want to be thrilled with ties, but at the end of the day how can you walk away thinking you didn’t give it every possible thing you have, and that’s what these kids did,” he said.

Early on it looked the Grey Ghosts would cough one up in their own end as they had several miscues that lead to good scoring opportunities for Andover. Zach Webert (22 saves) was there to thwart away all the Golden Warriors opportunites and keep the score sheet clean until his teammates could take care of the early game jitters.

Pat Flanagan did just that on the power play, when he kept the play alive and scooted a pass over to Cam MacDonald. MacDonald sent a big blast on Colby Gilbert (22 saves) who made the initial save, but Drapeau came flying in to tip home the rebound with 2:05 left in the period for the 1-0 lead.

Andover capitalized on its first power play of the second period when Matt McIver slid a pass right to the tape of Centrella, who was waiting on the doorstep to the right of Webert, and he banged it in to tie things at 1 at 1:27 of the second.

Centrella would get his second of the game immediately after a power play expired in the third period as he collected a loose puck off a rebound and deposited it through a crowd at 3:21.

“Our guys got to the net and I saw it in the kids feet and I knew I just had to hack at it,” Centrella said. “It was a dirty goal and it’s always a good goal. I just had to hit it in.”

The Grey Ghosts immediately stepped up their pressure on the puck as soon as the referees restarted play after the goal and their aggression paid off. Drapeau made a move across the middle and fired a pretty backhanded shot to the far post to tie things up with 6:10 left on the clock.

“We competed hard and that was a huge thing for us,” Grey Ghosts head coach Bob Carpenter said. “I think as we go through the year these types of things can help us a lot. The fact that we can come back against a really good team and tie it back up. The league is going to be great this year and everyone is good, so it will be interesting.”