December 15, 2011

High School Journal: Teams will flock to Fenway

Already a baseball Mecca from spring through fall, Fenway Park is quickly becoming a hockey haven in the winter, thanks to Frozen Fenway.

What started with the NHL's Winter Classic featuring the Bruins and Flyers on New Year's Day in 2010 continues to expand and incorporate lower levels of hockey in New England.

This winter, Frozen Fenway will be a 16-day extravaganza that will include boys and girls high school games, boys and girls prep school games, and men's and women's college games.

High school games will be featured on two separate occasions at Fenway, including a free tripleheader on Jan. 2.

The day will begin at 3 p.m. with Boston Latin Academy facing East Boston High School in boys action. At 5 p.m., Boston Latin School will take on Boston Latin Academy in a girls contest, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Mount Saint Charles Academy (R.I.) meeting Cathedral High School (Springfield, Mass.) in a boys game.

The tripleheader is a free, single-ticket event, with tickets distributed in advance by the participating schools. In addition, a limited number of tickets will also be available at Fenway Park on the day of the game.

In addition, a fourth high school game will be featured when Catholic Memorial faces Boston College High School in boys action on Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. prior to Northeastern vs. Boston College in a 6 p.m. men's game.

The full schedule for Frozen Fenway 2012 is as follows:

Jan. 1: Mayor's community skate day

Jan. 2: high school tripleheader; 3 p.m. -- Boston Latin Academy vs. East Boston High School (boys); 5 p.m. -- Boston Latin School vs. Boston Latin Academy (girls); 7:30 p.m. -- Mount Saint Charles Academy vs. Cathedral High School (boys)

Jan. 4: Independent School League boys and girls games; 1:30 p.m. -- St. George's School vs. Rivers School (girls); 3:15 p.m. -- Noble and Greenough vs. Milton Academy (boys); 5:30 p.m. --Thayer Academy vs. Lawrence Academy (boys); 7:45 p.m. -- Belmont Hill School vs. St. Sebastian's School (boys)

Jan. 7: Hockey Day in New England (men); 4 p.m. -- University of Vermont vs. University of Massachusetts; 7:30 p.m. -- University of New Hampshire vs. University of Maine

Jan. 10: Women's college hockey; 3 p.m. -- Dartmouth College vs. Providence

Jan. 13: Division 1 and Division 3 men's hockey doubleheader; 3:30 p.m. -- Norwich University vs. Babson College (ECAC East/D3); 7 p.m. -- Union College vs. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey/D1)

Jan. 14: Boston rivalry doubleheader; 3 p.m. -- Catholic Memorial vs. BC High School; 6 p.m. -- Northeastern University vs. Boston College
Jan. 16: Mayor's community skate day

Around New England

Connecticut

In what was expected to be an early-season showdown between contending Division 1 programs, Fairfield Prep picked up where the 2010-11 season left off with a 3-0 win over Ridgefield on Wednesday night.

Fairfield Prep (21-3 a year ago), which claimed the Division 1 title a year ago with a dominating 5-0 victory over St. Joseph, scored three times in the second period to make an opening night statement.
David White, Tom Worsfold and Sean Henry scored for Fairfield Prep.

Ridgefield was 17-6-1 a year ago.

Maine

The John Bapst Memorial High School boys hockey team will have a family feel behind the bench as head coach Gene Fadrigon will have grandson Tyler Fadrigon by his side as an assistant for the 2011-12 season.

Gene Fadrigon is in his second stint as head coach at John Bapst (Bangor) and was an assistant coach when Tyler Fadrigon, 20, was a player on the 2008-09 team.

Tyler Fadrigon is now a junior at the University of Maine.

Massachusetts

Malden Catholic will take on the task of attempting to defend its Super 8 title without the services of head coach Chris Serino.

Serino won't be behind the bench for the Lancers this season due to complications from pneumonia. Serino is able to continue his duties as Malden Catholic athletic director.

Assistant coach John McLean will lead the Lancers as interim head coach this season.

A former Boston College standout, McLean has been an assistant coach at Malden Catholic since 2007 and was one of Serino's assistant coaches at Merrimack College from 2002-05.

Malden Catholic was 21-1-2 a year ago, capped off by its overtime victory against St. John's Prep in the Super 8 championship game.

New Hampshire

After winning back-to-back state titles and three in the past four years, Hanover is a heavy favorite to make it three straight as the Marauders enter 2011-12 on the heels of an undefeated championship season.

