Mass. HS Boys Hockey – EMass. Division 3 Highlights: Abington’s Polito Hits 100 Points; Norwell Leads South Shore League

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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* Senior John Polito notched his 100th career point, part of a two-goal, two-assist night that helped Abington to a 5-2 victory over Cohasset in the South Shore League. Mikey Pineau also had two goals and two assists for the Green Wave, and David McArthur added a goal and two assists. Ryan Tobin dished out two assists, and Spencer Merrick was big in net with 36 saves.

Sean Ennis

* A day earlier, Norwell took early command of the South Shore League race with a 4-0 blanking of Cohasset, with Sean Ennis picking up the shutout. The Clippers got goals from Austin Shea, Sam Fettucia, Brady Kudrick and Connor Therrien.

* Colby Guyer scored with 57.7 seconds left to pull Hamilton-Wenham into a 2-2 tie with Lynnfield in the Cape Ann League. Lucas Hunt had the other goal for the Generals and Grant Landon made 23 saves.

Ryan Quirk
Newton South

* Ryan Quirk scored in overtime for Newton South in a game that officially ended in a 4-4 tie with Cambridge in the Dual County League. Mike Lajudice scored the tying goal for Cambridge in the third period before Quirk and the Lions won it.  Nathan Cohen scored twice, and Daniel Schwartzman and Max Lieman had the other goals for South, which got three assists from Ed Tarmey and two from Andrew Murray. For Cambridge, Luc Denney and Chris Gould had a goal and assist apiece, Graham Quigley also scored, and Lajudice added two assists.

* Andrew Popovitch and Daniel Julian scored their first career goals to boost Dennis-Yarmouth to a 5-1 win over Mashpee/Monomoy in the Cape & Islands. Jack Hanscom, Cam Cavatorta and Griffin Feeley also scored for the Dolphins, and Mason Sheehan made 16 saves. … D-Y also got two goals from Cavatorta and Tommy Julian in its 4-4 tie with Nauset in the Cape & Islands.

Brad Swain

* Brad Swain had a goal and assist, and Jameson Eldridge also scored for Bellingham in its 2-2 tie with Dedham in the Tri-Valley League.

Billy Mooney

* Dover-Sherborn/Weston swept to a pair of wins on back-to-back nights. In a 6-3 victory over Norton, Billy Rooney had two goals and two assists, George Herlihy a goal and two assists, and Tommy Higgins and Connor Burke added single goals. Standish Carothers also had three assists. … D-S/W then rolled past Bellingham, 8-2, behind Rooney’s hat trick, and single goals from Thomas Sacco, Caden Popiel, Ian Chang, Carothers and Herlihy.

* Noah Taylor’s hat trick highlighted Somerset Berkley’s 10-0 win over Wareham/Carver. Brayden Pimental netted his first varsity goal for the Blue Raiders and Branden Silva made 22 saves.

* Latin Academy picked up its second win in its late start to the season, getting goals from Zach Maffeo and Austin Kelly to edge Essex Tech, 2-1, in a nonleague matchup.

* Rockland blanked Cardinal Spellman, 3-0, in a nonleague game behind Thomas McSweeney’s 15 saves. Nick Blonde (goal, assist), Joe Salamone and Nick Leander scored for the Bulldogs.

* A hat trick from J.C. Frates propelled Dartmouth to a 7-1 nonleague win over Old Rochester/Fairhaven. The Indians also got goals from Cullen Larrabee, Josh Nelson, Kai Andrade and John Gamache, as well as 19 saves from J.P. Kerney.

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