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NEFPHL Showcase Series Sunday Recap: Mt. St. Charles U18 Fends Off Fall Prep Selects; Eastern New England Solid In Pair Of Wins

A quick look at Sunday’s action at the New England Fall Prep Showcase Series weekend…

Mt. St. Charles U18 3, Fall Prep Selects 1

The marquee game of the weekend was between the New England Fall Prep selects and the u 18 AAA Mt. St. Charles Saints.  Mike Salvatore of Phillips Exeter stood the task of the mighty powerful Saints.  The Saints were a deeper, stronger, faster team that possesses two D1 commits and many more soon to follow.

Fall Prep Selects goalie Michael Salvatore readies for shot during Sunday’s action against Mt. St. Charles U18. The Saints won this one, 3-1.

The second line of the Saints were the dominant factor here.  When in possession of the puck the Saints were in the O-zone when the line of Zach Abeen, Ryan O’Connell, and Sterling Cooke were on the ice.  The Saints jumped out to the early lead on the PP where Tyler Ribera  fed Zach Aben out front and he beat Salvatore glove side to make it 1-0  Salvatore shut the door the majority of the game on making four outstanding back door saves including on Penn St Commit Owen McLaughlin.

The Selects battled back on a text book goal by Nobles senior David Jacobs.  Governor’s junior Collin Elliot made a great shot pass off the end wall to Phillips Andover senior Drew Malatesta, who found Jacobs attacking the net hard and hit him right on the tape for a tap home goal.

The Saints responded immediately when Aben put a soft chip off the wall as he entered the zone and caught Salvatore off guard as he ripped an off-angle shot off the wall over the glove.  The Selects team continued to make pushes throughout the game but ran into Cary NC native Tade Carman who was up to the task and stood tall throughout the game.

The Saints added an insurance goal late that was created by Aben on the breakout. Aben fed the puck to Moorestown, NJ native Ryan O’Connell up the wall into the zone who found linemate Sterling Cooke across the goal mouth and past the out reached leg of Michael Salvatore.  The Saints finished off the game 3-1.

“I thought our boys competed well.  The puck bounced their way a couple more times and it was a one-goal game throughout,” said Fall Prep Selects coach Benn Ferreiro.  “It was a good game and good compete level by both teams. David Jacobs lifted us with a great goal in the second by playing simple hockey.”

Brett Baldassare
Eastern NE

Eastern New England 6, Mass North 1

The game started with a quick goal by Danvers junior Brett Baldassare,  who scored a quick goal early in the first by beating NYA senior Aiden Plant over the glove.  Baldy scored a second goal in similar fashion by skating down the side wall beating the defender and protecting the puck along the wall in the neutral zone and then crossed over the blue line and ripped his second goal.

Drew Malatesta
Eastern NE

The majority of the play was in the Mass North end and Plant was under siege.  Drew Malatesta also contributed two points (1G, 1A) as well as Newburyport’s Jonathan Groth (1G, 1A).  Both players are looking to have breakout seasons at the prep level this upcoming year.

Adam Bridgeo, a senior from Danvers,  picked up right where he left off  in the Mass HS Playoffs adding some big saves.   One bright point for Mass North was Winchester resident and Rivers School player Will Conway showing off his hand skills and taking the puck end-to-end to score on Adam Bridgeo.  Conway picked up the puck in his D-zone on the half wall and chipped the puck by an ENE blueliner.  He turned on the jets to create a 1v1,  tucked his shoulder as he entered the zone, cut across the goalmouth and  shoved the puck bar down to give Mass North their lone goal.  ENE added to 2 late give them a 6-1 win.

Three Stars: 3) Drew Malatesta; 2) Jonathan Groth; 1) Brett Baldassare

Public/Catholic 2, Mass West 2

Another battle of the goalies.  Cam Wickens and Bryson Pomerleau fight the siege of the Mass West.  Wickens, who posted his sixth shutout in seven appearances in the NEFPHL this season,   set the tone early with a huge save coming across the crease in a split, robbing sophomore Conner Seeley from Bishop Fenwick.

Domenic Hall

Bryson Pomerleau played equally as well for the Public Catholic group only allowing two goals on two power plays.  The senior at Cheverus High in Maine is determined to show why he is one of the best goalies in the state of Maine.

Mass Public/Catholic  battled back into the game on the PK with a very aggressive forecheck of Billerica HS senior Dom Hall,  who created a turnover that served a pizza right to Hall’s NEFPHL and Mass HS Hockey teammate David Hederman, who ripped a shot past Mass West goalie Jack Vieira.  As time was winding down the Public Catholic group put the pressure on as a scrum out front occurred and Shawsheen Tech’s  Anthony Papa pushed the puck off Vieras pad into the net.  With only 2 min left the Public Catholic group was relentless to get the go ahead goal but Vieira stood to the task and shut them down to secure the point and end it at a 2 to 2 tie.

Three Stars:  3) Bryson Pomerleau; 2) Dom Hall; 1) Cam Wickens

Mass North 2, Mass East 1

In yet another low scoring battle the tenders took this show as both team’s goaltenders stood tall. Central Catholic junior Mike Brothers and Austin Prep soph Anthony Beaulieu gave up one goal between the two.  Brothers earning the shutout for his half of play.

Mass North had stellar play by senior defenseman Conner Peterson who tallied a goal and an assist (Jack Toohey goal) to help propel Mass North to the 2-1 victory.  Brendan Fitzgerald of Haverhill  scored a pretty goal on a great pass from senior defenseman Ben Warner from Dracut/Tyngsboro for Mass East’s lone goal.

