Below are the official Hockomock League Hockey All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Mark Sheehan, Stoughton
Hockomock League All Stars
PJ Elliott, Attleboro
Matt Lazaro, Canton
Jackson Maffeo, Canton
Justin Slocum, Canton
Bobby Mullaney, Canton
Aidan Sullivan, Foxboro
Tyler Oakes, Franklin
Nick Jasinski, Franklin
Jake Downie, Franklin
Jack Chaffee, Franklin
Clay Geuss, King Philip
Collin Cooke, King Philip
Evan Remmes, King Philip
Anthony Visconti, Mansfield
Michael Arnold, Mansfield
Brian Ireland, Milford
Andrew Casson, North Attleboro
Zach McGowan, North Attleboro
Matt Mancini, Oliver Ames
Jared Costello, Oliver Ames
Mark Sheehan, Stoughton
Nick Terry, Taunton
Tyler Pietrzyk, Taunton
Jake Parker, Attleboro
Jim Jenkins, Canton
Jeremy Miller, Franklin
Kyle McCarthy, King Philip
Matthew Chirichello, Mansfield
Jonathan Chase, Milford
Paul Baker, North Attleboro
Owen Gallagher, Oliver Ames
Eoin Doherty, Stoughton
Michael Volkmann, Taunton
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 74 @ Bishop Feehan, 79 – Final – Jake Dunkley led all scorers with 32 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and pulled in seven rebounds for the Bombardiers. Kyle Murphy scored 16 points and grabbed 11 boards and Andrew Milliken added 11 points. Attleboro led 74-71, but Feehan scored the game’s final eight points to pull out the win.
Canton, 63 vs. Archbishop Williams, 70 – Final – Canton sophomore Tony Harris scored a career-high 27 points. Freshman Xavier Machuga made his varsity debut and scored 10 points.
North Attleboro, 49 @ Falmouth, 52 – Final – Brent Doherty scored a team-high 22 points while junior Jonny Friberg added 11 points and Tom Reynolds chipped in nine points.
Oliver Ames, 93 @ Abington, 60 – Final – Dylan Mahoney scored a team-high 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Carter Evin added 14 points, Jack Spillane had a career-high 12 points, Mike Graziano chipped in with 11 points and Nick Welch had 10 points.
Taunton, 30 @ Durfee, 58 – Final – Sophomore Mackenzie Handrahan scored a career-high 16 points and senior Alyssa Gibson added six points.
Foxboro, 2 @ St. John Paul II, 5 – Final
Franklin, 3 vs. Needham, 2 – Final (OT) – Franklin’s Jake Downie scored in overtime to give the Panthers the win. Luke Downie scored the two goals in regulation.The game counts as a tie for MIAA purposes.
King Philip, 3 @ Walpole, 2 – Final
Mansfield, 2 vs. Medway, 1 – Final
Stoughton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – Juniors Erik Clements and Zach McGowan scored two goals apiece for the Rocketeers. Sean Doherty had the Stoughton goal, assisted by Mark Sheehan.
Taunton, 4 vs. Apponequet/Connolly, 0 – Final
Canton, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final
Franklin, 10 vs. Central Catholic, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 6 @ Matignon, 2 – Final
BROCKTON, Mass. – Stoughton was outshot 13-1, but somehow came through the opening period against Div. 2 contender Bishop Feehan with an improbable one-goal lead.
All of the momentum from scoring late in the first and the energy from celebrating Senior Night was lost in the opening 45 seconds of the second, as the Shamrocks stormed back to take the lead.
The Black Knights gave up four goals in the second and were not able to recover, as Feehan skated away with a 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Asiaf Arena.
“The second period has killed us all year,” said Stoughton coach Dan Mark. “If I was to look at the statistics, I’d say almost every game we’ve been killed in the second period. I don’t know what goes on with these kids.
“You go in and tell them good job…it’s frustrating.”
The Shamrocks were heavy favorites coming into the game and were looking forward to making a push in the competitive Div. 2 South bracket. Feehan played like the favorites early on and peppered freshman goalie A.J. Scott with 13 shots in the first alone, but were unable to find the breakthrough.
With 3:40 left in the period, Stoughton shocked the Shamrocks by taking the lead.
The Black Knights had been limited to mere seconds of puck possession in the attacking zone and had yet to record a shot on goal when senior Mark Sheehan slid a pass across to freshman Carter Gerome and he knocked it past the Feehan goalie to make it 1-0.
Heading into the locker room, the Shamrocks were left shaking their heads and wondering how it was possible to be behind. When they got back on the ice, it did not take them long to change that.
