Norton’s Last Minute Third Period Goal Sinks Foxboro

(Photo: Cameron Merritt/HockomockSports.com)
(Photo: Cameron Merritt/HockomockSports.com)

By Cameron Merritt, HockomockSports.com Contributor

FOXBORO, Mass. – In their third head-to-head matchup of the young season, the Norton Lancers took down the Foxboro Warriors, 5-4, thanks to two third period goals in an eventful night at the Foxboro Sports Center.

“[Norton] just played better in front of our net,” said Foxboro coach Mark Cedorchuk. “We’ve got to do a better job defensively picking guys up.”

The Warriors broke open the scoring with 11:44 left in the first period as Kyle McGinnis was fed by his teammate to put a shot past Norton’s Triton DosReis, giving Foxboro the early lead.

That lead, however, only stood for 50 seconds as a hard slap shot down the left wing from Lancer captain Cam Trudeau found the back of the net, drawing even with 10:55 left to play in the period.

The rest of the period consisted of hard hits and chances, particularly for Norton as the Lancers continued to press offensively while Foxboro created chances when possible.

The Warriors killed two power play opportunities for the Lancers. Despite chances, Norton was unable to take the lead and headed into the first intermission even with Foxboro.

The second period got underway with both sides exchanging shots. While the attacks looked strong, John Cronin and DosReis were stronger in their respective nets, stopping shot after shot that came at them.

Norton broke through again though with 9:21 remaining in the period as Tom Whalen slid in from the right to knock the puck past Cronin and give the Lancers the 2-1 lead.

Foxboro had a power play opportunity with 9:16 remaining in the period after Brendan Heayden was sent to the penalty box. While they were unable to capitalize on the power play, the Warriors found the back of the net shortly after, as Sam Garrabrant took advantage of the rebound to bring Foxboro back even with 7:09 remaining in the period.

Both teams continued their hard-hitting along the boards, but a scary moment happened with 5:00 left when a late hit hit prompted a scuffle, resulting in a game misconduct for a player on each team.

The referees decided to hold off the action until tensions had cooled and the injury was tended to, calling the second intermission early, with the remainder of the second period to be played after the break.

When the action resumed, Norton struck back to take the lead as Jack Lornager took a rebound off Cronin’s pads & shot it up over the diving goaltender to make it 3-2 with 2:35 left in the period.

While the Lancers looked to carry their lead into the third period, the Warriors had other ideas as Mike Carresi and Josh Bertumen set up John Brolin on the blue line, and the senior defenseman delivered, sending a hard shot into the left side of net with 0:22 left in the period.

With the third period getting right underway, it was still anyone’s game as both sides remained even both on the board and on the ice. Caressi gave the Warriors the lead with 14:04 left as Bertumen and Smith helped set him up for a shot in front of goal, but the Lancers struck back with 12:35 left as Tom Whalen was fed from behind the goal & slid one to the left of Cronin’s blocker to draw the game even yet again.

As the period went on, Norton continued to carry momentum. Foxboro was able to counter this defensively by breaking up several breakaways, but Loranger sent the game winner past Cronin in front of a crowded net with 0:24 left, sealing the deal for the Lancers.

Both teams return to action January 4th, when Foxboro (1-4) plays host to the Pope John Paul II (Barnstable) Lions, while Norton will challenge the Durfee Hilltoppers.

“We need another Division 3 win,” said Cedorchuk. “We have five Division 3 games left and we need four [wins] to get into the playoffs… We just need to play better defensively in front of our own net.”

Hockey: 2016-2017 Davenport Division Preview

2016-2017 Davenport Hockey Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016-2017 Davenport Hockey Preview

Canton

2015-2016 Record: 16-3-4
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Semifinal
Coach: Brian Shuman

Throughout the years, Canton has had plenty of skillful goal scorers that pace the offense. Heading into this season, it’s still to be determined who will emerge as Canton’s top offensive threat.

