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Our MIAA boys' hockey All-State Team

March, 28, 2013
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.

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
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

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

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

D1 South: Hingham 5, Norwood 4

March, 4, 2013
BOURNE, Mass. -- For one fleeting second everything stopped.

With Norwood down one and the clock winding under 30 seconds, a freak bounce put the puck in John Galvin’s wheelhouse and Hingham goalie John Grenier completely out of position. Galvin whiffed on the shot and Hingham held on to win a wild 5-4 Division 1 South quarterfinal yesterday at Gallo Arena.

“They played a great game, with intensity and fired up,” Hingham coach Tony Messina said of the Mustangs. “For some reason we didn’t. I told them we have to work the whole first period. They came back every single time. They weren’t very hard shots but they got through. It’s tough to explain.”

Hingham set the tone early.

Sam D’Antuono scored 3:07 to put the Harbormen up early. D’Antuono and his linemate, Matt Brazel, combined for six points on the afternoon.

Norwood answered late in the period with goals from Dan Wiseman and Jack Sheehan to go up 2-1 after 15 minutes.

D’Antuono scored 28 seconds into the second period to tie it, and Hingham continued to control much of the possession, but Norwood was able to capitalize on their chances. Mike Roy scored midway through the second to tie it.

Brazel scored 73 seconds later to put Hingham up 3-2.

“They’re go-to guys, it’s obvious,” Messina said of D’Antuono and Brazel. “That line was out there the all the time.”

Justin Ryder buried a rebound at the 5:53 of the third to put Hingham ahead to give Hingham its third lead of the game. Norwood’s Jordan Davis stepped up between the pipes, turning aside 26 shots, but the Hingham attack was too much.

Luke McInnis tipped a shot in with just under two minutes to go. Sheehan scored 27 seconds later with an extra attacker on the ice, which led to the frantic final minute, but it wasn’t enough.

“We hung tough, kept plugging away,” Norwood coach Bill Clifford said. “If John gets that one at the end we’re tied at five.

“I told them to keep their heads up. They’re champs in my book. They won their league, and went down swinging.”

When asked about transitioning to the South tournament after the loss against Central Catholic, Messina smiled and said “What loss to Central?”

Messina said that his squad has taken a water-under-the-bridge attitude to the game and is full committed to winning D1 South and the state title.

“I think they probably think about it every day, but we tried to refocus the next day,” Messina said. “We’ve have had two games in this tournament so far so I’m hoping they’ve refocused and forgotten about that game.”

After Hingham won a defensive zone faceoff with nine seconds left, one of the Harbormen pinned the puck to the boards and killed the final seconds. In the ensuing scramble Norwood’s Rourke Flynn was dropped from a hit from behind.

Flynn took exception to the hit and after some pushing and shoving he, and Hingham’s John Carlson, dropped the gloves and started fighting while a fracas involving at least half a dozen players broke out that took over a minute to bring under control.

Flynn was assessed a game misconduct retroactively while Carlson was not assessed any penalty.

Recap: Framingham 5, No. 18 Norwood 1

February, 4, 2013
HYDE PARK, Mass. -- There is nothing worse for a team that is battling to get back into a game than to give away a power play, let alone more than one.

Twice in the third period of Monday’s Bay State Conference game at Bajko Rink, and both times while momentum was on its side, Norwood took retaliation penalties. Both times Framingham (11-6-0, 11-2-0) took advantage of the extra skater to turn an evenly played one-goal game into a comfortable win.

The Flyers went 2-for-3 on the power play and sophomore forward Drew McKinnon tallied two goals and an assist as Framingham earned a tournament berth with a 5-1 win in a BSC crossover game against the Mustangs (9-3-2, 8-2-2).

Heading into the third period, Norwood trailed 2-1, but the Mustangs stormed out of the locker room intent on finding an equalizing goal. After managing only 10 shots in the opening two periods, Norwood racked up 16 in the third. Its good play was wasted when goalie Jordan Davis was called for a slash after a collision in the crease.

