Boston High School: Elijah Harris

Super 8 semi: Austin Prep 2, BC High 1 (SO)

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
4:07
AM ET


LOWELL, Mass. — J.J. Layton’s goal in the eighth round of the shootout propelled No. 4 see Austin Prep past No. 1 BC High, 2-1, in Thursday’s semifinal, setting up a rematch of last year’s final in the Super 8 championship game at the TD Garden on Sunday.

“I thought it was a tremendous high school hockey game. It was like a heavyweight fight, back-and-forth. It was an even hockey game. I’m happy we ended up with the better end of the stick in the shootout,” said Austin Prep head coach Louis Finnochiaro.

Austin Prep had a few ups-and-downs throughout the regular season, compounded by injuries to key players, but the Cougars appear to be hitting their stride.

“We had a big time effort from everybody from start to finish. We haven’t had that all year. We played three complete periods of hockey. We had everything going tonight,” stated Finnochiaro.

The Cougars will have the chance to knock No. 2 Malden Catholic, 3-1 winners over No. 3 Springfield Cathedral in the other semifinal Thursday, off its perch. The Lancers defeated Austin Prep, 3-2, to win their third straight Super 8 crown last March.

“I’m proud of our kids to get back to the final two years in a row. That’s an accomplishment itself. Obviously our goal is to go there, not hoping to win but expecting to win. Hopefully we can have some redemption back there in the finals. Our goal is to win this thing,” stated Finnochiaro.



Layton delivers in shootout: J.J. Layton has become known for his heavy hits and solid play in the defensive zone, but his offensive prowess was the difference in the eighth round of the shootout.

The big blue liner barreled in on the BC High net before quickly wristing a shot that sailed past the blocker of goaltender Brandon Payzant.

“Usually shootouts don’t go that far so I wasn’t even planning on going in,” Layton said. “Everyone told me to shoot. I came in slow and took the shot and it ended up going in. I’m still in shock right now.”

Layton showed he is a tough customer by playing through some dehydration issues in the third period. His foot cramped up, causing him to limp off the ice midway through the final period of regulation.

“He was a little dehydrated and started to cramp up a little. We got him some fluids. He always puts in a big time effort. It was appropriate for him to get the final goal in the shootout to win the game for us,” explained Finnochiaro.

Bobo Carpenter and Eric MacAdams were the other scorers for Austin Prep in the shootout, scoring in the second and fifth rounds, respectively.

Clutch performer: MacAdams broke through with the game’s first goal at the 10:54 mark of the second period. The sophomore winger busted up the right side, beating a BC High defender and cutting in on goal before lifting a shot above the shoulder of Payzant for the 1-0 lead.

“We were trying to get odd-man rushes the whole game,” MacAdams said. “[Cam Russo] fed me a good pass. I always try to get it to the net instead of swooping it around. Try to get a penalty or a scoring chance. Luckily it went in.”

MacAdams came up clutch again in the shootout with his Cougars on the verge of elimination. Going in the bottom of the fifth round with his team needing a goal to stay alive, his deke beat Payzant wide.

“There was a lot of pressure,” Finocchiaro said. “Finishing that up was phenomenal to keep us in and to get to sudden death. He kept his composure and did a nice job.”

Not including the shootout tally, MacAdams has tallied three goals and added an assist over the past two games.

Transition game: Down 1-0 after two periods and needing some momentum, the Eagles struck quickly in the third period, evening the score in just 29 seconds.

As it has so often this season, BC High executed a transition play to perfection. Defenseman Trevor Davis used the boards to get the puck from behind his own goal line to Steve DeForge in the neutral zone. DeForge passed it up to Patrick Riley who beat Austin Prep goaltender Elijah Harris to his five-hole.

“It gave us momentum for the whole period,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “We had some chances, but didn’t get the bounces. I’m proud of the fact that we came out and responded the way we did in the third. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”

“Giving that up, it was big for them. The momentum changed a little bit. We were able to withstand it and finish up [regulation] in a tie,” said Finnochiaro.

Goaltenders duel: There was a sequence in the final minute where Carpenter had a swat at a rebound from point blank and BC High sophomore Kayser Raei had a golden opportunity in the slot just a few seconds later.

Neither puck found the net as two of the best goaltenders in the state stood tall and answered each other’s big saves.

“That’s a big time save, he comes up special in the playoffs,” said Finnochiaro when asked about his goaltender’s huge save in the final minute.

Harris, who had a terrific tournament as a sophomore last season, saved his best for the playoffs again this year.

“He’s a great goaltender,” Finocchiaro said. “He played well for us in the first series against Central and played well again tonight. He gave us a solid three periods tonight and he’s tough to beat in the shootout,”

His teammates were quick to talk up their backstop as well.

“He’s amazing,” Layton said of Harris. He’s the best goalie in the state. When he’s behind you playing well everything just seems to flow.”

Payzant was equally superb at the other end, making some terrific stops.

“Brandon has been great all year,” Flaherty said. “He gets overshadowed because of the systems we play, but we relied on him today. We don’t have a chance to tie it in the third if he wasn’t as good as he was in the first two periods.”

Flaherty proud: BC High’s terrific season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion, but there is still much to be proud of for Flaherty and his team, especially the seven seniors.

Co-captains Steve DeForge and Sam Topham were the two goal scorers for the Eagles in the shootout. DeForge, who also had an assist in the game, seemed to always come up with clutch goals throughout his high school career.

“We’ll look back on this and realize we had a good year,” Flaherty said. “Wins and losses, trophies and titles, I don’t need those to tell me how great the kids in that locker room are.”

Super 8 semifinals notes and picks

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
2:15
PM ET
Before the puck drops on tonight’s Super 8 semifinals matchups at Tsongas Center (6 and 8 p.m.), here’s a smattering of note from the tournament along with picks:

Panthers’ prowess: Springfield Cathedral flexed its offensive muscle in its close-out victory over Duxbury a week ago, scoring three goals on the power play in a 6-3 final.

The key to the Panthers’ near perfection on the man-advantage in the tournament is both in its scheme and its personnel.

Let’s start with the scheme. Brian Foley has implemented an umbrella-style power play – meaning there’s a single “blue-liner” -- in the case of Cathedral, that’s talented freshman defenseman Dan Petrick – who plays in the middle of the ice sheet. The pivot men are two players who play along the half-wing boards and have the choice of making passes into the slot, back to the point man, or across the sheet to the other wing.

Lastly, in Foley’s unit, there are two forwards who are positioned in the slot, stacked on top of each other. The low man is tasked with setting the screen on the goaltender and creating traffic, while looking for rebounds and low-slot opportunities if the half-wings decide to move play down below the dots. The high-slot forward can either slide down on point shots, or look for deflection attempts, while providing the main outlet for half-wing passes.

What really makes Cathedral’s unit hum, however, is that the Panthers have the perfect personnel to run the umbrella.

