Boston High School: Frozen Fenway

Snapshot: A day at Frozen Fenway

January, 2, 2014
Jan 2
On New Year's Eve, six MIAA hockey teams took the ice at Frozen Fenway.

Here's a look back at the day through fan photos, and that of my lens and correspondent Phil Garceau:

Lincoln-Sudbury goaltender Derek Ashe braved the cold temps with a Red Sox touque over his mask.

Duxbury D Ally Hammel was presented with the "Dragon" given to the Dragons' player of the game.

Video: Recapping Frozen Fenway action

December, 31, 2013
BOSTON -- Six MIAA hockey teams took the ice at Frozen Fenway in a New Year's Eve triple-header, including a marquee Catholic Conference clash between No. 2 Malden Catholic and No. 9 St. John's Prep.

ESPN Boston High Schools editor Scott Barboza takes a look at the day's highlights:

(Video produced by James Walsh)

Recap: No. 2 MC 3, No. 9 St. John's Prep 1

December, 31, 2013

BOSTON – Outdoor hockey, by its nature, is unlike its counterpart played in the somewhat friendly confines of the rink. And so Saturday’s participants in a high school triple-header at Frozen Fenway had to adjust on the fly.

Take the case of Malden Catholic senior forward Brian Cameron.

“The puck, it’s bouncing all over the place like a bouncy ball,” the Wakefield resident said.

Cameron and his teammates not only had to adjust to corralling the puck on a sometimes uneven surface, it altered the way the No. 2 Lancers approached their Catholic Conference-opener against No. 9 St. John’s Prep — the day’s final and marquee matchup.

MC head coach John McLean implored his team to begin throwing pucks to the net, after a sluggish start in which neither team registered a shot-on-goal through four minutes of play. The emphasis was headed as the Lancers emerged with a 3-1 victory, thanks for a late second-period goal from Cameron.

“I think it was Jack Adams that threw it to the front of the net,” McLean said of Cameron’s goal with five seconds to play in the second. “We told them, I don’t know if it was intended that way [as a pass], but you go to the net and the puck will get there. To get that with five seconds left was huge for us.”

The Lancers (5-0-0, 1-0-0 Catholic) staked a 1-0 lead at 10:58 on Austin Goldstein’s tally off an expiring MC penalty kill.

That’s the way it stood until the Lancers set up shop in the Eagles’ zone at the tail end of the second.

“Pat [Wrenn] had an awesome faceoff right back to me, we were trying to get it on the net. And Jack [Adams] worked hard down low,” Cameron said of the lead-up to his eventual game-winner. “I don’t even know if he saw anybody out front there, but he made a great pass.”

That made the finish easy for Cameron, who was camped out on the far-side post, beside Eagles freshman netminder Zach Laramie. He tipped home the tape-to-tape saucer into an awning net for the 2-0 advantage.

St. John’s Prep (3-2-0, 0-2-0) whittled the lead back to a goal at 3:08 of the third with Ted McNamara burying Jimmy Currier’s feed.

However, the Lancers quickly volleyed back as senior Jared Silva — who’d taken Cameron’s shifts after he left the game with an ankle injury—scored the answered goal less than three minutes later.

“Brian [Cameron] hurt his ankle, so Jared [Silva] stepped right in and popped one in which is great for us,” McLean said. “We have those guys that are waiting. We’re pretty deep, so we were extremely happy for him.”

Swingin’ for the fences: Despite leaving the game on a stretcher in the third period, Cameron was in good spirits postgame, having left an indelible mark on the game.

Cameron marked his goal with a celebration in homage to the day’s setting, using his stick as part of a home-run swing. While McLean wasn’t thrilled by his player’s histrionics, it befit the moment.

“It’s something you dream about, playing at Fenway and scoring the game-winning goal,” Cameron said, in a near mixed metaphor.

The game was a mere backdrop to the pageantry of the day. The Lancers dressed in the Red Sox clubhouse and, along with the Eagles, wore special-design sweaters for the occasion — with MC’s taking a nod to the game-day blues the “Blue Blades” wore for the 1949 season.

“Coming in here, being the Red Sox locker room, their jerseys were already set up by the time they got here,” McLean said. “It was a special day.”

Enough to fight off the biting cold and a bum wheel.