Feehan scored two goals on its first two shots inside the first minute of the second. Four minutes later, the Shamrocks made it 3-1 with a power play goal and then tacked on a fourth four minutes later. Feehan outshot Stoughton 20-5 in the second, with most of the shots by the Black Knights coming in the final couple minutes.
Mark said, “We warn them every time that teams are going to come out, especially in a 1-0 game after one, they’re going to come out fired up. They obviously didn’t listen.”
Despite being dominated, Stoughton came out in the third and started to create openings. Sheehan in particular was able to create scoring opportunities with his speed. The Black Knights had a pair of good chances while down by three but could not find the back of the net.
“They battled. I’m proud of these kids,” said Mark. “They’ve had some games where they were down score-wise and they never quit.”
With 7:22 left, Feehan wrapped up the win and the two points with the fifth goal, but that took nothing away from the play of Scott, who made 40 saves in a losing effort.
“He’s been fantastic all year,” said Mark of his freshman goalie. Although it was a night to honor the six seniors, Stoughton could also look to a promising future with freshmen like Scott and Gerome putting in solid performances.
“It’s encouraging for the future,” said Mark. “I have a saying, if the kids don’t work in the off-season then they’re going to get older not better. That happens a lot where kids get satisfied…but I’m confident that these guys are going to work.”
Following the game, Mark took a minute in the locker room to honor Sheehan, who had been voted the Hockomock League MVP by the coaches at their end of season meeting. It is the second time in three seasons that a Stoughton player has won the MVP vote, as P.J. Sheehan took the award in 2014.
“It’s well-deserved,” said Mark. “I’ve thought all year that he’s a dominant player and if he had two guys even close to his ability…he’s skating with two freshmen who are doing a great job but you put him on Franklin or Canton and that’s a different level.”
Stoughton (6-11-3, 4-6-0) will close out its season with a trip to North Attleboro on Wednesday.
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TAUNTON, Mass. – Though Stoughton was significantly out skated for the majority of the opening period, the backstopping of AJ Scott and an explosive second frame from Mark Sheehan allowed the Black Knights to capture a 4-1 win over Attleboro on Saturday.
“Like last week against Taunton, when we skate we can play,” Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said. “When we don’t skate, it doesn’t matter who it is. If you don’t skate, it makes all the difference in the game.”
Trailing by a goal after a first period in which the Black Knights were outshot 14-2, Sheehan went to work to erase the deficit. Similar to his game-tying goal in a win against Taunton last week, the senior captain hustled into the offensive zone, cut through the defense and slid the puck past Attleboro goaltender Tim Gile (13 saves) to even the score.
“We told them they were going to have to come out strong,” Attleboro head coach Mike Cripps said of his message during the first intermission. “They weren’t going to be quitting and we needed the next goal, but unfortunately we came out a bit flat in the second period.”
Later in the second, Jon Lessa sealed in a clearing attempt at the line and fed it down low to Nick Hardy, who ripped a wrist shot past Gile to give Stoughton the lead. Just over a minute later, Sheehan netted his second of the game to add some insurance for the Black Knights. Stoughton flipped the script on Attleboro in the second, outshooting the Bombardiers 11-1 in the period.
“The kids decided to skate,” Mark said of his team’s second period effort. “The second part of that first period I thought they really started to pick it up speed wise. I thought the second and third period we really skated hard.”
Sean Doherty added a late goal for Stoughton on a two-man advantage to seal the win. Doherty also had two assists in the game while Sheehan and Lessa each had a helper.
“The kids are starting to feel good about themselves, which is good,” Mark said. “They can do it when they want to.”
Despite collecting 14 shots in the first period, Attleboro could only solve Scott once. About five minutes into the game, Sam Larkin buried a rebound from a Cam Littig shot to capture the early lead. But Scott, who finished with 20 saves, kept his team in the game until they could figure it out offensively.
“They have an extremely strong goalie,” Cripps said. “We knew going in that is was going to be low scoring for us.”
With its second league win in three games, Stoughton hockey improves to 6-10-3 overall, 4-6-0 in the league, and will have a week off before hosting Bishop Feehan next Saturday. Attleboro, now 5-10-2 overall and 1-8-1 in the league, will host Dighton-Rehoboth on Monday.
Today’s games are listed below.