In the Super 8, the responsibility of playing the half-wings have gone to UMass-Amherst commit Johnny Leonard and brother tandem Riley and Zac Prattson. Meanwhile, the Panthers have a pair of true “power forwards” in Quinnipiac recruit D.J. Petruzzelli (the low man) and Holy Cross commit Peter Crinella (high slot).

“We can really run any kind of power play and it’s going to be effective with the way they move the puck,” Cathedral head coach Brian Foley said of his unit last Thursday.

To beat three-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic in the teams’ semi-final tilt, the Panthers will have to have a vibrant power play once again.

However, there is recent precedent, as Cathedral knocked off MC, 5-2, in the championship game of its host February vacation tournament.

“It was a great game in our tournament,” Foley said, “but it’s a whole new ballgame. They’re the three-time champs, they’re the team to beat as far as I’m concerned.”

Get back: While finishing off its first-round series sweep of Central Catholic, Austin Prep was able to lull the Raiders to sleep in the third period of a 4-1 win.

Although the Raiders finished the game with 20 shots on goal, only six came in the final period, when AP constructed a virtual brick wall along its blue line.

Throughout their Game 2 win, and in particular the third period, the Cougars showed a killer’s instinct on defense, with their defense standing up to meet whatever Central could create on the rush through a sticky neutral zone.

“We did a nice job of holding the neutral zone and staying back, not falling back,” AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said after last week’s win. “That’s what we’ve talked about, we don’t down want to sit on [a lead], they’re going to have to take chances and try to stretch the zone. You just have to make sure you stay back.”

Keeping a third man high to eliminate their opponents’ transition game, the Cougars forwards – to a man – were tremendous during their best-of-three series in snuffing out Central’s D-men from stepping up in the play and creating on the rush, with a robust backcheck.

Everything else was left to Elijah Harris was played with ease, as the junior goaltender has been on point throughout.

Now, the key for AP is replicating that performance against top seed BC High, which beat the Cougars, 6-2, during the final week of the season.

“They like to stretch it through center zone also,” Finocchiaro said of the Eagles, “so doing a good job with that here in the third period, and holding on to the lead, and playing with confidence, I think is important.”

Picks: Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for, here are my Super 8 semi-final picks.
BC HIGH 3, Austin Prep 1 – Pat Kramer’s return could be the difference here.
MALDEN CATHOLIC 5, Springfield Cathedral 4 – Did you really think I’d pick against the three-time defending champions? That being said, this one sure is going to be entertaining.

Super 8: No. 4 Austin Prep 2, No. 5 Central 1

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
5:29
PM ET


BOSTON – No one knew it at the time, but before the game really started it was over.

A pair of goals in the opening three minutes were all Austin Prep would need as it held on to defeat Central Catholic 2-1 in the opening game of their first round series in the Super 8 at TD Garden.

Bobo Carpenter got the Cougars rolling with a high wrist shot that beat Central's Colin Soucy just 41 seconds into the game. Jake McKenelley slid one home through Soucy's five-hole two minutes and 10 seconds later.

“We just wanted to come out as hard and fast as we could,” Carpenter said. “We knew we'd have to get the first jump so we could build off of it. My linemates got the puck. Just got a lucky bounce for me.”

The early lead allowed Austin to set the tone early. The Cougars outshot the Raiders in the first and kept Central on its heels. The Raiders controlled the final two periods but were unable to dig themselves out of the hole.

Christian Thompson stepped up to the moment and scored Central's lone goal, hacking the puck out the air with just over a minute remaining in the game.

“Honestly I don't think our team showed up to play in the very beginning,” Thompson said. “We gave a half effort in the beginning; in the end we kind of picked it up but it was too late. I think we let the Garden get in our head a little bit. Hyped it up and kind of came out flat.”

After rejiggering the lines over the last month-plus, Central coach Mike Jankowski settled back into the line pairings he used for much of the first half of the season. Jankowski reunited Lloyd Hayes, Alex Lester, and Corey Webber on the Raiders’ top line.

The last time Austin and Central played on Feb. 3, the Cougars won 3-2 with Central in the midst of juggling it's lines. With the old lines back the Raiders looked to have some of the zip that powered them to an 8-1-1 record at the start of the season.

“We changed it up quite a bit to get people scoring to show our true depth,” Jankowski said. “If you see us play you know that we're deep. The goal [was] in getting everyone into the scoring and finding the scoring touch and it worked really well. Blue's back together and those guys, with their senior leadership, leading by example as well can carry us through to something.”

The Raiders pressed hard in the third period, peppering AP goalie Elijah Harris with 15 shots, but ran into a brick wall.

Harris turned aside 27 Raider shots, including three in frenetic last-minute flurry, to secure the win.

“When he's on he's on,” Austin Prep defenseman J.J. Layton said. “It starts from him, onto the [defense], and onto the forwards. When he's playing well it seems like everyone else is playing well.”

AP DEFENSE RISES: Central's old lines started to roll, but Austin Prep's defense was able to stall them out at almost every turn. Layton and Andrew Cross led the charge on the back end for the Cougars. The Prep defense was able to congest the middle and force Central's forwards to the outside.

Despite allowing 23 shots over the last two periods, the Austin defense was able to hold Central off.

“We're mostly a defensive team,” Layton said. “We have all the offensive components, so we stress on the defense now because defense wins hockey games, as coaches say. We just buckled down, tried to take the body when we can, make the quick, easy plays, and try to keep it out of our zone the best we can.”

The defense carried over onto the penalty kill. The Cougars killed off four of the five penalties they committed.

“We did a real nice job on penalty kill,” AP head coach Louis Finocchario said. “I thought our pairs did a real nice job.”

SAME OLD OPPONENT: Adding in next Thursday's second game of the series, Central and Austin will have played three times in 31 days and four times this season. Playing against the same opponent so often opens up doors for rivalries to form and lessens the room for errors.

 

“What it comes down to now is little things,” Finocchario said. “Good line changes, staying disciplined, making dumps when you don't have odd-man rushes: all good choices. The team that makes the least mistakes at the end of the night is going to win.”

So far Austin holds a 2-1 edge in the wins department while Central had outscored the Cougars, 7-6.

“It gives you that much more reason to win,” Carpenter said. “We've grown a little rivalry ever since. It's just fun to play with some friends too.”

Super 8 tournament primer and picks

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
2:06
AM ET
There are less than 24 hours remaining before the puck drops on the Super 8 tournament Sunday at TD Garden.

So we’re taking this opportunity to break down the final eight. We’re taking a look at the head-to-head breakdowns for each series first-round, best-of-three series, along with predictions:

Series: No. 1 BC High (14-2-4) vs. No. 8 Xaverian (12-3-6)

Players to watch: BC High – F Steve DeForge, F Patrick Kramer, F Jake Lemanski, D Billy Roche, D Ryan Shea, D Sam Topham, D Trevor Davis, G Brandon Payzant; Xaverian – F Jon Beniers, F Andrew Durkin, F Antonio Marini, F Connor McCarthy, F Tim Sweeney, D Ricky Smith, G Aidan Murphy.

Previous meetings: 2-2 tie, Jan. 4; BC High, 5-1, Jan. 22.

