Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/23/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Hockey
Canton, 7 vs. Boston Latin, 3 – FinalCanton overcame a two-goal deficit to finish the season with a win. Junior Bubba McNeice and sophomore Ryan Nolte each scored a pair of goals for the Bulldogs while Tommy Kilduff, Johnny Hagan and Jack Goyetch each scored once in the win.

Franklin, 5 vs. Barnstable, 2 – Final

Taunton, 9 @ Durfee, 3 – FinalTaunton senior Zack Albert registered four points while classmates Nick Terry, Cam Carnes and Jordan Hoey each notched three points in the win. Albert scored twice and had two assists, Terry found the back of the net twice with one assist, Carnes scored once with two helpers and Hoey had three assists. Mike Volkmann and Cam Welby each added a goal an assist while Jake Roberts and Owen Ross each scored once. Cam Sneyd and Andrew Carter each had two assists while Camden Faria had one assist. Goalie Justin Chappell (16 saves) also had an assist in the win.

Girls Hockey
Canton, 3 vs. Walpole, FinalCanton’s Colleen Kelleher recorded her seventh shutout of the season for the Bulldogs.

Third Period Goal Lifts Tigers to Win Over Attleboro

Taunton hockey
Senior Jordan Hoey (15) scored the game-winning goal on the power play with four minutes left to lift Taunton to a Senior Night win over Attleboro. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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TAUNTON, Mass. – Prior to the game, Taunton honored its 10 seniors for helping to turn the program around and for being, as head coach Kris Metea announced, the winningest senior class in the 20-year history of the program.

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On Saturday afternoon against Attleboro, those seniors provided another victory for the Tigers, contributing a combined two goals and three assists while senior goalie Justin Chappell made 26 saves in a 3-2 victory that moves Taunton to .500 in Hockomock play.

“This class means a lot,” said Metea outside the locker room after the game. “They’ve really had the ideals of commitment and it translated to success. The direction the program has gone is in large part due to them and the success we’ve had over the last six years is a big testament to them.”

The Bombardiers looked determined to ruin the day for the Taunton seniors, storming out of the blocks and dominating play in the first period. But, despite leading 11-6 in shots and creating a host of chances, Attleboro went into the first intermission trailing by two goals.

Chappell came up big right from the opening face-off. Just three minutes in he spread himself to stop Liam McDonough’s rebound effort after making the initial save on P.J. Elliott. Three minutes later, Cam Carnes teed up junior Jakob Roberts for Taunton’s first shot on goal from inside the blue line and he wristed it into the corner.

Attleboro continued to attack and Kyle McCabe thought he had a tying goal with a breakaway effort that Chappell was able to block and control the rebound as it squirted loose. Two minutes later and it was 2-0, as senior Jordan Hoey tossed a puck towards goal that went off the stick of classmate Zack Albert and trickled inside the far post.

Sam McKenzie rang the bar just before the end of the period, but Attleboro went into the dressing room playing well, but staring at a two-goal deficit.

“I know we outshot them in the first period, had better opportunities, but the score is 2-0,” said Attleboro coach Mark Homer. “We’ve been preaching to these guys all year not to play to the scoreboard; we just need to play a good period.”

The Bombardiers finally got one past Chappell four minutes into the second. Cam Littig saw his close-range effort blocked but the puck bounced to Jake Parker and he knocked it home. With four minutes left in the period, Littig set up McCabe in front and he thought he had the game tied but for a sprawling save by Chappell.

“He makes the saves he needs to make,” said Metea. “He’s big and he takes up a lot of space, so as long as he moves he’ll make those saves. He’s come up big for us.”

Attleboro held a 20-12 lead in shots after two periods, but many of those chances were from the outside, as the Taunton defense continued to absorb the pressure. Seniors Mike Volkmann and Svein Ormseth and junior Cam Welby also pushed forward and created shots on Attleboro freshman goalie Derrik Rivet.

“A lot of our kids are quietly confident,” said Metea about the defense, “so they know to play percentages and do your job and they’ll be okay.”

Taunton thought it had wrapped up the points six minutes into the third when Hoey fed the puck in front to Josh Denham but Rivet (15 saves) came through with a stellar stop to keep Attleboro within one. Just two minutes later, the save loomed even larger when Elliott was able to beat Chappell stick side from the right circle to tie the game.

“He’s only a freshman, this is probably only his fifth or sixth game on varsity and he gave up some goals in the first period, but that just shows the resiliency he has to play a better second period and then a better third,” said Homer of Rivet. “If not for those saves he makes, we might not be in position to tie the game.”

With 4:47 left to play, Taunton went on the power play and 30 seconds later the Tigers had the game-winner. Welby threw the puck at net from beyond the right circle, it deflected off a stick in front and fell to Hoey with an open net and he made no mistake for his second and the game’s decisive point (senior Nick Terry also had an assist on the play).

