Boston High School: Mike Marsters

Second round sizzles at Cape Cod Classic

February, 22, 2011

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- The most highly anticipated matchup in Monday’s second round of the Cape Cod Classic came in the form of two Super Eight “Watch List” teams facing off.

Both No. 5 BC High and No. 22 Austin Prep entered the game with a sense of urgency, matching each other stride for stride in an up-and-down first period at Falmouth Ice Arena. Yet, the Cougars were unable to match their intensity with their result on the scoreboard as Eagles netminder Peter Cronin turned aside 17 shots for his second straight shutout of the tournament and, coupled with a balanced scoring attack, BC High took an important 4-0 win.

Following a 5-0 blanking of Super Eight lister Hingham on Saturday, the Eagles are sitting pretty with a game to go.

“Peter [Cronin] is playing very well and he’s a good goalie,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “I was allow him to see the shots, he’s going to make the saves. The last couple of games he’s made it look easy for him, not that it’s been easy for him, but he’s made it look that way.”

The Eagles (12-4-3) finally broke the first-period stalemate on Brendan O’Malley’s goal with 3:36 to play on a crossing pass from Sean Talbot with Mike Cashman picking up a second assist.

BC High struck again with 3:28 remaining in the second with Chris LaLiberte banging one home from the top of the crease.

The Eagles preserved their second straight shutout effort with some key penalty kills in the third period.

Cronin and Co. kept the Cougars (10-6-3) off the board despite three power play chances. BC High also got one of its own a man down, with Matt Sullivan’s short-hander off a 2-on-1 break with an assist from Mike Marsters. That marker rounded out scoring with five minutes to play.

“Our PK’s been pretty good all year, it’s too bad that we have to use them so much though,” Flaherty said. “We need to stay out of the box a little bit better than we are.”

Andrew White scored earlier in the third off some pretty transition play with an assist by LaLiberte, who capped off a two-point game.


Falmouth head coach Buddy Ferreira described the Clippers second-round matchup with Waltham as a “couple of .500 teams going at it.” But, with stakes so high, both squads brought their top game.

Of course, Falmouth is always a tough out as tournament hosts, but the Hawks had desperation on their side. Waltham entered the game two points shy of a state tournament berth with two games to play.

While the Hawks got half of what they needed, picking up a point for working to a 2-2 tie with the Clippers in regulation, Falmouth got the best of them in a shootout victory.

“Last game [a 2-0 win over Arlington Catholic] really boosted our confidence and this game just set it off,” Clippers junior defenseman Travis Howe said. “It meant so much to our team and Coach [Ferreira] even.”

The teams were deadlocked, 1-1, after the second intermission, but Waltham (7-7-6) showed grit, working for the go-ahead tally a little more than a minute into the third on Chris Maguire’s put back of a rebound on D.J. Feeney’s shot.

Although Falmouth (9-9-3) continued putting shots on Hawks goalie Patrick Jordan, they were repeatedly rebuffed.

Finally, with the benefit of a power-play advantage, Howe netted the equalizer with an unassisted goal, beating Jordan stick side with a slapper.

In desperate need of points, Waltham head coach John Maguire pulled Jordan inside of 30 seconds remaining for an extra-attacker. Already on a power-play after a Falmouth holding penalty with 55 seconds remaining, the 6-on-4 advantage still wasn’t enough to help one past Clipper netminder Brandon Moore.

The teams played to a scoreless overtime session before moving to the shootout, which Falmouth won, 2-0. Howe scored the Clippers first shootout goal before Matt Kinchla iced the victory, beating Jordan on a backhander.

“This is a big positive for us,” Ferreira said of his young squad. “We have seven sophomores who see regular ice time, so it’s been tough. But this is big to prove them they can come back in a game like that.”

The Clippers will face BC High for the tournament championship Thursday in Falmouth. The Hawks need one elusive point in their next tournament game against Austin Prep to qualify.


Although Falmouth’s comeback put an emphatic stamp on an exciting day of hockey, it wasn't the only game Monday to go an extra session. No. 19 Archbishop Williams’ finally got the monkey off its back with a shootout win over 17th-ranked Arlington Catholic.

Although the shootout victory counts only for the tournament (the game is recorded as a 3-3 tie toward MIAA records), Bishops head coach Derackk Curtis took the game for what it was as a vast improvement over their previous two meetings against their Catholic Central rivals. The Cougars won each of those earlier league contests.

“We haven’t been playing real well lately, so it was good to battle back and get that monkey off our backs,” Curtis said. “We haven’t been able to beat AC all year and going back to the state championship and losing to them at the Garden … It’s good for team chemistry and the morale of the guys, they deserve it.”

The Bishops (9-5-5) were down 3-1 entering the third period, but tied the game in regulation with a pair of goal inside the final four minutes.

Stephen Boardman drew the Bishops within one, going to the backhand on a deke in close against AC netminder John Busa with 3:27 remaining.

Dan Gibbons knotted the game at 3-3 less than a minute later, knocking one home from the doorstep.

