Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/27/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Hockey
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
Wrestling
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
Swimming
Boys
Attleboro, 100 @ Franklin, 53 – Final
Milford, 90 @ Oliver Ames, 80 – Final
Taunton vs. Coyle Cassidy, 4:00
Girls
Attleboro, 63 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Milford, 98 @ Oliver Ames, 72 – Final
Taunton vs. Coyle Cassidy, 4:00

Gymnastics
Sharon, 137.7 vs. Shrewsbury, 140.6 – Final
Sharon, 137.7 @ Algonquin, 136.3 – Final
Girls Hockey
Canton, 2 @ Hingham, 2 – Final
Franklin, 2 vs. Westwood, 3 – Final
King Philip, 1 vs. Medfield, 5 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Cohasset/Hanover, 5 – Final

Jenkins Scores Twice To Help Canton Solve Walsh, OA

Canton's Jack Goyetch (11) and OA goalie Zach Walsh watch as Jim Jenkins' (not pictured) shot fins the back of the net. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Canton’s Jack Goyetch (11) and OA goalie Zach Walsh watch as Jim Jenkins’ (not pictured) shot fins the back of the net. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
BROCKTON, Mass. – Canton broke a scoreless deadlock in the final seconds of the second period then added an empty net goal late in the third period to earn a 2-0 win over Oliver Ames.
The Bulldogs didn’t struggle with quantity when it came to scoring chances, registering 27 shots in the first 29 minutes but couldn’t beat OA goalie Zach Walsh with their quality chances.
It wasn’t until the final minute of the second period when a quality chance finally found its way past Walsh. Canton senior defenseman CJ Martin took control of the puck, skated down to the corner and then toward’s the back of the goal. Instead of wrapping around, Martin dished the puck right in front to senior Jim Jenkins, who buried it to make it 1-0.
Canton had the advantage in shots in the first period with a 12-3 edge and had a power play but didn’t have a serious scoring chance. That changed in the second period.
Junior Tommy Kilduff had the first chance in the first minute, putting a backhand attempt on goal off a rebound but Walsh stopped it with a sprawling save. At the other end of the period, senior Matt Lazaro’s saucer pass found the stick of Jenkins on a two on one but his shot was pushed aside by Walsh.
“I thought the days of OA goaltenders making incredible says that I’ve rarely seen before were behind us,” Canton head coach Brian Shuman said. “Their goalie played great and they played well, they’re a good team. They grinded it out and they force you to execute. Those guys played a really good game and frustrated some of our better players. They beat us up with some big hits and outworked us in a couple spots but we grinded it out, we battled back and we did what we had to do to get the W.”
“One mistake, we had a bad change,” OA head coach Mark Homer said. “We were skating with them, we were battling with them and we made that one mistake. When you play a good team like that they’re going to capitalize and that’s what [Canton] did. I thought our third period there was a fight in our guys. Against Medway and Franklin we might have let up a little bit but tonight they had a will to win. It’s great when you’re that close and you score the goal to tie it but it’s so frustrating to be that close and lose on just one mistake. Our younger kids continue to improve too.
“We had to play a lot in our own end. We didn’t get a ton of offensive opportunities and you need to have more against a team like Canton. We started winning more battles in the third but we just didn’t get enough opportunities.”
Shots were even in the third period but Canton couldn’t get another by Walsh and OA didn’t muster up any serious scoring chances against Bulldog goalie Justin Slocum.
Midway through the period, Bobby Mullaney took possession just over his own blue line, skated through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone but his shot clanked off the crossbar and into the netting.
In the final two minutes, Jenkins fed Lazaro on a two on one but again Walsh came up with the save, this one while falling backwards.
With Walsh pulled and OA trying to get control in the offensive end, Jenkins got to a loose puck first, tipped it forward and buried the empty netter for his second goal of the game.
“You hate to say it but for a lack of a better word it was an ugly game,” Shuman said. “There were passes going off skates, guys looking for pucks behind them on both ends. Sometimes those games – college, high school, the NHL – they happen. When teams know each other so well and they know each other’s tendencies, they can both take those things away and what they want to do. And the result sometimes is just an ugly game.”
Neither team got a real rhythm going and neither side was able to set up in the attacking zone – there was only one penalty and it came in the first period – mostly because of the play of the defenses, with both coaches crediting their defensemen.
“I think our defense played very, very well,” Shuman said. “A guy like DJ Trerice, I thought he had his strongest game of the season and he keeps getting better and better the more ice time he gets. He was rock solid back there. There was a shift where OA had come chances and looked like they’d get another and he got his stick right in there. The defense played well and limited their shots.”
Slocum had 14 saves for the shutout win. Walsh finished with 30 saves for the Tigers.
“Walshy came out of his shell today, I think that’s the best game he’s played,” Homer said. “They had probably a dozen really, really good opportunities in front and he made some acrobatic saves, desperation saves. He was focused, he played well enough for us to win and that’s what he has to do against teams like this. I’m happy for him. He struggled a little bit earlier in the season and Jimmy Tierney’s name kept being mentioned so he’s had to fill some big shoes. He’s growing up out there and he’s gained confidence.”
Canton (10-2-1, 7-0) became the first Hockomock team to qualify for the state tournament and inched closer to clinching another Davenport title and will have a chance to clinch at least a share when they travel to Franklin on Saturday. Oliver Ames (6-4-1, 4-2) will try to get back on track on Wednesday with a trip to Foxboro.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