The Bulldogs lost a lot of scoring from a year ago, including the team’s top for scorers – Matt Lazaro, Jim Jenkins, Bobby Mullaney and Seamus Pecararo – who combined for over 100 points. However, the Bulldogs have one of the strongest programs from top to bottom in the area and it will be the next man up. Senior Tommy Kilduff (nine points) and junior Jack Goyetch (12 poitns) are likely candidates to be top offensive weapons on their respective lines.

One area that Canton is rock solid is defense. The Bulldogs are bringing back their top four defensemen from a year ago, including HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Jackson Maffeo and HockomockSports Third Team selection CJ Martin. Those two will be joined once again by DJ Trerice and Brad Murphy, giving Canton a solid foundation to work off of.

Juniors Quinn Gibbs and Niko Donovan are set to compete for the starting job vacated by Justin Slocum.

“Overall, we expect to be a scrappy team with no real superstars, but a good balance of gritty forwards, experienced defensemen, and deep goaltending hopefully will allow us to compete with the top teams in the Hockomock League,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said.

Foxboro

2015-2016 Record: 5-14-1
2015-2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Mark Cedorchuk

With a strong blend of experienced players and young talent, first year head coach Mark Cedorchuk is hopeful the Warriors can find their way back to the state tournament.

The Warriors return both of their top scoring threats from a year ago with seniors Mike Carresi (seven goals, 10 assists) and Peter Smith (10 goals, six assists) both back to pace the offense, as well as classmate Paul Vey. Junior Aidan Sullivan is back after an impressive sophomore season (eight points) and will be a big presence along the blue line along with classmate Taylor Sharfman and senior John Brolin.

It will be a familiar face between the pipes for Foxboro again this season as John Cronin returns as one of the top netminders in the league.

“With this core group of excellent upperclassman and talented underclassman we’re very excited about our season this year,” Cedorchuk said. “With the roster we have we’re looking to compete at a very high level and can’t wait for our season to start.”

North Attleboro

2015-2016 Record: 13-5-4
2015-2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Steve Snizek

Between a strong returning core of players and a switch to the Davenport division, 2016-2017 could be the year the Rocketeers make a serious run at a league title. Standing in the way will be Canton.

Five of the Rocketeers’ leading scorers are back this year, including top goal scorer Erik Clements (13 goals, 10 assists) and top assist man and HockomockSports.com First Team selection Zach McGowan (12 goals, 12 assists). Juniors Jason McNeany (eight goals, 12 assists), Andrew Wissler (nine goals, nine assists) and Hunter Sarro (nine goals, four assists) are all back as well with varsity experience. The depth in North Attleboro’s attack will make them tough to deal with.

Defensively, it all starts with sophomore goalie Ryan Warren, who had a terrific freshman year and was named HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. In front of him, senior Vincent Zammiello – a HockomockSports.com Third Team selection – and sophomore Brendan McHugh will anchor the defensive unit.

“In order for our team to be successful, we need to stick to our style of hockey and be well positioned and physical,” North Attleboro head coach Steve Snizek said. “We also need to take advantage of power power play opportunities while staying disciplined.”

Stoughton

2015-2016 Record: 6-12-3
2015-2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dan Mark

Stoughton returns a good handful of experienced varsity players from last year’s squad, but will still be one of the youngest teams in the league.

Senior forwards Jon Lessa and Nick Hardy are two of the more experienced players on the team. Lessa was second in scoring a year ago with nine goals and also added six assists while Hardy chipped in with seven points. Sophomore Sean Doherty will likely see a lot of ice time this season after an impressive freshman season. Doherty had seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points – second most on the team.

On defense, senior Cam Doherty will anchor the blue line while sophomore Josh Hough will look to build upon a strong rookie campaign a year ago. Sophomore AJ Scott is back in goal this season after making over 600 saves as a freshman. Having a year of varsity experience will be vital for a handful of Stoughton’s returning players.

“We are young team that will improve as the season goes on,” Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said.

