Boston High School: Ryan McManus

Recap: No. 4 AP 3, No. 12 St. Mary's 3

February, 2, 2014
Feb 2
LYNN, Mass. – It was rock 'em sock 'em Saturday night at Connery Rink as St. Mary's and Austin Prep scrapped, scored, and fought their way to a pulsating 3-3 tie.

The Cougars fought back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a point.

“There's no quit in our locker room and I'm encouraged about that,” Austin Prep coach Louis Finocchiaro said. “I'm proud of our guys for never quitting, but we also got to get out of that funk. Whatever we got to do. I just told them eventually it's going to turn around for us. We've got to stick together; we've got to stay together.”

Cam Russo snuck behind the St Mary's defense with less than two minutes to go, picked up an outlet pass, and put home his own rebound on the breakaway to tie the game.

“I tell people that I look at him as my Patrice Bergeron,” Finocchiaro said of Russo. “He's a kid that at the end of the year he was the one you least spoke to during the season; he just understands the game. He's fantastic defensively, he's smart, he's always in good areas, and he comes up with clutch goals.”

St. Mary's used the home crowd to its advantage early and rallied behind it. The Cougars pressured for much of the opening five minutes before Jackson Allard dangled around two Prep defensemen and buried a goal.

Just 78 seconds later Austin's Bobo Carpenter jumped in on the fun, finessing through the Spartan defense and slicing a shot just over the glove of Bailey MacBurnie.

On a power play 77 seconds after the Carpenter goal, Dante Maribito circled around the goal, spotted a rebound, and slid it in for a goal to put the Spartans ahead 2-1 after a period.

“We expected a game like this,” St Mary's coach Mark Lee said. “We're very happy with our play. We battled all night tonight. I'm proud that I think we're coming of age right now. Our guys deserve a lot of credit for this game.”

The St. Mary's defense clogged Austin in the neutral zone for much of the game, but was at its best in the second period. The Cougars registered 11 shots in the middle frame, but were unable to muster many good scoring chances.

“Our defense has been lights out from day one,” MacBurnie said. “Ryan McManus, Chris Price, [Andrew] DiMaiti, Joe Scalli, Max McKay all really did a good job tonight.”

MacBurnie had another quality game in net, turning aside 30 shots.

“Bailey was tremendous tonight,” Lee said. “He's a big-game goaltender and he showed it tonight.”

Austin Prep outshot St. Mary's 33-9.

PANDEMOUNIUM REIGNS: Early in the third period several players converged in front of MacBurnie. Pushes turned to shoves that turned into full on fist fights.

In less than a minute of hockey, which took almost 30 minutes of real time, two scrums broke out that resulted in nine combined penalties. The most flagrant infractions were committed by Carpenter and St Mary's Chris Price, who dropped the gloves and went at it. Both were ejected and will also be suspended from their team's respective next two games.

“I just think both schools and both teams knew it was a huge game,” Finocchiaro said. “Sometimes emotions get heated, things get out of control.”

MacBurnie, who was near the initial dust up, said that emotions had been simmering for a while and the pot finally boiled over last night.

“Our coaches said that if they're going to try to hurt your goaltender and our younger kids, we have a young team, we're going to take a stand and not get pushed around,” MacBurnie said.

THE OTHER MACBURNIE: Bailey gets the accolades with his star performances in goal, but the younger MacBurnie stepped up to the occasion like he has all season so far.

Junior forward Shawn MacBurnie, who is the Spartans' leading scored, scored St. Mary's third goal and added the primary assist on Maribito's goal.

“One's a defensive stud and the other's leading the team in points,” Lee said. “He's kind of following, unfortunately, in his brother's shadow, but he's putting up some points for us.”

Older brother Bailey summed up his brother's performance succinctly.

“He's been lights out,” Bailey said.

Recap: No. 6 Austin Prep 5, St. Mary's (Lynn) 3

December, 27, 2012

MALDEN, Mass. -- Louis Finocchiaro could be Chris Serino’s most successful coaching pupil. So, it seemed fitting that Finocchiaro’s team notched the first win in the inaugural tournament that honors Serino’s name and memory.

