Boston High School: Luke McInnis

Luke McInnis: BC 'suits my game well'

July, 23, 2014
Jul 23
It's been a good summer for Hingham native Luke McInnis.

First, the slick-skating defenseman was named to the United States national team at the Five Nations tournament in Germany. Then, last week, McInnis followed in the footsteps of his father -- former Bruin, Marty -- to the Heights, giving his verbal commitment to Boston College.

McInnis will transfer to Dexter School next year, joining Dan Donato's squad, after playing two varsity seasons at Hingham High. As a sophomore last year, McInnis put up 4-11-15 totals with the Harbormen.

We caught up with McInnis to talk about his commitment:

On his decision to go to BC: "It has run through my family starting with my dad's dad. And also the history the school of being a competitor every year."

On his father's impact on his decision: "My dad did not have a big impact. He wanted me to make the decision and go where I think I would be the best that I can be."

On how Coach York's philosophy suits his game: "I think it suits my game well he likes to have his defenseman jump up in the play but make sure to take care of their own zone as well. He likes to coach the game the way I like to play."

On what he's working on this summer: "I work out all summer with Edge Performance Systems and play in many tournaments such as the Chowder Cup and the pre-draft [tournament] with the East Coast Kings."

On moving on to Dexter next year: "I am excited for next year it will be a challenge. I will need to work harder to keep my grades up. I am excited to have a coach such as Coach [Dan] Donato and to play along side great players."
The United States Hockey League (USHL) hosted the first phase of its two-day draft proceedings on Monday.

Here's a list of players with New England ties who were selected Monday, listed by overall selection:

14. Jake Ryczek (Ludlow, Mass.), D, Selects Hockey Academy - Sioux City.

23. Jamie Armstrong (Warwick, R.I.), LW, Neponset Valley - Muskegon.

38. Luke McInnis (Hingham, Mass.), D, Hingham - Youngstown.

54. Johnny Leonard (Amherst, Mass.), F, Springfield Cathedral - Green Bay.

59. John DeRoche (Lynnfield, Mass.), F, Boston Junior Bruins - Cedar Rapids.

63. Liam Murphy (Killingsworth, Conn.), F, Avon Old Farms - Waterloo.

81. Michael Fahie (Pembroke, Mass.), F, Noble & Greenough - Youngstown.

83. Logan Drevitch (Middleborough, Mass.), F, Boston Bandits - Des Moines.

90. R.J. Murphy (Needham, Mass.), LW, St. Sebastian's - Dubuque.

91. Mike Young (Medford, Mass.), D, Rivers - Cedar Rapids.

98. Monte Graham (Hanover, Mass.), F, Thayer Academy - Tri-City.

Recap: No. 21 Hingham 4, No. 11 Archies 4

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16

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.”

Recap: Catholic Memorial 5, Hingham 1

January, 5, 2014
Jan 5
HINGHAM, Mass. – Zach Sullivan scored twice in the first period and Anthony Pannagio added a pair of goals in the second period to propel Catholic Memorial to a dominating 5-1 victory over Hingham at the Pilgrim Skating Arena on Saturday night.

The visiting Knights (5-1-0) got off to a strong start in the first period, forcing Hingham goaltender Jack Santilli into eight saves before Sullivan opened the scoring. The puck found the junior forward in left circle and he fired a wrister past the goalie. Gunnar McKenzie had the assist.

The Harbormen (1-5-1) had a solid scoring opportunity in the first period Ethan Iaria has a shot from the slot go narrowly wide. Three minutes after opening the scoring Sullivan made it 2-0. The puck was shot in from the point by McKenzie and Santilli’s save landed on the stick of Aaron Clancy who sent a pass behind the goalie through the crease to a wide-open Sullivan.

The Knights controlled most of the attacking play and had a 12-2 advantage in shots after the opening period, which head coach Bill Hanson noted is becoming a pattern for his team – even if it was not a perfect game.

He said, “We’ve been consistent in that style of play all year. You know, our effort and the intensity was there, but physically we were a day late and a dollar short a lot of times.”