“Games likes this are good…you need the adversity, you need the battles,” said Metea. “If they’re going to play well in the tournament, they’re going to need these. You’re going to face adversity; it’s not easy.”

He took another moment to reflect on his seniors and how far they and the program have come in the past few seasons.

“They’re a bunch of great kids,” said Metea, “their teammates love them, they fight to the end, they’ve had to learn on the fly, and they’ve meant a lot to me, the other coaches, and ultimately to the program.”

Taunton (9-3-2, 3-3-0) will get a very tough test against Davenport leader Canton on Wednesday, attempting to make it two-for-two against the current league leaders. Attleboro (5-7-1, 1-4-0) will have a quick turnaround to play Foxboro on Sunday in a big Div. 3 game for the Bombardiers as they try to guarantee tournament play through the Sullivan Rule.

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Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/30/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 65 vs. Hingham, 57 – FinalFoxboro cut into a seven point deficit at the end of the first quarter and turned a three point Hingham lead at halftime around to earn the win in the consolation game of the Westwood Holiday Tournament. The Warriors won the fourth quarter 16-9. Junior Joe Morrison scored a career-high 19 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Jamaine Few chipped in with 13 points while junior Matt Rongione added a career-high 12 points.

Mansfield, 75 vs. Everglades (FL), 56 – Final

North Attleboro, 51 @ Bishop Feehan, 56 – FinalTrailing by 12 with four minutes to play, the Rocketeers cut into the Shamrocks’ lead to get within four in the final minute but couldn’t complete the comeback. Brent Doherty scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the second half while Thomas Reynolds and Jonny Friberg each had 11 points.

Stoughton, 60 @ Randolph, 56 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Franklin, 76 vs. East Boston, 35 – FinalJunior Paul Mahon scored a team-high 17 points as the Panthers cruised in their final game of the calendar year. James Hanlon added 11 points while sophomore Jalen Samuels recorded 10 points.

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 63 vs. Brockton, 55 – Final Sarah Deyo scored 22 points and pulled down 23 rebounds for the Bombardiers, who took control in the third quarter after trailing by two at the half. Julia Strachan added 18 and Sam Pierce had 14 for Attleboro.

North Attleboro, 46 @ Hingham, 34 – FinalNorth Attleboro claimed its second straight impressive win, knocking off host Hingham in the final of the Hingham Holiday Tournament. The Rocketeers have won three straight games against MIAA D2 South Semifinalists from a year ago – Oliver Ames, Westwood and Hingham. Ashley Ahern scored 14 points and was named the tournament MVP. Samantha Taggart dropped a season-high 17 points to lead Big Red and was named to the all-tournament team along with Caroline Collard.

Sharon, 50 @ North Quincy, 54 – FinalSophomore Emma Eberhardt paced Sharon with 18 points while junior Shira Stoller hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds.

Hockey
Franklin, 5 vs. La Salle Academy 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Westwood, 5- Final

Taunton, 12 vs. Apponequet/Connolly, 1 – FinalJordan Hoey and Zack Albert each recorded five points as the Tigers ended 2016 on a high note. Hoey had a hat trick and two assists while Albert scored once and had four helpers. Nick Terry scored once and had three assists, Cam Welby scored twice and Cam Carnes and Jaden Weyant each had a goal and an assist. Josh Denham, Cam Sneyd and Owen Ross each scored once in the win.

Wrestling
BC High Team Duals (Oliver Ames) – Oliver Ames went a perfect 4-0 to at the BC High New Years Duals. The Tigers beat Silver Lake (58-15), New Bedford (72-12), Josiah Quincy (54-13) and Chicopee Comp (48-27). Liston Funai (132) and Eric Berardi (152) both went a perfect 4-0 on the day with four pins apiece. Brandon Belleton (138) also went 4-0, Cobey Williamson (120) went 3-0 with three opins and sophomore Anthony Berksza (145) was 3-0 with a pair of pins.

Girls Hockey
Canton, 0 vs. Westwood, 1 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/28/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Franklin, 69 vs. Danvers 29 – FinalFranklin turned a four point lead at the end of the first quarter (11-7) into a big advantage (35-16) at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Panthers were up 59-26. Paul Mahon led Franklin with 20 points, Matt Elias added 12 points and Jalen Samuels had nine points.

Mansfield, 81 @ Key West (FL), 49 – FinalThe Hornets made a splash in their first game in Florida, putting up 50 points in the first half on their way to a big win. Sam Goldberg scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the opening quarter to pace Mansfield. John McCoy added 11 points and Kristian Conner scored 10 points in the win. Twelve different players scored in Mansfield’s win.

