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FALMOUTH, Mass. – Archbishop Williams certainly loves their props. When the Bishops win, the game’s top player gets to wear the ugly jacket, a piece of clothing that would make Macklemore pause at the thrift shop.
The Bishops’ hardest worker in the game dons the hard hat, which has more dents in it than a sheet of ice before the Zamboni gets to it.
At the Falmouth Ice Arena on Monday, hometown boy Mike Jessman got to wear the mint green paisley jacket after he scored twice against Arlington Catholic to pace the Bishops to a 4-1 win at the Buddy Ferreira Classic.
Nick Menzel also scored and Kyle Leonard added an empty-netter as the No. 11 Bishops (11-5-3) earned a key victory over the ninth-ranked Cougars (12-6-1) in the teams’ third meeting of the season.
Senior goalie Steve Jenner left the locker room with the beat up hard hat and a smile. Jenner stopped 29 of the 30 Arlington Catholic shots on net and kept his team in the game over the first two periods before his team exploded for three goals in the early part of the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit after two stanzas into a victory.
“When he’s played, he’s either really hot, or not,” Archies head coach Derackk Curtis said. “He was hot, and he was real good.”
Jenner’s teammates meandered through portions of the first two frames, but brought their “A” game for the third period. Jessman popped a pair past John Richard over a span of about three minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. On both occasions, Mike Sorrenti played a key role in his linemate’s success.
With Super 8 implications for both teams, Jessman said that Curtis asserted the importance of his team playing well in the third period during the second intermission.
“Coach basically told us that if you want to have a shot at the Super 8 it’s going to come down to them and us in the rubber match,” Jessman said.
Just 50 seconds into the third, Sorenti forced an Arlington Catholic turnover in the right wing corner, came away with the puck and sent it to the slot. Jessman one-timed the feed low to the far side to tie the game.
On that same line’s next shift, they gave the Bishops the lead. Michael Davis’ hard work down low created a turnover for the Bishops and he found Sorenti near the net. Rather than shoot at the squared-up Richard, Sorenti slipped a pass to his right where Jessman roofed a shot to make it 2-1 at the four minute mark.
The two markers for the senior gave Jessman three goals in two games here in Falmouth, the town in which he resides full-time. He said to be able to play well in front of his loved ones was special.
“It means a lot, this is where I grew up playing, not in this rink, but in the old Falmouth rink,” he said. “A lot of my family comes down for these ones.”
Just 82 seconds later, the Bishops scored again to go up by a pair. From the right wing wall, Eric Keefe delivered a great diagonal pass to the far post for Pat Twombley, whose attempt to tip the puck in sent the puck through the crease to the far side. Menzel was on the other side and slammed in the loose puck for some insurance at 5:22.
Jenner faced 10 shots by Arlington Catholic in each period. The only one of those bids that got past him came off the stick of Ryan Smith late in the first period with a hard-nosed effort in front of the Williams net. With AC bringing pressure, defenseman Jack Rogers fluttered a wrister to the cage from the right point through some traffic. Jenner got his right leg pad down in time to halt the initial bid, but Smith raked out the rebound, from a prone position on the ice to put his team on the scoreboard.
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Hope is still alive for the Hingham Harbormen.
With a 4-4 tie against Archbishop Williams in the first round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic on Saturday, Hingham remains in the hunt for an MIAA postseason berth, by the skin of their teeth.
Hingham rallied back from two goals at the start of the third period to tie the game up late in the third period. They advanced into the winner’s bracket of the tourney when Matt Demelis popped in a rebound at 3:26 of overtime.
The MIAA does not sanction regular season overtime, so the game goes into the record books as a draw for Hingham. It doesn’t make things any easier though. The Harbormen must run the table going forward, starting with a Classic semifinal battle against rival Duxbury on Monday.
“I think the kids showed a lot in the third period,” Tony Messina said. “They knew what they were up against and sometimes when you play with desperation it works.”
Youngster Luke McInnis scored the biggest goal of his high school career to bring the Harbormen all the way back at 12:02 of the third period. The sophomore defenseman collected his fourth of the season to square the game at 4-4.
McInnis started the play in the defensive end. With his team looking low on gas, and chasing around the Bishops and the puck in their own end, McInnis came up with the puck and worked it through the middle of the ice, unloading a slapper just a stride over the blue line. His rising blast glanced off goalie Steve Jenner’s outstretched glove and chimed in off the bottom of the crossbar.
McInnis said he wasn’t trying to be a hero, he was just trying to get the puck into the Bishops’ zone and good things happened.
