Boston High School: Mike Sorenti

Marshfield's Cataldo leads South in romp of All-Star Classic

March, 22, 2014
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Team members of Saturday's 5th annual Aleppo Shriners/Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association All-Star Classic show up knowing little about the strengths and weakness of their fellow linemates. Having not practiced together, the only thing to do is learn on the fly.

The South stars were the quick learners, as all of its lines meshed brilliantly en route to a one-sided 7-1 triumph at the DCU Center.

"You don't really see an all star game finish 7-1," said South and Braintree head coach David Fasano. "It's usually 8-7 or 9-8. But all of our goaltenders played great. We were putting lines together an hour before the game so to come out and move the puck around the way we did was pretty incredible. There was some very good play making out there. There is no system in place so to speak and the goaltenders know they are going to see a lot of shots so to their credit they made some great stops. The way our kids were moving the puck around they looked like they had been playing together for a very long time."

After racing out to a 4-1 lead after the first period, this game was never in doubt. Despite facing 43 shots, South's three goaltenders (St. John's of Shrewsbury’s Mario Pizzeri, Framingham's Al Lynch and Brookline's Jake Paul) were outstanding between the pipes.

"We got an early goal on them and I think that sort of set the momentum for us," said Pizzeri, who will play at Assumption College next year. "This was certainly a fun way to go out and a great way to end my high school career."

Offensively, Marshfield forward David Cataldo led the attack as he found the back of net twice. His rebound goal coming at 6:46 of the opening period set the gears in motion for the South squad. Three minutes later, Braintree's Nick Ward made it a two-goal affair after taking a diagonal pass from Trevor O'Brien and beating Springfield Cathedral goaltender John Liquori low glove side.

Wachusett Regional's Marc Happy, taking a well-executed behind the net feed from Jim Currier, ripped a one-timer past Pizzeri to bring his team to within a goal at 10:21 but that is as close as the North stars would get.

"I'm disappointed in regards to the final outcome but this is truly a great event and the fact that it is helping a great cause with Shriners Hospitals," said North and Winchester forward Brendan Greene.

Just 32 seconds after Happy's score, Duxbury's Nick Marrocco, standing in front of the crease, back-handed a shot by Liquori to give South back its two-goal advantage.

Things seemed to snowball from there. With less than three minutes remaining in the period, Cataldo, off a well-timed pass from Robbie Souza, ripped a shot into the back of the net from the left slot to send South into the first intermission leading by three goals.

"Surprisingly we had some very good chemistry among all of us despite having never played together," Cataldo said. "All of the lines seemed to be clicking today. You are going to develop chemistry with all of these kids coming to this game. All of them can play hockey, they can adjust and they learn to play with other kids very quickly. That is why they are here.

“It's cool to play with all of these guys because you read about them during the season."

Early in the middle frame, South picked up right where it left off to end the first. Just 2:21 into the period, Archbishop Williams forward Mike Sorenti, taking a pass from Xaverian's Antonio Marini down low, skated across the front of the crease and patiently waited for St. Mary's of Lynn goalie Bailey MacBurnie to commit before sending a shot beyond the senior's out-stretched right leg pad to make it 5-1.

With North seeing its opportunities being stoned regularly, South continued to maintain its offensive charge. Xaverian's Ricky Smith padded the lead to five at 13:56 with a laser from 20 feet out that MacBurnie never saw.

"It was fun to go out there and play with a bunch of new guys," said South defenseman and St. John's (Shrewsbury) standout Bryan Nelson. "A lot of the guys I knew from playing with or against in squirts and pee-wees. It was nice to see them and catch up on things with them. This felt more like a summer tournament game. It was a lot of fun."

To its credit, North wasn't about to go down easily during the final period. Opening up the offense a bit more, they sent 19 shots toward Paul but none got past him. Meanwhile, Dartmouth's Joseph Correia added to North's misery by tallying an unassisted goal at 13:10. South also finished with 43 shots.

"The real surprise in all of this is the one goal by them on the other end," Fasano said. "That is unheard of in these types of games whether it be high school, college or the NHL. Usually those kinds of games have some pretty-big numbers. This was a lot of fun to be apart of and was a great show put on by both the Shriners and the Worcester Sharks."