North Attleboro, 69 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final – Brent Doherty and Ridge Olsen scored 20 points for the Rocketeers in a close win over rival Attleboro. Junior Hacmoni Cuevas had seven points, including a big three in the fourth quarter. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley scored a career-high 31 points, also the highest scoring output by a Hockomock player this season. Andrew Milliken chipped in with 12 points for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield, 66 @ Taunton, 58 – Final – Mansfield junior Christian Weber had a team-high 12 points and added six rebounds, Matt Ehrlich had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Boulter had 10 points, Sam Goldberg had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists and Phil Vigeant added nine points. Taunton’s Carlos Borrero netted a career-high 17 points while Quan Roberson and Jose Mercado each had 15 points for the Tigers.
Oliver Ames, 61 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Sharon missed a pair of free throws late but Oliver Ames shot from their own half missed the mark and the Eagles held on. Andrew Filipkowski was one of 10 Sharon players to score, leading the team with 17 points. OA’s Carter Evin had a game-high 20 points, Shawn Cardoza added a career-high 18 points and Tim Kelley netted 11 points.
Mansfield, 72 @ Taunton, 38 – Final – Sophomore Meg Hill had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds while Jackie Carchedi added 13 points and Jen Peel had 10 points and eight assists. Taunton’s Lilly Patnaude led the Tigers with 10 points.
North Attleboro, 39 @ Attleboro, 52 – Final – Sarah Deyo notched her first career triple-double, scoring 15 points, hauling in 12 rebounds and recording 10 blocks.
Oliver Ames, 63 @ Sharon, 29 – Final – Sharon held a two point lead (13-11) after the first quarter but Oliver Ames’ big second quarter helped take the Tigers take a 14 point lead by halftime. Kayla Raymond had a team-high 18 points and Francesca Calabraro had a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals.
Stoughton, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals while Nick Hardy and Sean Doherty each scored once for the Black Knights. Sam Larkin scored Attleboro’s goal off a rebound off a shot from Cam Littig.
Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final
Foxboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final
Franklin, 3 vs. Newburyport, 1 – Final – Sophomore Jeremy Miller netted a hat trick to guide Franklin to a big non-league win.
Milford, 3 @ Taunton, 8 – Final
MIWCA D1 Dual Tournament (Franklin) – Franklin placed fifth overall. The Panthers beat BC High (38-28) but lost to St. John’s Prep (41-21). Franklin finished the meet with wins over Plymouth South (40-27) and Framingham (34-26).
MIWCA D2 Dual Meet Tournament (Milford, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames) – North Attleboro continued its very strong season by winning the D2 Dual Meet title. The Rocketeers beat Keefe Tech (68-6), Winchester (40-27) and Nashoba (51-21) to reach the finals. In the finals, North Attleboro took down Central Catholic, 39-22, to claim the title. OA was seeded 6th and opened with a win over Dracut (52-12) but suffered a loss to #3 Natick (60-18). Casey Bellevue went 2-0 on the day with a pair of pins and Luke Cullen also went 2-0. OA finished the season with a 20-8 record, a program record for both wins and least losses.
Scituate Quad (Canton) – Canton beat host Scituate (39-29) but lost to Hingham (59-18) and Walpole (47-30).
Foxboro Quad (Foxboro), 9:00AM
Methuen Quad (King Philip), 10:00AM
Stoughton Quad (Sharon, Stoughton) – Sharon had wins over Silver Lake (40-25), Southeastern (58-6) and Duxbury (40-34) and tied with Bridgewater-Raynham (34-34).
Barnstable Quad (Taunton), 9:00AM
Girls Hockomock League Championships, 9:00AM (@ Milford) – Click here for complete results.
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Franklin, 5 @ Martha’s Vineyard, 1 – Final
King Philip, 3 vs. Medway/Ashland, 3 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 7 vs. Latin Academy, 0 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 5 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Franklin, 51 @ Holy Name, 48 – Final – Franklin battled back and took its first lead inside the final three minutes. Kristen Donaghy had 11 points to lead the Panthers and also had three steals in the final 90 seconds of play. Carli Koffinke scored nine points and both Olivia Adiletto and Aubrie Kutil scored eight points. Kutil scored the final four points for Franklin, which swept the season series with Holy Name.
North Attleboro, 7 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 6 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – James Aldred, Jake Downie, Joe Corsi, Jack Cameron, Adam Assad and Jeremy Miller each scored for the Panthers. Mark Sheehan and Nick Hardy each had a goal for the Black Knights.
King Philip, 7 @ Milford, 0 – Final
Taunton, 7 @ Durfee, 1 – Final – Taunton qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 62 – Final – North Attleboro clinched the Kelley-Rex title outright with the win. Mike Burns (106), Jake Direnzo (113) Joe Alexander (120), Steven Abusherry (145) Adam Eberle (160), Jack Donahue (170), Abhishek Ram (195) and Yaseen Abdalla (220) all had pins for the Rocketeers.
