Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
Hockomock League All Stars
PJ Elliot, Attleboro
Jake Parker, Attleboro
Quinn Gibbs, Canton
Tom Kilduff, Canton
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
CJ Martin, Canton
Mike Carresi, Foxboro
Aidan Sullivan, Foxboro
Luke Downie, Franklin
Brendan O’Rielly, Franklin
Tom Sicchio, Franklin
Jacob Kelly, King Philip
Gavin Maxwell, King Philip
Matt Farragher, Mansfield
Joe Olsen, Mansfield
Erik Clements, North Attleboro
Zach McGowan, North Attleboro
Jared Costello, Oliver Ames
Jack Maloney, Oliver Ames
Brett Williams, Oliver Ames
Cam Doherty, Stoughton
Zack Albert, Taunton
Nick Terry, Taunton
Ryan Morry, Attleboro
Bubba McNeice, Canton
Peter Smith, Foxboro
Cam Benham, Franklin
Jeremy Smith, King Philip
Cullen Anastasia, Mansfield
Vincent Zammiello, North Attleboro
Cullen Gallagher, Oliver Ames
Jon Lessa, Stoughton
Mike Volkmann, Taunton
FOXBORO, Mass. – With 1:19 left in the second period, King Philip took possession in its defensive zone and with one pass turned it into a breakaway to tie the game at 2-2. The home team seemed poised to have all the momentum heading into the third until North Attleboro junior Andrew Wissler hustled the Rocketeers back into the lead.
Erik Clements flicked a puck over the top, just trying to relieve the pressure from the Warriors and clear the zone. KP defensemen were caught up the ice and Wissler flew past them to chase the puck. Sophomore goalie James Lewis was forced to leave his crease to try and play it, but Wissler beat him to it and tapped into the vacated net for his second goal of the night.
The goal provided a huge boost to North, which took momentum and carried it into the third where the Rocketeers added am early power play goal to take control. KP rallied with a late goal and a flurry of chances in the final 90 seconds, but North held on to win 4-3 and moved within one point of the program’s best single season total.
“All-in-all it was a good effort. We were down six guys with the flu and I know they were battling the same thing, so it’s tough to get the guys ready to play when half the team is sick and playing with new players, but I thought they adjusted pretty well,” said North coach Steve Snizek, who highlighted sophomore Kyle Bolgerhaving to move from forward to defense for the game.
North jumped in front inside the opening three minutes. Zach McGowan drove the puck down the right wing and all the way to the edge of the goal before sending a pass into the slot for Wissler to one-time it.
The Rocketeers outshot KP 8-7 in the period, but the Warriors had their chances, including an opportunity for Luke D’Amico stepping up into the rush on a two-on-one with Gavin Maxwell, but his shot was saved by Ryan Warren (17 saves). North’s best chance to double the lead was a chance by Clements from the right circle but Lewis (25 saves) made the stop.
KP tied the game three minutes into the second. Again it was Maxwell with the rush and Warren made a huge pad stop to deny the break only to see the rebound pop out to the stick of Collin Cooke and the junior forward roofed it.
Lewis tried to make the score stand up, stopping three shots (at least) in a huge scrum on the edge of his crease. However, two minutes later, there was nothing he could do to stop Clements. The senior went top shelf with an unstoppable wrister from the circle for a 2-1 lead.
With 2:34 left in the second, the Warriors again bounced back to tie it, despite being outshot 13-6 in the period. Garrett Maxwell picked the perfect outlet pass right on the tape of Jacob Kelly as the senior burst through the neutral zone. Kelly went racing in on Warren and beat the goalie five-hole for a 2-2 tie.
The game was only tied for 1:15 before Wissler showed off his speed and his tenacity to regain the advantage for North Attleboro.
Snizek said, “That was a hell of an effort by Drew Wissler never giving up on the play. That’s the type of player he is; he’s the workhorse of the team and it’s great to see his hard work pay off like that. that definitely gave us momentum going into the third, which was absolutely key.”
The Rocketeers came flying out of the gates in the third and got a power play opportunity. Brendan McHugh worked the puck down to Clements who had a chance blocked in front of Lewis, who had already made four saves in the period, and it caromed out to McGowan. The senior buried his one-time shot into the bottom corner for a 4-2 lead.