Freshman forward Jamie Brigham made Norwood pay. He latched onto a rebound of a McKinnon and found the back of the net to make it 3-1. The Mustangs continued to dominate the play in the third, but with 4:10 remaining, John Galvin headed to the penalty box. Twenty seconds later, the Flyers had another goal on a deflected shot by sophomore Ryder Lessing and the game was effectively over.

McKinnon added an empty net goal as the final buzzer sounded to make the score final, 5-1.

“We’ve been getting stupid penalties all year and it finally bit us. They’re not even good penalties,” said Norwood head coach Bill Clifford, who was visibly frustrated with his team’s performance. “That’s been the story of the whole season. We don’t play three periods of hockey; it’s going to catch up to you sooner or later and it caught up to us tonight.”

Framingham started the game slowly and junior goalie made two great stops to rob Rourke Flynn within the opening five minutes. The Flyers picked up steam in the final minutes of the first and, just 16 seconds before the end of the period, McKinnon found himself alone in front to fire the team into the lead.

Flyers head coach Paul Spear wanted other players to step up on offense and was impressed by the play of his young forward.

He said, “In the locker room before the game, I told the guys that someone else has to show up on the score sheet besides our top one or two guys. As soon as Drew scored the first goal of the game for us, I thought, ‘Ok, this is good for us.’ He had a great game.”

Norwood tied the game in the second despite only mustering four shots in the period. Framingham failed to clear the puck and it was played off the boards by captain Tyler Gover to a wide-open Galvin in the slot. Lynch had no chance as the junior picked the top corner.

The Flyers took back the lead 9:04 into the second period on a mistake by normally reliable defenseman Dan Wiseman. The Norwood assistant captain tried to ice the puck but it hit a teammate and fell directly into the path of Framingham’s captain Aaron Acorn. The senior made no mistake and gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead heading into the final period.

Both coaches used the same word to describe how Norwood played the final 15 minutes.

“It was desperation,” said Clifford, whose team was on the Watch List for inclusion in the Super 8 tournament, but has now lost two games in a row.

Spear was grateful that he was able to call on his junior captain to protect the net during Norwood’s onslaught. This was especially true in the final two minutes when three Flyers wound up in the box

“They wanted to catch up and they were playing a little bit desperate,” he remarked. “They were playing really hard and that’s when we count on Al to make some big saves. We missed a few coverages out front, there were a couple of deflected pucks that Al [Lynch] got a hold of, but that’s why he’s good.”

The win moves Framingham into a very slim half-game lead over Braintree atop the Bay State’s Carey division (the Wamps play again on Wednesday).

Most importantly for Spear, it gets the Flyers back into the Division 1 state tournament.

He said, “The last two years we had tournament [caliber] teams, but this year we got enough wins. It’s really a nice feeling to know that our season won’t end at February vacation.”

Recap: No. 3 Hingham 4, No. 16 Norwood 1

December, 13, 2012
HINGHAM, Mass. – No. 3 Hingham boys’ hockey entered Wednesday’s season opener against No. 16 Norwood as if they were trying to shoot through the Great Wall of China.

The wall that stood in their way at Pilgrim Skating Rink was Mustangs senior netminder Jordan Davis. While the ESPN Boston preseason second-team All-State goaltender did his best to keep it a scoreless game, the barrage he faced made it a mere inevitability that one shot would break through.

Although the Harbormen outshot Norwood 10-1 in the first period, Davis kept it goose eggs on the scoreboard. That wouldn’t last, however, as Hingham opened up in the second period and into the third in a convincing 4-1 win over the Mustangs.

"We knew their defense was a little young, a little inexperienced, and we were trying to get the puck deep every time and shots just naturally come with that,” Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said. “We knew [Davis] was a great goalie and he proved it tonight. You need traffic in front, tips rebounds, those kind of things, it took us a while to break the seal."

Hingham (1-0-0) broke the stalemate with 9:12 to play in the second period as Sam D’Antuono snuck into the Mustangs’ zone on a short-handed breakaway. He beat Davis (39 saves) on the backhand to give the Harbormen a 1-0 lead. D’Antuono finished with a two-point game, adding an assist to Justin Ryder’s goal, Hingham’s last.

