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Recap: No. 21 Medfield 3, No. 20 Westwood 1

January, 22, 2015
Jan 22
CANTON, Mass. – When Medfield and Westwood first met this season, it was during the first week of the season. Then, the 20th-ranked Wolverines shut out the Warriors, 2-0, creating some of the momentum that would lead them on a nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season.

Now, near the midway point of the high school hockey season, Medfield head coach Toby Carlow feels his team has come along from the group that was blanked by Westwood in the teams’ first Tri-Valley League meeting.

There was proof positive in the No. 21 Warriors’ 3-1 win Wednesday night at Metropolis Rink. After the teams took to the ice in the third period tied 1-1, Medfield brought all the things to the table which they hadn’t the first time around while dealing Westwood its first loss of the season.

“That’s the kind of period, game that we need to play to beat a team like that,” Carlow said. “They’re a very good hockey team. Westwood’s well-coached, they work extremely hard.”

Medfield (10-1-0, 6-1-0) took a 1-0 lead to the room at the first intermission, scoring in the final minute with the first of Matt Treiber’s two goals on the game. The power play goal came on an extended 4-minute man-advantage.

The Wolverines (8-1-1, 4-1-1) leveled the score as Nick Conway got off a wrist shot from the left wing circle after an offensive zone faceoff win by Ken Mackin at 11:32 of the second.

“I thought we were working hard, but the mental stuff wasn’t there,” Treiber said of Carlow’s message to the team during the second intermission. “We were making some mistakes on the breakout, including myself, times when we had to get it out and we didn’t. During the third period, our coach just told us we had to do our jobs; we did and that’s what got us the win.”

The Warriors wasted little time getting the go-ahead. Treiber fired off a half-slap from inside the left wing circle at 3:25.

“All the credit goes to my linemates, John MacLean and Jack Scannell,” Treiber said. “They worked hard all game and it finally paid off. I got the goals, but it was definitely a team win. It’s a feeling like no other because I play with the goalie and couple other kids in the fall, so it definitely feels good to beat these guys.”

While Medfield maintained the territorial edge through the period, Westwood had its best opportunity to score an equalizer near the midway point. Working off transition, John Clancy had the puck on his stick blade in the slot after a give-and-go down low. With nothing in front of him but Warriors goaltender Matt Malvese (18 saves), Clancy got off a quick wrist shot which Malvese kicked out with his right pad.

Off the ensuing faceoff, the Warriors turned the pressure back up ice. Freshman Tom Schofield was the beneficiary of a tape-to-tape, crossice pass from Dave Carrigan at 7:54 for the 3-1 lead.

“It’s always tight with these guys, so get that little extra cushion,” Carlow said. “That certainly helped a lot.”

While Medfield and Westwood split the regular-season series – with much still to be decided in the league title race – Carlow took a long range view of the victory.

“That’s a team we could very well see down the road, too,” he said. “They’re going to make the playoffs, they’re going to win games in the playoffs and we could very well see them then.”

D2 Central/East: Medfield 12, Concord-Carlisle 4

June, 6, 2014
MEDFIELD, Mass. - Concord-Carlisle came into the Division 2 Central-East final riding the momentum of a 10-game win streak, but that was quickly turned on its head by a dominant performance from top seed Medfield, which rolled to a 12-4 victory before a home crowd on Friday night.

“We didn’t not play well -- that team is just better than us and they forced us into the mistakes we made,” said Concord-Carlisle coach Tom Dalicandro. “We just couldn’t match the speed, the intensity, we couldn’t win a face-off, and they’re just better than us right now.

He added, “This game isn’t going to define our season. I’m proud of my guys -- it was a great run, but we ran into the wrong team in the tournament.”

Senior midfielder Matt Crowell and sophomore middie John MacLean each scored hat tricks for the Warriors (21-2), senior Brian Bissell won 18 of 20 faceoffs, and senior long-stick midfielder Blake Frasca controlled the Patriots top scorer Will Blumenberg.

It was, according to Medfield coach John Isaf, one of the Warriors most complete games of the season.