Although North had the two-goal edge, the game was far from over. KP continued to press to try and get back into it and Gavin Maxwell had a golden chance in the final minutes when he got behind the defense for a breakaway only to be denied by Warren.
“He’s been lights out again all season long,” said Snizek of Warren, the reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. “He was upset that that one trickled in but he’s made 10 beautiful saves to that one and I’ll take that any day of the week.”
The one that got away came with 1:37 remaining. Kelly got free on the right hand side and was able to put a shot on goal as he was falling down. The puck did not have a lot on it but was able to squeeze through the goalie’s pads. The whistle blew with KP looking for a penalty and North assuming it was saved, only for the refs to point to center ice.
The Warriors pulled Lewis for the extra skater and had a series of face-offs in the North end, but could not find the tying goal.
“The momentum had definitely changed to us and they we kind of got away from it a little bit,” said Snizek of the third period. “We started to hang back and second guess ourselves and obviously they capitalized on that.”
North Attleboro (12-3-3, 6-2-1) now has 27 points, one shy of last year’s program-best 28, with two games remaining. The Rocketeers will get a good playoff preview on Saturday with a trip to Medway. King Philip (4-14, 4-5) suffered its third one-goal loss of the season. The Warriors will travel to Norwood on Saturday.
Today’s games are listed below.
Taunton, 80 @ Stoughton, 61 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Canton, 38 @ Cohasset, 44 – Final – Junior forward Hannah Jerrier set a new career-high with 28 of the Bulldogs’ 38 points in the non-league defeat.
King Philip, 38 vs. Fontbonne, 59 – Final – Click here for a recap from this game.
Stoughton, 57 @ Taunton, 44 – Final – Stoughton junior Jordan Motley led the Knights with 18 points and 12 rebounds while freshman Shyanne Trinh added 16 points and junior Val Whalen finished the night with 13 points. Taunton was led by sophomore Lily Patnaude’s 14 points.
Attleboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Jared Costello scored the lone goal in the first period and sophomore goalie Matt Mullaley made his first career start in net, turning aside 10 shots to earn the win for the Tigers.
Canton, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Canton senior Tommy Kilduff scored early in the first period to give the Bulldogs the lead and then broke a 2-2 late in the third period to hand the Bulldogs two points. Bubba McNeice also scored a goal in the first period to give Canton a 2-0 lead after one. Franklin cut the deficit in half in the second period and tied the game in the third period.
King Philip, 6 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – King Philip had 11 different players register a point in the win, with five different players finding the back of the net. Junior Collin Cooke scored a pair of goals while Jacob Kelly had two assists and Gavin Maxwell had a goal and an assist. After a 1-1 first period, KP tacked on three goals in the second period and then two more in the fourth. Jack Coulter, Richie Lucente and Mitch Cormier also scored for KP while Jeremy Smith, Luke Damico, Sam Colella, Tim Hanson and Joe Boselli each had an assist.
Stoughton, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Taunton’s Mike Volkmann scored twice and Cam Snead added a goal as the Tigers qualified for the state tournament for the second straight season.
Franklin @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 7:00
Mansfield vs. New Bedford, 7:00
Oliver Ames, 12 @ North Attleboro, 51 – Final
Canton, 3 vs. Falmouth, 0 – Final – Canton’s Colleen Kelleher made 31 saves in net to earn shut out and help the Bulldogs qualify for the state tournament.
Franklin, 0 vs. Westwood, 6 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Medfield, 3 – Final
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2016-2017 Kelley-Rex Hockey Preview
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Today’s games are listed below.
King Philip, 7 @ Attleboro, 6 – Final – Jacob Kelly had a hat trick for the Warriors in the victory. Sam Larkin scored a goal and had two assists for the Bombardiers.
Canton, 0 @ Medway, 2 – Final – Justin Slocum made 25 saves in net for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 2 @ Milford, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin senior Jake Downie scored a pair of goals in the first period while Joey Blaise added another in the first and Adam Assad scored once in the third period. Zach McGowan scored North Attleboro’s lone goal and freshman goalie Ryan Warren had 37 saves.
Mansfield, 6 @ Taunton, 2 – Final
Oliver Ames, 6 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Freshmen Brett Williams and Max Ward each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers.
