Boys Prep Playoff Recap: Top seeds Lawrence Academy, Andover fall

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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Paul MacDonald
Phillips Exeter

– #8 seed Phillips Exeter used three second period goals as a catalyst for a 5-2 win over top-seed Lawrence Academy. After the host Spartans went on top 1-0, Paddy Bogart, Collin Shapiro and Paul MacDonald scored to give Exeter a 3-1 lead. Lawrence closed to 3-2, but the Big Red sealed matters with empty net goals from Gray Betts and Kyle Jadatz. Matt Hayes and Austin Magera scored for Lawrence Academy. Ryan Welch had 32 saves for Exeter.

Bobby Young
Kimball Union

– Exeter’s opponent in a Saturday semifinal will be #4th-seeded Rivers, which held off Belmont Hill, 3-1. Brendan Hamblett, Tyler Capello and Charlie Parsons had goals for the Red Wings. Christian O’Neil had the lone goal for Belmont Hill.

– Host and second-seeded Dexter defeated Salisbury 4-2. Sean Keohan, Jason Rathbone, A.J. Caprio and John McElaney each had a goal for Dexter.

– Kimball Union will be Dexter’s opponent in the other Elite Semifinal on Sunday. The Wildcats got past Thayer Academy, 2-1, in overtime. The hero for KUA was Thomas Samuelson. Bobby Young had a second period goal for the Wildcats.


– #8 seed St. Sebastian’s went on the road and posted a solid 4-1 win over top-seeded Phillips Andover. Tommy Lyons had a pair of goals for the Arrows, while Rory Casey and Brendan Goostray each had one. Jonny Edelson had the goal for the Big Blue.

– St. Sebastian’s will now face fifth-seeded Albany Academy, which ousted #4 seed Taft by a 3-1 score. Remy Parker, Jericho Petkovitch and Joey Pasquini each notched second period goals for the Cadets.

– In an offensive affair, third-seeded Avon Old Farm outlasted Proctor 8-5. The Winged Beavers got three goals from Ryan Lanchbury and singletons from Nick Wildgoose, Trevor Zegras, Matt Kirwan, Ryan Ashe and Will Christensen.

– Avon now faces second-seeded Brunswick which posted a convincing 6-1 win over Milton Academy. Nick VanBelle had a pair of goals for the Bruins. Ed Glassmeyer, Tom Richter, Brendan Gregoire and Jack Forrest all had single tallies.

Cam Berube


Zach Pellegrino

– The top seed in this tournament was able to prevail, as Gunnery blanked eighth-seeded Roxbury Latin, 4-0. Jack Cary, Mark D’Agostino, Matt Danner and Tyler Scott had goals for the Highlanders, who unleashed 54 shots on goal. Zach Pellegrino chipped in with three assists.

– Gunnery will now host red-hot Cushing in a semifinal game Saturday. The Penguins went on the road and blanked Tilton 5-0. Up 1-0 entering the third period, Cushing got goals from Michael Outzen, Cam Walter, Vilho Saariluoma and Cam Berube. Ashton Fry had a first period goal for Cushing.

Chris Lemay
New Hampton

– Pomfret jumped ahead early and held on for a 5-3 win over Winchendon. The Griffins got goals from Jon Beniers, Chris Wright, Billy Berry, Phil Satin and Ben Alofsin. Mike Hardman, Matt Fawcett and Johnny Mulera countered for the Wapiti.

– The Griffins will take on New Hampton in the other Small School semifinal. The Huskies got goals from seven different players in a 7-3 win over Holderness. Lucas Uhler, Harrison Piper, Michael Kesselring, Michael Kane, Brad Shaw, Chris Lemay and Zac Lanoue each lit the lamp for New Hampton.


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