“I just got it out of the zone and skated it up the ice and took a shot and it ended up going in, got kind of lucky, I was trying to get it on net, get a rebound,” McInnis said. “It felt great, a great relief that we finally tied. Our whole team was battling, our goalie was playing good and it felt great to get a tie and a win in OT."
Early on it looked like the two teams were going to wear out the scorekeeper as they combined for five first period goals. Mike Sorrenti struck first for the Bishops just 70 seconds into the game with a one-timer from Mike Jessman. Less than three minutes later the Harbormen tied it up with a floater from the top of the left wing circle by Billy McNally that Matt McCaughey misjudged.
Hingham gained its only lead of the night, until overtime, at 6:52, when Pat Colpoys poked a pass from behind the cage inside the near post. That goal chased McCaughey from the game and brought Steve Jenner out of the bullpen for the Bishops. Jenner calmed things down and did not give up a goal until the third.
The Bishops rallied to tie it up at 2-2 a tad over a minute later. Jessman shoveled a pass from Kyle Leonard under the crossbar. Then, at 13:08, the Bishops went out front, 3-2, on a goal by Ryan Dunn, who also scored early in the third to make it 4-2.
Hingham dodged a bullet late in the second when Dunn had a bid for a hat trick. With just four seconds left in the period, Dunn broke in clean against Alex Bonn, off of a steal, but his backhander hit the crossbar.
McInnis said the players knew what they were up against.
“You could feel it in the room. Everybody was real uptight and everything. We just came out ready to play in the third and came back from 4-2,” he said.
Colpoys agreed, and had a big hand in doing something about the deficit.
“The captains were yelling, trying to get everyone fired up. Seventeen seconds later, we get on the ice and pop one,” Colpoys said.
It was Colpoys that made it a one-goal game. With his team opening the period with a power play, they won a draw in the leftwing circle. Colpoys switched spots with a teammate and went for the far post, where he camped out and jammed in a nice feed through traffic by Joe Personeni.
“We just reminded them that this was the end of the road for us for the tournament,” Messina said. “They knew that and they came out and played with a lot of heart. I’m very proud of them.”
Next up for the Harbormen is a do-or-die affair with their biggest rival, Duxbury. The Dragons, who won earlier in the day against Arlington Catholic, won the only meeting between the clubs back in late January, 5-3.
Hingham’s players said that they’re looking forward to getting another shot at the Dragons, and did not soft sell its importance.
“That’ll be an absolute war, I’m so happy for that game,” Colpoys said with a smile. “That’s going to be a good one.”
Fifth-ranked Archbishop Williams got four goals from senior Ryan Dunn en route to a 9-3 shellacking of Chelmsford in the day’s second game. In the earlier contest, Westford Academy rode a hat trick by Anthony Gulliver to a 7-2 victory over the host team from Falmouth.
The night before, head coach Derackk Curtis’s squad needed a final-minute miracle provided by Nick Menzel to earn a draw against WA. There was no need for such dramatics against Chelmsford as the Bishops scored multiple goals in every period to run away and hide from the Lions.
“We wanted to make a statement, because the team as a whole didn’t feel like we performed well yesterday,” Curtis said. “I though overall we played pretty well.”
Leading 2-1 after one, Archbishop Williams took charge in the second period with three quick goals that opened up some breathing room.
Mike Sorrenti bore down the right side and tucked one past Tim Huggins just 36 seconds into the second, scoring on his team’s first shot of the period. Just 30 seconds later Dunn blasted in a set-up by Eric Keefe that made it 4-1. Then, at 5:16, a Chelmsford turnover found Sorrenti in the low slot and he let it rip instantaneously to give his team a three-goal cushion.
The rest of the second period was all Lions, but Archies goalie Matt McCaughey (30 saves) prevented things from getting too close. McCaughey stopped 16 of 17 Lions shots on net during the middle frame, including three during a 5-on-3 power play late in the stanza.
His lone mistake in the second period came at 10:19 when Mike DeDenato slipped through a check on the left wing wall at the blue line and whistled a shot inside the near post to make it 5-2. Chelmsford had plenty of chances after that to close the gap late in the period, but McCaughey was extra sharp.
“Coming into it we didn’t really have Matt pegged in as the number one guy, but he’s come in and played with an air of confidence. He’s very calm, cool and collected back there,” Curtis said.
Chelmsford head coach Mike McGrath said that McCaughey’s stand-out play in the second period was a big reason for the outcome. “He made three or four really big saves there, and then we came out in the third and gave one up right away, and end of story.”
