Boston High School: Ryan Petti

D2 North: Tewksbury 3, Marblehead 2

March, 4, 2014
BILLERICA, Mass. – The Tewksbury Redmen have just four seniors on their team, but Derek Doherty’s team played like an experienced group on Monday night at Chelmsford Forum.

The top line of Ryan Petti, Colin Quinn and Jack Cash each scored once as the Redmen advanced to next Monday’s Division 2 North Final with a 3-2 victory over upset-minded Marblehead.

“We played well,” said Doherty, Tewksbury’s head coach for the past 13 seasons.

Top line shines: The Redmen jumped on top, 1-0, at the 13:10 mark of the first period when leading scorer Ryan Petti made a nice move towards the net before backhanding the puck on net. Marblehead goaltender Harrison Young made the initial save, but Jack Cash was there to bang home the rebound.

With the score knotted at one midway through the second, the top line struck again. Defenseman Sean Brady fed a nifty pass to Quinn, who snapped a quick shot on net that was denied by a beauty of a kick save by Young. The puck caromed in back of the net where Petti retrieved it and banked one in off the surprised goalie.

The trio gave their team what would turn out to be some much needed breathing room 5:19 into the final frame. Petti’s outlet pass sprung Quinn and Cash on a 2-on-1. Cash delivered a nice feed at the perfect time to Quinn who wasted no time depositing the puck into the back of the net.

“Quinn has great hands. He’s smart, he sees the ice well and he finishes. [Cash and Quinn] looked up and knew they had a little bit of time. They didn’t rush the play,” said Doherty of the game-winning goal.

“They played well tonight. They’ve been playing well, especially the last few games of the tournament,” said Doherty.

Paquette, defense hold down the fort: The Redmen have shut out their opponents seven times this season, and although they allowed two goals on Monday night, it was apparent that the team takes pride in protecting its own end.

Junior goaltender Kyle Paquette was terrific, especially in the second period.

“Kyle’s been great for us,” Doherty said. “He’s been focused and is just staying the course. It was a big game and Kyle came to play tonight.”

Tewksbury played well throughout the third period, keeping Marblehead along the perimeter for much of the final 15 minutes. After allowing the Headers to get within one, the defense clamped down and prevented any serious scoring chances by Marblehead to tie the game.

“Our defense played well in the third period to secure that win. That goal that they scored coming out of the corner shouldn’t have happened. We talked about it after the game. We’ve got to play a little harder,” explained Doherty.

Coachable, composed team: Many young teams would have become flustered with a late goal against to end a period, but not the Redmen. With just 1.6 seconds to play in the first period, Marblehead’s Tom Kolinowski banged home a rebound off a nice rush by Erik Powers.

“They scored that goal with one second left in the first, and I kind of had to settle my team down a little bit,” said Doherty. [My team] has been good. They’re very coachable. If we play our systems we’ll be fine.”

“We are young, but we work hard,” added Doherty.

Tough ending for Marblehead: A sophomore, Kalinowski, and a freshman, Braden Haley, scored the two goals for Marblehead, but it was his seniors who head coach Bob Jackson felt for after the game.

“I feel bad for the seniors in that room right now,” Jackson said. “The seniors gave it their all. You hate to see any senior end their hockey career like this. I loved the four years I got to spend with all of them. I’m tickled pink that I got to know all those young men.”

It was a senior class that won the Division 3 State Championship as freshmen and got to see the program elevated to Division 2 for this season.

“For us to jump up, it was a good challenge,” Jackson said. “We believed in ourselves. We actually thought we had a chance to be here. We would have loved to be playing here next Monday.”

Looking ahead: Tewksbury will have its work cut out facing No. 1 Beverly (20-1-1) in the Division 2 North Final, Monday night (6 p.m.) at Tsongas, but the Redmen are as cut out as any team to take on the Panthers.

We’ll play our game and not worry about [Beverly’s] game,” said Doherty.

“Unbelievable,” said Paquette when reminded that his team would be playing for the sectional final next time out.

Recap: No. 25 Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Tewksbury 3

January, 30, 2014
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- At the start, it appeared Lincoln-Sudbury was poised to make it a long evening for Merrimack Valley/Dual County rival Tewksbury.

The Warriors scored twice in the opening minute and 12 seconds, making it look easy both times.

But someone forgot to remind L-S there was still 43:48 left to be played. During that time, the Warriors leveled out offensively and the Redmen turned up their play – enough so, to earn a 3-3 tie Wednesday night at New England Sports Center.

"Obviously we had a great start," L-S head coach Tom Pare said. "It goes to show you that if you don't play an entire 45 minutes it's not going to happen. Credit Tewksbury because they out-worked most of the second period and most of the third period. It's not a bad tie because Tewksbury is a good program that is well-coached. It's a team that we respect and we always seem to be battling them for the league title.

