Boston High School: Paul Yameen

Recap: No. 22 Braintree 2, Newburyport 0

December, 29, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. – Both the Wamps and the Clippers were glad to turn their calendar from Friday to Saturday. Both teams were coming off a 6-0 loss in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freezeout and looking to take their frustration out from the previous night.

After being shutout for the first five periods of the tournament, Braintree wasted no time in the third, as Gino LaRossa picked the top corner just 17 seconds into the period en-route to a 2-0 win in the Cape Cod Freeze Out consolation game.

“I thought in the third period our senior leadership stepped up,” Dave Fasano said following the game. “I challenged the guys in the locker room after the second period. Specifically, the first three that went out there. Those kids have been around here three or four years, you are the seniors and we need to come out of here with two points.”

LaRossa went out there and answered the bell, taking the initial faceoff and putting it in the back of the net.

“They were coming off a drubbing last night, we were coming off a drubbing an you knew it was going to be two hungry teams,” said Fasano.

Braintree was far from being in the clear, as they had to withstand the ferocious that was about to come from the Clippers. Braintree goalie David McDonough was outstanding in the final period, turning away all 12 shots that came his way, and getting his team back into the win column.

“I felt I needed to bring it and really help out my team and step up,” McDonough said of his game. “To come in here and get the shutout, get the two points it feels really good.”

LaRossa added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the victory for the Wamps.

Slow start: For two teams that were shutout the night before, it took a little while for any rhythm to get established. Newburyport seemed to get their offense clicking midway through the first but an ill-timed tripping call with four minutes left in the first period took the wind out of their sails and the Wamps got the remainder of the scoring chances in the period.

I think we were kind of feeling each other out the first period,” said Fasano. “I don’t think we were as hungry as we should have been and we seemed to be feeling bad for ourselves.”

Newburyport had the majority of the scoring chances in the second period, but McDonough kept the Wamps in the game with save after save.

Offense running dry: After being shut out for the third consecutive game and the last 10 periods, the frustration from the Clippers is mounting.

They looked much better Saturday night than they did in their 6-0 loss to Barnstable on Friday night, but the puck couldn’t find the net and sophomore goalie David McDonough was a big reason why.

“Definitely a better effort today but you know the old adage you can’t win if you don’t score and that’s 10 periods in a row that we haven’t scored,” said Clippers head coach Paul Yameen. “I don’t think it’s because of lack of effort because I thought we had our chances, we just aren’t getting the bounces.”

The Clippers surely had their chances, including a handful of 2-on-1 opportunities in the second period and strong attack once they fell behind early in the third period.

“I thought we played a good period, I thought our third period was fine and we out chanced them,” Yameen said.

Newburyport has a week off until their next game against Pentucket and a good bet is they will be working on their offense a bit this week.

Recap: No. 19 Barnstable 6, Newburyport 0

December, 28, 2013
HYANNIS, Mass. – Through four games this season, almost everything has gone Barnstable’s way. And Friday night’s game against Newburyport was no different.

Donnie Brodd nearly matched his season’s output with four points (two goals, two assists) and Dylan Campbell recorded the shutout in his first game of the season in a 6-0 win in the opening round of the Cape Cod Freeze Out.

Their reward? The No. 19 Red Raiders get No. 8 Springfield Cathedral in Saturday’s championship game.

Newburyport will meet Braintree in the consolation game.

Barnstable hadn’t played since last Wednesday, when a last-second goal from Duxbury gave them one point instead of the two they had hoped for. After a nine-day layoff, Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson wasn’t pleased with his what his team showcased despite the lopsided victory.

“I didn’t think we jumped on the puck, I didn’t think we did a lot of things well. We capitalized on some chances to take a lead so that made it a bit easier but we have a long way to go. I thought we weren’t reacting quick enough, I didn’t think we moved the puck quick enough, there’s a lot of things I was disappointed in.”

The Red Raiders did get a solid performance from Campbell, who saw the ice for the first time this year. Campbell gave starting goalie Kevin Huska the night off and looked solid. In Nickerson’s eyes, he was one of the few bright spots.

“He made the saves he had to make, he didn’t give up any bad rebounds, I thought he played the puck well. If you are looking for a strong point that’s certainly was one and that makes us better.”

Offensively, the Red Raiders took advantage of a handful of mental errors from the Newburyport blue line. Kyle Rood and Brodd gave the Red Raiders first period goal but the defensive breakdowns didn’t come until the second period.

The first came when Brodd took the puck up the middle, and sped by both defenders, finding himself alone with goalie David McDonough. Brodd made a quick move to beat McDonough and gave the Red Raides a 3-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Brodd found Kevin Conway behind the defense in the neutral zone and fed him a beautiful pass up the middle. Conway took the puck in stride and was off. He beat McDonough stick side seconds later, ending the sophomore goalies night.

