Mass. Boys HS: CMass/WMass Highlights – Leominster Wins Tournament; Amherst-Pelham Improves To 5-1-0

Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne
Chris Kyne is a hockey devotee who has spent most of his life playing, coaching, and writing about hockey. The 2019-2020 season is Chris' first year covering Central and Western Mass. hockey for Hockey Night in Boston. Chris has spent the past five years covering hockey and other sports for the Worcester Telegram. He is currently in his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Fitchburg State University Men's Ice Hockey team. Chris also is a Learn to Skate instructor for the Peak Performance program in Fitchburg. Chris grew up in Waterford, CT where he played youth hockey, before playing Jr. A hockey for the Connecticut Jr. Whalers. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut where earned a Communications degree, while also covering sports for the Daily Campus. Chris currently works at Leominster High School, where he has spent the past 12 years as a history teacher. Chris lives in Sterling, MA with his wife Gabrielle, and his two daughters, Quinn (7) and Delaney (4), who both play hockey.

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* Leominster won the Mark Bushnoe Tournament championship thanks to a pair of 3-2 wins over Lunenburg and Assabet.  In the championship game on Friday, Jeremy Maillet’s second period power play goal turned out to be the game-winner, as Zach Sidileau made 26 saves for the win in net.  That win was also the Blue Devils’ third win of the season, equaling their win total from all of last season.

* Six games into their Division 3 state title defense, Wachusett Regional is still without a loss (5-0-1).  The Mountaineers most recently competed in the Battle Creek Classic in Lexington, where they beat North Middlesex, 5-1 in the semifinal before falling in a shootout in the championship game to host Lexington (the game officially goes down as a 3-3 tie).  Kevin Skagerlind had a pair of goals in Friday’s championship game.

Jack Thibodeau

* Jack Thibodeau scored the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in the third period on Saturday to propel Algonquin Regional to its first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Marlboro in the semifinals of the 20th annual Daily News Cup at the New England Sports Center.  Henry Antino opened the scoring for the Tomahawks before Marlboro’s Marcus Chrisafideis tied it.  In the other semifinal game, Hudson suffered their first setback of the season, a 6-1 defeat at the hands of a talented Hopkinton team.  Mike O’Malley had the lone goal for the Hawks.

Nick Spanos

* Auburn got back in the win column Saturday with a 3-0 win over WestboroTyler Mackoul made 11 saves for the shutout while Dominic DiPadua, Nick Spanos, and Alex Leduc all found the back of the net for the Rockets.

* After starting the season winless in their first three contests, Nashoba Regional has now won three in a row after beating St. Peter-Marian, 5-0, on Saturday.  During the Chieftains’ win streak, they have outscored their opponents by a 16-0 margin.  In the win over the Guardians, Dan Lemanski scored twice while Blake Winsmann was strong in net, earning the shutout.

* Northbridge won the Grafton Holiday Tournament, beating host Grafton, 7-0 in the title game on Friday.  Rams’ forward Liam Gill was named tournament MVP.  He had three goals and four assists in the tournament.  Northbridge reached the final by beating doubling up Minnechaug Regional, 4-2, on Thursday.  In Friday’s consolation game, Worcester beat the Falcons, 5-2.  The Wildcats were led by David Brissette, who led all scorers with a goal and two assists.

Maddox Lizotte

* After opening the season 0-3, Littleton has responded with a three-game winning streak.  The Tigers most recent win came over Hopedale.  In the 4-3 win, Maddox Lizotte scored twice for Littleton.  Tyler Lane, Jake Frohn, and Nick Patterson recorded the Hopedale goals.

Chris Foster

* Amherst-Pelham improved to 5-1 on the season following after racing out to early 3-0 lead before hanging on for a 7-5 win over Mt. EverettKouji Ishuda, Chris Foster, and Justin Masteralexis each scored twice for the Hurricanes.  Dylan Boomsma and Cam Raifstanger each scored twice for the Eagles.

* Belchertown stayed unbeaten on the season (2-0-1) after their 3-0 win over Ludlow on Saturday.  Andrew Fijal had a pair of goals in the win over the Lions.

* Greenfield extended their winning streak to three games courtesy of a 3-1 win over Southwick on Saturday.  Senior Bryan Baumann led the way for the Green Wave with two goals.

* West Springfield scored four second period goals on Friday to earn a 4-2 victory over Chicopee in the championship game of the Chicopee Winter Classic.  Damon Polk (2 goals, 2 assists) had a big game for the Terriers in the win over the Pacers.  West Springfield beat Chicopee Comp., 4-0, in the semifinal game on Thursday.

* Longmeadow participated in the Songin Winter Classic in Walpole, falling to host Walpole, 4-2 in the opening game before tying Lowell Catholic, 3-3, on Saturday.  Cole Guidrey and Liam Byrne each scored for the Lancers in the opener against the Rebels.

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