Boston High School: Patrick Coyne

Framingham, Falmouth advance in D1 South

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – During the last several seasons, Framingham goaltender Al Lynch has been among the state’s very best. But, at times, Lynch and his Flyers teammates have struggled to find consistency.

“We’re always shifting back and forth and we were hoping to hit our stride at the end of the year,” Lynch said. “We started off good. We knew we had the talent and we had some really nice wins, but we had some really bad losses. It’s just that when we don’t show up, it shows.”

And so, Lynch and Framingham’s seniors faced down what potentially could have been their final period of high school hockey. Tied, 2-2, against reigning Division 1 South champion Marshfield, Lynch knew they needed to come up with something special.

“We’ve been looking for this win, nothing was going to stop us tonight.”

Lynch continually slammed the door shut, making 42 saves. Meanwhile, junior forward Ryder Lessing chipped in a 2-goal game as the Flyers skated away with a 5-2 win over the Rams in Wednesday’s Division 1 South first-round game at Gallo Arena.

“Here we are against the defending Division 1 South champions and we’re tied 2-2 going on the third period,” Framingham head coach Paul Spear said. “[Lynch] made some absolutely amazing saves against some really talented and skilled players. He’s proven time and again he’s one of the best goaltenders in the state and he stole this one tonight.”

The Rams (15-8-0) got on the board first on Hunter McCauley’s one-timer set up on a pass across the top of the crease from Nevin Connors at 9:24 of the first.

Framingham (12-10-1) countered on the power play at 12:09, when Lessing played the puck between the pads of Rams netminder Connor Lemieux from below the goal line.

The Flyers claimed the lead before the period was out as defenseman Tim Tierney’s point shot through a screen, with Lemieux unable to see the rising half-slap.

Marshfield swung momentum in the second, outshooting the Flyers, 12-5, while tallying the lone goal of the period. Senior forward David Cataldo evened the score going bar-down with a power-play goal with less than a minute remaining in the second, beating Lynch to the high glove side.

“I thought we were focused and ready to get right back on the ice,” Rams head coach Dan Connolly said of his team’s effort in the second. “But credit to Lynch, the kid played phenomenal in net. They played hard, Paul [Spear] ran a great system, Lynch was amazing and they capitalized on their chances.”

Framingham regained the lead for good on Christian Seariac’s wrister from the slot with 7:24 remaining.

Lessing added an insurance goal with his second of the game – also on the power play – at 11:28.

Cory Gorovitz added an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play.

The Flyers advance to play No. 5 seed Franklin in the sectional quarterfinals on Saturday (time TBD), after the Panthers routed Weymouth, 7-2, on Wednesday.

Falmouth 2, Walpole 1 (2 OT)
A pair of freshmen led the way as the Clippers (13-8-2) walked away with a 2-1 victory in double overtime.

Patrick Coyne scored the game-winner on the power play, following a Rebels’ too-many-men penalty with 2:32 to play in the second overtime. It was Coyne’s second point of the game (1 G, 1 A).

Freshman defenseman Cam Tobey opened scoring for the No. 8 seed Clippers in the first period. Walpole (12-9-2) tied the game in the second period on a goal from junior defenseman Kevin Ivatts.

Falmouth advances to play Braintree, which returns to the South sectional tournament as the No. 1 seed, following the Wamps Super 8 play-in game loss, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Gallo.

Recap: No. 25 Barnstable 4, No. 24 Falmouth 1

February, 9, 2014
Feb 9
HYANNIS, Mass. – During the pregame ceremonies at Kennedy Ice Arena last night, it was the Barnstable High School seniors that were celebrated. After the game, it was a junior that had provided the biggest reasons for Raiders Nation to cheer.

Barnstable junior forward Cody Pasic had one of his best games of the season to help spearhead a victory for No. 25 Barnstable (10-3-3) over their rivals from Falmouth (10-5-1). Pasic scored the only goal of the first two periods, and added two more in the third stanza as the Raiders beat the 24th-ranked Clippers 4-1 before a packed house. Senior Kyle Rood assisted on all three Pasic lamp-lighters and junior defenseman Mike McDonough added an empty-netter as time expired.

The victory runs Barnstable's current undefeated streak to nine straight games. Since a 2-0 loss at Falmouth last month, BHS has gone 7-0-2. Falmouth had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Raiders head coach Scott Nickerson said that the squad ribbed their sniper, who now has 17 goals on the season, that his performance wasn't as good as it could have been.

“We were giving him a hard time, thinking that he could have had a few more, because he missed a few,” Nickerson said. “But how do you complain about that?”

No one on the Barnstable side was complaining when Pasic got the first one of the game, just seconds after Falmouth was cited for having too many men on the ice midway through the middle period. On the draw after the penalty, Rood won the puck back to his right and Pasic let into a slap shot through traffic that beat the Clippers' Jake Beaton down low to make it a 1-0 game.

Pasic struck again, even though he wasn't trying to, at 2:46 of the third. The winger was attempting to fling a pass to the far side, from the blue line, for a cutting teammate. The puck changed direction off of a Falmouth skate and knuckled by Beaton to the near post to double the Raiders' advantage.

That one fortunate hop in the home team's favor, and a couple of bad ones that went against the visitors, loomed large at the end of the night.

“(Falmouth) hit a couple of pipes. We got some breaks. Our second goal, the goalie was sliding it over and it hit a (skate) and got deflected and went the other way,” Nickerson said.

Falmouth head coach Paul Moore agreed. “We didn't get the breaks tonight, and I think they got one on their second goal, that was a pass going across the middle and it hit Cam (Tobey's) foot and redirected. Jake was playing the pass.”

Falmouth cut into the lead four minutes later on a pretty shot by Marc Rocheleau off a faceoff, on a play that was very similar to the Raiders' first goal. Freshman center Patrick Coyne won a faceoff back to Rocheleau, who ripped a hard slap shot to the upper far side.

Barnstable keeper Kevin Huska never saw that one, but he saw the other 22 Falmouth shots on net, and stopped them all. His biggest save of the night came with 4:50 left in regulation as the senior flashed his left leg pad to halt a laser off of Cam Tobey's stick from the slot. Seconds later Rocheleau had a solid bid to tie the contests, but his shot from the right point hit the post.

Nickerson was very pleased with the play of his keeper. “He's a good goaltender. That's why we play him in the big games. He wins the big games. He does a good job.”

Pasic struck for the third time 70 seconds later, icing the game while completing his hat trick. Rood stole the puck away from the Falmouth defense in the right wing corner and flung a shot on from a tough angle. Beaton stopped that one, but Pasic was camped on the crease and muscled in the rebound for the back-breaker.

Nickerson said that the win further legitimizes something he feels strongly about -- that his his team deserves to be in consideration for the Super 8.

Should the Red Raiders continue to win like they have, his club will certainly have to be a part of the conversation.

“A lot of our games have been against strong competition," Nickerson said. "I feel really good about what where we're at … I think we're better than people give us credit for. I know that there's a Super 8 Watch List and I was disappointed that we weren't on it. Maybe our last two wins will get us on it. It certainly should, based on what I see there. I assume we were on the bubble, and we won two games against two pretty good teams."

Moore, who is on the selection committee, has firsthand knowledge of just how tough the Red Raiders are, and is a believer that Barnstable's case is getting better and better.

“That's a good team. They probably play one of the best public school high school schedules. They're battle tested and they keep coming at you.”