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

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
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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."


BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – It seemed like an add-on to a rout, but Kyle Leslie’s early third-period goal — the Braintree forward’s second of the game — was an important one.

But, at the time, its significance wasn’t lost on Wamps head coach Dave Fasano either.

“Looking back on it, I had said that’s probably the one that’s going to get us over the hump.”

Braintree carried a 4-1 lead into the third period of Sunday’s Division 1 South sectional championship game against Barnstable at Gallo Ice Arena.

That’s when Leslie tipped in his second of the game, collecting a loose puck played from the point by defenseman Kevin Howard. After a furious comeback of three straight goals, including two on the power play, the Red Raiders made for a dramatic finish, but fell short in a 5-4 final.

The Wamps advance to their first state Division 1 final, after having played in three sectional championship games in the last decade. They will face the winner of Monday’s North final between Reading and Wilmington.

Braintree (16-5-3) sought to push the issue, playing an aggressive forecheck throughout. It yielded immediate benefits, as the Wamps ran out to a 2-0 lead by the 7:43 mark of the first on goals by Gino LaRossa and Brian Gallagher. Leslie (2 G, 1 A) potted his first goal of the game before the period was out, with a helper from Gallagher, and Braintree took a 3-0 lead to the room.

The Red Raiders (15-6-3) broke up Nick Anson’s shutout bid at 1:32 of the second on a Cody Pasic (1 G, 1 A) wrist shot. However, the Wamps reestablished their three-goal cushion at 8:11 on a Nick Ward goal, with Gallagher (1G, 2A) on the primary assist.

“The thing we talked about after the third period was that we couldn’t go into a shell,” Fasano said. “Barnstable, all year long and if you saw the last three tournament games they’ve played … they don’t quit. They’re going to come at us, but we can’t go into a shell.

“Even when we were up three, we knew that Barnstable was going to throw everything at us because they’ve never quit all year long.”

Braintree seemed to put the game out of reach 32 seconds into the third. Howard lobbed a wrister over the diving shot-blocking attempt of a Barnstable forward. With the puck in the slot, Leslie adjusted and beat Red Raiders back up goaltender Jake Kaczynski short side.

Then the Red Raiders came alive. Mike McDonough set off a chain reaction of three straight Barnstable goals at 2:48, before scoring back-to-back power-play goals 11:21 and 12:24. Chris Fowler’s slapper got the Red Raiders within two, before setting up Cam Curtin’s tally on the man-advantage with the goaltender pulled.

“I thought we played extremely well for two periods, but our start killed us," Red Raiders head coach Scott Nickerson said. "We just ran out of time. They did a lot of things well against us. It would have been a remarkable comeback had we finished it off.”

Tough call: Nickerson elected to pull senior starting goaltender Kevin Huska to start the second period, after allowing three first-period goals, in favor of Kaczynski, a junior.

“Kevin Huska’s been our backbone for two years,” Nickerson said. “At that point, I felt like after giving up three, it was time to make a change. It’s a tough decision to pull a senior in his last game. But it was something we had to do.”

The move seemed to give Barnstable an immediate boost. After Pasic’s goal, on the other end of the sheet, Kaczynski kicked out a Gallagher shot from point blank range.

The incumbent to take Huska’s spot next season, Kaczynski battled to keep the Red Raiders in the game, which was also a swan song for one of the state’s more talented netminders in the last two years.

“To his credit, I’ve never been around who’s so positive and so uplifting after he comes out,” Nickerson said of Huska. “When Kaczynski made that save, you could hear Kevin pounding on the boards with his hand, trying to keep everybody going.”

Net gain?: Aside from having to refocus after its play-in game loss to Catholic Memorial, Braintree also had to face the South sectional tournament without the services of one of its top defensemen, junior Sean Casey, who was injured in the preliminary round game.

With that, Fasano has shortened his bench to five defenseman.

But even down a man, and an attempted third-period comeback aside, the Wamps defensive corps has been a major driving force behind their Garden push.

“That was a huge loss, he’s so good,” senior captain Joe Harrington said of Casey. “But our defenseman, no discredit to our forwards, we’ve been great defensively all year. John Elworthy’s really stepped in, Erik MacDonald’s given us good minutes, and [James] Flaherty and Howard have been doing it for a few years now. We just know it’s another day at the office for us.”

D1 South: Braintree 2, Framingham 0

March, 5, 2014
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – When the state tournament began a last week, Braintree head coach Dave Fasano said that to go far his club would need to stay healthy and “get a little puck luck.”

