Mass. HS Boys Hockey – Division 3 Highlights: Scituate Scores Huge Early Win; Hanover, Marlboro, Nashoba Tournament Champs

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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It didn’t take long into the season to get a primetime matchup of powers at the top of Hockey Night in Boston’s Massachusetts Division 3 boys rankings.

Cole Coyne Scituate

* No. 3 Scituate gained the early upper hand in both D3 and the Patriot League’s Fisher Division with a 2-1 win over top-ranked Hanover. Ben Whitman scored the winning goal in the third period for the Sailors, blasting home a drop pass from Brendan Boyle just inside the blue line. Cole Coyne (32 saves) also had a big game for Scituate, which got its other goal from Dylan McDonald. Ben Lines scored on a rebound for Hanover.

* Earlier in the week, Scituate skated past North Quincy, 5-1, as Boyle had two goals and an assist and James Sullivan a pair of goals … Hanover was a 7-3 winner over Plymouth South, led by Max DaSilva (two goals, assist), Charlie Cataldo (two goals) and Matt Flynn (goal, three assists).

Robbie Hanna Hanover

* Hanover did open the season by winning the Thibeault Division of the Jim Gormley Cup. In the opening game, the Hawks rolled past Longmeadow, 5-1, in a matchup of 2020 D3 co-state champions. Then it was a 3-2 win over Sandwich for the title, led by Robbie Hanna (two goals), Michael Munroe (goal assist) and Zach Lee (two assists). … Scituate finished 1-1 in the Quetta Division, including a 7-2 win over Plymouth North. Dan Brown had two goals and an assist, and Ben Whitman scored twice.

* In other Patriot League action, Vinny O’Leary and Lucas Hooley scored twice and North Quincy outlasted Pembroke, 5-1. Aidan McGuiness earned his first varsity win.

* Danvers got off to a strong 3-1 start, including the championship of the Lowell Cobblestone Tournament. Freshman Brayden Holt had 15 saves in the 5-0 win over North Reading in the opener, and also shut out Lowell, 6-0 for the title. Brady Plaza scored two goals for the Falcons in the championship win. … The Falcons capped their week with a 4-3 overtime win over Winthrop in the Northeastern Conference, with Bobby Joyce netting the decisive goal.

Marcus Chrisafideis Marlboro

* Marlboro has asserted itself as a team to watch early in the season, winning the championship of the Borough’s Cup for the first time since 2010 with a 6-2 victory over Algonquin. Sam Miele scored twice for the Panthers, and Jeremy Lacroix and Marcus Chrisafidies had a goal and two assists each. … In the tournament opener, Miele had a hand in all of the scoring with two goals and four assist in a 6-1 win over Wachusett. Chrisafidies (two goals, assist) also had a big game as Marlboro took control early with a five-goal first period. … The Panthers also went 1-0-1 in the Thibeault Division of the Jim Gormley Cup, including a 3-1 win over Longmeadow. Lacroix scored twice and Chrisafidies had a goal and assist. … In a 3-3 tie with Sandwich, once again it was Lacroix (two goals) and Chrisafidies (goal), as well as Colin Tunnera (three assists).

* Nashoba captured the annual Dana Willard Christmas Tournament at Auburn’s Horgan Rink, including a 6-3 championship win over Worcester. Kameron Pierce (three goals, assist), Joseph Quinn (two goals, two assists) and Billy Johns (goal, three assists) sparked the Wolves. … Nashoba opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over Auburn, with Marcus DiBello scoring the tiebreaking goal in the third period. Johns had a goal and two assists, and Pierce and Quinn a goal and assist each. … The Wolves also opened Roy Conference play by crunching Leominster, 10-1. Johns and Joe Scanlon each had hat tricks.

Chase Carney Lynnfield

* Lynnfield earned a statement win in the Cape Ann League as Chase Carney scored in overtime to knock off No. 2 Triton, 4-3. Aiden Burke, Ty Scoppetuolo and Drew Damiani added goals for the Pioneers. … Carney and Damiani scored twice apiece in a 6-1 win over Amesbury. Pat Barrett and Scoppetuolo had the other goals. … In the season-opening 6-2 win over Rockport, it was Will Steadman’s two goals leading the way. Burke, Joe Rafa, Dylan Damiani and Jarret Scoppetuolo rounded out the scoring.

* Triton posted a 4-0 win over Pentucket, led by Alex Pasquini’s two goals and a shutout from Wesley Rollins.