North Attleboro, 66 vs. Fitchburg, 51 – FinalSenior Jonny Friberg had another dominating performance as North Attleboro claimed the Lincoln Sudbury Warrior Winter Slam title. Friberg earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 20 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. He averaged 17 points and 14.5 rebounds in the two games. Chad Peterson, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 18 points and had six rebounds. Senior Brent Doherty also had 18 points and six rebounds.

Sharon, 47 vs. Tewksbury, 58 – FinalRicardo Ripley led the Eagles with 16 points while Malik Lorquet notched his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both Ripley and Lorquet were named to the Wilimington all-tournament team.

Stoughton, 67 vs. Boston Latin Academy, 70 – FinalStoughton junior Cam Andrews tied a career-high with 24 points as the Black Knights fell just short to BLA. Cam Gomes added 16 points for the Black Knights.

Taunton, 59 @ Durfee, 50 – Final

Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 68 @ Cranston East, 51 – FinalAttleboro wins the Cranston East Holiday Tournament title.

King Philip, 65 vs. Tiverton, 24 – FinalShannon O’Connor and Sophia McLaughlin, who hit four threes, each scored a team-high 13 points for the Warriors. Julia Leroux added 12 points to help pace the offense. “We shot the ball very well tonight,” KP head coach Marty Crowley said. Warriors advance to face Ponaganset in the tournament final at 6:45 on Thursday night.

Mansfield, 40 @ Duxbury, 36 – FinalMansfield built a double-digit lead, up 33-21, through three quarters and held on in the fourth quarter to win the Duxbury Holiday Tournament final. Jen Peel and Ann Maher each had a team-high 14 points for the Hornets.

North Attleboro, 54 vs. Westwood, 46 – FinalAshley Ahern led the Rocketeers with 17 points. North Attleboro will play host Hingham in the final of the holiday tournament on Friday at 7:30.

Oliver Ames, 46 vs. Walpole, 60 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Sharon, 52 vs. Holliston, 47 – FinalSophomore Emma Eberhardt paced Sharon with a team-high 19 points while junior Shira Stoller chipped in with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Eagles picked up their third win.

Stoughton, 53 vs. Wellesley, 70 – Final Freshman Shyanne Trinh scored a team-high 20 points for the Black Knights while junior Val Whalen chipped in with 16 points and six blocks.

Hockey
Attleboro, 5 vs. Bellingham, 3 – Final

Canton, 2 vs. Coyle & Cassidy 1 – Final (OT)Jackson Maffeo opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second period but Coyle answered back with only seconds left in the period. The game went to overtime where Bubba McNeice scored two minutes in to seal the victory for Canton in the Gormley Cup at Gallo Arena. The game counts as a 1-1 tie in the overall record.

Foxboro, 4 vs. Norton, 5 – Final

Franklin, 3 @ Mount St. Charles, 5 – Final

Mansfield, 1 vs. Norwood, 2 – FinalMatt Farragher scored a power play goal in the second period to tie the game but Norwood scored an early third period goal to get the win.

North Attleboro, 3 vs. North Smithfield 1 – FinalNorth Attleboro jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on its way to a win over North Smithfield. Junior Drew Wissler opened the scoring and senior Zach McGowan made it 2-0. North Smithfield cut into the lead late in the first period but Jason McNeany put Big Red ahead 3-1 on an assist from Will Yeomans in the second period.

Taunton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalStoughton took a 1-0 lead into the third period off a goal from Sean Doherty but Taunton’s Cam Carnes scored the equalizer in the final period.

Wrestling
Lowell Holiday Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin, Stoughton) – Foxboro’s Matt Kelley had the best finish in the tournament, coming in third at 132. Foxboro’s Brian Kelley (138) was fifth and Matt Mullally (160) was eighth overall. The Warriors finished in 12th overall as a team with 111.5 points. Franklin’s Jordan Carlucci (106) finished fifth and TJ Remillard (126) came in sixth as the Panthers finished 17th with 94.5 points. Canton was 34th with 53 points and Stoughton was 61st with 27 points.

Marshfield Tournament (Mansfield, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames, Sharon) – North Attleboro had a pair of winners en route to a fifth place finish as a team with 162.5 points. Nick Gould picked up a 6-3 win in the 152 final and Brad White earned a pin in the second period to win at 220. The Rocketeers also got placements from Brady Folan (106), who finished third, Mattuez Kudra (195) and John Kummer (285) each in seventh and Zach Gould (138) in eighth. Mansfield was 14th overall with five wrestlers coming in the top eight. Antonios Sevastos (106) came in second, Vinnie Holmes (170) came in fourth, George Glaropoulos (152) came in fifth and Will Stratton (126) and Jayden Curley (160) each came in seventh. Oliver Ames was 19th with 69 points, led by a second place finish by Liston Funai (132). Eric Berardi (152) and Billy Tat (170) each came in eighth. Sharon’s Yosef Ellis-Rech was fourth in the 126 bracket.

