Boston High School: Jon Fraser
March, 20, 2011
By Dan Hickling | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- To get his teammates pumped up for Sunday's Division I state championship game against Wakefield, Marshfield captain Chris Perry wrote the beginnings of a what would have been an impressive inspirational novel.
One he never got to finish, due to a the serious leg injury he suffered midway through the contest.
No matter. The Rams finished the epic for him, winning in masterful, come from behind fashion, 3-2, before a raucous crowd at TD Garden.
Sophomore Mike Carbone netted the game-winner with 1:31 left in the third period, two minutes after his linemate Connor McLean had tied the score 2-2.
Carbone's goal, a wicked wrister from the right dot, secured the Rams their second ever state crown, and first since 2006.
Carbone said Perry, who suffered a severed femoral artery in his right leg after a collision with Wakefield's John Sartell, was very much on his mind as he scored what proved to be the biggest goal in his life.
“He's my best friend,” said Carbone. “That means a lot. But us winning the state championship has sunk in as much as it will tomorrow. Or a year from now.”
Senior forward Ryan Connors echoed the thought.
“He was my center man,” Connors said. “Since he couldn't be here, we wanted to get the win for him. He wrote a good speech to get us all going in the locker room. He wasn't there to give us another one after the game.”
The Rams held a noticeable edge in play during the scoreless opening period.
Wakefield goalie Joe Cerulo passed the stiffest test of the stanza, when, at 10:31, he reacted to Joe Amirand's 10 foot deflection of Jon Fraser's point shot.
Cerulo, however, had no chance at all on Connors' fluky goal, which opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the second period. Connors was attempting to pass the puck out of the left corner to his younger brother Jimmy. Instead instead, he hit a perfect bank shot off of the leg of Warriors' defender John Sartell, leaving Cerulo (25 saves) with no time to react.
“I got pretty lucky,” said Connors. “We were just doing everything we could to get the puck to the net. It just went our way.”
The mood in the Garden was darkened, when, at 3:38, Perry, the club's top line winger, went down.
Perry was chasing the puck near the red line when he and Sartell collided, throwing Perry into the boards. Perry was inadvertantly gashed by Sartell's skate. After being tended to for about five minutes, was wheeled off, and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for surgery.
“It looks like he's going to be okay,” said a relieved Dan Connolly, Marshfield's coach, who relied heavily on Perry in all situations. “Up until that play he was our best player. He was unbelievable. He's the catalyst on our team. When our kids saw that, it was like, 'oh, no, what's going to happen now.”
The loss of Perry knocked the Rams off stride, but not for good.
“He's a big player for us,” said senior defenseman Pat Cull. “We knew he wanted it just as bad as we did. We knew we had to do it for him.”
The Warriors knotted the score, 1-1, via Adam Giancola's power play goal, at 11:04.
Giancola cut to the right post, and when Rams goalie Kyle Moran (17 stops) kicked out Brett Buckley's attempt from the left side, Giancola pounced on the rebound and buried it. Giancola tallied again, 31 seconds into the third period, to give Wakefield its only lead, 2-1, after Alec Brown hit him with a nifty cross crease pass.
But with 3:35 left in the third, McLean rerouted Ty Martina's centering feed, to make it 2-2.
Then, with momentum, and inspiration, clearly in the Rams' corner, McLean hit Carbone in full stride with a pass up the right wing.
Carbone took it from there, motoring to within 25 feet before zipping home the winning goal.
“It was a really good shot,” said Cerulo. “I have to give him credit. If I'd been out a few more inches, I would have had that.”
Said Moran, his opposite number, “We knew that ewe had the heart, we'd be able to take it all the way. And we did.”
March, 12, 2011
By Scott Barboza | ESPNBoston.com
BOURNE, Mass. –- Even though Marshfield went into the first intermission down one goal, Rams head coach Dan Connolly wasn’t discouraged.
And he didn’t worry either when his team fell behind by two goals.
“I thought we played well and we carried the play,” Connolly said. “They just capitalized on both their chances.”
