Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 02/24/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Hockey
Mansfield, 6 @ Brockton, 1 – Final

North Attleboro, 3 vs. Wayland, 1 – FinalNorth 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 – FinalTaunton 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.

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.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

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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Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/18/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Basketball
Milford, 51 vs. Hopedale, 19 – FinalMilford junior Kate Irwin had a team-high 12 points while Emma Liskov added 10 points and Emily Piergustavo chipped in with nine points.

Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Medfield, 1 – FinalClick here for a recap from this game.

Mansfield, 9 @ Foxboro, 1 – FinalMansfield had 15 different players register a point in a big win over Foxboro. Cullin Anastasia had two goals and two assists to lead the Hornets while Patrick McCafferty and Matt Farragher each netted a pair of goals. Tim Arnold, Adam Anastos, James Bezeau and Dylan Tivnan each registered two points as well.

Franklin, 3 @ Taunton, 5 – FinalTaunton battled to take a 3-2 lead through two periods and then finished off the Panthers in the third period. The Tigers scored an early third period goal to go up 4-2 before Franklin cut the deficit to one with 2:11 to play. However, Taunton scored an empty netter from its defensive zone with 34 seconds to go to ice the game. Zack Albert had four points, registering three assists and scored the game-winning goal. Nick Terry scored twice and had one assist while Jordan Hoey and Mike Volkmann each scored once. Justin Chappell made 24 saves to earn the win.

King Philip, 2 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final

Wrestling
Sharon, 29 @ Canton, 31 – Final

Foxboro, 54 @ Stoughton, 21 – Final

Oliver Ames, 12 @ Franklin, 44 – FinalOliver Ames received wins from Liston Funai (138), Dean Pacini (195) and Jack Mills (285).

Taunton, 28 @ King Philip, 51 – FinalTaunton picked up wins from Josh Alves (106), Josh Grasso (126), Elijah Simmons (195), Woudanly Danger (220) and Mason Frank (285).

Milford, 6 @ North Attleboro, 51 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Nick Gould earned his 100th career win in the Rocketeers’ victory.

Swimming
Boys
King Philip @ Attleboro, 3:30
Milford @ Canton, 5:00
Franklin, 45 @ Taunton, 49 – Final
Mansfield, 88 @ Oliver Ames, 95 – Final

Girls
King Philip @ Attleboro, 3:30
Milford @ Canton, 5:00
Franklin @ Taunton, 4:00
Mansfield, 91.5 @ Oliver Ames, 87.5 – Final

Gymnastics
Sharon @ King Philip, 7:30

Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 vs. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 2 – FinalCanton twice battled back from a one goal deficit, including scoring the tying goal inside the final two minutes to earn the tie. Sophomore Lauren Fitzpatrick and senior Rebecca Eckler each scored a goal for the Bulldogs.

Franklin, 0 vs. Medfield, 4 – Final

King Philip, 2 @ Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 – Final

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/10/17

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 49 @ Mansfield, 54 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Canton, 45 @ Milford, 61 – FinalMilford built a double-digit lead by halftime (29-17) and pulled away in the third quarter to get the win. Zach Tamagni led the way with 22 points for the Scarlet Hawks while Shane Cosquete added 13 points and junior Kayden Kelley had 10 points and 19 rebounds. Canton junior Tony Harris had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Devin Foster chipped in with nine points.

Foxboro, 43 @ Stoughton, 52 – FinalStoughton hit four of its seven three pointers in the final quarter to pull away from the Warriors. Matt Valle (16 points) hit three trifectas in the frame while Colin Sanda also hit one as the Black Knights won the fourth quarter 20-15. Foxboro’s Joe Morrison scored a team-high 15 points while Jamaine Few added 13 points for the Warriors.