Defenseman John Carlson also had a two-point night for the Harbormen, ripping a slapshot into the back of the net at 12:54 of the third period. Carlson added the second helper on Ryder’s tally,

Patrick Colpoys netted the Harbormen’s third goal, a power-play tally with assists from Luke MacInnis and Corbin Robichaud.

John Galvin broke up John Grenier’s shutout bid for Norwood (0-1-0) with 7:56 to play, collecting a loose puck in the slot and beating Grenier stickside. Jack Sheehan and Rourke Flynn picked up assists on the play.

Hingham’s torrid start, controlling play for long stretches of time in Norwood’s defensive zone, might be attributed to a lesson learned by the Harbormen in some of their preseason performances.

“The last couple scrimmages, we were coming out kind of slow in the beginning,” Hingham junior captain and center Matt Brazel said, “so we were amped up in the beginning, and try to get as many shots as possible and crash the net.”

The Harbormen’s fast start in their season opener was matched by the Harborwomen, who opened their season in the nightcap at Pilgrim against Medway/Ashland.

The Harborwomen claimed a 7-1 win, led by Jane Freda’s hat trick. Hannah Falvey (2 goals) and Rachel D’Entremont (2 assists) also had multi-point games for Hingham.

MIAA boys' hockey preseason All-State team

December, 7, 2012
Continuing our MIAA boys' hockey preseason coverage, here's our preseason All-State team:

1st Team
F – Tom Besinger, Jr. BC High
F – Brian Pinho, Sr., St. John’s Prep
F – Ara Nazarian, Soph., Malden Catholic
D – Casey Fitzgerald, Soph. Malden Catholic
D – John Carlson, Jr., Hingham
G – Peter Cronin, Sr., BC High

2nd Team
F – Mike Iovanna, Sr., Malden Catholic
F – Mike Kelleher, Sr., Central Catholic
F – Cam Owens, Sr., Wilmington
D – Troy Tenaglia, Sr., Braintree
D – Shaymus Colman, Jr., Needham
G – Jordan Davis, Sr., Norwood

3rd Team
F – Tyler Bird, Jr., St. John’s Prep
F – Matt Brazel, Jr., Hingham
F – Connor Irving, Jr., Beverly
D – Matt Foley, Sr., Springfield Cathedral
D – Bryan Nelson, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
G – Mario Pizzeri, Jr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)

ESPN Boston's MIAA Boys' Hockey All-State Team

March, 23, 2012
First Team:
All-StateF – Brendan Collier, Sr., Malden Catholic
The two-time ESPN Boston All-Stater closed out his senior season with a second straight Super 8 title and claimed our Mr. Hockey Award. The Charlestown native and Boston University commit scored 26 goals with assists for 65 points, a figure which led all Division 1 scorers. Collier, who also plays golf and lacrosse at MC, plans on playing a year of juniors next year before joining the Terriers.

All-StateF – Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr., Malden Catholic
The Lancers’ top-line pivot makes his second All-State team appearance, his first on the First Team. The North Reading native and Boston College commit again eclipsed the 50-point plateau (31-21-52), despite missing the first couple weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, and helped the Lancers to their second straight Super 8 title.

All-StateF – Sam Kurker, Sr., St. John’s Prep
When looking up the term power forward, the Eagles senior winger and captain fit the mold. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward finished with 32 goals and 28 assists for 60 points. The Boston University commit has also seen time with U.S. National Team Development Program and skated with the U-18 select team at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament during the summer.

All-StateD – Colin MacGillivray, Jr., Malden Catholic
The Lancers blue-liner is made in the mold of an old school rugged defenseman. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Peabody native played on MC’s top pairing through the season while posting three goals and 10 assists for 10 points for the repeat Super 8 champions.

All-StateD – Nikko Markham, Sr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
The Catholic Central Conference Most Valuable Player and Spartans captain finished a sound career by leading St. Mary’s to a No. 2 seed in the Super 8. The Salem native was among the top point-scoring blue-liners in the state with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Jr., BC High
For the second straight season, the Eagles went as their netminder went, and Cronin led BC High to its first Super 8 finals appearance since 2007. Playing in each of the Eagles’ 25 games, the Norwell resident posted a 2.00 goals against average and a 91.7 save percentage.

