Boston High School: Tommy Jenkins

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Dartmouth’s Garrett Allen once again proved why he was nearly impossible to stop during his high school career with the Indians.

During four years at Dartmouth, Allen topped off at 196 points and trails only John Sullivan’s 223 career points in the pantheon of the Indians’ all-time leading scorers.

Allen once again showed off his scoring acumen during Sunday’s second-annual MSHCA All-Star Classic played at the DCU Center, netting a hat trick while leading Team South to an 8-4 victory over Team North.

“It was just an awesome experience,” said Allen, who was named the game’s MVP and was honored during the ensuing Worcester Sharks game. “I was proud to be the first player from Dartmouth to be selected.”

The Dartmouth center also added an assist for a four-point game.

Allen, who played alongside Hudson’s Sean Parker and Xaverian’s Tommy Jenkins for most of the afternoon, also tallied the game-winning goal, scored during the third period for the hat trick.

“That was a just a bonus,” he added.

Marshfield’s Ryan Connors also tallied two goals contributing to the South effort. Catholic Memorial defenseman Marc Hetnik stepped up into the play to add a second-period goal for the South. Jenkins and Braintree's Jared Rizo also netted goals for the South.

Not to be outdone, Malden Catholic’s Garrett White continued his hot play -- dating back to his contributions leading the Lancers to their first Super Eight tournament win – also tallied a hat trick to lead the North attack.

“This is a lot of fun,” said South coach Brian Shuman, who is the bench boss at Canton High. “This is about the best collection of talent that you could hope to coach and the kids were all gentlemen, they didn’t just take things on themselves, they really played a team game.”

Here's a full list of participants in the senior all-star game:

Team North
2 Josh Gallagher, D Central Catholic
3 Nico DiSalvo, D Peabody
4 Sean Kavanagh, D Springfield Cathedral
5 Jake Kulevich, D Marblehead
6 Christopher Milne, D Danvers
7 Terry Murphy, D Waltham
8 Joe Nardella, D St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
9 John Sartell, D Wakefield
10 Terence Durkin, F BC High
11 Patrick Crosby, F Masconomet
12 Tom Crowley, F Reading
13 Ryan Doherty, F Tewksbury
14 Daniel Graham, F Arlington Catholic
15 Alex Holland , F Woburn
16 Nick Leonard, F Central Catholic
17 Kevin Peduto, F Acton-Boxborough
18 Devin Smith, F St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
19 Christopher Surette, F St. Mary's of Lynn
20 Matthew Swett, F Andover
21 Garrett White, F Malden Catholic
1 Kyle Berthiaume, G Andover
30 Zach Rondeau, G Springfield Cathedral
35 Steve Burgoyne, G Westford Academy

Team South
2 Steven Bristol, D Weymouth
3 Pat Cull, D Marshfield
4 Marc Hetnik, D Catholic Memorial
5 Chris Joyce, D Needham
6 Alex Pompeo, D Hingham
7 T.J. Ryan, D Newton North
8 Alex Taddeo, D Franklin
9 Mike Thiesing, D Archbishop Williams
10 Garrett Allen, F Dartmouth
11 Mike Cashman, F BC High
12 Tom Coleman, F Needham
13 Ryan Connors, F Marshfield
14 Tim Driscoll, F Hingham
15 Anthony Hardy, F Bridgewater-Raynham
16 Tommy Jenkins, F Xaverian Brothers
17 Jim Magrath, F Medfield
18 Sean Parker, F Hudson
19 Tyler Piacentini, F Weymouth
20 Jared Rizo, F Braintree
21 Haydon Voss, F Marlborough
1 Patrick Farrington, G Sandwich
30 Kyle Jacobs, G Pembroke
35 Chris Treon, G Westwood

No. 1 Xaverian rallies past No. 9 Prep

January, 19, 2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- According to Ryan Hall, anybody could’ve scored any of his four goals in No. 1 Xaverian’s 6-4 win over Catholic Conference rival St. John’s Prep on Wednesday.

The Hawks’ senior captain took a selfless approach to explaining the reason for his success, while scoring the final two goals in a comeback victory at Foxboro Sports Center.