Franklin, 55 @ Taunton, 42 – FinalTaunton turned a second half deficit (25-17) into a third quarter lead (27-25) but Franklin rattled off a 10-4 run to close the quarter and never looked back. Junior Connor Peterson led the way for the Panthers with 21 points while Paul Mahon added 12 points and Jalen Samuels chipped in with 11 points.

Oliver Ames, 76 @ King Philip, 74 – Final (2OT)

Sharon, 52 @ North Attleboro, 54 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 61 @ Attleboro, 30 – FinalClick here for a recap of this game.

Milford, 56 @ Canton, 42 – FinalKate Irwin led the Hawks with 22 points and Milford coach T.J. Dolliver added that the Hawks got “lots of contribution from the bench offensively and defensively.”

Stoughton, 29 @ Foxboro, 72 – FinalLily Sykes led the way for the Warriors with 19 points and Ashley Sampson chipped in with 16. Grace Tamulionis added 10 points for Foxboro. Stoughton junior Val Whalen registered 17 points and eight rebounds for the Black Knights.

Taunton, 21 @ Franklin, 63 – FinalAli Brigham was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13 points. Franklin also got 11 points from Kate Morse and nine points from Bea Bondhus.

King Philip, 34 @ Oliver Ames, 65 – FinalOliver Ames limited the Warriors to just 13 points in the first half, running away with a big win at home. Kayla Raymond scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter to set the tone for OA. Niyera Mitchell notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Abby Reardon chipped in with 11 points.

North Attleboro, 73 @ Sharon, 48 – FinalCaroline Collard was the top scorer for the Rocketeers with 12 points and Emily Schromm scored 11 for North. Emma Eberhardt had a game-high 19 points for the Eagles and Faythe Gomolka scored nine.

Hockey
Taunton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalTaunton scored once in each period while Justin Chappell made 22 saves to earn the shutout win. Nick Terry netted a pair of goals while Cam Sneyd found the back of the net once. Zack Albert, Mike Volkmann, Jordan Hoey and Cam Welby each had an assist in the win.

Swimming
Boys
Foxboro, 65 @ Sharon, 88 – FinalFoxboro’s Dan Egan had a first place finish in the 100 free for the Warriors.

Girls
Foxboro, 80 @ Sharon, 90 – FinalEmma Bridges came in first place in four separate events and qualified for both sectionals and states in one of them but the Warriors fell short to Sharon. Bridges qualified for states by winning the 200IM in 2:24.35. She also finished first in the 100 fly, the 200 medley relay (with Allison Curran, Lexi Nelson and Lindsey Nelson) and the 400 free relay (with Curran, Nelson and Nelson as well). Lindsey Nelson also won the 100 breaststroke.

Boys Gymnastics
Attleboro @ Burlington, 7:00

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/23/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Basketball
Milford, 41 @ Malden, 60 – FinalZach Tamagni led the Scarlet Hawks with 13 points while Kayden Kelley added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Oliver Ames, 56 @ Nauset, 73 – FinalNauset held a 49-43 lead through three quarters and pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth. Nick Welch led OA with 19 points while Dylan Mahoney had 14 points and Jack Spillane added 13 points.

Hockey
Canton, 1 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 6 – FinalNick Terry had two goals and an assist for the Tigers, while Zack Albert, Cam Sneyd, and Jordan Hoey chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece and Jake Roberts had a goal. Justin Chappell had 20 saves in net for the shutout and also registered an assist.

Franklin, 4 @ Newburyport, 1 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 vs. Plymouth South, 1 – FinalOliver Ames’ second line had a big day on the offensive end, netting all three goals. Brett Williams scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist for the Tigers and Max Ward scored the other goal for OA and had one assist. Head coach Sean Bertoni said Zach Walsh was great in net with 22 saves while Jared Costello had a solid performance.

Wrestling
Foxboro, 27 vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, 36 – Final

Marshfield Quad (Franklin) – The Panthers went 4-0 at the Marshfield Super Quad. Franklin beat Duxbury 56-15, Bristol Aggie 54-15, Marshfield 36-24, and Pembroke 62-3.

