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Boys Prep Quarterfinal Highlights: Top 3 Elite Tournament Seeds Move On

ELITE TOURNAMENT

* Top-seeded Salisbury fell behind 1-0 but came back for an eventual 4-2 win over #8 Westminster. Nick Capone led the attack with a pair of goals for the Knights. Lucas Mercuri and Justin Hryckowian also had goals. Jordie McKenna and Will Gilson had goals for the Martlets.

Jack Dempsey
Dexter Southfield

* John Fusco scored in the first minute and Dexter Southfield never trailed, holding off #4 St. Sebastian’s 3-2. Fusco finished with two goals and Jack Dempsey had one for the winners. Liam Connors and Tommy Lyons had goals for the Arrows, who finish 23-6-0.

Seth Stadheim
Kimball Union

* Junior Seth Stadheim had the lone goal with less than two minutes to go in regulation as two-time defending Elite Tournament champion Kimball Union nipped Gunnery, 1-0. Sullivan Mack and Zach Whitehead had assists on the goal. Veeti Kohvakka made 18 saves.

* Riley Duran scored in overtime to lift #3 Lawrence Academy to a 2-1 win over #6 Northfield Mt. Hermon. David Sacco had a first period goal for the Spartans, who face Kimball Union in a semifinal on Saturday (5pm at KUA).

LARGE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

* Eamon Doheny had two goals, including an empty-netter, to power #1 seed Deerfield to a 4-1 win over #8 Avon Old Farms. Mikey Holland had a goal for the Big Green as did Noah de la Durantaye.

Joe Sharib
Cushing

* #4 Kent doubled up #5 Phillips Andover 4-2 with goals from Tom Raith, Aidan Cobb, Dane Dowiak and Michael Posma. The Lions will travel to Deerfield for a semifinal tilt Saturday.

* #7 Cushing got an early goal from Max Dorrington and an empty-net tally from Brad Zona in a 2-0 shutout win over Phillips Exeter. Joe Sharib pitched the shutout in goal.

* Nobles advanced to the semifinals, needed overtime to oust St. Paul’s, 3-2. Casey Severo was the hero for the Bulldogs, burying the rebound of a John Murray shot. Robert Lapsley and John Cronin also scored for Nobles, which will host Cushing on Saturday.

SMALL SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

* #1 seed Tilton moved on after a 4-1 win over Pomfret. Jack Seymour led the attack with two goals, while Brendan Sjostedt and Jagger Benson each had a goal and assist. Goalie Owen Cuddyer was solid with 35 saves.

Brendan Sjostedt
Tilton

* In the wildest game of the day, Holderness jumped out to a 5-0 lead in its quarterfinal matchup with Proctor and hung on for a 9-6 win. Tim Manning had three goals for the Bulls and Carter Rose and Isaiah Fox chipped in with two.

* #3 Rivers slipped past #6 New Hampton, 5-4. A goal by John Kantaros late in the third period snapped a 4-4 deadlock. The Red Wings also got goals from Phil Tresca, Cade Webber, Ryan Bell and Mike McEachern. Isaac MacLeod had a hat trick for the Huskies.

* Matthew Toporowski had a hat trick as St. Mark’s eliminated Groton, 5-1. Brendan Gibbons and Jackson Coutu added goals for the Lions, who meet top-seeded Tilton in a semifinal Saturday (4 pm).

 

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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