Taunton @ Mansfield, 6:00
Stoughton, 65 @ Canton, 87 – Final – With the win, Canton clinched a share of the Davenport division for the second straight season.
Franklin, 0 vs. Medfield, 6 – Final
King Philip, 5 vs. Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton, 0 – Final
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 6 @ Medway/Ashland, 6 – Final
By Jarett Leonard, HockomockSports.com Contributor
TAUNTON, Mass. – For the second straight year, a late season win for Mark Sheehan and the Stoughton Black Knights denied Taunton a postseason berth.
Sheehan scored both of Stoughton’s goals while AJ Scott backstopped a 2-1 win for the Black Knights on Saturday night.
“None of the kids knew about it,” Stoughton head coach Dan Mark said, revealing his team was not aware of Taunton’s situation. “Last year we didn’t say it, this year we didn’t say it. They came to play tonight.”
Down 1-0 in the second, Sheehan made his way to the left circle and buried a wrist shot to tie the game. Midway through the third, Sheehan anticipated a cross-ice pass from Taunton, intercepted it and finished a breakaway for the game winner.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Mark said of Sheehan. “If you put him on one of the top teams, people would really notice him. Individually I don’t think there’s a more talented kid in the league.”
Taunton took an early lead in the contest when Jake Roberts netted a backhander from the slot off a faceoff, but that would be all the offense for the Tigers. AJ Scott made 31 saves to earn Stoughton the win.
“[Scott’s] been great all year,” Mark said of. “He’s a freshman too, so that’s great, as long as I keep him for four years.”
Last year, Stoughton picked up its first win of the season and eliminated Taunton from postseason contention with a 4-2 victory in the final contest of the year.
“We’re not used to being in that situation, but it’s good for the program for kids to be able to grow,” Taunton head coach Kris Metea said. “You need to play in pressure games and they’ve never really had that. For them to learn how to play in pressure games and learn how to win in those types of situations will only be beneficial down the line.”
The situation is different this year for Taunton, though, as still opportunities remain to reach the postseason.
“It’s a loss,” Metea said. “You win or you lose and you move on. The difference between winning and losing is how you’re perceived.”
Stoughton improves to 5-9-3 overall and 3-5 in the Hockomock League and will host Franklin on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Taunton, now 10-6 overall but just 2-5 in the league, will travel to Fall River in search of a postseason berth against Durfee on Wednesday.
Today’s games are listed below.
Foxboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final
Canton, 0 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – Nick Jasinski made 15 saves for the Panthers and Justin Slocum made 25 saves for the Bulldogs.
Milford, 0 @ Mansfield, 7- Final
Oliver Ames, 4 @ North Attleboro, 6 – Final – Erik Clements had a pair of goals and Drew Wissler had three points with a goal and two assists as the Rocketeers recovered from an early 2-0 deficit. OA’s Owen Gallagher had a hat trick for the Tigers.
Stoughton, 2 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Mark Sheehan scored a pair of goals for the Black Knights and freshman goalie AJ Scott made 31 saves.
Hockomock League Championships (@ Taunton) – Click here for full results.
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
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Sharon @ Shrewsbury, 11:00AM
Canton, 1 vs. Duxbury, 1 – Final
King Philip, 5 @ Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 2 – Final
Who is the midseason hockey Player of the Year?
Josh Perry – Canton hasn’t gotten its offense to click into gear quite yet, but the Bulldogs have only allowed 13 goals in 13 games through Monday and one of the main reasons for that stinginess is the continued development of junior defenseman Jackson Maffeo. The three-year starter is a beast on the blue line for Canton and has become one of the team’s leaders on the ice.
Maffeo reads plays well and has turned into a much more physical defender capable of battling in the boards when needed. He is quick and decisive and continues to add more offensive play to his game as well. With Maffeo, and transfer C.J. Martin, Canton has the defensive corps to compete with the top teams in the always competitive Div. 2 South bracket.
Ryan Lanigan – At the midway point, this is certainly one of the most competitive races for the top player in the Hockomock. I think Canton goalie Justin Slocum has really put together a nice season so far but historically our Player of the Year has been a skater (not that that won’t change). Taunton’s Tyler Pietrzyk has also put together a strong season this year and anytime you have nearly 40 points at the midway mark, that’s impressive.
