Here is a look at action from this past weekend’s slate at the New England Fall Prep League…
Mass North 8, Boston Knights 5
The Boston Knights and Mass North had quite the affair Sunday combining for 13 goals in this shootout. The Boston Knights relinquished three leads in this game and the resilience and capataliztion of turnovers by Mass North helped propel them to victory.
Boston Knights came out buzzing with two quick goals. Winchester Sr Frank Napolitano started the scoring by chipping the puck deep and picking it up on the end wall. He then threw the puck toward the net and it bounced to the stick of Winchester Sr Joey Falso, who chipped the puck past a stretched out Mass North Goalie. Falso went right back to work when Winchester Sr Liam Doherty fed him the puck. He attacked the middle and snapped a shot over the Mass North goaltender’s glove to give the Knights a quick 2-0 lead.
Mass North answered late in the first when the Boston Knights turned the puck over at the blue line. It was picked up by Dover Sherborn Sr Standish Carothers, who came in on Ryan Griffin on a breakaway and slid the puck five-hole. Mass North tied up the game quick in the second period off another turnover, creating a 2-on-1 the other way. Rivers junior Calvin May carried the puck, drew the defender to his side, and slid the puck across to Rivers teammate and fellow Jr Nathan Cavanaugh who tapped the puck past Griffin.
The Knights were not silenced for long as St Mary’s senior Kory Ouellette made a diving play to poke the puck up to St Mary’s teammate Kyle LoNigro, who fed junior Seamus Foley, another St. Mary’s product, who went bar south over the goalies blocker to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.
That lead did not last very long at all as the two Nobles forwards – juniors Will Canavan and David Jacobs – started to show off their skill. As they entered the zone with speed Canavan found Jacobs high and he rifled a pass to the crashing Sam Stone (Roxbury Latin) who scored glove side. Stone attacked again this time late in the second to give the North team a lead. Off a faceoff win from Jacobs, Stone threw a puck to the front that beat Winchester senior Robbie DiVincenzo five-hole. Early in the 3rd the knights battled back when Ouellette made a play at the red line and came into the zone with pace and hit his teammate LoNigro who crashed the net hard for a redirection to the back of the net.
The Knights took their third lead of the game when Winchester Jr Trevor Mahoney fired on goal. It created a juicy rebound that was put home by LoNigro for his second of the game.
Mass North would not lay down easy. After a TO in the O-zone, they transitioned the puck past a gassed Boston Knights forecheck, creating a 3-on-2 A tic-tac-toe play between Jacobs, Canavan and finished by Stone for the hat trick to tie the game back up at 5-5.
Two minutes later Jacobs drove to the net and threw a puck off DiVincenzo’s blocker side pad that created a rebound for Canavan, who finished the puck in the open net. Mass North added 2 ENG to seal this victory including Stone’s fourth.
Three Stars; 3) Kyle LoNigro; 2) David Jacobs; 1) Sam Stone
Mass West 5, Eastern New England 4
Charlie Cave’s second goal with 1:45 remaining proved to be the game-winner as Mass West edged out Eastern New England, 5-4. Ryan Pappalardo also had a third period goal for Mass West. Justin Pare and Braden Reilly also lit the lamp. Among the goal scorers from ENE were Joe Kranefuss and Matt Nuzzolilo.
Eastern New England 5, Mass Central 3
In a highly touted matchup the ENE group proved to be a little more polished than the gritty play of the Mass Central team. The scoring started midway through the first when Arlington junior defenseman Dominic Laosia toe-dragged to put Mass Central goalie Mike Brothers (Central Catholic) off angle and ripped a shot over the pad blocker side to give ENE a 1-0.
Late in the first Central had a burst of energy that started with Malden Catholic Sr Cam Chute receiving a stretch pass from Central Catholic Sr Tyler Cullen entering the zone and snapping a quick shot over Michael Hayes’ glove to get the teams back even at 1-1. Ninety seconds later Central Catholic Jr Aiden O’Connell went end-to-end and wrapped a puck around the net out front that deflected off a ENE D-man and past Hayes. giving Mass Central a 2-1 lead after one period.
Early in the second the ENE group evened it out when BC High senior Paul Terry saved the puck at the O-zone blue line and hit Drew Malatesta with a pass. Malatesta then took the puck protected on the back hip and drove the net hard. He made Brothers move left to right and opened up the 5-hole and slid it through. ENE struck again late in the second on the PP. A faceoff was won by Reid Malatesta, who won the puck back to Terry. Terry slid puck to the top of the umbrella to Laiosa, who worked it to the half wall to Walpole senior Kevin McElaney, who took two steps to the net off the half wall and ripped the puck short side to give ENE a 3-2 lead.
The insurance goal for ENE came early in the third when Drew Malatesta created a lane to the net for brother Reid who drew the Central defender to the middle and hit Arlington Sr Michael Dunning in the slot. Dunning’s shot was saved but the puck went right to Reid Malatesta who chipped the puck home.
ENE tacked on one more when Wakefield High Senior won the battle on the end wall and fired the puck out front to Kevin McElaney who slid the puck through Brothers 5-hole to put an exclamation point on this game. Central added a late goal on a phenomenal pass from Central Catholic senior Mikey Dinges to the stick of Aiden O’Connell for his second goal of the night.
Three Stars: 3) Aidan O’Connell; 2) Paul Terry; 1) Drew Malatesta
Mass West 5, Boston Knights 0
This game was a one-sided affair controlled by the group of Mass West players. The game started out poorly when a hard clear-in took a bad bounce off the Zamboni gate and out to the front of the net to the stick of Lowell Catholic junior Alexander Pescatore who slid the puck into the open net to give the Mass West group a 1-0 lead.