“It was nice to get goals from a couple new guys and I thought some of the younger guys played well,” said Nickerson.

Chris Fowler added a power play goal a minute later when he fired a shot off of the initial faceoff to give Barnstable a 5-0 lead heading into the second break.

“Soft” team? Just ask the coach: Clipper coach Paul Yameen was not happy about the effort his team put forth and rightfully so. He was not shy in telling it like it was after the game.

“I don’t think that’s ever happened to us in my 10 years here and its very disappointing because we’re better than that.”

Newburyport didn’t look good all game. Barnstable was faster, hit harder and made plays all night and the Clippers had no answer.

“That’s not how you play hockey, that’s not how we play hockey. I just told them that, I’m embarrassed and that’s the first time in 10 years I’m embarrassed. We are soft. We are a soft team right now and that’s very disappointing because that’s not the way we coach.”

There didn’t seem to be much fight from the Clippers team who fall to 1-3-0 on the season. Things don’t get any easier for Newburyport either as they get No. 22 Braintree in the consolation game Saturday afternoon. Braintree is coming off an ugly 6-0 loss from the hands of Springfield Cathedral and will be looking to take their frustration out on someone.

“I wish we could play in an hour, but we just need to put this one behind us and play our style of hockey, said Yameen. “We’re not an overly skilled team up front so we need to do the little things to score and we’re not doing that. We’re not crashing the net, we’re not sustaining a heavy fore-check.

Taking the body: Barnstable was dishing out the hits like they were going out of style. After taking the constant battering, it softened up the Clippers a bit and they shied away from attacking the net as the game went on.

But Nickerson wasn’t a fan of that style of play and was worried that his teams desire for the big hit would come back to haunt them.

“I think a lot of times where we hit just to hit and hitting just to hit isn’t effective. We need to play the body better and have a purpose to what we are doing or some of these better teams will make you pay. It doesn’t make sense to bang the body and make a lot of noise.”

That statement will the put to the test Saturday against Springfield Cathedral. The Panthers are an experienced group and one missed hit could result in the puck going into the net.

Nickerson already sees his team as underdogs against the No. 8 team and knows it will take a total team effort to pull out a victory but knows a victory isn’t out of the question.

“If you look at them on paper and you go man-to-man, they are loaded and we are only mediocre and its going to take a team effort,” said Nickerson. “There is no doubt we are underdogs. But if we play the way we can and the guys do what they need to do, at the high school level anything is possible.”

Recap: No. 10 Beverly 0, No. 19 Newburyport 0

January, 16, 2013
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. -- It’s not often that both teams can be satisfied by not winning a game, but last night’s tilt between Newburyport and Beverly wasn’t a typical game.

The two Division 2 heavyweights played a spirited, physical game that ended in a scoreless tie in front of a large crowd at Graf Rink.

“I enjoy this type of hockey,” Beverly head coach Bob Gilligan said. “It should be played like this. Give them credit, they are a very good team. You hate to tie, but that team played hard.”

The Panthers (9-0-1) controlled much of the early going and the host Clippers (5-1-4) collapsed in on defense and clogged up lanes to keep Beverly unbalanced. As the period wore on play opened up and allowed each team a couple of quality scoring chances.

The game quickly turned into a goaltender’s duel between Beverly’s Tim Birarelli and Newburyport’s Andrew Buckley.

Buckley stopped more shots than Birarelli (21-14), but each came up huge for their squad. Birarelli stoned Tyler Cusack from point-blank range in the opening minute of the second period to keep it scoreless. Buckley turned aside four quality shots during the first few shifts of the third to keep the game scoreless and pump up the home crowd.

“They were shooting a lot between legs and between people,” Buckley said. “We practice that stuff almost every other day with tip [drills]. It was different to see a team use that type of style, but it wasn’t anything that was really that new.”

At times, the Clippers were their own worst enemy. Costly turnovers in the offensive zone stalled the attack throughout the game.

“We turned the puck over out there a few too many times trying to toe drag it or drop pass it where we should get hungry and get the puck to the net,” Newburyport head coach Paul Yameen said. “I think we’re a better team when we do that. We’re working on it.”

Midway through the third period, Beverly’s Graham Doherty brought the puck over the blue line and slashed to the net. Before he could get there he was met by Newburyport’s Nick Mombello who hit Doherty so hard that he was separated from his stick.

Doherty popped back up and skated off, but it was emblematic of how physical last night’s game was.

