Boston High School: David Fasano Jr.

Recap: Newburyport 3, No. 8 Braintree 2 (SO)

December, 27, 2012
HYANNIS, Mass. – Newburyport hockey did much more than advance in Wednesday’s first-round matchup against Braintree in the Cape Cod Freeze Out hosted at the Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink.

The Clippers hung tough with the Wamps through 45 minutes, and then claimed a 2-1 win in a shootout for a 3-2 victory.

“It was only our third game, so we’re still working out some kinks,” Newburyport head coach Paul Yameen said. “Half our team is freshmen and sophomores, so I think we’ll improve as we go on. That was a gutsy win. They outshot us, outplayed us, but we hung tough and I’m proud of them.”

The Clippers (1-0-2) and Wamps (3-1-1) traded goals in each of the first two periods and took 1-1 and 2-2 ties to the room at the intermissions.

Throughout, Newburyport netminder Alex Buckley remained strong, making 28 saves through four periods and stopping shots from four Wamps skaters in five rounds of the shootout.

“He’s a three-year starter, he’s a captain for us,” Yameen said. “We’ve come to expect that, but he came up big for us tonight.”

Although the game counts as a tie in MIAA standings, the shootout determined which team would play on to Thursday’s Freeze Out championship game. Newburyport will face Springfield Cathedral after the Panthers too earned a shoot-out victory over host Barnstable in the nightcap.

Sophomore forward Ben Ventura scored on the Clippers’ first shootout attempt before Braintree’s Tom Mahoney extended it in the third round with perfectly executed stall and wrist shot in front of Buckley. Newburyport defenseman Matt Kelleher scored the clinching goal in the fifth round of the shootout before Buckley made one final save to clinch the win.

It was Kelleher’s second goal of the game after he popped in the Clippers’ second goal of the game in the second period. Timothy Brennan also scored for Newburyport and defenseman Connor Wile chipped in two assists.

David Fasano Jr. and Nick Ward (1G, 1A) tallied goals for Braintree in regulation.

Scrimmage Slants: Garrett Reagan Summit

December, 3, 2012
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are some notes and observations from Sunday's Garrett Reagan Hockey Summit played at the New England Sports Center:

Wamps provide the ‘D’: Burlington and Braintree squared off in a battle of Middlesex League and Bay State Conference powers with the Wamps playing their patented, sticky brand of hockey in the neutral zone. Braintree slowed down the Red Devils’ speed through center ice and limited their quality scoring chances behind All-Star defenseman Troy Tenaglia.

A race worth watching will be the Wamps’ goaltending battle. Junior Nick Anson, who earned the shutout Sunday and who is also a member of Braintree’s football team, is the leading candidate to assume Dan Murphy’s old post. Once settled, the Wamps, who will have a strong returning presence up top led by David Fasano and Tom Troy, could be the preseason favorite heading into Bay State play.

Guiding the ship now: We saw major flashes of the promise of Hingham’s junior class last year when they were sophomores playing with the Harbormen in the Super 8. Another year mature, the Harbormen should be poised for another deep Super 8 run behind that tremendously talented class. That talent was on display Sunday as the Harbormen roughed up Peabody. Matt Brazel (11-23-34 in 2011-12) and Sam D’Antuono (9-19-28) will be called upon to shoulder a greater offensive load after Hingham graduated four of their top six scorers from last year. The Harbormen also have a steadying presence on the blue line in John Carlson (2-10-12) who’s already generated plenty of college interest in his two-year career.

‘Work in progress’: Returning Super 8 finalist BC High squared off another of last year’s Super 8 entrants in St. Mary’s of Lynn. And while the Eagles looked crisp at times offensively, the biggest news of the day was who wasn’t on the bench. BC High’s leading scorer Tom Besinger (14-18-32 in 2011-12) was held out by an illness.

“We return a lot of bodies [at forward],” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said, “but we’re finding our lines and some combinations there. We’ve had Michael Brooks and Ryan McDonough have played together for a couple of years now, there’s definitely good chemistry there. Stevie DeForge can skate, so he’s up there with them. Tom Besinger is a dynamic player, too.”

Of course, the constant for BC High has been goaltender Peter Cronin. The senior looked near midseason form while going the distance against the Spartans, showing some fine rebound control.

Panthers can hang: No team was more snake-bitten at last year’s Super 8 than Springfield Cathedral. The Panthers suffered three one-goal losses — two of which came in overtime, the other in a shootout.

While years come and go, Cathedral picked up where it left off on Sunday, skating with two-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic to a 2-2 tie.