The skinny: The top-seed Eagles take on their Catholic Conference rival Hawks, who endured a double-overtime classic against Archbishop Williams to slide in as the No. 8 seed. Xaverian will have to take a page from the playbook of Duxbury – which handed BC High a loss in its season finale at the Buddy Ferreira Classic – playing a tight-checking game through the neutral zone to stick with the Eagles’ slick transition game. Murphy has shown flashes of brilliance in his freshman campaign and the Hawks will have to rely on him and a big series from All-State hopeful Marini if they want to keep up with BC High.

X-factor: Payzant. The Eagles’ sophomore netminder has performed admirably in his first season taking the reigns from All-Stater Peter Cronin. But until a goaltender sees his first rubber in the playoffs, the book is still out.

Prediction: BC High in two.

Series: No. 2 Malden Catholic (16-4-0) vs. No. 7 Catholic Memorial (10-7-4)

Players to watch: MC – F Matt Filipe, F Ara Nazarian, F Tyler Sifferlen, F Jake Witkowski, D John McLean, D Nick Rolli, G Alex Reissis; CM – F Aaron Clancy, F Anthony Panaggio, F Mike Stathopoulos, D Frank Cosolito, D Tim Weinstein, G Brandon Collett.

Previous meetings: CM, 3-2, Jan. 25; MC, 11-0, Feb. 14.

The skinny: Once again the Lancers went on a February run, going 7-1-0 in February, despite a loss to Cathedral in the teams’ season finale at the Panthers vacation week tournament. Meanwhile, on the flip side, the Knights back their way into the tournament, having been blanked in the final month of the season, as CM didn’t win a game until Monday’s play-in game victory over Braintree in a one-goal game. However, as one-sided the matchup between Catholic Conference rivals might seem, CM does have the blueprint on how to take down MC, evidenced in the Knights’ 3-2 win in the teams’ first meeting at Walter Brown. In that game, CM was able to harass the Lancers breakout with an aggressive forecheck. In order to skate with MC, the Knights will have to repeat that performance or risk having their first-round series resemble more of the teams’ second meeting.

X-factor: Filipe. The Northeastern commit has provided a strong presence throughout the season on the Lancers’ second unit. While teams have a difficult enough time contending with MC’s vaunted top line, with Filipe and the second unit rolling, the Lancers’ attack is that much more difficult to match up with, defensively.

Prediction: MC in two.

Series: No. 3 Springfield Cathedral (15-2-5) vs. No. 6 Duxbury (16-2-3)

Players to watch: Cathedral – F Peter Crinella, F Johnny Leonard, F D.J. Petruzzelli, F Riley Prattson, D Dan Petrick, G John Liquori, G Keith Petruzzelli; Duxbury – F Nick Marrocco, F Matt Murphy, F Shayne O’Brien, F Trevor O’Brien, F Matt Saia, D Shawn Errasti, D Tyler Powers, G Tucker Kelly.

Previous meetings: N/A.

The skinny: In perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the first round, the high-flying Panthers offensive juggernaut squares off against a sound, defensive-minded squad from Duxbury. Cathedral enters the tournament ranked among the statewide leaders in just about every statistical category and host two of the top scorers in the state in Crinella (28-26-54) and D.J. Petruzzelli (21-32-53). Meanwhile, the Dragons played their best hockey down the stretch, beating BC High in the Buddy Ferreira Classic final to punch their Super 8 ticket. John Blake’s group excels with countering the team’s speed through the neutral zone, so the Panthers could be in for some tough sledding.

X-factor: Crinella. A contender for the Mr. Hockey award this season, the Holy Cross commit is capable of taking games over – something to be said on a roster full of Division 1 commits. This could be his coming out party on a statewide scope.

Prediction: Cathedral in three.

Series: No. 4 Austin Prep (13-4-4) vs. No. 5 Central Catholic (16-3-3)

Players to watch: AP – F Bobo Carpenter, F Eric MacAdams, F Jake McKennelley, D Andrew Cross, D J.J. Layton, G Elijah Harris; Central – F Zach Cote, F Richie Greenberg, F Lloyd Hayes, F Alex Lester, F Eric Robbins, F Corey Webber, D Conrad Jepson, D Cam Smith, G Colin Soucy.

Previous meetings: Central, 4-1, Jan. 1; AP, 3-2, Feb. 3.

The skinny: In a rarity with non-league opponents, the teams faced off twice during the regular season and, somewhat predictably, split the series. The teams are near carbon copies of each with a mix of top-flight offensive skill, depth and quality goaltending. AP, a Super 8 finalist last year, is a bit of an unknown commodity this season, as the Cougars lost multitudes of man games to injury through the year. In fact, AP didn’t even practice with its full fold of players until February, so we likely haven’t seen the Cougars’ attack at its fullest potential. Meanwhile, the Raiders can consistently roll three lines, with little drop off from the first to the third. So this one will be about as close as you can find.

X-factor: The goaltending. Both Harris and Soucy made names for themselves at last year’s Super 8. Regarded as two of the top goaltenders in the state, both offenses will be hard-pressed to find room to shoot.

Prediction: AP in three.

Recap: No. 2 BC High 6, No. 4 AP 2

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18
4:03
AM ET


FALMOUTH, Mass. – If there was a need for any further proof that this year’s Buddy Ferreria Classic at Falmouth Ice Arena could be a preview of Super 8 action to come, Monday’s matinee tilt between No. 2 BC High and No. 4 Austin Prep would satisfy.

The Eagles and Cougars came out of the starting blocks fast, pacing each other up and down the ice sheet.

But it was in the second period when BC High emerged, scoring three goals in a span of less than five minutes, while taking a 6-2 victory and advancing to Thursday’s championship game against Duxbury.

"The first period was a little bit more of a track meet,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “The second period was a little bit more indicative of what we're capable of doing as a hockey team, with speed, passing, finding the guy that's open. When we did that, we were able to put three by them."

BC High (14-1-4) opened scoring at 6:26 of the first, as Tim Larocque snuck a wrister under the crossbar.

The Cougars (12-4-4) drew even on a power play from defenseman Andrew Cross, who was pinching up in the offensive zone and threw one in from the wing off the skate of an Eagles defenseman at 10:29.

"It was a heavyweight bout, there was a little bit of feeling out and it was a 1-1 hockey game,” AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said. “Then, the second period, for whatever reason all season, the second period's been when we've fallen apart."

The Eagles’ onslaught began at 7:37, when Sam Topham skated up the point to the right wing circle and got Cougars netminder Elijah Harris sliding one way. The puck didn’t come off Topham’s stick cleanly after the dish from Chris LaLiberte (1 G, 1A) and the misdirection fooled Harris, who was playing the percentages.

Then, at 9:39, the Eagles put on a passing clinic. Defenseman Alec Flynn made a nice touch pass at the red line to set up BC High’s transition through the neutral zone. Jake Lemanski then skated the wing and skittered a pass over to Patrick Kramer (1 G, 1 A), who buried it on the back-hand after a single deke.

