It was a full slate of games this weekend at the New England Fall Prep League. Here is a recap of how things went:
Sunday, November 1
Boston Knights U19 3, Mass East U19 2
In the highly anticipated 1st vs 2nd Place showdown the game lived up to the hype with the 1st place Knights showing why they are in 1st place.
The Knights started the scoring off early with a play that started with Ben Fici and ended with Ben Fici, a senior at reigning state D1 co-champ Belmont. Fici broke the puck out of his D-zone and hit Winchester senior Angelo Mario with a pass streaking through the middle. Mario dished the puck over to the wall to St Marys Lynn senior Colby Magliozzi, who drew two Mass East D-men over and slid the puck back across the zone to Ben Fici who one timed a shot over Max Lacroix (a sophomore at The Governors Academy) to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Mass East took advantage of a sloppy turnover by the Boston Knights D core at the red line and a puck that was gathered up by Kyle Elliot, a junior at Governors Academy. He went forehand to backhand and opened up 5-hole of Winchester senior Robbie DiVincenzo to tie the game at 1-1. The first half ended with both tendys turning aside a fair amount of shots.
The Knights poured on the shots in the second half only to meet a hot Dave Palandjian. As hot as Palandijan was the Knights still found a way to crack him. It all started off with a highlight-reel play by Seamus Foley, who picked off a Mass East chip in out of the air with his glove. He continued the puck to his stick and then sent Kyle LoNigro off on a breakway and he beat Palandijan over the blocker side to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
Five minutes later Cam Fici created a turnover off a poke check at the red line and went in on Palandijan with a defender on his hip. He lowered his shoulder, drove the net and went back hand to forehand and over Palandjan’s glove. What was an insurance goal at the time proved to be the GWG.
Mass East battled back off another turnover by the Knights, this time at the O-zone blue line which turned into a quick transition the other way creating a 3 v 2 where Elliot found Ian Olenik in the soft and he ripped a puck over the glove of sophomore Ryan Griffin from Belmont to make it 3-2. Mass East pulled their goalie late to try to tie game up but Griffin stood tall down the stretch to help the Knights prevail and cap a 4-0 weekend and a solid lead in the top spot of NEFPHL U19 Division.
Three Stars: 3) Cam Fici; 2) Seamus Foley; 1) Kyle Elliott
Mass West U18 4, Boston Knights U18 0
Mass West continues its dominance at the U18 level. They controlled the play throughout the whole game, not allowing any high quality scoring opportunities.
The Mass West group jumped out to an early when Max Vieira a Bishop Fenwick sophomore, jumped a cross ice D-to-D pass, went in on a breakaway on Ben Banks and went shelf to give the West 1-0 early lead. Thirty seconds later, on a stretch pass from Vieira to Bishop Fenwick teammate Nick Sasso, Sasso went in on another breakaway, going forehand to backhand over the glove of Banks, ending the first half with a 2-0 Mass West advantage.
Mass West picked up right where they left off to start the second half. Three minutes in they took a 3-0lead. Conner Seeley a Malden Catholic sophomore, strikes off a pretty 3-on-2 tic tac toe play Vieira entered the zone with speed and went cross ice to Bishop Fenwick senior Nick Sturniolo, who hit Seeley the trailer and Sailey ripped one over Ian Burn’s blocker. Vieira capped off a three-point night when West added a fourth goal off a beautiful play by Neil Corrigan, a BC High junior who carried the puck into the zone with speed and found Viera in the soft spot and Vieira snapped a quick release over Burns glove hand. Overall a dominant performance by the Mass West group.
Three Stars: 30 Dillon Bloom; 2) Jack Vieira; 1) Max Vieira
Mass North U19 6, Mass West U19 2
Two goals apiece from Will Conway and David Jacobs were huge in this big Mass North U19 win. Each added an assist as well. Sam Stone chipped in with four assists of his own. Jack Matthews and Ian Worthley had second half goals for Mass West U19.