“I think these guys came out really focused today,” he said. “They really wanted it; they were fired up. I think from the opening whistle, our guys just really wanted it.”

The game plan was clear for the Warriors -- possess the ball and put pressure on the Patriots (14-7) right from the start. MacLean opened the scoring inside the opening two minutes with a low angle shot to the corner. Tyler Hagan smacked the bar and Matt Treiber returned from injury to double the lead with 1:25 left in the quarter.

“Having Matt back was huge; he was a huge part of our lineup early in the season,” said MacLean. “We loved to see him get back and get that first goal.”

He added, “I think on offense we really slowed it down and possessed it well and when we got the possessions we needed then we executed on it…I guess we just had the mindset that if we had an open dodge take it to the net.”

Medfield broke the game wide open in the second with five goals. MacLean scored the first and fifth goal of the quarter to get his hat trick. In between, Nigel Reiff scored after collecting a rebound behind the net and finishing, Bissell got his lone goal directly after winning a face-off, and Crowell got his first of the game after a one-handed snag of a loose pass.

“That was probably our fewest turnovers of the season and we made it a point to emphasize let’s not beat ourselves,” said Isaf. “If we can win the turnover battle, then we’ve got a real good chance of winning. When we value the ball and realize that we don’t have to take the shot on the very first dodge we’re very hard to defend.”

Austin Hoey got the only Patriots goal of the half as the Warriors were in control 7-1 at the break. The deficit grew in the second half, as Jack Isaf, Matt Cahill, a pair of goals from Crowell, and one from Hagan pushed Medfield’s advantage to as high as 10 at 12-2.

A rare transition led to a goal for Concord-Carlisle’s Tommy Standish, which made the score 10-2 at the time. Standish and Hoey would each get their second goals, but not until the final eight minutes of the game.

Aggressive Warriors defense dominates: One of the reasons for Medfield’s domination on Friday night was the ability of its poles to control the Patriots top attackers, in particular the battle between Frasca and Blumenberg, who scored eight goals in Concord-Carlisle’s playoff win over Sharon last week.

“The less he scores, the less they can start clicking, so we just wanted to keep him on edge,” said Frasca. “Obviously, we did that pretty well.”

Isaf noted, “Blake’s covered the best middie one every team. He’s covered D1 guys…he’s just a great athlete, who stays on balance. You never see him overrun a dodge; he never falls for the rollback. When you can take a guy like Blumenberg and put our LSM on him and contain him…we feel like we can cover guys.”

It was a match-up that the coaches had been emphasizing for days leading up to the final and Frasca acknowledged that he was fired up for the challenge.

He said, “I see him scoring eight goals in the first round and obviously you know that you’re going to have a tough match-up, but I live for that you know. That’s what you play lacrosse for.”

Behind Frasca, the combination of defensive players such as William Murphy, Mike MacLean, and Jimmy Ganem, managed to slow down the Patriots offense by being aggressive.

Mike MacLean said, “We see kids who we can lock off; we can just try to strip them, pressure them, and try to make turnovers.”

Frasca added, “It’s important to get out there and play on their hands and with a chip on your shoulder, but only to a point. If you get out there and lunge a little bit then they’re just going to backdoor you or go right past you.”

Making sure history doesn’t repeat itself: Concord-Carlisle came into Friday night’s game not only with a winning streak on its side, but also a little bit of history. In 2009, the Patriots visited Medfield in a sectional final and upset what is widely regarded as one of the all-time best Warriors squads.

Medfield’s coaches used that history to ensure that the current squad did not take the Patriots lightly and, judging by the play of the Warriors, it was a history lesson that they took to heart.

John MacLean said, “Coach kind of got us motivated by getting us together and telling us how they beat us in ’09 here and we kind of wanted to get them back. So, we kind of had that fresh in our mind.”

Isaf explained, “I don’t know what Tom is going to throw at us. From five years ago, he’s done it before, so I don’t know what he’s got up his sleeves.”