While the Wamps lacked that good fortune in the Super 8 play-in round, they certainly found some Wednesday night at the Gallo Ice Arena.

Other than an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play, the contest’s only goal was the direct result of a fortuitous hop. South sectional top-seed Braintree (15-5-3) rode that potted shot by senior Brian Gallagher to a 2-0 win over their Bay State League rivals from Framingham (13-11-1) in the Division 1 south semifinals.

Gallagher’s pretty crossover through the slot did not result in his goal early in the second period. The forward lost his handle of the puck and his bid went wide to the back wall, which is where things got interesting. Gallagher followed his miss and was the first to the puck, flinging it quickly to the front.

It ended up in the back of the net. All-star keeper Al Lynch of Framingham attempted to come off the left post to square up to threats in front of him, but the puck hit off of his left leg, from behind, and found twine.

“It was a broken play behind the net, and it just kind of bounced around,” Framingham head coach Paul Spear said. “Somebody was going to get a lucky break, and Braintree got a lucky break. It wasn’t like [Nick] Ward went around one of defensemen and dangled our goalie. They shot it towards the net, it bounced around and went in.”

The Wamps made that one stand up, thanks in large part to a superb effort by goalie Nick Anson, who stopped all 28 shots he saw in the game, including 12 in the third period.

Anson’s best stop of the game came with just under five minutes to play. Framingham forward Tyler Anes worked his way through the left circle and crossed one to the far post for a wide-open Scott Swennes, who snapped one off for the high top corner. Anson flung his glove upward and deflected the bid. Anson also had to make a big stop on an effort by Joe Gilbert with two minutes to play, just before the Flyers pulled Lynch out of the net for an extra attacker.

“The goalie made a great save," Spear said. "[Swennes] has a wicked shot. That’s his shot. You couldn’t ask for a better opportunity than that. If you give me one kid that could break a target in the top corner, it’d be Scott Swennes. That’s the story of our season…we lost 11 games this season, we were probably shut out in seven of them,”

Fasano said that his goalie may be overlooked by some, but it is obvious to the Wamps what a difference-maker he can be.

“In fairness to Nick Anson, [Lynch] is one of the best goalies in the state, MVP of the league last year, but [the saves Anson made] didn’t go unnoticed. Everyone talks about the Framingham goalie, but we’ve got a good goaltender right here. He shut out CM last week, he shut out Framingham today and he only gave up one to Falmouth. I’ll take him any day of the week.”

Framingham pulled the keeper with 1:31 left, but could not find an answer to Anson. Gino LaRossa then ended the drama with 48 seconds remaining, snapping a wrister from the blue line to sew up the Wamps trip to the south finals, which will be Sunday at 1:45 p.m. at Gallo.

Recap: Braintree 3, Catholic Memorial 0

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
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BOSTON – A potential spot in the Super 8 was on the line Friday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University. The urgency displayed by both teams was apparent through the first two periods, but it was Braintree’s third-period explosion that lifted the Wamps past Catholic Memorial, 3-0.

“I think this is a huge statement win. We earned it in the third period,” said Braintree head coach David Fasano.

With 13 seniors as a calming presence, Braintree didn’t show any signs of alarm, even with the score remaining scoreless entering the final period.

“[The senior leadership] means a lot in between periods, out on the ice and on the bench,” Fasano said. “A few of them don’t play a lot, but they’re all out there supporting their teammates.”

He added, “Last year we were on edge when we took the ice against [CM]. This year there was no panic at all out there.”

Instead, Braintree just came out with more intensity and determination to give the committee one last reason to include the Bay State Carey champions.

“We talked about it in the locker room,” Fasano said. “The boys came out and knew their season was on the line if they wanted to play in a play-in game Monday. They responded. When we were ready to take the ice for the third period there was fire in their eyes.”

As much confidence as the coach had in the players, the team was comforted by some reassuring words from their leader entering the finale frame.

“Coach just told us, ‘We got this, we can do this,’” said senior Nick Ward.

Ward wasted no time, giving his team a 1-0 advantage just 14 seconds into the final period. He drove to the net hard, splitting two CM defenders, before backhanding a shot past Brandon Collett.

“It worked out right away. It came right out to me in the middle and I had some speed going. I tried to take him wide and luckily it went in,” said Ward.

