Boston High School: Casey Shea

MC's Sifferlen commits to UMass-Lowell

September, 13, 2012
Malden Catholic hockey junior forward Tyler Sifferlen has committed to UMass-Lowell he announced on Thursday.

Sifferlen, a winger, posted 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points last season as MC ran to its second straight Super 8 title victory. The North Andover resident will join the River Hawks for either the 2014 or '15 season.

"Visiting ULowell an attending their camp, I really liked it and they have a good criminal justice program since that's what I want to do," Sifferlen said. "And Coach [Norm] Bazin has done a really good job with the program and I would like to be a part of it."

Sifferlen marks the third Lancer player projected to be on their 2012-13 roster who has committed to a Hockey East school, joining linemate Mike Iovanna (UMass-Amherst, 2013) and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, '15).

He also dispelled rumors that he would transfer for Cushing and will lace them up with the Lancers for his junior year.

He is also the second MIAA player in a year to give a commitment to UMass-Lowell, joining 2012 Woburn grad Casey Shea.
Former Woburn High hockey standout Alex Holland has committed to Merrimack College, The Eagle-Tribune's Mike McMahon reported on Thursday.

Holland will join the Warriors for the 2013-14 season and played last season with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League, where he posted 17-17-34 totals.

The forward helped lead the Tanners to a Super 8 appearance as as senior and is the second member of that team to gain a Hockey East offer, along with Casey Shea (UMass-Lowell). Holland scored 43 points during his senior season at Woburn, playing alongside his younger brother Danny.

Recap: No. 14 Winchester 7, Woburn 5

May, 15, 2012
WOBURN, Mass. -- After Tuesday’s game, Winchester head coach John Pirani and Woburn's Ken Blaszka each said they know what their respective teams need to work on: starting with fire.

No. 14 Winchester ultimately beat Woburn, 7-5, on the road, but both teams stumbled out of the gate with some sloppy passing in the first two quarters.

“I think we have a lot of talent, but I think we’re still growing in terms of maturing and … we’re feeling our way through to get to the point where we’re comfortable with what we’re doing and that’s exactly how I felt,” Pirani said. “I think we were very tentative for maybe 10 or 12 minutes and then we got to the second period and all of a sudden we’re playing. We did a lot and that’s something we’ll have to overcome in the next couple of weeks.”

Blaszka said the same about his Tanners (13-5) and their momentum – or lack thereof.

“We got to come out the first half a little more fired up than we are offensively.”

Come the start of the third quarter, it didn’t take long for Winchester (12-2) to start feeling the heat as the Tanners scored less than one minute into play to tie it 3-all.

Then Winchester started throwing shots at the cage and, as the rain gained momentum, so did the squads. At 6:53 Winchester regained their edge, 4-3. Woburn then fought back for the 4-all tie at 6:30 with a quick snapshot from the left wing. Winchester then responded with three consecutive goals. At 4:40, the Sachems scored with a clean look at the net, at 3:11 with a wrap-around from the left and at 9:30 in the fourth.

Woburn’s Eddie Insognia netted the team’s final goal at 8:17 from the right wing, but Winchester’s battling defense kept the remaining attempts away.

In the final two minutes, Winchester maintained possession, leaving Woburn with time only for a last-second heave.

“The defense, that’s what our bread and butter is,” Pirani said. “We frustrated [Woburn]. You could tell they were taking some shots that weren’t particularly well conceived.

“[Woburn] got that goal right at the beginning of the half and then we pretty much shut them down after that. So we were pretty pleased with our defensive effort.”

Blaszka said he thought his Tanners played well defensively, too – pressuring the ball, grabbing turnovers and clearing well – especially Michael Tedesco, who also scored. But, offensively, Woburn didn’t find its stride.

“Offensively, I thought we had our looks, we just didn’t hit the cage, you know?” Blaszka said. “We put five goals in, the goalie had six saves; we've got to dial in the shots on the cage.”

For Winchester, Chris O’Connell and Jesse Samek had two goals, while Pat Gill, Tim Mangano and Brendan Kelley each had one. For Woburn, Brendan Gilgun had a hat trick and Casey Shea assisted twice.

“Gilgun’s been good for us,” Blaszka said. “He’s been stepping up as of late. Beginning of the year he had a dislocated shoulder that he played through and that’s three to four weeks of rehab and he just played. He’s a tough player, he’s been coming through for us a lot lately and I’m glad he had three. I wish we had three and he won the game.”