He continued, “Based on past performance, we were hoping that [Bissell] could get us a lot of possessions and we noticed that they’re not very deep on defense and we said that if we can run these guys…that’s what we wanted to do.”

“We try to take away the top options and do what we can and then see who is the better team.”

Medfield advances to the state semifinal to take on the winner of Westfield and Shrewsbury, which will play the Central-West final on Saturday evening.

D2 South final: Medfield 3, Canton 2

March, 9, 2014
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - The puck sat in the crease amidst a sea of legs, sticks, and skates, but somehow no one could get enough on it to either clear the zone or put a shot on net. Instead, an agonizing final 12 seconds ticked off and Canton’s comeback attempt ended just short and Medfield could swarm onto the ice and celebrate a title.

Medfield (18-3-3) survived a late goal and a last-ditch faceoff and scramble in front of its net to win the Division 2 South sectional title 3-2 at Gallo Arena on Sunday afternoon.

In its first year in D2 and after being eliminated in the sectional semifinal three times in the last four years, Medfield reaches the state final at the TD Garden.

“We held on at the end,” said Medfield senior forward Justin Hirschfeld, who scored twice on Sunday. “We fought hard and came out with the win in the end. This is history for Medfield, I mean, in four years no one has ever done it -- it’s a big accomplishment for us.”

It was Hirschfeld that opened the scoring with 1:04 left in the opening period. He made a great move at the blue line that left two Canton defensemen in his wake. Justin Slocum made the initial save but the puck came right back to Hirschfeld, who fired it into the roof of the net.

He remarked, “It was definitely a big lift for our team, boosted everyone’s confidence, and we really got going after that.”

Canton coach Brian Shuman pointed to the opening goal as a turning point.

He said, “The one that hurt us was the one on two at the end of the first period. We do those in our sleep and we trap that one guy, but our weakside defenseman was just a little too far over and let him split the middle, which doesn’t happen too often to us.”

Medfield was outshot, 7-3, in the first, but the goal sparked a much better second period with the Warriors dominating puck possession. Canton seemed to be struggling against the speed of the Warriors and, with 7:10 left in the period, Matt Treiber cycled the puck behind Slocum and picked out Hirschfeld with a perfect pass to the slot for a one-timer that made it 2-0.

“He’s a horse,” said Medfield head coach Toby Carlow about his senior forward. “He does the little things that fit his game. He’s extremely fast and he uses that to his advantage -- he never stops working. When you do that, you get rewarded and pucks find you.”

Canton (15-5-4) struggled to get anything going offensively. The Bulldogs had difficulty getting the puck out of its defensive zone against the Warriors forecheck and, when Canton tried to transition into the attack, Medfield’s defensemen were able to break up passing moves at the blue line.

According to Shuman, “That blue line might as well have been a wall. The one thing that we could have done a better job with is not turning the puck over at their blue line, make an extra move, and work the puck in deep.”

In the third period, Canton finally found a breakthrough.

On the power play, leading scorer Matt Lazaro found space behind the Medfield net and found senior defenseman Tony Francescon creeping in from the point. Francescon took a second before unleashing a great wrist shot into the top corner past Medfield goalie Dan Graham to make it 2-1 with 7:24 remaining.

“We knew it was never going to be easy,” said Carlow. “No matter what the score was they were going to come out in the third period and really press us…and they did. We did the little things that we needed to do and executed the chances they gave us.”

Medfield stole back the momentum three minutes later with the man advantage. Senior Matt Dresens was on hand to tap in the rebound and seemingly wrap up the title for the Warriors.

Carlow said, “They didn’t really have much offense up to that point and, you know, that can really be what jumpstarts them. We kind of shut that down by going down and getting one -- that really seemed to take the wind out of their sails.”

But, Canton would not quit and with 21 seconds remaining and an extra attacker on the ice, sophomore John Femia gave the Bulldogs hope. Nine seconds later a clearance by the Warriors slid inches wide of the net for icing, which gave Canton one last attacking face-off.

“I think pound-for-pound talent-wise that Medfield has the talent but we’re going to fight to the very end,” said Shuman. “We were just one kick in, one shot, away from tying it at the end.”