Our MIAA boys' hockey All-State Team

March, 28, 2013
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FIRST LINE
All-StateF - Liam Coughlin, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Finished third among all Division 1 players in scoring, while leading the Knights back to the Super 8 for the first time since 2009-10. The South Boston native put up 28-20-48 totals, tied for first among Catholic Conference scorers this season.

All-StateF - Ara Nazarian, Soph., Malden Catholic
ESPN Boston’s Mr. Hockey award winner this season, Nazarian had 26-22-48 totals for the regular season, along with nine goals and five assists during the Super 8 tournament for the three-time defending champions. The Boxford resident and center is the first underclassman to win the Mr. Hockey award.

All-StateF – Brian Pinho, Sr., St. John’s Prep
The Providence College commit led the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in this year’s Super 8 tournament. The North Andover resident compiled 12-24-36 totals this season and, in January, was ranked No. 117 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

All-StateD – Casey Fitzgerald, Soph., Malden Catholic
The North Reading resident earned his second Super 8 title with the Lancers, playing on all defensive units and is one of two players making a second-straight appearance on our All-State team. The Boston College commit had 5-17-22 totals on the season and recently was accepted in the United States National Team Development Program’s U-17 team.

All-StateD – Matt Foley, Sr., Springfield Cathedral
The two-way blue-liner finished third on the Panthers in scoring with 10-16-26 totals this year while leading them to another Super 8 apperance. A Longmeadow resident, the captain is deciding among prep schools for next year, as well as offers to play in college.

All-StateG – Peter Cronin, Sr., BC High
The only repeating First-Team All-Stater this year, Cronin finished in the top five among Division 1 netminders in both goals against average (1.40) and save percentage (94.6) while starting all 23 of the Eagles’ games. He is currently considering colleges among playing opportunities at the prep school and junior levels.

SECOND LINE
All-StateF – Tom Besinger, Jr., BC High
The Eagles’ top center and captain was force to reckon with in the circle, in addition to leading the Eagles with 35 points (10 goals and a team-best 25 assists).
All-StateF – Cam Owens, Sr., Wilmington
Finished his high school career with back-to-back Division 2 state championships. Owens racked up 30 points, playing alongside All-State honorable mention Brendan McDonough. Owens is currently weighing prep and junior options for next year.
All-StateF – Nolan Vesey, Sr., Austin Prep
The senior captain led the Cougars back to the Super 8 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and all the way to a finals appearance at the Garden. Vesey led AP in goals (18) and points (31) while kicking in 13 assists.
All-StateD – Nick Gorski, Sr., Central Catholic
A player who head coach Mike Jankowski repeatedly called his “most improved player” since freshman year, the Raiders captain played on all units, leading Central to another Super 8 appearance.
All-StateD – Jack Williams, Sr. Springfield Cathedral
A major component to perhaps the state’s best blue-line core, Williams did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, including playing forward on power-play units. The Suffield, Conn. resident tallied four goals and 19 assists for 23 points. He is currently weighing his playing options for next season.

All-StateG – Colin Soucy, Jr., Central Catholic
The break-out star of this year’s Super 8 tournament, Soucy nearly delivered the Raiders to a quarterfinal-round upset of No. 1 seed St. John’s Prep in his first year as Central’s starting netminder.

Best of the Rest – Honorable Mention
Forwards
Tyler Bird, Jr., St. John’s Prep
Tommy Bishop, Sr., Chelmsford
Matt Brazel, Jr., Hingham
Brian Brooks, Jr., Canton
Mike Carbone, Sr., Marshfield
Bobo Carpenter, Soph., Austin Prep
A.J. Couto, Sr., Danvers
Ben Cox, Sr., Medfield
Peter Crinella, Soph., Springfield Cathedral
Cam Curley, Sr., Franklin
Sam D’Antuono, Jr., Hingham
Jordan Dow, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
Josh Edwards, Sr., Blue Hills
Brendan Greene, Jr., Winchester
C.J. Grinnell, Sr., Burlington
Marc Happy, Jr., Wachusett
Lloyd Hayes, Jr., Central Catholic
Kevin Hock, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Mike Iovanna, Sr., Malden Catholic
Andrew Irving, Sr., Beverly
Connor Irving, Jr., Beverly
Ryan Jones, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
Jack Kilty, Sr., Medway
Pat Kramer, Soph., BC High
Tom Koopman, Jr., Marblehead
Matt Kustra, Sr., Natick
Brendan McDounough, Jr., Wilmington
Anthony Lespasio, Sr., Bedford
Jack O’Hear, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Derek Petti, Sr., Tewksbury
Eddie Pratt, Sr., Xaverian
Nolan Redler, Jr., Winchester
Tyler Sifferlen, Jr., Malden Catholic
Mike Sorenti, Jr., Archbishop Williams
Sean Spohr, Sr., Westfield
Max Turcotte, Sr., Holliston
Max Willman, Sr., Barnstable

