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Four hockey coaches get MSHCA hall call

May, 5, 2014
May 5
STONEHAM, Mass. -- It was a grand night for the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association (MSHCA). The well-established organization inducted four head coaches into its Hall of Fame, Sunday evening.

Before a capacity crowd inside Montvale Plaza filled with past and present coaches, family and friends, Mike Nanartowich (Hudson), Brian Murphy (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Dan Mark (Stoughton) and John Maguire (Waltham) became the latest members of the fraternity. Combined, the four coaches have spent a total of 112 years behind the bench.

Also inducted was Arlington Catholic long-time assistant coach Jim Hunt. Coach of the Year accolades went to John Devany (St. Joseph's Prep) in the boys’ category while Arlington Catholic's Maggie Taverna received the honor as girls’ coach. Tim Hooton was given the Brian “Trooper” Sullivan award for officials and UMass-Dartmouth coach John Rolli was awarded the William J. Stewart, Jr. Award for outstanding service and contribution to Massachusetts Secondary Schoolboy hockey.

Included in the festivities, the MSHCA recognized six high school players for their athletic and academic excellence. They included, Luke Amato (Arlington Catholic), Ian Lapham (Reading), Kevin Dober (Newton South), Alex Tepper (Nashoba Regional), Ryan McKennedy (Lowell) and Colin MacDonald (Marshfield).

“All of these student-athlete's academic distinctions are off the charts,” said former Lincoln-Sudbury coach and 2010 inductee Dan Doyle.

MSHCA secretary and 2003 inductee Charlie Driscoll, who spent 16 season guiding Medford as well as stints at Archbishop Williams, Malden Catholic, Wakefield and Reading, served as emcee.

Nanartowich, who won a Division 3 state title in 2012, was introduced by former Marlborough coach and 2012 inductee John Butler along with 20-year assistant coach Mike Correa.

“Mike Nanartowich was one who was always prepared for every game he coached,” Butler said. “He helped bring a lot of credibility and entusiasm to Central Mass. Hockey. Mike has always been a student of the game and is always looking to learn new things constantly.”

Added Correa, "Mike wrote the script on how to run a successful hockey team," he said. "Players at Hudson have succeeded because they had a meaningful relationship with their head coach.”

Nanartowich, who was named Mass. State High School Coach of the Year in 2012, expressed humility of the honor bestowed on to him.
“I think the best word that describes what hockey means to me and what Hudson High School means to me is the word blessed. I've been blessed with great players and great assistant coaches. For me, it's not about numbers, it's about the players.”

Murphy, who stepped down as Pioneers coach at the end of the 2013 season, having earned seven Super 8 appearances along the way, was introduced by former Shrewsbury coach and Class of 2004 member Phil Irving.

“To be here, it takes a tremendous amount of support from a large number of people over a long period of time,” Murphy said. “I had a wonderful experience coaching at St. John's and enjoyed every minute of it. As any coach will admit, you are only as good as your players so I would be remissed if I didn't offer my sincerest thanks to all of my players over the years.”

Former Bridgewater State coach Bob Carpenter spoke on behalf of Mark, who served as a team captain under Carpenter his senior year there.

Mark offered a special thank you to former Stoughton coach Jim Gormley, who coached Mark for four seasons at the varsity level and later brought him on as an assistant coach.

“Probably the biggest influence of my life is Jim Gormley,” said Mark. “I cannot thank him enough for everything he taught me. I really want to thank MSHCA for inducting me. When I look at the number of people inducted into this Hall of Fame it's pretty over-whelming and now my name will be there with theirs and is greatly-appreciated.”

Doyle introduced Maguire and began saying, “Coach Maguire's moral compass is always in order yet he is his own man. His teams have always achieved above the level of their talents because John coaches them the right way.”

Maguire, who is closing in on 350 victories with the Hawks and took home a Division 1 state title in 2002, had nearly half of the banquet hall filled with family and friends in recognition of his honor.

“In my first three years the Hawks were 3-15 three years in a row and I remember our mailbox being run over by a disgruntled player,” laughed Maguire. “I am certainly humbled by this introduction.”