Plymouth South Quad (Mansfield) – The Hornets picked up a pair of wins at the quad meet. Mansfield beat Middleboro (24-9) and Carver (27-21) but fell to host Plymouth South (46-24). George Glaropolous (152) went 3-0 on the day with three pins, Antonios Sevastos (106) went 2-0, both via pins and freshman Vinnie Holmes (170) was 2-0 with one pin.

Oliver Ames Quad (Oliver Ames) – The Tigers went 1-2 at the quad meet that they hosted. OA beat Plymouth North 53-30 in the opening match but lost 54-18 to Cambridge and 51-18 to BC High.

Hingham Quad (Sharon), 3:00

Swimming
Boys
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00

Sharon, 56 @ Canton, 96 – Final

Girls
Attleboro @ Stoughton, 6:00

Sharon, 80 @ Canton, 88 – Final

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 12/21/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Westwood, 4 – Final

King Philip, 2 @ Bishop Feehan, 4 – Final

Mansfield, 2 @ Coyle & Cassidy, 1 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Taunton, 8 @ Dennis-Yarmouth, 3 – FinalTaunton raced out to a 6-0 lead through two periods and added two more in the third period for its third win of the season. Zack Albert had a pair of goals and an assist while Jack Patneaude (goal, assist), Mike Volkmann (two assists) and Andrew Carter (two assists) each had two points. Justin Chappell got the win in net with 14 saves. “We got contributions from all four lines,” Taunton head coach Kris Metea said.

Wrestling
Mansfield, 37 @ Canton, 34 – FinalClick here for a recap from the match.

Foxboro @ Brockton, 7:00

Franklin, 61 @ Milford, 10 – Final

Taunton, 12 @ North Attleboro, 36 – FinalJosh Grasso (126), Nuno Camara (182) and Woudanly Danger (220) had wins for the Tigers.

Stoughton, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 52 – FinalClick here for a recap from the match.

Sharon @ King Philip, 7:00

Swimming
Boys
Canton, 88 @ Oliver Ames, 82 – FinalThree individuals qualified for sectionals for Oliver Ames and one relay team qualified for states. Alex Buche qualified for the 200 IM and the 100 free, Kyle Gray qualified for the 50 free and the 100 free and Nicholas Lombardo qualified for the 100 backstroke. The Tigers’ 400 free relay qualified for states with an impressive showing. Eli Vidoni and Cam Bourne had strong days diving for the Tigers.

Sharon, 66 @ Franklin, 87 – FinalRoy Wang and Jack Cashin each won a pair of events to pace the Panthers. Wang won the 500 (5:22.31) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.50). Cashin took the 200 IM (2:15.06) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.32).

Mansfield @ Taunton, 4:00

Girls
Canton, 94 @ Oliver Ames, 76 – FinalOliver Ames’ Morgan O’Hara qualified for sectionals in the 100 free. Caitlin Campbell had a strong diving performance for the Tigers.

Sharon, 67 @ Franklin, 101 – FinalFranklin finished first in every single relay event on its way to a big win over visiting Sharon. Freshman Katie McGuire was a double winner, taking first in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Senior Megan Lazarek was also a double winner, finishing first in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

Mansfield @ Taunton, 4:00

Gymnastics
North Attleboro @ Sharon, 7:00

Oliver Ames, 125.55 @ Sharon, 122.7 – FinalOA freshman Lauren Picanzi won the all around with a 34.35 while junior Charis MacCuish finished second with a 33.9.

Girls Hockey
Canton, 0 vs. Duxbury, 0 – Final

Franklin, 1 @ Westwood, 7 – Final

King Philip, 1 vs. Ursuline Academy, 1 –FinalKing Philip goalie Lilly Potts made a handful of key saves to help the Warriors earn a point. Jess Daniels scored from the blue line in the first period to put KP ahead but Ursuline tied the game in the second. KP and Ursuline will meet against in early January.