2nd Team:
All-StateF – Kevin Emmerling, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Perhaps the most skilled skater in the state, the Pioneers’ center provided a dynamic offensive punch to their Super 8 run. The Whitinsville native finished third in Division 1 scoring with 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points. Emmerling is exploring his options for next year and hopes to play college hockey.

All-StateF – Conal Lynch, Sr., Boston Latin
Lynch also showed that Charlestown is again a hotbed of hockey, carrying the Wolfpack to a DCL/MVC Div. 2 championship. Lynch finished second in Division 2 in scoring with 35 goals and 18 assists for 53 points. The Wolfpack captain is weighing his options in pursuing prep or junior hockey next year.

All-StateF – Matt Sullivan, Sr., BC High
The senior captain was a true two-way center with a high hockey IQ. The Duxbury resident anchored the Eagles’ top line, scoring 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and lifting BC High to its first Super 8 final appearance since 2007. He is pursuing prep and junior hockey opportunities for next season.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Fr., Malden Catholic
The younger brother of Ryan, Casey catapulted himself onto the scene in his first year, filling the role of a puck-moving defenseman previously held by former All-Stater Conor Evangelista. The North Reading resident and Boston College commit tallied two goals and 15 assists for 17 points in his first year.

D – Peter Sikalis, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
The Colonials’ captain was the impetus behind their run to the D1 North semifinals. Sikalis had eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points while eating up boatloads of ice time for head coach Bob Lavin. The imposing 6-foot-3 defenseman is exploring his hockey options for next year.

All-StateG – David Letarte, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The captain has been the Eagles’ backbone during the last three seasons, leading Prep back to the Super 8 once again. Letarte had a 2.08 goals against average and a 91.3 save percentage in 18 games played. He is currently mulling over college and junior hockey offers for next year.

“Best of the Rest”
Nick Bertoni, F, Franklin
Tom Besinger, F, BC High
Tommy Bishop, F, Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, F, Hingham
Trevor Cimino, F, Burlington
Frank Crinella, F, Springfield Cathedral
Paul Curran, F, Milton
Vin D’Amato, F, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Jarrod Fitzpatrick, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
James Gordon, F, Hingham
Danny Holland, F, Woburn
Mike Iovanna, F, Malden Catholic
Connor Irving, F, Beverly
Mike Kelleher, F, Central Catholic
Chris Leblanc, F, Winthrop
Bobby Mullins, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Ara Nazarian, F, Malden Catholic
Andrew Newis, F, Natick
Jack O’Hear, F, Catholic Memorial
Cam O’Neill, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Jake O'Rourke, F, Medway
Cam Owens, F, Wilmington
Brian Pinho, F, St. John’s Prep
Dalton Rolli, F, Wilmington
Joe Strangie, F, Danvers
D.J. Walsh, F, Needham
Bryan Carter, D, Hudson
Connor Fenton, D, Braintree
Brian Furey, D, BC High
Pat Houghton, D, Westford Academy
Steve Mattos, D, Burlington
Nick Pandalena, D, St. John’s Prep
Jake Secatore, D, Woburn
Brendan White, D, Malden Catholic
Joe Cerulo, G, Wakefield
Jordan Davis, G, Norwood
Mike Donadio, G, Franklin
Bailey MacBurnie, G, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Connor Murray, G, Needham
Connor Roddy, G, Medfield
Shane Starrett, G, Catholic Memorial
Steven Waites, G, Winthrop
Kyle Williams, G, Central Catholic

Coach of the Year
Chris Spillane, Franklin
Losing 15 seniors off of 2011's Division 2 state finalist team posed no problem to Spillane in guiding his team back to the Garden again. The 13-year Panthers bench boss is regarded as one of the finest in the state, but no season might have been more impressive for Spillane than getting this team back to the finals.

