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
Sophomore Luke Downie, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Sunday, scored on a wrist shot six minutes into the second overtime to give Franklin a 4-3 win over St. Mary’s Lynn and the program its first MIAA Division 1 State Championship.
Senior Tyler Oakes connected on a pass from his own zone to senior and Jake Downie (Luke’s cousin) along the boards in the neutral, who then dropped the puck back to Luke after crossing the blue line. Luke fired a wrist shot that deflected off the the leg of a St. Mary’s defenseman and found its way over the goalie’s pad short side for the game winner.
“This is awesome,” Luke Downie said postgame. “This is the best birthday present you could ask for.”
Franklin – who had been shutout three straight years in the D2 State Final from 2011-2013 —got off to an ideal start with a pair of first period goals and took that same lead into the final period. But two goals in the first five minutes of the final period from St. Mary’s knotted the game 3-3.
The final 10 minutes remained scoreless, sending the game into a sudden death overtime period. Neither team could find the back of the net in that period either, sending the teams to the locker room for the ice to be cleaned for a second overtime period.
With exactly nine minutes to go in the second overtime period, Downie scored the game winner.
“I think that the problem was we were playing in the wrong division the other times,” Franklin head coach Chris Spillane joked. Franklin moved up to Division 1 at the start of the 2013 season. “This has just been one of those Cinderella years. To follow up last year with a new crop of kids and have them commit to something from day one, and to see them enjoy this success, that’s what high school sports are all about.”
Senior captain and defenseman Joe Corsi scored just his third goal of the season to give Franklin the lead midway through the first period. Sophomore Brendan O’Rielly relayed a perfect outlet pass to senior Sean Hedvig in alone on goal but St. Mary’s goalie Andrew LoRusso got a pad to it.
The puck bounced around and as a St. Mary’s defenseman tried to chip it out, Corsi had pinched in and jumped off the ice to grab the puck, put it on the ice and fired it into the back of the net with 8:26 left in the first period.
“They tried to chip it out and I caught it and just put it down,” Corsi said. “Coach always tells me to roll my wrist and I had to roll it on that one. It was just surreal. I haven’t scored a goal like that before.
“This a dream come true. No one believed we could do this at the beginning of the year, except us, all the guys in the locker room. Each in every day we grinding it out, it’s just a dream.”
Just three minutes later, Franklin doubled its lead. Senior Matt Pleshaw fired a wrist shot from inside the blue line that was blocked down. Before LoRusso could smother the puck, junior Joey Blasie poked it in to make it 2-0 with 5:14 left in the period.
Video courtesy of Gavin Mealey
The Spartans cut the deficit in half just 11 seconds into the second period when Eric Pedro knocked in rebound of shot by Dante Maribito.
But Franklin had an answer just minutes later as Alec Gilliatt found sophomore Jeremy Miller behind the net. Miller skated around and found a perfect passing lane between the post and a defenseman to feed freshman Kevin Mackay. Mackay took a step in and sniped one top shelf to make it 3-1 with just over 12 minutes to play in the second period.
Franklin took a 3-1 lead into the final period but once again St. Mary’s found early period success. Less than a minute in, Conor Foley batted in rebound for powerplay goal to make it 3-2. Just three minutes later, Maribito found the back of the net for his third point of the net to tie the game 3-3.
“Huge momentum swings,” Spillane said. “They started to carry the play and their offensive kids started to open up the ice. Nick did a great job making the saves he needed to make. We talked about team defense, keeping them high on the forecheck and the defensive guys winning the battles and chipping the puck out.
“That was a great hockey team we played tonight, it was back and forth and both teams had chances to win. I’m proud of my kids, they responded.”
The Panthers nearly had the winner at the end of the third period but LoRusso went post to post to deny Jake Downie with 1:11 to go.
Neither side produced a clear scoring chance in the 12 minute overtime period but Franklin goalie Nick Jasinski came up with a huge kick save off a redirection in the opening minutes of the second overtime. Just two minutes later, the Panthers had the game winner.
Like it has been all season, the Panthers got contributions from all three lines — and four different goal scorers.
