EMass. D3 Boys Highlights: Cambridge Ices D1 Wellesley; South Shore In Win Column; Milestone for Hopkinton

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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* Cambridge scored one of the most eye-opening wins of the early season by blanking Division 1 Wellesley, 4-0. Junior Lukas Foley-Fiore made 28 saves to backbone the win for the Falcons, who got off to a 2-0-1 start to the campaign.  Cambridge also routed Wayland, 9-2, in an MVC/DCL matchup, and also battled Quincy to a 3-3 nonleague draw.

In other action from a busy first week of Division 3 play across Eastern Mass. …

* Preston Channell scored four times, including a pair of shorthanded goals, and South Shore snapped a 20-game winless streak with a 5-3 victory against Tri-County in the Mayflower Conference. Cole Sheehan also scored and Connor Paquette made 44 saves for the Vikings, whose last win came Feb. 19, 2018, also against T-C. Marcus Arcieri, Brody Dalzell and Bryce Dalzell scored for the Cougars.

Kyle Rogers

* Defending Div. 3 South champion Hopkinton started off with a bang, topping Tri-Valley rival Medfield, 3-2 and giving coach Chris MacPherson his 100th career victory. Will Quinlan scored the game-winner, Pavit Mehra had a goal and assist, and Sean Walsh also scored for the Hillers. Hopkinton followed up with a 7-1 victory against Bellingham. A Kyle Rogers hat trick, and Sean Walsh’s two goals and two assists paved the way. Dan Kirk also scored twice, Tommy Hamblet added three assists, and Drew Saporoschetz, Will Quinlan and Pavit Mehra chipped in two apiece.

* Norton also tied Bellingham, 3-3, getting a goal and assist from Pat Donahue.

* Goals from Cooper DeCristofaro and Robby Saponaro gave Holliston a 2-0 victory against Dover-Sherborn/Weston in the Tri-Valley League. … Senior Levi Trestan, junior Eli Kaplan and freshman Finn Maher all got their first varsity goals in Dover-Sherborn/Weston’s 8-0 victory against East Boston. Senior Ethan Blanchard and junior William Sumelius combined for the shutout.


Ben Baxter
St. John Paul II

* St. John Paul II is off to a fast start with three wins in the opening week. The Lions started it with a 7-1 victory against Stoughton/Brockton behind Ben Baxter’s hat trick. Next was an 8-1 rout of St. Joseph Prep behind a pair of goals each from Joey Manning and Kurtis Weber, and one each from Baxter, Charlie Baroni, Sam Delman and Sean Roycroft. JPII capped the week by beating Latin Academy, 4-1, as Baxter scored twice. Will Delman and Declan Tolley each added one.

* Diman advanced to the final of the Prenda Cup by topping Durfee, 7-3. Noah Jean’s hat trick sparked the Bengals, while Zach Massa scored twice and Noah Currin the other for the Hilltoppers.

Sean Ennis

* Norwell got the early upper hand in the South Shore League with a 2-0 victory against Rockland. Timmy Ward notched his first varsity goal for the Clippers, Harry Reed also scored and Sean Ennis had the shutout. Earlier in the week, Norwell battled Scituate to a 2-2 tie in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game, which the Clippers took on Reed’s shootout goal. … Rockland opened its season with a 2-2 nonleague tie against Watertown. The Bulldogs got goals from Nick Blonde and Zack Phripp, as well as 35 saves from Thomas McSweeney.

* Hanover battled Division 1 power Marshfield to a 3-3 tie. Manning Morris got the equalizer, with Nate Curtis and Ryan Larvey also scoring. Earlier in the week, the Indians held off Patriot League rival North Quincy, 3-1, as Morris scored twice and Christian Sacco had the other.

Cormac Flaherty
North Quincy

* North Quincy bounced back with Wednesday’s 3-1 victory against Pembroke. Cormac Flaherty scored the tiebreaking goal and Ben Wines added an empty-netter. Mike Izzo added a goal for the Red Raiders, with Brendan McCabe scoring for the Titans.

* James Stanislaski picked up his first high school victory as St. Joseph Prep knocked off Cardinal Spellman, 4-1, in the Catholic Central 2.