“We knew they were gunning for us because we beat them up at their place.”

The Redmen (10-2-2, 5-2-1), who lost to L-S, 3-1, on Jan. 15, returned to their form late in the opening period and maintained the rest of the way.

But it didn't start out that way. Eric Holden, off the opening face off, raced into Tewksbury's zone all alone and beat goaltender Kyle Paquette just 15 seconds in.

Perhaps a bit in shock over the early tally, the Redmen seemed a bit off-kilter. Less than a minute later, L-S stormed up ice on a odd-man rush. Myles Cohen drew the defense over to him and promptly delivered a cross-ice pass to Drew Baker. The sophomore forward, standing alone in front of Paquette, sent a shot just under the crossbar to give the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.

From there, however, Tewksbury started to work its patented in-your-face defensive style as they held the Warriors to just one more shot for the remainder of the period. At 6:44, after a few earlier attempts by the Redmen had just missed their mark, junior forward Colin Quinn, standing inside the blue line, rang a shot off the post and into the net, putting Tewksbury on the board.

"The first eight minutes for us were completely uncharacteristic," said Redmen head coach Derek Doherty. "In a big game like this it didn't seem like we were prepared. We were but we just didn't execute properly in those opening eight minutes. Early on we told our guys that they needed to play better defensively. Everyone is going forward and it left our goalie wide open. Kyle has done a great job for us in net all year long and plays very focused. But we cannot leave him out on an island by himself the way we did early on."

Following Quinn's marker, it appeared as though the Redmen had weathered the early onslaught and were now back to playing the style they are known for. Only 1:38 into the middle period, Tewksbury knotted things at 2-2. Jack Cash, a senior, broke free down along the right side and beat Derek Ashe (20 saves) with a hard wrist shot. But the Warriors (9-1-4, 7-1-1), whose offense was left vacant for nearly 14 minutes, found itself again. At 3:37 of the frame, Matt Jacobs gave L-S the lead back after grabbing a fat rebound in front and pushing it past Paquette (12 saves).

From that point moving forward, the Warriors were doing everything possible to shore up their defensive play and keep the Redmen from getting any quality looks at Ashe. For a while the strategy was working. Tewksbury had to scratch and claw to gain space inside the offensive zone. With less than five minutes to go in the period, the Warriors got careless with the puck inside their own zone. Tewksbury intercepted the puck which set up Quinn's second goal of the night, as he knocked home a rebound off of Ashe's chest following an initial shot by Ryan Petti.

"It would've been better had we won the game," said Quinn of his two goals and now has seven for the season. "I think we had a lot of chances on their goalie but just couldn't get the bounces. We hit a lot of posts and crossbars. We normally don't start well as a team and have to fight coming from behind. When we got behind tonight it was nothing really different for us. We just had to fight back like we normally do."

Tewksbury controlled much of the third period, by keeping the action inside the L-S end. The Warriors offense was struggling, helt do just one shot over the first 13 minutes in the frame. But they managed to initiate late flurry, putting three consecutive shots on Paquette within a span of 5 seconds. However, the junior netminder, who entered having posted three consecutive shutouts, was able to fend off the sudden offensive explosion and secure the tie.

"Our kids played well but we've got to learn to go for the jugular when it is there," Pare said. "It was one of those things where our kids got complacent after those first two goals. Needless to say we got woken up pretty quickly by them."

Recap: Tewksbury 5, Boston Latin 2

February, 14, 2013
TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Despite trailing during two different occasions, Derek Petti put his team on his back, and he carried Tewksbury from behind to beat Boston Latin, 5-2, Wednesday night in a DCL/MVC Division 2 matchup.

“We have been down before, and we know how to keep our composure out there,” Tewksbury head coach Derek Doherty said. “It doesn’t matter if you are up or down a goal because we just have to keep playing hard out there.”

Petti finished with four points on the night as he scored twice and dished out two highlight reel assists. His first goal of the game proved to be the game winner.

“It took a little bit to get him jump-started in the third [period] because they were keying in on him,” Doherty said. “We spoke about it in between periods, and he realized he was going to have to play through it. That is what he did.”

Kyle Paquette stopped 13 shots to record the win in goal for the Redmen, and on the other end of the ice Latin’s Michael Murray turned away 14 of 17 shots (2 empty net goals).

Latin (8-6-3, 6-3-2) drew first blood as freshman Jimmy O’Leary fired a rebound into the Tewksbury goal on the man advantage.

“We had our second power play unit out there, and we just kept throwing the puck to the net,” Boston Latin head coach Frank Woods said. “Jimmy [O’Leary] got a rebound, and it was just really basic hockey.”

Tewksbury (13-2-1, 9-1-1) was struggling to create much of an offensive rhythm in the first period, so Tewksbury turned to its third line to create some energy.