“Four different goal scorers and that’s kind of been the key to our success,” Spillane said. “You can’t really one focus on that one player. I said in the locker room after overtime, someone in this room is going to be a hero. Who wants to be that hero tonight? Luke’s been playing great hockey for us, midseason he just turned it on. As a sophomore it’s great to see him be that hero. Also, Kevin Mackay scored his first high school goal tonight. That’s quite a team to score your first goal of the year. That’s the type of team we are. There are no one or two superstars, it’s 22 kids out there having the same belief, working hard and just grinding it out.”
“To win championships, you have to have depth and that’s what we have,” Corsi added. “Everyone believed and look at where we are now.”
The Panthers were somewhat of an unknown coming into season after graduating 21 seniors from a squad that made a historic run to the Super 8 last season. Now this year’s team has created its own place in history.
“I think it gives us a little validity as a program that we can do that, anytime you graduate that many seniors it’s a challenge,” Spillane said. “It just tells us what our junior varsity and youth programs are like. We have a lot of kids that want to wear that jersey and they’re going to wait around until they get that opportunity. We have 13 seniors this year and very few of them skated last year, if any. They waited four years to put that jersey on and they made the most of it.
“It feels good but it’s not about the coaching staff. Yeah we’re excited but it’s about seeing the faces on these kids in that locker room, how excited they are and how committed they were to win the hockey game. I know a lot of people said it’s a rebuilding year but I guess they thought different.”
Franklin hockey finished the season with an 18-4-5 record.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.
FRANKLIN, Mass. – There is not a single player that took the ice for Franklin on Wednesday night that had ever played against perennial power Malden Catholic. The game was billed as a rematch of last year’s Super 8 first round but in truth it was more of a learning experience, a building block for the Panthers.
With a Div. 1 tournament berth locked up and a fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title already sewn up, the Panthers used the exclusion game against the Lancers at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink as preparation for the playoffs.
Although the Lancers skated away with a 6-0 victory, the chance to play the No. 2 team in the state could be a boost for Franklin.
“They’re stronger, faster. No doubt about it,” said Franklin coach Chris Spillane. “Every 50-50 battle they won. They’re good with puck possession and they’re faster.”
“Hopefully we see that this level is how we have to play.”
At the start of the game, Franklin matched the speed of the Lancers and came out with enough energy to get MC back on its heels. The Panthers went on the power play just 1:02 into the game and had five early shots on goal.
Unfortunately for Franklin, the initial burst of energy could not be sustained against the Lancers edge in speed and their ability to move the puck from back to front quickly. An early breakaway Justin Collins was a warning of what was to come, but Nick Jasinski made a kick save to deny the opening goal.
“In the first five minutes, we had a power play and had a couple shots on net and I was thinking okay let’s get one here and see what happens,” said Spillane.
He added, “If we play like we did in the first period during the final stretch than we’ll be fine and we’ll compete in the tournament. You’re not going to see too many teams of that caliber.”
MC dominated the second period, outshooting the Panthers 13-3 and scoring three goals, although it took nearly 10 minutes of the second before finally finding the back of the net. When they did, the Lancers took no time at all to find a second.
Nick Botticelli got the first with a burst down the right side and a wrister from the circle that squeezed just inside the arm of Jasinski. Only 41 seconds later and the lead was doubled through Colin Nestor, who found a loose puck in the slot and fired it home. With 1:08 left in the period, Cam Walter poked home a rebound that was lying just under Jasinski’s pad to make it 3-0.
“We play them every year and we seem to hang tough for a period but then that first goal comes,” said Spillane. “I saw it coming tonight but I just wish our guys could’ve popped one in to give them a little more confidence.”
Franklin managed to get the opening five shots of the third period. Sophomore Jeremy Miller continued his stellar season by creating a few chances including one shot from the slot that forced a nice kick save from MC goalie Kyle Casey. Senior defenseman Tyler Oakes also jumped into the play for a shot.
Once again, the Lancers scored in bunches and this time put the game away. Ryan Noonan scored on a two on one off an assist by Sean Wrenn and then just 16 seconds later Walter got his second of the night from an acute angle to make it 5-0. Nestor pounced again with a minute remaining to close out the scoring.
Playing MC is about taking the game to the next level and for a Franklin roster filled with youth, this was a good lesson in what it will take to get ready for the tournament.