ESPNBoston hockey midseason All-State teams

January, 24, 2012
F - Brendan Collier, Malden Catholic
F - Ryan Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic
F - Sam Kurker, St. John's Prep
D - Jared Beckwith, Catholic Memorial
D - Jake Secatore, Woburn
G - David Letarte, St. John's Prep

Others garnering consideration:
Tom Besinger, Soph. F, BC High
Tom Cahill, Sr. F, Pembroke
Liam Centrella, Sr. F, Andover
Frank Crinella, Sr. F, Springfield Cathedral
Peter Cronin, Jr. G, BC High
Kevin Emmerling, Sr. F, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Connor Fenton, Sr. D, Braintree
Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Soph. F, St. Mary's of Lynn
Brian Furey, Sr. D, BC High
Danny Holland, Sr. F, Woburn
Pat Houghton, Sr. D, Westford Academy
Mike Iovanna, Jr. F, Malden Catholic
Mike Kelleher, Jr. F, Central Catholic
Chris LeBlanc, Sr. F, Winthrop
Conal Lynch, Sr. F, Boston Latin
Colin MacGillivray, Jr. D, Malden Catholic
Nikko Markham, Sr. D, St. Mary's of Lynn
Bobby Mullins, Sr. F, St. Mary's of Lynn
Brian Pinho, Jr. F, St. John's Prep
Casey Shea, Sr. F, Woburn
Shane Starrett, Jr. G, Catholic Memorial
Joe Strangie, Jr. F, Danvers
Kyle Williams, Sr. G, Central Catholic

F - Natalie Flynn, Arlington Catholic
F - Kayla Smith, Woburn
F - Kati Goguen, Acton-Boxborough
D - Martha Findley, Duxbury
D - Emily Loebs, Acton-Boxborough
G - Courtney Davis, Woburn

Others garnering consideration:
Cassandra Connolly, Jr. D, Woburn
Lily Connolly, Jr. F, Duxbury
Jackie Denning, Jr. F/D, Lexington
Rachel Donahoe, Sr. D, St. Mary's of Lynn
Jane Freda, Jr. F/D, Hingham
Haley Gaughan, Sr. F, Canton
Samantha Girard, Fr. F, Dedham
Erika Kelly, Sr. F, Watertown/Melrose
Cali Loblundo, 8th G, Acton-Boxborough
Brooke Matherson, D, Walpole
Caroline McCarthy, Sr. F, Belmont
Tori Messina, So. D, Hingham
Annie Messuri, D, Acton-Boxborough
Megan Messuri, Soph. G, Arlington Catholic
Hannah Murphy, Jr. F, Duxbury
Rachel Myette, So. G, Duxbury
Shannon O'Neil, G, Austin Prep
Danielle Phalon, Sr. F, Stoneham
Casey Schaejbe, Sr. G, Arlington
Sarah Schwenzfeier, Jr. F, Hingham
Caroline Shaughnessy, So. D, Duxbury
Kaitlyn Spillane, Jr. F/D, Franklin
Bethany Welch, Jr. G, Walpole
Rebecca Zappalla, Sr. D, Arlington Catholic

Recap: No. 5 Woburn 3, No. 16 Winchester 2

January, 12, 2012

WOBURN, Mass. -- Wednesday night’s grudge match between Middlesex League rivals No. 5 Woburn and No. 16 Winchester was about what you’d think it to be — one physical hockey game.

Despite trailing 2-0 in the second period, the Tanners were lifted on the strength of a three-goal second period. All Woburn had to do was endure the onslaught of the Sachems’ best shot in the third period to grind out a 3-2 win.

“They tough, they’re aggressive, they’re really gritty,” Woburn head coach Jim Duran said. “We knew we had our work cut for us.”

The Tanners (6-0-0, 3-1-1) thought they’d claimed a 1-0 lead in the first, only to see Jared Baker’s breakaway shot, which zipped out of the net nearly as quickly as it arrived, washed out.

Winchester (3-4-2, 1-1-1) capitalized on the no-goal call, gaining the lead on Drew Mills’ tally midway through the first period. Mills followed with his second of the game in the second period, boosting the Sachems to a 2-0 advantage four minutes in.

That’s when Woburn turned a switch on. The Tanners owned the rest of the period, scoring three straight goals, for which Winchester had no answer.

Senior co-captain Casey Shea was the catalyst to all three Tanner goals, picking up three assists, even if he might have been a little rusty.

“He was a little sluggish in the first period,”Duran said of Shea. “He’s been out for a week and a half with chicken pox and he hasn’t played. He’s only been able to practice one day, on Tuesday, it just shows that he’s got a lot of heart.”

Shea’s linemate Danny Holland was the beneficiary of two of his dishes. Holland’s goals, which were sandwiched around Jake Secatore’s blast from the point, included the game-winner, which was scored with eight seconds remaining in the second period off a neutral zone turnover.

Winchester carried play for the bulk of the third, but were limited in their chances to get clean looks at netminder Jeremy Flibotte.

Weathering the storm of the Sachems’ best shots in the final minute, Woburn escaped with the two points.

“We got caught in a long change, and one line was out there longer than they should’ve,” Duran said. “And then, we had to mix and match a little bit … We were lucky to get through those final 20 seconds or so, Jeremy came up with a couple big saves for us.”