Mass West added to their lead when Bishop Fenwick sophomore Max Vieira took a pass from Bishop Fenwick Sr Connor Sturniolo from the top of the slot to the bottom of the circle and fired home the puck five-hole past Knights goalie Ben Banks. About seven minutes later Malden Catholic freshman Alex Rich received a pass low to high and helped the puck get to the net which was eventually redirected home by Pescatore for his second goal of the day to stretch Mass West’s lead to 3-0.
On a clean breakout Malden Catholic sophomore Connor Seeley found BC High sophomore Andrew TeDuits who sent a stretch pass across the big sheet to Pescatore who beat Banks short side over the glove to extend the to 4-0, giving him the hat trick. Mass West capped off the night with a late goal by Pingree soph Ryan Clark who picked the puck of on an attempted breakout pass by the Boston Knights squad and went in and sniped it five-hole. Complete domination by the Mass West squad.
Three Stars: 3) Jack Vieira; 2) Max Vieira; 1) Alexander Pescatore
Mass North 3, EC Rockets 0
Cameron Jankowski scored in the first period for Mass North, which pulled away in the third period with goals from Ben Furry and Charlie Winship.
Public/Catholic 5, Mass Central 1
Five different players – Collin McMahon-Shea, Edward Mulligan, Brendan Flynn, Domenic Hall and Anthony Papa – each had a goal as Public/Catholic took down Mass Central. Nicholas Essaid had the lone tally for Mass Central.
Mass Central 6, Mass East 3
Aidan Chane had two goals to lead a balanced scoring attack for Mass Central. Michael Bevilacqua, Sam Maietta and Ted McLaughlin each chipped in a goal as well for the winners. Brendan Fitzgerald notched a pair of goals for Mass East, while Connor Jalbert had one and Brian Workman two assists.
Top Gun Selects 4, GBL Bruins 4
In the marquee Select Series game of the weekend, Top Gun U16 AAA took on the GBL Bruins U16 AAA team. The last time these two teams met Top Gun took it to them and won 6-1. This game had a little different feel to it.
Top Gun jumped out to the early on a pretty lead pass from Londonderry NH sophomore Sam Neville who hit Governors Academy freshman Michael Ranaldi on the tap across the ice and Ranaldi slid the puck 5-hole. Top Gun continued the domination to end the first period up 1-0.
The GBL Bruins decided to change the narrative real quick and had the TG Selects hemmed in the zone. The Puck was worked to Boston Latin’s Damon Alexander who slid the puck to his defense partner across the blue to Thayer Academy Sophomore Cam Dirico, who threw a grenade to the net. The shot went off Hayes right leg pad and bounced out to Berwick Academy junior Brock James, who slid the puck around Hayes to tie the score.
The attack continued from the GBL Bruins when Alexander ripped the puck home from the point on a pass from Canton High sophomore Ryan Doucette. The third goal was once again created by Dirico, who entered the zone with speed and wrapped the puck around the net out front to a wide open James, who slid it home to give the GBL Bruins a commanding lead 3-1 after two.
Many thought the next goal would decide the outcome of the game. Late in the third after a turnover at the red line Alexander brought the puck in and made a tape-to-tape pass to James, who hit a streaking BC High sophomore Brendan Coughlin who went forehand, backhand to give the GBL Bruins a 4-1 lead with four minutes remaining in the game.
Nail in the coffin??? Top Gun had other thoughts! Middlesex freshman Bryan Tang retrieved the puck in the corner, worked the puck up the half wall and zinged a pass to Winchendon sophomore Aiden Nelson at the back post to make a 2 goal game. Forty seconds later the TG Selects were at it again when the puck was broken out clean on a pass from Haverhill junior Brendan Fitzgerald to Tang. Wakefield High junior Joe O’Brien was the high trailer in the play and called for a quick pass in the high slot from Tang. Tang hit him and O’Brien ripped the puck over the glove side of the GBL Tendy. Forty-five seconds the later the comeback was completed when Ranaldi picked up a lose puck in the neutral zone and entered the zone with speed. He cut across the middle and shot the puck across his body from the left to right and picked the top corner of net to tie the game up, 4-4. TG had several other great opportunities in the last minute but fell just short of tacking on a second point to this already great comeback.
Three Stars: 3) Michael Ranaldi; 2) Brock James; 1) Damon Alexander
Mass Central 6, Mass North 2
Cam Martin came up huge for Mass Central, scoring his team’s last four goals in a 6-2 verdict of Mass North. Avery Abbott and Evan Foskett each had a goal as well for the winners. Will Conway had a second period strike for Mass North.
Mass East 3, Eastern New England 3
Mass East was paced by goals from Kyle Elliott, Massimo Gentile and Ted Justicz. On the other side, Owen Atkinson notched a pair of goals for ENE, while Brett Baldassare had the other.
East Coast Rockets 3, Mass West 1
Ben Costa’s scored twice to power the East Coast Rockets over Mass West, 3-1. Mark Boyle added a goal, while Nick Sasso countered for Mass West.
Mass East 6, Public/Catholic 2
A hat trick from Owen Cannon led the way in a 6-2 win for Mass East over Public/Catholic. Tom Workman and Ian Kula added goals for the winners. Anthony Papa and Sean Farrell each scored for Public/Catholic.
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- Zach Lebowitz and Gary Demopoulos contributed to this report….