Boston High School: Northeastern
The Milton native (1997 birthdate) had whittled down a field of more than a dozen scholarship offers to a final four – including Boston University, Miami (Ohio), and Providence College – before giving his word to the Huskies.
Shea intends to enroll at Northeastern as a true freshman for the 2016-17 year.
We caught up with the 5-foot-11, 180-pound blue-liner today to talk about his commitment and the former forward turned defenseman’s on-going adjustment
On Northeastern: “I really like the coaches. Also it helps that I have four, five friends who will be there when I’m there, plus I have a friend [Thayer Academy D Jon Barry] who will be there before me, too. That was a big factor.
“They told me they weren’t going to change my game, they want me to play my game – just get the puck and go -- and they want me to run the power play. I liked hearing that. The defense is still new to me, so it’s still an adjustment. I don’t think I’m where I could be on the defensive side of the puck, of course, and my offense can get better, too. There’s a long way to go.”
On joining USHL Youngstown Phantoms and U.S.A. Hockey Development camps this summer: “The competition was great. I was lucky enough to make Youngstown and, to experience all of that felt like being in college or even in the NHL. Buffalo [U.S.A camp] was just great to play against the best players your age and see what you do. When I was out there last year I don’t think I did as well as I did this year. It was a good learning experience.”
On working on elements of his game: “I think my speed can definitely get better, and I’m always looking to work on the defensive side. I’ve just been working out, trying to get stronger. I’ve been working with Brian McDonough in Foxboro and that’s really helped me. He’s worked with all kinds of players – the Hayes [brothers], Johnny Gaudreau – it’s been good to be around players like that.”
Proud to announce that I have committed to play my college hockey at Northeastern University, thanks to everyone who made it happen #huskies— Baby Sheazo (@RyanShea2) September 14, 2014
During his sophomore season with the Eagles, the Milton native finished second on the team in points with 27 (4 G, 23 A), while earning First-Team ESPN Boston All-State honors. A two-year varsity player, Shea was also named a Catholic Conference All-State last year.
At the time of his commitment, Shea held more than a dozen offers, with a host of ECAC schools in the mix, but narrowed the field down to a final three of Boston University, Miami (Ohio) and Northeastern.
"I'm very happy for Ryan and his family," Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. "I am proud of him for how well he handled the whole process over the last year. He earned himself scholarships at some amazing schools and has chosen the best fit for him, Northeastern.
"Ryan has worked very hard to improve all aspects of his game and I truly believe he's just scratching the surface of how good he will be. His best hockey is ahead of him and I'm very excited to see it."
The Wilbraham, Mass. native finished fourth on the Panthers in points this season with five goals and 32 assists for 37 points. It was Petrick’s second season with the Panthers, after seeing time as an eighth-grader.
““His growth and improvement has been tremendous,” Cathedral head coach Brian Foley said Thursday. “He came to us as an eighth-grader and that time allowed him to go into the offeseason knowing what he needed to do to improve his game as a freshman.”
News of Petrick’s commitment was first reported by Annie Maroon of Masslive.com.
While other teams expressed interest in Petrick, Northeastern was Petrick’s top choice, giving his commitment after visiting campus on Thurdsday.
“I really like the city and being abel to be a part of the Beanpot had a big effect on my decision,” Petrick said. “I love the campus and me and the coaching staff clicked right away.”
Petrick logged major minutes for the Super 8 tournament semifinalists, which packed a potent offensive punch, featuring four of the top 11 ranked scorers in Division 1.
At the second week of the season, Petrick joined Cathedral’s power-play unit, allowing him to showcase his skill.
“It was a good fit for me being an offensive defensemen,” said Petrick, who added he’s considering architecture as his field of study. “Coach Foley gave me the chance to play in those situations and I tried to play my game.”
Given the opportunity, Petrick also seized the responsibility.
“The whole unit started to take off after the first month,” Foley said. “As a freshman, you would think that as a coach you wouldn’t put him out there, but from the first week, he showed he belonged.
