Boston High School: Jason Salvaggio

Scouts dish on local NHL Draft class

June, 29, 2013
6/29/13
4:27
PM ET
The NHL Draft commences Sunday in Newark, N.J., and there is a crop of New England-raised players hoping to hear their name called.

So we took the task to the Northeast regional scouts of an Eastern and a Western Conference team to give their evaluations of some of the region’s best and brightest.

So here’s a look at some of the local skaters to watch out for and their scouting evaluation heading into the Draft:

(Editor’s note: Players appear by NHL Central Scouting rankings among North American skaters.)

Ryan Fitzgerald, C, Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL)
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: North Reading, Mass. (Malden Catholic H.S.)
College commitment: Boston College
Central Scouting final ranking: 56

Scout's take: “He has tremendous hockey sense, with great vision and quick hands. He’s an undersized player, but has tremendous balance and is solid on the puck. He thinks the game at a high level.”

Zach Sanford, LW, Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hometown: Auburn, N.H. (Pinkerton Academy)
College commitment: Boston College
Central Scouting final ranking: 60

Scout's take: “He’s still very raw and a little unpolished, but he’s got the frame. He’s rangy and you know he has some weight to put on. He’s can play a pretty physical game, but he has to add to his frame. He had a tough start to the season in the E.J., but then averaged a point per game down the stretch.”

Anthony Florentino, D, South Kent / Selects
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hometown: West Roxbury, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers)
College commitment: Providence College
Central Scouting final ranking: 75
Scout's Take: “He’s the top [defensive] prospect in the draft locally. He’s got a heavy shot and skates well. Plus, you get a four-year projection on him as a true freshman headed to college. He’s got a chance. He’s the youngest of four boys, so he’s been pushed around a bit and that’s made him tough to play against. He’s gone a little under the radar.”

Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent / Selects / Indiana Ice (USHL)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hometown: Hanson, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers)
College: UNH
Central Scouting final ranking: 97

Scout's Take: “He’s got a little edge to his game. Good hands, good shot. His size is OK, but big enough to play. I think the question is whether he can process the game at a high level. I think UNH will help him. He has skill and can skate, but can he process when it’s moving really fast?”

Wiley Sherman, D, Hotchkiss School
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
College: Harvard
Central Scouting final ranking: 104

Scout's Take: “He’s obviously a big frame at 6-6, and hecan defend. He’s an excellent skater for someone so tall. He has a great base and foundation to play on. Has a little meanness, too, and he’ll do whatever has to to protect the house. I think of him along the lines of a Hal Gill.”

Brian Pinho, C, St. John’s Prep
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 171 lbs.
Hometown: North Andover, Mass.
College: Providence College
Central Scouting final ranking: 109

Scout's Take: “He’s an excellent skater, a natural skater and a high-energy guy. I think he projects as a good energy line guy, a good solid two-way player.”

Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury School
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 194 lbs.
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
College: UConn
Central Scouting final ranking: 169

Scout's Take: “He has an over-the-top compete level. It’s second to none for kids around New England. He might play a little out of control at time, but he’s very strong, extremely physical. He’s tenacious.”

Shane Starrett, G, South Kent / Selects
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hometown: Bellingham, Mass. (Catholic Memorial)
College: Boston University
Central Scouting final goaltenders ranking: 15

Scout's Take: “Goalies are hard to predict, it’s the one [position] that’s probably hardest to predict. He’s got the size to play — the way goaltenders are going now. The only question is the level of hockey that he’s played at.”

Salvaggio switches commitment to UNH

May, 30, 2013
5/30/13
6:35
PM ET
Former Xaverian hockey standout Jason Salvaggio has given a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire. The news of Salvaggio's decision was passed along via the New England Nordiques club team's Twitter account today.

Salvaggio, a Hanson native, previously committed to UConn in October, but recently reopened his recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound left-shot forward skated with the Selects Advantage AAA team last year and was ranked 97th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings report ahead of the 2013 Draft.

The Over the Boards hockey blog reported that Salvaggio visited a host of Hockey East schools after de-committing, including UMass, Merrimack, Providence and Vermont, before choosing UNH.
The NHL Central Scouting service released its final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders ahead of the NHL Draft Wednesday morning.

Former Malden Catholic standout and Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL) product Ryan Fitzgerald leads the New England skaters, checking in at No. 56.