Karl Infanger, Natick
Mark Lee, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
John McLean, Malden Catholic

D1 South: Natick 1, Norwood 0

March, 9, 2012

BOURNE, Mass. –- In this week’s practices, Natick hockey head coach Karl Infanger challenged his players to do everything in their power to commit to playing team defense. Facing a familiar opponent in Thursday night’s Division 1 South sectional semifinal against Bay State League rival Norwood, the Red & Blue’s bench boss didn’t want the Mustangs’ shifty forwards being their downfall.

“Our game plan tonight was pretty similar to Needham [in quarterfinals], which was to take away their time and space, be physical, take away their passing lanes,” Infanger said.

He paused for second and added, “And, if you’re caught hanging, you’ve got to block a shot, you’ve got to pay the price.”

According to plan, Natick lassoed the Mustangs into playing a grind-it-out kind of a game, instead of an up-and-down pace.

Freshman forward Trevor Kaplan scored the biggest goal of his young career – his second to be exact -- and senior netminder Derek Kwok made 24 saves to give Natick a 1-0 shutout victory.

The Red & Blue advance to face another Bay State rival, Milton, in Sunday’s South sectional title game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Gallo.

“We knew we were right there with them,” Infanger said of the team’s first meet on Jan. 14, a 2-2 tie. “But today’s game was all about special teams. We really focused on our penalty kill all week. We know their PP is dangerous.”

Natick (11-8-4) killed three Mustang power plays while cashing in on one of their two man-advantages. Kaplan followed a rebound off an Andrew Newis shot at 3:58 of the second period.

From there, Kwok took over, making 19 of his 24 saves during the second and third periods.

“My defense has played well,” the senior netminder and captain said. “In the playoffs they’ve really stepped it up. The shots I wasn’t able to see, they got blocked before they got to me.”

It was inevitable that one team’s emotional story would come to an end Thursday night.

While Natick has dedicated their season to fallen teammate Justin Bailey, Norwood, as in the last three seasons, have devoted their efforts to Matt Brown, who would have been a senior skater with the Mustangs this season.

Even though the Mustangs fell short of their ultimate goal, Norwood head coach Bill Clifford said his group has been one of his most memorable.

“They’re a special team, they really are,” Clifford said. “They would’ve like to have gotten a little bit further, but they were a great group.”

While Kwok might have emerged with the shutout and the win, Mustang netminder Jordan Davis was on par.

Davis, a junior, snagged the save of the game with a glove-side stop in the third period.

Natick forward Mike Pennett broke in on Davis on a breakaway with about 10 minutes to play. Pennett stick-handled into the slot before getting off a quick wrister from between the circles. Davis grabbed the rising shot and held on for a faceoff.

“He had a 1.50 goals against average through the season and he made some unbelievable stops tonight,” Clifford said of Davis.

D1 South sectional quarterfinal recaps

March, 3, 2012
BOURNE, Mass. -- The Bay State League stole the show during Saturday's Division 1 quarterfinals, played at Gallo Ice Arena.

The public school league will see four of its teams in the semifinal round, the notable exclusion being No. 1 seed Needham.

Here's the breakdown of the action from a long day of hockey, along with a couple nuggets of analysis:


First period: The Mustangs went on an early power play, getting just one shot off on the Barnstable kill. The Red Raiders took the first lead of the game at 8:35 on Max Willman's strike from Chris Harris and Eric Rogorzenski. Andrew Alty tied the game with 30 seconds remaining on a pretty cross-ice pass from Jake Ranalli. Brendan Cathcart picked up the second assist. Norwood took a 7-6 shot advantage in the stanza.

Second period: Scant scoring opportunities for either side. Norwood carried play for portions of the second, but the Raiders had the best of the latter stages. Still, Barnstable out-shot the Mustangs 9-7 in the period.

Third period: The Mustangs found the go-ahead goal with defenseman Kyle Dolan tallying his second of the season, with some good work down low from Cathcart (2 assists)and Tyler Gover. The Red Raiders were ham-strung by a late penalty (playing with a broken stick) that had them on the penalty kill with just 1:38 remaining. Despite having a couple of offensive zone face-off opportunities in the final minute, the Red Raiders weren't able to find the equalizer. Jordan Davis made 25 saves for the Mustangs in the win, as Barnstable outshot Norwood, 26-22, for the game.