Mass North U18 5, Mass East U18 3
Jason DiBiase scored twice and Jack Toohey, Michael Daniels (two assists) and Tylor Pappalardo each had a goal as well in this game that saw seven of its eight goals come in the second half. Ben Werner, Ethan Abram-Hale and Ethan Litner each scored for Mass East U18.
Boston Knights U19 7, Eastern New England U19 2
The winners got two goals apiece from Ben Fici and Angelo Mario to pace the attack. Declan Harrington, Thomas Grace and Joey Falso each scored as well. Owen Atkinson and Paul Terry had the goals for ENE U19.
Public/Catholic U18 2, Boston Knights U18 0
Second half goals by Stefano Sotiropoulos and Dom Hall carried Public/Catholic U18 to this shutout win. Cam Wickens earned the shutout in goal.
Eastern New England U19 4, Mass North U19 1
Goals from Jonathan Groth, Drew Malatesta, Matthew Bishop and Dom Laiosa each scored as Eastern NE U19 took this one by a 4-1 count. North’s only goal came off the stick of Sam Neville.
Public/Catholic U18 7, Mass West U18 2
Dom Hall scored his team’s last three goals to allow Public/Catholic to pull away for the solid 7-2 win. Matt Alesse added a pair of goals while Reuben Osborn and Anthony Papa had a goal each. Patrick Drew had both goals for Mass West U18.
Mass Central U19 2, Mass West U19 0
Cam Martin and Michael Dinges had the goals in this shutout win for Mass Central U19.
Mass East U18 3, Mass Central U18 1
Will Johnson, Hunter Camire and Connor Jalbert scored in this win for Mass Est U18. Camire’s goal early in the second half proved to be the game-winner. Marcus Bellomo had the goal for Mass Central U18.
Mass Central U18 4, Mass North U18 1
David Moriarty had a goal in each half to power Mass Central U18 to victory. Brendan Monahan and Marcus Bellomo also scored. For Mass North U18, Charlie Winship had a goal.
Mass Central U19 5, Eastern New England 2 1
Defenseman Nick Peters scored twice and Evan Foskett, Michael Dinges and Kyle Melo had a goal each in this solid win. Eddie Murray had the goal for Eastern New England 2.
Mass East U19 5, Eastern New England 2 1
Five different scorers – Noah Bird, Jack Farrell, Michael Ranaldi, Joe Calo and Thomas Huard – powered Mass East U19 to a solid 5-1 win. Matthew Milotte scored for Eastern New England 2.
Saturday, October 31
Eastern New England U19 4, Mass Central U19 2
In a matchup on paper that looked like it will be a good battle it sure held up to the hype. Jack Perry came into the game one of the hottest tenders in fall prep. After the two-week layoff he started right back up where he left off.
Central started the game with a quick strike 20 seconds in when Aiden O’Connell chipped a puck deep in behind the net. The puck was retrieved by Bishop Fenwick senior Cam Martin who came around the net to hit O’Connell who ripped the puck floor cheese glove side on the ENE goalie, sophomore Michael Hayes. After the quick strike it was a very back-and-forth period. Both goalies getting peppered with shots but Perry yet again pitching another shut out, not allowing any rebounds back out front and eating everything shot at him.
The second period the scoring opened up a bit for the ENE squad. ENE started scoring out about five minutes into the second half when junior forward Brett Baldassare from Danvers won a wall battle and worked the puck low to high to Andover Academy PG Moseley Schwartz, who threw a shot to the net that bounced off of Sam Cedrone’s blocker side pad right to the stick of Andover Academy PG Thomas Milne who tipped home the rebound to tie the game 1-1.
Three minutes later ENE would strike again when a puck was dumped deep into the Mass Central zone where it was picked up by Milne who threw the puck to the net from the corner where it bounced out front to Walpole senior Kevin McElaney. He jammed the puck off Cedrone’s right leg pad and a rebound went right to Baldassare who slid the puck home to give ENE the lead 2-1 . ENE began to tighten the play and keep the puck hemmed in the Central zone the majority of the second half. ENE added what proved to be the game-winning goal off an O-zone face off where Milne won the draw clean back to Dom Laiosa who slid the puck back door to Baldassare for his third point and second goal of the night.