Here's the list of skaters with local ties who made the cut:

(The full list can be found here):

SKATERS:
56. C Ryan Fitzgerald, Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL - Malden Catholic, North Reading), Previous Ranking - 46
60. LW Zach Sanford, Islanders (EJHL - Pinkerton Academy, Auburn, N.H.), Previous Ranking - 83
75. D Anthony Florentino, South Kent School, Previous Ranking - 79
94. C Nick Huthinson, Avon Old Farms, Previous Ranking - 133
97. LW/C Jason Salvaggio, South Kent School, Previous Ranking - 90
104. D Wiley Sherman, Hotchkiss School, Previous Ranking - 125
109. C Brian Pinho, St. John's Prep, Previous Ranking - 117
138. LW Miles Wood, Noble and Greenough, Previous Ranking - 163
169. D Ryan Segalla, Salisbury School, Previous Ranking - 136
182. C John Stevens, Salisbury School, Previous Ranking - 162
185. D Connor Light, Phillips Andover, Previous Ranking - 178
186. RW Ross Olsson, Cedar Rapids (USHL - Billerica Memorial), Previous Ranking - 121
187. LW Tyler Hill, Chicago (USHL - Hotchkiss), Previous Ranking - 85
195. C Daniel LaFontaine, Avon Old Farms, Previous Ranking - 172
198. D Quin Pompi, Berkshire, Previous Ranking - 160
201. RW Thomas Aldworth, Cushing Academy, Previous Ranking - Unranked
206. D Tyler Wood, Noble and Greenough, Previous Ranking - 197

GOALTENDERS:
15. Shane Starrett, South Kent School (Catholic Memorial), Previous Ranking - 35
26. Merrick Madsen, Proctor Academy, Previous Ranking - 34
Valley Junior Warriors and former Malden Catholic standout center Ryan Fitzgerald leads the list of locals on the NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, which were released today.

Fitzgerald, who has 13 goals for 14 points for 27 points through 22 games with the Warriors, was ranked 46th on the list released Tuesday morning.

Here's the complete list of New England skaters making the grade:
46. Ryan Fitzgerald, C, Valley Jr. Warriors - EJHL (North Reading, Mass. - Malden Catholic)
79. Anthony Florentino, D, South Kent School
83. Zach Sanford, LW, Islanders - EJHL (Pinkerton Academy)
85. Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School
90. Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School (Hanson, Mass. - Xaverian Brothers)
117. Brian Pinho, C, St. John's Prep
120. Eddie Ellis, LW, Phillips Andover (Burlington, Mass.)
121. Ross Olsson, RW, Lincoln - USHL (Billerica, Mass.)
125. Wiley Sherman, D, Hotchkiss School
133. Nick Hutchinson, C, Avon Old Farms
136. Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury School
160. Quin Pompi, D, Berkshire School
163. Miles Wood, LW, Noble and Greenough
172. Daniel LaFontaine, C, Avon Old Farms
178. Connor Light, D, Phillips Andover
191. Mark Hamilton, D, Salisbury School
197. Tyler Wood, D, Noble and Greenough

Goaltenders:
34. Merrick Madsen, Proctor Academy
35. Shane Starrett, South Kent School (Bellingham, Mass. - Catholic Memorial)

South Kent's Salvaggio commits to UConn

October, 2, 2012
10/02/12
10:18
PM ET
Former Xaverian hockey standout Jason Salvaggio committed to the University of Connecticut today. He will arrive in Storrs for the 2014-15 season.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound left shot winger/center attends the South Kent School and skates with the Selects Advantage AAA team, which is based at the Connecticut school.

In September, Salvaggio was included on the NHL Central Scouting Watch list, receiving a 'C' grade.

Locals on NHL Central Scouting watch list

September, 20, 2012
9/20/12
1:32
PM ET
The NHL players might be locked out, but we're peering into the future with the arrival of the NHL Central Scouting's watch list, identifying players to keep an eye on for the 2013 Draft.

Again, New England skaters abound on the list, with high schoolers to collegians with local roots making the grade on the bureau's initial scouting list.

Capping an already excellent week, St. John's Prep senior center Brian Pinho -- who just committed to Providence -- is the lone MIAA skater making the list this year.

Also from the local ponds, former Malden Catholic standout Ryan Fitzgerald, who will play with the EJHL's Valley Junior Warriors along with fellow watch lister Devin Tringale (Lawrence Academy), and Phillips Andover's Eddie Ellis made strong initial marks as each earned a B-grade. Former Billerica standout Ross Olsson, who will skate with the Lincoln Stars of the United State Hockey League this year, also was given a B-grade.

Here's how the locals broke down:

(For the entire list of North American skaters, click here.)