* Led by a hat trick from Dean Rooney, North Reading outlasted Hamilton-Wenham, 6-2. … The Hornets also beat Pentucket, 7-0, and had a third-place finish in the Lowell Cobblestone Tournament thanks to its 6-1 win over Matignon.

Jake Jedrey
Bishop Stang

* The top line of Justin Gouveia (hat trick, assist), Jack Jedrey (goal, three assists) and Quinn Pine (goal, three assists) led Bishop Stang’s 9-1 win over Matignon in the Catholic Central. … Jedrey also had a hat trick in a 6-0 nonleague win over St. John Paul II. … In a 5-3 win over Rockland, it was Pine leading the way with two goals and two assists.

Kyle Mahan
Essex Tech

* Essex Tech’s Kyle Mahan posted back-to-back nonleague shutouts against Rockport (2-0 win) and Latin Academy (0-0 tie). Logan Casey and Bryan Swaczyk scored for the Hawks against Rockport.

* Danny Field set up Owen Kneeland for the winner 2:36 into overtime and Methuen clipped Haverhill, 4-3, in a Dual County/Merrimack Valley 3 matchup. Field and Kneeland each finished with a goal and assist for the Rangers. … Jack Allard had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 nonleague win over Northeast. Field (assist) and Kneeland had the other goals.

Owen Kneeland Methuen

* Blake Stuzynski and James Nichol each scored in Bedford’s 2-1 win over Cambridge.

* Nathan Van Saun scored two goals, leading Medway past Dover-Sherborn/Weston, 3-2, in the Tri-Valley League. … Medway also topped Dedham, 5-1, behind three assists from Sean Murphy as well as Evan Monaghan’s 35 saves.

* Dan Deering netted a hat trick and Jonathan Nass scored his first varsity goal, lifting Nauset past St. John Paul II, 8-2, in the Cape & Islands. … The Warriors also skated past Mashpee/Monomoy, 7-2, as Cooper McIntire had two goals and two assists.

* Brady Butler’s two goals were the difference for Hopedale/Milford, which doubled up Dover-Sherborn/Weston, 2-0. Cam Collins added a goal and two assists for the Raiders, with Sean McGee also scoring. … H/M also rolled over St. Paul, 6-1, led by Collins’ hat trick and two assists. Will Piett also had a pair of goals.

* Cam Caron had two goals and an assist and Dracut/Tyngsboro rolled past Northeast, 6-1.

Connor McGrath Taunton

* Nathan Fernandes and Connor McGrath had two goals and an assist each, and Taunton topped East/West Bridgewater, 5-2. Cam Tomasczycki made 26 saves for the Tigers. … Conner Goranson’s two late goals rallied Taunton to a 4-4 tie with Stoughton/Brockton.

* Sam Bastis notched his first varsity shutout, and Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk rolled past Attleboro, 5-0, led by two goals from Devin Dailey. … The Falcons are off to a 3-0 start, also posting wins over Middleboro (7-1) and Bourne (7-2).

* Pembroke crunched Bourne, 10-0, behind big games from Cody Cantino (two goals, two assists), Brendan Abban (two goals, assist), Anthony Birolini (goal, three assists), Nolan Holloway (goal, two assists), Brandon Perry (three assists) and James Indelicato (three assists). James Stone earned the shutout for the Titans.

Jack Watts

* Jack Watts and Ben Ricketts scored, and Josh Marcoux made 20 saves to propel Foxboro past Northbridge, 2-1. Joe Sullivan had the goal for the Rams.

* Daniel Spaulding’s winning goal propelled West Springfield to a 4-3 overtime victory over Grafton/Blackstone Valley in a crossover West-vs.-Central matchup. … The Terriers also blanked Chicopee, 8-0, behind Kaden Navone’s 18 saves, as well as a hat trick from Chris Torres. … Then Torres was at it again with another hat trick, accounting for all the scoring in West Side’s 3-2 win over Minnechaug in the Berry Division.

* Ben Corbin notched a hat trick and Ludlow blanked Amherst, 6-0, in the Fay Division.

* Ryan Lavery (hat trick) and Jimmy O’Keefe (goal, two assists) sparked North Middlesex to a 5-1 win over Leominster in the Central Mass. Roy Conference. … The Patriots also were a 3-1 nonleague winner over Bedford behind T.J. Murphy (two goals), Lavery (goal) and O’Keefe (two assists).

* Carter Amidon’s goal 52 seconds into overtime gave Groton-Dunstable a 3-2 Roy win over Leominster.

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