North Attleboro, 3 vs. Wayland, 1 – Final – North Attleboro scored all three goals in the second period to pick up a program record 13th win. Hunter Sarro opened the scoring while Jason McNeany doubled the lead right off the face off. Zach McGowan added a goal after a turnover in the defensive end to cap the scoring.
Taunton, 4 vs. Sandwich, 0 – Final – Taunton senior Justin Chappell made 20 saves to record his eighth career shutout, setting the school record in shutouts. Nick Terry scored a hat trick while Josh Denham also found the back of the net for the Tigers. Jordan Hoey had two assists while Mike Volkmann, Cam Welby, Jack Patneaude and Jake Roberts each had one assist.
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.
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.
Foxboro, 65 vs. Hingham, 57 – Final – Foxboro 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 – Final – Trailing 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.
Franklin, 76 vs. East Boston, 35 – Final – Junior 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.
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 – Final – North 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 – Final – Sophomore Emma Eberhardt paced Sharon with 18 points while junior Shira Stoller hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds.
Franklin, 5 vs. La Salle Academy 1 – Final
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Westwood, 5- Final
Taunton, 12 vs. Apponequet/Connolly, 1 – Final – Jordan 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.
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.
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Franklin, 92 vs. Catholic Memorial, 87 – Final – Franklin freshman Jay Dieterle netted a team-high 24 points and added five rebounds and four assists, sophomore Paul Mahon scored all 18 of his points in the second half, Thomas Houlihan had 16 points, Josh Macchi netted 10 points and Sam Harrell had six points, seven rebounds and five assists. Franklin made 17/34 three pointers in the game.
Stoughton, 56 @ Falmouth, 67 – Final – Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira scored a team-high 24 points in the loss for the Black Knights. Hockey
King Philip, 1 @ Coyle Cassidy, 4 – Final
Milford, 2 @ Holliston, 4 – Final
Oliver Ames, 2 vs. Dartmouth, 3 – Final – OA took the lead on a first period goal by Eric LeBlanc, but the Indians scored the next three. Matt Mancini scored on a breakaway in the third period to cut the lead to one. Oliver Ames outshot Dartmouth 42-18 but the Indians’ goalie, Tyler Martin, made 40 saves, including one in the final seconds to get the win.
Taunton, 5 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Tyler Pietrzyk scored a pair of goals and assisted on a third to lead the Tigers. Zack Albert, Sven Ormseth and Josh Denham also scored for the Tigers. Mark Sheehan and Sean Doherty each had a goal and an assist for the Black Knights, who also got a goal from Brendan Campbell. Wrestling
Marshfield Quad – Franklin went 3-0 on the day, beating Marshfield 36-19, Duxbury 50-14 and Pembroke 27-19.
Plymouth North Quad – Oliver Ames went 2-1 on the day, with its lone loss coming to #24 ranked Cambridge R&L. The Tigers got wins over Plymouth North (49-26) and BC High (35-33) but fell to CRL (42-36). Lustin Funai continued his strong start to the season at 132, going 3-0 with three pins. OA’s Ryan Lehane (152) was also 3-0 with three pins while Jack Mills (22) went 2-0 with a pair of pins. Anthony Berksza (138), Sean Davenport (160), Jacob Murphy (170) and Dean Pachini (195) went 2-1. Swimming Boys
Mansfield, 78 @ Milford, 90 – Final Girls
Mansfield, 88 @ Milford, 82 – Final Gymnastics
Canton, 120.55 @ North Attleboro, 132.45 – Final
Sharon, 133.75 @ North Attleboro, 132.45 – Final
Sharon, 133.75 vs. Canton, 120.55 – Final Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Sandwich, 1 – Final
Franklin, 3 vs. Leominster/St. Bernards, 5 – Final
King Philip, 4 vs. Westwood, 0 – Final