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOLS
B SKATERS

Eddie Ellis (Burlington, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Phillips Andover, 6'1.75, 200

C SKATERS
Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.), D, Cushing Academy, 6'0.25, 176
Alexander Gonye, LW, Deerfield Academy, 6'1, 175
Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass. - Providence College), C, St. John's Prep, 6'0.25, 171

C GOALTENDERS
Brendan McMenimen, G, Governor's Academy, 6'0, 196
Drew Michals, G, Lawrence Academy, 5'11.5, 162

CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS
B SKATERS

Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School, 6'5.75, 220

C SKATERS
Mitchell Allen, RW, Kent School, 6'2.25, 173
Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass. - Providence College), D, South Kent School, 6'0.5, 209
Daniel Lafontaine, C, Avon Old Farms, 5'10, 160
Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School, 5'11.5, 187
Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury, 6'0.75, 184
Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn. - Harvard), D, Hotchkiss School, 6'6, 196

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOLS
C GOALTENDERS

Merrick Madsen (Acton, Calif. - Harvard), G, Proctor Academy, 6'4.5, 177

EASTERN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
B SKATERS
Ryan Fitzgerald, (North Reading, Mass. - Boston College), C, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'9.5, 168

C SKATERS
Joshua Couturier (Newbury, Mass. - Northeastern), D, Junior Bruins, 6'1, 166
Devin Tringale (Medford, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'11.75, 193

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
B SKATERS

Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass. - Northeastern), RW, Lincoln, 6'3.5, 202

COLLEGE SKATERS
EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

C SKATERS
Nicholas Bligh (Milton, Mass - South Shore Kings/Dexter/Milton), C, Dartmouth, 5'11.5, 175

HOCKEY EAST
C SKATERS

Cameron Darcy, (South Boston, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), C/RW, Northeastern, 6'0, 189
Frank Vatrano, (East Longmeadow, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), LW, Boston College, 5'10, 218

Blackwell leads No. 9 Prep over Xaverian

February, 6, 2011
2/06/11
1:14
AM ET


WILMINGTON, Mass. -- In the days leading up to St. John’s Prep rematch with Catholic Conference foe Xaverian, head coach Kristian Hanson stressed the importance of another league win. He even went so far as to call Saturday’s game a “must win” to keep the postseason in reach.

What he got was the Prep’s most “complete game of the season.”

Colin Blackwell notched two goals and the Eagles’ (8-4-1) defense dominated the Hawks with a 4-1 victory at Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

“I stressed to them over the past three days that this was the biggest game of the year,” Hanson said. “It has such huge implications on the league, on the tournament, on everything. We put a ‘must win’ tag on it and I really think the kids responded to that, stepped up and played their best game of the year.”

From the opening faceoff it was apparent that the Prep came out with the coach’s words ringing in their collective heads. Defenseman Nick Pandelena made a big hit on a Hawks’ (7-5-1) attacker and fired a hard slap shot directly on Dave Michaels in the game’s first shift.

That was the theme of the first period.

The Eagles outshot the Hawks 13-2 in the first, and while they didn’t crack through on the scoreboard, the constant pressure set up the stage for things to come.

Blackwell struck first at 5:12 of the second period, when he screamed up the right side, burst to the middle of the ice in front of Michaels and backhanded it home. John Farrow was credited with the assist on the play.

Xaverian earned a power play, but were called for a penalty of their own just 33 seconds into the advantage.

The Hawks did find a few holes in the Prep defense for stretches in the second period, but all of that turned around when Joe Currie sent a pass from his end line to Farrow at the blue line. Farrow directed a one-time touch pass to a streaking Blackwell at center ice. Blackwell beat both Hawks’ defenders up the ice and he tucked it under the right pad of Michaels with 1:11 left to go in the second.

On both goals, Blackwell was in a one-on-one with Michaels. Instead of settling for a shot, Blackwell stayed patient enough to get the goalie to show his hand.

“The key is to just make the goalie move,” Blackwell said. “They’ve got big pads and it’s tough to go side-to-side, so if you get them moving laterally it will open up.”

Hanson went as far to say that his top forward might be the best in the state.

“There’s a lot of great players out there, but if I had to pick one guy to put on my team it would be Colin Blackwell,” Hanson said.

Christian Gutowski’s blast from the point got through traffic and past Michaels for the 3-0 lead at 9:16 of the third period.

The Prep held a 37-19 shot advantage in the game and most of the Hawks’ shots came from the perimeter. Most of that was was because the Hawks couldn’t penetrate the fortress that is the Eagles’ back-line with bigger, beefier defensemen like Pandelena and Gutowski.