Recap: No. 5 Woburn 3, No. 2 SJP 2

December, 29, 2011

WOBURN, Mass. -- St. John’s Prep and Woburn provided one of the many highlights to last year’s Super 8 tournament with a riveting overtime battle.

The Eagles got the better of that one, edging the Tanners 4-3, en route to their Super 8 final appearance.

Wednesday night’s matchup between the two squads didn’t disappoint either, but the No. 5 Tanners emerged with a more favorable result this time around, sweating out a 3-2 win over No. 2 Prep at O’Brien Rink.

Senior winger Danny Holland collected the game-winning goal midway through the third period, breaking a 2-2 deadlock.

“My wingman Johnny Dirienzo, he made a great pass coming across,” Holland said the goal. “I made a tip around one of the defensemen, I beat him to the corner, came out and just took a shot on net.”

Down the stretch, the Tanners defense held with senior captain Jake Secatore logging Chara-like minutes and sophomore goaltender Jeremy Flibotte making the saves.

Otherwise, the matchup was about as even as can be with the teams hitting the dressing room tied 1-1 at the first intermission and 2-2 after two.

Prep (3-1-0) claimed an early advantage with sophomore center Tyler Bird collecting his third goal on the young season. Woburn (2-1-1) tied the game just a minute later with John Concannon burying a wrister set up by talented freshmen siblings Nicholas and Christian Baldino.

The teams’ stars took over the action in the second, with two Hockey East commits trading goals.

UMass-Lowell commit Casey Shea broke his goalless skid with his first tally of the season. The Tanners senior captain skated circles around two Prep defensemen before beating goaltender David Letarte five-hole with a backhander.

With 12:31 remaining in the second, Prep star Sam Kurker left his imprint on the game. The rugged forward and BU-commit broke off the left wing boards, muscling off a Woburn defenseman before cutting to the slot and letting of a wicked wrister, beating Flibotte stick-side.

“We told ours wings to watch him coming off the wall in the second period,” Tanner head coach Jim Duran said of defending Kurker, who tallied his eighth goal of the season. “He was just too strong sometimes when he was coming off the half wall. He just fought through our checks.”

Woburn’s adjustments were evident in the game’s final minutes. The Tanners did good work to keep the Eagles to the outside and keeping sightlines clear for Flibotte.

“I don’t think we generated enough quality scoring chances,” Prep head coach Kristian Hanson said. “We had some shots from the perimeter, but we weren’t able to get to the net, try to get a rebound goal. I didn’t see that and I would’ve liked to.”

It’s not a stretch to say that the Super 8 squads from last season could find themselves in the same situation come the end of the season. But plenty has changed for Prep, which lost two-thirds of its top line from a year ago.

“It’s such a new group that, right now, it’s game by game,” Hanson said. “We have a lot players stepping into new roles.”

The constants for Prep are Kurker, Letarte and fellow senior captain and defenseman Nick Pandalena. Pandalena, who is committed to playing for BC’s golf team next season, is a big, physical blue-liner who’s not afraid of contact. With an improved skating game, Pandalena will be the crucial cog to an otherwise green blue line.

However, he wasn’t the only ESPN Boston preseason All-State defenseman on the ice. That honor also goes to Secatore, who proved his value in the third period. After a slow start to the game, the Tanner captain hardly left the ice during the final seven minutes of the contest, as Prep set up shop in the offensive zone and increased the forecheck.

Secatore’s effort is old hat to his teammates though.

“Jake Secatore, he’s just unbelievable,” Holland summed it up.

“He’s a great leader,” Duran added about Secatore, who played strong as a pairing with senior Adam Tanner. “He doesn’t say much, but he just works so hard in practice … He’s so strong, he skates so well. I just don’t think he realizes how good he can be.”

Top 5: The quest for the Super 8 title

December, 14, 2011
With a good number of team's kicking off their hockey schedules on Wednesday night, we thought we'd take a closer look at our Top 5 preseason teams, handicapping the field of could-be Super 8 contenders this season:

(All records and stats from 2010-11)

1. Malden Catholic (21-1-2)
Players to watch: Brendan Collier, Sr. F, 24-39--63; Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr. F, 24-42-66; Mike Iovanna, Jr. F, 10-18--28; Tyler Sifferlen, So. F, 4-7--11; Brendan White, Jr. D, 2-7--9; Colin MacGillivray, Jr. D, 1-7--8.

Key losses: F Mike Vecchione, D Connor Evangelista, F Nick Roberto, G Pat Young.

