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Recap: Medfield 2, Medway 2

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
FRANKLIN, Mass. – Whenever Medfield and Medway share the same sheet of ice, the intensity follows.

In front of a raucous crowd at Pirelli Veterans Rink on Thursday, the Warriors and Mustangs again turned in a riveting 45 minutes of play. But in a 2-2 tie full of gasps, near-misses and spellbinding play, nothing compared to its final 10 seconds.

With Medfield (11-2-2, 8-1-1 Tri-Valley League) humming in the Mustangs’ zone, the Warriors had the advantage of a delayed penalty coming against Medway (10-3-2, 8-2-2). The Warriors’ bench gave the signal to goaltender Dan Graham to leave the net with possession in Medway’s end.

However, as Graham reached the bench, an intended pass from one of Medfield’s forwards broke through center ice and back toward the Warriors’ vacated net.

Medfield defenseman Matt Crowell chased in vain as the puck continued on between the faceoff dots.

“He’s one of our fastest skaters trying to catch it and it was just moving way too fast … That’s the kind of stuff that will kill you,” Medfield head coach Toby Carlow said.

As improbable as the scenario leading up to it, the only fitting conclusion for the two evenly-matched teams is where the loose puck ended up – bouncing harmlessly off the left side post.

Crowell, in hot pursuit, then cleanly played the puck off the goal line.

Time expired. All remained even.

“When I saw it hit the post, I actually laughed,” Mustangs head coach Chris Ross said. “I’ve personally never seen that happen as a coach.”

For the Warriors, who dropped their lone league game to Medway (a 3-2 loss on Jan. 11), the draw enables them to win the league title outright with a victory against Hopkinton on Saturday.

League title implications aside, Medway hit its stride first, claiming a 1-0 lead at 3:33 on Josh O’Toole’s goal assisted by Cam Fisher and Mike Boldy.

The Warriors tied the score before intermission, with Matt Dressens’ seventh goal of the year. Ben Ruzzo and John MacLean contributed assists.

Ruzzo picked up his second point of the game, knocking home a rebound for the go-ahead goal at 7:05 of the second period.

“They made adjustments to our breakout, they figured some stuff out when they made changes and it bottled us up some for sure,” Carlow said. “We fully expected that, if we expected any other kind of game today, you haven’t seen us play each other.”

The Warriors took a one-goal lead to the room between periods, but just 47 seconds into the third the Mustangs found the equalizer on a booming slap shot by senior defenseman Andrew Karlin from the right point.

Recap: Medway 3, Medfield 2

January, 12, 2014
Jan 12

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.”

D3 South: Medway 6, Pembroke 2

March, 12, 2013
BOURNE, Mass. -- Medway came into the D3 South Sectional finals looking to defend its title but also in search of some offense as the Mustangs could only muster five goals in their first three playoff games.

Mission accomplished on both ends of the stick.

Medway (19-2-3) doubled their offensive playoff totals and then some scoring three times in the first period alone to defeat Pembroke (14-8-5) for the third time this season in a 6-2 rout to capture back-to-back Division 3 South Sectional titles at Gallo Ice Arena.

Most of the offense came from the line of Josh O'Toole, Cam Fisher, and Mike Boldy. Medway head coach Chris Ross refers to the line as the "gray line" as they wear gray jerseys to signify they are underclassmen but there was nothing gray about their output.

O'Toole finished with the hat trick and assisted on two others while Fisher and Boldy, both sophomores, each added a goal and two assists apiece to account for all but two of the 14 points the offense accumulated.

The two-time Division 3 South champions now move on to face North champion Swampscott at the Chelmsford Forum tomorrow night (8 p.m.) for the right to advance to the TD Garden to play for the D3 state title.

"Our offense came alive tonight but we are still built on good solid defensive hockey," Ross said. "When a game gets very open like that it is tough to slow the pace of the game down and the game just stayed fast the whole time."

Ross' squad came into the night with three consecutive playoff shutouts behind senior netminder Mike Narducci (20 saves) but Medway didn't need much from Narducci as the three first period goals put thing out of reach.