Finocchiaro’s Austin Prep team defeated St. Mary’s of Lynn, 5-3, in the opening game on Thursday afternoon behind a two-goal effort from senior winger Nolan Vesey.

A Saugus native, Finocchiaro played for Serino at Saugus High from 1980-83, where he’s still the all-time leading scorer for the Sachems. He followed in Serino’s footsteps as Saugus’ head coach in 1997 after a stint as an assistant with his alma matter and then later joined Serino’s staff as an assistant at Merrimack College and was on the staff in 2001 when Serino took a leave of absence to battle his first bout with throat cancer.

“Chris was a dear friend of mine,” Finocchiaro said. “We’re excited to be here, in this tournament, and obviously this is its first year, so to get the first win and to be in the finals is pretty exciting.”

The Cougars were paced by a dominating first period where they outscored Spartans 2-0 and outshot them 8-3 (14-3 in shot attempts).

Cam Russo put Austin Prep on the board with a wrister from the left circle that beat Nick Holt short side. Russo’s third-line teammates, George Sennott and Brent Hill, each picked up assists.

Then, with just 58 seconds left in the period, Hill doubled the lead by jamming home a loose puck to Holt’s glove side, his two linesmates again getting helpers.

The Spartans came alive in the second period, however.

Ryan McManus cut the deficit on a power play with 6:46 left on the clock, firing a seeing-eye wrister from the right point that Austin Prep goaltender Elijah Harris never saw and the puck snuck over his left shoulder.

Austin Prep freshmen Jake McKenelley gave the Cougars a two-goal lead back just two minutes later but a pair of St. Mary’s goals in under a minute tied the score.

First, Jordan Manthorne beat Harris with a tough-angle shot from the bottom of the left circle and then Ryan Madden tucked a puck behind Harris from the goal line.

“We had a good first period, we’re up 2-0, and then we just didn’t come out strong in the second,” Finocchiaro said. “We need to learn that we can’t let teams back into the game like that. We have to finish.”

Vesey potted his first of two goals with just 32.5 seconds left in the second period, snapping a shot from in close on the right side that beat Holt over the glove. The senior tacked on some insurance five minutes into the third period when he beat Holt over the shoulder to make it 5-3.

Including the three goaltenders dressed on its roster, 15 of Austin Prep’s 24 players dressed last night were either freshmen or sophomores.

Outside of Vesey’s two tallies, Austin’s other goals came from a sophomore (Russo) and two freshmen (McKenelley and Hill).

“We have a lot of new players and we’re very young,” Finocchiaro said. “So at times, we’ll have situations where we’ll feel our lumps, but it’s a good group. They’re hard workers. We’re still not where we want to be in terms of chemistry, but that will come. There’s still plenty of work to do, we want to be better in our defensive zone, but you also want to be good at the end (of the season) not at the beginning.”

Andrew Cross, a former Lancer defenseman who played on Malden Catholic’s last two Super 8 championship teams, is one of just two juniors on the Austin Prep roster. He was skating in his first game back on Valley Forum ice after transferring at the end of last season and he led his team with three points (3 assists). He’ll face his former teammates in the tournament’s title game Friday. Sennott also finished with three helpers for the Cougars.

Finocchiaro was pleased with the way the Cougars responded after a feisty St. Mary’s team clawed its way back into the game.

After being outplayed badly in the first period, St. Mary’s outshot Austin Prep 11-8 in the second, outscoring them 3-2, before Vesey’s late goals sealed the victory.

“We answered, and that’s encouraging,” said Finocchiaro, whose team remained undefeated, improving to 2-0-1. “After that second where we let them back in the came we could have rolled over and folded but we didn’t. We came back out in the third and took care of business. [St. Mary’s] played really aggressive, really hard.”

Harris was a microcosm of his team, starting strong with some middle-period struggles before closing the door in the third period.

“He made some nice saves,” Finocchiaro said. “There were some funky goals that maybe he’d like to have back – the one on the far left boards and one on the power-play from the point – but he then came back and made some big saves for us down low on their power play, so he rebounded and responded well.”

Austin Prep now battle the host Lancers in the title game at 6 p.m. on Friday. St. Mary’s will faceoff with Hingham in the consolation at 4 p.m.