Gymnastics
Canton @ Mansfield, 3:00

Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 2 @ Norwell, 8 – Final

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Hockey
Attleboro, 1 vs. Ashland, 5 – Final

Foxboro, 4 @ Norton, 3 – FinalFoxboro scored two goals in the third period to earn its first win of the season. Taylor Sharfman tied the game midway through the third before Mike Carresi scored the game-winning inside the final two minutes. Carresi finished with a goal and assist in the win. Paul Vey and Sam Garrabrant also scored while Peter Smith had three assists and freshman Kyle McGinnis had an assist.

Taunton, 10 vs. Durfee, 1 – FinalTaunton’s Zack Albert scored a pair of goals and had two assists, Cam Carnes added a pair of goals and one assist, Cam Sneyd had three assists and one goal, and Cam Welby and Nick Terry each notched a pair of assists and scored once. Justin Chappell earned the win in net.

Gymnastics
Mansfield @ Oliver Ames, 8:00

Hockey: 2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Hockey Preview
King Philip and Oliver Ames will be divisional opponents when the two teams tack to the ice this winter after the Tigers were moved from the Davenport. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Hockey Preview

ATTLEBORO

2015-16 Record: 7-11-2 (1-8-1)
2015-16 Finish: Missed playoffs
Head Coach: Mark Homer

Attleboro narrowly missed out on a playoff spot last season, losing in its final game against a Div. 3 opponent and this year’s team will be motivated to try and get back in the postseason under new head coach Mark Homer, who made the switch from Oliver Ames where he coached the past three years, and with a new home – moving from Aleixo Arena in Taunton to the new England Sports Village just a couple minutes from the school.

In what has become a common issue for the Bombardiers program, Attleboro will not have
a lot of depth to call on this winter with only 15 skaters and two goalies on the varsity roster, but there is some experience coming back. Senior P.J. Elliott is a talented skater and stick handler who will be counted on to provide the scoring punch along with Jake Parker and Dylan Weallac on the first line.

Sam McKenzie emerged last year as a physical presence and senior captain Eddie Noel will partner him on the top defensive pairing. Sophomore Evan Andrews and freshman Derek Rivet will battle it out for the starting goaltender position for the Bombardiers. There are several other underclassmen who could make immediate impacts, including sophomore forward Cam Littig.

“With the new facility in Attleboro the hopes are that in the coming years, the roster will grow to include increasing depth to the program,” said Homer. “The goal of this years team is to stay healthy, work together as one unit on and off the ice, and get better each day. It’s a new day for Attleboro High School Hockey with a promising future.”

FRANKLIN

2015-16 Record: 18-4-5 (8-0-2)
2015-16 Finish: Won the Div. 1 State Championship
Head Coach: Chris Spillane

After being the first Hockomock League team selected for the prestigious Super 8 tournament in 2014-15 and then graduating 21 players, Franklin was supposed to need a year to rebuild, but the Panthers showed just how strong their program is by bringing home the Div. 1 state championship in a dramatic double overtime thriller against St. Mary’s at the TD Garden. It was the program’s first state title at any level since 1983.

The Panthers graduated another large class of 13 seniors from last year’s champions and lost promising freshman defenseman Kevin Mackay who transferred to Dexter. Still, expectations remain as high as ever for the Panthers, who have won four straight league titles. Much of that excitement comes from the potential in the offensive zone with Franklin returning last year’s title game hero Luke Downie, leading goal scorer Jeremy Miller, and Brendan O’Reilly and the top line of seniors Joey Blasie, Adam Assad, and James Kilroe. Sophomores Matt Holmes and Zach Falvey will add depth to the offense.

Defense is where the Panthers will have some new faces, although seniors Tom Sicchio and Stan Carter will add some experience to the back line. Juniors Jack McGrath and Connor Norton will make the jump up from the JV team to add to the defensive lines and freshman Collin Opet will also see playing time on the defense as well. For the third season in a row, Franklin will have a new No. 1 goalie with senior Cam Benhamand junior Owen Ginley will battle it out for the starting spot.

“For the Panthers to be successful this year it will be a result of a team defense concept,” said Franklin coach Chris Spillane. “The offense will take care of itself, we will be focusing on strong play in our zone.”

KING PHILIP

2015-16 Record: 9-8-4 (5-2-3)
2015-16 Finish: Reached the Div. 1 South playoffs
Head Coach: Paul Carlow

The Warriors made strides last winter under first-year head coach Paul Carlow, including a regular season tie with Franklin and reaching the postseason for the first time since the program was moved back up to Div. 1. This season, Carlow is hopeful for a return to the postseason and to challenge for KP’s first league title since 2007, despite losing 10 seniors from last year’s roster.