Just a minute and 41 seconds later, Kramer was in on the act again, this time providing a highlight reel assist. From below AP’s goal line, the Merrimack commit sent a saucer pass back into the slot, skipping over the outstretched stick of a Cougars defenseman and onto the tape of Kayser Raei for the goal.

"Not many kids can make that play, and having the ability to see that and make that pass,” Flaherty said.

It was an example of the Eagles’ concerted effort to set up shop deep in AP’s zone.

"We tried to use our speed and get past their defensemen,” Kramer said. “We had to get Elijah [Harris] moving side to side because he's a good goalie and that's the only way we were going to beat him."

The Cougars attempted to lodge yet another third-period comeback, behind an early Mike Egan goal, but the Eagles distanced themselves.

Larocque added his second point of the game with an assist on a goal from LaLiberte, before Trevor Davis closed out the victory with an empty-netter.

"When we're on and are playing good hockey, we're tough to beat,” Finocchiaro said. “We've talked about it, our coaching staff, we've talked about it, we've tried to drill it into their heads, but we just haven't been able to play 45 minutes of hockey."

Recap: No. 4 Austin Prep 3, No. 6 Central Catholic 2

February, 4, 2014
Feb 4
1:01
AM ET
SALEM, N.H. -- Saturday's brutal draw against St. Mary's left Austin Prep battered and short -anded going into their tilt at Central Catholic last night. Top-scoring forwards Bobo Carpenter and Cam Russo were out, as was Eric MacAdams.

No problem. The No. 4 Cougars were held to only nine shots but converted when they had to and escaped with a tight 3-2 win over the No. 6 Raiders.

With the game tied at two five minutes into the third period, a Central turnover sprung Jake McKenelley and Ryan McDonough on a shorthanded two-on-one. McKenelley fed McDonough who buried it over a sprawling Colin Soucy.

“Guys stepped up tonight who don't usually play,” Austin Prep coach Louis Finocchiaro said. “I'm so proud of our guys tonight. They're a very good team. [It was] a tough road game for us.

“What I liked most importantly was at the end of game was our poise with the puck. We didn't panic. We were able to hold on to the lead and make good choices with the puck.”

The Raiders set the tone early as the Lloyd Hayes knocked down a rebound and chipped it over Austin goalie Elijah Harris for the goal. Three minutes later, Soucy left a bad rebound loose atop the crease and Louis Finocchiaro Jr. lifted it over him to tie the game going into the first intermission.

The Raiders set the tone and tempo for the bulk of the game, outshooting AP 23-9 overall and 11-2 in the second period alone, but were unable to finish many of the chances they had.

On Austin's first shot on goal of the second period, with just over five minutes left, Scott Duarte wristed home a shot in the shot to put the Cougars up 2-1. It took a while for AP to find its bearings on the Olympic-sized sheet at the Icenter, but once they did they worked it to their advantage.

“It's an Olympic-sized rink so it's hard to get things going,” McDonough said. “We're not used it, but when they made a mistake we capitalized.”

The Cougar defense was able to keep Central to the outside in the offensive zone and off-balance. When the Raiders did attack successfully Harris stood tall in goal, turning aside 20 shots.

“I thought our defensemen did a nice job, defending the middle, forcing them to the outside, and not giving up quality shots,” Finocchiaro said. “ I thought [Harris] was on his game tonight. I thought he played a sharp game form sharp to finish. He did what we need him to do and what he usually does.”

Corey Webber had Central's second goal, sliding a backhander home early in the third.

MIX AND MATCH: After getting thumped 8-2 by Malden Catholic on Jan. 20, Central coach Mike Jankowski changed up his offensive lines in an attempt to mix things up. The most noticeable change was the second line of Zach Cote, Webber, and Kevin Regan.

Webber has played much of the season on the top line with Hayes and Alex Lester while Regan got his ice time on the “white” line alongside Richie Greenberg and Eric Robbins.

Despite the loss, Jankowski said he was pleased with the reworked lines.

“We're just trying to spark a few things,” Jankowski said. “It's just balance; we have some great balance up there. Corey got one today, Lloyd got one today so each line got one today. We played really, really well we just couldn't find the back of the net.”

In Central's two games before last night's game they scored eight and four goals respectively.

“They're coming it's just at different times we get snake-bit there and can't make the conversions,” Jankowski said. “We've been able to find the back of the net for the most part. Tonight just wasn't our night.”

Recap: No. 3 Austin Prep 3, No. 7 Cathedral 3

January, 29, 2014
Jan 29
12:23
AM ET
TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- During this past week, Austin Prep has been living life on the edge. If you think that is something the Cougars are rejoicing in, think again.

For the second time in as many games, No. 3 Austin Prep needed to crawl out from under the weight of a two-goal deficit, this time salvaging a 3-3 tie against No. 7 Springfield Cathedral Tuesday night at Breakaway Ice Center.

On Saturday night, the Cougars were held scoreless during the first 30 minutes before storming back with three third period goals to slip by Arlington Catholic. Austin Prep head coach Louis Finocchiaro realizes his club is playing with fire right now, and falling behind early, especially come playoff time, is something that needs to be fixed rather quickly.

"It's going to catch up to us eventually and we all know that," said Finocchiaro, his team standing at 8-2-3. "Obviously I'm proud of the kids and the character they've showed in that we don't quit.

“But we cannot keep spotting teams two-goal leads like this. It's something that we need to keep on talking about and we have to learn to fight through it fast. We know how to play coming from behind but I want us to learn how to play with a lead."

Austin Prep trailed by a pair until late in the second period. That is when junior forward Bobo Carpenter, at 11:14, beat Panther goaltender John Liquori (18 saves) with a quick wrist shot to get the Cougars on the board.

"Our motto is to keep on working hard all the time," Carpenter said. "That's the only thing we can control so that is what we want to work off of every game. Coming back like this shows how great a team we can be when we want to be. Our next goal in what all of us believe is we need to come ready to play in the first period and keep it going from there."

But just 1:12 into the final frame, sophomore Johnny Leonard netted his second goal of the evening after blistering down the left lane and beating Cougar goalie Elijah Harris glove side, giving the Panthers back their two-goal margin. Leonard's two goals now gives him 18 on the season and ties him with Peter Crinella for the team lead.

But as they did against Arlington Catholic three days earlier, Austin Prep never showed panic. The Cougars stuck with their method of cycling the puck inside the Cathedral zone and putting as many shots possible on Liquori. With nearly a full period remaining, Austin Prep's objective was to create traffic in front of the senior netminder in the hopes of picking up a loose rebound.

The strategy came to fruition after Liquori could not snag a shot with his catching glove. As the puck rolled out to the crease, Dan O'Toole pushed it into the net at 5:20 to make it a 3-2 contest.

Although the Panthers got caught puck watching, they too, kept constant pressure inside the Cougar zone. But Harris was able to turn aside all 10 shots he faced in the frame to keep his team in it.

