MIAA Boys Division 4 Tournament – Saturday Recap: Norwell Cleans Up Late; Top Seeds Watertown, Sandwich, Winthrop Cruise

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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After Norwell’s Griffin Vetrano broke the ice, and then broke the glass, everyone took a lengthy break. And then the top-seeded Clippers broke it open.

Vetrano’s two goals book-ended a four-goal surge in the opening seven minutes of the third period for Norwell, which shook off upset-minded #32 seed Greenfield for a 4-0 victory in a Division 4 first-round game at The Bog.

The teams were locked in a 0-0 duel through two periods when Vetrano finally lit the lamp with 13:28 left in regulation. Sliding across the ice in celebration, Vetrano then did a little leap in front of the Norwell student section into the glass, which shattered inward. The delay to clean up the damage and replace the glass lasted roughly an hour.

But it didn’t slow the Clippers’ newfound momentum. Rapid fire goals from Nolan Petrucelli, Timothy Ward, and Vetrano again sent Norwell into the Round of 16 against Dover-Sherborn/Weston. Quinn Devin earned the shutout.

Watertown 12, South Shore 0

The #2 Raiders left no doubt in their first-round win at John A. Ryan Skating Arena, as Alec Banosian, Mauricio Souza and James Erickson each had a pair of goals in the romp against the Vikings.

Dante Cosco also scored his first varsity goal, and Jared Norton earned the shutout for Watertown, which will take on Dedham in the Round of 16.

Caleb Richardson Sandwich

Sandwich 4, Abington 1

Caleb Richardson scored a pair of goals to propel the #4 Blue Knights to the victory against the #29 Green Wave at Gallo Arena.

Richardson gave the Knights a 1-0 lead after one period and Colin McIver doubled that before Aidan Powers got Abington on the board. Goals from Jack Connolly and Richardson again made it 4-1.

Winthrop 4, Rockport 0

Michael Holgersen scored in each of the first and second periods to set the tone as the #5 hosts prevailed against #28 Rockport in a matchup of Vikings at Larsen Rink.

Holgersen gave Winthrop the only goal it needed with five minutes left in the first, then doubled the lead late in the second period.

Senior captain Joe Hayes added a big insurance tally 40 seconds into the third, and senior James Sicurella finished it off with 2:15 to go, securing another home date for Winthrop in the Round of 16 against #12 Shawsheen.

Hull/Cohasset 4, Hamilton-Wenham 1

Hayden Manfredi and Luke Dunham scored second-period goals to break a tie and send the #14 Skippers to victory over the #19 Generals at Connell Memorial Rink.

It was a 1-1 deadlock after one period as Robbie Casagrande gave H/C an early lead before Rafi Santomenna countered for H-W.

Manfredi’s goal gave the Skippers the 2-1 lead, and Dunham blasted home a one-timer on a power play just 1:15 later, making it 3-1 with 3:21 left in the second.

Matt Mahoney’s empty-netter with 15.2 seconds left sealed Hull/Cohasset’s trip to Stoneham (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) for the second round.

Brendan Stamm Dedham

Dedham 4, Fitchburg/Monty Tech 2

Brendan Stamm had a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal with 2:33 to play that lifted the #15 Marauders to the victory over the #18 Bulldogs at Flood Omni Rink.

Stamm converted a feed from Kevin Cronin to put Dedham ahead, and then fired home his third of the game into an empty net with 35 seconds to play.

Cronin had the other goal for Dedham, which scored twice in the second period after a shorthanded goal gave F/MT the early lead. The Bulldogs then got a power play goal late in the second period to set up the final 15 minutes.

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