With Braintree enjoying sustained forecheck in the Knights zone, Dylan Casserly extended the lead with a quick snap shot from the high slot that snuck through the five-hole of Collett.

The Wamps were terrific getting sticks in shooting lanes and blocking shots all game.

“The kids laid it all on the line. We were blocking shots and our goaltender [Nick Anson] played outstanding. It was probably his best game of the season,” explained Fasano. “Nick made a few saves in the third period that gave us momentum,” added the coach.

With Catholic Memorial’s net empty in favor of the extra attacker Brian Gallagher blocked a shot and went the length of the ice to seal the deal for the third and final tally of the game.

The loss marked the eighth game in a row without a win for the Knights, leaving the team’s Super 8 fate in the balance.

“I feel that we deserve to be there with our overall body of work this year,” said veteran head coach Bill Hanson. “Recently? No. I hope the committee looks at the whole picture. We’re still .500 in our league. We had quality opponents and quality wins.”

The win gave Braintree an 8-0-2 record over its last 10 games entering the postseason, including wins over Duxbury and CM in the past few weeks. It’s a feat that Fasano and many observers believe could propel the Wamps into the Super 8.

“I believe we belong in the play-in game, at least,” the 14-year coaching veteran said of his team’s Super 8 prospects. “I’m out there [at the selection committee meeting] every year and the key is always how you’re playing down the stretch. We have eight wins and two ties over our last 10 games. We’ve beat St. Mary’s, Duxbury and CM.

“Our goal is to keep winning. We want to make it to the last game of the season,”

Recap: Newburyport 3, No. 8 Braintree 2 (SO)

December, 27, 2012
12/27/12
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HYANNIS, Mass. – Newburyport hockey did much more than advance in Wednesday’s first-round matchup against Braintree in the Cape Cod Freeze Out hosted at the Kennedy Memorial Skating Rink.

The Clippers hung tough with the Wamps through 45 minutes, and then claimed a 2-1 win in a shootout for a 3-2 victory.

“It was only our third game, so we’re still working out some kinks,” Newburyport head coach Paul Yameen said. “Half our team is freshmen and sophomores, so I think we’ll improve as we go on. That was a gutsy win. They outshot us, outplayed us, but we hung tough and I’m proud of them.”

The Clippers (1-0-2) and Wamps (3-1-1) traded goals in each of the first two periods and took 1-1 and 2-2 ties to the room at the intermissions.

Throughout, Newburyport netminder Alex Buckley remained strong, making 28 saves through four periods and stopping shots from four Wamps skaters in five rounds of the shootout.

“He’s a three-year starter, he’s a captain for us,” Yameen said. “We’ve come to expect that, but he came up big for us tonight.”

Although the game counts as a tie in MIAA standings, the shootout determined which team would play on to Thursday’s Freeze Out championship game. Newburyport will face Springfield Cathedral after the Panthers too earned a shoot-out victory over host Barnstable in the nightcap.

Sophomore forward Ben Ventura scored on the Clippers’ first shootout attempt before Braintree’s Tom Mahoney extended it in the third round with perfectly executed stall and wrist shot in front of Buckley. Newburyport defenseman Matt Kelleher scored the clinching goal in the fifth round of the shootout before Buckley made one final save to clinch the win.

It was Kelleher’s second goal of the game after he popped in the Clippers’ second goal of the game in the second period. Timothy Brennan also scored for Newburyport and defenseman Connor Wile chipped in two assists.

David Fasano Jr. and Nick Ward (1G, 1A) tallied goals for Braintree in regulation.

D1 South: Milton 2, Braintree 0

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
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BOURNE, Mass. -- Milton punched its ticket to the MIAA Division I South regional championship game Thursday night at Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne.

Behind a 26-save effort by senior goalie Jay Hankard, the Wildcats held back a feisty Braintree team 2-0 to claim their spot in the sectional final. Milton will return to Gallo in an attempt to end Cinderella’s time at the ball on Sunday when they meet No. 9 Natick in the south finals, 1-0 winners earlier in the night over Norwood.

The second-seeded Wildcats (18-3-3) overcame a slow start to finish strongly and march on to the last line on the south bracket. Despite Braintree (14-7-3) taking it to them for most of the first two periods, the higher seed proved to be the more opportunistic of the clubs. Milton cashed in a power play chance late in the second period and then got some insurance on a transition play midway through the third, posting the only tallies on the scoreboard for the night.