Defense
Matt Burchill, Sr., Marshfield
Derek Butler, Jr., Natick
John Carlson, Jr., Hingham
Adam Crowley, Jr., Burlington
Nick Edwards, Jr., Blue Hills
Sean Heelan, Sr., Catholic Memorial
Kurt Leavitt, Sr., Canton
Bryan Nelson, Soph., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
Nick Rolli, Jr., Malden Catholic
Ryan Shea, Frosh, BC High
Sam Topham, Sr., BC High

Goaltenders
Tim Birarelli, Soph., Beverly
Alex Buckley, Sr., Newburyport
Brandon Collett, Frosh., Catholic Memorial
Jordan Davis, Sr., Norwood
Derek DeCastro, Sr., Burlington
Drew Foley, Jr., Wilmington
Nolan Greene, Jr., North Quincy
Elijah Harris, Soph., Austin Prep
John Liquori, Jr., Springfield Cathedral
Al Lynch, Jr., Framingham
Evan Morelli, Sr., Reading
James Offner, Soph., Winchester
Nick Russo, Sr., Waltham
Jimmy Tierney, Soph., Oliver Ames

Super 8: Malden Catholic 9, Archies 1

February, 26, 2013
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STONEHAM, Mass. -- Talk about an opening statement.

Perhaps a little dismayed, to put it gently, by being cast into the Div. 1A play-in game after winning back-to-back Super 8 championships and overcoming a mid-season swoon by ending with a six-game win streak, Malden Catholic took its anger out in its 2013 postseason debut.

Pat Wrenn, Matthew Filipe and Raff Colella each scored twice as the No. 10 Lancers filled up the scoresheet in a 9-1 rout of No. 7 Archbishop Williams at Stoneham Arena. Tyler Sifferelen and Nick Rolli each dished out three assists, while Casey Fitzgerald added a pair.

Malden Catholic (12-6-3) advanced into the Super 8 field and begins its quest for a three-peat against No. 2 Springfield Cathedral, a team the Lancers beat, 1-0, last Thursday, on Sunday at Tsongas Arena. Archbishop Williams (12-5-4) will assume the top seed in the Div. 1 South sectional.

"It's a win, it's two points, that's all that really matters to me," said Lancers head coach John McLean, carefully measuring his words. "I'm not really concerned about the score. I think we ran into a team that wasn't as experienced as we were in the tournament. I think with the big crowd, you get a little bit nervous, they got down early, and it's a tough atmosphere. They're a good, young team and I think they'll be back here."

After losing a 4-3 vote for the sixth seed to Catholic Memorial during Saturday's selection meeting, it was only fair to ask if the Lancers were using that as motivation.

"Absolutely, but we knew almost halfway through the year that we had to win almost every game to get into the tournament, or at least be considered, so we took it one day at a time," McLean responded. "The kids really became a team during that team and I think we'll make a good push."

After what seemed like a feeling period over the game's opening eight minutes, Malden Catholic opened the floodgates. Over a span of just two-minutes, 33-seconds, the Lancers got goals from Austin Goldstein, Wrenn, Wrenn again, and Ara Nazarian, then Mike Iovanna tacked on another with 33 seconds left to make it a 5-0 game at the first intermission.

Filipe got his first marker during the second period, but MC suffered a scare when Sifferlen was hit hard into the boards by Archies' Tyler Bradford and had to leave the game. McLean said afterward that Sifferlen may have hit the metal on the boards but simply seemed to have the wind knocked out of him. He was out for the remainder of the game but is expected to be fine for Sunday's Super 8 opener.

Bradford was assessed a four-minute major penalty and a disqualification, which means he has to sit out the Bishops' next two games.

With most of the regulars on the bench in the third, the Lancers kept rolling as Filipe got his second goal and Colella potted a pair to increase the lead to 9-0. Archies forward Mike Jessman finally broke the shutout bid with two minutes remaining, getting an assist from Mike Sorenti.

