Boston High School: Donnie Brodd

D1 South: Barnstable 5, Norwood 4 (OT)

March, 6, 2014
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – For the second night in a row, the Barnstable faithful had to endure an overtime finish.

But unlike the girls squad that fell on Tuesday night, the Red Raiders boys’ hockey team came through in the overtime period, with Kyle Rood notching the game-winner with 36.5 seconds remaining and leading No. 6 Barnstable to a 5-4, come-from-behind win over No. 7 Norwood in the Division 1 South semifinals.

Barnstable will play top-seeded Braintree in the Div. 1 South finals on Sunday (1:45 p.m.) at Gallo.

“This team is a hell of a lot better than we gave them credit for at the beginning of the year,” Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson said. “They don’t quit, they don’t panic, and they get a little excited sometimes and take penalties but that goes both way.”

After a Barnstable hand pass put the face off back in their own end, the Red Raiders cleared their zone. With the icing call waved off, Donnie Brodd chased down the puck and fed the puck to an open Kyle Rood who went far-post, ending the marathon event.

“I was kind of chilling on the weak side wing. Donnie Brodd, great hockey player won the battle took them deep down around the net and I was wide open in front of the net and I tapped it in,” Rood said over his overtime winner.

It was only fitting that the first line of the Red Raiders would put an end to the game.

In the three games Barnstable has played in this postseason, they have been the heart and soul of the squad and Wednesday night was no different as they accounted for four of the five goals.

However, the Red Raiders were once again plagued by their own penalties. Heading into the second period, Barnstable held a 1-0 lead but penalties let the Mustangs right back in it.

John Galvin tied the game at 6:56 of the second period and four minutes later Mark Powers put Norwood on top with a power play goal.

With momentum clearly swinging over to the Mustangs side, Brodd took it upon himself to tie the game nine seconds later with a wrist shot over Denny Drummey’s shoulder.

Adding insult to injury after their penalty-plagued period, the Red Raiders allowed the Mustangs to get the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds left in the second period on a breakaway goal from Jack Sheehan.

Barnstable came out on the offensive to begin the third, tallying the first five shots on net, but it was Norwood that struck first.

Midway through the third, Sheehan struck again when he collected his own rebound and went around Red Raider goalie Kevin Huska to put Norwood on top, 4-2.

“I thought typical of the way we have been playing, we played very well in the first period and we were taken off our game in the second period by taking penalties and it changed our whole momentum,” said Nickerson.

With their season staring down a two-goal deficit, the quick-strike Raiders responded again, this time 11 seconds later when Cody Pasic jammed a loose puck home from the doorstep.

Three minutes later, Barnstable completed the comeback when Max Lambert took control of a failed clear attempt and rifled off a shot from the right dot to tie the game at four.

“At this stage anybody can beat anybody and I thought we were in trouble but we fought back and we were able to win,” said Nickerson.

D1 South: Barnstable 4, Milton 3

March, 1, 2014
Mar 1
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Notice to the remainder of Division 1: When Barnstable's first line is clicking, watch out.

No. 3 Milton found that out in the first period of Saturday's Div. 1 South quarterfinal with the Red Raiders when Mike McDonough and Donnie Brodd each scored two goals. Cody Pasic also added assists on all four goals as Barnstable held on for a 4-3 win.

“That first period was the best we’ve ever played and the best I’ve seen a high school play,” said Brodd. “I’ve known Cody since I was about six years old with baseball and hockey we know each other real well and we know where the other is so it works out real well.”

Donnie Brodd had the first two goals for No. 6 Barnstable at 7:35 and 9:06 of the first period, while McDonough had a power-play goal 27 seconds later and again at the 13:42 mark.

“We’ve got five or six kids that are very good and when they are on the ice they control the whole game, Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson said. “The last few games our first line has been dominate and five-on-five, they play exceptionally well.”

Despite four Barnstable goals in the first period, Milton got a boost from Jack Halloran right before the end of the period.

With 2.3 seconds left, Halloran went streaking down the left wing, and sent a wrister past Barnstable goaltender Kevin Huska inside the far post.

The Red Raiders offense sputtered in the second and third periods, mainly due to penalties. Barnstable outshot the Wildcats 15-6 in the opening stanza, but over the final 30 minutes, it was Milton that owned the advantage. Four Barnstable power plays gave the Wildcats a 16-11 shot advantage to end the game.

“I think penalties hurt us not in the fact we gave up power play goals but the fact it took away from our momentum,” Nickerson said. “On five-on-five, we dominated but when you have to kill three penalties in a row with you top guy killing penalties, it starts to slow things downs.”

On their fourth and final power play, the Wildcats’ special teams unit broke through. At 2:01 of the third period, Owen Bligh took a shot from right wing that Huska made the initial stop. The puck popped straight up into the air, landed behind Huska and crawled past the goal line to bring the Wildcats within one.

“I credit my senior and the captains for taking change and going down fighting and leaving everything on the ice,” Milton coach Paul Noonan said.