Fisher scored 18 seconds into the first shift down the ice off the opening face off. Nick DeCristoforo fired one on net just inside the blue line and Fisher tipped it past Titans goalie Bobby McElligott (23 saves) for the first Mustangs tally.

"The first goal really caught us off guard and out intent was to attack early and try to get up and get that head start, but certainly and obviously it backfired on us and they came at us," Pembroke head coach Mark Duffy said.

Senior Jack Kilty, the team's leading scorer, picked up an unassisted tally on a slow roller under McElligott's left pad to give Medway the 2-0 lead at 9:54. After Kilty scored on an excellent solo effort, he could have taken the rest of the night off as the "gray line" took care of the rest.

Just under a minute later, it was Boldy with a wrister after getting a solid cross-crease, right-to-left pass from Fisher as the sophomore forward picked the far top corner for three unanswered goals in the first period alone.

O'Toole collected his second assist on Boldy's tally to hand Medway the 3-0 lead and then proceed to score the next three goals for the Mustangs in less then 16 minutes of ice time.

"They are all underclassmen but they just move the puck real well, they skate real well together and I'm psyched for the future when I think of that line," said Ross, about Fisher, Boldy, and O'Toole. "Kilty is a bona fide Division 1 type player and I don't think he gets the recognition that he deserves but that was a great individual effort."

O'Toole gave Medway a 4-0 lead at 6:12 of the second with the first of this three tallies, but Pembroke was not in quit mode as Josh Golden fired one in off the pads of Narducci 27 seconds later to match O'Toole's goal.

The main problem for Pembroke was they came out with a strong forecheck but it was extremely high in the zone, which allowed the Mustangs to cycle through under the net and pick the corners low of the slot and near the crease all game long.

O'Toole scored bookend goals in the third while Mike Ruxton was credited with the Titans second goal off a pretty feed out front from C.J. Buckingham to finish off the scoring for Pembroke.

This was the third loss in as many games for the Titans against Medway this season. In fact, the Mustangs ended the Titans' season in 2012 in the South Sectional semifinals in a 2-1 overtime win, giving Medway four consecutive victories against Pembroke.

"They beat us up pretty good this year...they are on a four game win streak right now against us and we'll have to reflect on that in the off-season certainly," Duffy said. "We didn't make that step tonight, and that is something we need to think about in the off-season about what we have to do differently but you have to give [Medway] credit."

Recap: Medway 6, No. 21 Medfield 2

January, 10, 2013
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Medway hockey’s seniors have done a lot in their high school careers to date, including skating on the Garden ice last year as the Division 3 Eastern Mass. champions.

But there was one thing that eluded them in the previous two seasons heading into Wednesday night: a win over Tri-Valley League rival Medfield.

“They’ve been our kryptonite, so to speak,” Mustangs head coach Chris Ross said.

Medway bucked the trend, jumping on the previously undefeated No. 21 Warriors early and often en route to a 6-2 win at Sgt. Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink.

Mustangs senior forward Jack Kilty tallied a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point game

“This is the first game that we’ve played three, complete periods,” Ross said. “It’s the first time we’ve scored six goals, our previous high was five, and to do it against a ranked Medfield team, I’m proud of these guys.”

Kilty got Medway (5-0-2, 4-0-1 TVL) started with his first of the game at 1:40 of the first. No. 2 came midway through the first before Kevin Kaufman’s backdoor stuff in off a terrific cross-ice pass from Kilty gave the Mustangs a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.

Medway opened up with a two-goal second period, with junior forward John Guerrero taking a ricochet off the end wall for a 4-1 lead before Kilty capped his hat trick with 2:10 remaining in the second.

The Mustangs added another insurance marker in the third on Tim King’s blast, assisted by Bobby Schindler and Andrew DeCristoforo.

Both Warriors (7-1-0, 4-1-0) goals were scored by Matt Dresens, who raised his season goal total to 14.

Medway’s Mike Boldy and Medfield’s Ben Cox both had two-point games with a pair of assists, respectively.

“Everybody came out and played their role, nobody didn’t play good,” Kilty said. “We took the game to them and came out with the W.”