Then, as though a switch had been turned on, the Rams took off. After falling behind second seed Barnstable 2-0 midway through the second period of Friday night’s Division 1 South semifinal at John Gallo Arena, No. 3 seed Marshfield rallied to score three goals in three and a half minutes and pull out a 3-2 comeback win over the Raiders.
“The attitude in the locker room after the first period, they were a little down,” Connolly said. “But we told them they played well, there was nothing to be ashamed of. We just had to keep playing the way we were and they were going to go in eventually.”
Barnstable (14-4-4) took a 1-0 lead with 9:04 remaining in the first when Zach Wells redirected a Will Toffey point shot.
The Raiders were also able to neutralize the Rams’ team speed through the first period, playing a 1-2-2 defensive trap.
“They kind of played that trap on us and we knew if we skated to them and we manipulated one guy to come over, there would be another guy open,” Rams junior forward Chris Perry said. “And that’s what happened.”
Toffey helped Barnstable to a 2-0 lead in the second, stripping a Marshfield defender with a persistent forecheck and then walking into the slot and letting off a wrist shot at the 8:56 mark.
The Rams (17-3-5) began their comeback 11 seconds later, straight off the ensuing faceoff. Joe Admirand raced up the left wing boards and slid a cross-ice pass to Jon Fraser, who buried the one-timer.
Ty Martina tied the game with 2:30 to play in the second, unleashing a slap shot from the right wing circle that appeared to be deflected by a Raider defenseman’s stick. Ryan Connors and Jimmy Connors had the assists on the play.
Perry then tallied the game-winner before the period was out. With 25 seconds remaining, Perry put back the rebound off of Ryan Connors’ shot from the off wing. Connors’ blast ricocheted off the post, but back in the direction of Perry, who then finished top shelf.
“It was a great play by my linemate Ryan Connors,” Perry said. “He was flying around everywhere. It came off the back post right to me. I was lucky.”
The Rams defense held through some tense final minutes of the third period, with Kyle Moran making seven saves.
Freshman Sean Cleary also turned in a strong performance in net for the Raiders with 23 saves.
Marshfield will face top-seeded Springfield Cathedral at Gallo on Sunday for the sectional championship. The puck drops at 4:45 p.m.
“They’re deep, they’re big and they’re fast,” Connolly said of Cathedral. “Hopefully, it’s a good one.”
Top-seeded Springfield Cathedral’s been in this territory recently.
Two years ago, the Panthers lost a Super Eight play-in game and then rebounded, tearing through the Division 1 South tournament en route to the state championship.
Cathedral has followed through on that trajectory this season, advancing to the D-1 South final with a 5-0 win over No. 13 seed Duxbury during the early game at Gallo.
The Panthers (14-10-1) jumped on the board four minutes into the first with Frank Crinella one-timing Mickey Foley’s feed through the slot. Dante Christofori also picked up an assist on the play.
Christofori tallied his second point of the game, finding the back of the net 1:19 into the second period, providing Cathedral with a 2-0 lead. The Panthers ran their lead to 3-0 three minutes later with Matt Peloquin cashing in after camping out on the high slot with Griffin Foley providing the feed.
“Me and Frank have been connected all year long and Dante came on our line two weeks ago,” Mickey Foley said. “He’s really fit the spot. We had an empty spot and he’s really stepped up to the plate. He’s getting open and giving good passes. We’ve connected really well.”
Cathedral carried play through the second and Duxbury was held without a shot for the first 13 minutes despite having two power play opportunities sandwiched together midway through the period. The Panthers outshot the Dragons, 9-1, in the period.
Duxbury (9-8-8) was unable to cash in on four power play chances.
“We went into the third talking about staying out of the box,” Panthers head coach Brian Foley said. “We gave up two man-up opportunities, but we practice those situations a lot and it was nice to see the execution on the power play and the penalty kill.”
Stephen Metayer had the Panthers to a 4-0 lead in the third, exhibiting some quick hands, picking up a loose puck in the slot and letting off a wrist shot. Sean Kavanagh rounded out scoring with a power play goal with 6:15 remaining.