Three Stars: 3) Conner Peterson; 2) Brendan Fitzgerald; 1) Mike Brothers

Mass West 1, Valley Jr. Warriors Prep 1

The Jr Warriors Prep program stayed resilient throughout after being bombarded with the heavy attack of the Mass West U19 group.  Early on after a bad bounce at the blue line the Warriors went up on a breakaway goal by senior Pierce Blaeser of the EHLP Warriors.

The game was back and forth and even until Breaden Rielly ripped a shot blocker side on a pass from Charlie Cave.  The game ended in a 1 -1 tie Both Exeter sophomore Michael Salvatore and Charlie Lambert played well in the tie in goal for Mass West.

Three Stars:  3) Braeden Riley; 2) Pierce Blaeser; 1) Michael Salvatore

Nick Marino
Eastern NE

Eastern New England 5, East Coast Rockets 2

It was the Nick Marino show once again this week.  Marino showed his skill, pace and head for the game and will transition very nicely for Bob Lavin’s Worcester Academy group this winter.  Marino showed up again with two highlight reel goals off great feeds from Worcester Academy junior Owen locke and Stoneham junior Joseph Kranefuss.  Kranefuss himself had quite the night with one gritty net drive goal and two pretty dimes to to help create Marino’s first goal and was the primary apple on the second goal.

Both Jesse Pelletier,  a junior at Worcester Academy,  and senior Brady Roux of Malden Catholic,  stood tall to task.  Roux posting a shutout and Pelletier giving only two power play goals.  On the Rockets side defenseman Zach Micciche out of Reading was very active in creating opportunities and moving the puck up ice.  He was  responsible for both goals,  creating the first one for senior Colin Fogerty and scoring the second one him self.

Three Stars: 3) Brady Roux; 2) Joseph Kranefuss; 1) Nick Marino

Boston Knights 1, Mass Central 1

The Boston Knights,  coming off a fresh 3-0 victory on Saturday,  were looking to go 2-0 on the weekend.  Jack Perry had other plans as he was above and beyond the star of the weekend.

“It was a back-and-forth game,” said Boston Knights coach Chris Capasso. “Their goal was a fluke goal, a tough bounce. But the boys were resilient and never gave up. It was truly a goalie battle. Ryan Griffin and Robbie DiVincenzo both played great for us, they allowed just one goal all weekend.”

The Knights dominated the game as their top line of Winchester senior Angelo Mario, St Mary’s senior Colby Magliozzi, and Belmont senior Ben Fici had the puck hemmed in the Mass Central Zone for most of the game.  Throughout the game Perry ate pucks and gave very few second chances.  And when the second chances came he was up to the task.

The one blemish for the Knights was on a bit of bad puck luck as the puck took a bad bounce and Cam Martin made them pay as he made a pretty backhand-forehand move to beat Robbie Divincenzo.  The lone goal that was able to beat Perry was a soft chip into the zone that was controlled by the big body of Mario who found Ben Fici out front for a quick snap shot over the pad of Perry’s blocker side.  Ryan Griffin completed his weekend with his second shutout during his time in goal for the Knights.

Three Stars: 3) Angelo Mario; 2) Ben Fici; 1) Jack Perry

Mass East 1,  95 Giants 1

Jack Farrell had the game-tying goal in the final minute for Mass West. Kyle Charbonneau countered for the 95 Giants.

Mass West 4, Mass North 0

Max Vieira led the scoring attack with a goal and two assists for Mass West. Nick Sasso and Alex Rich also had goals for the winners.

Cam Fici
Boston Knights

Boston Knights U18 4, Mass Central 1

The Boston Knights were looking to continue the moment of the comeback from the previous evening.  They started out hot early and the game was dominated by sophomore phenom Cameron Fici.  In fact it was the Fici Show for the U18 group as Cam had 3 goals and an Assist and brother Ben put home the fourth goal on a great pass by Cam.

Ben Banks came up big with a shutout in his half and sophomore Ian Burns gave up one goal resulting from  a scramble out front that was put home by Governor’s Academy junior  Dave Moriarty.

The Knights first goal was started by Ben Fici.  Finding Winchester junior Alec O’Connor for a rip from the point that bounced right to Cam Fici out front who put the puck past Hanover High junior Goalie Ben Lawrence Plottner.  The second goal was created on a rush by the Fici brothers.  Ben streaked down the wall on the zone entry and found brother cam in soft spot high slot who then ripped a shot five-hole.

The third goal was created by Somerville High senior Aiden Johnson,  who made a beautiful stretch pass to Cam Fici who found has brother right at the 45-angle and he ripped a shot short side over the tender’s glove.  The fourth goal to complete the hat trick came when Somerville senior Chris Bonney, won a puck battle along the boards and then found Ben Fici down low on the cycle who then hit Cam Fici in the soft spot at the bumper position and he ripped the puck pipe in on the glove side.

“Cam Fici scored three gorgeous goals,” said Boston Knights goach Chris Capasso. “He really knows how to find the soft spots in the defensive zone. Chris Bonney had three assists on the weekend and Ben Fici had a goal. They were flying around out there and really created a lot of offense for us.”

Three Stars:  3) Chris Bonney; 2) Ben Fici; 1) Cam Fici

  • Zach Lebowitz and Gary Demopoulos contributed to this report

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