The Bulldogs won the faceoff and got a shot on Graham and then crashed the crease desperately trying to get one last shot, but the Warriors did enough to block any chances and earn the victory.

Medfield will have a week to prepare for the Division 2 state title game at the TD Garden against the winner of Beverly and Tewksbury.

Recap: Medway 3, Medfield 2

January, 12, 2014

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Mike Purnell made 31 saves to help Medway beat Medfield, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Pirelli Veterans Skating Arena and, in the process, ended its Tri-Valley League rival’s unbeaten start to the season.

Medway head coach Chris Ross was full of praise for his young goalie, who made 11 saves in a hectic first period and went on to stop 13 in the third, as the Mustangs were clinging to a one-goal lead.

He commented, “One of my favorite hockey quotes by Jack Parker, he said, ‘They should rename the game goalie.’ I fell very blessed that we have a good goalie.”

Purnell gave much of the credit to his communication with his defensemen, as Medfield controlled most of the possession in the attacking zone and outshot the Mustangs 33-15.

“There was a lot of talk from the goaltender to the defense to the wings,” Purnell said. “That’s a big part of hockey. If you can communicate it makes the play flow better and we were able to do that. It’s a good win.”

The Mustangs (5-2-1, 3-1-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 39 seconds into the game. Josh O’Toole, shooting from the right circle, had his shot slip past Medfield’s sophomore goalie Matt Malvese.

Medfield head coach Toby Carlow admitted that an early goal like that can change a team’s whole approach to the game.

“The first period was a terrible period,” he said. “It’s tough because these guys are young kids and they sometimes get off their game plan really easy, especially when that happens, and then it struggles to get back on track and that’s exactly what happened.”

Medfield (6-1-1, 5-1-0) responded a little more than two minutes after the opening goal. Justin Hirschfeld knocked in a loose puck just two seconds after a Mustangs penalty ended. The Warriors gained momentum from the goal and controlled play, but with 3:53 left in the period Medway struck again when Mark Bittrolff’s shot from the point somehow found the top corner for a shorthanded goal to make it 2-1.

The Medway penalty kill would get plenty of work in the opening period. Although it went down as just two power play opportunities for the Warriors, Medway took four penalties in the first period and, at one point, were on the kill for a stretch of more than three minutes that included a pair of 5-on-3 situations.

“We had two 5-on-3’s in a row and those guys just did a great job,” said Ross. “We dedicate a lot of time in practice to special teams because these things pop up all the time in high school hockey. Those guys just executed perfectly tonight.”

Regarding his team’s power play, Carlow noted, “We just didn’t shoot. We didn’t do enough to get the puck to the net. Their guys did a good job keeping the puck outside, but we didn’t make them make mistakes, which you have to do on a power play.”

The Mustangs extended their lead four minutes into the second period. After a Medfield turnover in the defensive zone, Jared Reynolds slipped a pass across the crease to freshman Adam Dwyer, who knocked it past Dan Graham (who had taken over in goal for the Warriors) for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Medfield cut the lead to one with 9:18 left in the second. As a Medway power play ended, a loose puck found sophomore Matt Treiber charging up ice and Patrick Lawler came out of the penalty box to make it a 2-on-1. Treiber did not need his teammate but instead ripped a wrist shot into the roof of the net to make it 3-2.

In the final 10 seconds of the second period, Medway nearly doubled the lead, but Mike Boldy could not finish a breakaway chance and Graham smothered a pair of shots from close range.

In the third period, Medfield was desperate to find a game-tying goal and put 13 shots on Purnell, but the sophomore held firm and the Mustangs continually cleared the puck from the front of the net.

The win was clearly important to Medway, as the players stormed the ice on the final whistle and surrounded Purnell behind his net.

The goalie remarked, “It’s a confidence boost, you know. We weren’t playing that well in the past couple of games, but we stepped our game up here and hopefully we can just move on from here.”

Ross added, “I told the boys in there that this is one of my proudest moments as a coach…I thought it was a whole team effort. I’m beyond thrilled right now.”