The Bishops kept it up in the third. Goals by Michael Davis and Cullen Lyne in the first five minutes increased the lead to 7-2. Danny Ferri closed the gap a little with a spectacular shorthanded goal at 5:06, but that was the last of the scoring for the Lions. Dunn capped the festivities with goals three and four later in the period, his first coming off of a funny bounce out of the corner, and then his last of the night on a clean breakaway.
AW opened the game by building a 2-0 lead, with Chelmsford making it a one-goal game late in the period. Dylan O’Brien got the game’s first one, tipping a Kyle Leonard wrist shot at 4:45. Dunn then snapped one in on a break up the middle at 9:16 to double his team’s advantage. Danny Ferri popped in his own rebound for Chelmsford at 14:24 to make it a one-goal game after the opening period.
Westford Academy 7, Falmouth 2
In the first game, Westford Academy (1-1-1) exploded in the second period to net a half-dozen goals in 15 minutes and turn a competitive contest into a laugher.
Grey Ghosts head coach Bob Carpenter was pleased to see his club travel South to the Cape Cod Cup and leave with three points in tow, after having played No. 5 Archbishop Williams to a draw the previous night.
“You don’t plan on that to come down here and get three points, it’s nice,” he said with a smile following his team’s rollicking win over the host team.
After a very competitive first 15 minutes, Westford Academy found another gear in the second period, striking early and often. Goals by Anthony Gulliver and Ryan Hesseltine less than a minute apart turned a 1-0 differential into a 3-0 contest in a matter of moments. Gulliver, who missed most of the previous day’s game with a severe headache, gave the Clippers pains by scoring a hat trick in the game. His second of the night, at 2:39 of the second, saw him camp on the edge of the crease and put home an Andrew Gounaris rebound. Just 51 seconds later Cam MacDonald dragged a defender on his hip up the left wing and centered a feed to the wide-open Hesseltine for a tip-in past Nick Cline to make it a three-goal differential.
Westford Academy was just getting started, though. The Ghosts went on to add four more before the second period concluded. Jay Drapeau’s power play goal, which came with 10 seconds left on a major against the Clippers, was the shot of the day as he sniped one just under the crossbar on the near side to make it 4-0.
Joe Schultz, Gulliver and Jack Conway each added to the tally late in the period as they bunched their strikes over a span of just 2:26, pushing their lead to a robust 7-0 differential after 30 minutes.
“I thought (Falmouth) played very well in that first period, and really took us out of our game. In the second period we kind of settled in better,” Carpenter said. “We worked harder in the second period. I thought we were trying to be a little too cute in the first period, and we were falling right into Falmouth’s trap, I think. We got back into our game, putting the puck on net and crashing the net.”
Falmouth (3-2-1) saved some face by winning the third period, scoring a pair of goals, both of which came off the stick of sophomore Sam Walker. Nick Marston set up the first one, with a nice feed off the right wing wall to the doorstep for Walker. The first-year varsity player netted number two on his next shift, intercepting a pass at the red line before sniping one in to the lower right corner at 11:39.
Paul Moore said that his team will move on from the blowout loss. “You play this game with your hands, your head and your feet and we stopped playing with all three in some situations tonight,” he said. “It was an abomination, I told them to have amnesia and forget about it. We’ll learn from our mistakes and move on.”
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- When Peter Crinella knocked home his second goal of the afternoon very late into the third period to tie the game for Springfield Cathedral, there was more than a few heads bowing on the Archbishop Williams bench. The Bishops felt they played too hard and had come too far for them to earn just a measly point out of this contest.
With still a little time left, Archbishop Williams had a go-for-broke attitude. As the clock ticked down to under a minute, they conjured up one last rush down ice. With the puck on his stick, Eric Keefe let a shot fly which caromed off the left goal post. Fortunately for Keefe, the puck retreated directly back onto his stick and the junior was able slip it underneath Panther goaltender John Liquori for the game-winner with just 42 seconds left.
"After the first shot hit the post I was able to grab it,'' said Keefe, who also netted a second-period goal. "At that point I was just thinking I had to put it in. This is a huge win for us. We hadn't beaten [Cathedral] in my three years here. This certainly brings up our confidence to a high level. We have a solid goaltender and all three lines played their hearts out today and we were able to come away with the win."
Both programs lived up to the standards they've created for themselves over the years in this one. For the most part, things were evenly balanced.
No. 3 Cathedral (2-1-1) mustered 36 shots while the No. 7 Bishops (2-0-0) recorded 35. Archbishop Williams' defense throughout was solid led by Kenny Lofstrom, Colin Boyle, Kyle Leonard, Pat Wombly and Tyler Bradford. All played physical again the Panthers high-octane offense and sacrificed themselves on numerous occasions to dive in front of shots.
