Boston High School: David McDonough

Recap: No. 22 Braintree 2, Newburyport 0

December, 29, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. – Both the Wamps and the Clippers were glad to turn their calendar from Friday to Saturday. Both teams were coming off a 6-0 loss in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freezeout and looking to take their frustration out from the previous night.

After being shutout for the first five periods of the tournament, Braintree wasted no time in the third, as Gino LaRossa picked the top corner just 17 seconds into the period en-route to a 2-0 win in the Cape Cod Freeze Out consolation game.

“I thought in the third period our senior leadership stepped up,” Dave Fasano said following the game. “I challenged the guys in the locker room after the second period. Specifically, the first three that went out there. Those kids have been around here three or four years, you are the seniors and we need to come out of here with two points.”

LaRossa went out there and answered the bell, taking the initial faceoff and putting it in the back of the net.

“They were coming off a drubbing last night, we were coming off a drubbing an you knew it was going to be two hungry teams,” said Fasano.

Braintree was far from being in the clear, as they had to withstand the ferocious that was about to come from the Clippers. Braintree goalie David McDonough was outstanding in the final period, turning away all 12 shots that came his way, and getting his team back into the win column.

“I felt I needed to bring it and really help out my team and step up,” McDonough said of his game. “To come in here and get the shutout, get the two points it feels really good.”

LaRossa added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the victory for the Wamps.

Slow start: For two teams that were shutout the night before, it took a little while for any rhythm to get established. Newburyport seemed to get their offense clicking midway through the first but an ill-timed tripping call with four minutes left in the first period took the wind out of their sails and the Wamps got the remainder of the scoring chances in the period.

I think we were kind of feeling each other out the first period,” said Fasano. “I don’t think we were as hungry as we should have been and we seemed to be feeling bad for ourselves.”

Newburyport had the majority of the scoring chances in the second period, but McDonough kept the Wamps in the game with save after save.

Offense running dry: After being shut out for the third consecutive game and the last 10 periods, the frustration from the Clippers is mounting.

They looked much better Saturday night than they did in their 6-0 loss to Barnstable on Friday night, but the puck couldn’t find the net and sophomore goalie David McDonough was a big reason why.

“Definitely a better effort today but you know the old adage you can’t win if you don’t score and that’s 10 periods in a row that we haven’t scored,” said Clippers head coach Paul Yameen. “I don’t think it’s because of lack of effort because I thought we had our chances, we just aren’t getting the bounces.”

The Clippers surely had their chances, including a handful of 2-on-1 opportunities in the second period and strong attack once they fell behind early in the third period.

“I thought we played a good period, I thought our third period was fine and we out chanced them,” Yameen said.

Newburyport has a week off until their next game against Pentucket and a good bet is they will be working on their offense a bit this week.

Recap: No. 8 Cathedral 6, No. 22 Braintree 0

December, 28, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. – Less than a week removed from a tough loss to Archbishop Williams, Springfield Cathedral showed they still belong amongst the elite.

The No. 8 Panthers turned in a complete game effort in the 6-0 win, dominating 22nd-ranked Braintree in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freeze Out.

The path doesn’t get any easier as Cathedral gets their third ranked opponent in as many games when they play No. 19 Barnstable Saturday evening in the championship game.

“The kids were pretty upset after losing the game on Saturday and I had a feeling they would be really hungry today and they came out strong and played well for three periods,” Cathedral coach Brian Foley said of his team following the game.

Cathedral jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from D.J. Petruzzelli and Cam Peritz but it wasn’t until the second period that the Panthers found out everything was going to go their way.

Less than four minutes into the period, Cathedral went on the penalty kill and withstood a brief attack from the Wamps.

The Panthers then countered and set up offense in the attacking zone, and 3:44 into the period Cam Griffin put his team up 3-0 when he ripped a shot from the point and tallied a goal for the shorthanded column.

Riley Prattson added a goal with 4:19 in the second and Johnny Leonard put home a beautifully set up puck from Prattson on a power play with 55 seconds left in the period as the Panthers skated back to their locker room with a 5-0 lead.

“No excuses we just didn’t answer the bell,” said Braintree coach Dave Fasano. “We were coming off a big win against St. Mary’s and right from the get go we were flat. We made too many mistakes against a good team. And when you make mistakes they are going to capitalize and they did.”

Peter Crinella added to his team-high 12 points with an unassisted goal a little over a minute into the third period when he beat new goalie David McDonough high to his glove side.

Dual-threat: Cathedral went into the game with Braintree with the game plan of letting both of their goalies play for half the game. Senior John Liquori got the start and Keith Petruzzelli took over with 6:59 left in the second period.

The result? A combined shutout between the two. While a strong Panther fore-check neutralized any sort of Braintree attack, the two made the saves when they needed to.

“They’re both good goalies and we try to find a way to get them both in,” said Foley. “We decided before the game to split them and see how that works and it worked well today so we might roll with that for a bit.”

Looking ahead: For Braintree, they’ll get things started with a game against Newburyport at 3 p.m. Friday night’s game is something that would like to forget about quickly. Luckily for Wamps, they don’t have a lot of time to dwell on this loss as get thrown right back into the fire.