D3 boys' final: Hudson 5, Medway 1

March, 19, 2012

BOSTON -- It’s been roughly three decades since Hudson boys' hockey hoisted some MIAA hardware, as the Hawks snapped their 34-year drought by defeating Medway, 5-1 in Sunday's Division 3 state final at TD Garden.

“The kids took me on a magical ride,” Hudson head coach Mike Nanartowich said. “It’s like a dream come true right now.”

“It seemed like we were always missing something,” added Nanartowich. “We couldn’t get by that state semi-final game, and we finally got past that little hurdle [to get us to the TD Garden].”

Hudson’s “hurdle” began back in 2010, as the Hawks lost to Longmeadow by three goals, and then Westfield in the same round a year later. However, the Hawks eventually avenged their loss to the Lancers this past season, as they handed Longmeadow a 3-1 thrashing, which catapulted them to the title match.

“As a senior, I knew how it must have felt losing like the guys in the past did,” said Hudson senior Tyler Kirby, who finished the game with two goals and one assist. “We have a lot of returning guys, so everybody knew what it felt like, and we knew this was probably was our last year as a team to be able to get this far, and we knew what we had to do. We’ve been here so many times, so we know that one bad bounce can change the game."

Medway began the game with a quick strike, as senior Jake O’Rourke stole the puck from Hudson senior Tom Fahey in the Mustang zone, and then rushed down the ice to record the first goal of the afternoon.

“[The puck] hit my pads, just hit the board, and it was a blocked shot that I kind of got lucky, a lucky bounce, and it was off to the races and I was able to put it home,” O'Rourke said of his team’s only score.

The Mustangs attempted to extend their one-goal advantage a few minutes later when sophomore Josh O’Toole connected with freshman Mike Boldy, but Hawks junior netminder Shane Barry denied the opportunity.

Hudson then endured two consecutive power plays before they lit the lamp at 12:00, as junior Bryan Carter sent a back-handed pass to senior Tom Fahey, who deposited the puck past Mustangs goaltender junior Mike Narducci for the score.

That particular goal provided the Hawks with all the momentum for the remainder of the day, as Hudson registered four more strikes – one in the second and three in the third, which came off the sticks of Kirby, Carter and senior Blake Seymour.

“We wanted to throw the puck down, wanted create some chaos, as we talked about this the past couple of days – creating chaos in front of the net,” Nanartowich said. “I told these kids, they took me on an unbelievable ride, and I told them it was something that they’ll never forget, and I’ll never forget.”

“Obviously a disappointing result here tonight, but we knew going in that Hudson was an amazing team, and they showed it tonight,” Medway head coach Chris Ross said. “I’m extremely proud of my boys, and the whole coaching staff, and this is the furthest Medway’s has ever been and [I’m] just extremely proud of this year in general.”

Despite loss, it was an ‘Unbelievable Journey’
Sunday’s crushing loss was probably not exactly what the Mustangs envisioned once they punched their ticket to the state title match on Wednesday, Mar. 14, but according to senior captain Jake O’Rourke, it was certainly an “unbelievable” journey that he and his senior teammates won’t ever forget.

“It’s the best thing that I’ve ever been apart of [in] my high school career,” O'Rourke said. “[I’ve] played a few sports, been on a lot of teams, been around lot of guys and this is the best team by far, head and shoulders above anything. The journey has been unbelievable, and to get here is just unheard of and uncharted waters, which coach [said] and it was an unbelievable experience, and sucks it has to end like this, but that’s what it is [because] someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose.”

Even head coach Chris Ross harped about his team, as well as the wonderful support by the community when he stated, “The town’s definitely been buzzing. Former players and parents and coaches and just people in the town really rallied around this team, and really came out, sent us off on the game [Sunday], but just showed their support all week long to these guys.”

Getting Past Longmeadow
Hudson senior Tom Fahey remembers quite vividly the night the Hawks lost to Longmeadow in the 2010 Div. 3 semi-finals.

“It’s very special [that we finally beat them],” he said. “I remember sophomore year, skating off the ice and I remember the minute I stepped off the nice, it was just like 'ugh.' So just to get over that hump was a big deal.”

