Boston High School: Kyle Leone

Recap: Kasabuski Tournament Day 1

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
11:10
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SAUGUS, Mass. -- As far as holiday tournaments go, it’s somewhat unusual to find such an important league matchup as Tuesday’s Catholic Central Conference battle between No. 13 St. Mary’s of Lynn and No. 16 Austin Prep at the Kasabuski Tourney on Tuesday.

The Spartans and Cougars brought a playoff-life atmosphere to a game that remained scoreless through two periods, but was filled with physical play.

Both teams scored on their first shots of the third, but St. Mary’s scoring opportunities kept piling up, adding up to a 3-1 victory.

“We’ve developed a little rivalry over the years and we knew it was going to be a battle until the end,” Spartans head coach Mark Lee said.

Scott Corcoran had AP (2-1-0, 2-1-0) to a 1-0 lead seconds into the third with the aide of a perfect cross-ice feed from captain Ryan Quinn.

St. Mary’s (5-1-0, 2-0-0) responded with some strong net front presence as Cam O’Neill tipped home his fourth goal of the season.

The score remained tied -- due in no small part to a sensational effort by Cougars freshman goaltender Elijah Harris -- until the final minutes of the game when the Spartans took advantage of the sixth power play surrendered by the Cougars.

“Whenever you take six penalties,” AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said, “with two big ones in the third period … To have two penalty kills in the last six, seven minutes of the game, that hurt us big time.”



Spartans senior captain Bobby Mullins netted a power-play marker with 1:52 remaining, leaving the Cougars little time for a counter attack.

Sophomore transfer Jarrod Fitzpatrick iced the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute with his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

“That’s a real goal for us, we want to repeat as league champions,” Lee said. “To do that, you have to start with Austin Prep. It’s always a battle.”

MC ROLLS, FITZGERALD RETURNS
No. 1 Malden Catholic’s 8-1 win over Bishop Fenwick saw the Lancers taking things in stride, as usual.

One particular bright spot for MC (3-1-0) though was the return of top line center Ryan Fitzgerald.

The junior assistant captain missed the first four games of the season after nursing a separated shoulder, but made his season debut centering the Lancers’ top line along with Brendan Collier (4 goals on Tuesday) and Mike Iovanna.

Fitzgerald got back into the flow of the game with a goal of his own in the second period, although a bit rusty.

“I was pretty winded out there,” Fitzgerald said. “The shoulder is fine. It’s a just a matter of getting back into game shape. That’ll just take a few games.”

Getting back into the game will be made easier by his linemates as the Lancers eye a run at a repeat Super 8 title.

“Obviously, I’ve had the chemistry with Brendan from playing together, but with Mikey I [Iovanna] comig onto the line, I’ve played with him my whole life, so it’s not new. We’ve had history. It’s pretty easy to mesh with those guys. They make it pretty easy.”

LYNNFIELD CAPTURES D2 BATTLE
The Cape Ann League and the Northeastern Conference are typically two of the strongest divisions in the state from top to bottom and this year promises to be no different.

So, with two teams looking to make noise in this year’s Div. 2 North tournament meeting on Tuesday between Lynnfield and Danvers, Pioneers head coach Vin Mirasolo reflected on a quality win after taking a 5-3 decision over the Falcons (2-2-0)

“The way we look at it, there could be any of about 15 teams in Division 2 that could be the team,” Mirasolo said. “I think we’re that mix that could, at any day, get it done.

“I like our mix [in the locker room]. It’s a good group that’s working hard and we continue to improve.”

Lynnfield (3-1-0) had its skating legs under them, led by top scorers Dylan Costa, John Festa and Greg Meininger.

But it was the depth the Pioneers exhibited on Tuesday that was most encouraging.

“We got production out of all three lines and then our sophomore goalie [Joe Bassi] made all the saves he had to make. It was a pretty good effort, overall. We’re still not where we need to be, but we’re getting there.”

ONE HOST HOLDS OFF ANOTHER
No. 10 Wakefield used a late charge to beat Saugus, 3-1, in the the day's early game between two teams which call Kasabuski home.

The Warriors (3-1-0) took an early 1-0 lead in the first period with Kevin Doherty cashing in on a broken play. Kurt Roderigues tallied the lone Sachems (1-2-1) goal to tie the game before the period was out.

That's the way it would remain until there was 1:25 remaining in regulation, when Ryan Andrews tallied the game-winner.

Kyle Leone scored an empty-netter to cap it.


BILLERICA, Mass. -- Wakefield boys’ hockey head coach Derek Edgerly couldn’t quite put his finger on it, but he knew he had something special with this year’s team. Granted, having just five seniors and 12 sophomores on a varsity team doesn’t often inspire visions of postseason glory, but he knew they had it.

“I knew these kids had it from day one,” Edgerly said. “I don’t know what it was about them.”

The Warriors proved their coach to be right, toppling top-seeded St. Mary’s of Lynn, 4-3, completing a surprising run to the Division 1 North championship Saturday night at Chelmsford Forum.

And it was one of its younger members that put Wakefield (14-6-4) over the top. Second-year forward Kyle Leone, who had two goals in the entirety of the regular season, had a career game with a hat trick, including the game-winning tally in the third period.

However, it was not done without another stellar performance between the pipes from junior Joe Cerulo. St. Mary’s outshot Wakefield, 38-20, for the game, but the Warriors netminder repeatedly frustrated the Spartans’ snipers with highlight reel stop after the next.

“I thought all our guys played well tonight,” St. Mary’s head coach Mark Lee said. “They were tenacious and, most of the game, they dominated.

“The story of the game was their goaltender, but I think we did everything we need to do to be successful to win today. They got it done when they had to and when we had to put the puck in the net, they didn’t let us.”

Wakefield was out of the gate first, scoring 3:12 in with Brett Buckley tipping in Kevin Doherty’s point shot in front. The Warriors were on the board again just 35 seconds later with Leone tallying his first of the night, putting back a rebound off of a John Sartell shot.

The Spartans (14-5-3) regained a degree of momentum, carrying play for the final half of the period and outshooting the Warriors, 12-9. St. Mary’s cut the lead to one on Christopher Surrette’s first of the game with 6:08 remaining in the first.

Surrette tied the game two minutes into the second, squeezing one through Cerulo’s arm, for his second goal of the game.

Wakefield came back to answer with 3:33 remaining in the period, with Leone netting his second of the game, again coming off a rebound. Alec Brown and Andrew Finocchio had the assists.

Once again, St. Mary’s responded when Julian Yourawski snuck one in from the behind the net on a wraparound with 1:24 to play in the second.

However, the night belonged to Leone and he put Wakefield on top for good 38 seconds into the third, with Spartans netminder Donald Hesse experiencing déjà vu all over again, on a rebound put back.

“I just saw it, hit it and it was in the net,” Leone said of the game-winner.

While the Warriors shocked the hockey world, they also may have surprised themselves.

“Coming into this season I knew we were a very young team, but I never thought we’d make it this far,” Cerulo said. “But I’m very proud of my team because it was a good overall team effort.”

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