The other half of the equation is the Hawks recent struggles putting the puck in the net. Before Jason Salvaggio was credited with tipping home an Eddie Martin slapper from the point with 2:51 left in the game the Hawks had gone eight-plus periods without lighting the lamp.

“We turn the puck over a lot on the blue line offensively,” said Xaverian head coach Dave Spinale, whose team has dropped five in a row. “We have to have more poise at the blue line and have better zone entry, so that when come in to the zone we are looking to set up.

“Once we get the numbers I think we have to do a better job of getting to the net. I feel like we have guys standing on the perimeter too much. We have to get in to the teeth of the defense.”

Sam Kurker’s empty-netter ended the scoring.

Stathopoulos carries No. 5 CM over Hawks

January, 26, 2011
1/26/11
1:12
AM ET


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Make no mistake about it, No. 5 Catholic Memorial’s 5-2 win over Catholic Conference rival Xaverian Tuesday night wasn’t a one-man show. Even though, at times, it may have appeared as such.

Chris Stathopoulos’ four-goal outburst helped the Knights out of an early 2-0 hole. Three of his goals were of the unassisted variety. But it wasn’t just Stathopoulos who led CM to victory. A persistent forecheck, some clutch penalty kills and the consistent play of Stathopoulos and linemates Tom Barrett and Kevin McCarthy were the driving force behind a crucial midseason victory.

“We just came out and played hard,” Stathopoulos said. “It’s not an individual effort, it’s a team effort. So I went out there with the boys and we got shots on net and we put it in the net.”

The fourth-ranked Hawks responded to head coach David Spinale’s call to carry play early in game with two goals within the first two minutes of play.

Xaverian (7-2-1, 2-1-0) scored on two of its first three shots on goal. Greg McWade was on the finishing end of some pretty transition, taking Billy Hildebrand’s feed and beating Knights netminder Shane Starrett (17 saves) stick side. Ryan Hall followed less than a minute later, banging home a rebound from the top of the crease off of Jason Salvaggio’s shot.

CM (7-5-0, 2-2-0) also scored on its first shot of the game, answering with Stathopoulos’ first marker of the evening 2:43 in.

After a fast start, neither team could find the net – despite some golden opportunities for the Knights to tie the game – until the nine-minute mark of the second period, when Barrett scored with assists from McCarthy and Stathopoulos.

“That line has really played terrific and they’ve carried for two games,” CM head coach Bill Hanson said of his second line.

As in the teams’ first meeting of the season, a 3-2 Xaverian win, Hawks goaltender Dave Michaels (32 saves) was again strong in net. But that didn’t stop Stathopoulos from taking over the third period, when he netted even-strength, short-handed and empty-net goals.

However, Hanson was most pleased with his team’s effort with a man-down in the third. He’s self-admittedly changed philosophy, allowing his team to play more aggressive on the penalty kill to take advantage of his team’s athleticism. The changes paid off with three successful kills within a five-minute span midway through the third.

“I thought we beat ourselves,” Hawks head coach Dave Spinale said. “On that fourth goal, we were on the power play. We turned it over and then we came back in our end and gave up a softy. We didn’t have poise, we didn’t have composure.”

Hanson labeled the game a “must-win” for the Knights, noting his team can match No. 2 Malden Catholic in the win column in the Catholic Conference standings with a victory over the Lancers on Saturday (2 p.m. at Walter Brown).

And while one player might have shouldered the load during last night’s test, the most encouraging sign was effort starting with his second line and permeating the roster — something Hanson knows is paramount if the Knights are to make a deep postseason run.

“I told the kids, just because one guy scored four goals, that doesn’t mean that he won the game,” Hanson said. “The whole team played terrific.”

No. 1 Xaverian rallies past No. 9 Prep

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
11:24
PM ET


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- According to Ryan Hall, anybody could’ve scored any of his four goals in No. 1 Xaverian’s 6-4 win over Catholic Conference rival St. John’s Prep on Wednesday.

The Hawks’ senior captain took a selfless approach to explaining the reason for his success, while scoring the final two goals in a comeback victory at Foxboro Sports Center.

“It was a lot of [Jason Salvaggio], [Tommy Jenkins] and the defensemen getting the puck down low,” Hall said. “That allowed me to bang home some dirty goals, definitely all the credit to my linemates.”

