MIAA Boys Division 4 Tournament – Thursday Recap: Assabet Valley, Shawsheen Win Overtime Thrillers

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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In a back-and-forth Division 4 first-round game Thursday at Navin Skating Rink, Nolan Tomczyk and Assabet Valley had one more trick under their hats.

Tomczyk skated down the left wing and fired home a shot 2:54 into the 3-on-3 double-overtime period to lift the #9 Aztecs to a thrilling 6-5 victory over #24 Saugus.

With that, Assabet finally was able to shake Saugus, which got two goals each from Jason Caron and Jason Monahan, as well as a goal and assist from Massey Ventre and four assists from Chris Regnetta.

Joe Bermingham Assabet Valley

Joe Bermingham and Tomczyk gave Assabet a 2-0 lead just 3:59 into the game, but Massey Ventre put in a rebound with 1:01 left in the period to slice the lead, and Caron tied it on a wraparound just 13 seconds into the second.

Brady Sawyer for Assabet (2:19) and Caron again (3:46) traded goals before Saugus took a 4-3 lead on a Monahan power play goal with 3:29 left in the period. But Adam Vorce beat the period buzzer to tie it for the Aztecs going into the third.

Tomczyk’s second made it a 5-4 game 38 seconds into the third before Monahan notched his second off a faceoff win by Regnetta with 5:27 left in regulation, setting up the dramatic finish.

Danny Storella Stoneham

Stoneham 5, Littleton/Bromfield 0

Danny Storella scored a pair of goals for the #3 Spartans, who finished with a 52-12 advantage in shots but needed four third-period tallies to finally shake the #30 Tigers at Stoneham Arena.

Storella solved Littleton/Bromfield goalie Aiden Leduc (47 saves) with 2:21 left in the second period to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead. It stayed that way into the third, when Joe Kranefuss made it 2-0 just 33 seconds in. Kolby Horgan pushed it to 3-0 with 8:44 left, then Ryan McGuinness (5:01) and Storella (:34) finished the scoring.

Aiden Goulding (12 saves) earned the shutout for Stoneham.

Martha’s Vineyard 7, Monomoy/Mashpee 0

Charlie Lakis and Jake Scott had a pair of goals each and the #6 Vineyarders scored five times in the third period to break open a tight game and blank the #27 Monarchs at Martha’s Vineyard Arena.

Lakis scored his first goal in the opening period to put Vineyard ahead to stay, and Hunter Johnson made it 2-0 at 1:24 of the second.

Scott scored his pair of goals 15 seconds apart to make it a 4-0 game with 9:41 left. Nate Averill, Finn Lewis and Lakis again rounded out the scoring, and Graham Stearns got the shutout.

Grafton/Blackstone Valley 4, Oakmont 0

Chase Levasseur made 26 saves for the #7 Gators, who avenged a loss to the #26 Spartans from January and prevailed when it mattered – in their first-round matchup at Buffone Arena.

John DeFonzo scored the only goal Grafton/BVT needed in the first period, and Drew Breen doubled the lead in the second. The Gators put the game away with goals from Lukas Petone and Paul Hardcastle in the third, both on assists from DeFonzo.

Anthony Rodrigues Ashland

Ashland 4, Amesbury 3

Anthony Rodrigues capped his hat trick with his second shorthanded goal of the game, putting the #8 Clockers ahead to stay, and they held on to beat #25 Amesbury at Loring Arena.

Ashland trailed 2-1 after one period, but Rodrigues scored his second goal on a power play with 5:15 left in the period, then notched the go-ahead shorthanded goal just 1:41 later. Dom Boccelli gave the Clockers a big insurance goal, and after Amesbury closed the gap before period’s end, the teams battled through a scoreless third.

Josh Lemieux Worcester

Worcester 5, Northeast 1

Locked in a scoreless duel through two periods, the #10 Wildcats finally broke out in the third and put away the #23 Golden Knights at Buffone Arena.

Luke Evers scored a pair of goals for Worcester, including the go-ahead tally just 19 seconds into the third to break the 0-0 tie. Nick Michaelian, Evan Taylor and Evers again followed with goals in a 4:20 span to make it 4-0 with 5:42 left.

Northeast finaly got on the board on a George MacKinnon goal with 2:58 left before Matt Terry iced it. Terry, Michaelian and Taylor also finished with assists.

Josh Lemieux made 17 saves for the Wildcats, while Aiden Callahan had 20 for the Knights.

Shawsheen 5, East/West Bridgewater 4

Chase Darcey scored the tying goal with 1:47 left in regulation, then added the game winner on a wraparound 1:07 into overtime as the #12 Rams pulled out the victory over #21 E/WB at Hallenborg Pavilion.

Liam Milne, Dylan Higson and Kyle Gray added goals for Shawsheen, with Brady Darcey, Tom Sampson and Larry Cullity chipping in a pair of assists apiece.

Sam Hall had two goals, Brett Peterson a goal and two assists, and Sean Noonan a goal for East/West Bridgewater. Anthony Patete also earned assists on all four goals.

Latin Academy 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 2

The #13 Dragons scored two goals within 10 seconds in the first period to take the lead, but needed Michael Hampton’s goal on a deflection from behind the net with 12:42 left to pull out the win over the #20 Dolphins at Jim Roche Community Arena.

Ryan Shields and Eddie Brodney-McDevitt scored in rapid fashion to give Latin Academy a 2-0 lead just 4:29 into the game.

Daniel Julian knocked home a loose puck from a scramble in front to get D-Y on the board midway through the second. Hampton’s goal from behind the net restored the Dragons’ two-goal lead, then Luke Spinner followed up with a slap shot from inside the blue line for D-Y with 8:37 to go.

Aiden Ellis (LA) and Cole Rounseville (D-Y) had solid games in net.

Dover-Sherborn/Weston 6, Chicopee Comp 4

Connor Burke had a pair of goals, while Caden Popiel, Sawyer Garzone and Finn Maher added a goal and two assists apiece, and the #16 seed co-op team edged past the #17 Colts at Rivers’ MacDowell Ice Arena.

Sam Hinckley had the other goal for the winners, who merged to form the co-op program in 2018-19, and each last won a tournament game in 2016. Brayden McKenna and Andrew Marden chipped in a pair of assists apiece.

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