EMass. HS Boys Division 3 Highlights: Cambridge Wins Thriller; Swampscott Takes NEC South; Dartmouth Clinches

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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* Thomas McGaffigan and Cambridge played a game of “beat the clock” to beat Newton South. McGaffigan banged home a rebound off a faceoff draw just before the buzzer to give the Falcons a stunning 5-4 victory in a Merrimack Valley/Dual County 3 matchup. He finished with a goal and three assists, while Luc Denney scored twice for Cambridge, including the tying goal with less than four minutes to go.

Liam Locke

* Liam Locke scored twice, including an empty-netter that sealed Swampscott’s 4-2 victory against Peabody to clinch the Northeastern Conference South championship. Drew Olivieri and Matt Griffin added goals for the Big Blue.

* Dartmouth qualified for the postseason with its 4-1 win against Rockland. J.C. Frates led the Indians with two goals and an assist, with Payton Allen and Angelo Nicolosi also scoring. Logan Murphy scored for the Bulldogs.

* Dylan Belchior made 18 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Somerset Berkley continued to roll with a 3-0 victory against Apponequet in the South Coast Conference. Max Aguiar, Josh Pacheco and Evan Affonso scored for the Raiders.

* East Bridgewater rallied with four goals in the third period to knock off South Shore League foe Middleboro, 4-2. Brett Peterson scored twice, Mike LeVine and Tim Sherman added one each for the Vikings, and Ray Carabin made 32 saves.

Joey Manning
St. John Paul II
Sam Jenkins
Essex Tech
Jake Curley
Blue Hills
Kyle Rogers

* Joey Manning broke a scoreless tie with three minutes left, and John Paul II held off Cohasset/Hull, 3-1.

* Nick Ippolito scored twice and added a pair of assists as Essex Tech blanked Minuteman, 6-0, in the Commonwealth Athletic. Sam Jenkins also had a goal and two assists for the Hawks.

* Will Hanly posted the shutout for Upper Cape in its 4-0 Mayflower Athletic victory against South Shore.

* Jake Curley posted a hat trick and Chris Sarno added a pair of goals to lead Blue Hills past Diman, 7-3. Jake Reissfelder also got his first varsity goal for the Warriors, with Joe Picard adding the other tally.

* Kyle Rogers (two goals, assist) and Sean Walsh (goal, three assists) led Hopkinton to a 7-2 victory against Ashland in the Tri-Valley League. Aiden Walsh, Pavit Mehra and Andrew Gilbert each had a goal and assist as the Hillers improved to 11-0-0. Dan Kirk also scored.

Cooper Griffin

* Cooper Griffin’s two goals were the difference for Dover-Sherborn/Weston in its 4-2 victory against Norton. George Herlihy and Ian Chang added goals, and William Sumelius made 24 saves.

Kirk Leach

* Kirk Leach scored twice and also assisted Jack Watts’ tally in Foxboro’s 3-3 tie with Hockomock League rival North Attleboro.

* Karsten Becker’s third-period goal pushed Bourne past Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 1-0, in the South Coast Conference.

* Matt Medeiros scored twice, Max Lague added one and Greater New Bedford edged Old Rochester/Fairhaven, 3-1.

* Manning Morris led five different scorers with a goal and two assists and Hanover took down Quincy, 5-1, in the Patriot League. Kyle Faherty, Christian Sacco, Ethan Davis and Robbie Hanna rounded out the scoring for the Indians.

* Nathan Master scored and Kevin Greene made 22 saves for Watertown in its 1-1 tie with Wakefield.

* Rowan Silva, Anthony Curcuru, Frew Rowen and Gio Recupero each scored for Rockport in its 4-1 victory against St. Joseph Prep.

* Hudson Perry had a goal and assist, Marsh Hickman also scored and Nantucket blanked Dennis-Yarmouth, 2-0, in the Cape & Islands. Mason Sheehan made 17 saves in the loss for the Dolphins.

* Justin Gouveia’s first-period goal was all Bishop Stang needed to ice Latin Academy, 1-0. William Walsh and Matt Dore split the shutout for the Spartans.

* Shane Hamel scored twice for Bellingham in its 6-0 blanking of Minuteman.

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