Sheehan Helps Stoughton Ice Win Over Foxboro

Stoughton's Mark Sheehan scored the game winning goal early in the third period. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton’s Mark Sheehan scored the game winning goal early in the third period. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
BROCKTON, Mass. – Stoughton senior Mark Sheehan skated up the middle and unleashed a wrist shot that found the back of the net in the third period. That power play goal turned into the game winner as Stoughton held off Foxboro, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.
“It would have been nice to score more [on the power plays] but Foxboro really got tired in that third period, they were undermanned,” Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said. “Our kids just don’t know how to win yet and they get in these situations and they get flustered when we get the lead. Being ahead seems to be a bad thing for us sometimes. But it’s a win so we’ll take it.
The Black Knights built a two goal lead in the first period but Foxboro cut the deficit in half in the second period and then tied the game in the first minute of the third period. The Warriors had their momentum cut short in the final period with five penalties.
Less than six minutes into the game, The Black Knights had a 1-0 lead. Junior Nick Hardy was able to fight for control just before the corner along the nearside boards and whipped in a pass to the middle. Senior Adam Potter was the recipient of the pass and slotted the first goal into the back of the net.
And just over two minutes later, Stoughton was able to double its lead. Freshman Carter Gerome snuck past a defender in the corner, stepped towards the front of the net but lifted a backhand up over Foxboro goalie John Cronin to make it 2-0.
Although Foxboro held an 8-4 advantage on shots in the first period, they trailed by two after the first 15 minutes. They led 13-5 in shots in the second period and this time it translated to the scoreboard.
Midway through the middle period, the Warriors went on the power play after a hooking call. Pete Smith and Jason Galanti then set up sophomore Aidan Sullivan just inside the blue line and his slap shot found its way through traffic and past Stoughton freshman goalie AJ Scott to cut the deficit to one.
Foxboro nearly tied the game in the final minutes of the second period when Smith dropped a pass right in front to junior Paul Vey but Scott closed down and smothered the shot.
The Warriors went on the man advantage inside the first minute of the third period and cashed in immediately. Mike Carresi won the face off back to Sullivan, who slid the puck across the blue line to junior John Brolin. Brolin unleashed a low shot that snuck its way in to tie the game 2-2.
“They could have laid down and put their heads down but they didn’t,” Mark said of his team. “I thought they played with some desperation at the end there which is what they need to do. It’s a learning curve with these kids.
“l told them between the second and third periods that they needed to play with desperation. We were still in the ballgame but we just had to play hard and I thought they played pretty hard in that third period.”
After tying the game is when the wheels fell off Foxboro’s comeback train. A slashing call put Stoughton on the power play and 30 seconds into it, another slash call made it a two man advantage of the Black Knights.
Stoughton kept the puck in the offensive zone, passing along behind the goal before Sheehan took control, skated to the middle and buried it for the game winner.
“He deserves it,” Mark said of Sheehan. “I think you can see, he’s definitely a good player. I think he’s one of the better players in the league honestly, he just doesn’t have the same supporting cast as some of the other teams. It was nice for him to get the game winner.”
While Foxboro continued to try and kill the remaining penalty, a miscommunication resulted in another penalty and another 5 on 3 advantage. And when one of those penalties expired, a tripping call put them right back down two men.
“We had a tough first period, I didn’t think we were doing all the right things,” Foxboro head coach Jim Geonvese said. “The second period we controlled most of the play but the third period, the penalties killed us with two or three 5 on 3’s. I know they only scored one but it took the wind out of us.
“They got up and then we went right back to a 5 on 3 and we just couldn’t get our legs back. We battled well in the second and third for sure, at least as much as we could in the third.”
The Warriors had a power play just over the halfway mark of the final period but weren’t able to get a serious scoring chance. Because of a late penalty with two minutes to go, Foxboro couldn’t pull Cronin for a two man advantage until the final 30 seconds.
“It’s a good win, any win is a good win for us,” Mark said.
Stoughton (4-8-3, 2-5) has a non-league contest scheduled for Monday against Apponequet at 5:30 while Foxboro (2-9-1, 1-5) will next play on Wednesday when they host Oliver Ames at 6:20.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/23/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Mansfield, 2 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final