The skinny: The returning Super 8 champions now have the bull's-eye on their backs, and they're OK with that. The Lancers finally finished the season on top, in no small part thanks to the leadership of Vecchione. Now the torch has been passed to Collier, who inherits the "C' this season. The Charlestown native and BU commit leads a re-tooled lineup. However, MC isn't without its questions. Top-line center Ryan Fitzgerald is on the shelf until around New Year's with a seperated shoulder. Catholic Conference All-Star Connor Evangelista is among the offseason defections and leaves a hole at the top of the Lancers' blue line corps. MC will also breaking in junior goaltender Connor Maloney after the graduation of Pat Young (1.33 GAA). On top of that, the Lancers have a new head coach in John McLean, who's filling in for Chris Serino, who's taken a medical leave. Still, for all those questions, there's still an awful lot of talent around with Iovanna figuring to make a big leap, playing the wing spot vacated by Vecchione. Freshman Ara Nazarian is a name that will be mentioned around the state for quite some time.

X-factor: White and MacGillivray. For all the attention paid to MC's front-line offensive talent, when you get down to the nitty-gritty of playoff time, teams need the horses on the blue line to take control of games. Both are more-than-capable defenders. Fitzgerald's younger sib, Casey, a freshman blue-liner is also a name to watch in the coming seasons.

2. St. John’s Prep (18-6-1)
Players to watch: Sam Kurker, Sr. F, 15-10--25; David Letarte, Sr. G, 2.52 GAA; Nick Pandalena, Sr. D, 2-10--12; Dillon Gargano, Jr. D, 1-1--2; Tyler Bird, So. F, 3-3--6.

Key losses: F Colin Blackwell, F Shane Eiserman, F John Farrow, D Joe Currie.

The skinny: Perhaps none of last year's Super 8 field lost more front-line talent than the Eagles. ESPN Boston Mr. Hockey Colin Blackwell matriculated to Harvard and is now tearing up the ECAC. Also, talented freshman Shane Eiserman left for the prep schools. What the Prep returns, however, could also be envy of most teams. It all starts up front with BU-commit Kurker, who's a true power forward in the old sense of the word; the Eagles will lean on Kurker to improve upon his 15-goal campaign last season. The Eagles also lost most of the blue line, with Nick Pandalena the only returner from their top 5. But the Prep is still built from the net out with Letarte returning between the pipes.

X-factor: Letarte. With a young defense in front of him and possible dip in scoring, it will take an even larger effort from the senior netminder to return Prep to a Super 8 title game.

3. BC High (15-6-3)
Players to watch: Matt Sullivan, Sr. F; Tom Besinger, So. F; Brian Furey, Sr. D; Peter Cronin, Jr. G.

Key losses: F Mike Cashman, F Terence Durkin, F Andrew White,

The skinny: Last year was about the Eagles' return to prominence. Now, this year is all about taking that next step. Still, the roster is young, but they're also battle-tested. "The guys we had last year were excellent leaders," BC High head coach John Flaherty said," now we're asking this group to build upon that moving forward, being leaders on and off the ice." That leadership now falls to Sullivan and Furey. Still, for a unit that's relatively young, there's some talent to be had, including Besinger who was among our Top 5 rookies to watch from last season.

X-factor: Cronin. The then-sophomore netminder turned some heads during the Super 8 tournament last season, as the Eagles went toe-to-toe with MC in the crossover round. If he can repeat that kind of performance, the Eagles are in good hands.

4. Catholic Memorial (8-10-2)
Players to watch: Liam Coughlin, Jr. F, 10-11--21; Jared Beckwith, Sr. D, 4-10--14; Shane Starrett, Jr. G, 1.77 GAA; Jack O'Hear, Jr. F.

Key losses: D Marc Hetnick, F Dan O'Hear, F Chris Stathopoulos, G Tommy Knox.

The skinny: By far the best team in the state not involved in the playoffs last season. With that said, the Knights were fairly green on the blue line last year and took their lumps. The hope is that they'll learn from those experiences. carrying into this season. CM figures to turn a weakness into a strength this year with a deep D corps led by Beckwith, in addition to returners Kevin Bletzer, Dennis Medeiros, Justin Ryder, Ryan Sullivan and John Allaire. The Knights also figure to be strong in net with Starrett after posting a .968 save percentage last year in nine games.

X-factor: Coughlin. An ESPN Boston All-Stater, bears watching in his second year with the Knights and could be the breakout performer of the year. He has the talent and size to change the complexion of game. If he applies himself physically, there's no defense in the state who can match him.

5. Woburn (18-5-2)
Players to watch: Casey Shea, Sr. F, 21-28--49; Danny Holland, Sr. F, 10-14--24; Jake Secatore, Sr. D, 1-12--13.

Key losses: F Alex Holland, D Brian Dulong, G Cam McGlashing, D Brian Smith.

The skinny: A year later, we still find ourselves wondering what could've been in the Super 8 tournament -- had the Tanners gotten a couple of bounces here and there. But, as Woburn head coach Jim Duran told us at the time, "Teams make their own luck in hockey." This year, the Tanners hope the luck breaks their way because they don't lack on talent. UMass-Lowell commit Casey Shea will be perhaps the most dynamic offensive threat in the state (save for the top-liners at MC), and Holland isn't far behind. This group can skate and make plays in tight spaces. In a word, they're fun to watch. The Tanners also return one of the steadiest D-men in the state in Secatore.