“The goal definitely helps the pain in my ankle,” Cameron said.

Frozen Fenway MIAA, ISL hockey dates announced

September, 26, 2013
On Thursday, we found out which MIAA and ISL hockey teams will be playing during this winter's Frozen Fenway event.

The Fenway Sports Group unveiled a MIAA tripleheader for New Year's Eve that will kick off with Boston Latin boys' hockey playing DCL/MVC rival Lincoln-Sudbury at 10:15 a.m. South Shore girls' hockey rivals Duxbury and Hingham will square off at 12:15 p.m.

That all leads to the premiere matchup in which three-time defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic will tangle with Catholic Conference rival St. John's Prep at 2:30 p.m.

On Jan. 8, the focus shifts to ISL hockey with a full slate of four games.

St. Paul's and Governor's Academy girls will skate at 1:30 p.m. followed by three boys' games.

Brooks School and BB&N face off at 3:15 p.m., followed by Groton School and St. Mark's at 5:30 before Belmont Hill and St. Sebastian's close out the night at 7:45.

Hockey returning to Fenway Park?

August, 30, 2013
Earlier today, Fenway Sports Management announced a pair of men's Hockey East doubleheaders for January, marking a return of hockey to Fenway Park for the first time since 2012.

During that year, several area high school and prep school teams skated on the basepaths. It also appears that will be the case in 2014.

A Fenway Park official tells ESPN Boston that it is their plan to feature high schools in the schedule of events. The participating teams and dates have yet to be released.

We'll keep you updated of details as they become available.
BOSTON -- Catholic Conference rivals No. 3 BC High and No. 6 Catholic Memorial kicked off the final day of Frozen Fenway hockey on Saturday with the Eagles taking a 4-0 win.

Here are the highlights courtesy correspondant James Walsh:

Recap: No. 3 BC High 4, No. 6 CM 0

January, 14, 2012

BOSTON – Couldn’t have convinced anybody that No. 3 BC High would walk away with a 4-0 win over Catholic Conference rival sixth-ranked Catholic Memorial after the first period in Saturday’s matinee at Frozen Fenway.

The Eagles barely touched the offensive zone and were outshot, 12-3.

Then, something during the first intermission must have clicked.

“We were all nervous coming in because it’s a huge atmosphere,” Eagles senior assistant captain Bartley “Moe” Regan said. “We just bore down in the second period.”

With a renewed commitment to the forecheck, BC High (6-1-0, 2-1-0) scored the game’s first goal 39 seconds into the second period.

“We had [three] shots in the first period, and that’s unacceptable,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “I made sure [the team] understood that.”

Regan, the quarterback of the Eagles’ Super Bowl championship football team, now has a penchant for scoring big goals, netting what proved to be the game-winner of Saturday’s contest. Regan also potted the game-winner in the Eagles’ Catholic Conference-opener against St. John’s Prep.

Regan’s goal Saturday was his team-leading fifth of the season.

“He was a role player for us last year, but he’s been stepping up big for us this season,” senior captain Matt Sullivan said.

The Eagles kept coming with the onslaught through the second, when they outshot the Knights (4-4-0, 1-1-0) by a margin of 13-6.

Tom Besinger found Adam Foley on a perfectly executed 3-on-1 chance for a goal at 8:23.

Chris LaLiberte then put BC High to a 3-0 lead before the second intermission with the back-handed putback of a rebound with 1:29 remaining in the second.

Sullivan capped scoring with a top-shelf wrister at 5:35 of the third period, with an assist by Regan.

“That goal doesn’t happen but for Moe [Regan] getting on the forecheck,” Flaherty said. “And if there’s one guy that I want finishing a play, that’s 1-9 [Sullivan] because he can finish.”

BC High’s dominance of the second stemmed from an adjustment in how they attacked their transition game.

With the Eagles’ struggles to move out of their own end, playing on the wings in the first period, BC High started to look up the middle.

“We were trying to throw it up the wall a lot [in the first], then we noticed that the center was open on the breakout,” Sullivan said. “We just needed to pick our heads up and find that center.”

Not to be lost in the fray was BC High goaltender Peter Cronin’s third shutout of the season. While things got considerably easier for the junior in the later periods, Cronin (22 saves) was under siege at time in the first period and held the fort long enough for the Eagles to take off.