“I thought that we deserved a little bit of a better fate. Obviously, Milton’s a great team, about as good as you’re going to see in the state. We knew that we had to contain them, and I believe that their first line got both of their goals,” Braintree head coach Dave Fasano said.

Indeed it was Milton’s heralded first line that did all of the damage. The unit struck first at 11:49 of the second with a power play goal. Derek Curley redirected a shot by Brian Higgins from the bottom of the left wing circle, tipping it through Dan Murphy’s 5-hole to finally end the double shutout.

Milton's first line then added some welcomed insurance when Higgins struck to double his team’s lead at 5:02 of the third. Just seconds after a huge save by Hankard the shifty forward got free and cut in from the right wing to the slot, sniping one past Murphy to double his team’s lead.

“That’s Higgy, he can skate and he can sneak up on you,” Milton head coach Paul Noonan said. “When he gets that puck in the slot, just him and the goalie, he’s pretty good.”



Hankard’s save that preceded the goal was a left pad stop on James Flaherty, who labeled a bomb for the far post on a rip from the right point. The keeper said he didn’t see it until the last second and that instincts took over.

“Those are reaction saves, see the puck, kick it out. It was through a screen, I couldn’t see it, then I saw it at the last second and just got my toe on it,” he said.

Fasano said that the stop by Hankard was a back-breaker.

“It could have been 1-1 right there,” he said.

To Noonan, it was just more of the same as he and his squad have come to expect great things from their keeper.

“Our goalie, he’s excellent. He’s been like that all year. I know a lot of people talk about our first line that we have, it’s pretty good. But (Hankard) and the defensemen, Danny Curran, Johnny Murtaugh, they’ve been awesome. They’ve been very good all year.”

Braintree, which had dominated the first period thoroughly, outshooting the Wildcats, 7-1, came painfully close to pulling within one, but it was not a night where the puck bounced the Wamps’ way. Tom Troy let one rip from between the hash marks that deflected to the left wing circle where Nick Ward was all alone. With half an empty goal to fire for Ward dented the nearside pipe.

“You’ve got to have some puck luck, and we just didn’t tonight,” Fasano said. “It didn’t bounce our way…credit Milton, they’re a heck of a team.”

Braintree did get a power play out of the flurry, a hooking call that went against Murtagh, but the extra-man scenario did not play out the way the Wamps would have liked. Braintree did not muster a shot on goal during the power play as they could not get anything set up at all.

From that point forward the Wildcats managed to keep their Bay State League rivals in check.

With 1:50 to go in the game Connor Fenton let a big slapper fly from the left point that Hankard punched away with his blocker. That was the last shot on net in the game for Braintree. Milton kept the puck in the neutral zone and beyond the rest of the way and never allowed Braintree to pull Murphy for an extra attacker.

D1 South sectional quarterfinal recaps

March, 3, 2012
3/03/12
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BOURNE, Mass. -- The Bay State League stole the show during Saturday's Division 1 quarterfinals, played at Gallo Ice Arena.

The public school league will see four of its teams in the semifinal round, the notable exclusion being No. 1 seed Needham.

Here's the breakdown of the action from a long day of hockey, along with a couple nuggets of analysis:

NO. 4 NORWOOD 2, NO. 5 BARNSTABLE 1


First period: The Mustangs went on an early power play, getting just one shot off on the Barnstable kill. The Red Raiders took the first lead of the game at 8:35 on Max Willman's strike from Chris Harris and Eric Rogorzenski. Andrew Alty tied the game with 30 seconds remaining on a pretty cross-ice pass from Jake Ranalli. Brendan Cathcart picked up the second assist. Norwood took a 7-6 shot advantage in the stanza.

Second period: Scant scoring opportunities for either side. Norwood carried play for portions of the second, but the Raiders had the best of the latter stages. Still, Barnstable out-shot the Mustangs 9-7 in the period.

Third period: The Mustangs found the go-ahead goal with defenseman Kyle Dolan tallying his second of the season, with some good work down low from Cathcart (2 assists)and Tyler Gover. The Red Raiders were ham-strung by a late penalty (playing with a broken stick) that had them on the penalty kill with just 1:38 remaining. Despite having a couple of offensive zone face-off opportunities in the final minute, the Red Raiders weren't able to find the equalizer. Jordan Davis made 25 saves for the Mustangs in the win, as Barnstable outshot Norwood, 26-22, for the game.

