Boston High School: Shamus Egan

Recap: No. 4 Austin Prep 5, Waltham 1

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16
7:11
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FALMOUTH, Mass. – “We should have just stayed on the Bourne Bridge.”

Waltham head coach John Maguire was not enthused about his team’s first few shifts against No. 4 Austin Prep (12-3-4), Sunday at the Buddy Ferreira Classic. The Cougars established their dominance right out of the gate, scoring three times over a span of just under three minutes early in the first period and never looked back as they rolled to an easy 5-1 victory in the opening round of the annual Cape Cod tournament.

“For us to hand them three goals like that. We didn’t really show up, that was depressing,” Maguire said. “They’re probably three or four goals better than us, but I didn’t like the way we played early. After that we settled in okay.”

AP’s bunched first period goals started just 84 seconds into the contest when Jake McKenelley broke the seal, cutting across the middle and wristing a quick one past starting goalie Brendan Develin.

At 3:55 the Cougars went up by a pair with a power-play goal from Mike Egan, who collected a rebound in the left wing corner and bounded in a Plinko chip from there. Eighteen seconds later Ryan McDonough broke with speed up the seam and beat Develin with a nifty crossover move to make it 3-0.

AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro liked the early hop that his club had.

“We came out strongly. After that I thought we were a little complacent,” the coach said. “In any tournament, the most important game is the first one and I thought we had had good puck movement and puck possession.”

Waltham (7-7-5) had a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game in the first period. AP outshot the Hawks 13-1 for the frame, with the first bid to reach the net coming with just 15 seconds left in the first, off the stick of Jake Miller.

The Hawks got their skates under themselves in the second and played a much better frame. A Brendan Hopkins power play goal at 5:08 cut the deficit to two goals, as the forward jammed in a rebound of a Kevin Snow shot.

AP got that one back late in the period, regaining their three-goal lead when Bob Carpenter floated a wrister from the high slot. Cam Russo, camped in front with his back to the net, redirected it past Waltham goalie Shamus Egan, beating the relief netminder to the stick side to make it a 4-1 game. Carpenter later capped the scoring, with seven seconds left to play, with a power play goal sniped from high in the zone.

AP squares off with No. 2 BC High Monday at 1 p.m., in what promises to be the game of the tournament at the Classic.

The Hawks are back at it tomorrow against Falmouth. They need to pick up three points in their last three games to qualify for the MIAA tournament.

On Tuesday, Waltha squares off with Westford Academy and will have one more Buddy Ferreira Classic contest later in the week.

Recap: No. 3 Central Catholic 4, No. 17 Waltham 1

January, 7, 2014
Jan 7
12:41
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SALEM, N.H. – In a battle of the top two teams in the MVC/DCL 1, Central Catholic showed that it liked its perch at the top.

The Raiders scored two goals in the first period and controlled tempo for most of the game en route to a 4-1 win Monday over Waltham at the Icenter.

Richie Greenberg led the Raiders with a goal and an assist.

“It was a big game,” Greenberg said. “[It] meant a lot to win and beat an undefeated team like that. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Central's offense swirled for long stretches of the game and dominated possession.

The Raiders (6-0-1, 3-0-1) made it a busy night for Waltham goalie Shamus Egan, who had to deal with 37 shots. Greenberg got the action going by poking a turnover to initiate a two-on-one before finding linemate Eric Robbins who buried a shorthanded goal midway through the first.

Greenberg gave Central some insurance with an unassisted goal with only five seconds left in the first.

“They were able to convert tonight which was nice to see,” Jankowski said of the line of Greenberg, Robbins and Kevin Regan. “They've been doing everything but finding the back of the net and finish, and they were able to do that tonight — real happy for them. They were able to capitalize tonight.”

Waltham (4-1-2, 2-1-1) broke through early in the second when Ben MacEwen forced home a shot in a scrum in front of Central goalie Colin Soucy. The Hawks were able to get 16 shots on cage, but quality scoring chances were hard to come by.

Central gave Waltham numerous chances to inflict damage, but the Hawks were unable to convert on any of their eight power plays, including a pair of 5-on-3 situations.

“To be honest with you we're down 2-0 after one, but it could have been more, but popped one on the first shift of the second and we made it competitive,” Waltham coach John Maguire said. “They're as good as advertised. They just came at us in waves.

“Our power play is struggling and has been struggling. We've got to find a way to get that fixed and hopefully soon.”

Conrad Jepson ferried home a goal from the point to put Central up 3-1 late in the second. Jepson led a tough defensive effort by Central that curtailed Waltham all over the ice while also adding to the offensive attack.

“They transition so well and take care of business in their own zone,” Jankowski said. “Offensively, it's nice of them to chip in because they do all the dirty work that no one seems to get credit for, but tonight they were able to get the back of the net. They rewarded themselves for a change and got a bit of the limelight.”

Central's Jeff Thompson scored his second career goal with just over five minutes left in the game.

THAT’S A BIG POND: A standard ice hockey rink is 200 by 85 feet. But the main sheet at the Icenter is 200 by 100 feet. That extra 3000 square feet allowed Central's speed to flourish and set the tempo of the game. It's an advantage that Jankowski did not understate.

“It's nice because it takes a while for teams to adjust to that surface,” Jankowski said. “Once they do. it's a little less of an advantage, but at the beginning especially when we know we have that extra space and we have the speed to utilize that space. It's a fun team to watch. I'm excited to see where it's going to go down the road.”

Maguire said he thinks the rematch, in Waltham's smaller rink, will be closer but did not make any excuses.

“I think they're so good it's not going to make a difference in terms of win and loss, but it certainly makes a difference in terms of their ability to skate,” Maguire said. “I think it would have been a more competitive game in terms of shots and flow of the game in a smaller rink like Waltham.

“That being said, the reason they won the game today is that they're a better team than us.”

Maguire and his Hawks will get that second crack against Central on Feb. 12.

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