“It looked like we were a little bit in awe of the park,” Cronin said of the team’s slow start.

He added, “My teammates did a good job of keeping the shots to the outside, taking good angles to the puck.

Goals have come at a premium for CM in the first half of the season.

The Knights have just 14 goals through eight contests, yet they’ve remained afloat largely thanks to a stingy defense. CM has allowed a league-best 14 goals against, which has helped keep the Knights at .500, despite the offensive outage.

“They’re a good team, they work tremendously hard, but we’ve got to start scoring goals,” CM head coach Bill Hanson said. “We can’t expect out goaltender to throw shutouts all the time.”

Video: Belmont Hill-St. Seb's highlights

January, 5, 2012
BOSTON -- Belmont Hill took a 2-1 victory over rival St. Sebastian's during Wednesday's ISL hockey action at Frozen Fenway.

Correspondent James Walsh captured the best and brightest from the game in these video highlights:

Recap: Belmont Hill 2, St. Seb's 1

January, 5, 2012

BOSTON -- After watching his team take a hard-fought 2-1 win over ISL rival St. Sebastian’s, first-year Belmont Hill head coach Jeremiah McCarthy had the lights of Fenway Park shut off during his postgame comments.

“That means we did it right,” the former Harvard star said.

There was plenty for which the Hillies bench boss to be pleased in his team’s performance as the nightcap to four ISL games at Frozen Fenway on Wednesday.

The Hillies (8-3-1) took the Arrows out of their offensive pace early on, slowing St. Seb’s movement out of their own end. They were opportunistic in their chances, including Mike Najjar’s game-winning, power-play goal in the second period. And, for everything else, there was senior goaltender David Cunningham and his 27 saves.

McCarthy believes it all starts up top though.

“Really, the key for our team is the third forward, making a defensive commitment, trying not to be out-rushed,” he said.

Belmont Hill kept the Arrows (7-4-1) from darting through the neutral zone with a third man high, pressuring St. Seb’s blue-liners into turnovers.

The Hillies maintained a shots advantage throughout and struck first on Mike Leary’s put back on the second rebound off a breakaway shot by Stephan Brennan. After the Arrows faired to clear out the rebound attempt, Leary found himself with nothing but net in front of him, as Arrows goaltender Gordon Donnelly (30 saves) was out of position after making the previous two saves.

St. Seb’s struck back just before the first intermission. Sophomore forward Corey Ronan (son of former NHL-er Ed Ronan) let off a laserbeam of a wristshot, tucking one beneath the crossbar and beating Cunningham stickside with 28.4 seconds remaining.

Belmont Hill got the go-ahead tally on the man-advantage in the second.

Najjar worked the puck free along the boards and fed a pass to the high slot where defenseman Terry Goguen was waiting. After sliding between the circles, Goguen let off a high shot. After Najjar mucked his way to the top of the crease, he was able to get a stick on Goguen’s shot and tip home the game-winner.

“We haven’t been running it that well,” Hajjar said of the Hillies’ power play. “We got it back to the point … Somehow, it went in.”

Cunningham was strong in nets for the Hillies, but it was the toque fashioned on top of his goaltenders mask that stole the show.

Perhaps a nod to Jose Theodore in the original Heritage Classic?

Not really.

“I was walking down the hall last week, and a kid had this hat on,” Cunningham said. “I couldn’t believe it because it had my number on it.”

Cunningham asked his classmate if he could borrow it for the game. With the help of his grandmother’s stitching, the Hillies netminder had an extra layer of protection against the freezing tempurature.

It made his return to Fenway Park all that much more special.

“I was the backup [last time], so I didn’t get a chance to play,” said Cunningham, who was a sophomore when Belmont Hill last played Fenway in 2010. “This means a lot to me. My whole family was here, so I meant a lot to them, too.”

McCarthy, a Hillies alum, is in his first season at the helm of the program, after Ken Martin’s retirement from coaching.

Filling the shoes of a legend with over 700 wins to his name is no small task, but McCarthy learned personally from the best in his time skating with the Hillies. For that matter, his J.V. hockey coach (in 1992) was another Hillies legend, Kevin Fleming, who recently retired from his post as Hillies’ head football coach.