Central brought the lead back to 1 when Central Catholic senior Kyle Melo picked a puck off in the neutral zone and brought it in to the attacking zone with speed, cut across the middle and went shelf on Danvers goalie Adam Bridgeo. Reed Malatesta added a ENG on a feed from brother Drew to ice the game 4 to 2 in favor of ENE.
Three Stars; 3) Jack Perry; 2) Thomas Milne; 1) Brett Baldassare
Boston Knights U19 4, Eastern New England 2 2
The 19s Knights team has been on a roll. They wanted to continue that roll with a win vs the Eastern New England 2 group, coached by Worcester Academy’s Bob Lavin.
The Knights jumped out right away on a 1v1 battle below the goal line won by St Marys Lynn senior Kyle LoNigro. He slid the puck to HS teammate Max Giardina who beat Worcester Academy Jr Jesse Pelletier over the blocker side to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 until late in the first half when Belmont senior Declan Harrington led Thomas Grace up the middle as Grace entered the zone with speed. Grace dished the puck to the wall where Winchester senior Joey Falso collected the puck and proceeded to rip the puck over the blocker side pad of Pelletier to give Knights a 2-0 lead going into the half.
The Knights picked up right where they left off when Falso one hand poked the puck away from the ENE D-man, went in on a breakaway and ripped a shot over Brady Roux’s blocker to give the Knights a 3-0 lead early in the second half. ENE got one back on the PP when big body Eddie Murray, a senior at Catholic Memorial, parked out front, received a pass from Medway junior Alex Infanger from down low and he ripped a puck past Griffin to cut the lead to 3-1.
Four minutes later ENE made it a game when Shrewsbury senior Matthew Nuzzolilo split the D on a turnover and went in a breakway on Griffin, sliding the puck 5-hole to give the ENE life. The Boston Knights put the final nail in the coffin when Winchester Sr Nick Ciaccio stretched the puck across the ice to Falso, who ripped a shot from the wall about 30 feet out. The puck went off Roux’s shoulder back out towards Falso who continued with his momentum to the net and baseball swung the puck out of the air into the back of the net to cap off the victory for Boston Knights.
Three Stars: 3) Matthew Nuzzolilo; 2) Max Giardina; 1) Joey Falso
Mass East U18 3, Mass West U18 1
Aidan Nelson and Ethan Abram-Hale had goals in the win for Mass East. Connor Seeley contributed a goal for Mass West U18.
Mass Central U18 3, Boston Knights 0
Matthew Meade, David Moriarty and Finnegan Duff all scored to lead Mass Central U18 to this win, blanking the Boston Knights U18 entry.
Public/Catholic U18 2, Mass North U18 1
Arlington’s Stefano Sotiropoulos scored both goals to power Public/Catholic U18 to the one-goal win. Jason DiBiase had the lone goal for Mass North.
Mass Central U18 1, Mass West U18 1
Both goals in this tightly-contested battle were scored in the opening session. Nicholas Essaid had the Central goal, while Gavin Belt countered for Mass West.
Boston Knights U18 7, Mass East U18 1
Chris Bonney had a hat trick as the Boston Knights cruised. Jackson Petisce scored the lone goal for Mass East U18. Trevor Mahoney scored twice for the winners and Alex O’Conner had a goal and four assists.
Mass East U19 3, Mass West U19 1
Aaron Mulligan, Bryan Tang and Thomas Huard each had a goal to power Mass East U19 to the win. Sam Murray found twine for Mass West U19.
Mass North U19 3, Eastern New England 2 0
Sam Neville had a first half goal helping lead Mass North U19 on their way to the shutout win. Nick Saunders added a second half goal for the winners.
Boston Knights U19 5, Mass West U19 3
The Knights exploded for five first-half goals and hung on for the 5-3 win. Kyle LoNigro scored twice to lead the offense, while Ben Fici, Joey Falso and Sean Malone each had a goal as well. Austin Salvetti, Shane Kelly and Ian Worthley had goals for Mass West U19.
- Zach Lebowitz and Gary Demopoulos contributed to this report