Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 2 Highlights: Norwood, Dartmouth, Somerset Berkley Win Early Tournament Championships

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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We’re only a couple of weeks since the drop of the puck in the 2021-22 MIAA boys hockey season, but already a handful of teams have been able to bring home some hardware to add to their respective trophy cases.

Myles Kidd Norwood

* Norwood captured the AJ Quetta Division of the season-opening Jim Gormley Cup, taking home a pair of wins in the three-team round-robin bracket. In a 5-1 win over Plymouth North, Bryan Metayer had a goal and two assists, Myles Kidd a goal and assist, and T.J. Martin his first high school goal. Ethan Barrows stopped 18 shots in his first high school start. … Then it was Kevin Broderick’s hat trick that lifted Norwood to the championship with its 4-3 win over Scituate. Kidd had the other goal for the Mustangs.

* Dartmouth captured the annual Canalmen Classic with wins over Groton-Dunstable (5-2) and Westfield (4-1). Damien Medeiros was named tournament MVP after notching a hat trick in the title game, and Reid Martin selected to the all-tournament team. JC Frates also had a goal and three assists against Westfield. … Westfield had advanced with a 3-0 win over Bourne, getting goals from Matthew Kotfila, Drew Glenzel and Gavin Bilodeau (assist).

* Brandon Silva made 21 saves to backbone Somerset Berkley to the championship of the annual Prenda Cup with a 3-0 win over Apponequet. Josh Pacheco, Jack Rothwell and Davis Sullivan scored for the Raiders, and Dylan Messier added two assists. … Somerset Berkley opened the tournament with a 10-1 win over Diman.

* Luke Tropeano scored his second goal of the game in overtime and Whitman-Hanson pulled out a 3-2 win over Plymouth South in a Patriot League thriller. Matt Solari also scored for the Panthers and Erik Dean made 19 saves.

* Cam Quigley’s second goal of the game gave Quincy a 3-3 tie with Duxbury in the Patriot League. Brendan Bonner also scored twice for Duxbury, which got its other goal from Aiden Harrington. … Duxbury also had a 5-1 win over Whitman-Hanson, with Cormac Weiler scoring twice to help hand coach Mike Flaherty his first victory with the Dragons.

* Silver Lake clipped Quincy, 5-4, in overtime on Patrick Murphy’s first varsity goal. The Presidents fell despite getting all four goals from Cam Quigley. … Quincy opened its season with a 2-1 win over Brookline as Cooper Hernon scored both goals.

Colin Pickett

* Colin Pickett’s second goal of the game was the winner with 29 seconds to play, and Lowell outlasted Boston Latin, 5-4, in a Dual County/Merrimack Valley 2 matchup. … Latin was coming off a 4-2 win over Acton-Boxboro, led by Richard Bova’s two goals, as well as a goal and two assists from James Fitzgerald.

* Lowell opened play in its first annual Lowell Cobblestone Tournament with a 6-4 win over Matignon, getting two goals from Michael Pickett and three assists from Matthew Lesniak. The Red Raiders fell to Danvers in the title game.

Caden Connors Tewksbury

* Caden Connors’ goal with 5.2 seconds left in the second period proved to be the game-winner as Tewksbury outlasted Newton South, 2-1. Connors’ strike came moments after fellow defensemen Nick DiCioccio put the Redmen on the board. Mitchell Gordon scored on a third-period power play for the Lions. … Connor Cremin, Tyler Barnes and Jeremy Insogna all scored their first varsity goals for Tewksbury in its 7-1 win over Concord-Carlisle.

* Concord-Carlisle blanked Cambridge, 7-0, behind CJ Bailey’s 19 saves. Carter O’Brien and Noah Thorpe had two goals and an assist apiece for the Patriots, who also got big games from Jay Carter (goal, two assists) and Jack Webster (three assists).

Ryan Quirk
Newton South

* Behind a hat trick and assist from Dan Schwartzman, and two goals and two assists from Ryan Quirk, Newton South took care of Lowell, 10-4.

