Boston High School: David Cataldo

Marshfield's Cataldo leads South in romp of All-Star Classic

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Team members of Saturday's 5th annual Aleppo Shriners/Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association All-Star Classic show up knowing little about the strengths and weakness of their fellow linemates. Having not practiced together, the only thing to do is learn on the fly.

The South stars were the quick learners, as all of its lines meshed brilliantly en route to a one-sided 7-1 triumph at the DCU Center.

"You don't really see an all star game finish 7-1," said South and Braintree head coach David Fasano. "It's usually 8-7 or 9-8. But all of our goaltenders played great. We were putting lines together an hour before the game so to come out and move the puck around the way we did was pretty incredible. There was some very good play making out there. There is no system in place so to speak and the goaltenders know they are going to see a lot of shots so to their credit they made some great stops. The way our kids were moving the puck around they looked like they had been playing together for a very long time."

After racing out to a 4-1 lead after the first period, this game was never in doubt. Despite facing 43 shots, South's three goaltenders (St. John's of Shrewsbury’s Mario Pizzeri, Framingham's Al Lynch and Brookline's Jake Paul) were outstanding between the pipes.

"We got an early goal on them and I think that sort of set the momentum for us," said Pizzeri, who will play at Assumption College next year. "This was certainly a fun way to go out and a great way to end my high school career."

Offensively, Marshfield forward David Cataldo led the attack as he found the back of net twice. His rebound goal coming at 6:46 of the opening period set the gears in motion for the South squad. Three minutes later, Braintree's Nick Ward made it a two-goal affair after taking a diagonal pass from Trevor O'Brien and beating Springfield Cathedral goaltender John Liquori low glove side.

Wachusett Regional's Marc Happy, taking a well-executed behind the net feed from Jim Currier, ripped a one-timer past Pizzeri to bring his team to within a goal at 10:21 but that is as close as the North stars would get.

"I'm disappointed in regards to the final outcome but this is truly a great event and the fact that it is helping a great cause with Shriners Hospitals," said North and Winchester forward Brendan Greene.

Just 32 seconds after Happy's score, Duxbury's Nick Marrocco, standing in front of the crease, back-handed a shot by Liquori to give South back its two-goal advantage.

Things seemed to snowball from there. With less than three minutes remaining in the period, Cataldo, off a well-timed pass from Robbie Souza, ripped a shot into the back of the net from the left slot to send South into the first intermission leading by three goals.

"Surprisingly we had some very good chemistry among all of us despite having never played together," Cataldo said. "All of the lines seemed to be clicking today. You are going to develop chemistry with all of these kids coming to this game. All of them can play hockey, they can adjust and they learn to play with other kids very quickly. That is why they are here.

“It's cool to play with all of these guys because you read about them during the season."

Early in the middle frame, South picked up right where it left off to end the first. Just 2:21 into the period, Archbishop Williams forward Mike Sorenti, taking a pass from Xaverian's Antonio Marini down low, skated across the front of the crease and patiently waited for St. Mary's of Lynn goalie Bailey MacBurnie to commit before sending a shot beyond the senior's out-stretched right leg pad to make it 5-1.

With North seeing its opportunities being stoned regularly, South continued to maintain its offensive charge. Xaverian's Ricky Smith padded the lead to five at 13:56 with a laser from 20 feet out that MacBurnie never saw.

"It was fun to go out there and play with a bunch of new guys," said South defenseman and St. John's (Shrewsbury) standout Bryan Nelson. "A lot of the guys I knew from playing with or against in squirts and pee-wees. It was nice to see them and catch up on things with them. This felt more like a summer tournament game. It was a lot of fun."

To its credit, North wasn't about to go down easily during the final period. Opening up the offense a bit more, they sent 19 shots toward Paul but none got past him. Meanwhile, Dartmouth's Joseph Correia added to North's misery by tallying an unassisted goal at 13:10. South also finished with 43 shots.

"The real surprise in all of this is the one goal by them on the other end," Fasano said. "That is unheard of in these types of games whether it be high school, college or the NHL. Usually those kinds of games have some pretty-big numbers. This was a lot of fun to be apart of and was a great show put on by both the Shriners and the Worcester Sharks."