Only a minute after O'Toole's score, Cougar center Cam Russo forced a takeaway just inside the Austin Prep blue line. The junior then found Ryan McDonough open in the lane and delivered a perfect lead pass. McDonough did the rest, beating Liquori with a backhander to deadlock this tilt.

"There were some coverage breakdowns in the defensive zone," Cathedral head coach Brian Foley said. "We've got to do a better job on the defensive side of the puck. We played good and didn't make a ton of mistakes but when we did they capitalized. All we can do now is keep working. I like this team and the way they are working. I think we'll continue to get better and I think we'll be a very good team by the end of February."

Cathedral (10-2-3) grabbed the opening period lead after Devan Tongue put in his own rebound from the short side at 4:15. The score stayed that way until the early moments of the second. With Austin Prep's J.J. Layton in the box for cross checking, the Panthers' line of Leonard, Zac Prattson and Cam Peritz played tic-tac-toe with the puck in front of Harris (27 stops), before Leonard finished it off by roofing a shot over Harris' glove, extending the lead to 3-1.

"Springfield is a very good team,'' Finocchiaro said. "They are very patient with the puck and never seem to panic. They were much-better defensively than I first thought as well."

Following Leonard's second tally, Cathedral's offense went stone cold silent from that point. Much of that had to do with the Cougar's tight defense and the play of Harris. While this was taking place, the Cougars finally decided to awaken their offense, enough so, to grab a point in this one.

"It all begins in the net and Elijah made some very nice saves for us tonight at crucial times," Finocchiaro said. "We knew Springfield is an explosive team with some very quick forwards so credit Elijah [Harris] in how he played them."

Recap: No. 3 Austin Prep 3, No. 9 AC 2

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ARLINGTON, Mass. -- The postseason is still a few weeks away, but Catholic Central League rivals Austin Prep and Arlington Catholic may have given the large throng of vocal fans inside Ed Burns Arena Saturday night a taste of things yet to come. We can only hope the dramatics that were on display will be seen again in late February.

Arlington Catholic was in control of a two-goal lead through the first 30 minutes only to watch in anguish as Austin Prep stormed back with three unanswered third period markers to squeak out a 3-2 triumph.

"It shows we've got some character," Austin Prep head coach Louis Finocchiaro said. "This is a tough building to come into and win a hockey game in. Not to mention going into the third period losing 2-0. The kids showed no quit and those are the type of kids you want on your hockey team. We played a God-awful second period but were able to rebound in the third. We just need to find it for three periods instead of one."

Sophomore winger Mike Egan's goal at 12:12 proved to be the difference as No. 3 Austin Prep, winners of five straight, improve to 8-2-2 and 5-0-2 in the CCL. Egan's tally was the pinnacle of a dominating closing period by the visiting Cougars. For the first two periods, Austin Prep's offense was at a standstill as ninth-seeded Arlington Catholic (8-2-1, 3-2-1) was in constant check mode, knocking Austin Prep off its skates along the boards and in the open ice.

In between, the hometown Cougars were able to find the back of net twice. At 10:05 of the first period, forward Ryan Tierney got a gratuitous bounce of the puck off the blocker of Austin Prep goaltender Elijah Harris and swiftly knocked it past the junior while on the power play. Despite being out-shot in the frame, Arlington Catholic dictated the tempo for much of it.

Junior Ryan Smith increased Arlington Catholic's lead to two goals at 8:40 of the middle period. The goal was set up by sophomore forward Andrew Somerville, who stole the puck along the left half wall, skated behind the Austin Prep goal and dished a pass to Smith in front of the net, who sent a one-timer past Harris (21 saves).

"During those first two periods I thought we played as well as we had in a long time," said Arlington Catholic head coach Dan Shine, who was denied career win No. 500 and will try again on Wednesday when Arlington Catholic travels to Archbishop Williams. "Credit to Austin Prep, they were down 2-0 and waited for their opportunities to capitalize. It was a great high school hockey event and obviously our kids are disappointed. I told them that we have to learn from this, be willing to accept what happen and move on from it. We can't do anything about tonight. It's over and we have to be ready for Wednesday. As much as we took it to them in the first two periods they obviously took it to us in the third."

Shine, who celebrates a birthday on Sunday, downplayed the quest for 500, stating he is more concern about his team attaining victories and doing well in the postseason instead of personal accolades.

Coming into the third, you had a sense that Austin Prep would not go down quietly. There is too much talent on this club for that to happen. Just 1:24 into the period, Austin Prep proved it. Ryan McDonough, a junior forward, was able poke in a rebound to put his team on the board.

A few minutes later, with Arlington Catholic defenseman Jon-Luke Dee sitting in the penalty box for interference, Austin Prep sniper Bobo Carpenter knotted things at 2-2 with a blast coming from just inside his own blue line that sailed over goalie John Richard's right shoulder.

Suddenly, every ounce of momentum inside this old barn had shifted to the side of Austin Prep.

But it didn't last long. Just seconds after Carpenter's goal, Austin Prep's J.J. Layton (roughing) and Anthony Cieri (interference) were whistled into the box simultaneously giving Arlington Catholic a 5-on-3 opportunity. Austin Prep did a yeoman-like job killing it off.

Then, moments later, Mike Disciullo was nailed for a tripping violation putting Arlington Catholic back on the power play. Once again, Austin Prep rose to the challenge, frustrating Arlington Catholic inside its defensive zone, blocking shots out front and allowing Harris to become a stop-gap between the pipes.

"Our penalty kill was phenomenal at the end," Finocchiaro said. "We rolled into a diamond defense and took the shooter away from the middle and we defended off of the shot. Decent teams will get shots off, especially in 5-on-3 situations. What you have to do is defend off the shot afterwards, clear out, pick up the rebounds and let the goalie get a clear look at the shooter.

“This is a big win for us because it is against a league rival and a big league game. We could've easily rolled over tonight and gotten blown out but we didn't."

With time winding down and all indications pointing to a well-deserved tie by these two state powers, Austin Prep had other ideas. Egan received a long pass from Andrew Cross at Arlington Catholic's blue line and out-worked defenseman Brian Goggin inside the zone toward the net before beating Richard (24 saves) with a backhand shot sparking a wild eruption from the Austin Prep bench. Arlington Catholic worked in vain to notch the equalizer but would be denied as time ran out on them.

"After the second period our coaches told us that we needed to pick it up," Egan said. "We needed to come out and play with more heart. We did that and we were able to finish. After Bobby's goal, the intensity off of that really carried us from there. We just need to continue to play hard from here on out and let things come together."
STONEHAM, Mass. – Any tie leaves the game’s competitors wanting more. And in the case of Saturday’s contest between Catholic Central Large rivals Arlington Catholic and Austin Prep, both squads could have found things that were lacking.

Arlington Catholic squandered a two-goal lead and had just one power-play goal on seven opportunities with the man-up. On the flip side, Austin Prep took too many penalties, spending too much time holding off AC’s rush.

“When you’ve got to come back after giving up a lead, you have to battle,” AC head coach Dan Shine said. “We did that and I’m really pleased with that.”

Conversely, AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro’s group is looking to find an identity, having compiled an 0-2-2 record in its last four games.