But right now I’d say my pick is Canton senior forward Bobby Mullaney. He’s not an overly flashy player but he does a lot of things right and does them well. He’s emerged as a leader and a constant for Brian Shuman and Canton. He’s the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 15 points (8G, 7A) and has helped Canton to a perfect league record so far.
Who is the midseason hockey Underclassman of the Year?
Perry – Once again there are a number of young players that are making instant contributions at the varsity level. Jeremy Miller and Kevin McKay have been solid for Franklin, Colin Cooke continues to emerge as a potential star at KP, and OA has several freshmen that are keeping the Tigers in the thick of the league title race, but right now my pick would be freshman goalie Ryan Warren of North Attleboro.
Warren has stepped right in between the pipes and helped North stay within a point of first place in the division. North has only allowed 19 goals in its first nine games this season and Warren had a goals against average of 2.36. He has already made 189 saves and has a save percentage just a hair under 90 percent while recording two shutouts. Goalie is a tough position and Warren has stepped right in and been solid.
Lanigan – Just like the Player of the Year race, there are a handful of real strong candidates for the top freshman or sophomore this season. Franklin’s Jeremy Miller, Stoughton’s Sean Doherty, KP’s Collin Cooke and Attleboro’s Jake Parker have all been impressive so far this year but my choice at the midway point is Oliver Ames’ Owen Gallagher.
Gallagher, just a sophomore, has been one of the Tigers’ best players this season while playing on the top line and has six goals and 10 assists. He’s a very unselfish player that can create a lot of things for teammates, and when he wants, he can create opportunities for himself. He seems to be in the right place at all the right times too. He showed he has no problem setting teammates up with a three assist game against KP and then showed he can score too by potting a hat trick the very next game against Taunton.
Midseason First Team
G – Justin Slocum, Canton
D – Jackson Maffeo, Canton
D – Tyler Oakes, Franklin
F – Mark Sheehan, Stoughton
F – Tyler Pietrzyk, Taunton
F – Bobby Mullaney, Canton
G – Justin Slocum, Canton
D – Jackson Maffeo, Canton
D – Clay Geuss, King Philip
F – Owen Gallagher, Oliver Ames
F – Tyler Pietrzyk, Taunton
F – Bobby Mullaney, Canton
What has been the biggest surprise this season?
Perry – The biggest surprise is that when looking at the league standings last week Mansfield was on the bottom of the Kelley-Rex. The Hornets, who have jumped up to fourth in the division, have consistently been among the top two in the league for years and have played several strong games this season including a 3-1 loss to Canton and a 2-2 tie with North Attleboro, but there was also a narrow 2-1 win over a much-improved Stoughton team and a 2-2 tie with Attleboro that raised some eyebrows and highlighted the Hornets’ struggles to score goals.
Mansfield needs to make a strong run in the final nine games of the season because second place in the league, which has been a way of getting into the playoffs in past seasons, is slipping away. Make no mistake, the Hornets have played a very difficult schedule that has included the likes of Franklin, Canton, Coyle, and Peabody and has not been blown out once, but it is still a shock to see Mansfield not among the Kelley-Rex leaders at this stage of the season.
Lanigan – I’d say the biggest surprise so far has been Taunton. I think everyone expected the Tigers to continue to head in the right direction, but so far this season they have taken a giant step forward and are closing in on a playoff berth. After narrowly missing out on the state tournament last season, the Tigers have meant business from Day 1 of this season. Tyler Pietrzyk has been on a tear offensively and the whole team is averaging just a shade under five goals a game. Although they haven’t been overly strong in Hockomock League play, the Tigers can still pick up some key league wins in a tight Kelley-Rex race.
At this point, which team will be going furthest in the tournament?
Perry – Right now, this sort of feels like a no brainer. Canton has the pedigree, having made it to the Div. 2 South final each of the last two years and at least the semifinal for the past three seasons, and also has the defensive strength to make a run and challenge the TVL trio of Westwood, Medfield, and Medway. The Bulldogs are among the favorites to win the South title and make a trip to the Garden and although playoff match-ups will determine a lot of who goes how far, the Bulldogs will be confident that they can compete with any of the teams that they may come up against.
Lanigan – It’s really tough to pick against Canton, so I won’t. I know coach Brian Shuman wants to see a more consistent offense and the Bulldogs will need it if they want to challenge the TVL for D2 South supremacy. Oliver Ames is another team I could see hitting a hot streak and if Zach Walsh plays like he did against Canton in the postseason, we could see a strong run for the Tigers. Don’t count North Attleboro in D2 South as well and of course, if Franklin can develop a consistent scoring threat, they will be a tough out in D1 South.