X-factor: Sophomore goaltender Jeremy Flibotte. He's tabbed to be McGlashing's replacement in net and saw time sparingly during last season. Can the netminder hold up to the rigors of postseason play? We'll find out.

Player Perspective: Woburn's Casey Shea

December, 13, 2011
BILLERICA, Mass. -- Last season, Casey Shea lifted Woburn to a Middlesex League title and a Super 8 appearance, tallying 21 goals and 23 assists. Never was the Tanner forward better than in their Super 8 play-in game against Springfield Cathedral when Shea scored each of Woburn's five goals against the Panthers.

This season, Shea and the fifth-ranked Tanners are primed to get back to the state's biggest stage.

We caught up with the UMass-Lowell commit during a recent scrimmage with Billerica:

Q: You've been characterized as an unselfish player. Which to you get more satisfaction from: a goal or an assist?

A: "I just like to slow the puck down. I like to pass the puck more, just getting my teammates involved. I just try to hustle and move the puck. You just try to slow down the play as much as you can."

Q: What did you learn from that Super 8 experience that you can take into this season?

A: "I think it's just to go all-out, all the time, because everybody's always watching. Like anything else, if you keep hustling, good things will happen. You do whatever you can do to make a positive impact for your teammates."

Q: You have an experienced team coming back this season. What kind of expectations do you have for this group?

A: "It's really the same as last year. But this year, we just want to take it to the next level, we want to go further than we did last year. We had a very good team last year, but we just couldn't seem to get thing working in the playoffs. We had some close games."

Q: You made your college commitment to UMass-Lowell in September. What went into that decision for you?

A: "Their old coach [Blaise MadDonald] contacted me a while ago, then it kind of faded. But then their new coach [Norm Bazin] was at one of my tournament games in the fall. He called me after the tournament and that was pretty much it."

Q: I don't know if you ever think about things like this, but what does your commitment to a Hockey East mean to you coming out of a public school hockey program?

A: "It's great. I'm one of the only kids that are already committed that is going to one of those schools, and coming from a public school is great. It's great playing with kids I've known all my life. And I love our fans, they're crazy."

Q: You guys had some pretty crazy fan sections during the Super 8. What's it like playing in front crowds like that?

A: "Everyone in our school loves going to the hockey games. They show up for every single game, it's awesome to be around."

Q: What's the pregame ritual for Woburn hockey?

A: "The day before a game, we all get together for a pasta party. We all get together. We have a team curfew of 10 o'clock, so there's nothing crazy. But we're all together until we go to bed and then get ready for the game on Saturday."

Q: How did you get into hockey?

A: "My whole family plays. My sister played four years ago in the high school program, my dad played, everybody played. I started skating when I was about 2 years old. My grandfather was the rink manager at Belmont, so I'd skate there all the time."

Preseason MIAA boys' hockey All-State team

December, 9, 2011
Kyle WilliamsESPNBoston.comCentral Catholic goaltender Kyle Williams surrendered just 43 goals last season while being named to ESPN Boston's All-State team. This year, the senior netminder kicks off the season in the same place on our First Team preseason All-State team.
Here is ESPN Boston's preseason MIAA All-State boys' ice hockey teams:

F - Brendan Collier, Sr., Malden Catholic
F - Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr., Malden Catholic
F - Sam Kurker, Sr., St. John's Prep
D - Jared Beckwith, Sr., Catholic Memorial
D - Peter Sikalis, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
G - Kyle Williams, Sr., Central Catholic

F - Liam Coughlin, Jr., Catholic Memorial
F - Casey Shea, Sr., Woburn
F - Matt Sullivan, Sr., BC High
D - Brendan White, Jr., Malden Catholic
D - Jake Secatore, Sr., Woburn
G - Peter Cronin, Jr., BC High

F - Kevin Emmerling, Sr., St. John's (Shrewsbury)
F - Mike Kelleher, Jr., Central Catholic
F - Conal Lynch, Sr., Boston Latin
D - Connor Fenton, Sr., Braintree
D - Nick Pandalena, Sr., St. John's Prep
G - David Letarte, Sr., St. John's Prep

Woburn's Shea commits to UMass-Lowell

November, 9, 2011
Woburn hockey head coach Jim Duran confirmed Wednesday that senior forward Casey Shea has given a verbal commitent to UMass-Lowell.

Shea will join the River Hawks in either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 season. Last season, the winger helped lift the Tanners to a Super 8 appearance and was an ESPN Boston All-State Best of the Rest selection.

"It's a tremendous accomplishment and a credit to public school hockey," Duran said. "We're very excited for Casey."