“It was a lot of [Jason Salvaggio], [Tommy Jenkins] and the defensemen getting the puck down low,” Hall said. “That allowed me to bang home some dirty goals, definitely all the credit to my linemates.”

Xaverian’s top line of Hall, Jenkins and Salvaggio accounted for all but one of the Hawks points (sophomore forward Bobby Hall also tallied an assist). Hall added two assists in a six-point performance, while Jenkins and Salvaggio had four-point efforts with a goal and three assists each.

“They’ve been red hot,” Hawks head coach Dave Spinale said of his top line. “Ryan Hall’s been fabulous and the other two guys are skilled playmakers.

“Ryan’s kind of the power forward, he grinds it out. His game is hit, shoot and pass. And, if he keeps shooting, he’s going to get his share.”

Xaverian (7-0-1, 2-0-0) climbed back from two, two-goal deficits in the second period to tie the score, 4-4, with one minute remaining in the second. Hall completed the comeback with two third-period goals to down the ninth-ranked Eagles (5-3-1, 1-2-0).

Prep carried play in the first period, out-shooting the Hawks, 16-4. However, the Eagles were only able to sneak one past Xaverian goaltender Dave Michaels (24 saves). Matt McDonald had Prep out to a 1-0 lead on a give-and-go set up by Tyler Bird.

The Eagles built a two-goal lead on with Jon Farrow netting a goal on a deflection of defenseman Matt West’s shot from the point.

Xaverian returned fire two minutes later with the first of its three power play goals.

The play started with a terrific save by Michaels, who robbed Derek Palm on a two-on-none chance with a toe save. The Hawks quickly worked the rebound up ice ahead of the Eagles’ backcheck Hall buried his first goal of the night on a glove-side wrister.

“He’s made timely saves all year,” Spinale said of Michaels beauty of a stop, “certainly, that’s been big for us. He does that a lot. That was a two-goal swing for us there.”

The teams then went back and forth for the remainder of the second.

Prep responded on Colin Blackwell’s rebound put back 8:46 into the second. The Hawks again cut the deficit to one on Hall’s second tally on a pretty pass from Salvaggio. Devin Murray put the Eagles ahead 4-2, pulling the puck out of a scrum in front of Michaels and out-working a group of Xaverian defenders.

Salvaggio scored the Hawks’ third goal while falling backwards into the boards, after knocking home Hall’s centering pass in front of Prep goalie David Letarte (24 saves).

Jenkins knotted the game, 4-4, with 54 seconds remaining in the second. He batted home the puck from midair on a play that appeared to be played with a high stick.

Hall completed the comeback in the third period — when the Hawks out shot Prep, 13-3 — with a pair of power play goals.


Spinale had high praise for the Eagles, who he called the “most skilled team” the Hawks have seen all year.

“Off the rush, they’re deadly,” he added.

A lot of those accolades can be attributed to Harvard commit Colin Blackwell. The senior sniper scored Prep’s third goal of the night, banging home a rebound on Joe Currie’s shot.

However, Blackwell was knocked out the game for a portion of the first period after a grizzly looking hit along the attack zone boards. The Eagles captain lay motionless on the ice for couple of tense moments and then skated off under his own power. He missed one shift and returned later just before the first intermission.

No. 1 Xaverian flies under the radar

January, 19, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ryan Hall pointed at Tommy Jenkins, cracked a half smile and said, “This guy thinks he’s pretty good at pool.”

The Xaverian hockey senior captains have regularly incorporated pool into their team outings away from the rink. And, as a team, the Hawks spend a lot of time together. Head coach Dave Spinale thinks that time spent together has been no small part of the reason why his team has made appearances in each of the last three Super Eight tournaments.

Even if his players can’t agree on whom the best pool player is.

“I actually beat him,” Hall added.

He then paused, “Well, it was on a technicality.”

While the Hawks sort out who’s king of the billiards, they’ve unassumingly gone about building another Super Eight run.

Off to a 6-0-1 start, Xaverian ascended to the No. 1 spot in this week’s ESPN Boston Top 25 after Catholic Conference rival Malden Catholic suffered their first loss (by score) of the season.