Recap: Medfield 5, No. 22 Medway 2

February, 6, 2013
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Medfield needed some sort of spark after giving up a shorthanded goal late in the first period and senior captain Ben Cox delivered it during the intermission between the first and second periods.

His message was about staying calm and composed in the face of a potential onslaught by rival Medway, and from the seniors down to a group of talented freshmen, the Warriors heeded his words.

Medfield strung together four straight goals in the second period and put themselves in the driver's seat for the Tri-Valley League championship with a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs at Sgt. Pirelli Rink Wednesday afternoon.

"What really turned us around was our captain, Ben Cox," explained Warriors freshman Matt Treiber, who had two goals and an assist in the win. "He got us really fired up during the first intermission. He just told us to go out there and do our job and that we can beat this team like we did today if we play our game."

With the memory of a 6-2 thrashing by Medway (12-1-3 overall; 9-1-2 TVL) earlier in the season still stinging, Medfield (16-1-0; 11-1-0) found itself on its heels as the Mustangs scored a pair of shorthanded goals. Jack Kilty got the first one, scoring on a breakaway with 2:11 left in the first, and Bobby Schindler scored in similar fashion just 11 seconds into the second.

Penalties would be an issue all night long, and with Cox's intermission speech eventually taking hold, Medfield made some adjustments to its extra-man strategy that paid immediate dividends. Rather than cycling the puck up high, the Warriors elected to move deeper in the zone and cashed in as freshman John MacLean fired a perfect pass to Justin Hirschfeld for a one-timer just 18 seconds after Schindler's goal.

Treiber continued the roll, burying a nice feed from Tyler Etzkorn at 3:44 to tie the game at 2-2. MacLean then put Medfield ahead for good, pouncing on the rebound of a shot by sophomore Will Murphy with 3:46 to go in the frame.

The Warriors added one more power play marker by Matt Crowell and a third-period score by Treiber for the final margin.

Undisciplined play did Medway no favors as the team took 13 penalties and had two players ejected in the third period.

"I thought we came out relatively well in the first period but once we started getting the penalties in the second period it obviously changed the whole momentum of the game to Medfield's favor," Medway head coach Chris Ross admitted. "Once we had those few penalties in a row we never recovered. We stopped moving our feet, we were undisciplined. I was not happy with how we played at all.

The atmosphere was electric as fans from both towns filled the rink and made to make their presence felt. A potential league title was on the line, not to mention the heated rivalry between two towns who regularly battle one another for the TVL title.

Young players who may not be fully used to such situations are excused if they don't handle the elements well, but such was not the case for Medfield.

Freshmen Matt Treiber and MacLean combined for three goals and two assists while sophomore blue-liners Murphy and Hirschfeld made strong contributions as well.

"It's great to have kids who can come in here and play at this level and be very relaxed and handle the situation," Medfield head coach Toby Carlow praised. "I think this being the second time we've done this - big crowd, loud, great atmosphere - they were more relaxed this time, thats for sure and it showed. They're a good group of little players and I'm happy to have them, thats for sure."

Added Cox, ""We had some of the younger guys like Matt, who really stepped up, and John MacLean. It was really huge when they take some of the weight off the older guys. We just told them to keep their heads. Medway gets a little chippy sometimes, and so do we in big games, but we had to keep our composure and I think we did that."

Both teams came into the game tied atop the Tri-Valley League with 20 points, and the Mustangs had a chance to clinch at least a share of the title. Medfield changed all that with the win, and can now claim the crown if they can take down Dover-Sherborn next Wednesday.

"The kids knew if they they wanted to have a chance at the league title we had to come here and do this," Carlow said. "They did it and now it's one of those things where you control your own destiny."

Ross explained why the league race is now in Medfield's control, despite the fact that the two teams could end up tied in points once league play is complete.

"I don't forsee Medfield losing out any games. It's a weird situation. There's a rule that a team can opt out and Hopkinton opted out of playing Medfield so it will go by winning percentage. So if they win their next game they clinch the TVL title no matter what we do, even if the points end up even."