Tonight's Bay State Games results

July, 14, 2011
Courtesy of Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:


Boys Scholastic 11/12 Grade

Southeast 97, Northeast 70
Senior Sayvonn Houston (Brockton, Brockton HS) tallied a game-high 24 points to lead his Southeast squad to victory over Northeast, 97-70. His teammate, senior Carl Joseph (Brockton, Brockton HS), also heavily contributed to the offense, scoring 23 points. Northeast’s Myles Dias managed 17 points in the loss and Mickel Simpson scored 14.

Metro 71, Central 58
Maurice Magras netted a game-high 21 points to propel Metro past Central, 71-58. Metro’s Lawrence Keating put up an 11-point effort. Despite the loss, Central had a strong offensive push with Will Michalzski contributing 14 points and James Ostenfield scoring 12 points

West 90, Coastal 77
In a high scoring matchup, West defeated Coastal, 90-77, on Thursday. Mike Jeneralczuk and Jose Allen led the West, scoring 19 and 17 points, respectively. Despite the Coastal loss, Chris Green (Taunton, Taunton HS) led all scorers with 22 points.

Boys Scholastic 9/10 Grade

West 57, Metro 52
West got 17 points from Deven Wells (Westfield, Westfield HS) to upend Metro, 57-52. Metro got solid contributions from Tyler Sullivan and Matt Woods, who had 13 and 14 points, respectively.

Coastal 99, Northeast 31
Coastal put on an offensive display in their opening game against Northeast as they ran away with a 99-31 victory. Coastal got contributions from the entire roster with Jesse Bunting (Plymouth, Plymouth North) leading the way with 17 points. Northeast’s Jordan Mendez (Salem, North Shore Tech) netted 15 in the losing effort.

Southeast v Central
Results not available

Girls Scholastic

Northeast 62, Southeast 38

Metro 60, Coastal 48

West 65, Central 42

Southeast 55, Coastal 43

Northeast 52, West 46

Metro 80, Central 66

Waltham High School – Waltham, MA

Central 3, Coastal 0
Central got tallies from three different players to defeat Coastal, 3-0, in the teams’ opening game. The Central goals were scored by Kirstin Birdsall (Grafton, Grafton Memorial HS), Shelby Jankins (West Brookfield, Quaboag Reg. HS) and Tori Danby (Lancaster, Nashoba Reg. HS). Andrea Koslowski (Warren, Quaboag Reg. HS) chipped in with a pair of assists. Meaghan Dwyer (Rutland, Wachusett Reg. HS) pitched the shutout in net.

Metro/Northeast 0, Southeast 0
Metro/Northeast and Southeast battled to a 0-0 draw. Carolyn Cook (Medfield, Medfield HS) and Katie Kelley (Walpole, Walpole HS) combined for the shutout for Southeast, while Christine Sargavakian (Waltham, Waltham HS) was unscathed in net for Metro.

Wentworth Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Boys Scholastic

Metro/Southeast 9, Central 7
Metro/Southeast defeated Central, 9-7, on Thursday. Metro/Southeast junior Ryan McCarthy (Medford, Medford HS) led all scorers with four goals in the outing. Juniors John Camara (Medford, Matignon) and Richard Canales (Woburn, Matignon HS) also added to the Metro/Southeast offensive effort, as Camara registered two goals, while Canales tallied one goal and one assist. Sophomore Dan Bishop (Southborough, Algonquin Reg. HS) and junior Eric Overdahl (Milford, Milford HS) led the way for Central with two goals apiece. Bishop also added an assist. Juniors John Thompson (Wilmington, Matignon HS) and Shane Foley (Lexington, Lexington HS) combined for the win in net for Metro/Southeast. Foley recorded 14 saves, while Thompson blocked three attempts.

Northeast 15, Coastal 7
Northeast earned a decisive 15-7 victory against Coastal on Thursday. Sophomore Brian Walsh (Lowell, Lowell HS) and freshman Tony Reale (Burlington, Arlington Catholic) led Northeast with five and three goals, respectively. Adding to Northeast’s offensive showcase, sophomore Pat Kennedy (Swampscott, Swampscott HS), junior Casey Shea (Woburn, Woburn Memorial HS), junior Cole Connolly (Woburn, Woburn Memorial HS) and junior Joe Burgermeister (Lowell, Lowell HS), each tallied two goals in the game. The Coastal effort was anchored by James McLoud (Nauset Regional HS), who scored three goals and recorded one assist. Freshman Sam Ventresca (Woburn, Woburn Memorial HS) registered the win in goal with two saves for Northeast.

ESPN Boston MIAA All-State boys' hockey team

March, 24, 2011
First Team
F - Colin Blackwell, St. John’s Prep
The senior center and captain led the Eagles with 45 points (24 G, 21A) while earning MVP honors from the Catholic Conference. Playing on Prep’s top lines, in addition to power play and penalty kill units, the Harvard commit was a +42 this season for the Super Eight finalists.