Recap: No. 12 Archies 5, No. 22 Coyle 1

January, 31, 2013
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CANTON, Mass. – For what Cam Mariani might lack in stature, he makes up for in moxie.

After Wednesday night’s 5-1 non-league victory over Coyle-Cassidy at the Canton Sportsplex, the Archbishop Williams sophomore forward strutted around showing off the garment he earned after his two-point game.

“I bagged one [goal] tonight, and got an apple [an assist],” the Lilliputian-sized winger said casually. “I can’t complain.”

Mariani was wearing the sport coat handed out to the Bishops’ player of the game. The green paisley print on the jacket, which is an heirloom of Archies head coach Derackk Curtis, made it look as though it was plucked from Don Cherry’s wardrobe. Mariani’s teammates, who’ve given him the nickname “Nugget,” egged him on as he talked to reporters postgame. He was proudly wearing the blazer, which looked about six sizes too large for his frame.

“He’s a little guy, who we love,” Curtis added.

Mariani earned the right to wear the coat after pacing the Bishops to a fast start in a three-goal first period, dishing out an assist on their first goal and following with his first goal of the season at 9:18.

Mike Sorenti tallied Archies’ third goal, with assists from Mike Davis and Mike Jessman with 1:43 remaining in the period.

“I was happy that I had some playing time, I like getting out there early and getting in to the swing of things,” Mariani said. “My second shift of the game, got that goal, that really brought up the intensity for the whole game.”

Coyle (10-3-0) got back into the game in the second period on Frank Cambria’s slapshot and series of big saves from goaltender Brent Petrowski.

While neither side was able to capitalize on two power-play opportunities a side in the second, the Bishops (9-2-3) closed out the game with two goals in the third. Eric Keefe’s rising wristshot tucked underneath the crossbar at 9:12 of the third for Archies’ fourth before Nick Menzel rounded out scoring inside of four minutes.

MAKE SURE TO FINISH
Curtis emphasized his message to finish to his team, and the Bishops made good on that promise, coming out with a more spirited third.

It’s a trend that Curtis noticed earlier in the season, that his team would become complacent after taking an early lead. But the Bishops have responded of late, posting goal totals of seven, 10, seven and five in the last four wins, respectively.

“I think we still have a lot of work to do in keeping the competitiveness up,” Curtis said. “We have the ability to get on teams right away, but then we’ll ease up on the throttle because kids are trying to do too much.”

BATTLE TESTED, TOURNAMENT READY
For a Division 2 school like Coyle, Warriors head coach Dave Borges always makes sure his teams are prepped for the intensity level of the tournament. Borges schedules up to include many of the state’s premiere programs, such as Super 8 perennial contender Hingham, and Wednesday’s opponent.

While all three of the Warriors’ losses have come against D1 opponents, the longtime bench boss sees it as no worse for the wear.

“That’s why we play these games,” Borges said. “Hingham was a tough battle for us because they skate four lines and they keep coming at you in waves. [Archies] only skated three lines tonight, but this shows us the type of hockey that we have to play if we want to be successful in the tournament.”

Cape Cod Classic: BC High claims title

February, 23, 2012
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- BC High found itself in the championship game of The Boathouse at Pier 37/Black Dog Cape Cod Classic Thursday without having actually won a game in the tournament. The Eagles advanced with shootout wins over Hingham and Austin Prep earlier in the week, but officially both of those games count as ties in the standings.

As Eagles head coach John Flaherty entered the building for the final night of boys’ high school hockey at the Falmouth Ice Arena (a new rink opens in town later this year) he said he was asked by a rink employee if she was going to get to see another shootout.

“I hope not,” he said with a laugh.

Flaherty got his wish as BC High warmed up for their impending trip to the Super 8 last night by squaring off against a team that was fighting for its playoff life, Archbishop Williams. Despite the Bishops needing to secure at least a tie against the Eagles to qualify for the state tournament, the Eagles prevailed 2-1 -- in regulation. The loss denied the Bishops a chance to play in the postseason as they finished at 8-9-3 for the year.

BC High senior assistant captain Bartley “Moe” Regan scored a pair of third period goals, one just after a power play expired and then another with the man-advantage, to power his team to the win as the fourth-ranked Eagles improved to 10-5-5.