Newburyport is also coming off a 6-0 shutout loss but Braintree will be looking to prove that they still belong in the Top 25 rankings.

“I thought we battled hard in the third period but the game was in hand at that point,” said Fassano. “We need to go home, get rested and be ready to take the ice tomorrow. We can’t have our heads down sulking and I think we’ll answer the bell tomorrow.”

As for Cathedral, they will have their hands full with the Red Raiders. The Barnstable forwards can score and their goaltending situation is concrete.

“Hopefully, we can put together another complete game. It’s going to be a tough opponent,” said Foley.

Recap: No. 19 Barnstable 6, Newburyport 0

December, 28, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. – Through four games this season, almost everything has gone Barnstable’s way. And Friday night’s game against Newburyport was no different.

Donnie Brodd nearly matched his season’s output with four points (two goals, two assists) and Dylan Campbell recorded the shutout in his first game of the season in a 6-0 win in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freeze Out.

Their reward? The No. 19 Red Raiders get No. 8 Springfield Cathedral in Saturday’s championship game.

Newburyport will meet Braintree in the consolation game.

Barnstable hadn’t played since last Wednesday, when a last-second goal from Duxbury gave them one point instead of the two they had hoped for. After a nine-day layoff, Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson wasn’t pleased with his what his team showcased despite the lopsided victory.

“I didn’t think we jumped on the puck, I didn’t think we did a lot of things well. We capitalized on some chances to take a lead so that made it a bit easier but we have a long way to go. I thought we weren’t reacting quick enough, I didn’t think we moved the puck quick enough, there’s a lot of things I was disappointed in.”

The Red Raiders did get a solid performance from Campbell, who saw the ice for the first time this year. Campbell gave starting goalie Kevin Huska the night off and looked solid. In Nickerson’s eyes, he was one of the few bright spots.

“He made the saves he had to make, he didn’t give up any bad rebounds, I thought he played the puck well. If you are looking for a strong point that’s certainly was one and that makes us better.”

Offensively, the Red Raiders took advantage of a handful of mental errors from the Newburyport blue line. Kyle Rood and Brodd gave the Red Raiders first period goal but the defensive breakdowns didn’t come until the second period.

The first came when Brodd took the puck up the middle, and sped by both defenders, finding himself alone with goalie David McDonough. Brodd made a quick move to beat McDonough and gave the Red Raides a 3-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Brodd found Kevin Conway behind the defense in the neutral zone and fed him a beautiful pass up the middle. Conway took the puck in stride and was off. He beat McDonough stick side seconds later, ending the sophomore goalies night.

“It was nice to get goals from a couple new guys and I thought some of the younger guys played well,” said Nickerson.

Chris Fowler added a power play goal a minute later when he fired a shot off of the initial faceoff to give Barnstable a 5-0 lead heading into the second break.

“Soft” team? Just ask the coach: Clipper coach Paul Yameen was not happy about the effort his team put forth and rightfully so. He was not shy in telling it like it was after the game.

“I don’t think that’s ever happened to us in my 10 years here and its very disappointing because we’re better than that.”

Newburyport didn’t look good all game. Barnstable was faster, hit harder and made plays all night and the Clippers had no answer.

“That’s not how you play hockey, that’s not how we play hockey. I just told them that, I’m embarrassed and that’s the first time in 10 years I’m embarrassed. We are soft. We are a soft team right now and that’s very disappointing because that’s not the way we coach.”

There didn’t seem to be much fight from the Clippers team who fall to 1-3-0 on the season. Things don’t get any easier for Newburyport either as they get No. 22 Braintree in the consolation game Saturday afternoon. Braintree is coming off an ugly 6-0 loss from the hands of Springfield Cathedral and will be looking to take their frustration out on someone.

“I wish we could play in an hour, but we just need to put this one behind us and play our style of hockey, said Yameen. “We’re not an overly skilled team up front so we need to do the little things to score and we’re not doing that. We’re not crashing the net, we’re not sustaining a heavy fore-check.

Taking the body: Barnstable was dishing out the hits like they were going out of style. After taking the constant battering, it softened up the Clippers a bit and they shied away from attacking the net as the game went on.

But Nickerson wasn’t a fan of that style of play and was worried that his teams desire for the big hit would come back to haunt them.

“I think a lot of times where we hit just to hit and hitting just to hit isn’t effective. We need to play the body better and have a purpose to what we are doing or some of these better teams will make you pay. It doesn’t make sense to bang the body and make a lot of noise.”

That statement will the put to the test Saturday against Springfield Cathedral. The Panthers are an experienced group and one missed hit could result in the puck going into the net.

Nickerson already sees his team as underdogs against the No. 8 team and knows it will take a total team effort to pull out a victory but knows a victory isn’t out of the question.

“If you look at them on paper and you go man-to-man, they are loaded and we are only mediocre and its going to take a team effort,” said Nickerson. “There is no doubt we are underdogs. But if we play the way we can and the guys do what they need to do, at the high school level anything is possible.”