Boston High School: Cam McGlashing

Super 8 ends in tie for Needham, Woburn

March, 13, 2011
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –- It wasn’t the experience either team envisioned when the Super Eight tournament field was announced.

Sixth-seeded Needham and seventh-seeded Woburn each entered Sunday’s third-round game with an 0-2 record in pool play and no chance of advancing to the semifinals. Each team completed the tournament without a victory as well, as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie at Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena.

“Very proud of the way our kids played,” Woburn coach Jim Duran said. “It’s such a difficult game to come back and play when you’re not really playing for anything except for pride. There was no bologna out there. It was a good showing by both teams.”

Needham was trying to protect a 2-1 lead, but Woburn’s John Concannon capped the scoring with 5:28 to play. Because St. John’s Prep (2-0) and BC High (2-0) had already secured spots in the semifinals from Group 2, there was no overtime period.

Following the game, Needham coach Bill Giusti suggested it might benefit everyone if the tournament format is changed.

“It’s a tough game to play when you have two 0-2 teams,” he said. “I think maybe the format should be changed and maybe go to a Hockey East format (best-of-three series) and the winner moves on. Really I don’t think there’s gonna be any more games or any more time. Not only that, it makes the first and second seeds that much more important.

“I think it’s a better way. Unfortunately we’ve been involved in this game two years in a row. Last year with Winchester 0-2 and us 0-2. No one is in the stands either.”

Junior forward Daniel Holland also scored for Woburn, which completed its season with an 18-5-2 record. Junior defenseman Jake Secatore assisted on both Woburn goals.

The Tanners won a play-in game against Springfield Cathedral, and then lost one-goal games against St. John’s Prep (4-3 in overtime) and BC High (1-0) before Sunday’s contest.

Needham received goals from junior forwards D.J. Walsh and Timmy Parlato. The Rockets completed their season 12-8-5. The Rockets lost to BC High (2-0) and to St. John’s Prep (5-1) in its other tournament games.

“A tie was probably just for both of these teams,” Guisti said. “Luckily both teams were pretty disciplined.”

Woburn opened the scoring when Holland converted a rebound from close range at 4:46 of the second period.

Needham answered quickly. Walsh tied the contest 32 seconds later, and Needham took its first lead when Parlato beat goaltender Cam McGlashing on a shot from the right point at 7:12 of the second. Parlato’s goal came with one second left on a Needham power play.

“We talked before the game, not only did we want to play this for the seniors but also we wanted to play it for next year,” Duran said. “We showed we can play in the tournament. If we came here and had lost 5-0 they might have said we were just lucky to hang in there against those two teams [BC High and St. John’s Prep].

“I think we had a good effort tonight, and I think this gives us a lot of experience for next year. It gives us an idea do of what to expect and what it takes to get to that next level.”

Cronin, BC High 'D' hold up Woburn

March, 10, 2011

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Sinatra sang it best, saying that luck had a very unladylike way of running out sometimes. But, at other times, she just happens to give you a brush.

That certainly happened for BC High in myriad ways during a thrilling 1-0 shutout win over seventh seed Woburn in their second-round Super Eight tournament game Wednesday night.

“I think somebody said before that you’ve got to be lucky to be good sometimes, and that’s what we were tonight,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “I asked one of my assistants if it was too late to play the lottery tonight.”

Lotto tickets aside, No. 3 seed BC High did come up with a winning combination for their second win of the tournament and, while pinning the second loss on the Tanners, ensured that both they and St. John’s Prep would advance from their pool into the crossover round — with another matchup to come this weekend between the two Catholic Conference rivals.

However, the Eagles weren’t just lucky, they were good from the net out with sophomore netminder Peter Cronin earning his second straight shutout with a 21-save performance.

“It’s just much a credit to them as it is to me for these shutouts,” Cronin said of the defensive corps in front of him. “I’m not getting shutouts, we’re getting shutouts. They came up big for me. Jack Buckley had a couple of blocked shots as well as [Brian] Furey and [Matt] Doherty, who pulled that one out from in back of me.”

BC High got all the offense it would need with four minutes remaining in the first period.

Terence Durkin barreled into the Tanners’ zone, weaving inside and outside to beat a pair of Woburn defenders. He then slid a backside pass to Tom Besinger, who was streaking up ice on the offside wing, and he took care of the rest, poking the puck into a gaping net.