Spillane explained, “The only thing I told them in the locker room was that you need to have an internal clock because once you get to three its to going to be knocked away or they’re going to back check you.”
It was also an exclusion game, so the Panthers will not lose ground in seeding for the tournament by challenging themselves against the best.
“If we keep playing them then one time we’ll beat them and I can say we’re not playing anymore,” Spillane joked. “Until that time comes we’re going to keep playing them.”
Franklin (10-4-3, 7-0-2) will travel to face St. John’s (Shrewsbury) on Saturday.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
By Josh Perry, Managing Editor
FRANKLIN, Mass. – The top two teams in the Hockomock have been struggling to score goals consistently this season and on Saturday afternoon at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink Canton and Franklin continued to find offense hard to come by in a scoreless tie that provided plenty of excitement despite the puck never finding the back of the net.
“I joked with Coach Spillane in the line, if that doesn’t sum up both of our seasons right there then I don’t know what does,” said Canton coach Brian Shuman. “We’re both struggling to put the puck in the net.”
“Ironically that was one of the most wide open Franklin-Canton games. We both had plenty of chances.”
Franklin coach Chris Spillane agreed with those sentiments. All season he has talked about the need for players to step up on the offensive side and that continued against the Bulldogs.
“Canton has the same disease as Franklin, can’t put the puck in the net,” he laughed. “Both teams had really good opportunities and maybe credit the goaltenders, they stepped up and made stops when they had to but yeah it was a game with very few quality, wow that should’ve been a goal.”
Franklin had the first chance of the game just two minutes in. Alex Bissanti and Luke Downie combined to create an opening to slide a pass across the crease to Adam Assad charging in at the back post but the junior was not able to put the puck on net under pressure from the defenseman.
With 7:44 left in the first, Jeremy Miller had a chance after intercepting a poor clearance but his shot from the slot was wristed wide.
Canton held a 5-4 edge in shots after the first but the Panthers dominated territorially in the second, controlling the puck in the Bulldogs’ zone for the opening four minutes of the period and managing five shots on goal. Despite Franklin’s domination of possession, it was Canton that had the best chances.
Midway through the period, Jim Jenkins redirected a shot from the point but was denied by a quick kick save by Nick Jasinski (15 saves). Nearly two minutes later, Canton had two great chances, both created by Matt Lazaro. He set up Bobby Mullaney for a shot from the slot with a behind the back pass but it went wide and then 30 seconds later he had another chance on an odd-man rush and was stoned at the near post by Jasinski.
“Any time that their first line was on the ice they seemed to have a little edge,” said Spillane. “Lazaro creates opportunities and other than that it was equal. He’s always finding those second and third trailers and giving them good opportunities.”
With 4:23 left in the second Miller had another shot on a rebound in the slot but Justin Slocum (25 saves) stood tall and denied the close-range chance.
“You can’t discount what the goaltenders did,” said Shuman. “They made some big saves on both ends.”
The third period was a replica of the second. Franklin outshot Canton 21-10 in the final two periods and had almost constant pressure on the Bulldogs back line, but defensemen Jackson Maffeo, C.J. Martin, D.J. Trerice, and Ryan Lodge helped Slocum keep the Panthers off the board.
Shuman explained, “They were all over us for very long stretches of time. I thought they outplayed us for long part of that game, but we still had chances to win it. It was an exciting game.”
Canton also had the two best scoring chances of the third, despite only recording four shots in the period. Brad Murphy created the first with a charge up the far boards and a pass right across the crease that Bubba McNeice directed towards goal but Jaskinski snatched it. With 1:01 remaining, Lazaro had a clear look from the slot but again the Franklin goalie stood tall to save.
“That’s what you get with us,” said Spillane about the rivalry. “There was very little flow, it was back and forth, hard forechecking, hard hits…it’s good hockey, good to watch.”
He also credited his defensemen for keeping shots from getting all the way to the goaltender. Joe Corsi made a diving intervention to block a 2-on-1 in the first period and he and fellow seniors Matt Pleshaw and Tyler Oakes and freshman Kevin McKay were regularly in the way.