"We knew coming up here it was going to be a tough game for us," Bishops coach Derackk Curtis said. "This was an early test for us and the boys played real well. We've been putting a lot of work into this group. Tonight we started to see the fruits of our labor in terms of them being more physical, blocking shots, being aggressive and working their checks. I think all of those things are starting to come together and the kids are starting to identify what it takes to be successful."
Crinella, who leads the Panthers with eight goals, gave his club an early 1-0 lead at 10:09 of the opening period. Positioning himself just outside the crease, the junior took a pass from Devan Tongue and lifted a backhand past Matt McCaughey.
That lead lasted just four minutes. With Archbishop Williams on the powerplay, Ryan Dunn tied matters. The senior dragged the puck through traffic before slipping a shot between Liquori's pads.
Another power play midway through the middle period produced another goal for the Bishops. Archbishop Williams pressured the Cathedral zone. After two shots bounced off of Liquori's pads, Keefe made sure his didn't, finding an open left side of the net to slip the puck into giving his team a 2-1 advantage.
Things remained that way for the remainder of the frame. In the third, the Panthers showed much more aggressiveness on offense. A team literally made up of underclassmen, Cathedral didn't play like it for most of the final 15 minutes. The Panthers ambushed McCaughey (34 saves) with several shot early. But the junior blocked all of them. Then, after Cam Mariani was called for a hook, Cathedral had the opportunity it needed, working the puck methodically into the Bishops' zone, a couple of quick shots netted nothing. However, McCaughey couldn't control the rebound on one of them in which Crinella was in perfect position to poke it into the back of the net to knot this affair at 2-2.
"I thought this was a great game," Panthers coach Brian Foley said. "It was two good teams going at it. We're improving and we're young. Missing [forward] Zac Prattson (two game suspension) hurts us because they have a bunch of seniors, physically he brings a lot to the table for us. We felt his absence today. I thought [Liquori] had a great game in net as did their goalie. We came out on the wrong end today but we'll learn from it."
At this point, the Panthers probably would've settled for a tie and did everything they could defensively to block Archbishop Williams' passing lanes and breakaways. It seem to work until Keefe was able to squeeze through and finding himself in the right place once his initial shot bounced off the pipe and directly in front of him to slip his shot by Liquori (32 saves) for the game-winner.
"You get a little worried in those type of situations," Curtis said. "Cathedral seemed to keep missing the net high and we had some good, quality chances that were stopped. You get worried because you don't have a significant-enough lead in the dying seconds of the game. But we were able to bounce back late.
“Last year, I don't think we win this game. The other team would tie it up late and we might fold at that point. This year the boys are a lot more focused and you have to proud of the way they've played."
BOURNE, Mass. - Marshfield head coach Dan Connolly has been seen around Gallo Ice Arena frequently of late, even when his Rams were not on the ice. Whatever Coach Connolly is doing - scouting, taking a break from his team, watching great state playoff hockey - it is working.
No.5 Marshfield came out of the gates with their pads on fire and posted three tallies on 17 shots on goal on their way to a 5-1 rout over top-seeded Archbishop Williams (13-6-4) in the Division 1 semifinals.
Mike Carbone and Matt Burchill each posted a goal and an assist to help the Rams (19-6) advance to the Division 1 finals on Tuesday against No.2 seeded Hingham, who were 8-1 winners over Barnstable on the other side of the bracket.
Jimmy Connors, Liam Manning, and Burchill were credited with the first period goals, with Connors and Manning scoring only 32 seconds apart within 7:19 of regulation.
"It was very unexpected to get up 3-0 that quick and I thought our kids played great. We were all over them with a lot of energy and out-beating them to pucks and played real well," said Connolly. "The key was keeping [Mike] Jessman and [Mike] Sorrenti outside, as they are two very, very talented players. Try to keep them to the perimeter as much as we could."
The Rams defense worked out Connolly's plans to perfection as the speed and depth of the offense outshot Archies, 17-4, in the first 15 minutes of play.
Connors sent the pro-Marshfield crowd into a frenzy at 6:47 of the first as he was fed out in front of a scrum from Pat Burchill with Will Decost also getting an assist on the first goal of the game. Manning decided to do things himself as he took the puck left-to-right across the crease for the unassisted tally only 32 seconds later on the next Marshfield shift down the ice for the 2-0 lead.
Burchill finished off the first period onslaught on the power-play one second before Kyle Leonard's boarding penalty expired off a 5-on-3 opportunity to give Marshfield plenty of room with a 3-0 lead at 12:08 of the first.