Clearly, McCarthy has a lot of support to lean on.

“Coach Martin’s a very special part of it,” McCarthy said. “To have him as an advisor, as a mentor, as I learn the craft of coaching is incredibly special.”

Video: Lawrence Academy-Thayer highlights

January, 5, 2012
BOSTON -- Lawrence Academy took a 6-0 victory over Thayer Academy during Wednesday's ISL hockey action at Frozen Fenway.

Correspondent James Walsh captured the best and brightest from the game in these video highlights:

Recap: Nobles 6, Milton Academy 2

January, 5, 2012

BOSTON -- Noble & Greenough used a four-goal outburst in the third period to exact a little bit of revenge on its long-time rival Milton Academy with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway Park in the Sun Life Frozen Fenway event.

Andrew Doane scored two goals and notched an assist, as Nobles beat the Mustangs for the first time in five attempts.

“We had know idea what to expect, because we haven’t played them yet,” said Doane, whose team dropped all four games against their rivals last season. “We knew it was going to be a battle. … It’s a big school rivalry. It ends every season with us playing them and the kids get really into it.”

Chris Calnan got Nobles on the board first at 7:13 of the first period. Adam Gilmour took a shot from the slot and Calnan came buzzing around to pot the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

Doane’s line broke out in a picture-perfect 3-on-1 in the second period as Max Franklin broke down the middle of the ice, passed it over to Will Sleeper on the right side of the triangle and he swept one right to the stick of Doane for the 2-0 lead.

“The linemates all helped me there,” said a humble Doane. “I didn’t do anything. I can’t take any credit.”

Jimmy Haddad got Milton on the big board when he lifted a wrist shot over the glove hand of Connor Maher, but the Mustangs would see Nobles run away from them in the third period with four unanswered goals.

“We got four in a row and it takes a little of the momentum,” head coach Brian Day said.

Gilmour took a nice feed from Phillip Sciretta right up the middle of the ice and he scored on the breakaway to get the first goal of the third period. Franklin was quick to get back on the board for Nobles as he took the puck over the blue line and went shortside to beat Andreas Graham.

The puck movement for Nobles was crisp for most of the night, and Doane’s pass to a back-cutting Tim Boyle was evidence of that when Boyle snapped one in for the 5-1 lead.

Doane finished off the scoring with a shorthanded goal when he picked the pocket of Mustangs’ defenseman Rob O’Gara at center ice and finished with a shot past Graham.

“We got four goals and a couple of bounces that we were able to jump on,” Day said.

The Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management (FSM) today announced Wednesday that game times for the January 14 hockey doubleheader -- Catholic Memorial-Boston College High School and Northeastern-BC -- have been moved to earlier start times of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The games were originally scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The change was made after the announcement from the NFL that the Patriots will host a Divisional Playoff game at 8:00 p.m. on January 14 at Gillette Stadium.

“In addition to paying proper respect to the New England Patriots, this change will allow existing ticket holders for the January 14th hockey doubleheader to attend the games at Fenway Park while still having enough time to head home to root on the Patriots,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President/COO Sam Kennedy. “We always make an effort to ensure fans are able to enjoy as many of their favorite sports teams as possible, and hope the vast majority will appreciate this change so they can enjoy both a hockey doubleheader and the Patriots playoff game.”

Gates for the doubleheader will now open at 12:00 p.m.

Video: Mounties-Cathedral highlights

January, 3, 2012
BOSTON -- Mount St. Charles took a 4-2 victory over No. 15 Springfield Cathedral to close out the first day of hockey action at Frozen Fenway on Monday.

Correspondent James Walsh captured the best and brightest from the game in these video highlights:

BOSTON – The nightcap to Monday’s opening night festivities of the Frozen Fenway series featured two of the most respected boys’ hockey programs in their respective states.

In the end, it was a familiar name who lifted Rhode Island powerhouse Mount St. Charles over Springfield Cathedral, 4-2, at Fenway Park.

Junior forward Brian Belisle, with his father and grandfather watching from the bench, tallied a hat trick to lift the Mounties to victory.

“My father played outdoors when he first started,” Mounties coach Dave Belisle said of his father, head coach Bill Belisle. “Even his high school team, when he played for Mount St. Charles, they played outdoors. To be able to come to this venue and not only share it with my father, but with my son and for my son to do so well tonight, this was a wonderful evening.”