Canton, 33 @ Sharon, 48 – Final
Stoughton, 22 @ Foxboro, 49 – Final
Franklin, 21 @ North Attleboro, 42 – Final – North jumped out to a 30-0 lead. Nick Gould (145), Jordan Tillinghast (160), Jack Donohue (170), and Nick Morrison (182) each had pins for the Rocketeers. Evan Herandez (195) and Jordan Carlucci (106) had pins for Franklin, which cut the lead to 36-18 with three matches left. Devin Spratt (120) clinched the win for North and Anthony Biaungo (132) finished the match for the hosts with an overtime win. North clinches a share of the league title.
King Philip, 48 @ Taunton, 31 – Final – Taunton got wins from Josh Grasso (126), Justin Bradley (132), Alex Rodriguez (138), Nuno Camara (182), Elijah Simmons (195) and Santiago Lopez (220).
Mansfield, 48 @ Middleboro, 24 – Final
Milford, 26 @ Oliver Ames, 42 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Shea O’Connor (145) got a pin for his 100th career win.
King Philip, 59 @ Taunton, 33 – Final
King Philip, 51 @ Taunton, 43 – Final
Canton, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final
Franklin, 4 vs. Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final – Cassi Ronan scored a pair of unassisted goals to break a 2-2 tie for the Panthers. Elizabeth Quinn (assisted by Maddie Hinckley) and Jackie Connelly (from Marlee Paterson) had the other Franklin goals.
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 @ Cohasset/Hanover, 3 – Final – Cat Luciano scored a pair of goals and Lilly Feeney and Emily Ierardo each scored once for the Warriors.
By Josh Perry, Managing Editor
FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Panthers have been on a roll in Hockomock League play. Franklin came into Sunday night’s game with King Philip at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink having won 14 straight games in the league, including a perfect 10-0 last year and the first three games of this season’s league schedule.
But as the clock was winding down in the third period, the Warriors looked poised to end that remarkable win streak. With 6:23 left to play, Joey Blasie pounced on a rebound to knock the puck home and finish one of Franklin’s numerous scoring opportunities. The goal canceled out Sam Ross’ first period goal and sent both teams home with a point.
“Evan kept us in it; kept us with the lead,” said KP coach Paul Carlow. “This is probably one of the best public school programs in the state year in, year out, so anytime that you can get a point against them you’ll take it.”
Franklin coach Chris Spillane was blunt in his assessment of the game. He explained, “Our boys learned real quick that you don’t win games just by showing up. King Philip showed up and worked their a—s off and we didn’t.”
The Panthers came out sluggish in the first period. Passing was erratic, the skating was slow, and the hosts struggled at times to control the puck. KP took advantage.
Jeremy Smith sent the first warning shot with a blast from the point that rang the post off a face-off win by Nick Connor. Two minutes later, Matt Smith slid a pass across the crease to a wide open Jacob Kelly but the junior forward’s shot from point-blank range was chipped over the bar.
With 8:05 left in the period, KP made the Panthers pay for the slow start. As Blasie raced from the box back into play, Ross found himself with the puck on his stick on the right side of goal and flicked his shot on net. The puck slipped through a screen and under Nick Jasinski’s pads for the opening goal; the first of the season for the senior.
“No bigger time than to get one against Franklin, right?” asked Carlow. He added, “I think when you get power plays, you have to take advantage. We’ve been working on it and the boys got one.”
Franklin had its chances as well. Remmes made 36 saves on the night and he was increasingly put under pressure as the game wore on. He made a quick reaction kick save to rob Thomas Sicchio in the first and then somehow managed to get a piece of a Jake Downie shot from the edge of the crease; sitting on the puck and keeping it out.
In the third period, just a minute before Franklin tied it, Remmes kept KP in front by getting a toe on a chance for Jeremy Miller who was left all alone by a great pass across the front of goal by Adam Assad.
“He played outstanding,” said Carlow. “You get that out of seniors in a big game. He played well against Canton and he played well tonight.”
In addition to the play of the KP goaltender, Franklin also missed a series of good chances. Brendan O’Rielly had a chance on an open net after Remmes stopped Tyler Oakes’s shot from the point in the first but smashed his shot off the bar. Luke Downie had a similar opportunity in the second on a rebound, again from an Oakes shot, but his effort bounced away off the far post.
“We had plenty of chances to score goals and guys don’t bear down to finish the easy goals and it’s frustrating to watch,” said Spillane. “We missed a lot of open nets, a lot of rebounds, a lot of shots were right at the goaltender when we had open ice.”