The offensive zone should be strong for the Warriors this season with several key returning players that put up solid totals last winter. Junior forward Collin Cooke is the main weapon after putting up 11 goals and 15 assists for a team-high 26 points to be named a league all-star. He is joined up front by senior Ritchie Lucente, who scored 10 goals and had nine assists last year, and senior Jacob Kelly, who finished with 11 goals and nine assists.

KP will also return a few important pieces on the defensive side of the puck, including junior goalie Shane Frommer, who was 3-1-1 in his five starts last year. Frommer’s start to the hockey season will be slightly delayed after helping the football team win its first Super Bowl title. In front of the Frommer will be senior Jeremy Smith, who chipped in with three goals and four assists last season.

“We had some success last season qualifying for the D1 playoffs,” said Carlow. “We have our work cut out for us this season… We are a young team with only five seniors but I expect us to get back to the playoffs.”

MANSFIELD

2015-16 Record: 5-10-5 (4-4-2)
2015-16 Finish: Missed the playoffs
Head Coach: Mike Balzarini

Last winter was atypical for the Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs and finished fourth in the Kelley-Rex division, but Mansfield is hoping for a quick turnaround under new head coach Mike Balzarini, who makes the move from Milford. The Hornets have a number of returning players, including several from club or other school programs to bolster the depth.

One of the returning players is Joe Olsen, who spent last year with a juniors program but will be a significant addition to the Hornets top attacking line alongside fellow seniors Matt Farragher and Chad Piotti, who both had solid years in 2015-16. Junior Cullen Anastasia is another forward to come back to the program and could step right in to make an impact. Freshman Chris Jenkins is going to be the center on the third line and classmate James Bezeau will also see playing time this year.

On defense, the Hornets will be led by senior Cullen Murphy, a physical presence at the back and one of the leaders on the ice. Juniors Tim Arnold, Ryan O’Hara, and Tyler Oakley will also be important pieces on the top defensive pairings. Freshman Joseph Troiano will also be on the defense after he decided against attending Xaverian this year. The defense will be protecting senior goalies Brendan McKenna and Tony Rullo, who will each see time.

“We’re a lot deeper,” said Balzarini, who said that the Hornets would be carrying four lines and four sets of defensemen and is excited about the potential on the team. “It’s been good having two weeks to prepare. They have to get used to our new system and adhering to the structures that we’re putting in place.”

Oliver Ames

2015-16 Record: 10-10-1
2015-16 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Head Coach: Sean Bertoni

Oliver Ames will be looking to keep its postseason streak alive under new head coach Sean Bertoni – a former standout goalie for Franklin.

If the Tigers want to get back to the state tournament, they’ll need some help from their younger players; Oliver Ames has eight sophomores and four freshman on its roster this year. OA does have seven seniors and a group of experienced juniors that can help lead the way.

Owen Gallagher (26 points), who led the team in scoring a year ago, is back along with Eric LeBlanc (18 points), Cullen Gallagher (13 points) and Max Ward (12 points). Junior Rory Madden also returns this season after a year away; Madden registered 14 points his freshman year. Defensively, seniors Jack Maloney and Jared Costello bring a lot of experience to the blue line. Zach Walsh will be back between the pipes after a strong junior season.

“The goals of the team are to progress from Day one to the end of the year,” Bertoni said. “We have to use our team speed and forecheck extremely hard. We will be a disciplined, hard working aggressive team.”

TAUNTON

2015-16 Record: 13-10-0 (3-7-0)
2015-16 Finish: Reached the Div. 2 South playoffs
Head Coach: Kris Metea

The Tigers got to experience what the state tournament is like last season for the first time since 2006-07 and only the second time in the past two decades. Taunton had the fourth most wins in a season in the 44-year history of the program and scored a remarkable 106 goals last season, which was the best in the Hock.

This year, Taunton will try to build on its historic season and make a quick return to the postseason. Leading scorer Tyler Pietrzyk has graduated but there is plenty of firepower returning for the Tigers this season, including senior forward Zack Albert who is coming off a 30-point campaign. He will be joined up from by classmate Jordan Hoey, who had 17 points last season and senior Cam Carnes, who had 10 points. Sophomore Cam Sneyd could be poised for a breakout year for the Tigers.

Defensively, Taunton can lean on three-time league all-star Nick Terry, who will man the top defensive pairing. Mike Volkmann may be listed as a defenseman on the roster but he can get forward into the attack with 29 points a season ago. Junior Cam Welby will be a new addition to the defense after playing juniors all of last season. Senior Justin Chappell returns in net.