It was the only puck the Eagles could get past Tanners goaltender Cam McGlashing, who matched Cronin save for save.

“It could easily have been four or five to nothing,” Woburn head coach Jim Duran said of McGlashing, who made 23 stops. “We didn’t play very well in the first period.”

The Tanners ratcheted up the pressure in the second period and worked to draw three power play opportunities. However, each of Woburn’s chances on the man-advantage was either met by Cronin, his defensemen, or the cold shoulder of lady luck.

Woburn had perhaps its best chance of the period with 7:20 remaining. On the power play, the Tanners worked for a chance in front of Cronin, who made the save on the initial shot, but was out of position for the rebound. The Tanner put back was then stopped by Eagles defensemen Brian Furey's skate on the goal line.

Woburn had another splendid opportunity to tie the game later in the period, only to skate away wondering what had just happened. Junior forward Casey Shea, who’s been on fire with six goals in his previous two games, had a crack at an open net on a one-timer but whiffed on the attempt as the blade of his stick came undone from the shaft, leaving him to slap his stick down in disgust.

“I think luck goes both ways,” Duran said. “They had a lot of chances that they missed, or Cam [McGlashing] came up with a big save. But when Casey [Shea] broke his stick, I was thinking maybe this isn’t our night. That would usually be in the back of the net.”

The Tanners continued to push the issue in the third, but were stopped at every turn by Cronin and his minions. No play was finer than Buckley’s blocks on two consecutive blasts from the point with about five minutes remaining.

“Woburn came to play and they were desperate,” Flaherty said. “We knew they were going to be. They have skilled players and they have kids that are dangerous every time they touch the puck. Peter [Cronin] was back there to make the saves that he needed to and some of the other ones that I probably didn’t expect him to make.”

St. John's Prep prevails in OT over Woburn

March, 5, 2011

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- St. John’s Prep’s 4-3 triumph over Woburn in Saturday night’s Super 8 tournament game required some extra effort.

There was no celebration at the end of regulation. The game didn’t end until senior forward John Farrow scored his second goal of the game 6:13 into overtime.

After Woburn goaltender Cam McGlashing stopped Colin Blackwell’s initial shot, Farrow swept in the rebound during a scramble in front of the Woburn goal.

“A fortunate bounce went pretty much right to my stick,” Farrow said. “I just swung at it and my teammates jumped on me, so I knew it went it. I just tried to swing at the rebound after Colin took it hard to the net and luckily it went in for us.”

Farrow scored nine goals in St. John’s Prep’s previous 20 games.

“Either team could have won it,” St John’s Prep coach Kristian Hanson said. “I thought David [goaltender David Letarte] played great in the overtime and we were fortunate to get the goal.”

Blackwell, a senior forward, and junior forward Sam Kurker also scored for second-seeded St. John’s Prep, which improved its record to 15-5-1. Blackwell, who will play at Harvard, leads the team in goals (25), assists (22) and points (47).

Freshman forward Shane Eiserman assisted on two of his team’s four goals.

The Eagles, who beat Woburn 6-0 during the regular season, are 10-1-0 in their last 11 games.

The loss dropped seventh-seeded Woburn’s record to 18-4-1. The Tanners, who played their way into the field by beating Springfield Cathedral 5-2 in a play-in game, received goals from Dan Holland, his brother Alex Holland and Casey Shea.

“We had a lot of chances in overtime, we just couldn’t finish,” Woburn coach Jim Duran said. “We thought we could hang in there and maybe steal one. It’s only one game and we’re in a three-game tournament here.”

Shea’s goal, a backhanded shot while he was cutting through the slot, came with 6:41 remaining in the third period. Shea scored all five goals in the victory over Springfield Cathedral. He has a team-high 22 goals this season.

“That kid Shea is a heckuva player,” Hanson said. “He was dangerous the whole game.”

St. John’s Prep led 2-1 after one period.

Woburn opened the scoring at 5:32, when Dan Holland circled the net and beat Letarte from a tough angle in the right faceoff circle. The goal, which was unassisted, was Holland’s 11th of the season.

The Eagles responded by scoring twice in 93 seconds. First Blackwell tied the game when he received a centering pass from Eiserman and tipped the puck past McGlashing at 9:00.