The Panthers outshot KP 16-4 in the second period, but the Warriors still created chances. Matt Smith skated in alone but his shot missed the net at the short side. As the period wound down, he had another good opportunity, this time from the right circle, and again went for Jasinski’s blocker side but again it went wide. In the opening 30 seconds of the third, Smith set up Ross in the slot but Jasinski (16 saves) was positioned well to clock the shot.
The pressure would eventually tell for the Panthers. Luke Downie collected the puck behind Remmes and tried to skate in front and score but the goalie kicked it away. Unfortunately for KP, the rebound went straight to Blasie and finally Franklin had someone finish.
Spillane said, “I give them a little credit that they worked hard to grab a point and we battled, but these are games that they have to come out and play 45 minutes. If they don’t play 45 minutes then this is the result against any team in our league.
With 3:20 left, Franklin nearly won the game when O’Reilly’s shot slipped past Remmes and sat right on the line. Cory Lombardo saved his goalie and his team by clearing the puck away. Franklin’s momentum was stymied as twice in the final 5:30 the Panthers were forced to go on the penalty kill.
“They were just unnecessary penalties that put you on the kill and then you’re wasting guys legs as the clock is ticking down,” Spillane said.
The Warriors scored five unanswered goals in the third period on Wednesday to come from behind and beat Taunton. Carlow believes that energy and confidence carried over and helped the Warriors grab a point at Franklin.
“I think that third period against Taunton coming back from a four-goal deficit, a period like that can turn your season,” said Carlow. “I think the guys came out tonight and played off that and gave us three good periods.”
Spillane was clearly disappointed with his team’s performance. After so much success in recent seasons, this may be a wake-up call for an atypically inexperienced roster. When Spillane was asked about it, he chuckled.
“Tomorrow morning they have a wake up call at 7 a.m., I can tell you that,” he said. “We will have a good skate.”
On Wednesday, Franklin (5-3-2, 3-0-1) will play host to divisional rival North Attleboro in a huge game in the Kelley-Rex standings. King Philip (5-4-1, 3-1-1) will travel to Aleixo Arena to face Attleboro.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
By Jarett Leonard, HockomockSports.com Contributor
TAUNTON, Mass. – A late goal in the second period sparked King Philip to a huge third period, as the Warriors erased a four-goal deficit with six unanswered tallies to top Taunton, 6-4.
Down 4-0 late in the second period, Matt Smith redirected a shot from Clay Geuss into the net to get King Philip on the board, a goal that gave the Warriors hope heading into the third.
“I think it woke the guys up,” King Philip head coach Paul Carlow said. “We definitely needed that. We certainly were not playing as well as we could at that point and we needed something.”
KP then exploded for three goals within the first four minutes of the third period to tie the game. Nick Connor carried the puck from the right corner to bottom of the circle, and a wrist shot snuck through to the goal line, where Collin Cooke finished it off. Just 38 seconds later, Richard Lucente netted a wrist shot from the high slot, and about a minute after that, with King Philip skating with a two man advantage, Geuss added one of his own to even the score.
“Once we got those two goals that really turned the momentum of the game,” Carlow said. “It gave the kids some confidence and they started skating.”
Cooke’s second goal of the game was the game winner, a rebound from a Jeremy Smith shot that gave KP its first lead of the night while the Warriors were on the power play. Jacob Kelly added some insurance for the Warriors with a drive from the left half wall that found the net. KP outshot Taunton 42-31 in the game but had a distinct 21-6 advantage in the third period alone.
“They played an outstanding third period,” Carlow said. “It took a couple goals to get the confidence and that momentum swing, and then once we had it, it was just a matter of time.”
Zack Albert scored the first goal of the game for the Tigers, burying one on the doorstep after a Nick Terry shot was deflected onto his tape. Tyler Pietrzyk then went to work to extend Taunton’s lead, scoring a hat trick in the second period alone. Pietrzyk potted rebounds on shots from Zack Albert and David Perry and then finished a breakaway set up by a Mike Volkmann stretch pass.
“We knew Taunton was 7-3 going in with some really good forwards,” Carlow said. “We knew what they were coming in. I felt like it was going to be a 50-50 game. I felt like we were very evenly matched and it was going to come down to who wanted it more.”
In addition to the goal, Geuss had two assists for King Philip while Connor, Lucente and Jeremy Smith each had one helper. Evan Remmes made 27 saves in net for the win.