Stoughton, 2 @ Scituate, 12 – 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 – 12/19/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
Attleboro, 5 @ Old Rochester/Fairhaven, 8 – FinalJake Parker scored two goals and had an assist in the loss for Attleboro. P.J. Elliott added two goals, including one on the power play and sophomore Dan Creavin scored his first career goal for the Bombardiers. 
Canton, 6 vs. Sandwich, 0 – Final – Canton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back. Seamus Pecararo scored once in the first and again in the third period and Jim Jenkins (from Jack Goyetch), Mike Dadasis (from Tommy Kilduff), Matt Lazaro (from Shaun Kirby) and Bobby Mullaney all scored once.
Franklin, 4 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 1 – Final – Alec Gilliatt scored twice, including an empty net goal and Jake Downie and Tyler Oakes also scored for the Panthers.

King Philip, 4 @ Nauset, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 2 vs. Coyle Cassidy, 5 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 vs. Bishop Feehan, 4 – Final
Stoughton, 0 vs. Bourne, 4 – Final – Stoughton freshman AJ Scott was named to the all tournament team.
Taunton, 4 @ Bishop Stang, 2 – FinalThe Tigers scored four goals in the first period and held on for the win. Zack Albert scored a pair of goals and Tyler Pietrzyk and Jake Roberts each got a goal apiece. Tyler Pietrzyk and Will Walsh each had two assists and Trevor Pietrzyk, Jordan Hoey and David Perry each recorded one assist. Justin Chappell made 28 saves in net for Taunton.
Wrestling
Hanover Quad (Canton) – Canton picked up a 42-12 win over Norwell but fell to Duxbury (58-24) and Hanover (60-24).
Mike Mellish Memorial Super Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Franklin Quad (Franklin) – Franklin went 2-1 on the day. After starting with a 41-25 setback to St. John’s Prep, Franklin picked up wins over Salem (NH) 60-14 and closed the day with a 35-26 win over Lawrence. 
Barnstable Quad (Mansfield) – Mansfield fell to host Barnstable (54-30). 
Milford Invitational (Milford) – Milford placed fourth.
North Attleboro Quad (North Attleboro) – North Attleboro picked up three wins, beating Plymouth North 66-12, Norton 46-18 and dominating Johnston (RI) 72-9.
Marshfield Quad (Stoughton), 9:30AM
Sandwich Tournament (Taunton) – Taunton finished fourth as a team with five wrestlers making the semifinals. Santiago Lopez won the 220 bracket while Nuno Camara (182) and Alex Rodgiruez (145) each came in second. Nick Choate (170), Justin Bradley (126) and Brandon Deforits (145) each placed fourth. 
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro, 38 vs. North Attleboro, 58 – Final – Junior Nick Rajotte had one of the top times in the league in the 55M dash, finishing first for the Rocketeers (6.86). Other first place finishers included Pat Johnson in the 300M (39.62), Gareth King in the 600M (1:33.75) and the 55M hurdles (8.38), Matt Reimels in the 1000M (2:44.45), freshman Liam Monahan in the 2 Mile (10:27.96) and Matt Tarantino in the high jump (5-08.00). Attleboro received first place performances from Brett Szlachciuk in the 1 Mile (4.42.58), Patrick Collins in the shot put (league high 46-05.50) and Isaiah Rodriguez in the long jump (19-10.50).

Canton, 16 vs. Oliver Ames, 80 – Final – The Tigers had a dominate day with multiple strong performances. Doug MacDonald was first in the 55M dash at 6.89 and other first place finishes included Jonathan Long in the 600M (1:32.96), Colin Herschlag in the 1000M (2:58.26), Jarod Boone in the 1 Mile (4:46.41), Jack MacAdam in the 55M hurdles (9.00) and the long jump (18-03.75), Tyler Watson in the shot put (32-8.00) and Andre Cathcart in the high jump (5-02.00). Canton’s top performances came from Pat Hession in the 300M (39.42) and Mark Clancy in the 2 Mile (10:26.44). 