“Sometimes, I think it was more out of panic, sliding around, but today I think that we did line up with them well and play good, positional defensive hockey,” said Spillane.
It was a game that had the potential to break open, but both teams came in struggling to create offense and that continued, although both will go home with an important point and still unbeaten in the league this season.
“We just couldn’t put it away and sometimes that happens,” said Shuman. “Two good teams, good defenses and a couple guys holding the stick a little tight and throwing it at the pads.”
Franklin (7-3-3, 5-0-2) will travel to Asiaf Arena to face Stoughton on Wednesday, while Canton (10-2-1, 7-0-1) will travel to Aleixo Arena to face Attleboro on Monday.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below.
Franklin, 13 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Ryan Hohmann netted his first career hat trick and seniors Jake Downie and Alex Bissanti each scored a pair of goals. Tyler Oakes, Jack Chaffee, Sean Hedvig, Luke Downie and Jeremy Miller each scored once for the Panthers.
Oliver Ames, 6 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – OA senior Matt Mancini scored a hat trick and Max Ward, Jack Maloney and Connor Howe each scored once for the Tigers. Zach Walsh picked up his second shutout of the season in net.
Mansfield, 1 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – Matt Farragher scored a power play goal to put Mansfield up but Kyle McCarthy responded with a power play goal to even the game.
Taunton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBA
Milford @ Canton, 7:00 – Postponed to TBA
Foxboro, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 28 – Final
Franklin, 48 @ St. John’s Prep, 18 – Final
Mansfield @ King Philip, 7:00
Taunton @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBA
Sharon, 39 @ Stoughton, 36 – Final
Attleboro, 100 @ Franklin, 53 – Final
Milford, 90 @ Oliver Ames, 80 – Final
Taunton vs. Coyle Cassidy, 4:00
Attleboro, 63 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Milford, 98 @ Oliver Ames, 72 – Final
Taunton vs. Coyle Cassidy, 4:00
Sharon, 137.7 vs. Shrewsbury, 140.6 – Final
Sharon, 137.7 @ Algonquin, 136.3 – Final
Canton, 2 @ Hingham, 2 – Final
Franklin, 2 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final
King Philip, 1 vs. Medfield, 5 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Cohasset/Hanover, 5 – 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.
By Josh Perry, Managing Editor
FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Panthers have been on a roll in Hockomock League play. Franklin came into Sunday night’s game with King Philip at Pirelli Veterans Memorial Rink having won 14 straight games in the league, including a perfect 10-0 last year and the first three games of this season’s league schedule.
But as the clock was winding down in the third period, the Warriors looked poised to end that remarkable win streak. With 6:23 left to play, Joey Blasie pounced on a rebound to knock the puck home and finish one of Franklin’s numerous scoring opportunities. The goal canceled out Sam Ross’ first period goal and sent both teams home with a point.
“Evan kept us in it; kept us with the lead,” said KP coach Paul Carlow. “This is probably one of the best public school programs in the state year in, year out, so anytime that you can get a point against them you’ll take it.”
Franklin coach Chris Spillane was blunt in his assessment of the game. He explained, “Our boys learned real quick that you don’t win games just by showing up. King Philip showed up and worked their a—s off and we didn’t.”
The Panthers came out sluggish in the first period. Passing was erratic, the skating was slow, and the hosts struggled at times to control the puck. KP took advantage.
Jeremy Smith sent the first warning shot with a blast from the point that rang the post off a face-off win by Nick Connor. Two minutes later, Matt Smith slid a pass across the crease to a wide open Jacob Kelly but the junior forward’s shot from point-blank range was chipped over the bar.
With 8:05 left in the period, KP made the Panthers pay for the slow start. As Blasie raced from the box back into play, Ross found himself with the puck on his stick on the right side of goal and flicked his shot on net. The puck slipped through a screen and under Nick Jasinski’s pads for the opening goal; the first of the season for the senior.
“No bigger time than to get one against Franklin, right?” asked Carlow. He added, “I think when you get power plays, you have to take advantage. We’ve been working on it and the boys got one.”
Franklin had its chances as well. Remmes made 36 saves on the night and he was increasingly put under pressure as the game wore on. He made a quick reaction kick save to rob Thomas Sicchio in the first and then somehow managed to get a piece of a Jake Downie shot from the edge of the crease; sitting on the puck and keeping it out.