The event ended with the news that Marshfield coach Dan Connolly will be stepping down as MSHCA president this year.

“It has been extremely humbling being president of this organization,” Connolly said. “As coaches, we don't coach for the money, but for the love of the game and the kids.”

Franklin's Mitchell lifts South to MSHCA All-Star win

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
WORCESTER,Mass. -- Overtime appeared imminent in Saturday's 2nd Annual Aleppo Shriners/Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association girls’ hockey All-Star Classic.

With the North and South girls deadlocked with less than a minute remaining. South, which waited until the final period for its offense to finally erupt, saw that trend continue when it needed to most. Franklin's Alex Mitchell was on the receiving end of a perfect down ice feed from Hingham's Tori Messina. The senior forward broke in alone behind the defense on North goaltender Courtney Davis of Woburn and flipped a shot above the catching glove to give South a thrilling 4-3 triumph at DCU Center.

During the first 30 minutes, North took command, grabbing a 2-0 before South re-discovered its offense at a most opportune time after scoring four times in the final frame.

"I got a really nice pass from the defense and I just went off," said Mitchell. "I saw the top right corner open so I just went for it. We wanted to get this win and prove that South teams can actually play hockey. We all knew we needed to go out there in the third and play as hard as we could because it was the last period for all of us and we didn't want to lose."

South's comeback began at 1:13 of the third. Forward Maggie Layo (Sandwich) got it all started after poking in a rebound from the short side to make it a 2-1 contest. Three minutes later, Falmouth's Alexa Scribner re-directed a Messina blast from the left circle that eluded Davis tying matters at 2-2.

South's offensive rejuvenation continued less than a minute later. Layo netted her second with a hard wrist shot from inside the left circle to put her team on top 3-2. Albeit a bit frazzled having surrendered its lead, the North squad was able to answer back a mere 21 seconds following Layo's tally. Woburn's Emily Lissner, taking a nice feed from Brittani Lanzilli of Medford, broke in behind the defense and beat South netminder Maddie Scavotto to pull her team even at 3-3 at 5:55.

Things quieted down a degree over the next eight minutes. Both teams had chances to move their respective teams in front but failed to convert. That would set the stage for the dramatic finish with Mitchell scoring the game-winner coming at 14:29.

"We went into the locker room after the second period and all the coaches told the girls that the worst lead in hockey is a two-goal lead," said South and Hingham head coach John Findley. "We told them to stop cycling the puck and go to the dirty parts of the rink and to start putting up shots on net. We know anything can happen in this game. We had a lot of scoring chances over the first period and a half but just couldn't put the puck in. We knew our girls could do it so we are happy that plan worked out for us.”

Findley added, “Momentum is huge in hockey and every line takes after the other line's momentum and that's what happened today. I was especially proud of our two Barnstable defensemen [Kylie Hallam and Haley Payne] because both played more-aggressive in the third and both were involved in a couple of nice plays in the end to help keep the puck out of the net for us."

Arlington Catholic's Danielle Kelly gave North the early lead at 2:36 of the first period when the forward put back a rebound off an initial shot by Bridget Kelly. Things remained that way until the 7:10 mark of the middle frame. Ursurline Academy forward Meghan Lawlor, on the power play, positioned herself 20 feet in front of the net and ripped a shot just underneath the crossbar extending North's lead to a pair. Seemingly in control, North lost its grip in the third as South managed to control the tempo for much of the period which led to its highlight-reel finish.

"Things got really wide open in the third," said North and Acton-Boxborough coach Brian Fontas. "That was easily the South's best period. They have some very good players over there. Overall this was a fun experience. It was a good way for a game to end. I just wish we were on the other side of it. This game is great for girls high school hockey and I was honored to be the coach of this team."

South finished with 30 shots while North closed out with 24.

Thoughts from Super 8 Selection Saturday

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
FRANKLIN, Mass. – With the field set for the Super 8 tournament, here are a couple lingering thoughts from a somewhat speedy deliberation at the MIAA headquarters Saturday morning:

Somewhat according to script: An interesting subplot to the Super 8 selection process is how the tournament committee processes the recommendations handed on from the earlier Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association (MSHCA).