Xaverian’s top line of Hall, Jenkins and Salvaggio accounted for all but one of the Hawks points (sophomore forward Bobby Hall also tallied an assist). Hall added two assists in a six-point performance, while Jenkins and Salvaggio had four-point efforts with a goal and three assists each.

“They’ve been red hot,” Hawks head coach Dave Spinale said of his top line. “Ryan Hall’s been fabulous and the other two guys are skilled playmakers.

“Ryan’s kind of the power forward, he grinds it out. His game is hit, shoot and pass. And, if he keeps shooting, he’s going to get his share.”

Xaverian (7-0-1, 2-0-0) climbed back from two, two-goal deficits in the second period to tie the score, 4-4, with one minute remaining in the second. Hall completed the comeback with two third-period goals to down the ninth-ranked Eagles (5-3-1, 1-2-0).

Prep carried play in the first period, out-shooting the Hawks, 16-4. However, the Eagles were only able to sneak one past Xaverian goaltender Dave Michaels (24 saves). Matt McDonald had Prep out to a 1-0 lead on a give-and-go set up by Tyler Bird.

The Eagles built a two-goal lead on with Jon Farrow netting a goal on a deflection of defenseman Matt West’s shot from the point.

Xaverian returned fire two minutes later with the first of its three power play goals.

The play started with a terrific save by Michaels, who robbed Derek Palm on a two-on-none chance with a toe save. The Hawks quickly worked the rebound up ice ahead of the Eagles’ backcheck Hall buried his first goal of the night on a glove-side wrister.

“He’s made timely saves all year,” Spinale said of Michaels beauty of a stop, “certainly, that’s been big for us. He does that a lot. That was a two-goal swing for us there.”

The teams then went back and forth for the remainder of the second.

Prep responded on Colin Blackwell’s rebound put back 8:46 into the second. The Hawks again cut the deficit to one on Hall’s second tally on a pretty pass from Salvaggio. Devin Murray put the Eagles ahead 4-2, pulling the puck out of a scrum in front of Michaels and out-working a group of Xaverian defenders.

Salvaggio scored the Hawks’ third goal while falling backwards into the boards, after knocking home Hall’s centering pass in front of Prep goalie David Letarte (24 saves).

Jenkins knotted the game, 4-4, with 54 seconds remaining in the second. He batted home the puck from midair on a play that appeared to be played with a high stick.

Hall completed the comeback in the third period — when the Hawks out shot Prep, 13-3 — with a pair of power play goals.

CLEARING OUT THE CREASE

Spinale had high praise for the Eagles, who he called the “most skilled team” the Hawks have seen all year.

“Off the rush, they’re deadly,” he added.

A lot of those accolades can be attributed to Harvard commit Colin Blackwell. The senior sniper scored Prep’s third goal of the night, banging home a rebound on Joe Currie’s shot.

However, Blackwell was knocked out the game for a portion of the first period after a grizzly looking hit along the attack zone boards. The Eagles captain lay motionless on the ice for couple of tense moments and then skated off under his own power. He missed one shift and returned later just before the first intermission.

No. 1 Xaverian flies under the radar

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
3:39
PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ryan Hall pointed at Tommy Jenkins, cracked a half smile and said, “This guy thinks he’s pretty good at pool.”

The Xaverian hockey senior captains have regularly incorporated pool into their team outings away from the rink. And, as a team, the Hawks spend a lot of time together. Head coach Dave Spinale thinks that time spent together has been no small part of the reason why his team has made appearances in each of the last three Super Eight tournaments.

Even if his players can’t agree on whom the best pool player is.

“I actually beat him,” Hall added.

He then paused, “Well, it was on a technicality.”

While the Hawks sort out who’s king of the billiards, they’ve unassumingly gone about building another Super Eight run.

Off to a 6-0-1 start, Xaverian ascended to the No. 1 spot in this week’s ESPN Boston Top 25 after Catholic Conference rival Malden Catholic suffered their first loss (by score) of the season.

Most of the Massachusetts hockey world’s attention has been focused on Xaverian’s Catholic Conference counterpart early in the season. Although their recent track record is impressive, few were predicting the Hawks would relive their success of past seasons, especially after the graduation of three-year starting goaltender Kyle MacDonald.

“I kinda like being the underdog in big games,” said Jenkins, a Catholic Conference all-star last year. “It takes the pressure off of you and there’s more pressure on the other team. We just go out and play our game.”

This year’s simply been an extension of what Spinale’s preached in his time at Xaverian.

“We’re going to play this game fast, that’s what we do,” Spinale said after a Hawks practice at the Foxboro Sports Center last week. “We don’t slow down for anybody, we don’t change what we do. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve had guys who can play fast and play physical as well.”

