Mass. Boys Division 4 Tournament – Wednesday Recap: Shawsheen Upsets Winthrop; Watertown, Grafton/Blackstone Valley Cruise Into Quarterfinals

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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In a 2022 boys hockey postseason that has followed the power ratings for the most part, the Division 4 bracket is the one that has featured the most “chaos” – with two double-digit seeds making it through to the quarterfinals.

Shawsheen is the latest team to crash the party, as the #12 Rams pulled off a road upset of #5 Winthrop, 5-3, Wednesday night at Larsen Arena. Aiden MacLeod was the star of the show, making 47 saves to backbone Shawsheen while Quinn Fallon and Chase Darcey scored a pair of goals apiece.

The Rams never trailed and used a three-goal second period to take control, two of them shorthanded tallies from Darcey. Fallon scored his first from in tight at the 3:03 mark, and when Winthrop then went on a power play looking to pull even again, Darcey swung the momentum with his first goal – burying a rebound from the left side for a 3-1 lead with 8:39 left in the middle period.

Winthrop did strike on the power play 39 seconds later as J.D. Parker scored on a rebound. Then the Vikings went to the power play again late in the period, but Darcey poked the puck away in the defensive zone and was off to the races, burying another shorthanded goal for a 4-2 lead with 1:48 left in the period.

Once again the Vikings responded as the man advantage continued, as Ari Hain countered off the ensuing faceoff with a rush down the left side.

Thanks in part to MacLeod, it stayed that way until Fallon buried his second into an empty net with 10 seconds to go.

Kyle Gray had the other goal to give Shawsheen an early spark before Pete Silverman tied it with a shorthanded goal for Winthrop before period’s end.

Watertown 8, Dedham 1

The #2 seed Raiders have left nothing to chance, blitzing to their second lopsided win in as many games at John A. Ryan Skating Arena. Watertown has outscored its opposition by a combined 20-1 in the postseason so far.

Mason Andrade and Jack Dickie had a pair of goals apiece, and Alec Banosian added a goal and three assists to lead Watertown.

It was tight for a while, the Raiders taking a 1-0 lead on a Banosian goal before the #15 Marauders tied it on Brendan Stamm’s goal just 7 seconds into the middle period. But it was all Watertown from there. Dickie, James Erickson and Andrade scored to make it a 4-1 lead after two.

Andrade’s second pushed the lead to 5-1 just 38 seconds into the third, and Michael Cormier and Dickie added goals in the third. Mauricio Souza finished with three assists and Anthony Venezia had a pair.

Grafton/Blackstone Valley 6, Worcester 1

In a matchup between Central Mass. Russell Conference rivals, the #7 Gators left no doubt, scoring three times in each of the first and second periods and cruising to the victory at Buffone Arena.

John DeFonzo scored a pair of goals during the first-period flurry for Grafton/Blackstone Valley, which has gone 9-0-1 in its last 10 games since a 4-6-1 start. Included in that stretch was a pair of previous wins over the #10 Wildcats, including a 2-1 victory in the CMADA Class B championship during the final week of the regular season.

Joe Manzi also scored in each period for G/BVT. Drew Breen and Lukas Petone pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second and Manzi added his second for the 6-0 lead.

Matt Terry got the Wildcats on the board in the final minutes.

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