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Boys Prep Playoff Roundup: Gunnery takes down Kent

Elite Tournament Quarterfinals

 

– #7 Gunnery made the day’s biggest splash, travelling to second-seeded Kent and pinning a 7-3 win over the Lions to move on to the semifinal round. The Highlanders trailed 2-0 before the game was five minutes old, led 4-3 after two and then pulled away in the third period. Nathan Sucese and Alex Mehr each had a pair of goals, while Ryan Dmowski had a goal and two assists.  Mike Lee and Noah Bauld also scored. Lewis Zerter-Gossage connected twice for Kent,  and Jimmy Ricciardi had the other for Kent, which finishes at 20-4-1.

 

– In might have been the most exciting game of the day, defending New England Elite Tourney champion and top-seeded Salisbury needed to go to double overtime to oust eighth-seeded Cushing, 3-2. Derek Barach was the hero for the Crimson Knights, connecting at 14:02 of the second overtime session, his second goal of the day. Mitchell Smith had a first period strike for Salisbury (22-1-4). David Cotton scored both goals for Cushing, which finished 21-10-0. Joey Daccord had 55 saves in the Cushing net. Salisbury will now meet Phillips Exeter on Saturday.

 

– Sixth-seeded Berkshire also had a road win, taking a 3-1 decision of #3 Thayer. Second period goals by Nick O’Connor and Craig Puffer snapped a 1-1 tie. Puffer also scored in the first period. Christian Leahy had the lone goal for Thayer, which finished at 21-5-1.

 

– Four third-period goals propelled #4 Phillips Exeter to a 5-3 win over #5 Nobles and a berth in the semifinal round against Salisbury. Henry Hart scored two goals for Exeter, who got single tallies from Patrick Besse, Spencer Young and Stan Brenner.  Cam Burke had a goal and assist for Nobles, which ended the season at 19-7-1.

 

Large School Quarterfinals

 

Connor Sodergren St. Paul's

Connor Sodergren
St. Paul’s

– Top-seed St. Paul’s won big, defeating eighth-seeded Proctor, 8-3, behind the four-goal effort of David Storto. Connor Sodergren and Austin Ricci each contributed a pair of goals to the offensive attack.

 

– A Henry Marshall overtime goal gave Choate a 4-3 win over Belmont Hill and a date with top-seed St. Paul’s on Saturday.  Jeremy Germain scored two goals for the Wild Boars, and David Barmish had one.

 

– Sixth-seeded Loomis Chaffee pinned a 3-2 defeat on #3 Northfield Mt. Hermon in a game that saw all five goals scored in the first period. The game-winner came on a power play goal with one second left in the period off the stick of Ben Sharf. Tom Chateauvert and Donny Thompson also scored for the Pelicans, while Peter Owen Hayward and Matt Greenwood countered for the Hoggers. Loomis moves on to play at #2 Phillips Andover on Saturday.

Nick Gorski Phillips Andover

Nick Gorski
Phillips Andover

 

– #2 Phillips Andover rallied from two goals down to beat seventh-seeded Taft, 3-2, in a game delayed by about an hour after a shot in pre-game warmup deflected and struck a sprinkler in the ceiling of the rink. Michael Lata’s second goal of the game with 2:20 left in the third period proved to be the difference. Defenseman Nick Gorski had the tying goal early in the third period. Eric Macken and Cole Maier had staked Taft to an early 2-0 lead.

 

 

Small School Quarterfinals

 

Sam D'Antuono Dexter

Sam D’Antuono
Dexter

– Another team that rallied from a two-goal deficit was #1 seed Dexter. Two third period goals by Sam D’Antuono were the difference as Dexter took a hard-fought 3-2 win. First period goals by C. J. Grinnell and Lucas Habich had staked the Saints to the 2-0 advantage. Ryan Donato got the comeback started for Dexter with a second period strike.

C.J. Grinnell Canterbury

C.J. Grinnell
Canterbury

 

–  #5 Groton pulled off a mild surprise, travelling to fourth-seeded Westminster and coming home with a 3-2 win. Ace Cowans, P.J. Johnson and Michael Brown had the goals for the Zebras. Jack Fitzgerald and J.P. Schulen scored for the Martlets.

 

–  Second-seeded Kimball Union needed an overtime goal from Jack McCarthy, assisted by Billy Young, to slip past Millbrook, 5-4. McCarthy finished with two goals on the day, as did junior Tyler Bird (two assists). Ben Finkelstein also had a goal for the Wildcats, who also rallied from a two-goal deficit. Brett Supinski had a goal and assist for Millbrook.

 

– Two goals from Max Shusterman and one from K.J. Moore powered #6 seed Brooks to a 3-0 win over third-seeded Rivers.

 

 

SATURDAY’S SEMIFINALS

 

ELITE TOURNAMENT

Gunnery at Berkshire, TBA

Phillips Exeter vs. Salisbury, site/time TBA

 

LARGE SCHOOL

Choate at St. Paul’s, TBA

Loomis Chaffee at Phillips Andover, TBA

 

SMALL SCHOOL

Groton at Dexter, TBA

Brooks at Kimball Union, TBA

 

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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