Framingham, Falmouth advance in D1 South

February, 27, 2014
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – During the last several seasons, Framingham goaltender Al Lynch has been among the state’s very best. But, at times, Lynch and his Flyers teammates have struggled to find consistency.

“We’re always shifting back and forth and we were hoping to hit our stride at the end of the year,” Lynch said. “We started off good. We knew we had the talent and we had some really nice wins, but we had some really bad losses. It’s just that when we don’t show up, it shows.”

And so, Lynch and Framingham’s seniors faced down what potentially could have been their final period of high school hockey. Tied, 2-2, against reigning Division 1 South champion Marshfield, Lynch knew they needed to come up with something special.

“We’ve been looking for this win, nothing was going to stop us tonight.”

Lynch continually slammed the door shut, making 42 saves. Meanwhile, junior forward Ryder Lessing chipped in a 2-goal game as the Flyers skated away with a 5-2 win over the Rams in Wednesday’s Division 1 South first-round game at Gallo Arena.

“Here we are against the defending Division 1 South champions and we’re tied 2-2 going on the third period,” Framingham head coach Paul Spear said. “[Lynch] made some absolutely amazing saves against some really talented and skilled players. He’s proven time and again he’s one of the best goaltenders in the state and he stole this one tonight.”

The Rams (15-8-0) got on the board first on Hunter McCauley’s one-timer set up on a pass across the top of the crease from Nevin Connors at 9:24 of the first.

Framingham (12-10-1) countered on the power play at 12:09, when Lessing played the puck between the pads of Rams netminder Connor Lemieux from below the goal line.

The Flyers claimed the lead before the period was out as defenseman Tim Tierney’s point shot through a screen, with Lemieux unable to see the rising half-slap.

Marshfield swung momentum in the second, outshooting the Flyers, 12-5, while tallying the lone goal of the period. Senior forward David Cataldo evened the score going bar-down with a power-play goal with less than a minute remaining in the second, beating Lynch to the high glove side.

“I thought we were focused and ready to get right back on the ice,” Rams head coach Dan Connolly said of his team’s effort in the second. “But credit to Lynch, the kid played phenomenal in net. They played hard, Paul [Spear] ran a great system, Lynch was amazing and they capitalized on their chances.”

Framingham regained the lead for good on Christian Seariac’s wrister from the slot with 7:24 remaining.

Lessing added an insurance goal with his second of the game – also on the power play – at 11:28.

Cory Gorovitz added an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play.

The Flyers advance to play No. 5 seed Franklin in the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday (time TBD), after the Panthers routed Weymouth, 7-2, on Wednesday.

Falmouth 2, Walpole 1 (2 OT)
A pair of freshmen led the way as the Clippers (13-8-2) walked away with a 2-1 victory in double overtime.

Patrick Coyne scored the game-winner on the power play, following a Rebels’ too-many-men penalty with 2:32 to play in the second overtime. It was Coyne’s second point of the game (1 G, 1 A).

Freshman defenseman Cam Tobey opened scoring for the No. 8 seed Clippers in the first period. Walpole (12-9-2) tied the game in the second period on a goal from junior defenseman Kevin Ivatts.

Falmouth advances to play Braintree, which returns to the South sectional tournament as the No. 1 seed, following the Wamps Super 8 play-in game loss, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Gallo.

Recap: No. 18 Duxbury 3, No. 11 Marshfield 2

January, 21, 2014
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PEMBROKE, Mass. – With backyard rivals Duxbury and Marshfield duking it out in a Martin Luther King Day matinee, there was sure to be plenty of emotion. That was evidenced in the 23 penalties doled out to the teams in the course of 45 minutes.

But aside from the extracurriculars, the matchup between two of the top-ranked public high schools in the state was sure to be a heavy game. In that regard, the No. 18 Dragons bettered their 11th-ranked counterparts from Marshfield, while jumping out to a 3-0 third-period lead. Although the Rams made it a game with back-to-back power-play goals late in the third, Duxbury held on for a 3-2 win.

And they might just have gained something else in the process.

“Our guys wanted to go out there and earn some respect,” Dragons head coach John Blake said. “They were ranked ahead of us in all of the polls. They’re the top public school in a lot of polls. And we felt today we had a great opportunity to gain some respect and I think our guys really showed that they have some character.”