While there is recent precedent for the committee flip-flopping selections from the Top 10 recommendations, this year, the committee was in lockstep. After a lengthy deliberation between Catholic Memorial and St. Mary’s of Lynn during the MSHCA meeting, the Knights earned the 10th spot in the nominations and the committee selection.

The Spartans will start the Division 1 North tournament among its top seeds and a threat for the state championship title.

Interestingly, with the Knights taking the 10th and final play-in game spot, CM will have a rematch from their season-ending loss to Braintee (3-0) on Friday.

Publics have its piece of the pie: Speaking of those aforementioned Wamps, who ostensibly punched their ticket on the final day of the season at Walter Brown, they were among two of the hottest teams in the state – both of which happened to be public schools.

After questioning whether the Super 8 would be an all-Catholic affair for much of the year – myself included – Duxbury and Braintree played their way into the Top 10 in the final weeks of the season. Both teams left their best hockey for the final weeks, with the Dragons beating No. 1 seed BC High in the Buddy Ferreira Classic championship game, and the Wamps ending the regular season with a win over CM.

Duxbury slid into the No. 6 seed, assuring them Super 8 berth, while No. 7 seed Braintree faces their second straight tilt against CM in a play-in game, Monday (7:45 p.m.) at Stoneham Arena, before what is assured to be an overflow Braintree contingent.

“In the last five years or so, we’ve been in that 11-to-15 spot, or in the Top 20, but couldn’t make that last jump,” Wamps head coach Dave Fasano said. “Even though we started out of the gate slow, we made the run we had to make. Do we wish we could have had some game back early in the year? Yes, but what we did in the last two weeks shows we are a good team.”

The day was met with such optimism that a extemporaneous “viewing party” broke out at Fasano’s home – unbeknownst to the coach. When he left the meeting, his son sent pictures of Braintree’s team huddled around the living room television, watching the stream of Tweets from the meeting room from a connected computer feed.

For a group playing its best hockey at the right time of the year, Fasano was simply looking forward to getting back in the rink.

“The good thing is we’re playing next week,” he quipped.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have a few more days off before they begin their best-of-three, first-round series against No. 3 Springfield Cathedral.

“Our guys, they were just focused down the stretch,” Duxbury head coach John Blake said. “They wanted to play meaningful games. But I think our strength this year is that we’ve been able to focus on one game at a time, and we knew we had limited opportunities in our schedule where we needed to make some noise in big games. And our guys are battle-tested.”

St. Mary's enters boys' hockey Top 10

February, 5, 2014
Feb 5
The latest ESPN Boston MIAA boys' hockey Top 25 poll has been updated, and it has St. Mary's (Lynn) making its move into the Top 10.

This week's complete poll can be found by clicking HERE.

(Note: Records are as of Tuesday, Feb. 4.)

Super 8 shuffle: After the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association preliminary Watch List was released this week, teams have ratcheted up their intensity entering the final month of the regular season.

Archbishop Williams was the big mover this week, vaulting up four spots to No. 12, after managing a season split with Catholic Central rival Arlington Catholic. Meanwhile, fellow CCL hopeful St. Mary's made a move to No. 9, up three spots from last week, after coming with a hard-earned point in a 3-3 draw with Austin Prep in a battle of the top two teams in the Large division.

Breaking and entering: There was also movement to the back end of the poll, as Super 8 Watch-Lister Milton dropped from this week's poll, following Monday's loss to No. 25 Barnstable. However, the Red Raiders will have their hands full on Saturday, as they play Cape rival No. 24 Falmouth, as the Clippers look for a season sweep.

Braintree returned to the poll at No. 22, after falling out one month ago. The Wamps turned in a statement win, kicking Super 8 hopeful Duxbury from the Top 10 after a win over the Dragons on Monday.


MSHCA announces Hall of Fame class

October, 9, 2013
The Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Associaiton recently announced its 2014 Hall of Fame induction class.

The honorees will be enshrined during a May ceremony.

