MIAA Boys Tournament – Monday Recap: Gloucester Fends Off Marblehead; Tewksbury, Masconomet (D2), Marlboro (D3) Advance

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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Despite Gloucester posting three wins over Northeastern Conference rival Marblehead during the regular season, things certainly did get any easier with everything on the line in Monday night’s Division 2 Round of 16 matchup.

The #2 Fishermen got a hat trick from sophomore Emerson Marshall, but needed to fend off a huge comeback by the #15 Magicians to hold on for the 6-4 win at Dorothy Talbot Rink.

Marshall scored twice in the first period, sandwiching a goal by Colby Jewell, and Gloucester seemed to be off and running with a 3-0 lead through 15 minutes, Marblehead responded with goals from Connor Jalbert and Eli Feingold in the second, but the Fishermen seemed to have restored order with goals from Brett Cunningham and Marshall to push the lead back to 5-2 after two.

The Magicians made one last push, starting with Christopher Locke’s goal 30 seconds in, followed by another Locke tally. The final 10 minutes were tense until Jack Costanzo netted a big insurance goal with 59 seconds to go.

Jack Delaney Gloucester

Cuinningham added three assists, Jewell and Jack Delaney had a pair each, and Marshall and Costanzo chipped in one apiece. Carter Laramie assisted all four goals for Marblehead.

Gloucester will host either #7 Norwood or #10 Newburyport in the quarterfinals.

Tewksbury 3, Longmeadow 0

The top-seeded Redmen held a 35-12 advantage in shots, but didn’t break through until Nick Dicioccio scored 5:01 into the second period before pulling away from the #16 Lancers at Breakaway Ice Center.

Sean Lane pushed the lead to 2-0 after two, and Aaron Connelly added a goal in the third period. Ben O’Keefe made 12 saves for Tewksbury, which will host either #9 Silver Lake or #25 North Attleboro in the quarterfinals.

Connor Rintoul made 32 saves for the Lancers.

Masconomet 5, Quincy 1

Moments after giving up the tying goal, #4 Masco got the somewhat controversial go-ahead response from Michael Bevilacqua, kicking off a three-goal second period and pulling away from the #13 Presidents at Haverhill Valley Forum.

The Masconomet defense clears the the net in front of goalie Nick Santangelo after some offensive pressure by Quincy. Chieftains prevailed 5-1 to move to quarterfinals.

Down 1-0 entering the second, Quincy tied it on a goal from Will Martin. Then Bevilacqua buried a rebound, but the officials had to huddle before determining the puck went in before the net was knocked off its pegs.

Ben Cohen and AJ Sacco added goals to push the lead to 4-1 after two, and Chris O’Grady capped the scoring. Jack Mertz also scored in the first period and had an assist for Masco, which will host either #5 Duxbury or #12 Dartmouth next.

Division 3

Marlboro 8, Essex Tech 0

After missing the previous two games because of injury, Marcus Chrisafideis wasted no time making an impact. Chrisafideis scored five goals and the top-seeded Panthers romped to victory over the #17 Hawks at Navin Skating Rink.

Marlboro got off to a flying start as Mark Evangelous scored on a power play just 3:40 in, and Chrisafideis – who missed the Panthers’ loss to Nashoba in the CMADA Class A tournament and opening-round MIAA tournament win over Ludlow — followed with his first at 5:49.

Chrisafideis added two more in the second period, along with tallies by Jeremy Lacroix and Braden Deckers, that pushed the lead to 6-0. His fourth goal came :24 into the third, and he rounded out the scoring with a steal and breakaway for a shorthanded goal – giving him 35 on the season. Marlboro awaits the winner of #8 Danvers and #25 North Quincy.

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