Duxbury (6-1-3) claimed a 1-0 lead 6:47 into the first on a Mike Boyle goal from Nick Marrocco.

Yet, it could have been worse for Marshfield (8-4-0), as the Rams were outshot 13-1 in the first frame.

Marshfield had difficulty breaking out of its own zone against the Dragons’ forecheck. The sledding wasn’t much easier in the neutral zone either, with Duxbury looking to take away open ice, in particular from the Rams’ potent top trio of JoJo Carbone, David Cataldo and Pat Shea.

The Rams improved their effort through the neutral zone, playing a more even period in the second, but the Dragons were still able to distance themselves. Shawn Errasti scored a power-play goal at 9:29 on Matt Saia’s dish across the faceoff dots.

“Our power play, we changed it up because it wasn’t really working,” Errasti said of the Dragons’ practices leading up to Monday’s action. “We were looking back door all day and it just worked.”

Duxbury netted its third goal at 8:15 of the third with Saia picking up his second helper of the game on Matt Murphy’s tally.

However, as the penalties continued to add up, the Dragons were burned on the Rams’ 5-on-3 power play chance with less than four minutes to play.

Marshfield called its timeout and the advice was heeded.

“It was a simple as we have to outwork them,” Rams head coach Dan Connolly said. “Every loose puck, we had to get three guys on it and then throw everything on net, I don’t care where it is, and have somebody out front. And it finally worked.”

Nevin Connors was finally able to solve Duxbury goaltender Tucker Kelly (16 saves) with 3:38 to play, putting back a puck through a scrum on the rebound of a shot from Jacob Maher. The Rams then went 2-for-2 on the sandwiched power plays, when Cataldo potted an unassisted goal just 17 seconds later.

Marshfield had a couple more point blank opportunities with goaltender Connor Lemieux (26 saves) pulled from his cage, but Kelly countered on each chance.

“You dig yourself a hole of three goals against a good team,” Connolly said, “it’s hard to come back.”

Mission accomplished: Entering Monday’s action, Blake paid extra attention to Marshfield’s top line, giving the primary responsibility of going toe-to-toe with the Rams’ top unit to his “shut-down” defensive pair of Tyler Powers and Errasti.

“We think that first line with Cataldo, Carbone and Shea is dynamite,” Blake said. “That’s the best first line we’ve played against all year long. We really wanted to try to limit their time and space, and then try to take the body as much as we could, and keep them on the perimeter.”

The plan worked, keeping the line scoreless until Cataldo’s power-play marker late in the third.

By limiting the trio’s speed coming through the neutral and then forcing the fleet-footed forwards to operate from the perimeter in the attack zone, the Dragons were largely able to mitigate the group’s impact.

“We knew they were coming out high, Coach [Blake] scouted them,” Errasti said. “They were coming from the week side and cutting across. We wanted [the third forward] high and our D would back up. We thought we could handle them defensively.”

On Errasti, who logged a boatload of minutes, Blake heaped praised on the blue-liner, citing him, and the work of his partner, Powers, as a key to Monday’s win.

“We have no problem putting him out there on the power play, PK or out against their top line because he keeps things simple out there and does the right thing,” Blake said of Errasti.

He added, “I thought they executed the game plan to a ‘T.’ We had them [Errasti and Powers] out against those guys for a specific reason – to shut them down – and I thought they did a great job.”

An added victory: Monday’s game was also played as part of a daylong fundraiser for the teams. The Fifth Annual “Green Cup” raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

The proceeds from t-shirts and knitted caps, along with raffle tickets will be donated.

Last year’s event raised more than $3,000.

Recap: No. 12 Marshfield 5, Falmouth 2

January, 12, 2014
Jan 12
1:16
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PEMBROKE, Mass. – Each of the last three seasons has ended with the same result in the Atlantic Coast League, with Marshfield as the champion, and Falmouth in second place.

The Rams took a big step towards extending that streak to four years in a row tonight at the Hobomock Arena. Thanks in large part to a three-goal outburst over a span of just three minutes and 31 seconds in the first period, No. 12 Marshfield toppled Falmouth by a 5-2 score.