After playing to a scoreless 5-minute overtime period, the teams went to the shootout. The Bishops took the best-of-five, 2-0, with successful tries by Michael Sorrenti and Mike Boyle.

Bishops sophomore netminder Brian Nazzaro made all four saves in the shootout, capping off a stellar game that included several saves during AC’s power play opportunity that spanned the final minute of the third and the first minute of the overtime.

The win unofficially snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bishops against the Cougars (8-5-7) which spanned back to last year’s Division 1 state title game.

“They came back and played hard,” Arlington Catholic head coach Dan Shine said. “We had a couple of chances to get the game-winner, but we didn’t get the bounces.”

When South Shore rivals No. 2 Hingham and Duxbury met earlier this season, the teams skated to a 2-2 tie at the Ed Taylor Tournament at Pilgrim. The Harbormen escaped with a win via a shootout in that holiday contest.

On Monday, with Hingham smarting over a 5-0 blanking at the hands of fifth-ranked BC High during Saturday’s opening round of the Cape Cod Classic, they were looking to rebound in their second-day matchup against the Dragons.

Hingham returned with a convincing 6-0 shutout over Duxbury and regained some of the momentum they’d built earlier in the month.

“We were playing pretty good hockey coming in, we’d won our last five games,” Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said after Monday’s win. “[Against BC High], it was our own fault. They’re a good team and we didn’t do the things we needed to do to win.

“We wanted to restore some of that confidence we’d been playing with.”

Hingham (12-5-4) got out to a 1-0 first-period lead, but exploded in the second period for three goals, sparked by defenseman Steven Bellew’s slap shot from the point off a failed Dragons clearing attempt.

“We have a good amount of guys who have been there,” Messina said when asked about the tenor of the room leading up to Super Eight selection Saturday. “We know what we have to do to get there.”

The Dragons (7-7-7) still need two points to qualify for the state tournament and have a crack against Arlington Catholic next.

No. 7 BC High holds off late CM rush

February, 13, 2011

BOSTON – It’s always a battle when longtime Catholic Conference BC High and Catholic Memorial meet and Saturday’s latest installment of the storied rivalry was no different. But it saw the two teams moving in different directions.

As the seventh-ranked Eagles held on for a 5-4 win with a wild third period, BC High clinched a spot in the MIAA tournament in fashion with the victory over their rival in the Dr. Edward M. Wright Memorial game played at Walter Brown Arena.

“We qualified, which is big,” first-year Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “That’s been our goal, as we’ve said before, making the tournament is what you want to do and this gets us over the 20-points to qualify. Now, we see where everything else falls.”

BC High (9-4-3, 2-4-1) trailed for portions of the game, but the teams were tied 2-2 heading into the second intermission. The Eagles entered the third period with purpose in a three-goal outburst. CM fought back with two goals to counter, but the comeback bid fell short.

Marc Hetnik opened scoring on a beautiful end-to-end rush on a Knights’ power play with 3:24 remaining in the first.

CM took the 1-0 lead to the dressing room, but Eagles freshman defenseman Matt Doherty tied the game with another unassisted goal. A little more than a minute later, Kevin McCarthy scored his first of two goals with a power-play marker 5:27 into the second.

BC High struck again and the momentum shifted before the period was out on Sean Talbot’s power-play blast from the top of the circle with 1:17 left. Talbot jumped into the play off the Eagles bench, stepping in for Terence Durkin, who was shaken up on a check in the corner. Matt Sullivan found Talbot streaking up the middle of ice with the feed.

“We were on our heels a little bit with penalty kill after penalty kill,” Flaherty said after BC High was tasked with killing four CM power play opportunities until that point, “Then getting that one at the end was huge.”

The Eagles had a jump in their step in the third, stringing together three straight goals from Tom Besinger, Durkin and Jake Tenaglia to knock the Knights on their heels.

McCarthy countered with his second of the game and Jack O’Hear added another one late for CM, but only added up to another missed opportunity.

The third-ranked Knights, who sit at .500 with a 7-7-1 overall record and 2-4-1 mark in conference, still have a ways to go before they punch a ticket to the postseason.

And, with another game down, those opportunities are running short. Not to mention, CM’s slate in their remaining games is far from easy with out-of-state challenges against Mount St. Charles, Bishop Hendricken and Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, in addition to a final league game against No. 6 St. John’s Prep and non-leaguer against No. 2 Weymouth.

“You can really look at those five goals and say that somebody just didn’t do what they were told,” Knights head coach Bill Hanson said. “BC High is good and they capitalized on it. Obviously, Flash [Flaherty] is doing a tremendous job with them. They got good goaltending when they needed it and that was it.”

Senior forward Mike Marsters was named the game’s MVP and received the 11th Edward M. Wright Award in a postgame ceremony.

Flaherty said it was a fitting honor to a player who oftentimes doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in what he puts into the team.

Meanwhile, Marsters was simply happy to be headed back to the postseason with his teammates.

“We moved the puck really and worked hard,” Marsters said. “We never stopped working in the corners We kept the pressure on them and got pucks to the net. Everybody did their jobs today.”