“He has a lot of confidence for a kid that young and he took advantage of the chance given to him.”
Thrilled to announce I have committed to Northeastern University, huge thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way! #GoHuskies— Matt Filipe (@MFilipe4) February 1, 2014
Filipe's intended date of arrival is for the 2016-17 or 2017-18 season.
The Lynnfield resident has eight goals and six assists for 14 points with the Lancers this season, while seeing time on their first and second lines at center and right wing. Filipe, a 1997 birthdate, was a part of MC's third straight Super 8 championship team last year as a freshman.
Filipe's father also played for the Huskies from 1978-82.
On his decision: "Northeastern has been following me for a while now. The coaching staff likes how I have developed a lot as a player in the last year and a half since they first saw me play. They feel like I have tremendous upside and can be an impact player at NU in the future. Other Hockey East teams were also interested in me, but when NU offered me it was an easy decision."
On his connection to the program: "My goal has always been to play in Hockey East and I have always dreamed about playing in the Beanpot, which is part of the reason why I believe NU will be a great fit for me. My dad was a defenseman there from 1978-1982, so we would go into Matthews Arena when I was younger to watch the Huskies play as often as we could. I look forward to making my own mark at NU, but my main focus now is helping MC win another Super 8 title."
Griffin, a 1997 birthdate player, is expected to join the Huskies for the 2016-17 season.
"Lincoln is a player with an amazing work ethic and a player who, on daily basis, is always working on some aspect of his game," Amonte said. "He is the one player on my team that always seems to find a way to get the job done."
The Walpole native led the Tigers in scoring as a freshman last season and again leads Thayer in scoring for the 2012-13 season with 14-23-37 totals through 23 games played.
"I was shocked that he wasn't scooped up earlier," Amonte added. "You can just see the drive and passion in his game every time he steps on the ice."
Thayer hosts ISL rival St. Sebastian's Wednesday in a NEPSAC tournament quarter-final game at the Canton SportsPlex (3:30 p.m.).
After giving a verbal commitment to Northeastern last season, Askew pulled his commitment to the Huskies and reopened his recruitment in November.
Considered by many to be the top-rated 1997 birth year player in the country, Askew totaled 25 points (12 G, 13 A) for St. Sebastian's last season as an eighth-grader. Askew, a South Boston native, was also selected by the Indiana Ice in the sixth round of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.
Again, New England skaters abound on the list, with high schoolers to collegians with local roots making the grade on the bureau's initial scouting list.
Capping an already excellent week, St. John's Prep senior center Brian Pinho -- who just committed to Providence -- is the lone MIAA skater making the list this year.
Also from the local ponds, former Malden Catholic standout Ryan Fitzgerald, who will play with the EJHL's Valley Junior Warriors along with fellow watch lister Devin Tringale (Lawrence Academy), and Phillips Andover's Eddie Ellis made strong initial marks as each earned a B-grade. Former Billerica standout Ross Olsson, who will skate with the Lincoln Stars of the United State Hockey League this year, also was given a B-grade.
Here's how the locals broke down:
(For the entire list of North American skaters, click here.)
MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOLS
Eddie Ellis (Burlington, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Phillips Andover, 6'1.75, 200
Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.), D, Cushing Academy, 6'0.25, 176
Alexander Gonye, LW, Deerfield Academy, 6'1, 175
Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass. - Providence College), C, St. John's Prep, 6'0.25, 171
Brendan McMenimen, G, Governor's Academy, 6'0, 196
Drew Michals, G, Lawrence Academy, 5'11.5, 162
CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS
Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School, 6'5.75, 220
Mitchell Allen, RW, Kent School, 6'2.25, 173
Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass. - Providence College), D, South Kent School, 6'0.5, 209
Daniel Lafontaine, C, Avon Old Farms, 5'10, 160
Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School, 5'11.5, 187
Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury, 6'0.75, 184
Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn. - Harvard), D, Hotchkiss School, 6'6, 196
NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOLS
Merrick Madsen (Acton, Calif. - Harvard), G, Proctor Academy, 6'4.5, 177
EASTERN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ryan Fitzgerald, (North Reading, Mass. - Boston College), C, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'9.5, 168
Joshua Couturier (Newbury, Mass. - Northeastern), D, Junior Bruins, 6'1, 166
Devin Tringale (Medford, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'11.75, 193
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass. - Northeastern), RW, Lincoln, 6'3.5, 202
EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Nicholas Bligh (Milton, Mass - South Shore Kings/Dexter/Milton), C, Dartmouth, 5'11.5, 175
Cameron Darcy, (South Boston, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), C/RW, Northeastern, 6'0, 189
Frank Vatrano, (East Longmeadow, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), LW, Boston College, 5'10, 218
So we thought we’d take the opportunity to catch up with some of the happenings of local skaters during the offseason, along with a smattering of other notes collected in our notebook during the last month or so.