Pietrzyk added an assist to his hat trick for a four point night for Taunton, extending his Division 2 South points lead. Brother Trevor Pietrzyk, Terry, Albert, Perry and Volkmann had an assist each.
King Philip (5-4, 3-1 Hockomock) will now look to build off its third period effort with a trip to Franklin on Sunday night at 6 p.m. Taunton, now 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, will face Attleboro on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s our first time we’ve won two straight,” Carlow said. “That third period tonight, I hope it keeps us going in the right direction.”
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
BROCKTON, Mass. – King Philip scored at all the right times and skated away with a 6-1 win over Stoughton at Asiaf Arena on Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied 1-1 in the first period, King Philip scored the all important go ahead goal with less than four minutes to play in the opening frame, then created a two goal cushion less than six minutes into the second and iced the game with three third period goals.
“I think we were outplaying them to start and they got a flukey goal but we rebounded and got the next one,” King Philip head coach Paul Carlow said. “And then we got out of the period with the lead. I thought we outplayed them in the second period even though the score didn’t really show it. In the third we were able to put it away.”
The Black Knights went ahead less than five minutes into the game, converting on a loose puck in front. After the net came dislodged, Stoughton had an offensive zone face off. The puck went behind the net and was deflected by Adam Potter right out in front where senior Barry Cooke backhanded it in with 10:43 left in the first.
King Philip responded just four minutes later, converting on the power play. With just six seconds remaining on the man advantage, Kyle McCarthy ripped a shot that was deflected by Matt Smith right in front to tie the game with 6:45 left in the first. The Warriors then took the lead for good when Jacob Kelly scored off assists from Matt Smith and Sam Ross. After giving up the opening goal, KP held a 2-1 advantage at the first intermission.
The next goal would be an important one and it came from Clay Geuss just over five minutes into the period. The senior took a pass from fellow defenseman Cory Lombardo and stepped into a shot that took a deflection off a Stoughton player and found the back of the net to make it 3-1.
“We played a pretty good first but we just needed to continue with that approach and keep getting pucks on net,” Carlow said. “We ended up getting that big goal in the second. Overall I thought the guys played well. We had guys coming back from injuries, some others that are sick so thing were different but all in all I was pleased with the effort.”
Just 30 seconds after KP’s goal, Stoughton thought they had pulled within one but the goal was waved off due to the net being off. The Warriors outshot the Black Knights 14-4 in the period but Stoughton freshman goalie AJ Scott made 13 of his 40 saves in the period.
King Philip made sure to add another insurance goal early in the final period. Just 27 seconds in, McCarthy ripped a shot from just inside the blue line that went wide but took a big bounce off the boards and came back and bounced in off a Stoughton player and in.
Jeremy Smith then took a pass from brother Matt Smith and Ross and ripped a slap shot upstairs from just inside the blue line to make it 5-1. McCarthy grabbed his second of the game with just over a minute left, weaving through two defensemen and finishing with a wrist shot.
The Warriors had four goals from defenseman.
“We talked to the defense about maybe taking something off of it a little and making sure its getting through or taking a peak and making sure there’s a lane to get the puck through,” Carlow said. “Stoughton did a good job in the beginning of getting in the lanes and I think our D adjusted a little bit and we got pucks to the net.”
Shane Frommer made 16 saves for the win in goal for KP.
King Philip improves to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in Hockomock League play. The Warriors will try to make it two in a row when they travel to Taunton on Wednesday at 6:00. Stoughton (2-5-3, 0-3) will play host to Canton on Tuesday night at 7:30.
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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
BROCKTON, Mass. – After a back and forth battle through the first two periods, Oliver Ames scored three unanswered goals in the final frame to pick up its second win of the season with a 6-3 decision over King Philip.
Senior captain Matt Mancini netted his first career hat trick, sophomore Owen Gallagher had three assists and a goal and the Tigers outshot the Warriors 38-16.
Both teams had leads in the first period but went into the first intermission tied and then traded goals in the second period to stay level with just a period to go.
With the game tied 3-3, the Warriors went on their first power play of the game just before the midway point of the third period. It looked like KP would take its third lead of the game as time was about to expire in the man advantage but Jacob Kelly’s shot rang off the crossbar. Oliver Ames was able to corral the puck and cleared it out. The puck took a funny hop off the glass and landed right in front of Gallagher.