Akin to the MacDonald-led teams, Xaverian’s solid play has built from the goaltender out.

Junior Dave Michaels, who was MacDonald’s backup last year, has logged a bulk of the minutes between the pipes and recently turned in a dazzling 34-save performance in a win over Catholic Memorial to kick off the Hawks’ Catholic Conference schedule. The Hawks have depth in net as well with senior Austin Miller in the fray.

“Kyle [MacDonald] was definitely somebody who you could build the team around,” Hall said. “He was a great leader in the locker room. But David Michaels has been doing an amazing job stepping into his place. He’s a quiet kid, but when he talks, everybody’s listens.”

Leadership in the room has largely been left to Jenkins, Hall and Xaverian’s seniors.

After all, the Hawks are still young. Spinale has 10 sophomores, led by talented second-year forward Jason Salvaggio, and a freshman who regularly see ice time. It’s a stark departure from last year’s when only one of those sophomores saw ice time alongside a deep, veteran core.

“It comes down to chemistry though,” Spinale said. “Our older players have always done a great job of working with the younger kids. They spend a lot of time together whether it’s at school, getting a bite to eat together before practice, or just hanging out.

“It’s a tight group and that translates to how they play together.”

Together, they’ve built something special to the point that it’s increasingly getting harder for the Hawks to fly under the radar.

“I think even when we got here, Xaverian wasn’t thought of as a hockey school,” Hall said. “I think that’s starting to change.”

No. 9 Xaverian rallies past No. 10 Needham

December, 29, 2010
12/29/10
2:02
AM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No. 9 Xaverian and No. 10 Needham have become mini rivals over the last four seasons, and their contest on Tuesday night was just the latest chapter between two of last year's Super 8 entrants.

“It’s become a fun rivalry, our guys get up for it and I know they [Needham] get up for it” said Xaverian head coach Dave Spinale.

“It’s one we always mark on our schedule to see what our status is, and it’s a good way for us to test ourselves.”

Needham (2-2-0) opened up a two-goal lead after the first period with goals from J.P. McHale, (assisted by Tom Coleman) and Timmy Parlato (Jeff Rosata).

But Xaverian (3-0-0) came out in the second period with guns blazing.

“We knew that the effort we had in the first, it wasn’t are best effort, so flat out we asked the to play with courage.” Spinale said referring to his team talk at the first intermission, “We got on them pretty good, pointed out their mistakes, and asked them to play the way they’re capable of. We asked for our seniors to step up and our captains to step up.”

Just 4:43 into the second period the Hawks cut the lead in half through a goal from senior captain Tommy Jenkins, Jason Salvaggio providing the assist. Xaverian scored again just under four minutes later when they broke out of their defensive zone on a 4 on 1 break away. It was the other co-captain Ryan Hall finishing off the nice move, Billy Hildebrand and Eddie Pratt with the assists.

After the goal things turned physical. Two and a half minutes of hard-hitting and questionable non-calls on both sides lead to a scuffle in front of Needham’s net resulting in matching minors and misconducts on both sides.

Jenkins and Jack McClellan went to the box for Xaverian with 7:30 misconducts, 1:30 minute roughing calls and McClellan also receiving 1:30 for a cross check. Needham’s Lucas Davis received the same calls as McClellan while Sam Nickles received a 7:30 misconduct and 1:30 for cross checking.

The teams remained at 5 on 5, but Needham’s second line was crippled with Nickles and Davis in the penalty box.

Bobby Hall gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead at 11:33. Needham’s Connor Murray (11 saves) got his glove to Hall’s shot, which was heading into the top corner, but all he could do was tip the puck up and it trickled over the line. Off of the ensuing faceoff Ryan Hall scored his second of the night making it 4-2 just nine seconds later.

Xaverian’s fifth and final goal came 59 seconds into the third period, Jenkins scoring his second of the night.

Junior goalie David Michaels had 25 saves in the victory.

1st period
N - JP McHale from Tom Coleman, 5:04
N - Timmy Parlato from Jeff Rosata, 12:34

2nd period
X - Tom Jenkins from Jason Salvaggio, 4:43
X - Ryan Hall from Billy Hildebrand and Eddie Pratt, 8:33
X - Bobby Hall from Eddie Martin, 11:33
X - R. Hall from Salvaggio, 11:42

3rd period
X - Jenkins from R. Hall and Salvaggio, 0:59

SPONSORED HEADLINES