Franklin, 53 vs. King Philip, 47 – Final – In a close battle, Franklin was able to pull out the win. Luke Gordon was first in the 300M (39.29), Jimmy Robbins was first in the 1000M (2:48.60) and Ryan Spelman had the best time of all teams in the 1 Mile at 4:40.49. Other first place finishes were Spelman in the 2 Mile (10:53.41) and Michael Bullen in the long jump (18-06.75). King Philip’s Sean Garrity had the best 55M dash performance off all 12 schools, taking first in 6.85. Ethan Dunne was first in the 600M (1:33.09) and the 55M hurdles (8.45), Paul Macrina in the shot put (42-05.00) and a league best high jump performance from Michael Roby (5-08.00).

Foxboro, 31 vs. Sharon, 69 – Final – The Eagles had first place performances in all solo events , starting with Carlos Grullon in the 55M dash (6.93), the high jump (5-06.00) and the long jump (league best 20-01.50), Jake Goloboy in the 300M (39.84), Tyler Kaufman in the 600M (1:32.60), Grant Fawcett in the 1000M (3:00.13), Tianrui Sun in the 1 Mile (4:42.19) and the 2 Mile (10:21.30), William McManus in the 55M hurdles (league best 8.09) and Matthew McManus in the shot put (40-04.75). Foxboro’s 4×200 relay beat Sharon with a time of 1:42.22.

Mansfield, 63 vs. Taunton, 37 – Final – The Hornets had the two top times of all 12 schools in the 600M with sophomore Kevin Crawford in first (1:30.53) and junior Kyle Amerantes in second (1:31.68). Other first place finishes included Jack Crawford in the 1000M (league best 2:38.88), Jareme DiLorenzo in the 55M hurdles (8.59), Kevin McCree in the shot put (43-09.50) and Jake Morrill in the high jump (5-06.00). Taunton had strong performances as well with first place finishes from Damion Theodule in the 55M dash (6.87), Brian Cherenfant in the 300M (league-best 38.21) and the long jump (19-09.00) and Dylan Lynch in the 1 Mile (4:41.44) and the 2 Mile (10:18.09).

Milford, 36 vs. Stoughton, 64 – Final – Stoughton picked up its first win behind a number of strong performances. Clifton Gerring finished first in the 55M dash (6.93), Jordan Taylor was first in the 300M (38.76), Cameron Bean was first in the 600M (1:34.45) and the 1 Mile (4:54.51), James Tarchara took the shot put (37-05.50) and Steven Elice, Sean Perry and Gerring tied for first in the high jump (5-04.00). Milford’s Joseph Madden was first in the 1000M (2:56.50), Jack Kalil came in first in the 2 Mile (10:49.64), Luis Goncalves was first in the 55M hurdles (8.74) and Gerson Migliorini was first in the long jump (18-06.50). 
Girls
Attleboro, 14 vs. North Attleboro, 86 – Final – The Rocketeers rolled to a win behind first place finishes from Isabelle Renzi in the 55M dash (7.82), Rachel LaBonte in the 300M (43.41) and the long jump (16-02.25), Lauren Marchetti in the 600M (1:53.31), Ann Roberts in the 1000M (3:16.80), Angela Kaiser in the 1 Mile (5:42.16), freshman Julia Mechlinski in the shot put (29-03.00) and Nicole Boulanger in the high jump (4-10.00). Attleboro’s Quincy Harding finished first in the 55M hurdles (9.50) and Emily Vieira was first in the 2 Mile (13:47.12).