Most of the Massachusetts hockey world’s attention has been focused on Xaverian’s Catholic Conference counterpart early in the season. Although their recent track record is impressive, few were predicting the Hawks would relive their success of past seasons, especially after the graduation of three-year starting goaltender Kyle MacDonald.

“I kinda like being the underdog in big games,” said Jenkins, a Catholic Conference all-star last year. “It takes the pressure off of you and there’s more pressure on the other team. We just go out and play our game.”

This year’s simply been an extension of what Spinale’s preached in his time at Xaverian.

“We’re going to play this game fast, that’s what we do,” Spinale said after a Hawks practice at the Foxboro Sports Center last week. “We don’t slow down for anybody, we don’t change what we do. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve had guys who can play fast and play physical as well.”

Akin to the MacDonald-led teams, Xaverian’s solid play has built from the goaltender out.

Junior Dave Michaels, who was MacDonald’s backup last year, has logged a bulk of the minutes between the pipes and recently turned in a dazzling 34-save performance in a win over Catholic Memorial to kick off the Hawks’ Catholic Conference schedule. The Hawks have depth in net as well with senior Austin Miller in the fray.

“Kyle [MacDonald] was definitely somebody who you could build the team around,” Hall said. “He was a great leader in the locker room. But David Michaels has been doing an amazing job stepping into his place. He’s a quiet kid, but when he talks, everybody’s listens.”

Leadership in the room has largely been left to Jenkins, Hall and Xaverian’s seniors.

After all, the Hawks are still young. Spinale has 10 sophomores, led by talented second-year forward Jason Salvaggio, and a freshman who regularly see ice time. It’s a stark departure from last year’s when only one of those sophomores saw ice time alongside a deep, veteran core.

“It comes down to chemistry though,” Spinale said. “Our older players have always done a great job of working with the younger kids. They spend a lot of time together whether it’s at school, getting a bite to eat together before practice, or just hanging out.

“It’s a tight group and that translates to how they play together.”

Together, they’ve built something special to the point that it’s increasingly getting harder for the Hawks to fly under the radar.

“I think even when we got here, Xaverian wasn’t thought of as a hockey school,” Hall said. “I think that’s starting to change.”

No. 9 Xaverian rallies past No. 10 Needham

December, 29, 2010
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No. 9 Xaverian and No. 10 Needham have become mini rivals over the last four seasons, and their contest on Tuesday night was just the latest chapter between two of last year's Super 8 entrants.

“It’s become a fun rivalry, our guys get up for it and I know they [Needham] get up for it” said Xaverian head coach Dave Spinale.

“It’s one we always mark on our schedule to see what our status is, and it’s a good way for us to test ourselves.”

Needham (2-2-0) opened up a two-goal lead after the first period with goals from J.P. McHale, (assisted by Tom Coleman) and Timmy Parlato (Jeff Rosata).

But Xaverian (3-0-0) came out in the second period with guns blazing.

“We knew that the effort we had in the first, it wasn’t are best effort, so flat out we asked the to play with courage.” Spinale said referring to his team talk at the first intermission, “We got on them pretty good, pointed out their mistakes, and asked them to play the way they’re capable of. We asked for our seniors to step up and our captains to step up.”

Just 4:43 into the second period the Hawks cut the lead in half through a goal from senior captain Tommy Jenkins, Jason Salvaggio providing the assist. Xaverian scored again just under four minutes later when they broke out of their defensive zone on a 4 on 1 break away. It was the other co-captain Ryan Hall finishing off the nice move, Billy Hildebrand and Eddie Pratt with the assists.

After the goal things turned physical. Two and a half minutes of hard-hitting and questionable non-calls on both sides lead to a scuffle in front of Needham’s net resulting in matching minors and misconducts on both sides.

Jenkins and Jack McClellan went to the box for Xaverian with 7:30 misconducts, 1:30 minute roughing calls and McClellan also receiving 1:30 for a cross check. Needham’s Lucas Davis received the same calls as McClellan while Sam Nickles received a 7:30 misconduct and 1:30 for cross checking.

The teams remained at 5 on 5, but Needham’s second line was crippled with Nickles and Davis in the penalty box.