The Panthers suffered losses in key areas like any squad, but return a strong nucleus of seniors, including top defensive pairing Matt Foley and Jack Williams.

“They’ve been playing together since they were six years old,” Panthers head coach Brian Foley said of his four seniors. “Along the way, they’ve won championships. It’s a good leadership group. But outside of that, we’re young.

“We’ve only got one junior [goaltender John Liquori], but our young kids are really fast and really skilled. I wasn’t sure what we were going to have coming into tryouts, but we had a great first week.”

With Liquori (2.63 GAA) backstopping the Panthers for a second straight year and with sophomore forward Peter Crinella (8-10-18) poised for a break-out season, Cathedral could be in the hunt again.

D1 South sectional quarterfinal recaps

March, 3, 2012
BOURNE, Mass. -- The Bay State League stole the show during Saturday's Division 1 quarterfinals, played at Gallo Ice Arena.

The public school league will see four of its teams in the semifinal round, the notable exclusion being No. 1 seed Needham.

Here's the breakdown of the action from a long day of hockey, along with a couple nuggets of analysis:


First period: The Mustangs went on an early power play, getting just one shot off on the Barnstable kill. The Red Raiders took the first lead of the game at 8:35 on Max Willman's strike from Chris Harris and Eric Rogorzenski. Andrew Alty tied the game with 30 seconds remaining on a pretty cross-ice pass from Jake Ranalli. Brendan Cathcart picked up the second assist. Norwood took a 7-6 shot advantage in the stanza.

Second period: Scant scoring opportunities for either side. Norwood carried play for portions of the second, but the Raiders had the best of the latter stages. Still, Barnstable out-shot the Mustangs 9-7 in the period.

Third period: The Mustangs found the go-ahead goal with defenseman Kyle Dolan tallying his second of the season, with some good work down low from Cathcart (2 assists)and Tyler Gover. The Red Raiders were ham-strung by a late penalty (playing with a broken stick) that had them on the penalty kill with just 1:38 remaining. Despite having a couple of offensive zone face-off opportunities in the final minute, the Red Raiders weren't able to find the equalizer. Jordan Davis made 25 saves for the Mustangs in the win, as Barnstable outshot Norwood, 26-22, for the game.

Analysis: What made Norwood successful in this game were a lot of the little things that don't show up in scoresheets. The Mustangs did a terrific job on the back check, keeping pace with a speedy Barnstable roster. When the Red Raiders were able to enter the zone, Norwood collapsed down low and were able to throw sticks, bodies, whatever, in the passing a shooting lanes, limiting quality chances on Davis.


First period: Most of the period's play was conducted in the neutral zone, with both teams playing a tight checking game. Natick had its best chance of the game, coming on a 2-on-1 during a late power play. However, Needham actually out-chanced the Red & Blue, 2-1, while a man down. Shots were 10-5 in the Rockets' favor in the first.

Second period: Needham earned its first power play of the game early on, but was unable to cash in with two shots against Red & Blue goaltender Derek Kwok. Natick opened scoring at 5:56 with Andrew Newis tallying his 13th of the season from Mike Pennett and Derek Butler. At 11:52, Butler added his second point with his 16th goal of the season. Just 1:08 later, Pennett picked up his second point of the game with a goal, giving the Red & Blue a 3-0 lead at the second intermission.

Third period: Needham got on the board 4:06 Joey Parsons entering on a partial break on an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season. Play continued on in Natick's end for the bulk of the period. Lucas Davis added an unassisted goal of his own, drawing the Rockets within one, but for the second time this week (after Monday's Super 8 play-in game) their third-period rally fell short.

Analysis: Once again, Needham's tendency to come out slow hurt them. As in their Super 8 play-in game against St. John's (Shrewsbury) on Monday, the Rockets dug themselves into a hole they weren't able to recoup.


First period: There was little to speak of scoring chances between the two squads, save for Clipper forward Ben Taylor's shot off the post in the second minute. Not whole lot to say beyond that. Shots were 7-2 in favor of Falmouth.