Analysis: What made Norwood successful in this game were a lot of the little things that don't show up in scoresheets. The Mustangs did a terrific job on the back check, keeping pace with a speedy Barnstable roster. When the Red Raiders were able to enter the zone, Norwood collapsed down low and were able to throw sticks, bodies, whatever, in the passing a shooting lanes, limiting quality chances on Davis.


First period: Most of the period's play was conducted in the neutral zone, with both teams playing a tight checking game. Natick had its best chance of the game, coming on a 2-on-1 during a late power play. However, Needham actually out-chanced the Red & Blue, 2-1, while a man down. Shots were 10-5 in the Rockets' favor in the first.

Second period: Needham earned its first power play of the game early on, but was unable to cash in with two shots against Red & Blue goaltender Derek Kwok. Natick opened scoring at 5:56 with Andrew Newis tallying his 13th of the season from Mike Pennett and Derek Butler. At 11:52, Butler added his second point with his 16th goal of the season. Just 1:08 later, Pennett picked up his second point of the game with a goal, giving the Red & Blue a 3-0 lead at the second intermission.

Third period: Needham got on the board 4:06 Joey Parsons entering on a partial break on an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season. Play continued on in Natick's end for the bulk of the period. Lucas Davis added an unassisted goal of his own, drawing the Rockets within one, but for the second time this week (after Monday's Super 8 play-in game) their third-period rally fell short.

Analysis: Once again, Needham's tendency to come out slow hurt them. As in their Super 8 play-in game against St. John's (Shrewsbury) on Monday, the Rockets dug themselves into a hole they weren't able to recoup.


First period: There was little to speak of scoring chances between the two squads, save for Clipper forward Ben Taylor's shot off the post in the second minute. Not whole lot to say beyond that. Shots were 7-2 in favor of Falmouth.

Second period: After skating to a scoreless first period, Storm Foitu netted the first goal for Falmouth 1:11 into the period. Durham Ghelfi set up the goal with some nice work along the half boards, putting a pass back to Foitu on the left wing circle. Milton tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in the period, thanks to some slick passing in the offensive zone. Brian Higgins set up Paul Curran, skittering a pass across through a Falmouth defender with Curran directing the pass into the net from the goal mouth. Milton took an 11-4 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Curran and Higgins continued their dazzling offensive show in the third, only to see Falmouth netminder Petey Negri make a couple of circus saves. The middle portion of the period was played predominately in the Clippers' end with the Wildcats sustaining offensive pressure. Curran scored his second of the game, his 21st of the season, the game-winner, with 43 seconds to play, with a shot deflected off a Falmouth defender's skate. Terrance Walsh and Dan Curran had the assists. Higgins notched his second point of the game with an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining. Hankard made 18 stops to earn the victory.

Analysis: Paul Curran showed why he was one of the most feared scorers in the Bay State Conference this season. His work, along with that of linemate, Higgins, was impressive throughout, creating a bulk of Milton's scoring chances.

First period: The Wamps took a 7-6 shots advantage, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Braintree went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Rams were shut out in their only opportunity.

Second period: After being held to just one shot on their third power play opportunity, the Wamps took the first lead of the game on Cody Kingston's goal at 9-minute mark, with assists from James Flaherty and Tom Troy. Braintree claimed a 2-0 lead two minutes later on David Fasano's wrist shot from the right side circle. Troy picked up his second assist of the game with another handed out to Nick Ward. The Wamps claimed a 12-7 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Marshfield upped its pressure in the offensize zone, but were unable to crack Wamps netminder Dan Murphy. Murphy made 20 saves in the shutout.