In the third period, just a minute before Franklin tied it, Remmes kept KP in front by getting a toe on a chance for Jeremy Miller who was left all alone by a great pass across the front of goal by Adam Assad.
“He played outstanding,” said Carlow. “You get that out of seniors in a big game. He played well against Canton and he played well tonight.”
In addition to the play of the KP goaltender, Franklin also missed a series of good chances. Brendan O’Rielly had a chance on an open net after Remmes stopped Tyler Oakes’s shot from the point in the first but smashed his shot off the bar. Luke Downie had a similar opportunity in the second on a rebound, again from an Oakes shot, but his effort bounced away off the far post.
“We had plenty of chances to score goals and guys don’t bear down to finish the easy goals and it’s frustrating to watch,” said Spillane. “We missed a lot of open nets, a lot of rebounds, a lot of shots were right at the goaltender when we had open ice.”
The Panthers outshot KP 16-4 in the second period, but the Warriors still created chances. Matt Smith skated in alone but his shot missed the net at the short side. As the period wound down, he had another good opportunity, this time from the right circle, and again went for Jasinski’s blocker side but again it went wide. In the opening 30 seconds of the third, Smith set up Ross in the slot but Jasinski (16 saves) was positioned well to clock the shot.
The pressure would eventually tell for the Panthers. Luke Downie collected the puck behind Remmes and tried to skate in front and score but the goalie kicked it away. Unfortunately for KP, the rebound went straight to Blasie and finally Franklin had someone finish.
Spillane said, “I give them a little credit that they worked hard to grab a point and we battled, but these are games that they have to come out and play 45 minutes. If they don’t play 45 minutes then this is the result against any team in our league.
With 3:20 left, Franklin nearly won the game when O’Reilly’s shot slipped past Remmes and sat right on the line. Cory Lombardo saved his goalie and his team by clearing the puck away. Franklin’s momentum was stymied as twice in the final 5:30 the Panthers were forced to go on the penalty kill.
“They were just unnecessary penalties that put you on the kill and then you’re wasting guys legs as the clock is ticking down,” Spillane said.
The Warriors scored five unanswered goals in the third period on Wednesday to come from behind and beat Taunton. Carlow believes that energy and confidence carried over and helped the Warriors grab a point at Franklin.
“I think that third period against Taunton coming back from a four-goal deficit, a period like that can turn your season,” said Carlow. “I think the guys came out tonight and played off that and gave us three good periods.”
Spillane was clearly disappointed with his team’s performance. After so much success in recent seasons, this may be a wake-up call for an atypically inexperienced roster. When Spillane was asked about it, he chuckled.
“Tomorrow morning they have a wake up call at 7 a.m., I can tell you that,” he said. “We will have a good skate.”
On Wednesday, Franklin (5-3-2, 3-0-1) will play host to divisional rival North Attleboro in a huge game in the Kelley-Rex standings. King Philip (5-4-1, 3-1-1) will travel to Aleixo Arena to face Attleboro.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 5 @ Old Rochester/Fairhaven, 8 – Final – Jake 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 – Final – The 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.
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)
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).
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).
Attleboro, 135.45 @ King Philip, 131.35 – Final
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
By HockomockSports.com Staff
Keagin Larkin, Attleboro – The Bombardiers made an improbable run to the Div. 3 South semifinal last season and one of the reasons for their success was the play of Larkin in the tournament. The senior forward returns as one of Attleboro’s biggest threats on offense. He scored seven goals and had 17 assists last year and he will hope to be able to create scoring opportunities along with P.J. Elliott and Jake Parker. Larkin has good stick skills and is tenacious in the attacking zone, both in the corners and crashing the net. If Larkin can stay healthy, Attleboro could get the chance to surprise some more people in the tournament.
Matt Lazaro, Canton – Over the past two seasons, Lazaro has been the top Canton’s top goal scorer and the former HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year is primed for another super season. He scored 24 goals (and 16 assists) in his sophomore campaign and had 26 goals (and 17 assists) last season, both a team-high. He doesn’t score with power but his speed can cause havoc for defenses and he’s able to sneak by a lot of defenders. Once he gets in close, he’s one of the toughest forwards to try and stop if you’re a goalie.