CLEARING THE CREASE
Bailey MacBurnie burst onto the MIAA hockey scene last season, helping lead St. Mary’s of Lynn to a second seed in the Super 8 tournament. All the while, the Beverly native backstopped the Spartans with a measly 1.66 GAA, placing him among the state leaders.
During the summer, MacBurnie has skated with the New England Thrashers. He and his Thrasher teammates had a solid showing in the recent Chowder Cup College Open championship, finishing fourth in a field of 56 teams while facing teams that largely were comprised of older players.
We caught up with the sophomore netminder to talk about his offseason, how practicing yoga has helped his game and his upcoming season at Brewster Academy:
Q: What kinds of things do you do in the offseason away from the rink to keep you sharp for the upcoming season?
A: “I’ve started doing yoga, it’s my first year doing it. I go to classes at Merrimack College. And then I do on-ice work with Brian Daccord, who’s my goalie coach.”
Q: How do think yoga might help your game?
A: “I’ve found that it’s already made me more flexible. It definitely helps out and gets you in shape.”
Q: What other elements of your game have you wanted to work on this offseason?
A: “Puck handling, definitely. I want to be more confident playing the puck and quicker with making decisions with the puck. And skating, you can always be a better skater.”
Q: Your team had a great showing at the Chowder Cup recently. How did that team come together?
A : “I played with a lot of guys I knew, like [Central Catholic’s] Mike Kelleher, Lloyd Hayes, Zack Cote, Jake Donahue and [former St. Mary’s teammate] Jarrod Fitzpatrick. We had a good tournament. First, we played the Nordiques, beat them 3-1, then we played Mass Attack and beat them, 7-2, and then Team One, 4-2. We played some Canadian teams in the playoffs. We did well though, especially because we were playing a lot of teams that had older players. We thought we should’ve went further, but we were playing against teams that he players that were mostly 92s and 93s [birth dates] and we were mostly 95s.”
HERE AND THERE
- On the rise: A bumper crop of New England prospects were scooped up earlier this summer during the NHL Draft and the region’s best have continued to crop up during the summertime months. Four players with New England roots were chosen for the U.S. Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Three of those players had their names called in the most recent draft, including goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine),defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown) and forward Jimmy Vesey (North Reading). Former St. John’s Prep star and 2011 ESPN Boston Mr. Hockey Colin Blackwell (North Reading) also made the final cut for tournament play. Former Phillips Exeter standout and recent Tampa Bay Lightning draft choice Brian Hart was among those participating in camp practices at Lake Placid last week.
- One to watch: Junior Robby Devaney helped Reading on a late-season Super 8 push last season, while leading the Rockets in scoring during the regular season. While catching Devaney play in both the Bay State Games and the Chowder Cup this summer, he looks like an early candidate for most improved player honorifics – if there were such an award. In the small sample size, he showed good speed, but also exhibited attention to detail, playing solid neutral zone defense in the summertime – something that’s usually missing from offseason tournaments. Of course, we all know how well those Rockets are coached defensively.