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

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

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

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

Downie and Miller Spark Panthers Against OA

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Jake Downie (9) and Jeremy Miller (5) each scored a pair of goals for the Panthers in a 5-0 victory over OA. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Heading into their first Hockomock game of the season, the Panthers seem to have solidified the blue line, but there are still question marks about who will provide the goals for the defending league champs.

On Wednesday night at Pirelli Veterans Arena, senior Jake Downie and sophomore Jeremy Miller provided the offensive punch. The second line forwards contributed four goals and two assists to propel the Panthers to a 5-0 victory over visiting Oliver Ames.

“Those two guys have been pretty consistent for us,” said Franklin coach Chris Spillane about Downie and Miller, who have been the team’s top scorers this season.

While he praised his second line for its production, he also added, “We need to rely on our first line a little more. If you’re going to have success then you need to have three lines contributing and right now we sort of have one going for us.”

The first line of Adam Assad, Alec Gilliatt, and Alex Bissanti started the game well, despite not having played in a full week due to a postponement on Saturday. Just four minutes in, Assad was robbed by a Zach Walsh kick save and just about three minutes later Gillatt set up Bissanti but Walsh went post to post to deny the point-blank chance.

The Panthers dominated the first period, but could not find a way past Walsh. The sophomore made 11 of his 30 saves in the first and kept the Tigers in the game. But, in the second, Franklin finally found the breakthrough.

A shot from the point by Stanley Carter was knocked down by Walsh and the puck sat in the crease for a second before Miller smartly tapped it to the left to a wide open Downie to finish into the open net.

“The defense threw it at the net,” said Miller, “and I was just kind of in front battling and he was where he was supposed to be on the back door.”

Downie added, “I was in the right spot and it just happened to pop out to me.”

Although the Tigers only managed five shots in all three periods and spent long stretches in the defensive zone, OA had several scoring chances. Senior Ben Litwack was left alone in the slot with four minutes left in the first but his shot was right into the pads of Nick Jasinski and early in the second Jared Costello sped forward and forced the goalie into another good kick save.

“At 1-0, they had some great chances and it easily could’ve been a 2-1 game for them,” said Spillane. “Nick’s been in there all year for us, he’s battle-tested, and he’s been making save after save for us.”

OA coach Mark Homer said, “I thought we were in survival mode too much during the game and maybe that comes with the inexperience we have, but I told the guys I don’t care if you’re a freshman or a senior if you’re on this team then we need to perform to their capabilities.”

Assad nearly doubled Franklin’s lead less than two minutes after Downie’s opener, but his great move to get past the defense ended with a shot ringing off the inside of the post.

Just 17 seconds into the third period, OA went on the power play, but the Tigers could not take advantage and did not get a shot on goal. Fifteen seconds after the penalty expired and with OA still pressed forward, a loose puck bounced onto the stick of Downie and he finished his breakaway to make it 2-0.

“It’s unfortunate because that was a good opportunity and we didn’t capitalize,” said Homer of the power play chance.