Canton, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final – Canton senior Jim Jenkins scored late in the second period to give the Bulldogs the lead and then added an empty net goal. OA junior goalie Zach Walsh made 30 saves. 
Foxboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored the game winning in the beginning of the third period for Stoughton. Adam Potter and Carter Gerome scored first period goals for Stoughton while Foxboro battled back to level the score with a second period goal from Aidan Sullivan and an early third period goal from John Brolin.
Taunton @ Franklin – Postponed to TBA

North Attleboro, 3 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – North Attleboro senior Andrew Casson scored off a rebound with 0.4 seconds left to tie the game for the Rocketeers. Hunter Sarro and Drew Wissler also scored for Big Red. 
Wrestling
Lynnfield/North Reading Quad (Canton) – The Bulldogs lost the first meet of the day by just a point in a 34-33 loss to the hosts but bounced back for a 42-9 win over Malden and a 45-32 win over St. John’s Shrewsbury. 
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro, Mansfield), 10:00AM
Franklin @ Beverly – The Panthers beat host Beverly (49-18) and Salem (36-12) to pick up two wins but lost to Central Catholic (52-19). 
North Attleboro @ Springfield Central Wrestling Festival – The Rocketeers picked up three wins but suffered their first setback of the season. Big Red beat Agawam 70-9, West Springfield 58-18, and Keene (NH) 81-0 but Vermont powerhouse and three-time defending New England champs Mt. Anthony Union picked up a 46-18 win over North. 
“Competing against New England caliber teams help us to identify our flaws and improve as a squad,” North coach Wayne Griffin said. “Teams with the caliber and history of Mt Anthony can only help us improve and prepare for the remainder of the season.”
Collin Fiske (152), Nick Gould (145), Jack Donahue (170) and Brennan Sankey (275) all went undefeated on the day for the Rocketeers.
Sharon Quad (King Philip, Sharon) – Sharon went undefeated to defend their home gym with wins over Whitman-Hanson (42-32), North Quincy (42-15) and King Philip (42-29). 
Milford @ Hopkinton Quad – Milford picked up a pair of wins at the Hopkinton quad. Brett Kimball, Ryan Gray and Nic Johnson all went 3-0 on the day. 
Cape Cod Invitational (Taunton), 10:00AM
Gymnastics
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield, 4:00
Girls Hockey
Franklin vs. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake – Postponed to TBA
King Philip, 0 @ Medway/Ashland, 4 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames @ Medfield – Postponed to TBA
Stoughton, 0 @ Norwell, 6 – Final

Hockey: Davenport Division Preview – 2015-2016

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By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2014-2015 Record: 16-6-1
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Final
Coach: Brian Shuman
The Bulldogs will look to write a new chapter in their jam-packed history book as they will play their home games at the Canton SportsPlex this season after a roof collapse at Metropolis last season.
That isn’t the only change for Canton this season as they will have to overcome the graduation of many seniors, including Brian Hagan, and the transfers of John Femia and Jerry Harding. The good news is that Brian Shuman returns a bulk of talent including Matt Lazaro, the team’s leading goal scorer the past two seasons.
Also back is last year’s HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year Jackson Maffeo to power the blue line, goalie Justin Slocum, entering his third year as Canton’s starting goalie, junior forward Shaun Kirby (28 points last season) and senior Jim Jenkins, who has impressed so far in the preseason according to Shuman.
“We have a lot of new faces in the program, so getting the new players acclimated to the varsity level pace of play will be the challenge early on,” Shuman said. “We need to find some balanced scoring this year, as well as get our forwards to play in all three zones – not just the O-zone. Defensively, it starts with Justin Slocum. We’re hoping for a big year out of him. We also need some guys to step up and round out the top five defensively.”   