Jackson Maffeo, Canton – The reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year returns to man the blue line for the preseason favorite to win the league title. Maffeo is a smooth defenseman with puck skills and late last season he became much more aggressive looking for his own shot from the point. Now in his third year on varsity, Maffeo reads the play as well as anyone in the league and has become more physical over the past two seasons. The Bulldogs remain one of the contenders for the DIv. 2 South title and, considering some losses on the forward lines, the defense could be a major reason why. Maffeo is now a veteran in the program and he will be expected to be a leader out on the ice.
Tyler Oakes, Franklin – The senior defenseman is a newcomer to the Franklin program after spending time with the South Shore Kings last season. For the Kings, Oakes played 23 games and scored a goal and an assist. He is a little bit of an unknown for the coaches and the rest of the Hockomock but Franklin coach Chris Spillane said that he is a solid offensive defenseman that will step right in and contribute. After losing 21 players to graduation, Franklin needed someone to step in and Oakes could prove to be the right player to help fill in for the hole left by Mason Saunders and Kyle Filbert, both of whom liked to push forward into the attacking zone. Oakes’s return could be perfect timing for the Panthers.
Collin Cooke, King Philip – The sophomore forward is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he total double digits in goal (11) and assists (10). Cooke, who also played for the U-16 South Shore Kings, has strong stick skills and speed to burn. He showed the ability to fight in the corners and to find his way to the dangerous areas in front of the goal. Not every scoring opportunity had to be a pretty one on the break, which is impressive for a young player. Now that he has acclimated to the pace and physicality of the varsity game, Cooke could be in for an even bigger season this winter under new coach Paul Carlow.
Matt Farragher, Mansfield – The Hornets head into another season as one of the favorites to challenge Franklin in the Kelley-Rex and Farragher is one of the players that will be counted on to pour in the goals for Mansfield. Coming off a season in which he was named an honorable mention for all-star by the league’s coaches. He emerged as one of the team’s top scorers as a sophomore and could be ready for a breakout season along with fellow juniors Pat Sunderland and Chad Piotti, as the Hornets turn to the next crop of talented forwards.
Brian Ireland, Milford – There aren’t too many returning starting goalies this year but Brian Ireland is one of them and he’s got a lot of experience under his belt. After seeing minimal time his freshman year, Ireland has been the main man for the Scarlet Hawks the last two years and will be in the role — maybe even more so — this year. He has five shutouts over the past two seasons and had 1,002 saves coming into the season this year. He improved his GAA by nearly a half a point from his sophomore to junior seasons. He’s quick moving side to side and reads the play well and get position himself well.
Erik Clements, North Attleboro – The Rocketeers will be looking to try to replace all of the offense that graduated with Sean Young but head coach Steve Snizek has plenty of options and that includes junior Erik Clements, now in his third varsity season. There are a lot of experienced Rocketeers that will require attention but Clements is a big, strong forward that not only can power his way forward but is also shifty. He has 18 career goals in his two years while his 20 career assists shows he’s more than just a player focused on putting the puck in the net. If he gets an open shot it will be trouble for opposing goalies.
Mark Sheehan, Stoughton – Stoughton hasn’t had a lot of wins over the past couple of seasons but senior Mark Sheehan has been a bright spot for head coach Dan Mark. He’s had a team-best 30 points over the past two seasons, including 14 goals in his sophomore year. With the puck on his stick, Sheehan is one of the fastest players on the ice and has no fear of going right at defensemen. Whether he chooses to just blow by them or go through them with a deke is what makes him hard to handle for opponents. He has a good shot too and is already off to a good start with three goals in two games this season.
Nick Terry, Taunton – Although Terry is a junior, he already has three years of varsity experience for the Tigers after playing as an eighth grader. Each year, Terry has improved his skating and positioning and it has shown with his play. Through three years, Terry has three goals as a defenseman and 25 assists so far. Terry’s ability to read the play and force a turnover and then has improved his puck moving skills to get the offense in gear. During his junior season we could see an increase in scoring if Terry can get up the ice.