Marshfield came out sluggish in the second period but couldn't be blamed much with a 3-0 lead. The defense was on their heels with numerous turnovers in the neutral zone within the first five minutes of play and Jake Romano finally figured out Connor Lemieux at 4:03 of the second to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Archies' goal, however, did not hand momentum back to the top-seeded Archies but only woke up the speed of the Marshfield skaters and showcased their depth. Third-liners Colin MacDonald and David Cataldo paired up on a goal to get back the three-goal cushion at 10:47 of the second stanza.
MacDonald worked the blue line to keep the puck in the Marshfield zone and was able to find Cataldo low in the right slot. Cataldo pulled the trigger and found daylight between the crossbar and pads of Joe Vinay in net on the near side top corner for a picturesque odd-angle goal and a 4-1 Marshfield lead.
"I thought they took it to us in the first five or six [minutes] of the second, but then we started settling back in and playing the way we wanted to play," said Connolly.
Not often you can talk about an assist being the play of the game, but Burchill pulled it off early in the third period. The junior defenseman dropped behind the right post with two defenders draped over him and flipped a backhand pass out in front of the crease between a defender's legs and Carbone sniped it for the 5-1 lead.
"That was a great goal as I was just playing in the slot waiting for it, I was hollering his name, and he picked his head up and hit me...it was perfect," said Carbone, a senior forward who is looking for his second trip to the TD Garden after the Rams won the Division 1 title in 2011 when he was a sophomore. "It's hard playing with the lead cause they are coming hard at us and to keep up the intensity - it is hard to do that and when you think the game is already over but its 45 minutes in every game."
While Archies featured a more aggressive style coming into the semifinals, the Rams now move on to face No. 2 Hingham, who features four strong lines, just as much speed as the Rams and obviously can match their depth. The two South Shore foes faced off in the final game of the regular season with the Harbormen hanging a 10-1 loss on the Rams. Connolly is obviously hoping for a better fate.
"We are obviously hoping for a different outcome, but as long as we stay playing like we have in the tournament I think it will be a great game," said Connolly.
However, Wednesday night’s 4-4 draw between the teams at the Stoneham Arena was enough to net the Bishops their first Catholic Central Large crown since a share of the title in 2009-10.
It was all there for Archies (11-2-4, 7-0-3), which held a 4-1 lead early in the third period. But the Cougars (9-1-6, 6-0-4) came alive in the third period, scoring three goals in a span of two minutes, 25 seconds to pull into a tie.
“You have to be happy that you won the league, but it’s very disappointing,” Bishops head coach Derackk Curtis said.
He added, “Hopefully, we learn from it. You can’t get caught up in it.”
The teams traded goals in the first period (Nolan Vesey for AP and Mike Jessman for Archies), but the Bishops broke loose in the second. Archies claimed its first lead of the game at 2:22 of the second with a power-goal at Jake Reardon tipped home Kyle Leonard’s point shot. Ryan Dunn padded the Bishops’ lead with 22 seconds remaining in the period with Reardon picking up his second point of the game on the assist.
“In the second period, we got back to doing what we do well – taking the body, getting pucks in deep and cycling it,” Curtis said. “I though we carried the play.”
Archies was off to fast start in the third as well with Mike Davis stuffing a shot in shortside on a broken play 1:08 into the period.
AP took over from there. Just 36 seconds later, senior captain Frankie Candelino put the Cougars on the comeback trail and Jake McKenelley brought AP within a goal 24 seconds later.
George Sennott scored the equalizer with 10:52 remaining on a beautiful feed from Vesey (2 points) on the power play.
MINOR SETBACK, SUPER FUTURE?
While the Cougars ultimately couldn’t find the go-ahead and fell short of the league title, all wasn’t lost.
“I liked our effort in that there was no quit and we came back,” AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said.
Finocchiaro admitted he’d considered pulling goaltender Elijah Harris in the game’s waning moments, searching for the go-ahead goal. But he was content to take the point and take his chances that his team’s resume to date will be enough to gain entry to the upcoming Super 8 tournament.
“We’ll take the point,” Finocchiaro said. “We have a very strong strength of schedule if that comes into effect when they look at us. …
“We have to finish. We have some games in front of us.”
SEE YOU SOON?
And with that, there’s also the possibility that the Bishops and Cougars could cross paths for the third time this season in next week’s crucial Cape Cod Classic in Falmouth. Both teams will play in the 8-team tournament which features six Top 25 teams and five teams featured on the Super 8 Watch List.
Archies opens the tournament with Waltham in a 5 p.m. faceoff on Saturday, while AP skates with Hingham in a potential Super 8 preview matchup at 3 p.m.