Boston High School: Jack Scannell

Recap: No. 21 Medfield 3, No. 20 Westwood 1

January, 22, 2015
Jan 22
CANTON, Mass. – When Medfield and Westwood first met this season, it was during the first week of the season. Then, the 20th-ranked Wolverines shut out the Warriors, 2-0, creating some of the momentum that would lead them on a nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Now, near the midway point of the high school hockey season, Medfield head coach Toby Carlow feels his team has come along from the group that was blanked by Westwood in the teams’ first Tri-Valley League meeting.

There was proof positive in the No. 21 Warriors’ 3-1 win Wednesday night at Metropolis Rink. After the teams took to the ice in the third period tied 1-1, Medfield brought all the things to the table which they hadn’t the first time around while dealing Westwood its first loss of the season.

“That’s the kind of period, game that we need to play to beat a team like that,” Carlow said. “They’re a very good hockey team. Westwood’s well-coached, they work extremely hard.”

Medfield (10-1-0, 6-1-0) took a 1-0 lead to the room at the first intermission, scoring in the final minute with the first of Matt Treiber’s two goals on the game. The power play goal came on an extended 4-minute man-advantage.

The Wolverines (8-1-1, 4-1-1) leveled the score as Nick Conway got off a wrist shot from the left wing circle after an offensive zone faceoff win by Ken Mackin at 11:32 of the second.

“I thought we were working hard, but the mental stuff wasn’t there,” Treiber said of Carlow’s message to the team during the second intermission. “We were making some mistakes on the breakout, including myself, times when we had to get it out and we didn’t. During the third period, our coach just told us we had to do our jobs; we did and that’s what got us the win.”

The Warriors wasted little time getting the go-ahead. Treiber fired off a half-slap from inside the left wing circle at 3:25.

“All the credit goes to my linemates, John MacLean and Jack Scannell,” Treiber said. “They worked hard all game and it finally paid off. I got the goals, but it was definitely a team win. It’s a feeling like no other because I play with the goalie and couple other kids in the fall, so it definitely feels good to beat these guys.”

While Medfield maintained the territorial edge through the period, Westwood had its best opportunity to score an equalizer near the midway point. Working off transition, John Clancy had the puck on his stick blade in the slot after a give-and-go down low. With nothing in front of him but Warriors goaltender Matt Malvese (18 saves), Clancy got off a quick wrist shot which Malvese kicked out with his right pad.

Off the ensuing faceoff, the Warriors turned the pressure back up ice. Freshman Tom Schofield was the beneficiary of a tape-to-tape, crossice pass from Dave Carrigan at 7:54 for the 3-1 lead.

“It’s always tight with these guys, so get that little extra cushion,” Carlow said. “That certainly helped a lot.”

While Medfield and Westwood split the regular-season series – with much still to be decided in the league title race – Carlow took a long range view of the victory.

“That’s a team we could very well see down the road, too,” he said. “They’re going to make the playoffs, they’re going to win games in the playoffs and we could very well see them then.”

D2 South: Medfield 3, Oliver Ames 0

March, 7, 2014
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - Going into Thursday night’s Division 2 South semifinal, Medfield coach Toby Carlow knew that goals would be at a premium against Oliver Ames junior goaltender Jimmy Tierney. Luckily, for the Warriors, they would only need one.

Brett Thomas scored with just fewer than six minutes remaining in the first period and Medfield (17-3-3) tacked on a pair of empty net goals in the final minute, as the Warriors beat Oliver Ames 3-0 at Gallo Arena and advanced to the sectional for the first time.

“They’ve got an outstanding goaltender over there and he can win you a game,” said Carlow. “We knew that…we knew that we had to keep to our game, keep to our style and we’ll get our chances and, you know, we did. We got one chance really and we put it in the back of the net.”

With 5:45 left in the first period, Thomas was on the post to tap in a rebound after good work from Robert Treiber and Lou Cappucci. Tierney almost got to that point-blank shot, but it was an early lead for the Warriors, which was one of the goals that Carlow set for his team before the game.

He explained, “We knew that a kid like him, as good as he is, to get comfortable in net only makes him better. To get one early was big because it puts a lot of pressure on their team, which we knew was having some trouble on the offensive side of the puck.”

Medfield controlled most of the play with far more of the puck possession and a 34-22 advantage in shots. OA was content to try and sit back and not allow Medfield’s speed to cause odd-man rushes and let Tierney keep the score low.

“We tried to clog up the middle a little bit,” said first-year OA coach Mark Homer. “They’re a quick team, there’s no doubt about it and not just the first line but all three lines. You take the middle of the ice, try to stay on the strong side of the puck and try to put the puck on net as often as you possibly can and hopefully you get a break.”

Tierney lived up to the billing to prevent Medfield from getting a second goal, although John MacLean had a wrist shot ring off the crossbar midway through the second period. Homer could only marvel at how much the netminder has meant to the Tigers in their run to the semifinal.

“Jimmy speaks for himself in the way that he’s played the last six or seven games,” said Homer. “He made some unbelievable stops out here tonight to keep us in the game. Right now, I don’t think there’s a better goaltender out there. He was in a zone.”

OA (12-9-2) had two goods scoring opportunities in the opening minute of the third period on rebounds from Medfield goalie Dan Graham, but no one was able to get a stick to them and the chances were cleared. The Warriors then gained control of play again (dominating 18-10 in shots in the third) but could not find the goal to put the game away.

In the closing minutes OA had a few other chances as it started to be more aggressive pushing forward and leaving forward Matt Campanella high in the neutral zone in hopes of catching Medfield in a quick transition. The Tigers would get two more good chances -- a pass into the slot just rolled off the blade of an open OA forward and then a shot from the point handcuffed Graham but Medfield cleared the rebound.

With 56.3 on the clock, Jack Scannell stole a pass at the blue line and skated in unopposed to fire home an empty net goal to make it 2-0. Twenty seconds later, Justin Hirschfeld added a second empty netter and let Carlow, and the bench, breathe a lot easier.

When asked about his reaction to Scannell’s goal, Carlow smiled and replied, “A big sigh of relief because it’s such a tense game and one bounce of the puck and it’s a tie game. Anything is possible at that point.”

Homer reflected, “The score doesn’t indicate the game -- we were one shot away. We’re probably not the most talented team compared to some of the teams in here, but we have more damn heart than any other team that you’ve probably seen.”

He added, “We took one of the best teams in Division 2 to a 1-0 game with two minutes left what more could you ask for as a coach? That scoreboard is not going to determine how I feel about this team.”

This was the third time in the past four seasons that Medfield has reached a sectional semifinal (the previous two were in D3) and the first time that it has advanced to the finals.

“This is the third time that we’ve been in this game with this group of guys and never gotten by it,” said Carlow. “I was just really happy for them to get over this hump.”

Medfield will play Canton in the final on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at Gallo.