“This year’s group of seniors are first class kids,” said head coach Kris Metea. “They exemplify leadership across the board…They had a chance to taste the tournament last year, and are focused on acquiring more than just a taste this time around.”

Gallagher Nets Hat Trick as OA Slips Past Taunton

By Jarett Leonard, HockomockSports.com Contributor
BROCKTON, Mass. – All three goals of Owen Gallagher’s hat trick proved pivotal for Oliver Ames, as he gave the Tigers an early lead, extended the advantage and later secured a 5-3 win over Taunton.
Just 1:47 into the game, Gallagher found some daylight with a backhander from the left circle that beat Taunton goaltender Justin Chappell. On a shorthanded two-on-one rush six minutes later, Gallagher again found the back of the net with a wrist shot from the left side. Up 4-3 with just over a minute left in the game, Gallagher netted his third on a one timer from the high slot to seal the win.
“It’s so well deserved,” Oliver Ames head coach Mark Homer said of Gallagher’s hat trick. “He’s not the biggest guy on the ice but he has such a high hockey IQ, he makes the right plays offensively and defensively, and he never wants to sit. He works really hard, it doesn’t matter who he’s with out there, and it’s well deserved.”
After the first period ended, with OA holding a 2-0 lead, a small skirmish broke out between the two teams, and Taunton carried some energy from it over to the second period. Cam Carnes, who had his helmet taken off in the incident, beat Oliver Ames goaltender Zach Walsh five-hole from the left circle to reduce the lead to one.
“The end of the first period they were a little fired up because of the after-the-whistle play,” Taunton head coach Kris Metea said. “They came out firing and got that early goal from Cam Carnes, an emotional leader out there.”
But just when it appeared the momentum was about to swing in Taunton’s favor, Matt Mancini restored the two-goal lead for Oliver Ames, burying a rebound on the doorstep from a Ben Litwack shot.
“That next goal is so, so important,” Homer said. “If we score the goal and they don’t, it changes the momentum of the game. It’s just a matter of keeping an even balance. You score goals, you get excited, you let up goals, you get down. It’s a matter of our guys just learning how to keep that even balance through the game.”
Taunton would not go easily, though, as defensemen Nick Terry and Mike Volkmann each scored on wrist shots from the high slot to tie the game after two periods. Volkmann’s tying goal came with under 45 seconds left in the period.
“It’s good to show resolve,” Metea said. “We did the same thing against [Coyle & Cassidy] to get back into the game. Now we just have to take the next step, from falling behind to come back and tie it and then to take the lead and keep it.”
Midway through the third period, Oliver Ames took advantage of Taunton’s aggressive play by creating a two-on-none rush, and freshman Max Ward netted the game-winning goal.
“There were high spots and low spots,” Homer said. “There are good things and bad things that happen during a game. Adversity is going to hit, it’s how you’re going to face that adversity. It’s the way the game is. The kids have done a good job the last couple of games where we’ve gotten a lead, we’ve let up the lead, we’ve been behind, but it’s a no give up attitude.”
Homer was impressed with his team’s resiliency after a two-goal lead vanished, but he was also surprised with Taunton’s improvement from previous seasons.
“Taunton was aggressive all night long,” Homer said. “They were aggressive in all the zones, they did a good job hitting, they did a good job crashing the net and keeping us from a lot of good opportunities. They did a really good job, it’s not the same Taunton team.”
With the win, Oliver Ames improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the league and will travel to Franklin on Wednesday. Taunton (5-2, 0-1 league) will travel to Fall River to face Apponequet in a non-league contest on Monday.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/02/16

Happy New Year! Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Attleboro, 6 @ Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 0 – Final – Keagin Larkin scored a hat trick and added an assists while PJ Elliott had a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Cam Littig scored his first career goal. Evan Andrews made 22 saves in net for the shutout. 
Mansfield, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Jackson Maffeo, Matt Lazaro and Bobby Mullaney scored for the Bulldogs while Matt Farragher (from Max Hoffman) scored a first period goal for the Hornets.
King Philip, 8 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