Bobby Hall gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead at 11:33. Needham’s Connor Murray (11 saves) got his glove to Hall’s shot, which was heading into the top corner, but all he could do was tip the puck up and it trickled over the line. Off of the ensuing faceoff Ryan Hall scored his second of the night making it 4-2 just nine seconds later.

Xaverian’s fifth and final goal came 59 seconds into the third period, Jenkins scoring his second of the night.

Junior goalie David Michaels had 25 saves in the victory.

1st period
N - JP McHale from Tom Coleman, 5:04
N - Timmy Parlato from Jeff Rosata, 12:34

2nd period
X - Tom Jenkins from Jason Salvaggio, 4:43
X - Ryan Hall from Billy Hildebrand and Eddie Pratt, 8:33
X - Bobby Hall from Eddie Martin, 11:33
X - R. Hall from Salvaggio, 11:42

3rd period
X - Jenkins from R. Hall and Salvaggio, 0:59

No. 6 Xaverian blanks No. 9 BC High

November, 6, 2010

WESTWOOD, Mass. – There wasn’t one particular thing you could identify that was better than the rest in No. 6 Xaverian’s 28-0 win over No. 9 BC High.

In sum, they were all pretty darn good.

On offense, the Hawks implemented an old school Patriot-like scheme with quarterback Chris Calvanese distributing the ball among seven receivers while throwing for 108 yards on 8 of 11 pass attempts, including two touchdowns. That was supplemented by the ground game efforts of Joe Colton (one touchdown), Chris Tamasi and Calvanese, who also ran for a touchdown.

On defense, Xaverian bottled up explosive Eagles running back Preston Cooper. While not allowing the shifty junior to hit the edge with speed, the Hawks linebackers routinely swarmed under and held Cooper to just 35 rushing yards. Without establishing the run, BC High was forced into more passing situations from longer downs and distance. Xaverian also had three takeaways.

All in all, a good day at the Hawk Bowl.

“We had probably our most complete game of the year,” Xaverian head coach Charlie Stevenson said. “We really needed it because they’re a very good opponent.”

Calvanese got the Hawks (7-2, 2-0 Catholic Conference) started on the game’s opening drive with the longest play of the day. The junior signal-caller tabbed his own number and rumbled 51-yards to the end zone one minute and 40 seconds in.

BC High (4-4, 1-1) held Xaverian off the board for the rest of the half until Hawks receiver Tommy Jenkins made a circus catch in the back of the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese just 17 seconds before halftime.

“That was all Tommy [Jenkins], on that play,” Calvanese said. “He made an unbelievable catch.”

The Hawks widened their lead in the second half on Colton’s 8-yard touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the third. The score came with the benefit of some good field position after Matt Stapleton forced an Eagles fumble that was recovered by Tamasi.

“I thought the eleven guys we had out there today did a great job,” said Tamasi, who had a forced fumble in addition to his fumble recovery. “They didn’t score a point against us, so it doesn’t get much better than that. I couldn’t be more proud of those guys today.”

Stapleton left his imprint on the game again, hauling in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Calvanese.

Ryan Farrell iced the game for Xaverian with an interception with less than a minute remaining.

No. 9 BC High 0 0 0 0 -- 0
No. 6 Xaverian 7 7 7 7 -- 28

First quarter

X Chris Calvanese 51-yard run (Jules Murphy kick)

Second quarter
X Tommy Jenkins 24-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

Third quarter
X Joe Colton 8-yard run (Murphy kick)

Fourth quarter
X Ryan Farrell 11-yard pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)

Calvanese buckles up, downs No. 1 Brockton

September, 25, 2010

WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Tommy Jenkins had just dropped a golden touchdown opportunity on second down in the first overtime of his No. 2 Xaverian Hawks' battle with No. 1 Brockton. But his quarterback, junior Chris Calvanese, had enough faith to call his number again, rolling right and heaving a -- let's be fair here -- prayer to the back right corner of the end zone as he was being dropped in the FieldTurf.

The high and short ball, with plenty of air under it, somehow landed softly in Jenkins' hands in single-coverage. But not until he heard the roar of the capacity home crowd did Calvanese feel assured.

