Boston High School: Derek Edgerly

D1 North final: Burlington 4, Wakefield 2

March, 13, 2012
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LOWELL, Mass. -- The quandary for Burlington entering Monday’s Division 1 North sectional title game was how to yet again beat Wakefield senior goaltender Joe Cerulo.

So Red Devils head coach Bob Conceison took a novel approach to the problem. To simulate the lack of holes into against the Warriors’ big netminder, Conceison had two goaltenders in net during practice in each of the last three days.

“Cerulo’s a big boy and a great goalie,” Burlington senior forward Trevor Cimino said. “We got him moving side-to-side, which is exactly what we wanted to do.”

The Red Devils’ unconventional target practice, along with their blazing team speed and some power-play production, helped them to a 4-2 victory over Wakefield. It was Burlington’s first victory of the season over their Middlesex League rivals after the teams skated to a pair of ties in the regular season.

“We knew we could outskate them,” said Cimino, who finished with a goal and two assists. “The two first two matchup we played were in smaller rinks, but this is a huge ice surface, a college ice surface, so we knew we could use our speed to go around them.”

Burlington (17-2-6) dominated play from the get-go, outshooting the Warriors, 14-2.

The Red Devils also took a 1-0 lead to the room at the first intermission after sophomore Joe Scali popped in his first goal of the season. Joe Moran and Dan Metzdorf picked up helpers as Burlington got production out of its third line.

“We’re a three- line team and all three lines contributed tonight,” Conceison added.

Cimino, who had a strong game in all three zones, then had a hand in each of the Red Devils’ next three goals.

First, the assistant captain set up linemate Brett Romkey for his 18th of the season. Cimino then lent an assist to C.J. Grinnell’s wrist shot snipe, which came from inside the left wing circle and found a sliver of daylight above Cerulo’s shoulder and underneath the crossbar at 12:38 of the season.

Cimino finished his three-point night by getting a stick on Grinnell’s point blast on the power play. It was Burlington’s second goal on the man-advantage of the evening while going 2-for-5 overall.

FROM YOUR OWN END OUT
Wakefield (12-7-6) showed some late life, however, nixing Derek DeCastro’s shutout bid in the third. Eddie Matthews stuck on the power play at 9:37 of the third before Kevin Doherty picked up his second point of the game with a goal at 13:11.

But Burlington had simply controlled too much of the play, in addition to strong effort from the Red Devils’ defensemen in front of DeCastro.

“I thought our defense played really well,” Conceison said. “[Steve] Mattos and [Adam] Crowley and [Cody] Crocker, they were all really, really solid.”

END OF THE ROAD
Warriors head coach Derek Edgerly was effusive in praise of his squad.

While admitting that he thought last season might have been the Warriors’ prime chance at a state championship (losing to Marshfield, which came from behind in last year’s title game), Edgerly’s third trip to a section final game in six years as Wakefield’s boss was an accomplishment in itself.

And it was in no small part due to the efforts of a couple of his senior leaders.

“Joe [Cerulo] is one of the best kids I’ve ever had and Kevin Doherty is one of the nicest kids and one of the best forwards I’ve ever seen.”

RE-FOCUSING
It’s often easy for Super 8 play-in game losers to fall victim to early-round upsets, but credit the Red Devils for collecting themselves and making a run to the Garden regardless.

Cimino gave credit to his teammates in their renewed conviction.

“Who wouldn’t want to be in the Super 8, you know?” Cimino said of the experience. “But, after that, we took a pact with each other that we’ll go all the way now. We said we’re the best team in this tournament and we’re going to the Garden. And now we did it.”

And now the Red Devils have the biggest game of their season ahead with a matchup with South sectional champion Milton at the TD Garden on Sunday.

D1 North: Burlington, Wakefield set for final

March, 8, 2012
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Wakefield FansRyan Kilian/Special to ESPNBoston.coWakefield's "Red Sea" were out in full effect to help the Warriors to a second-straight Division 1 North sectional final in a shootout win over Chelmsford on Wednesday.
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- It was déjà vu all over again for the Wakefield Warriors, who escaped Wednesday’s Div. 1 North semi-final clash by defeating Chelmsford, 2-1, in a shootout.

With the win, Wakefield once again earned themselves a spot in the sectional final, as the Warriors repeated their performance from a year ago. Wakefield also went to a shootout with Billerica in last year's semifinal.

“Down two periods all night, but we’ve been there before,” Wakefield head coach Derek Edgerly said. “We’ve been down a couple games this year, [but] we just comeback fighting hard, and that’s all it takes.”

“It’s called composure, positivity, keep your positive up all night and these kids just played excellent,” Edgerly added. “What a great game.”

Chelmsford notched the first goal early in the opening period when senior David DeDonato beat Wakefield senior goaltender Joe Cerulo (31 saves) before the Warriors answered in the third period with junior Daniel Cardillo, riffling the puck into the back of Lions' net, forcing overtime.

In the extra session, both teams chased the puck up and down the ice, but no resolution was found.

DeDonato eventually registered his team’s first strike in the shootout.