Nanartowich said his team's recent struggles but eventual triumph over their Western Mass rivals provided Hudson with enough momentum to reach the Garden.

“The real momentum ride was the courage that my kids showed against Wachusett Regional [and] being down 3-0 at the end of one, and coming into the locker room, I told them I believed in them, I told them I loved them and I told them from that point forward we’ve got to do this together, and we came all the way back, won it 45-seconds into overtime and I think that I kind of propelled us,” said the head coach. “I think that was the spark we kind of needed.”

Following the win against Wachusett, Hudson spouted off 12 consecutive wins, which helped them earn their first state championship since 1978.

“It’s been a long ride,” added Fahey. “Two state semi-games, which we lost, [and] we were down in the dumps the next day, so it’s like a weight being lifted off because we wanted this for so long.”

D3 South: Medway 4, Rockland 1

March, 11, 2012
BOURNE, Mass. –- Josh O’Toole was the easiest player to spot in the Medway locker room after Sunday’s Division 3-South championship game against Rockland.

O’Toole was the Mustang wearing the plastic cowboy hat with the name “MEDWAY” in capital letters on the front.

Turns out the hat is awarded to the Mustangs’ player of the game – an honor O’Toole earned by scoring 10th-seeded Medway’s first two goals in a 4-1 victory over fifth-seeded Rockland.

“At first we were a little nervous coming in,” O’Toole said referring to the fact Rockland (17-6-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead on John Mulready’s unassisted goal at 10:00 of the first period. “But we knew that they would be tired toward the end because they run two lines and we try to run three most of the time.

“We kind of gained the momentum and kept it going.”

O’Toole tied the game at 3:03 of the second.

Jake O’Rouke won a faceoff to Mike Boldy in Rockland’s end and, after Boldy passed to O’Toole, the sophomore forward snapped a shot by Trevor Trudeau (26 saves).

O’Toole scored what proved to be the game-winner at 6:42.

“Jake O’Rouke shot it from up top and it fell down,” O’Toole said. “I pretty much just whacked it in.”

Ironically, O’Toole’s goals upped his season total to a modest eight. But the fact Medway (18-6-1) held Rockland to a mere 13 shots was perhaps an even bigger factor in the outcome.

“Our game all year has been to play good, solid team defense,” Medway coach Chris Ross said. “I grew up playing for [perennial Rhode Island state champion] Mount St. Charles and I try to bring a little Mount St. Charles to Medway.

“It was my goal to play good team defense the whole season.”

Ross was quick to admit that wasn’t the case in the first period which ended with the Bulldogs leading 1-0.

“I thought we got away from our game of playing good, solid defense especially from our forechecking perspective,” Ross said. “I thought we started getting into a game where we were running around too much with them.

“The game was up-and-down in that first period and I wanted to slow down the pace and hold them in check. But I knew 7 (Kevin Sheehan) and 9 (Mulready) were out there two-thirds of the game."

Sheehan and Mulready each are 100-point career scorers.

“I knew we were in good condition,” Ross added, “and that come the second and third period they were going to start wearing down a little bit.”

Medway then scored what proved to be the proverbial back-breaker at 13:09 of the third when O’Rouke skated across the crease and stuffed a back-hander by Trudeau to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.

“All the coaches on the benches turned to each other and looked at each other and sighed because it was a big relief,” Ross said of O’Rouke’s goal.

Tim King then scored into an empty net with 1:43 left in regulation.

Even though Medway goalie Mike Narducci was called on to make only 12 saves, Ross heaped praise on his junior goalie who’s been a key Mustang all season.

“Mike Narducci is unbelievable,” Ross said. “I think he’s proven he’s one of the best goalies in the state. He’s so solid and I’m so glad we’ve got him coming back next year.”

What made the victory even more satisfying for Ross was that it came in his first season as Medway’s head coach and enabled the Mustangs to venture into unchartered territory.

“The quarterfinals were the farthest we’ve ever been,” Ross said. “They came in as the number one seed. But I thought we had a good chance because we’ve played tough teams all year.”