Richard Guarino Masconomet

* Richie Guarino scored twice and added an assist, leading Masconomet to a 6-2 win over Marblehead in the Northeastern Conference. Chris O’Grady, Jack Mertz, AJ Sacco and Nick McMillan added goals, helping Masco take control after Marblehead had grabbed an early 2-1 lead on goals from Connor Jalbert and Carter Laramie. … Masco also rolled past Danvers, 6-1, as Sacco scored twice while Mike Berrigan (game-winner) and Ben Merrill (shorthanded) netted their first varsity goals. Nick Santangelo made 15 saves for his first varsity win.

* Gloucester followed dynamic sophomores Emerson Marshall (four goals) and Brett Cunningham (two goals) to an 8-1 win over Marblehead. … The Fishermen also opened with a 6-4 win over North Andover behind two goals and an assist each from Marshall and Colby Jewell. Jack Delaney had a goal and two assists, and Riley De Haan (26 saves) earned his first varsity win.

* Sophomore Brian Middleton scored for Canton in its 1-1 nonleague tie with Barnstable.

* Ethan Barrows netted the shutout, Bryan Metayer had two goals and Sam Lally netted the first of his career, leading Norwood past Hopkinton, 4-0, in the Tri-Valley League. Myles Kidd added the other goal for the Mustangs. … Norwood also edged Westwood, 2-1, behind goals from Ed Carroll and Jack Curran.

Declan Hunter Walpole

* David Pacella posted the shutout and Declan Hunter scored twice for Walpole in a 3-0 win over Needham in the Bay State Conference.

* Wakefield got off to a 2-0 start with a pair of nonleague wins, including a 4-3 thriller against Beverly when Joe O’Brien scored his second goal of the game with 39.3 seconds to go. Jack Curran and Joey Colliton added goals for the Warriors before Beverly stormed back on goals from Gavin Lawrence, Matt Mezza and Aiden LeBlanc. … O’Brien also had two goals and two assists in Wakefield’s opening 5-1 win over Triton … Beverly opened its schedule with a 5-1 NEC win over Swampscott, getting two goals from Mezza and a goal and assist from Lawrence.

* Jack Perron and Jack Corey scored for Oliver Ames in its 2-1 nonleague win over Stoughton/Brockton.

* Carter Mento’s natural hat trick was all Plymouth North needed to beat Barnstable, 3-2. Kaden Bono earned his first varsity win in goal.

Andrew Hodge Algonquin

* In Central Mass., Algonquin opened play in the annual Borough’s Cup with an 8-1 win over Westboro, getting a hat trick from Jaiden Wilde. Algonquin fell to Marlboro in the title game. … Westboro responded with a 2-1 consolation win over Wachusett, rallying on third-period goals from Will Gravell and Braden Duggan. Terrell Messam made 25 stops for the Rangers. … Algonquin also beat Hudson, 5-1, behind Andrew Hodge’s hat trick and a goal and two assists from Nicholas D’Angelo. … Westboro had a season-opening 3-1 win over Minnechaug, getting goals from Teddy Miller (assist), Anthony Pascale and Duggan.

* Auburn captured the consolation game of its annual Dana Willard Christmas Tournament, 7-1, over East Longmeadow. Joe Valone’s hat trick led the Rockets. … Auburn also took care of Hudson, 3-1, as Zach Deluca had a goal and assist, and Shawn Bradway and Will Reece also scored.

* Rob Croteau and Joe Mikaelin had a goal and two assists apiece to lead Longmeadow past East Longmeadow, 5-1, in Western Mass. Berry Division play. … The Lancers also rolled to a 10-1 win over Amherst behind Ian Jarosz (hat trick, assist) and Sean Baker (two goals). Dom Giampetro and Adam Low added a goal and two assists each. … Minnechaug toppled Greenfield, 5-1, behind a hat trick from Drew VanZandt and a goal and two assists from Tyler Genovese. … Westfield clipped East Longmeadow, 4-3, as Nathan Sarabaez scored twice. Earlier, the Bombers beat Greenfield, 3-2, behind goals from Francis Powers, Tyler Kutt and Aiden Poirier.

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