FOXBORO

2014-2015 Record: 3-12-3
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jim Genovese
The Warriors only graduated five skaters (and one backup goalie) from last year’s team and will be looking to make big strides this season.
Leading scorer Peter Smith is back and head coach Jim Genovese is looking for a big offensive season out of the junior after his 11 goal season as a sophomore. Mike Carresi, another player who impressed last year as a sophomore, is back and is looking to improve on his seven goal campaign.
Junior John Cronin, who has been the starter since midway through his freshman year, is back for another year between the pipes after 333 saves last year. Defensively the Warriors are going to rely on youth with sophomore Aidan Sullivan, junior John Brolin and three freshmen joining in.
“We look good up front with the top two lines of returning players,” Genovese said. “This league is tough and for us, we have to come to the rink every night and play mistake free hockey. We don’t have the numbers in our program like some of the other schools so we need to be ready and bring the same intensity every night. I’m excited to get started.”

MILFORD

2014-2015 Record: 13-8-1
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Mike Balzarini
Anytime you are coming off the best season in program history, there is a lot of pressure to follow up. That challenge is going to be a lot harder for head coach Mike Balzarini as he only has 11 total players, two of which are goalies.
After limiting eventual D2 State Champion Westwood for the majority of the game in the D2 South Quarterfinal at Asiaf last season, it looked like it was just the beginning for the Scarlet Hawks. Instead, a mix of transfers, players going to juniors and a handful of players not returning leaves Milford in a tough spot.
The good news is that Milford has senior goalie Brian Ireland back for his third year as starter and he is one of the best netminders in the league. Senior forward Jonathan Chase will be one of the top offensive options, RJ Stansbury is back after an impressive freshman campaign, senior Spencer Lathrop will be another player that will be relied on heavily for the Scarlet Hawks and sophomore Jacob Balzarini – who has a high hockey IQ – will be a good two way player for Milford.
“We’re going to have to be patient,” head coach Mike Balzarini said. “The kids have really put in a lot of effort and we’re going have to stay positive throughout the whole season.”

OLIVER AMES

2014-2015 Record: 9-9-3
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Mark Homer
If there was one (Davenport) team that had the most to replace, it would be Oliver Ames. Besides Franklin graduating over 20 seniors from its Super 8 team, the Tigers have to somehow fill the void left by former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Tyler Provost, 30-point player Tim Doherty and three time HockomockSports.com Goalie of the Year Jimmy Tierney. And on top of that, 13 other seniors were lost to graduation.
Yet there is a lot of optimism around this year’s Tigers hockey team. Matt Mancini (six points last year) will move up to the first line along with former Stoughton player Ben Litwack (three points). Oliver Ames will rely on a pair of sophomores – Eric LeBlanc and Owen Gallagher – to pair up with freshman Cullen Gallagher to provide an attacking punch. Jared Costello is back for his third year and will be a leader on defender after the Tigers lost five defensemen to graduation.
“We will take one practice and one game at a time and will continue to improve as a team moving forward in the season,” OA head coach Mark Homer said. “We need to get better each day and work on things that will develop us to becoming a competitive program in the Hock.”

STOUGHTON

2014-2015 Record: 1-18-3
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dan Mark
It might have taken until the last game to get the first win last season but the Black Knights already have three points in two games this season and there is a lot of promise in this years squad.
Mark Sheehan is lacing his skates up for the Black Knights for the fourth year and will be a big part as Stoughton makes a push for the playoffs. As a Hockomock League All Star last season, Sheehan will be a vital part in getting a young Stoughton team going. Eoin Doherty is another player that is entering his fourth year on varsity for the Black Knights and should anchor the defense. Junior Jon Lessa has shown flashes over the past two years and could be a strong contributor for Stoughton.
“We are still a young team, skating eight freshmen and sophomores, but we are returning many veteran players,” head coach Dan Mark said. “Our strength should be several returning players who have played varsity for three or more years.”