“The whole night we seemed to be playing too much in our own end. You’re facing a team that’s got fresh legs every shift with three or four lines…you get that energy that gets taken away.”

With 6:11 remaining the floodgates opened for the Panthers and it was another heads up play by Miller that broke it open. Freshman defenseman Kevin McKay fired a shot from the point that was blocked in front and Miller was first to react and flicked a shot past Walsh.

Brendan O’Reilly managed to make it 4-0 on a fluky goal after Walsh had saved the original chance. The puck was cleared off the Franklin player’s leg and looped over the stranded goalie. With just 42.5 left, Downie picked out Miller with a perfect pass on an odd-man rush and the sophomore tapped it in to complete the scoring.

Homer insisted this was a learning experience for the Tigers (3-2, 1-1) early in the season, including for his sophomore netminder, who is trying to fill the pads of graduated goalie Jimmy Tierney.

“He made some good stops early and kept us in the game,” said Homer of Walsh. “We need to work with him on controlling his rebounds because they got a lot off second or third opportunities…and that’s not entirely his fault.”

The Panthers (3-3-1, 1-0) are back to .500 after the win, but Franklin has also played a very difficult schedule that has included perennial powers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. According to Miller, the early competition has forced Franklin to improve quickly.

“It’s been a huge change,” he explained, “because we came in here and didn’t really know what to expect. We lost a lot of guys last year and so it’s definitely more than anyone expected.”

Spillane agreed there has been progress, but still expects more for Franklin to compete on the level it has come to expect. He said, “I knew we were going to be offensively challenged at the beginning of the year but we just need those guys to step up and finish some goals.”

OA will host Attleboro on Saturday, while Franklin will travel to Foxboro.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/06/16

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 66 @ Durfee, 76 – Final – Attleboro was even with the Hilltoppers at the end of the first quarter but was outscored by 15 points over the second and third quarters. Jake Dunkley led the Bombardiers with 21 points and nine rebounds, Nate Douglas had 15 points and Kyle Murphy had 11 points and 15 rebounds. 
Girls Basketball
Attleboro, 74 vs. Durfee, 40 – Final – Attleboro let throughout, including a game-high 28 points from senior Emily Houle. Junior Sarah Deyo added 21 points and Samantha Pierce had 10 points. 

Mansfield, 35 @ Bishop Feehan, 45 – Final

Stoughton, 57 vs. Fontbonne, 68 – Final – The Black Knights got within three points in the third quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback. Alecia Quinones had a team-high 15 points and Ava Siegel had nine points for the Black Knights. 
Hockey
Milford, 1 @ Attleboro, 6 – Final – Jake Parker scored a hat trick and PJ Elliott had three assists for Attleboro. Milford’s Brian Ireland made 30 saves in goal. 

Canton, 2 @ King Philip, 1 – Final
Foxboro, 1 @ Taunton, 4 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Jake Downie and Jeremy Miller had two goals and an assist apiece to lead the Panthers. Brendan O’Reilly had the other goal for Franklin and Nick Jasinski recorded 15 saves for the shutout. OA goalie Zach Walsh made 30 saves in the loss. 

Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final
Wrestling
North Attleboro, 66 @ Mansfield, 6 – Final
Indoor Track (@ Reggie Lewis Center)
Boys
Attleboro 30 vs. Mansfield 70 – Final
Canton 25 vs. Stoughton 71 – Final
Franklin 32 vs. Taunton 68 – Final
Milford, 45 vs. Foxboro 55 – Final
King Philip 38 vs. North Attleboro 62 – Final
Oliver Ames 42 vs. Sharon 58 – Final
Girls
Attleboro 15.50 vs. Mansfield 84.50 – Final
Canton 64 vs. Stoughton 36 – Final
Franklin 72 vs. Taunton 28 – Final
Milford 38 vs. Foxboro 62 – Final
King Philip 36 vs. North Attleboro 64 – Final
Oliver Ames 44 vs. Sharon 56 – Final
Swimming
Boys
Foxboro, 58 @ Canton, 86 – Final
Franklin, 36 @ Taunton, 58 – Final
Mansfield, 97 @ Oliver Ames, 82 – Final
Sharon, 122 @ Milford, 48 – Final
Girls
Foxboro, 80 @ Canton, 86 – Final
Franklin, 60 @ Taunton, 34 – Final
Mansfield, 96 @ Oliver Ames, 79 – Final
Sharon, 78 @ Milford, 92 – Final
Gymnastics
Canton, 117.45 @ Sharon, 136.80 – Final
Girls Hockey
Canton, 0 @ Sandwich, 3 – Final
King Philip, 2 @ Franklin, 5 – Final
Stoughton, 0 vs. Cohasset/Hanover, 9 – Final