Regan was just happy to be back on the ice in the third period after getting a bit of a scare earlier in the game when an errant stick caught him up under the chin and in the area of his Adam’s Apple. The tall forward said that he suffered a similar injury earlier in the season, one of a worse variety that had him thinking he had just died. That previous scare made dealing with this shot a tad easier as he shook things off and was back on the ice in minutes.

“I’m sure he’s a lot happier about the two goals than the scratch on his neck,” Flaherty joked after the game.

Two periods later he was the one delivering the pain to the Bishops, on the scoreboard. Just as Mike Sorenti was exiting the box for a hooking violation the Eagles’ Brian Furey let a bomb fly from the right point that Regan tipped on goal. Bishops keeper Joe Vinay (37 saves), who kept his team in the game with a number of highlight reel stops, halted the tip but couldn’t get a piece of the quick backhander that Regan flung at the net. The goal gave BC High a 1-0 lead at 3:01 of the third period.

“The puck was just coming out and I hit it with my stick and I was falling down. I didn’t even see it go in, but I heard everyone start cheering and I was pumped,” Regan said.

Regan struck again in similar fashion for a power play goal at 5:08 to double the lead on a goal he did see go in the net. Again Furey fired one on that Vinay stopped, but Regan cleaned things up in front and gave his team some breathing room.

Archies head coach Derackk Curtis said that he was perplexed by penalties that preceded the two Eagles’ tallies.

“It’s frustrating, it’s really frustrating, because they don’t call anything all game and then in the third period they’re call all these phantom calls…I can’t figure it out,” Curtis said. “Going into the third period, with 15 minutes to play, anything can happen and then to have back-to-back penalties suck the life out of you, it’s frustrating for the kids ya know. These kids played really hard.”

And they continued to play hard after falling behind. The Bishops sliced the Eagles’ lead in half just a little over two minutes later with their own power play goal off the stick of freshman forward Tyler Bradford. The rookie pounced on a rebound of a Mike Jessman shot to cut the deficit to 2-1 with a half period left to go.

But that would be the only mistake that BC High’s steady netminder Peter Cronin made. Cronin stopped the other 12 shots that reached him in the game and breathed sigh of relief when a Jessman bid from the doorstep with three minutes to go sailed a bit high. The Bishops got Vinay off the ice for an extra attacker inside the last minute, but couldn’t get a shot through to Cronin in the crunch.

The keeper said that the Eagles are happy to close out the season strongly. “We wanted to come out here and get (win) number 10. We didn’t want to let another point get away and we got two today thanks to a good effort from [Bartley] Regan and we beat a good team today,” Cronin said.

And going forward the competition will only get tougher. The Eagles believe that they’re ready.

“The way we’re playing right now, I feel really confident. Everyone’s working real hard and everyone’s playing for the team and that’s what you have to do to win,” Regan said.

Cronin echoed those thoughts. “We’re going to have to come out there with intensity, and the will to win, and I think we’ll be okay.”

CLOSING DOWN A GRAND OLE BARN
In the night’s other game, the Falmouth played the last ever boys’ varsity game at the Falmouth Ice Arena and closed up shop happily with a 2-1 win over Duxbury.

The game featured an on-ice ceremony celebrating Falmouth’s 1979 state championship team with 16 of the 19 players on the roster from that year, and one of the assistant coaches, lining up to recreated their team photograph that hangs in the lobby of the building.

Goalie Petey Negri, who took over the starting goaltender position a month ago, had his best game of the season. Negri made 22 saves in the victory, including a diving stab to rob Cam Daly in the third period of the game.

“That’s what we’ve been looking for from Petey,” Clippers head coach Buddy Ferreira said. “That was the game right there. If he doesn’t make that one it’s 1-1, but he came up big."

Also coming up big was junior blue-liner Zack Zaino, who Ferreira said was one of the best players on the ice. Zaino scored on a first period wrist shot to give the Clippers a 1-0 lead. That lead held for most of the night until things got really exciting in the final three minutes.

With 3:01 to go junior forward Durham Ghelfi popped his own rebound behind Dragons goalie Conor Charland to give Falmouth some breathing room. The goal was the result of a nice back check by Storm Fotiu, who stole the puck from Duxbury as they tried to clear the zone and centered to Ghelfi, who crashed the net. The junior’s initial bid was stopped, but he poked the second try through the five-hole.