F - Brendan Collier, Malden Catholic
Collier was perhaps the most versatile player in the state. The junior BU commit scored the game-winning goal in the Lancers’ Super Eight championship, but the winger was also a mainstay of MC’s penalty kill units, playing defense. The Charlestown native tallied 63 points (24 G, 39 A) during the regular season while guiding the Lancers to their first D1A title.

F - Mike Vecchione, Malden Catholic
The Lancers captain and UNH signee led their potent offense with 70 points (26G, 44A) during the regular season. The senior winger also broke the Catholic Conference’s all-time single-season scoring record during MC’s run in the Super Eight. The Saugus native is looking at playing in either the British Columbia Hockey League or the United State Hockey League next year.

D - Connor Evangelista, Malden Catholic
The junior blue liner was perhaps the most underrated element to the Lancers’ Super Eight title run. Whether it was through an outlet pass springing the rush or on the penalty kill, the Wakefield native did it all. Evangelista was among the state’s top-scoring defensemen and contributed 25 assists during the regular season for the D1A champion Lancers.

D - Marc Hetnik, Catholic Memorial
The Knights senior was like having a fourth forward out there, who also readily handled the opposing team’s top players night after night. The Chestnut Hill native is considering BU, Holy Cross and Merrimack among his college choices and is likely to play in the British Columbia Hockey League next year.

G - Kyle Williams, Central Catholic
The junior netminder spearheaded the Raiders’ run to the Super Eight. With Williams carrying a bulk of the load, Central Catholic surrendered just 43 goals this season while posting a goal differential of +45. He was also a driving force behind the Raiders’ Super Eight run and turned in a strong performance in a near upset bid against Malden Catholic.

“Line Change” Second Team
F - Tim Driscoll, Hingham
After scoring the winning goal in the Harbormen’s Super Eight championship in 2010, the Holy Cross commit captained Hingham to a D1A return in 2011. The senior winger led the Harbormen with 34 points (12 G, 22A) during the regular season and is exploring opportunities to play a prep postgraduate year of hockey before enrolling at Holy Cross.

F - Ryan Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic
The talented sophomore was the fulcrum the Lancers’ prolific top line, centering Collier and Vecchione. The BC recruit was MC’s second leading scorer during the regular season, netting 66 points (24 G, 42 A) for the Super Eight champions.

F - Tyler Piacentini, Weymouth
The senior captain was the sparkplug to the Wildcats’ Super Eight run. While he was often the smallest player on the ice, Piacentini was typically the most visible, letting his play to the talking. With a 61-point regular season (31 G, 30 A), he finished fourth in the state in scoring to MC’s dynamic first line.

D - Chris Joyce, Needham
The senior blue liner was the Rockets’ third leading scorer and a stalwart on defense who seldom left the ice. Joyce tallied 24 points in the regular season (7 G, 17 A) while leading Needham to yet another Super Eight appearance.

D - Alex Pompeo, Hingham
The senior was among the state’s leading point-getters among blue liners and finished second on the Harbormen in scoring to Driscoll. Pompeo was an integral part of the Harbormen’s Super Eight title run in 2010 and their repeat appearance in 2011.

G - Donald Hesse, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
The Spartans netminder was among the state’s leaders in all goaltending statistical categories, including a measly goals against average of 1.90 during the regular season. Hesse spurred St. Mary’s to its first Super Eight appearance this season. The Salem native is considering playing hockey at several postgraduate prep schools next season.

Best of the Rest
F Garrett Allen, Dartmouth
F Mike Cashman, BC High
F Liam Centrella, Andover
F Tom Coleman, Needham
F Ryan Connors, Marshfield
F Liam Coughlin, Catholic Memorial
F Joe Czarnota, Reading
F Ryan Dempsey, Marblehead
F Ryan Doherty, Tewksbury
F Terence Durkin, BC High
F Kevin Emmerling, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F Tommy Evangelista, Central Catholic
F Riley Flanagan, Weymouth
F Dan Graham, Arlington Catholic
F Anthony Hardy, Bridgewater-Raynham
F Mitch Hamor, Beverly
F Alex Holland, Woburn
F Jack Jenkins, Billerica
F Sam Kurker, St. John’s Prep
F Chris Leblanc, Winthrop
F Nick Leonard, Central Catholic
F Conal Lynch, Boston Latin
F Chris Maguire, Waltham
F Jim McGrath, Medfield
F Dan O’Hear, Catholic Memorial
F Ross Olsson, Billerica
F Cam Owens, Wilmington
F Drew Oxley, Saugus
F Kurt Roderigues, Saugus
F Nick Roberto, Malden Catholic
F Jason Salvaggio, Xaverian
F Joe Scarfo, Winthrop
F Casey Shea, Woburn
F Devin Smith, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F Andrew Taylor, Oliver Ames
F Zach Wells, Barnstable
F Andrew White, BC High
F Garrett White, Malden Catholic
D Steven Bellew, Hingham
D Steven Bristol, Weymouth
D Sean Kavanagh, Springfield Cathedral
D Cam Kennedy, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
D Jake Kulevich, Marblehead
D Ryley MacEachern, Austin Prep
D Eric Muise, Peabody
D Alex Taddeo, Franklin
G Joe Cerulo, Wakefield
G James Cox, Braintree
G Peter Cronin, BC High
G Zac Rondeau, Springfield Cathedral
G Kyle Jacobs, Pembroke
G Chris Treon, Westwood