“We’re fighting it right now,” Finocchiaro said. “We’re not playing well, we’re not playing with confidence. We can say we have some guys out of the lineup, you try to maintain, keeping things simple and playing as a team, but we’re fighting it.”

AC (5-0-1, 3-0-1) claimed an early lead with John Rogers’ point-shot bomb on the power play at 4:17 of the first. Andy Somerville then padded AC’s advantage on a one-timer off of Ryan Smith’s feed at 3:33 of the second.

However, AP (3-2-2, 1-0-2) rifled back just 21 seconds later with Cam Russo’s first of two points on the evening – a goal at 3:54.

Not soon thereafter, AP stole a bit of momentum as goaltender Elijah Harris (20 saves) shut down Jason Smith’s breakaway bid.

AP finished the period on a groundswell, with a Ryan McDonough tally from an extreme angle at the right-wing circle.

AC reclaimed the lead at the seven-minute mark of the second as Ryan Spagnoli beat Harris on a partial breakaway.

But again, AP found a way. Bobo Carpenter tied the score, 3-3, on a short-handed bid with 2:19 to play.

It was the seventh AC power-play opportunity AP was tasked with defending, but after a nice cross-ice feed from Russo (1 G, 1A), the point was preserved.

“We have to build on the positives,” Finocchiaro said. “We were down 2-0 and we came back when we very easily could have quit to tie it, 2-2. Then, when we went down 3-2, we didn’t quit either. We have to build on that.”

Recap: No. 2 Malden Catholic 4, No. 1 Austin Prep 1

December, 29, 2013
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MALDEN, Mass. -- When Malden Catholic's front line of Ara Nazarian, Tyler Sifferlen and Jake Witkowski are working in unison, opposing teams know that a long night is in store for them.

On Saturday night, the dominant trio exploited Austin Prep, each registering a goal, en route to a 4-1 triumph in the title game of the second annual Christie Serino Christmas Classic at Valley Forum II.

The victory marks the second for the Lancers in this event. Last year, they slipped past AP, winning in a shootout.

The No. 2 Lancers improve to 4-0, while the top-ranked Cougars fall to 3-1-1.

"Ara and I have been playing three years together now," said Sifferlen, a senior. "This year we have Jake fitting in and he knows where to find us. He fits right in with us. Tonight we did pretty good together. We just go out there and look for each other and if we score, we score."

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Scott Barboza/ESPNBoston.comReigning ESPN Boston Mr. Hockey winner Ara Nazarian was named MVP of the Christie Serino Christmas Classic, as No. 2 Malden Catholic beat No. 1 Austin Prep in a rematch of last year's Super 8 final.
Following a scoreless opening period, MC opened its offense up in the middle frame, scoring three unanswered goals to grab a commanding lead. Junior defenseman John McLean got things started with a shot from behind the AP net that deflected off the skate of goaltender Elijah Harris and across the goal line at 1:50 to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead.

While a banged up Cougar squad had trouble passing the puck around once inside the MC zone, the Lancer offense continued to dictate the tempo. At 6:14, Sifferlen made a well-executed pass to Nazarian in front of Harris, who slipped the puck past Harris to make it a two-goal game.

Harris, a junior, finished with 22 saves.

Six minutes later, it was Sifferlen's turn. Solid puck movement from Nazarian and Witkowski set up his score, as he beat Harris glove side to make it 3-0.

The flow of this game remained unstable throughout. MC was whistled for 10 penalties as it tried to gain the physical edge over its opponents. But on the flip side, AP's power play became obsolete. The Cougars would just once playing with the man-advantage. That coming on Anthony Cieri's late third period tally when this contest was already secured. The Cougars could manage only 12 shots on freshman netminder Kyle Casey.

"Obviously they are a very good team," AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said. "We didn't do anything on the power play tonight. We're banged up (losing forwards Jake McKenelley, Eric MacAdams and defenseman Mike Disciullo to injury). I thought MC played a strong, physical game. We've got to learn from it, make ourselves better and not dwell on it. It's done with."

Just 33 seconds into the final period, MC added to its total, again, with the first line doing the damage. Nazarian and Sifferlen worked the puck inside AP's zone. Witkowski was left all alone in front of the net. The junior gained possession of a loose rebound before quickly depositing a shot over Harris' left shoulder, extending the lead to four goals.

Shortly after Cieri's score, the Cougars had a golden chance to cut into the deficit a little more after being handed a 5-on-3 opportunity. But AP failed to convert the two-man advantage as the Lancer penalty kill unit rose to the challenge as the final minutes ticked off.

"We had a little bit of practice tonight with our penalty kill," said MC head coach John McLean. "I wasn't very happy with some of the penalties we took. It is what it is and we had to bear down. We practice it a lot and I thought we did a good job tonight. We have guys that buy into it and they go out and execute it. The big thing is they block shots. They're willing to get in front of pucks. Overall, I'm very pleased."

Recap: No. 1 Austin Prep 1, St. Mary's 1

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MALDEN, Mass. – Forty-five minutes of hockey wasn't enough to settle things between St. Mary's and No. 1 Austin Prep.

Neither was 50.

It took a full compliment of 10 shooters in a shootout, highlighted by a goal from AP's Cam Russo, to squeak the Cougars by the Spartans, 2-1, and into tonight's Chris Serino Holiday Classic final.

Russo scored the only goal of the shootout as well as Austin's goal in regulation.

The game will officially go onto both teams' ledgers as a 1-1 tie, for MIAA purposes.

The win sets up a much-anticipated showdown with Malden Catholic, but Austin Prep coach Louis Finocchiaro was displeased.

“I didn't like our attitude on the bench,” Finocchiaro said. “I didn't think we did a lot of things we work on day to day in practice. I don't think we came here ready to play. A lot of little things we normally do well we didn't do tonight. We just didn't keep things simple; we had individuals who tried to do way to much.”

Austin Prep's biggest problem was finding a way through St. Mary's defense. The Spartans dove to block shots, clogged lanes, and poked check so often that the Cougars offense was only able to go in fits and bursts.

“We had to play good defense to compete with them today, and our guys answered the bell,” St. Mary's coach Mark Lee said. “They went out, clogged lanes, blocked shots, made it difficult for them to generate any offense. I give my guys all the credit in the world; they dug deep all day long and never quit.”

Despite being stymied, Austin Prep did get 35 shots on cage and finally broke through when Russo stuffed home a puck in front with 20 seconds to go in the second period.

St. Mary's came out as strong as ever in the third period and eventually broke through. Connor Foley put a shot past Elijah Harris midway through the period.

“You've got to be ready to play every day,” Russo said. “Not everybody showed up today; it was just one of those days.”

Austin Prep killed off a penalty early in the overtime and pressured offensively but weren't able to end the game on the ice. St. Mary's hit two posts in the shootout.

BAILEY'S LAIR: From start to finish, the best player on the ice was St. Mary's goalie Bailey MacBurnie. The senior turned aside 34 shots in regulation and routinely stopped serious Austin Prep rushes with his fast glove and solid body positioning.