* Caulin Martel made 39 saves and Dracut/Tyngsboro stayed unbeaten with a 3-1 victory against Newton South. Trevor Freelove notched his first varsity goal for D/T, with Pat Crowley and Cole Bolduc also scored. D/T also opened its season with a 1-0 blanking of Littleton/Bromfield behind Martel’s 29 saves, with Jared DeBruin getting the goal.

Lucas Maregni
Newton South

* Earlier in the week, Lucas Maregni and Newton South blanked Bourne, 3-0, in nonleague play. Nathan Cohen, Michael DeFranco and Ed Tarmey scored for the Lions.

* Essex Tech gave veteran coach Mark Leonard a victory in his Hawks debut, outlasting Minuteman, 5-2, in the Commonwealth Athletic. Chris Grout scored twice for the Hawks, Nick Lennon had a goal and two assists, with Cam Cannizzaro and David Egan scoring once apiece. Jared McLaughlin made 14 saves.

* Rockport got first-year coach Kyle Nelson in the win column as the Vikings scored a 7-3 victory against Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech. Aiden Arnold and Nate Black notched their first career goals, and the Vikings were led by Andrew Guelli (two goals, assist) and Gio Recupero (goal, two assists), as well as Johnny Andrew and Rowan Silva (goal, assist apiece). Dougie Pratt and Mike Nocella also got their first career points with assists.

Conor Donovan

* Drew Olivieri’s hat trick and assist sparked Swampscott in its 4-2 victory against Beverly. Ronan Locke had the other goal for the Big Blue, which got three assists from Conor Donovan. … In a season-opening 5-1 victory against Saugus, Donovan had a pair of goals, with Liam Locke, Zach Pierce and Olivieri adding the others. Griffin Bruhm had a pair of assists.

* Sam Dilley scored his first varsity goal and Bobby Guilford tied it in the third for Silver Lake in a 2-2 stalemate with Plymouth North.

Gavin Fey

* Gavin Fey scored twice and Alex Freeman had the tiebreaking goal for Nantucket in its 4-1 nonleague victory against Old Rochester/Fairhaven. Jack Gammons added a goal for the Whalers.

* Matt Laboeuf, Peter Pimental and Brayden Webster had the goals in Greater New Bedford’s 3-0 nonleague victory against Mashpee/Monomoy. … The Bears also skated past South Shore, 4-1, behind a pair of Matt Medeiros goals. Joao Oliveira and Spencer Raposo had the other goals.

* Mason Sheehan made 32 saves and Dennis-Yarmouth skated past Wareham/Carver, 7-3. Tyler McFarland, Andrew Medeiros and Aiden Powers notched their first varsity goals for the Dolphins.

* Colby Zarba scored his second goal of the game with 39 seconds left to rally Martha’s Vineyard to a 3-3 tie with Attleboro. Owen Dryjowicz, Nate Parker and Aidan Dryjowicz scored for the Blue Bombardiers. … The Vineyard also split a pair of games in the annual Jim Gormley Cup, including a season-opening 1-0 victory against Sandwich. Logan Araujo scored the lone goal for the Vineyarders with 1:38 to play.

* Attleboro split a pair of games earlier in the week, including a 3-2 victory against Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk on goals from Sean Marshall, Aidan Diggin and Aidan Dryjowicz.

* Goals from Kirk Leach, Eoin Reager and Sebastian Ricketts gave Foxboro a 3-1 victory against Attleboro in a non-league matchup of Hockomock teams.

* Freshman Adyn Simmons scored a pair of goals in his first varsity game and Bishop Stang blanked Apponequet, 4-0.

* Ray Carabin backboned East Bridgewater’s 4-1 victory against Blue Hills. Brett Peterson scored twice, Sean Noonan and Gage Lonergan (assist) once each, while Brendan Spillane had three assists and Jack Parry a pair for the Vikings.

* Abington gave coach Bryan Woodford a victory in his debut, 5-2 vs. Cardinal Spellman. Colin McDonald had two goals, and Dave McArthur and John Polito a goal and two assists each for the Green Wave. Michael Pineau added a goal.

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