The Rams improve to 6-3 overall, and are a perfect 5-0-0 in the ACL. Falmouth falls to and 2-2-0 in the league.

After a five minute feeling out period, in which neither team was able to put a shot on the opposing goalie, the Rams found a groove and scored on three of their first four shots against Clippers senior keeper Jake Beaton to set the tone for the day. Bookend strikes from David Cataldo around one from Colin MacDonald gave the Rams command for the rest of the day and gave a bit of breathing room for a defense that missing two of their top four blue liners.

Falmouth cut into the lead with a fortunate bounce of the puck early in the third period, but the Rams' Will Cole put the game away for good late in the third period when he popped a rebound of a Jeff Nagle shot past Beaton. Marshfield scored again early in the third, on a deflection off a Falmouth defenseman. Robbie Souza's second of the game, and 13th of the season, rounded things out for the Clippers late in the contest.

Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly said that his team's goal was to set the tempo early against a team that they know is always going to be one of their main contenders for the coveted league championship. Their first period flurry, he thought, went a long way towards picking up the two points in the standings.

“It's always a big league rivalry and the key was getting out early on them,” he said. “Our kids buzzed the net and it was good for us because in the last game, against Sandwich, we sort of started slow and then came on strong. Today I thought we started strong, and then in the second period, I thought they took it to us for a bit, but we finished well.”

Cataldo's first one was the result of a good shift by the senior forward. He flung a shot on net from the left side that Beaton stopped, but lost sight of. The Ram charged to the front and dug the loose puck out and popped it past the Falmouth netminder to put his team on the board at 4:59.

Before the public address announcer had finished reading off the night's first score, Marshfield added its second on a bang-bang play out of the left wing corner again. This time Sam Bartlett got the puck to the net where Cole snapped it in high to make it 2-0 at 7:05.

Cataldo, finished the night with a hat trick, reached the two-thirds mark of the cap tossing-worthy feat at 9:30 with a superb individual effort, again out of the left wing corner. The senior tip-toed his way along the goal line and lifted a quick wrister between Beaton and the pipe into a window that you couldn't fit a water bottle through. That finished off a supremely efficient first 15 minutes for the Rams, who scored on three of the six shots that they were able to get on net.

If Cataldo owned the first two periods the Rams, then senior goaltender Connor Lemieux could certainly say he had the pink slip on the latter two. The goalie halted 18 of the 20 shots in the game that were put on net by Falmouth, and 18 of the 19 that he saw, which did not include the first of Souza's two on the night as the Clippers' senior captain looked to center the puck from behind the net at 3:23 of the second, only to have his intended feed to the front ricochet off of Lemieux's equipment and bounce into the goal, getting the Clippers onto the board and into the game, at 3-1.

Falmouth had chances to tighten things up from that point on, but Lemieux prevented that from happening. He stopped a number of quality Clippers chances the rest of the way, including a nice body-up of a Cam Tobey bomb from the high slot late in the second and, most impressively, consecutive left leg pad flashes that robbed Tobey and then Cody Bailey.

“He made some really big saves for us tonight, especially right there where he went left pad, left pad,” Connolly said.

Later in the period Lemieux also stopped a 4-on-4 breakaway by Zack Barrett, sliding left-to-right to take away the prime scoring chance.

Cataldo finished off his hat trick, with a little help from the Clippers, midway through the third. The forward was attempting to wrist one from the left wing dot towards the net. One of the Clippers defensemen dove at the puck to block it, but instead changed the wrist shot's flight as it knuckled over Beatons' glove into the net.

Souza added the last goal of the night for the Clippers with 1:04 left on the clock. After having a breakaway fall apart, he spun off the ice and snapped one inside the near post to make it 5-2.

“I was proud of our effort. We spotted them two of the first three [goals] on a platter, and you can't do that against a good team, but I was proud of our effort for 45 minutes,” Falmouth head coach Paul Moore said. “I'd like a different result, but I thought we played well.”

Now the Rams have a chance to really secure themselves as the league front-runners on Wednesday night. The red hot and upset-minded Plymouth South Panthers (6-0-1, 2-0-1) come to town fresh off their own win over Falmouth, 3-0 last Wednesday, and would like nothing more than to vault past the perennial league champs.