Duxbury, which outshot Falmouth 22-12 over the last two periods after FHS held a 10-1 advantage in the first, battled back to give themselves a chance seconds later. Greg Williams let one fly off the right wing boards that sailed through traffic and by Negri at 12:38 of the third.

That would be it for the Dragons though as the 21st-ranked Clippers improved to 12-5-5 for the year. Duxbury is now 9-9-4, and both teams now wait to see what the state tournament has in store for them.

Cape Cod Classic: Super 8 preview?

February, 19, 2012
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FALMOUTH, Mass. -- One week from Saturday, the Super 8 hockey committee will convene and assemble the field of the state’s premier tournament. Both No. 4 Hingham and No. 7 BC High almost assuredly will be among the teams making the cut.

But if Saturday’s matchup between the two clubs to open the Cape Cod Classic tournament was any indication of what is to come, Bay State hockey fans in for one might fine tournament.

The Eagles and Harbormen skated to a 1-1 tie, as it will be entered in the MIAA’s scorebook. Hingham’s Ryan Linehan scored with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

After a five-minute overtime period, BC High netminder Peter Cronin and Hingham counterpart John Grenier continued trading saves. Finally, Eagles senior captain and defenseman Brian Furey sent BC High along to the winner’s bracket with the first and only goal of the shootout in its seventh round.

“[Grenier] was playing aggressive, so I figured I’d fake the shot and have some room stuff it in, and I did,” Furey said.

BC High (9-5-4) claimed the lead at 12:54 of the second period with defenseman Sam Topham rifling a slapshot past Grenier, glove side.

The Eagles appeared to be well on their way to two points in the third period, controlling play in Hingham’s end for the bulk of the stanza. BC High continued to hem the Harbormen, even in the minute. Hingham (14-4-2) had been unable to pull Grenier for an extra attacker when senior captain winger Matt Hughes made his way through the neutral zone with about 30 seconds remaining.

After the puck was chipped up the boards, Hughes gained the blue line and played a perfect cross-ice pass onto Linehan’s stick. Linehan’s one-timer slid past Cronin for the tying goal.

“We had an injury on that play, the guy jumped over the boards, he kind of got caught in no-man’s land,” BC High head coach John Flaherty said. “If he’d gotten a piece of him, maybe it doesn’t happen. It was just a good hockey play by Hingham. [Hughes] made a great pass, [Linehan] one-timed it and it ended up in the back of the net.”

HE’S A GAMER
Hughes missed part of the second period with a shoulder injury, after he was ridden into the boards awkwardly on a check. He returned later in the game, playing in pain. Although his status going forward is day-to-day, Hughes’ returned paid dividends.

“It was a nice pass, and it was a lot of guts coming back," Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said. "I don’t know what the extent of his should injury is going to be, but he said he could play with the pain. And he did a great job.”

FINISH WITH A FUREY
With most of BC High’s forward options exhausted in the shootout, and with no end in sight, John Flaherty glanced down his bench at his available shooters. Furey nodded back toward the Eagles bench boss. Flaherty signaled back toward center ice.

After watching six of this teammates fail to convert against Grenier, Furey knew exactly what to do with the puck.

Although the thought of letting a Chara-like slapshot from the between the circles did cross his mind.

“I don’t quite have a 108-mile-per-hour slap shot though,” Furey added.

ARCHIES 4, NO. 20 FALMOUTH 1
In the Classic's nightcap, Archbishop Williams (8-8-1) completed half of the work they needed to accomplish on Cape Cod with a 4-1 win over the host Falmouth Clippers (12-4-5).

Archies head coach Derackk Curtis was not very pleased with his team’s overall effort, but the Bishops did enough to pull to within one win of qualifying for the MIAA state tournament.

“That wasn’t our best game…I thought that we’d come out with a little more urgency,” Curtis said.

AW was outshot by the Clippers 26-12 for the game, but did the most of with the pucks they did put on Falmouth’s Petey Negri as the scored goals on 3 of their first 5 shots on net in the contest.

With a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart in the first period AW took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after one. Mike Sorenti sniped one inside the near side post at the 6:42 mark of the first. Then, before the dust settled on that one, Sean Leblanc chopped one in from the doorstep to give the visitors at 2-0 lead.

Falmouth came out like gangbusters to start the second period and picked up the tempo, but AW held the fort as goalie Joe Vinay (25 saves) made a handful of big stops, the best of which was on a doorstep bid by Cyrus Wickersham at the five minute mark.