St. John’s Prep took a 2-1 lead at 10:33, when Kurker’s soft shot from the right circle found room between McGlashing and the left post. It was Kurker’s 16th goal of the season. Defenseman Nick Pandelena collected the only assist.

The Eagles extended their lead to 3-1 44 seconds into the second period. Farrow beat McGlashing with a shot between his pads.

Woburn’s Alex Holland made it a one-goal game when he scored from a tough angle to Letarte’s left. The goal, Holland’s 18th of the season, came at 2:59 of the second.

“After we made it 3-1 they got a goal pretty quick,” Hanson said. “I really felt [the third goal] was going to be kind of a momentum swing for us. Then when they made it 3-2 I think it let the wind out of our sails a bit.”

Woburn failed to score on two power-play opportunities in the second.

Each team will be back in action Wednesday. St. John’s Prep will face Needham, and Woburn will meet BC High. Both games will be played at Merrimack College.

“The first game is always huge” Farrow said. “We knew it was going to be a different game than when we played them the first time. That was real important for us to come out with a win going forward.”

Shea does it all to play Woburn on

March, 1, 2011

BILLERICA, Mass. -- Typically, when Casey Shea is on his game, he isn’t standing center stage. A deft playmaker, the junior forward takes pride in playing an unselfish game, making the key transition pass or setting up a teammate for a goal.

During Monday night’s Super Eight play-in game at Chelmsford Forum, Shea was thrust into the spotlight with a performance to be remembered, scoring each of the seventh-seed Tanners’ five goals in a 5-2 win over No. 10 seed Springfield Cathedral.

“Casey’s at his best when he’s distributing the puck to everybody,” Woburn head coach Jim Duran said of Shea. “And he’s a finisher, he doesn’t always seem like that because he’s usually setting somebody up, but tonight he finished.”

Shea netted a natural hat trick during the first period, kicking Woburn (18-3-1) off to a 3-0 lead.

“We put them back on their heels,” Shea added.

He then scored for two more in the second period with one coming on the power play and another coming shorthanded, in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Shea first scratched the scoreboard midway through the first. He beat Cathedral goaltender Zac Rondeau, finishing on the backhand through the 5-hole. Assists went to Alex Holland and Cole Connolly on the play. Shea then transitioned a defensive zone turnover into his second goal with 2:31 remaining, beating Rondeau who was caught out of the crease.

He finished the trifecta with a power-play goal with five seconds remaining.

“We were cycling down low and nobody came near me,” Shea said.

So he stepped out front, in on Rondeau, faked the pass the slot and buried it 5-hole. It was the first power-play goal for the Tanners on three attempts with the man advantage in the period.

“Their goalie is good, but we capitalized on our chances early,” Duran said. “It took the wind out of their sails and they weren’t getting many chances.”

Although the Panthers (12-10-1) were given four power play chances in the second, they failed to cash in with any goals.

Meanwhile, Shea kept up his pace, nabbing his fourth of the game on the man-advantage with assists from Jake Secatore (his second) and Adam Tanner.

Shea’s fifth came on the strangest of hockey sights. With 7.7 seconds remaining in the second, when Rondeau vacated his net on a delayed penalty call. As Rondeau charged toward the net, an errant Panther pass back to the point skipped along the length of the ice into the Cathedral net.

Confusion ensued as to which player should receive credit for the goal. It was originally given to defenseman Brian Dulong by the official scorer. However, video taken by Boston Herald staff pointed to Shea as the last Tanner to touch the puck. The consensus among media row was that Shea had in fact scored No. 5 after taking a look at the incontrovertible evidence.

However, in addition to Shea’s brilliance, the Tanners put forth a solid defensive effort early on with senior goaltender Cam McGlashing making some key saves. Coupled with a pesky forecheck and a quality penalty kill, Woburn took the Panthers out of the game before they could even get started.

“That’s really the name of the game for us, getting turnovers and trying to get the puck to net and, hopefully, get a rebound.”

Cathedral head coach Brian Foley added, “I think if we could play them four times in a row, maybe we’d draw even, but clearly we caught them on their night. They did everything they needed to do to win.”

Sam Burke and Matt Peloquin scored late goals to get the Panthers on the board.

Cathedral now moves onto play as the top seed in the Division 1 South tournament while Woburn moves on to Saturday’s Super Eight play at Merrimack College.