- Comings and goings: One of the more telling aspects of summertime tournaments is often found just looking at team rosters. Players are often listed with their corresponding schools next to their name, and that can often signify changes in locales. One of the more prominent changes listed was that of former Billerica standout Ross Olsson. The Northeastern commit played at Williston Northampton last year, but will move to the USHL, joining the Lincoln Stars, the team that drafted him in May’s entry draft.
That's exactly what NHL.com's Mike Morreale did today, providing a preview to the upcoming Central Scouting 2013 grades, breaking down players receiving an 'A' mark.
Among those players, which are a rough projection of players who might go in the first round of next year's draft, is local product Ross Olsson.
Olsson began his high school career playing with Billerica High School before moving on to Williston Northampton last season. The Billerica native is a 2013 Northeastern recruit and recently was selected by the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League's Future Draft.
The full Central Scouting preliminary grades list will be released at a later date.
In her sophomore season with the Lady Spartans, Foss was named a ESPN Boston MIAA All-State first-teamer in 2011, posting a 0.55 goals against average. The North Reading native also turned in 11 shutouts in 16 starts during her second season before joining the Nation Sports Academy ( in Lake Placid, N.Y. last season.
"The St. Mary's family would like to congratulate Sarah on her commitment to Northeastern," Lady Spartans head coach Frank Pagliuca said. "She's worked really hard to achieve her goal of playing Division 1 hockey and Northeastern was one of the top teams in the nation last season. Sarah is a talented goalie and a great student. Northeastern is a perfect fit for her."
While at Haverhill High School, Pena participated in the Bay State Summer Games baseball tournament in 1993 and 1994 as a member of the Northeast region team which captured medals in both years. He went on to star at Northeastern University and the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 Draft. He made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001 and is currently a member of the Chicago Cubs. He has also appeared in the big leagues for Oakland (2002), Detroit (2002-05), Boston (2006) and Tampa Bay (2007-10).
The 2007 Silver Slugger Award Winner, 2008 Gold Glove Award Winner and 2009 All-Star led the American League in home runs with 39 in 2009. Pena finished in the Top 10 in American League MVP voting in 2007 and 2008, ranked second in the American League with a career-high 46 home runs in 2007.
Along with Pena, Carol Kronopolus, longtime field hockey officials’ coordinator and tournament director, and Ted Neill, longtime wrestling organizer and officials’ coordinator, were also inducted into the Class of 2011. Both will be recognized at a small pregame ceremony held at Fenway Park on August 1.
The Bay State Games Hall of Fame was created to recognize alumni who have gone on to prestigious and successful athletic careers, as well as former and current coaches, officials, sports organizers, volunteers, venues and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Bay State Games throughout its history. Other members of the Hall of Fame include Olympian Nancy Kerrigan, former Boston Bruin Bill Guerin, and former Boston Celtics Reggie Lewis and Dana Barros.
The former O'Bryant standout, who spent a post-graduate season on the Chestnut Hill campus after a standout career with Tigers, was considering offers from St. Bonaventure, Towson and TCU at the time of his commitment.
Scouts Inc's current evaluation on Banegas reads as follows:
A playmaking guard who is at his best in the open floor, Banegas is the prototypical creator who has a knack for getting to the rim and making plays for himself and his others. While he is definitely at his best in an up and down system, Banegas has the quickness and ball skills to get to the rim in the courter court as well. He changes speed and direction very effectively and has good dexterity attacking off the dribble and finishing at the rim. Banegas has good size for the point, is an excellent rebounder at his position, a good passer off the dribble, and capable of making perimeter jumpers in rhythm.
Banegas is used to playing with a great deal of freedom and so it remains to be seen how he will adapt to playing in a half-court system where he will have to pick his spots more carefully. He has a release point behind his head on his jumper, is an only average shooter, and needs to be more of a playmaking presence in the mid-range area. Above all else, Banegas needs consistency as he will shine in spurts but disappear for stretches at a time as well. He also needs to develop his frame and add muscle.
A vertical point guard who is at his best going north to south, Banegas had a great spring and early summer to help push his recruiting stock. He would be at his best in a running/trapping system at the next level where he is given the freedom to make plays in the open floor.