With a goal on their first shot of the second period, at 5:24 by Falmouth resident Mike Jessman, AW was in the driver’s seat.

FHS broke through at 13:36 of the second to cut the deficit to 3-1 when Nick Lineaweaver netted a power play goal off a nice feed across the crease from Ben Taylor. The air quickly left the Clippers’ balloon, though, as AW got a power play goal just 15 seconds later, off the stick of Bill Sweezey, that made it 4-1. AW scored its four goals all on their first eight shots on net.

AW will meet surprise winner Waltham, Monday at 7 p.m.. Falmouth squares off with Arlington Catholic at 3 p.m.

NO. 18 AUSTIN PREP 4, DUXBURY 1
BC High will face Austin Prep on Monday after the Cougars qualified for the Division 1 North tournament in a 4-1 win over Duxbury.

Cam Russo, Nolan Vesey and Scott Corcoran all scored in the first period, putting AP (9-6-3) in the driver's seat.

WALTHAM 3, NO. 17 ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 2
Although the Hawks are out of postseason contention, they put on an impressive display early on against the Cougars.

Waltham (4-11-3) ran out to a 3-0 lead by the second intermission, before the Cougars (9-6-4) scored twice in the third to make a game of it.

(Reporting from Rich Maclone was included in this story.)

Passing thoughts: AC vs. Archies

December, 19, 2010
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ARLINGTON, Mass. -- For a while, it looked as though No. 10 Archbishop Williams would have the last laugh over No. 4 Arlington Catholic, holding the Cougars scoreless over two-plus periods. Before Saturday night's game at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, Arlington Catholic hoisted to the rafters a banner commemorating last year's Division 1 state title win, which also came over the Bishops.

So was a little revenge in the cards? Not so.

The Cougars had to battle back from two one-goal deficits and didn't hold the lead until the final two minutes of play, with Dan Graham's marker making the difference in a 3-2 win over their Catholic Central rival.

The Bishops (0-1-0, 0-1-0) took an early lead on Ryan Dunn's power-play goal assisted by Mike Thiesing in the first period. Sophomore Brian Nazzaro made Dunn's goal stand up, keeping the Cougars (1-0-0, 1-0-0) off the board through the first 30 minutes of play.

Arlington Catholic finally got on the board 2:38 into the third on Christopher Sadler's strike set up by Brendon O'Connell and William Cooke. The Bishops quickly regained the lead on Mike Sorenti's tally with their second goal of the evening on the power play.

However, some undisciplined play would have the Bishops shorthanded less than a minute later and the Cougars broke through on the man-advantage. Jon Byrne redirected Brian McCoff's blast from the point to tie the score, 2-2. Cooke also added his second assist on the play.

Arlington Catholic seized the momentum, with Graham tallying the game-winner on a pretty set up from Shaun Teeven. Graham buried the one-timer top shelf on the play that was set in motion by a good outlet pass by defenseman Matthew Dee.

Here's a couple of passing thoughts from the rematch between old rivals:
  • It's no secret that the team Arlington Catholic returns this season is much different from last year's squad. But Cougars head coach Dan Shine was encouraged by his young team's resiliency exhibited during their season opener. Although they might not have played their best game, it's very early in the season and the Cougars showed mettle when it mattered most. "Replacing 17 players is an enormous task," Shine said. "In a game like this, coming back to from a goal down, coming back and scoring late goals in the game to win is a huge confidence booster. And that's what we were hoping to get out of tonight."
  • The area where Arlington Catholic's roster has seen the greatest turnover is on the blue line. All six of the Cougars' D-men graduated last year. That has provided an opportunity for Cooke and McGoff, two transfer students, to seize the job comprising the Cougars' top pairing. Through the first game, both showed good discipline on the power play, maintaining space and creating shooting lanes. That paid off handsomely with Byrne's power-play goal that tied the game, 2-2. "I think our defense played well," Shine said. "They played a lot in the end, they were real steady. And again, they're learning every day."
  • Archies finds itself in much the same situation as Arlington Catholic this season. Bishops head coach Derackk Curtis estimated that 90 percent of his roster was playing in their first varsity game Saturday. "Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way we played," Curtis said. "We didn't finish, we have to finish. I thought overall our compete level was there."

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