Canton, 37 vs. Oliver Ames, 63 – Final – First place finishes for Oliver Ames were Lauren Wright in the 600M (1:47.42), Dana Lowney in the 1000M (3:13.95), Erin Sferrazza in the 2 Mile (13:04.83), Gabby Eldridge in the 55M hurdles (league best 9.48), Chi-Chi Akanegbu in the shot put (league-best 35-07.00) and Comfort Udo in the high jump (4-08.00). Finishing in first for Canton were Selena Cho in the 55M dash (7.89) and the long jump (14-10.75), Hannah Link in the 300M (44.04) and Cat Song in the 1 Mile (5:45.21).

Franklin, 78 vs. King Philip, 22 – Final – A sophomore finished first in three different events to pace the Panthers. First place finishes for Franklin included second year athlete Jessica Kroushl in the 55M dash (7.61), the 300M (league-best 43.14 [Franklin freshman Halle Atkinson was second in the league at 43.16]) and the long jump (15-08.50), Meghan Doherty in the 600M (1:42.75), Brittany Robinson in the 1000M (league-best 3:09.44), Ella Gutkowski in the 1 Mile (5:45.04), Carly Rondeau in the 2 Mile (13:00.91) and Beth Neal in the 55M hurdles (9.72) and the high jump (league-best 4-10.00). King Philip’s Jayla Millender was first in the shot put (28-00.00).

Foxboro, 49 vs. Sharon, 51 – Final – This matchup dominated the 2 Mile race, with Foxboro grabbing first but Sharon getting second, third and fourth. Sharon sophomore Amanda Brown was first in the 600M (1:46.73), Ariadne Tolay was first in the 1000M (3:14.32), Brigid Loftus finished first in the 55M hurdles (9.87) and Rachel Goodman won the shot put (26-08.25). Senior Carly Ryter, sophomore Maria Greg and freshman Dana Jaffe was second, third and fourth respectively in the 2 Mile. For Foxboro, first place finishes included Berlendah Dure in the 55M dash (7.89) and the 300M (45.66), Meredith Cronin in the 1 Mile (league best 5:39.44 [freshman Lexi Quinn had the second best time in the league at 5:41.88]), Lexi Quinn in the 2 Mile (12:26.04), Kelsey McDonald in the high jump (4-10.00) and Shraey Srinivansan in the long jump (15-10.00).

Mansfield, 49 vs. Taunton, 50 – Final – Taunton used its depth to edge Mansfield with a sweep in the long jump and strong second and third place finishes. Coming in first for Taunton were Mariah O’Gara in the 300M (43.69) and Jillian Purtell in the 55M hurdles (9.52) and the long jump (17-01.00). First place finishes for Mansfield included Kelly Crawford in the 55M dash (7.59), Katie Rowe in the 600M (1:52.14), Caitlin Whitman in the 1000M (3:13.15) and the high jump (4-06.00), Emma Oldow in the 1 Mile (5:46.36), freshman Kerry McCabe in the 2 Mile (13:57.18) and Brianna Young in the shot put (28-03.00).

Milford, 52 vs. Stoughton, 48 – Final – The Scarlet Hawks broke into the win column by edging Stoughton. Finishing first for Milford were Gabby O’Neil in the 300M (46.24), Jess Palmer in the 600M (1:52.05), Jenise Madden in the 1000M (3:19.11), Gabriela Chong in the 1 Mile (5:56.27) and the 2 Mile (13:06.86), Carina Thompson in the 55M hurdles (10.02), Aleye Momodu in the shot put (31-01.50) and Christi Speliakos in the long jump (15-02.00). Stoughton’s Shanel Ford finished first in the 55M dash (7.96) and Rianna Rodrigues was first in the high jump (4-06.00).
Gymnastics
Attleboro, 135.45 @ King Philip, 131.35 – Final
Girls Hockey
Canton, 1 @ Duxbury, 5 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake, 4 – Final
King Philip, 1 @ Medfield, 4 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 8 @ Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 0 vs. Quincy/North Quincy, 8 – Final