North Attleboro, 5 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Brian Poillucci, Zach McGowan and Erik Clements all scored in the first period to give North a 3-0 cushion. Mark Sheehan scored at the end of the first period but North answered with an early second period goal from Andrew Casson. Hunter Sarro added a fifth goal for North while Jon Lessa scored Stoughton’s second goal.
Taunton, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Owen Gallagher scored a hat trick and Matt Mancini and Max Ward each scored once for the Tigers. Cam Carnes, Nick Terry and Mike Volkmann each scored a goal, all coming in the second period. 
Wrestling
Ashland Duals (Foxboro, Mansfield, Oliver Ames), 9:00AM – Oliver Ames picked up four wins, including a win over Hockomock rival Foxboro in the tournament final. OA picked up wins over Ashland Keefe Tech (44-25), Andover (52-20), Pathfinder (66-12) and Foxboro (42-26). OA’s Shea O’Connor (145) and Jack Mills (220) both went 4-0 on the day while Casey Believue (106) was 3-0. Ryan Lehane (152) and Pat Mills (285) both went 3-1 for the Tigers. 
Franklin @ West Springfield – Franklin broke even on the day, beating West Springfield (48-21) and Chicopee (42-21) but suffered losses to New Milford (CT) (51-21) and to Springfield Central (42-26). 
Nashoba Quad (Milford), 9:00AM
North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro continued its perfect start with four wins on Saturday, including the program’s first ever win over perennial power St. John’s Prep. The Rocketeers had wins over Prep (40-18), Bridgewater-Raynham (50-24), Dedham (66-12) and LaSalle Academy (45-23). North’s Devin Spratt won his 100th career match with a decision of SJP’s Malcolm Mitchell. 
Norton Quad (Sharon) – Sharon picked up a win over Somerset Berkley (42-31) but lost to Hingham (18-40) and Norton (28-42). 
Danvers Quad (Taunton) – The Tigers suffered three setbacks on the day with losses to Danvers (36-45), Woburn (32-42) and Whittier Tech (20-45). Justin Bradley (126) went 3-0 on the day while Josh Alves (113), Alex Rodriguez (138), Nuno Camara (182) and Santiago Lopez (220) each picked up two wins. Jasmine Ryan (106), Chris Fernandes (120) and Elijah Simmons (195) each had one win. 
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro, 44 vs. King Philip, 52 – Final – King Philip senior Michael Roby had the best time of all schools in the 55M dash at 6.79, finished first in the 300M at 37.33, and was first in the high jump at 5-06.00 to spark the Warriors. Other first place finishes for KP included Ethan Dunne in the 600M (1:33.08) and the 55M hurdles (8.50) and Brandon Sullivan in the 1000M (2:48.64). Attleboro’s Brett Szlachciuk was first in the 1 Mile (4:46.01) and the 2 Mile (10:40.18), Isaiah Rodriguez won the long jump (19-01.25) while Jacob Hardy (47-00.00), Patrick Collins (44-03.00) and Nathaniel Joyal (43-09.25) swept the shot put with the best three finishes in the entire league.  

Canton, 26 vs. Milford, 70 – Final – Milford’s Cameron Clark was first in the 55M dash (7.22), Leo Moronta won the 300M (39.86) and the long jump (18-06.25), Jack Kalil won the 1000M (3:01.64) and Luis Goncalves won the 55M hurdles (8.68) and the high jump (5-02.00). Canton’s Mark Clancy won the 1 Mile (4:58.02) and the 2 Mile 10:39.63), Patrick Hession won the 600M (1:32.40) and Ben Mendillo won the shot put at 32-06.00. 
Franklin, 28 vs. Mansfield, 72 – Final – The Hornets had first place finishes from Nick Graham in the 55M dash (6.97), Devin Maughn in the 300M (37.88), Kyle Amerantes in the 600M (1:29.37), Jake Affanato in the 1 Mile (4:43.74) and in the 2 Mile (league best 10:21.71), Jake Morrill in the 55M hurdles (8.61) and the long jump (18-04.50) and Conor Cline in the shot put (35-03.25). Franklin’s Ryan Spelman won the 1000M race in 2:46.49 and Luke Gordon won the high jump at 5-10.00. 
Foxboro, 37 vs. Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Doug MacDonald won the 55M dash in 6.87, Belmund Rodrigues-Pires took first in the 300M (37.86), Jonathan Long placed first in the 600M (1:33.33), Troy Kent won the 1000M in 2:48.87, Jarod Boone won the mile in 4:40.65, Nicholas Barber won the 2 Mile in 11:51.12 and Kalil Matier finished first in the long jump in 18-04.25. Foxboro’s Jordan Vining was first in the 55M hurdles (8.91), Allston George was first in the shot put (38-09.00) and Owen Whitney won the high jump (5-02.00). 
Sharon, 56 vs. Stoughton, 44 – Final – Tyler Kaufman won the 600M race in 1:31.67 for Sharon and the Eagles also got first place finishes from Scott Kaplan in the 1000M (2:53.36), Tianrui Sun in the 1 Mile (4:48.05), sophomore Grant Fawcett in the 2 Mile (10:50.66), Will McManus in the 55M hurdles (8.44) and in the long jump (19-00.25) and Matt McManus in the shot put (39-09.50). Stoughton got first place finishes from Clifton Gerring in the 55M dash (6.88) and Steven Elice in the 300M (38.03) and the high jump (5-10.00). 
North Attleboro, 49 vs. Taunton, 51 – Final – Taunton had three of the best times of all Hockomock teams to help edge North. Damion Theodule won the 55M dash (6.86), Brian Cherenfant had the best time of all Hockomock teams in the 300M (37.25), Jimmy Hoye topped all Hockomock runners in the 600M with a time of 1:29.07 and Dylan Lynch posted a league best time of 4:39.81 in the 1 Mile. North Attleboro’s Matt Reimels had a league best time in the 1000M (2:43.58), freshman Liam Monahan won the 2 Mile in 10:30.62, sophomore Jonathan Shultz won the 55M hurdles in 8.80, Michael Tobey won the shot put (40-01.50), Matt Tarantino had a league best 5-10.00 in the high jump and John Thompson had a league best 19-01.75 in the long jump.   
Girls
Attleboro, 37 vs. King Philip, 63 – Final – King Philip’s Hannah Silvestri won the 55M dash (7.99), Christa Wagner won the 300M (43.62), Erica Layne won the 600M (1:45.85), Lucy Hamilton won the 1000M (3:12.67), Sarah Butts won the 2 Mile (13:39.46) and Jayla Millender won the shot put (28-8.25). Attleboro’s Emily Vieira won the 1 Mile (6:13.23), Quincy Harding won the 55M hurdles (9.77) and the long jump (15-02.75) and Allison Wall won the high jump (4-04.00).