Analysis: Marshfield wasn't able to sustain pressure in Braintree's defensive zone throughout. Once Braintree takes a lead, as has become the custom under David Fasano, the Wamps become increasingly hard to play against, clogging up the neutral zone in a 1-2-2 and collapsing down low when set in the defensize zone. Murphy wasn't tested all that often, but when he was he was ready. Wamps all-star defenseman Conor Fenton (3-9-12) was his usual self, playing aggresively and mixing it up physically often drawing the assingment of shutting down the Rams' top line of Mike Carbone, Chris Perry and Connor McLean.

Recap: No. 23 Norwood 4, No. 7 Needham 3

February, 2, 2012
(Highlights courtesy of the Needham Channel)

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- In a matchup of perennial powers of the Bay State League’s respective hockey divisions, No. 23 Norwood’s 4-3 victory over No. 7 Needham was more than just two old rivals going at it.

In the big picture of things, it meant a whole lot more.

For the Mustangs (11-2-4, 8-0-4), Wednesday’s battle at the Babson Skating Center was a valediction, proof positive they will be a very tough out for any potential postseason opponent. The win over the Rockets is a marquee note to an already successful season.

On the other hand, it seems as though a hole might have been punched in the Rockets’ Super 8 tournament resume. Coupled with a costly early January loss to No. 16 Braintree – whom the Rockets now trail by a point in the Bay State Carey – Needham has only complicated their once presumed path back to the state’s top hockey tournament.

But, in short, it was matter of the Mustangs working their game plan to perfection.

Norwood scored twice within 23 seconds, running to a 2-0 lead less than four minutes in. Goals by Peter Kelly and Mike Murray allowed the Mustangs to settle in and focus on shutting down the Rockets’ counter attack.

“We were able to stay with our forecheck, which bottled them up a little bit in that first period,” Norwood head coach Bill Clifford said.

Playing against a sticky 1-2-2 front, Needham (12-3-0, 9-2-0) struggled early on to put consistent pressure on Mustangs goaltender Jordan Davis (34 saves).

The Rockets finally cracked Davis midway through the second period, with senior forward Chris Lambert cleaning up a rebound from the low slot.

But Norwood had an answer.

Senior captain Brendan Cathcart (1 G, 1 A) was the beneficiary of Tyler Gover’s dogged work behind the net with 1:18 remaining in the second. Gover fought off the checks of Needham’s blue-line tandem to shovel a centering pass to Cathcart for the goal. It was part of a three-assist game for Norwood’s junior forward.

“This game went a lot like the Braintree game,” Needham head coach Bill Guisti said. “We came out a little bit sluggish and they got those two goals. It’s like just said to our guys, we can’t be spotting these good teams two goals.”

Needham freshman forward James Fisher cut the lead to one 12 seconds after Cathcart’s tally.

However, Mustangs sophomore forward Mark Powers dealt the Rockets a knockout blow at 1:23 of the third. Swinging beneath the goal line, Powers settled in back of the Rockets’ cage, only to hit the brakes and shift back to his left. With Needham netminder Connor Murray buying the deke, Powers shifted back around, depositing the puck in a gaping net with Murray slow to break from the right side post.

Needham made a furious comeback attempt in the final minute with goaltender pulled. Timmy Parlato picking up his second point of the game on his goal with 12.3 seconds remaining.

Despite a couple more good looks at the Norwood cage off the ensuing faceoff, the Mustangs held tight and pocketed their biggest win to date.

“It gave us a little confidence and we hung on,” Clifford said of the quick start. “I thought we played a great game, they did a good job around the boards, the forecheck was good, the defensive zone coverage was good.

“They’ve been working hard all year and it’s starting to pay off for them.”

Norwood constantly has another player, another coach on their side, watching from the other side of the glass.

This year would have been Matt Brown’s senior season with the Mustangs. And, while Brown’s hockey career ended on that fateful night in January 2010, the resilient 17-year-old remains a guiding presence to the program.

“He’s with us all the time,” Clifford said of Brown. “He comes to games, practices, pasta dinners. The kids are always over his house hanging out, so they have a good bond together.”

Brown has provided more than moral support to his teammates on the ice, he’s been another set of eyes for Clifford’s coaching staff.

“He always tells me exactly what he sees, and he does a good job. He knows the game inside and out. He tells me some things that I miss.”