South head coach Mike McCosh was in the house to scout the Rams on Saturday, with his club enjoying a bye over the weekend.

“South's a really good club and that's going to be a good match-up between us and them,” Connnolly said. “We're hoping to keep the momentum going.”

D1 South: Marshfield 5, Archbishop Williams 1

March, 11, 2013
3/11/13
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BOURNE, Mass. - Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly has been seen around Gallo Ice Arena frequently of late, even when his Rams were not on the ice. Whatever Coach Connolly is doing - scouting, taking a break from his team, watching great state playoff hockey - it is working.

No.5 Marshfield came out of the gates with their pads on fire and posted three tallies on 17 shots on goal on their way to a 5-1 rout over top-seeded Archbishop Williams (13-6-4) in the Division 1 semifinals.

Mike Carbone and Matt Burchill each posted a goal and an assist to help the Rams (19-6) advance to the Division 1 finals on Tuesday against No.2 seeded Hingham, who were 8-1 winners over Barnstable on the other side of the bracket.

Jimmy Connors, Liam Manning, and Burchill were credited with the first period goals, with Connors and Manning scoring only 32 seconds apart within 7:19 of regulation.

"It was very unexpected to get up 3-0 that quick and I thought our kids played great. We were all over them with a lot of energy and out-beating them to pucks and played real well," said Connolly. "The key was keeping [Mike] Jessman and [Mike] Sorrenti outside, as they are two very, very talented players. Try to keep them to the perimeter as much as we could."

The Rams defense worked out Connolly's plans to perfection as the speed and depth of the offense outshot Archies, 17-4, in the first 15 minutes of play.

Connors sent the pro-Marshfield crowd into a frenzy at 6:47 of the first as he was fed out in front of a scrum from Pat Burchill with Will Decost also getting an assist on the first goal of the game. Manning decided to do things himself as he took the puck left-to-right across the crease for the unassisted tally only 32 seconds later on the next Marshfield shift down the ice for the 2-0 lead.

Burchill finished off the first period onslaught on the power-play one second before Kyle Leonard's boarding penalty expired off a 5-on-3 opportunity to give Marshfield plenty of room with a 3-0 lead at 12:08 of the first.

Marshfield came out sluggish in the second period but couldn't be blamed much with a 3-0 lead. The defense was on their heels with numerous turnovers in the neutral zone within the first five minutes of play and Jake Romano finally figured out Connor Lemieux at 4:03 of the second to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Archies' goal, however, did not hand momentum back to the top-seeded Archies but only woke up the speed of the Marshfield skaters and showcased their depth. Third-liners Colin MacDonald and David Cataldo paired up on a goal to get back the three-goal cushion at 10:47 of the second stanza.

MacDonald worked the blue line to keep the puck in the Marshfield zone and was able to find Cataldo low in the right slot. Cataldo pulled the trigger and found daylight between the crossbar and pads of Joe Vinay in net on the near side top corner for a picturesque odd-angle goal and a 4-1 Marshfield lead.

"I thought they took it to us in the first five or six [minutes] of the second, but then we started settling back in and playing the way we wanted to play," said Connolly.

Not often you can talk about an assist being the play of the game, but Burchill pulled it off early in the third period. The junior defenseman dropped behind the right post with two defenders draped over him and flipped a backhand pass out in front of the crease between a defender's legs and Carbone sniped it for the 5-1 lead.

"That was a great goal as I was just playing in the slot waiting for it, I was hollering his name, and he picked his head up and hit me...it was perfect," said Carbone, a senior forward who is looking for his second trip to the TD Garden after the Rams won the Division 1 title in 2011 when he was a sophomore. "It's hard playing with the lead cause they are coming hard at us and to keep up the intensity - it is hard to do that and when you think the game is already over but its 45 minutes in every game."

While Archies featured a more aggressive style coming into the semifinals, the Rams now move on to face No. 2 Hingham, who features four strong lines, just as much speed as the Rams and obviously can match their depth. The two South Shore foes faced off in the final game of the regular season with the Harbormen hanging a 10-1 loss on the Rams. Connolly is obviously hoping for a better fate.

"We are obviously hoping for a different outcome, but as long as we stay playing like we have in the tournament I think it will be a great game," said Connolly.

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