Canton, 57 vs. Milford, 43 – Final – Canton’s Selena Cho won the 55M dash (7.87), Hannah Link won the 300M (43.60), freshman Sarah Collins won the 1000M (3:37.36) and Tanya Bastien won the high jump (4-04.00). Milford’s Jess Palmer won the 600M (1:49.52), Gabriela Chong won the 1 Mile (6:14.64), Jenise Madden won the 2 Mile (12:22.56), Carina Thompson won the 55M hurdles (9.83), Aleye Momodu won the shot put (27-09.00) and Christina Speliakos won the long jump (15-03.00). 
Franklin, 56 vs. Mansfield, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Jessica Kroushl posted a league best time of 7.63 in the 55M dash, Meghan Doherty had a league best time in the 600M (1:43.91), Brittany Robinson had the best time of all 12 schools in the 1 Mile (5:29.54), Carly Rondeau won the 2 Mile (13:24.72), Beth Neal won the 55M hurdles (9.67) and the high jump (4-08.00) and Sarah Goodermuth won the shot put (30-08.00). Mansfield’s Kelly Crawford had a league best time of 42.34 in the 300M and won the long jump (15-02.00) and Caitlin Whitman had the league’s top time in the 1000M (3:11.86). 
Foxboro, 38 vs. Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames got first place finishes from Lauren Wright in the 600M (1:46.09), Dana Lowney in the 1000M (3:14.77), Kale Rockey in the 1 Mile (6:10.65), Gabby Eldridge in the 55M hurdles (9.50) and Chi-Chi Akanegbu in the shot put (league best 35-11.50). Foxboro’s first place finishes were Shraeya Srinivasan in the 55M dash (7.95) and the long jump (16-07.00), Berlendah Dure in the 300M (45.44), Meredith Cronin in the 2 Mile (league best 11:44.84) and Kelsey McDonald in the high jump (4-08.00).
Sharon, 78 vs. Stoughton, 21 – Final – Sharon’s Morgan Usen finished first in the 55M dash (7.87) and the long jump (15-06.00), Ariadne Tolay won the 300M (44.78) and the 1 Mile (5:45.14), Erica Laidler won the 600M (1:47.35), Amanda Brown won the 1000M (3:22.92), Ana Morrison won the 2 Mile (12:38.64), Brigid Loftus won the 55M hurdles (10.00), freshman Geena Lesser won the high jump (4-08.00). Stoughton’s Emma Harrington was first in the shot put (24-07.00). 
North Attleboro, 70 vs. Taunton, 30 – Final – First place finishes for North Attleboro included Rachel LaBonte in the 300M (43.42), Alexandra Tong in the 600M (1:48.01), Grace Guertin in the 1000M (3:18.73), Ann Roberts in the 1 Mile (5:29.62) and the 2 Mile (12:37.73), freshman Julia Mechlinski in the shot put (31-07.00) and Nicole Boulanger in the high jump (league best 5-00.00). Taunton’s first place finishes came from Samantha Tichelaar in the 55M dash (7.69), Jillian Purtell in the 55M hurdles (league best 9.47) and in the long jump (league best 16-08.25). 
Girls Hockey
Canton, 3 @ Westwood, 0 – Final
Franklin, 6 @ Scituate, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton,0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Newton North, 10 – Final