All Rookie Team (Top 5 to Watch for Next Year)
  1. Shane Eiserman, F, St. John’s Prep
  2. Tyler Sifferlen, F, Malden Catholic
  3. Tom Besinger, F, BC High
  4. Sean Cleary, G, Barnstable
  5. Nolan Redler, F, Winchester
Coach of the Year
John Flaherty, BC High
It took just one season for Flaherty, who took over for legend Joe McCabe, to get the Eagles back to the Super Eight after missing the playoffs in the previous two seasons. The BC High graduate guided the Eagles to a 15-6-3 record that included an appearance in the Super Eight crossover round. Flaherty also works at the school as its Director of the Fund.

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.”

MIAA hockey playoff notebook

March, 8, 2011
With no action on the local rinks on Monday, we decided to clear out the ole trusty reporter's notebook after a busy first week of tournament play.

Saturday’s first-round Super Eight matchup was a family affair for the Evangelista clan.

The family’s attention was divided between cousins Conor, of top-seeded Malden Catholic, and Tommy, of eighth-seeded Central Catholic.

Adding another dimension to the matchup was that Conor, a junior defenseman on the Lancers’ top pairing, would be duking it out all night with Tommy, a junior center, and the Raiders’ top line.

“My cousin’s really fast, so I told my uncle that I’d have to break Tommy’s blades to have a chance out there, so that he didn’t burn me,” Conor said with a smile. “We talked a lot before the game though.”

Conor may have gotten the last laugh, as Malden Catholic held off Central in a 4-3 victory, but the cousins also have had opportunities to play on the same side while growing and most recently as last summer during the Hockey Night in Boston tournament.

It’s also evident that talent runs through the bloodline. Conor was among the top scoring defensemen in the state with 27 points during the regular season, while Tommy has been a consistent scoring threat for Central with 17 goals and 20 assists this season.

“We didn’t have anything else on the side,” Conor said of his pregame conversations with Tommy, “just bragging rights.”

You can ascribe many labels to Mike Vecchione’s play, but you might soon have to apply the title all-time leader to his very impressive resume.

With three assists during Malden Catholic’s 4-3 win over Central Catholic on Saturday, Vecchione tied the Catholic Conference’s single-season scoring record with his 73rd point. The UNH commit entered Super Eight play with 26 goals and 44 assists for the regular season.

“I had no idea,” Vecchione replied after being informed of the milestone. “That’s a great feat.”

It seems fitting that Vecchione would tie the record with assists since it’s the selfless manner that has allowed the winger to prosper to unparalleled heights playing alongside linemates Brendan Collier (63 points regular season) and Ryan Fitzgerald (66 points).

Every year, there seems to be a breakout player who takes his game another level to lift his team in the Super Eight. Think of then junior Tim Driscoll willing the Harbormen to the title last year, including his game-winning goal in the final.

It’s safe to say that the early leader in the clubhouse in this year’s young tournament is Woburn forward Casey Shea. The junior forward led the Tanners in scoring this season, so his postseason brilliance thus far hasn’t come as a surprise. But he’s certainly set a tremendous pace.

Shea made a big splash in Woburn’s win over Springfield Cathedral in a play-in game on Monday with five goals, including a natural hat trick in the first period. So what did he do to follow up that performance? He only turned in a SportsCenter-worthy goal, beating two St. John’s Prep defenders in alone, deking them out of their skates before finding the back of the net once again.

“Casey did what he usually does,” Tanners head coach Jim Duran said of the goal.

Who could’ve seen Coyle-Cassidy’s overtime upset over top-seeded Mansfield in Division 2 South this weekend? Well, we hate to toot our own horn as did have the Warriors as one of our dark horse teams in our postseason picks.

All kidding aside, there’s a concurrent theme to C-C’s upset, as well as that of Scituate over top-ranked Bourne in D-3 South, and that’s strength of schedule.

The Warriors entered postseason play with a marginal record of 9-9-2. However, the degree to which they’d been tested in their 20 game schedule was without parallel in D-2. Aside from turning in their eighth straight Eastern Athletic Conference title, Dave Borges’ team played a schedule that included four Super Eight field teams, including BC High, Hingham St. Mary's of Lynn and Springfield Cathedral, and a host of other Division 1 teams. Granted, the Warriors took their lumps against both BC High and Hingham, but they showed why they could be such a dangerous postseason team tying up Cathedral, 2-2, just one week before the Panthers slipped into a Super Eight play-in game.

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.”