Analysis: What made Norwood successful in this game were a lot of the little things that don't show up in scoresheets. The Mustangs did a terrific job on the back check, keeping pace with a speedy Barnstable roster. When the Red Raiders were able to enter the zone, Norwood collapsed down low and were able to throw sticks, bodies, whatever, in the passing a shooting lanes, limiting quality chances on Davis.

NO. 9 NATICK 3, NO. 1 NEEDHAM 2


First period: Most of the period's play was conducted in the neutral zone, with both teams playing a tight checking game. Natick had its best chance of the game, coming on a 2-on-1 during a late power play. However, Needham actually out-chanced the Red & Blue, 2-1, while a man down. Shots were 10-5 in the Rockets' favor in the first.

Second period: Needham earned its first power play of the game early on, but was unable to cash in with two shots against Red & Blue goaltender Derek Kwok. Natick opened scoring at 5:56 with Andrew Newis tallying his 13th of the season from Mike Pennett and Derek Butler. At 11:52, Butler added his second point with his 16th goal of the season. Just 1:08 later, Pennett picked up his second point of the game with a goal, giving the Red & Blue a 3-0 lead at the second intermission.

Third period: Needham got on the board 4:06 Joey Parsons entering on a partial break on an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season. Play continued on in Natick's end for the bulk of the period. Lucas Davis added an unassisted goal of his own, drawing the Rockets within one, but for the second time this week (after Monday's Super 8 play-in game) their third-period rally fell short.



Analysis: Once again, Needham's tendency to come out slow hurt them. As in their Super 8 play-in game against St. John's (Shrewsbury) on Monday, the Rockets dug themselves into a hole they weren't able to recoup.

NO. 3 MILTON 3, NO. 6 FALMOUTH 1


First period: There was little to speak of scoring chances between the two squads, save for Clipper forward Ben Taylor's shot off the post in the second minute. Not whole lot to say beyond that. Shots were 7-2 in favor of Falmouth.

Second period: After skating to a scoreless first period, Storm Foitu netted the first goal for Falmouth 1:11 into the period. Durham Ghelfi set up the goal with some nice work along the half boards, putting a pass back to Foitu on the left wing circle. Milton tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in the period, thanks to some slick passing in the offensive zone. Brian Higgins set up Paul Curran, skittering a pass across through a Falmouth defender with Curran directing the pass into the net from the goal mouth. Milton took an 11-4 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Curran and Higgins continued their dazzling offensive show in the third, only to see Falmouth netminder Petey Negri make a couple of circus saves. The middle portion of the period was played predominately in the Clippers' end with the Wildcats sustaining offensive pressure. Curran scored his second of the game, his 21st of the season, the game-winner, with 43 seconds to play, with a shot deflected off a Falmouth defender's skate. Terrance Walsh and Dan Curran had the assists. Higgins notched his second point of the game with an empty-net goal with eight seconds remaining. Hankard made 18 stops to earn the victory.



Analysis: Paul Curran showed why he was one of the most feared scorers in the Bay State Conference this season. His work, along with that of linemate, Higgins, was impressive throughout, creating a bulk of Milton's scoring chances.

NO. 7 BRAINTREE 2, NO. 2 MARSHFIELD 0
First period: The Wamps took a 7-6 shots advantage, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Braintree went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Rams were shut out in their only opportunity.

Second period: After being held to just one shot on their third power play opportunity, the Wamps took the first lead of the game on Cody Kingston's goal at 9-minute mark, with assists from James Flaherty and Tom Troy. Braintree claimed a 2-0 lead two minutes later on David Fasano's wrist shot from the right side circle. Troy picked up his second assist of the game with another handed out to Nick Ward. The Wamps claimed a 12-7 shots advantage in the period.

Third period: Marshfield upped its pressure in the offensize zone, but were unable to crack Wamps netminder Dan Murphy. Murphy made 20 saves in the shutout.

Analysis: Marshfield wasn't able to sustain pressure in Braintree's defensive zone throughout. Once Braintree takes a lead, as has become the custom under David Fasano, the Wamps become increasingly hard to play against, clogging up the neutral zone in a 1-2-2 and collapsing down low when set in the defensize zone. Murphy wasn't tested all that often, but when he was he was ready. Wamps all-star defenseman Conor Fenton (3-9-12) was his usual self, playing aggresively and mixing it up physically often drawing the assingment of shutting down the Rams' top line of Mike Carbone, Chris Perry and Connor McLean.

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