Alex Hamilton lined up a gigantic open ice hit that with just under 1:30 remaining in the period, and, just 45 seconds later, the Redmen were able to get on the board.

“We play better when we are physical,” Doherty said. “We expect our third line to play physical, and keep the puck out of the net.”

Petti found his younger brother Ryan in front of the Latin goal, and the younger Petti smashed the puck home to draw things even heading into the second.

“We were one a two-on-one, so I knew that if I slid it over to Ryan he would put it in the goal,” Derek Petti said.

In the second period, both teams locked down on the defensive side of the puck not allowing either team to create many opportunities. Tewksbury’s Matt Donovan had one of the best chances of the period blasting a one-timer in on Murray, but Murray was able to slide over to ward off the shot.

Latin turned on the forecheck early in the third period, which led to Joe Gillespie sneaking one in past Paquette.

“We chipped the puck, and we were able to get down low on the forecheck,” Woods said. “We created a turnover, and Joe was able to put it home.”

Only a few minutes later and trailing, 2-1, Doherty called a timeout as the Redmen got a power-play opportunity.

On the power play, Derek Petti once again showed off his smooth playmaking skills by setting up Patrick Doherty for a back door one-timer that Murray had no chance on.

“It was a set play by coach to go to Pat on the back door, he has no problems finishing,” Derek Petti said.

With less than two minutes remaining, Derek Petti went into hero mode. He flew up the right wing and used his quick release to rifle the puck past Murray.

“I have been trying to use the defense as a screen all year, and I was able to use the defense as a screen to get a good shot off,” Derek Petti said.

The Wolf Pack went into desperation mode in the final minute of the game by pulling Murray. But Derek Petti and Patrick Doherty both added their second goals of the game hitting the vacated goal.

Recap: No. 23 Lincoln-Sudbury 4, Tewksbury 2

January, 17, 2013
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- Scoring two goals in under a minute is rare enough, but two shorthanded goals? That’s a true rarity.

The planets aligned for No. 23 Lincoln-Sudbury Wednesday afternoon at the New England Sports Center. Buoyed by two shorthanded goals in 52 seconds, the Warriors defeated Tewksbury, 4-2, in a big DCL/MVC Division 2 matchup.

“We’ve scored a good number of shorthanded goals this year,” L-S head coach Peter Elenbaas said. “We’ve got some guys with some speed. They did a terrific job.”

After a tentative first 20-plus minutes by both sides, Warrior senior Jordan Dow broke through on a two-on-one break and slotted the puck home after whiffing on the first attempt. Dow added an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game to seal the victory.

Fellow senior Shane Sefton got in on the man-down fun with a short shot that snuck through Kyle Paquette’s 5-hole to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead and forced the Redmen into damage control.

“We consider our power play to be really good,” Tewksbury head coach Derek Doherty said. “They did a pretty good job. They forced us to create turnovers and we did.”

Sefton added the eventual game-winning goal late in the second when a fluky bounce put the puck on his stick at the top of the crease and he buried it.

The Redman came alive in the third period thanks to an early goal from Shannon Alukonis. Tewksbury continued to buzz around the offensive zone for much of the early part of the third but couldn’t put another past Erik Kessler, who finished the game with 13 saves.

“We didn’t play hard the first two periods, we came to play the third period,” Doherty said. “You need to play three periods to win a hockey game and Lincoln-Sudbury came out and outplayed us the first two periods. That’s where the game was won.”

The Redmen made a final run in the last three minutes. It started, ironically enough, with a shorthanded goal from Ryan Petti who took a pass from his brother Derek and blasted it past Kessler.

Tewksbury pulled Paquette in the final minute the final Redmen attack wasn’t enough.

“The boys have been psyched for this for weeks,” Dow said. “We really had guys step up today. We talked about earning it all week in practice. This is huge.”

Both coaches acknowledged that their teams played tentative hockey for stretches. Elenbaas said that it might have been a case of big-game butterflies.

“I think both teams were looking at this like ‘Whoa this is a huge game. Both of us have big records’,” Elenbaas said. “Everyone looked like they were waiting for the play to come to them.”

For the Redmen, it was only the third time all season they were held under three goals. Doherty was at a loss as to his team’s lack of production.

“We’ve been putting the puck in the net, but tonight I don’t know what it is,” Doherty said. “Maybe it’s playing an afternoon game. Make no excuses L-S is a good team.”

Neither team will have to wait long for a rematch as the two teams will square off Monday afternoon in Tewksbury. Both coaches said there was much to improve heading into Monday’s matinee.

“We’ve got to play better on the power play, and that’s coaching,” Elenbaas said. “We still have to play better without the puck."

“This time of year you want to start trending up," Doherty added. You don’t want to be leveling off or trending down. I’m sure we’ll have round two on Monday and it’ll be a good one.”