The sophomore was unable to get a shot off on his breakaway with a KP defenseman chasing behind but Gallagher was able to keep possession behind the net, looked up and found a wide open Max Ward in front and the freshman went five hole to give OA a 4-3 lead.
The Warriors had another man advantage with 2:30 to play but less than a minute in, a turnover turned into a chance for the Tigers. Gallagher was able to race up ice and went to the left of the net, drawing the attention of two KP defensemen. Gallagher calmly used his backhand to feed a wide open Mancini in front with a no look pass and the senior completed his hat trick to seal the game with 1:32. Gallagher scored on an empty net goal with 27 seconds to play.
“In the last two games we’ve given up goals in the last couple minutes of the game which is not a good habit to have,” Oliver Ames head coach Mark Homer said. “It was an unfortunate penalty but I just told the guys they had to collapse around the net, leave it all out on the ice, block shots and every chance we have, clear the puck. We had veteran players out there to take care of it. [King Philip’s] a good team, they are scrappy and they work real hard.
“Owen’s such an unselfish player,” Homer said. “Did he score all the goals? No but he creates opportunities offensively and defensively. He just has a real good hockey IQ. Like on that last play, he knows where guys are. He doesn’t get upset or worked up about things and he’s a real smart player. He’s proof you don’t need to be 6’2, 230 pounds to control situations in the game. I feel real confident when he’s out there no matter who he’s playing with.”
King Philip opened the scoring in the game despite a dominant start from OA. The Tigers had the first seven shots on goal but it was the Warriors who found the back of the net with 11:29 to go. After sophomore Collin Cooke was unable to convert a breakaway chance, he stayed with it and tossed a centering pass that deflected off a defenseman and in to make it 1-0.
Less than two minutes later the Tigers nearly tied it up but KP goalie Shane Frommer came up with a huge glove save to rob Cullen Gallagher in the slot. Frommer finished with 32 saves.
The Tigers were finally able to solve Frommer midway through the first when sophomore Eric LeBlanc slammed home a rebound off a shot from senior Max Bamford at the blue line. Oliver Ames then cashed in on its first power play of the game near the end of the period. Owen Gallagher picked up the puck along the far side boards and fired a pass right in front for Mancini to tap in.
Just when it looked like Oliver Ames would go into the first intermission with the lead, King Philip’s Richie Lucente found Cooke open in front with just 8.3 seconds left and the sophomore buried it to send the teams into the break tied 2-2.
The Warriors took their second of the game just over three minutes into the second. Nick Connor was able to keep control after a hit along the near boards and send a centering pass that Lucente got his stick to to roof the puck for a 3-2 lead. King Philip nearly doubled its lead by OA goal Zach Walsh made a tremendous point blank save on Cooke from right in front.
But once again, special teams helped bring Oliver Ames back into the game. The Tigers went on the power play with 2:58 in the game and converted when Jared Costello found Mancini in front right after the penalty expired to tie the game with 1:24 left.
“You get bounces because you work hard, you’re in the right place at the right time because you work hard,” Homer said. “I know at times Matt gets frustrated because he thinks he needs to do more than he’s doing. He’s starting to have more patience. He’s a veteran on the team, he’s a captain, he’s centering the first line. He puts a lot of pressure on himself but tonight the more he was in there, the better he did.”
Despite having two man-advantage opportunities in the final period, the Warriors saw Oliver Ames capitalize as a result both times.
“We just really couldn’t get the puck to settle on that power play,” first year KP head coach Paul Carlow said of the late advantage. “They got it cleared all the way down and we just never really got in sync after that. A little inexperience maybe, a little too much running around, a little guys trying to do too much. Then we coughed it up and they get the odd man rush.
“We really didn’t play a good first period. We came out at flat and they dominated but our goalie kept us in it. I felt the second period we controlled the play and it felt like we played much better in that period until we took a penalty and gave up the power play goal. I thought we played we played the first half of the third pretty even. If we capitalize at the end of the second on the breakaway or on the [first] power play in the third, and we had our chances, we just weren’t sharp tonight. It felt like we played in spurts.
Oliver Ames (2-1) will play host to Taunton (5-1) on Saturday at Asiaf when Hockomock League play opens. King Philip (2-3) will look to bounce back on the same day when they take on Foxboro at the Foxboro Sports Center at 4:30.
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