Here's a look at this year's class:
  • John Maguire, Waltham
  • Dan Mark, Stoughton
  • Brian Murphy, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
  • Mike Nanartowich, Hudson
  • Assistant Coach - Jim Hunt, Arlington Catholic
  • Referee's Award - Tim Houghton, EMHOA
  • Stewart Award - John Rolli, UMass-Dartmouth

The 42nd Annual Coaches Hall of Fame Dinner will be held Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham.

For ticket information, contact Charlie Driscoll at 978- 777-7075 or email
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Dartmouth’s Garrett Allen once again proved why he was nearly impossible to stop during his high school career with the Indians.

During four years at Dartmouth, Allen topped off at 196 points and trails only John Sullivan’s 223 career points in the pantheon of the Indians’ all-time leading scorers.

Allen once again showed off his scoring acumen during Sunday’s second-annual MSHCA All-Star Classic played at the DCU Center, netting a hat trick while leading Team South to an 8-4 victory over Team North.

“It was just an awesome experience,” said Allen, who was named the game’s MVP and was honored during the ensuing Worcester Sharks game. “I was proud to be the first player from Dartmouth to be selected.”

The Dartmouth center also added an assist for a four-point game.

Allen, who played alongside Hudson’s Sean Parker and Xaverian’s Tommy Jenkins for most of the afternoon, also tallied the game-winning goal, scored during the third period for the hat trick.

“That was a just a bonus,” he added.

Marshfield’s Ryan Connors also tallied two goals contributing to the South effort. Catholic Memorial defenseman Marc Hetnik stepped up into the play to add a second-period goal for the South. Jenkins and Braintree's Jared Rizo also netted goals for the South.

Not to be outdone, Malden Catholic’s Garrett White continued his hot play -- dating back to his contributions leading the Lancers to their first Super Eight tournament win – also tallied a hat trick to lead the North attack.

“This is a lot of fun,” said South coach Brian Shuman, who is the bench boss at Canton High. “This is about the best collection of talent that you could hope to coach and the kids were all gentlemen, they didn’t just take things on themselves, they really played a team game.”

Here's a full list of participants in the senior all-star game:

Team North
2 Josh Gallagher, D Central Catholic
3 Nico DiSalvo, D Peabody
4 Sean Kavanagh, D Springfield Cathedral
5 Jake Kulevich, D Marblehead
6 Christopher Milne, D Danvers
7 Terry Murphy, D Waltham
8 Joe Nardella, D St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
9 John Sartell, D Wakefield
10 Terence Durkin, F BC High
11 Patrick Crosby, F Masconomet
12 Tom Crowley, F Reading
13 Ryan Doherty, F Tewksbury
14 Daniel Graham, F Arlington Catholic
15 Alex Holland , F Woburn
16 Nick Leonard, F Central Catholic
17 Kevin Peduto, F Acton-Boxborough
18 Devin Smith, F St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
19 Christopher Surette, F St. Mary's of Lynn
20 Matthew Swett, F Andover
21 Garrett White, F Malden Catholic
1 Kyle Berthiaume, G Andover
30 Zach Rondeau, G Springfield Cathedral
35 Steve Burgoyne, G Westford Academy

Team South
2 Steven Bristol, D Weymouth
3 Pat Cull, D Marshfield
4 Marc Hetnik, D Catholic Memorial
5 Chris Joyce, D Needham
6 Alex Pompeo, D Hingham
7 T.J. Ryan, D Newton North
8 Alex Taddeo, D Franklin
9 Mike Thiesing, D Archbishop Williams
10 Garrett Allen, F Dartmouth
11 Mike Cashman, F BC High
12 Tom Coleman, F Needham
13 Ryan Connors, F Marshfield
14 Tim Driscoll, F Hingham
15 Anthony Hardy, F Bridgewater-Raynham
16 Tommy Jenkins, F Xaverian Brothers
17 Jim Magrath, F Medfield
18 Sean Parker, F Hudson
19 Tyler Piacentini, F Weymouth
20 Jared Rizo, F Braintree
21 Haydon Voss, F Marlborough
1 Patrick Farrington, G Sandwich
30 Kyle Jacobs, G Pembroke
35 Chris Treon, G Westwood