Brian scored Mount’s first two goals within a minute span in the first period, giving his team a 2-0 lead. Cathedral (3-3-1) responded with two second-period goals, tying the game.

But Mount (5-2-1) reclaimed the lead before the period was out with Callan Morisseau netting what would be the game-winner with 1:01 remaining in the second.

Belisle netted the insurance marker for the hat trick midway through the third.

“It’s once-in-a-lifetime,” the youngest Belisle said, reflecting on his performance. “Looking around here, it’s just unbelievable.”

Although No. 15 Cathedral played at Rhode Island powerhouse Mount’s tournament during vacation week, the teams met for the first time this season at Fenway. The Mounties won that tournament, gaining momentum after being upset in the season’s opening week by Rhody rival La Salle Academy.

With a couple of wins under their belt, the Mounties are starting to play with confidence.

“The first couple of games of the year, we struggled to find our identity,” captain Brian Campbell said. “We came back and won our [Mount St. Charles holiday] tournament and, today, we really picked up our game at the end there.”

The team’s newfound chemisty was evident in their first line, particularly with Campbell and Belisle. Campbell set up Belisle’s first two tallies with tremendous passes, one coming from the left side faceoff dot and the other on the back hand from behind the net back into the slot.

To say it’s been a trying year at Springfield Cathedral would be an understatement. The school’s campus was ravaged by June’s tornado, forcing classes to be held at a middle school in Wilbraham.

After enduring so much, Monday’s game was a welcome distraction and a positive spin to the New Year.

“It was so nice of Red Sox and the Fenway group to invite us out here,” Panthers head coach Brian Foley said. “With all the school’s been through, we needed something good to happen to us and this event was just outstanding. We couldn’t be more appreciative of happening the opportunity to play out here.”

Likewise, the determined Panthers showed their resiliency in the second period when Thomas Quinlan and Alex Vincellette scored to knot the score, 2-2.

While the Panthers weren’t able to build momentum into a lead, they showed they could battle back against high competition. It bodes well for team that participated in a Super 8 play-in game last season and returns a young, but veteran core this season.

Boston Publics take on Frozen Fenway

January, 2, 2012

BOSTON -- Every Red Sox fan can remember the first time they walked up the ramps from the dark underbelly of Fenway Park to the bright, vibrant, endless sea of green of the now 100-year-old ballpark.

But those memories usually happen during the summer. A handful of local high school hockey programs got the chance to add a little twist to their Fenway memory bank.

The Red Sox organization kicked off the Sun Life Frozen Fenway event with three high school games on a rink splashed smack in the middle of the infield stretching from first base to third.

The look on Kevin Moran’s face -- who paced Boston Latin Academy in a 4-3 win over East Boston with a hat trick in the opener -- pretty much summed up the entire day for all who participated. Moran needed a minute to kind of gather himself as he gazed around the park before he could put together his thoughts of what he considered a top highlight in his hockey career.

“It was such a privilege,” said Moran. “I still can’t even believe it. I had to take a last skate around the ice just to take it in.”

The Red Sox donated the ice time to the four Boston public schools that participated in the event. Latin Academy had both the girls' and boys' teams play, while the Eastie boys and Boston Latin School girls joined in. The schools were picked at random before the beginning of the season and the teams were told they would be participating in the event when the schedule came out.

“It’s like hallowed grounds out here,” said East Boston head coach Bob Anthony. “Hockey is back in Boston. You can see it with the way the Bruins have been playing the past couple of years. Hockey was down and it’s starting to make a resurgance. Our numbers are low, but we realize that maybe this can be a little bit of a sparkplug for us so to speak.”

Added Dragons boys coach Bob McCormick: “It’s a place where you come to and your grandfather brought you here. I actually graduated from Latin Academy when it was in the shadows of Fenway and it’s really nice. What an excellent opportunity ... It’s even nicer to be able to walk away with a win.”

Win or lose, the players and coaches had the same look that beamed from Moran. It was a look of excitement and pure joy, and the next time they see Dustin Pedroia make a diving play up the middle to save a run, they can say that they vaulted over a bench in that very spot and played in a hockey game.