Wakefield answered on their third attempt when senior Kevin Doherty beat Chelmsford’s junior netminder Derek Noble, tying the shootout, 1-1. The Warriors then answered on their ensuing attempt when junior Alec Brown scored the clincher before Cerulo denied sophomore Jesse Lye.

“We go over shootouts every night in practice for 15 minutes because when it comes down to this end in a tournament, you’ve got to do your shootout," Edgerly said. "And one thing about these games, it’s usually a blowout or it’s an overtime win or shootout, there’s nothing in between."

“We had a great year,” Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said. “I would have to say if there was a word I’d use for these kids, it’s adversity because we had kids out with mono, we had a lot of things where we were missing kids, and we battled through it, and peaked at the right time, and had a nice little run.”

BURLINGTON 5, ACTON-BOXBOROUGH 1
After a sluggish two periods, the Red Devils offense exploded by tallying four goals in the final 15 minutes, which lifted Burlington past the Colonials, 5-1.

Senior Trevor Cimino registered his team’s second goal 22 seconds into the final period before senior Brian Hood, junior Joe Berardi (1 G, 1 A) and sophomore Joe Scali (2 G) struck.

“[Dan McMahon] made a good play, dumping it into the zone and I just had a breakaway, put it home,” Cimino said. “We got that first goal in the third period, [and] I think they kind of shut down because they didn’t know what to do anymore.”

“It took us two periods to figure it out,” Burlington head coach Bob Conceison said. “They played Monday night, [and] I felt like we could wear them down in the third period, and I think that showed in the third period."

Burlington earned a one-goal advantage when Berardi connected with Scali late in the first period before Acton-Boxborough evened the score at 1-1 when senior T.J. Barrett wrapped around the cage and squeaked the puck past junior netminder Derek DeCastro for the score.

“I think he was disappointed in the goal that [he] let in," Conceison said of DeCastro. "It was kind of a funny late period goal that might have been in the nearside, but he made a big save on a break away at 3-1, it was a huge save for us. And Derek’s that type of goalie, he comes up big in those situations when we needed and that was a big step, and we needed that, we really needed that."

A-B had chances to earn a lead, but solid defense and goaltending by Burlington helped them escape with a victory, and set up an exciting Division 1 North final against Wakefield, Monday at Tsongas.

“It will be fun,” Conceison said. “I don’t know [if our] crowd can outdo their crowd.”


BILLERICA, Mass. -- Wakefield boys’ hockey head coach Derek Edgerly couldn’t quite put his finger on it, but he knew he had something special with this year’s team. Granted, having just five seniors and 12 sophomores on a varsity team doesn’t often inspire visions of postseason glory, but he knew they had it.

“I knew these kids had it from day one,” Edgerly said. “I don’t know what it was about them.”

The Warriors proved their coach to be right, toppling top-seeded St. Mary’s of Lynn, 4-3, completing a surprising run to the Division 1 North championship Saturday night at Chelmsford Forum.

And it was one of its younger members that put Wakefield (14-6-4) over the top. Second-year forward Kyle Leone, who had two goals in the entirety of the regular season, had a career game with a hat trick, including the game-winning tally in the third period.

However, it was not done without another stellar performance between the pipes from junior Joe Cerulo. St. Mary’s outshot Wakefield, 38-20, for the game, but the Warriors netminder repeatedly frustrated the Spartans’ snipers with highlight reel stop after the next.

“I thought all our guys played well tonight,” St. Mary’s head coach Mark Lee said. “They were tenacious and, most of the game, they dominated.

“The story of the game was their goaltender, but I think we did everything we need to do to be successful to win today. They got it done when they had to and when we had to put the puck in the net, they didn’t let us.”

Wakefield was out of the gate first, scoring 3:12 in with Brett Buckley tipping in Kevin Doherty’s point shot in front. The Warriors were on the board again just 35 seconds later with Leone tallying his first of the night, putting back a rebound off of a John Sartell shot.

The Spartans (14-5-3) regained a degree of momentum, carrying play for the final half of the period and outshooting the Warriors, 12-9. St. Mary’s cut the lead to one on Christopher Surrette’s first of the game with 6:08 remaining in the first.

Surrette tied the game two minutes into the second, squeezing one through Cerulo’s arm, for his second goal of the game.

Wakefield came back to answer with 3:33 remaining in the period, with Leone netting his second of the game, again coming off a rebound. Alec Brown and Andrew Finocchio had the assists.

Once again, St. Mary’s responded when Julian Yourawski snuck one in from the behind the net on a wraparound with 1:24 to play in the second.

However, the night belonged to Leone and he put Wakefield on top for good 38 seconds into the third, with Spartans netminder Donald Hesse experiencing déjà vu all over again, on a rebound put back.

“I just saw it, hit it and it was in the net,” Leone said of the game-winner.

While the Warriors shocked the hockey world, they also may have surprised themselves.

“Coming into this season I knew we were a very young team, but I never thought we’d make it this far,” Cerulo said. “But I’m very proud of my team because it was a good overall team effort.”

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