Second period: After skating to a scoreless first period, Storm Foitu netted the first goal for Falmouth 1:11 into the period. Durham Ghelfi set up the goal with some nice work along the half boards, putting a pass back to Foitu on the left wing circle. Milton tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in the period, thanks to some slick passing in the offensive zone. Brian Higgins set up Paul Curran, skittering a pass across through a Falmouth defender with Curran directing the pass into the net from the goal mouth. Milton took an 11-4 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Curran and Higgins continued their dazzling offensive show in the third, only to see Falmouth netminder Petey Negri make a couple of circus saves. The middle portion of the period was played predominately in the Clippers' end with the Wildcats sustaining offensive pressure. Curran scored his second of the game, his 21st of the season, the game-winner, with 43 seconds to play, with a shot deflected off a Falmouth defender's skate. Terrance Walsh and Dan Curran had the assists. Higgins notched his second point of the game with an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining. Hankard made 18 stops to earn the victory.

Analysis: Paul Curran showed why he was one of the most feared scorers in the Bay State Conference this season. His work, along with that of linemate, Higgins, was impressive throughout, creating a bulk of Milton's scoring chances.

First period: The Wamps took a 7-6 shots advantage, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Braintree went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Rams were shut out in their only opportunity.

Second period: After being held to just one shot on their third power play opportunity, the Wamps took the first lead of the game on Cody Kingston's goal at 9-minute mark, with assists from James Flaherty and Tom Troy. Braintree claimed a 2-0 lead two minutes later on David Fasano's wrist shot from the right side circle. Troy picked up his second assist of the game with another handed out to Nick Ward. The Wamps claimed a 12-7 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Marshfield upped its pressure in the offensize zone, but were unable to crack Wamps netminder Dan Murphy. Murphy made 20 saves in the shutout.

Analysis: Marshfield wasn't able to sustain pressure in Braintree's defensive zone throughout. Once Braintree takes a lead, as has become the custom under David Fasano, the Wamps become increasingly hard to play against, clogging up the neutral zone in a 1-2-2 and collapsing down low when set in the defensize zone. Murphy wasn't tested all that often, but when he was he was ready. Wamps all-star defenseman Conor Fenton (3-9-12) was his usual self, playing aggresively and mixing it up physically often drawing the assingment of shutting down the Rams' top line of Mike Carbone, Chris Perry and Connor McLean.

Wamps' Cox fends off No. 7 Weymouth's advance

February, 16, 2011

RANDOLPH, Mass. -- Standing outside the locker room following his team’s 1-1 tie against Braintree on Wednesday night, Weymouth hockey head coach Matt Cataldo said: “Thanks for coming to our shooting gallery tonight.”

The Wildcats outshot the Wamps, 35-5, so it might have seemed as such.

If the Bay State Carey battle was an ole fashioned Wild West shootout, Braintree sophomore goaltender James Cox might have well been wearing a full suit of armor, as he looked nearly impenetrable.

“I thought our kids deserved better than that,’ Cataldo added, “but that’s a credit to their goaltender.”

With the point, seventh-ranked Weymouth (15-2-2, 12-1-2) clinched its first Bay State Carey title since 2007. The No. 15 Wamps (10-4-4, 10-2-3) had a chance to force the Wildcats into a do-or-die matchup at Zapustas Arena, but those title hopes faded after their 3-2 loss to No. 9 Needham on Saturday.

Despite the lopsided distribution of shots, Braintree head coach David Fasano was encouraged by his team’s performance.

“I’m still proud of every kid in that locker room,” Fasano said. “After Saturday, we could have rolled over. But they showed that we can be a contender in the South this year and try to win the whole thing.”

Although they were outshot, 12-2 in the first period, the Wamps went to the room for the first intermission up 1-0 on the scoreboard. On their second shot of the period, David Fasano Jr. redirected Troy Tenaglia’s slapper from the point with 2:42 remaining.

Meanwhile, Cox continued to kick out shot after shot and got clean looks at incoming shots with some help from his defensemen.

“The guys did a great job of letting me see puck,” Cox said. “There were some tips in front, but it makes it much easier to make saves when you can see them.”

The Wildcats continued to pour it on during the second, when they outshot Braintree 22-3. It looked as though Riley Flanagan had finally pushed one past Cox (34 saves) with 5:45 left in the second, but the close brush was waved off by the official.

Weymouth sweated it out until Tyler Piacentini scored the equalizer with 3:56 to play. The captain winger ripped a wrist shot top shelf from inside the right hand circle with an assist from Flanagan.

The Wildcats, who along with Braintree are among the 21 Super Eight “Watch List” teams, continue their push to the postseason with several high profile non-league battles with St. Mary’s of Lynn, Catholic Memorial and Central Catholic in succession.

For now, Cataldo was happy to celebrate the team’s milestone.

“We have a big group of seniors who’ve worked extremely hard over the four years and haven’t won a league title,” he said. “So this means a lot and they deserve it.”