“There’s going to be physical contact; that’s what the game’s all about, Gilligan said. “These kids played with a little bit of heart.”

Despite all the hitting, the teams were able to control their aggression, and neither team earned a power play.

“Those guys are big guys,” Beverly’s Connor Irving said. “We’ve just got to take those hits and keep fighting through them.”

As the two of highest-ranked teams in Division 2, last night’s game was a good way for both squads to see how well they measure up against solid competition. Despite not getting the win, Irving said it was a plus to earn the tie so that he, and the Panthers, would stay hungry.

“It’s good to have games like this,” Irving said. “You kind of want to go [undefeated] into the tournament, but you want to know what it feels like to lose. It’s good to be in a game like this; it’s only going to help us in the tournament.”

Yameen said that, despite the tie, the result showed that his team could compete with the top teams in the state.

“I think if we play our game we can play with anybody,” Yameen said. “We’ve played some quality teams this year, D1 and D2, and that’s as good a team as we’ve played this year.”

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

December, 27, 2012
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.

Masco topples Newburyport, Tewksbury advances

March, 1, 2011
STONEHAM, Mass. -- Newburyport's run in Division 2 North is over, and it was a familiar foe that brought down the two-time champions.

Ninth-seeded Masconomet (14-6-2) and head coach Bill Blackwell —who grew up 10 doors down from No. 8 Newburyport (12-5-4) head coach Paul Yameen in Lawrence when they were kids — watched the Clippers take them out twice in the regular season by a combined score of 11-4.

But on Tuesday night at Stoneham Arena in the first round of the Division 2 North, Blackwell and the Chieftains came up big when it mattered most with a 3-2 victory.

“They have been the North champs the past couple of years and I said to my coaching staff that they are not going down easy,” Blackwell said. “We got some good bounces and made some things happen, and we hung on. Believe me we hung on.”

The Chieftains popped in two goals in the first period to take charge of the contest, but what would happen over the next two periods would stun just about any person who studied physics.

The Clippers clanged three or four posts in the game, including a turnaround shot from Cooper Hines with 13:30 left to go in the second. Hines had a wide open net when he was able to send the shot on, but the puck clanged off the right post and darted across the goal line and out to keep the Clippers off the board.

Kris Holmes potted his first of two goals to break the dry spell at 3:43, but Pat Crosby would answer back at 11:09 off a nice feed from Scott Woods from behind the net to push it back to a two-goal game.

Holmes got his second on a strange play to begin the third, when the puck somehow found its way under and through Casey Tudor’s pad, and the puck wasn’t quite sure if it wanted to cross the line, but finally did at 1:13 of the third period.

“One of the coaches said to me ‘You guys could have had four or five goals,’” Blackwell said. “They could have had four or five goals. There were so many loose pucks, but guys missed them. I don’t know how.”

Newburyport came out with three shots on net in their first shift, and then were stymied by David Eidel’s flukie goal that got under the glove of the Clippers’ goalie. Small mistakes like that, which turned into big ones — including a too many men on the ice penalty when the Clippers were trying to pull the goalie with a minute left in regulation — ended the two-year run.

“It just wasn’t our day,” Yameen said. “Sometimes you have to get knocked down to get back up again. I expect we will get back up again.”

In the other game at Stoneham Arena, No. 6 Tewksbury (15-5-1) kept it’s cool in a fiery 4-2 win over No. 11 Peabody (11-6-4) to advance to the next round of the Div. 2 tournament.

The Tanners had three players ejected in the game and had 11 whistles blown in the third period alone, with several of those matching minors.

Rob Houghton cut into the 3-1 lead with 7:03 remaining in the game for the Tanners. But over the next several minutes, the physical play turned in to whistles, and Tewksbury was able to add an empty-netter from Ryan Doherty in the final minute of play to push the lead back to a two-goal game.

“We need to keep our cool at all times,” Derek Doherty said. “I tell my kids if you retaliate then you are hurting the team.”

Tewksbury dominated the first period and came out on top after the first 15 minutes with a 1-0 lead thanks to a slap shot on the power play from Robert Pruyne.

Peabody tied it up in the second off an improbable tip shot from Mike Chiappini. The Tanners seemed to have some life in period heading into their first tally after a sluggish start to the game, but all of that momentum was taken away a minute later when Dan Ladderbush poked home a goal in traffic.

Peabody barreled in on the breakaway on Nicolas Cunha not once, twice, but three times in the second period to no avail.

The Tanners had several opportunities to pop in goals before the penalty-filled third period, but Cunha was good to stop 16 of the 18 shots headed his way.

“I thought we had some real good chances and we just couldn’t find the goal,” said Peabody head coach Mark Leonard.