“Bailey's a special goaltender,” Lee said. “From the start, he's helped the team right away, but he's a great influence also in the locker room. He's very positive. Throughout the game it's always a good feeling knowing there's someone behind you who's going to really give an effort the way he does. In the end we left everything on the ice today.”

MacBurnie, who backstopped the Spartans to its only Super 8 appearance two years ago, transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his junior year before transferring back to St. Mary’s for his final season.

“The pace of [prep hockey] is a lot quicker,” MacBurnie said. “It's a faster game, but this is right up there.”

MacBurnie said that he's happy to back at St. Mary’s and that the future is bright for him and the Spartans.

“It's a lot of fun; I really like it here,” MacBurnie said. “We kind of have a young team this year, but I think we're going to turn it around and have a nice run.”

ESPN Boston preseason MIAA boys' hockey All-State

December, 16, 2013
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Presenting our MIAA boys' hockey preseason All-State team:

1st Team
F – Bobo Carpenter, Jr., Austin Prep
F – Ara Nazarian, Jr., Malden Catholic
F – Tyler Sifferlen, Sr., Malden Catholic
D – Ean Mendeszoon, Sr., St. John’s Prep
D – Nick Rolli, Sr., Malden Catholic
G – Colin Soucy, Sr., Central Catholic

2nd Team
F – Peter Crinella, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
F – Lloyd Hayes, Sr., Central Catholic
F – Nolan Redler, Sr., Winchester
D – Andrew Cross, Sr., Austin Prep
D – Bryan Nelson, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
G – Elijah Harris, Jr. Austin Prep

3rd Team
F – Patrick Kramer, Jr., BC High
F – Antonio Marini, Sr., Xaverian
F – Pat Shea, Jr., Marshfield
D – John Carlson, Sr., Hingham
D – Adam Crowley, Sr., Burlington
G – Brandon Collett, Soph., Catholic Memorial

Preseason Super 8 hockey projection

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With Monday marking the beginning of MIAA hockey practices across the state, it's as good a time as any to take an initial stab at projecting this year's Super 8 tournament field. So here goes nothing, kicking off the #RoadToTheGarden:

(By the way, look for our full preseason boys' and girls' Top 25 polls, along with All-State teams, starting next Monday.)

1. Austin Prep

Last year’s record: 16-2-6

Last year’s final ranking: 3

Key returners: F Bobo Carpenter, D Andrew Cross, G Elijah Harris, D J.J. Layton, F Eric MacAdams.

Why they’re here: Feeling was that the Cougars were about a year away from contending heading into last season and, low and behold, AP was just a goal or two away from capturing last year’s Super 8 title at the Garden. A young and talented nucleus returns largely intact this season, so the expectation is even higher. The goal will be to interrupt Malden Catholic’s designs on a four-peat.

2. Malden Catholic

Last year’s record: 16-6-3

Last year’s final ranking: 1

Key returners: F Matt Filipe, F Austin Goldstein, D John McLean, F Ara Nazarian, D Nick Rolli, F Tyler Sifferlen, F Jake Witkowski.

Why they’re here: As a three-time defending champion, it’s again the Lancers’ derby to lose. There are questions entering this season, as they’ll again be breaking in a new goaltender and Casey Fitzgerald moved on to the United State National Team Development Program. However, with returning ESPN Boston Mr. Hockey award winner Ara Nazarian (a UNH commit) returning, anything’s possible with this group.

3. Springfield Cathedral

Last year’s record: 16-3-4

Last year’s final ranking: 7

Key returners: F Peter Crinella, G John Liquori, F Johnny Leonard, F D.J. Petruzzelli.

Why they’re here: The Panthers might have the best forward depth of any returning squad, but there are some serious voids to be filled on the blue line, with All-Staters Matt Foley and Jack Williams lost to graduation. However, for whatever Cathedral might lack in experience on defense, three-year starting netminder John Liquori should mask.

4. Central Catholic

Last year’s record: 15-7-3

Last year’s final ranking: 6

Key returners: F Zack Cote, F Lloyd Hayes, D Alex Lester, G Colin Soucy.

Why they’re here: Arguably, there was no bigger breakout star in last year’s Super 8 tournament than Colin Soucy. The then-junior goaltender backboned the Raiders in a hard-fought, three-game series against St. John’s Prep, nearly earning the upset against the top-seeded Eagles. Head coach Mike Jankowski’s teams are always defensively responsible and well-organized through the neutral zone, thus they are perennial staple to the tournament.

5. BC High

Last year’s record: 15-5-3

Last year’s final ranking: 5

Key returners: F Steve DeForge, F Pat Kramer, F Tim Larocque, F Jake Lemanski, D Ryan Shea, D Sam Topham.

Why they’re here: Of course, there’s the question of how will take Peter Cronin’s place in between the pipes, but the Eagles are deep on returning talent. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Shea has generated a good amount of Division 1 college interest in just one year at Morrissey Blvd. Meanwhile, junior Pat Kramer was among the Eagles’ top scorers last year. If the transition in net is smooth, they’re likely the second Catholic Conference team in.

6. Winchester

Last year’s record: 16-6-3

Last year’s final ranking: 11

Key returners: F Brendan Greene, G James Offner, F Nolan Redler.

Why they’re here: The Sachems were a couple bounces and a shootout away from a Division 1 state title appearance last season, going down in a narrow defeat to eventual champion and Middlesex League rival Burlington. This year, Winchester could assume the poll position in the state’s premiere public school division. The aforementioned Red Devils and last year’s Super 8 entrant, Reading, both graduated significant portions of last year’s roster, so the time is now for the Sachems to make their run.

7. Archbishop Williams

Last year’s record: 13-6-4

Last year’s final ranking: 15

Key returners: D Matt Clifford, F Ryan Dunn, F Mike Jessman, F Nick Menzel, F Mike Sorrenti

Why they’re here: After an albeit brief appearance at last year’s Super 8 tournament – getting trounced by MC in a play-in game – the Bishops should remain a top team in the Catholic Central, which is often a two-bid league at the Super 8 table, with 13 seniors on the roster. They could be the team to push AP in league play, and if everything holds true, they’ll be in the picture come tournament time.

8. St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

Last year’s record: 7-11-4

Last year’s final ranking: N/A

Key returners: D Bryan Nelson, G Mario Pizzeri.

Why they’re here: Hey, what would a preseason picks segment be without a dark horse? Last year was a bumpy season at best for the Pioneers, but after a one-year absence from the Super 8 (and tournament play for that matter), St. John’s could be dangerous behind first-year head coach Mike Mead. The Pioneers are built from the net out, with Mario Pizzeri in goal – a holdover and standout in St. John’s Super 8 appearance two years ago.

Askew among locals on track for USHL

May, 6, 2013
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While South Boston native Cam Askew already had been selected in the United States Hockey League's Draft last year, the Cushing Academy forward was tied to the top of Phase 1 of the 2013 Draft.