Hanson added, “We didn’t have our best legs at all tonight, but the power play worked well and our discipline was fabulous. We beat a pretty good hockey team.”

The Knights added to their lead in the second period with a power play goal two minutes in by Pannagio, who knocked home a loose puck at the side of the net. Hingham responded by turning up the pressure and got its reward when freshman Matt Demelis followed up a rebound on a shot from Luke McInnis that trickled through the pads of CM goalie Brandon Collett.

Unfortunately for the Harbormen, any momentum that the goal could have given them was taken away by another penalty and another power play goal by the visitors. Again it was Pannagio that provided the lift with a point-blank, one-timer on a centering pass by Michael Stathopolous that made it 4-1.

“The penalties hurt us,” said Hingham head coach Tony Messina. “They’re not good penalties and you just can’t win against a team like CM when you’re taking those kinds of penalties.”

He added, “We’ve been having a little bit of trouble generating offense lately. But, you know, I thought at times we played very well tonight and we’ve had moments where we give up easy goals and that’s what happened tonight.”

Hingham held an 11-9 advantage on shots in the third period, but most of those shots came from long distance and were little trouble for Collett. Messina thought the team played well in spurts but admitted the Harbormen need to try and create more solid scoring opportunities.

“We’re trying to get the guys to drive to the net,” he remarked. “I thought we had some decent moments where we created chances but a lot of the shots were from the perimeter. I think we out shot them in the third, but most of them were harmless.”

Catholic Memorial wrapped up the scoring with eight minutes remaining on an unassisted goal by Eion Hurley to make it 5-1. Hansen was pleased with the result ahead of a tough stretch that includes games with conference rivals St. John’s Prep and Xaverian.

He commented, “In this building, it’s hard to play. I think they have a little advantage when they play here. We’ll take 5-1 at this point.”

D1 South: Hingham 8, Barnstable 1

March, 7, 2013
BOURNE, Mass. -- A packed house full of Barnstable fans was ready for the nightcap at Gallo Ice Arena. The Red Raiders’ fans were plentiful and loud. And just 91 seconds into the game, those fans were even louder when Colin Jones gave Barnstable (14-5-4) a 1-0 lead.

The fans’ joy would be short-lived.

Hingham stormed back into its Division 1 South semifinal and scored eight straight goals to advance to the sectional final with an 8-1 win. Junior forward Matt Brazel (two goals, six assists) had his hands in each of the team’s goals.

Hingham head coach Tony Messina was able to smile and make jokes after his team’s dominant performance on Wednesday night.

“I’m going to go back there and tell him [Brazel] that he played just alright,” Messina chuckled.

He added, “Today we played with some emotion. I knew that [Barnstable] would come out strong and they did, you know, they scored the first goal. We kind of took it over from there.”

Brazel scored twice in the first period, and laid off an assist for Justin Ryder, to get Hingham back into the game. The captain ended the night for Barnstable starting goalie Kevin Huska with a great move on a clear breakaway, which made it 3-1 at the end of the first.

Hingham (16-7-2) allowed Central Catholic to come from behind and steal its Super 8 play in game, but this time the Harbormen showed no mercy. They tacked on four goals in the second period, all assisted by Brazel. Junior Sam D’Antuono continued his goalscoring streak with a pair of goals around a score by Stephen Hughes. Freshman defenseman Luke McInnis added the team’s seventh just before the end of the second period.

“We told our kids after the first period that we were lucky to be ahead three-to-one,” Messina said about the team’s second-period explosion. “They like to throw that long pass forward off the boards. When that doesn’t work and we stop it, then we had the advantage on the transition and that’s what we did.”

John Carlson added the eighth Hingham goal early in the third period when he finished off a two on the goalie break with Brazel. Following the goal, Messina emptied his bench to assure that none of his stars picked up injuries or penalties once the game was out of hand.

With his team coming together and making a run at the Division 1 title, Messina believes that the difficulties that the team encountered this season have prepared it for tough tournament games.

“Just kind of quirky stuff has happened to us all year long. You know, if we’re not tested tough by now then we’re never going to be,” he said.