Oliver Ames Stymied By Dartmouth Goaltender

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Matt Mancini (9) scored a breakaway goal in the third period to cut the Dartmouth lead to 3-2. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

BROCKTON, Mass. – For the past four years, Oliver Ames has been the team that manages to steal a point or even two by turning to its goalie for a big performance. With Jimmy Tierney in goal, the Tigers could be outshot but still have the chance to win the game.

On Wednesday night at Asiaf Arena, OA got a taste of its own medicine.

The Tigers had a 42-18 advantage in shots against Dartmouth only for the Indians to pull out a 3-2 victory thanks to the heroics of senior goalie Tyler Martin, who made 40 saves including one on the doorstep with fewer than five seconds remaining.

Oliver Ames coach Mark Homer had a wry smile when asked how it felt to have a goalie do that to his team rather than the other way around. He said, “You talk to the coach before the game, one of the coaches it’s his son, and he says yeah he’s playing pretty well. Then he comes up big tonight.”

He added, “It happens and you get snakebitten sometimes. We put ourselves in position and it could have been a much different game.”

Eric LeBlanc got the Tigers on the board early in the first period. The sophomore forward finished off assists by Jared Costello and Cullen Gallagher. The lead lasted until 6:56 left in the period when Dartmouth got on the board through Tyler Serpa who followed up a shot by Colin Serpa and smacked in the rebound after Zach Walsh had made three straight saves.

The game stayed tied into the final minute of the first when Garrett Silvia won a face-off in the attacking zone for Dartmouth and then followed up a shot from the point to again score on a rebound and make it 2-1.

Homer said, “That was a big goal in the game. Our weak side forwards didn’t crash down and take care of business at the net.

“We stress that too. Every time there’s two minutes left in the period I’m up and down the bench saying third period rules, get pucks out, get pucks deep, you don’t want to give up any goals.”

The momentum swing at the end of the period did not carry over to the second. OA outshot Dartmouth 14-5 in the period and had three good chances inside the opening two minutes that martin was able to keep out, in particular a glove save that robbed Collin Bourne after a great pass by Ben Litwack.

Two minutes later and the Indians doubled the lead. A quick transition caught the OA defense flat-footed with Scott Shorrock finding space on the left wing and he sped past the last defensemen for a breakaway and just snuck the puck under the pad of Walsh for a 3-1 advantage.

The third period fell into a similar pattern with Oliver Ames pressing for a goal to get back into the game and Dartmouth trying to sneak players behind the defense and catch the Tigers in transition with quick outlets.

With just under five minutes left in the game, Martin pulled off a ridiculous glove save to bat aside a chance by Matt Mancini from the edge of the crease. The goalie was prone after making two blocks but somehow managed to get his arm up to knock the shot to the corner.

Seconds later, Mancini got his revenge on a breakaway. He deked and dragged the puck to the fore hand before sliding it through the five hole to make it 3-2 and give the Tigers hope of snatching a point.

“We’ve got eight freshmen on the squad…so I told the veteran guys that they have to step up,” said Homer. “He did everything that he could other than pushing that final goal across.”

The Tigers kept pushing and Martin kept denying them. Junior defenseman Jack Maloney had a pair of blasts stopped with no rebound and with the final seconds winding down OA had one last chance from close range on a rebound but again Martin found a way to get a shoulder on it and keep the puck out of the net.

“I thought we had a lot of opportunities, but a lot of it was scrappy,” said Homer. “There weren’t a lot of clean plays coming out of our end and we ended up playing a scrappier game.”

Some of the scrappy play can be attributed to having such a young roster and also having only played two games this season and coming off an 11-day break. The Tigers will get another week before game three, when they host King Philip in a non-league meeting.

“You wish that you could win a game like that,” said Homer, “but then you sit back and think how did the game go? I think there’s a lot of potential.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.