Holding the top pick in Monday's draft proceedings, the Indiana Ice decided to forego using their pick, instead signing a tender with the Boston University commit. Indiana had selected Askew with the 89th overall pick last May.

This is the second year of the tender system by USHL rules. All players signed to tenders guarantee that they will play in a minimum of 50 percent of their teams games in the upcoming season.

Here's a look at all the skaters with local connections who were selected during Monday's proceedings:

Round 1, Pick 11: Ryan Dmowski (Oakdale, Conn.), C , The Gunnery - Des Moines

Round 3, Pick 5: Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow), F, Boston Junior Bruins - Cedar Rapids

Round 3, Pick 15: Spencer Young (Brentwood, N.H.), D, Phillips Exeter - Dubuque

Round 4, Pick 3: Austin Rook (Shrewsbury), D, Rivers - Des Moines

Round 4, Pick 5: Cal Burke (Boxborough), C, Noble & Greenough - Cedar Rapids

Round 5, Pick 3: Callum Booth (Montreal, PQ), G, Salisbury - Muskegon

Round 5, Pick 15: Lincoln Griffin (Walpole), F, Thayer Academy - Dubuque

Round 6, Pick 5: Erik Foley (Mansfield), F, Tabor Academy - Cedar Rapids

Round 6, Pick 10: Liam Darcy (South Berwick, Maine), D, Berwick Academy - Green Bay

Round 7, Pick 15: Elijah Harris (Haverhill), G, Austin Prep - Dubuque

Our MIAA boys' hockey All-State Team

March, 28, 2013
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FIRST LINE
All-StateF - Liam Coughlin, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Finished third among all Division 1 players in scoring, while leading the Knights back to the Super 8 for the first time since 2009-10. The South Boston native put up 28-20-48 totals, tied for first among Catholic Conference scorers this season.

All-StateF - Ara Nazarian, Soph., Malden Catholic
ESPN Boston’s Mr. Hockey award winner this season, Nazarian had 26-22-48 totals for the regular season, along with nine goals and five assists during the Super 8 tournament for the three-time defending champions. The Boxford resident and center is the first underclassman to win the Mr. Hockey award.

All-StateF – Brian Pinho, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The Providence College commit led the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in this year’s Super 8 tournament. The North Andover resident compiled 12-24-36 totals this season and, in January, was ranked No. 117 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Soph., Malden Catholic
The North Reading resident earned his second Super 8 title with the Lancers, playing on all defensive units and is one of two players making a second-straight appearance on our All-State team. The Boston College commit had 5-17-22 totals on the season and recently was accepted in the United States National Team Development Program’s U-17 team.

All-StateD – Matt Foley, Sr., Springfield Cathedral
The two-way blue-liner finished third on the Panthers in scoring with 10-16-26 totals this year while leading them to another Super 8 apperance. A Longmeadow resident, the captain is deciding among prep schools for next year, as well as offers to play in college.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Sr., BC High
The only repeating First-Team All-Stater this year, Cronin finished in the top five among Division 1 netminders in both goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (94.6) while starting all 23 of the Eagles’ games. He is currently considering colleges among playing opportunities at the prep school and junior levels.

SECOND LINE
All-StateF – Tom Besinger, Jr., BC High
The Eagles’ top center and captain was force to reckon with in the circle, in addition to leading the Eagles with 35 points (10 goals and a team-best 25 assists).
All-StateF – Cam Owens, Sr., Wilmington
Finished his high school career with back-to-back Division 2 state championships. Owens racked up 30 points, playing alongside All-State honorable mention Brendan McDonough. Owens is currently weighing prep and junior options for next year.
All-StateF – Nolan Vesey, Sr., Austin Prep
The senior captain led the Cougars back to the Super 8 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and all the way to a finals appearance at the Garden. Vesey led AP in goals (18) and points (31) while kicking in 13 assists.
All-StateD – Nick Gorski, Sr., Central Catholic
A player who head coach Mike Jankowski repeatedly called his “most improved player” since freshman year, the Raiders captain played on all units, leading Central to another Super 8 appearance.
All-StateD – Jack Williams, Sr. Springfield Cathedral
A major component to perhaps the state’s best blue-line core, Williams did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, including playing forward on power-play units. The Suffield, Conn. resident tallied four goals and 19 assists for 23 points. He is currently weighing his playing options for next season.

All-StateG – Colin Soucy, Jr., Central Catholic
The break-out star of this year’s Super 8 tournament, Soucy nearly delivered the Raiders to a quarterfinal-round upset of No. 1 seed St. John’s Prep in his first year as Central’s starting netminder.

Best of the Rest – Honorable Mention
Forwards
Tyler Bird, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Tommy Bishop, Sr., Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, Jr., Hingham
Brian Brooks, Jr., Canton
Mike Carbone, Sr., Marshfield
Bobo Carpenter, Soph., Austin Prep
A.J. Couto, Sr., Danvers
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Peter Crinella, Soph., Springfield Cathedral
Cam Curley, Sr., Franklin
Sam D’Antuono, Jr., Hingham
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Josh Edwards, Sr., Blue Hills
Brendan Greene, Jr., Winchester
C.J. Grinnell, Sr., Burlington
Marc Happy, Jr., Wachusett
Lloyd Hayes, Jr., Central Catholic
Kevin Hock, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Mike Iovanna, Sr., Malden Catholic
Andrew Irving, Sr., Beverly
Connor Irving, Jr., Beverly
Ryan Jones, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
Jack Kilty, Sr., Medway
Pat Kramer, Soph., BC High
Tom Koopman, Jr., Marblehead
Matt Kustra, Sr., Natick
Brendan McDounough, Jr., Wilmington
Anthony Lespasio, Sr., Bedford
Jack O’Hear, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Derek Petti, Sr., Tewksbury
Eddie Pratt, Sr., Xaverian
Nolan Redler, Jr., Winchester
Tyler Sifferlen, Jr., Malden Catholic
Mike Sorenti, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Sean Spohr, Sr., Westfield
Max Turcotte, Sr., Holliston
Max Willman, Sr., Barnstable

Defense
Matt Burchill, Sr., Marshfield
Derek Butler, Jr., Natick
John Carlson, Jr., Hingham
Adam Crowley, Jr., Burlington
Nick Edwards, Jr., Blue Hills
Sean Heelan, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Kurt Leavitt, Sr., Canton
Bryan Nelson, Soph., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Nick Rolli, Jr., Malden Catholic
Ryan Shea, Frosh, BC High
Sam Topham, Sr., BC High

Goaltenders
Tim Birarelli, Soph., Beverly
Alex Buckley, Sr., Newburyport
Brandon Collett, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Davis, Sr., Norwood
Derek DeCastro, Sr., Burlington
Drew Foley, Jr., Wilmington
Nolan Greene, Jr., North Quincy
Elijah Harris, Soph., Austin Prep
John Liquori, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
Al Lynch, Jr., Framingham
Evan Morelli, Sr., Reading
James Offner, Soph., Winchester
Nick Russo, Sr., Waltham
Jimmy Tierney, Soph., Oliver Ames

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