Milton got the first eight shots on net to open the third, but Huska rose to the occasion, keeping the Red Raiders on top. His two biggest saves came with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game when Connor Richard scooped the puck up behind the net and attempted the wraparound.

“I think [Huska] played well enough to win us a game but I think it was a team win,” said Nickerson. “But when needed to he made the saves.”

Onto the semifinals: With the win, the Red Raiders are two wins away from hauling in the Div. 1 South hardware and moving onto the T.D. Garden. They will match up with No. 7 Norwood, who knocked off No. 2 Archbishop Williams on Saturday night.

But whoever Barnstable is playing, Nickerson feels confident in his team that they can take on anyone.

“I honestly feel that we’ve had better teams in the past but I don’t think we’ve had teams playing as well as this team is right now or in a situation that is lined up as well to win a state tournament.”

Recap: No. 19 Barnstable 6, Newburyport 0

December, 28, 2013
12/28/13
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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.”

Recap: No. 16 Duxbury 2, Barnstable 2

December, 18, 2013
12/18/13
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KINGSTON, Mass. – Even in his mind, Duxbury head coach John Blake knew his team was toast.

“I thought it was over,” he said.

After both teams took their timeouts, the Dragons assembled around the faceoff circle with 5.3 seconds to play and down a goal in Wednesday evening’s non-league tilt against Barnstable at The Bog. They executed their plan with senior captain Trevor O’Brien winning the draw back to Tyler Powers at the point.

However, Powers wasn’t able to get the puck to settle and the shot didn’t quite come through. It was about that time Blake was about to put his team’s opener in the loss column.

But there was O’Brien. He coolly collected the loose puck and found an opening on the short side to beat the Red Raiders’ nearly impenetrable goaltender, Kevin Huska (23 saves). There was then 1.2 seconds remaining and a lot of incredulous-looking faces around the rink – including the one behind the Dragons’ bench.

Duxbury escaped with a point and a 2-2 tie.

“That why you have to play to the final whistle,” Blake said.

And it was those minor victories that helped Duxbury (0-0-1) get even.

“There were a little bit better on every one-on-one battle, I told my coaching staff, I thought that was the difference,” Barnstable head coach Scott Nickerson said. “And it showed itself in the end.”

After a scoreless first period, the Dragons asserted their will down low on the cycle through the second. Duxbury dominated the territorial play and was rewarded with the first goal of the game at 7:14, with senior captain Nick Marrocco sliding a back-hander past Huska from the top of the crease. O’Brien and Shawn Errasti picked up the assists.

Yet, Barnstable (2-0-1) showed resiliency, striking back before the period was out. Junior defenseman Michael McDonough stepped into the play to tie it with 26 seconds remaining in the second.

The Red Raiders also transferred the momentum into the third, scoring on its first shot on goal of the period. Junior winger Cody Pasic scored his fourth goal in three games at 3:50 of the third.

Despite peppering Huska with 11 shots during the final 14-plus minutes, the Dragons were unable to find the equalizer.

Ultimately, they just wanted it a little more in the end.

“Everybody just has to bear down, get their guy, win the faceoff and get it to the net,” O’Brien said of the game-tying push. “It’s all mental toughness at that point.”

He continued, “When you have a little letdown when they score, it’s hard to pick the boys back up. But once you do, we started rolling, controlling the play and we were all over them.”

The onslaught: Duxbury could have widened its lead in the second, when the Dragons had four of their five power-play opportunities.

But, while they weren’t able to cash in, the Dragons continued pushing the issue while working the puck down low and set up the cycle below the dots.

“We feel that our strength is our speed and skill up front, and our top nine forwards are very skilled,” Blake said. “We want to really keep that puck down low, really work it down low. We feel like we have an advantage over most teams with our forwards going against their defensemen.”

The answer: Again, as the Red Raiders came to rely upon him last season, Huska was the backbone to their hopes on Wednesday.

Barnstable’s blue-line corps isn’t too deep, as Nickerson conceded after last year’s roster turnover, but the Red Raiders’ top three of Donnie Brodd, Chris Fowler and McDonough is steady and rugged.

But the group thrives when the senior netminder is on point.

“He’s a competitor,” Nickerson said of Huska. “He’s a goalie with a big heart and he does whatever he has to do to stop the puck. When you have that, the team becomes more competitive. When you have a backstop like that, you’re in every game, or at least you should be.”

Filling the void: For Barnstable, dealing with the graduation of an All-State caliber player in Max Willman and the defection of last year’s top-scorer Connor Fries to prep school has left the offense a little thin.

However, the Red Raiders are averaging five goals a game in the early going, spurred on by a host of forwards who’ve already exceed their production from last season.

Take Pasic for example. In his sophomore season last year, Pasic had just one point. Through three games of the 2013-14 campaign, he already has eight.

Senior Cam Curtin also has five points thus far after scratching the score sheet just once last year.

“It’s not an excuse, but we’re young, and we’re learning,” Nickerson said.

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