Hingham will await the winner of Archbishop Williams and Marshfield in the finals.

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: No. 5 Austin Prep 4, No. 6 Hingham 3

February, 16, 2013

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- No. 5 Austin Prep skated a near-perfect first period against No. 6 Hingham, but it still was almost not enough for the young Cougars.

Hingham scored three times in the third period, but Austin Prep held on to the 4-3 victory in one of four quarterfinals in the Cape Cod Classic at the Falmouth Ice Arena.

The Cougars (11-1-6) needed bookend goals from freshman Jake McKenelley to hold on in the final 6:34 of regulation in an all-important battle of top Division 1 squads looking to impress the Super 8 voters at the end of the season.

“I told them I don’t want to be good in the beginning but I want to be good in the end,” Austin Prep head coach Louis Finocchiaro said. “I want to be mature at the end, I want to be disciplined at the end, but our puck possession was good in the defensive zone, our forecheck was good and we got into the body, we got shots off the cycle.”

The game looked well in hand in the first 30 minutes of play as George Sennott set up Andrew Cross to get Austin Prep on the board at 2:29 of the first period. McKenelley scored his first of two tallies moments later on perfect end-to-end defensive passing that picked up assists for Ryan McDonough and Bob Carpenter and handed the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead after one period.

More of the same in the second as the pesky Sennott set up off the right post just inside the slot and wristed home a rebound from a Brendan Leach slapper off the boards behind the net as Sennott’s stick could not have been in a better place at a better time.

John Grenier was playing well in net for Hingham (12-6-1), including stoning McKenelley on a breakaway with a pretty glove save in the second that would have given the Cougars a 4-0 lead with five minutes to go in the period. But Austin Prep held a 15-8 shot advantage and a 3-0 lead after the first two periods of play.

“We took that next step as in the past we would have given that up and ended up in a tie, but we finished, and we need to build off of that,” Finocchiaro said. “Hingham has a lot of experience, they are well coached, and believe me they are not going anywhere and they will be here for the third period and we will have to battle.”

Finocchiaro was right as Hingham drew their forwards towards the net and pulled their defense up right off the opening third-period face-off and the aggressive play paid dividends.

Only 50 seconds into the first shift, Sam D’Antuono found the back of the net for Hingham’s first goal of the game. The goal was nothing pretty but McKennelly answered for Austin Prep with a carbon-copy goal of his first tally --with assists from McDonough and Carpenter again -- to push the lead back to three goals at the 7:08 mark of the third.

“Ryan [McDonough] gave me a really good pass and I could have hit him back door too but [the defense] kind of went off but it was a really nice pass,” McKenelley said.

The up-front pressure from Hingham was a little too late, but John Carlson and Craig Hildreth would score goals 24 seconds apart to cut the Harbormen deficit to one, 4-3, as plenty of time remained with 6:24 left in regulation.

“Going into the third, we talked a lot about playing desperate because we were disappointed in the first two periods and came out a desperate team,” Hingham head coach Tony Messina said. “We showed signs in the first two [periods] but just not consistent enough and it’s been the story all year long. We needed three full periods today and we haven’t done that in any of the big games we have had.”

So was it No. 6 Hingham coming up short with No. 5 Austin Prep playing not to lose or did the Cougars have the Harbormen figured out just long enough?

“We played phenomenal in the first and second and in the third? We are young and that’s a natural thing to happen,” Finocchiaro said. “It’s something I am expecting but you know what – we finished tonight and that’s a learning process for our team.”

Freshman defenseman Luke McInnis showcased his skills up front and at the blue line with not much to show for it in the box score, but Messina knows he has a gem on defense for a few more seasons.

Luke is the son of former NHL-er and Boston College Hall of Famer Marty McInnis and Melissa Hug, who also starred on the lacrosse field for Boston College.

"[McInnis] is all worried that he hasn't scored a goal all season even though he's been on the Number-One power play unit from the start of the season, but he's proving to be a major asset for us," Messina said. "His mother was a great college athlete and he sure has his father's genes on the ice."