Boys Prep Hockey – Game Highlights: Avon, Salisbury Split Final Series; Wyoming Seminary Wins Three

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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The Avon Old Farms and Salisbury hockey teams are certainly quite familiar with each other, as these top prep programs have found a way to play some quality hockey during this unprecedented season. They recently met for the ninth and tenth times, splitting a home-and-home series.

In the first game at Salisbury, the Crimson Knight rode goals from Tommy Rooney, Cole Eichler and Trey Deere, and the stout goaltending of Austin McNicholas, to a 3-1 win.

The following afternoon at Avon, the Winged Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 5-3 win behind five different goal scorers – J.P. Turner, Jake Geraci, P.J. Neal, Chase Raneri and Brendan Williams.

Johnny Hagan

* Tilton picked up its first two wins of the season, sweeping a series with Lakes Region rival Holderness. In a 5-3 win, the Rams scored four third period goals to rally for the victory. Ben Muthersbaugh had two goals, including an empty-netter, Johnny Hagan had the game-winner, and Sean Walsh and Ryan Pomposelli also scored. Tilton followed that up with a 7-3 win, as Muthersbaugh scored three times and Walsh twice.

Nick Townshend
New Hampton

* In the first game of their two-game set, New Hampton got third period goals from Ronny Paragallo and Marek Pechr to slip past Brewster Academy. Nick Townshend and Joe Gillett also scored. The Huskies then won the second game by an 8-3 count, as Paragllo fired home four goals. Gillett, Nate Novitsky, Evan Moore and Jake Terra also dented the twine.

* Wyoming Seminary swept three games over the weekend. They edged Hoosac, 3-1, on Friday with goals from Nathan Gines, Cristobal Tola and George Kolovos. The Knights then took a pair of 4-1 wins over Shady Side Academy on the road. Brendan Ma and Tola each scored twice in the series, while Kolovos, Ryder Kunin, Jace Phillips and Alex Lee also had goals. Kyle Folkerson registered four assists in the pair of wins over Shady Side.

* Peter Papadopoulos made 39 saves and Kenny Maxwell and Gavin Long had key goals as Canterbury downed the Elite Hockey Academy, 3-1.

* Cushing outlasted BB&N, 6-2, with two goals from Nikita Belik and single strikes from Owen Paskowski, Joe Bennett, Seamus Cummings and Ethan Gardula.

* Dexter Southfield took on the RI Hitmen and roared back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 5-4 OT win.  Jonathan Lanza had the game-winner in extra time. Donovan O’Neil had two goals, including the tying tally. Bobby Landry and Patrick Morrissey had goals as well.

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