"That's how I knew it was a touchdown," the junior quarterback said of his throw. "I did not see...I saw one-on-one coverage, and Tommy Jenkins made a great play. I just threw it up there. It's just...unbelievable, just unbelievable."

And so, in his third start under center for the Hawks, Calvanese shook off a series of late cramps and delivered some late-game heroics, enough for his head coach Charlie Stevenson to call this afternoon's 23-20 double-overtime win over Brockton one of the greatest wins in school history.

"There's another kid who, under really difficult playing circumstances (temperatures touched 90 degrees), really sucked it up and played hard," Stevenson said of Calvanese, who finished with 125 yards passing and completed eight of his final nine passes. "He really gave us everything he had, so I can't ask for anything more, and that goes for our players and our team too."

Xaverian (3-0) now leads the all-time series over Brockton (2-1) by a margin of 14-13, dating back to 1988.

The game was far from over following Calvanese's strike. Joe Colton was railroaded square onto his back at the pylon by Miami-bound safety Albert Louis-Jean on the Hawks' failed point-after attempt (teams must go for two in overtime), and the Boxers fired right back with a six-yard scamper from Trevon Offley (19 carries, 117 yards, three touchdowns). But on the point after, Offley was stuffed short of the goal line by Zach Bartlett.

Zach Maiuri then picked off Brockton's Paul Mroz on the next possession, setting up Jules Murphy's game-winning field goal from 19 yards out. The home crowd went into a frenzy, and a handful of Hawks jumped up into the bleachers to join their fans.

And for good reason. The Hawks, defending Division 1 Super Bowl champs, will almost assuredly sit at No. 1 on our rankings come Monday.

"My hat goes off to Brockton, they really took it to us all day long," Stevenson said. "It's just one of those games that will go into Xaverian-Brockton history books as another one of those affairs, you know what I'm saying? Hopefully, we go and do it again in December with them."

With just over two minutes left in the game and Brockton clinging to a 14-7 lead -- not to mention, against a Xaverian defense that was without star linebacker Chris Tamasi (left leg) for all but 30 seconds of the fourth quarter -- Offley burst up the middle and shook three Xaverian defenders en route to a 34-yard scamper that put the Boxers at midfield. But the ensuing snap was fumbled, and Bartlett fell on it to give the Hawks the ball with 1:33 to go at their own 45.

Calvanese connected with Mike Muir -- who, just a few plays earlier, separated his shoulder and popped it back in -- on the first play of the drive for a 29-yard completion, stepping out of bounds at the right sideline. Calvanese went to Muir again on the next play, diving at the right sideline for eight yards, but the Hawks had to use a timeout as their quarterback was slow to get up following another leg cramp.

But the junior got on his feet, delivered a flare pass to Nick McDaniels that stopped the clock again. Following an eight-yard Joe Colton jet sweep that put the ball at the nine, Calvanese rolled right on first and goal, and found Muir just inside the right pylons for the game-tying score.

"He separates his shoulder, then comes into the football game and makes a catch like that to tie it up -- I mean, a separated shoulder, OK? Who says Xaverian guys aren't tough?" Stevenson laughed.

Brockton head coach Peter Colombo was visibly frustrated with his team's production down the final stretch of the fourth quarter -- "It's a fun game to play in, but not fun to lose like that," he said -- but offered nothing but the highest of praises for his workhorse back.

"He was tremendous, tremendous," Colombo said. "I've got to look at the film to see why he didn't get in on the two-point conversion, because I really thought we had them beat there, too. We just didn't put them away when we could have, and that's what's going to haunt me."

No. 2 Xaverian 23, No. 1 Brockton 20

B - 0 14 0 0 6 0 --- 20
X - 7 0 0 7 6 3 --- 23

X - Joe Colton 3 run (Jules Murphy kick)
B - Trevon Offley 12 run (Lucas Depina kick)
B - Offley 14 run (Depina kick)
X - Mike Muir 9 pass from Chris Calvanese (Murphy kick)
X - Tommy Jenkins 9 pass from Calvanese (rush failed)
B - Offley 6 run (rush failed)
X - Murphy 19 field goal