Making the task of unseating Hanover even more daunting is the face that the Marauders lost just three players to graduation from last year's championship club.

Hanover began its quest for a three-peat on Dec. 13 with a 4-1 victory over Lebanon and is scheduled to face 2010-11 runner-up Oyster River on Dec. 17.

New Hampshire has recognized girls hockey as a varsity sport for just four years, with Hanover claiming the title in three of those seasons.

Rhode Island

La Salle has defeated defending Division 1 state champion Mount St. Charles twice in the early portion of the 2011-12 season, laying a claim as the top team in the state.

La Salle earned a 3-1 win over Mount St. Charles on Dec. 2 and added a 3-2 overtime win on Dec. 10 for good measure.

In the first meeting between the teams, Bobby Fox scored two power-play goals in the third period to put La Salle over the top. In the rematch, La Salle sophomore Bryan Lemos had a part in each of his team's goals. Lemos assisted on La Salle's first two goals and potted the game-winner in overtime. …

Moses Brown will leave Rhode Island's Interscholastic League to rejoin the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) beginning next season. Moses Brown currently competes in Rhode Island's Division 1.

According to a press release issued on the Moses Brown Facebook page, "The decision by Moses Brown to compete in the prep school conference will provide Rhode Island hockey players with another choice for high-level competitive play within the state of Rhode Island.

"In making this decision, school administrators were compelled by the opportunity to improve the Moses Brown student experience. Moses Brown students will have a home rink for the first time, and will have an afternoon practice schedule in alignment with all other Moses Brown student-athletes. The athletes also will gain an opportunity to begin playing in the fall and to participate in more games due to a longer season."

Vermont

Ticket proceeds from Wednesday's Spaulding High School hockey doubleheader went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in an event organized by junior Erika Rouleau, a member of the Spaulding girls team.

Regarding the event, Rouleau told Vermont TV station WCAX: "I kind of put hockey, one of my loves, with helping out people so I kind of created this idea. I've always known they're a really great foundation," Rouleau said. "I wanted to do something for them."

The event also featured an auction, featuring a jersey signed by Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins.

Game of the Week

Malden Catholic vs. Delbarton

Harvard's Bright Center will be the site of a match-up between two of the top teams in the Northeast when Malden Catholic (Massachusetts Super 8 champion) takes on Delbarton (six straight New Jersey state titles) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The game will serve as a fundraiser for Malden Catholic. Malden Catholic defeated Delbarton in last year's meeting, 3-1.

High school power rankings

Connecticut

1. Fairfield Prep (1-0)

2. Notre Dame/West Haven (1-0)

3. South Windsor (1-0)

4. Trinity Catholic (1-0)

5. Daniel Hand (1-0)

6. Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury (1-0)

7. Xavier (1-0)

8. Milford (1-0)

9. Staples-Weston-Shelton (1-0)

10. Windsor-Farmington-Avon (1-0)

Maine

1. Bangor (2-0)

2. Marshwood/Traip (2-0)

3. Thornton Academy (2-0)

4. Brewer (2-0)

5. York (1-0-1)

6. Gardiner (2-0)

7. Old Town (2-0)

8. Cony (1-0)

9. Cape Elizabeth (1-0-1)

10. Cheverus (1-0)

Massachusetts

1. Malden Catholic (1-0)

2. St. John's Prep (1-0)

3. Framingham (1-0)

4. Hingham (1-0)

5. Burlington (1-0)

6. Chelmsford (1-0)

7. Falmouth (1-0)

8. Ludlow (3-0)

9. Winchester (1-0)

10. Needham (1-0)

New Hampshire

1. Pinkerton Academy (1-0)

2. Concord (1-0)

3. Berlin (1-0)

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0)

5. Merrimack (1-0)

6. Bow (1-0)

7. Bedford (1-0)

8. Merrimack (1-0)

9. Dover (1-0)

10. Souhegan (1-0)

Rhode Island

1. La Salle (4-0)

2. Bishop Hendricken (3-0)

3. Cumberland (3-0)

4. Pilgrim (3-0)

5. Cranston West (2-1)

6. Prout (3-1)

7. Providence Country Day (2-0)

8. Barrington (3-1)

9. Johnston/North Providence (3-0)

10. East Providence (3-1)

Vermont

1. Champlain Valley (3-0)

2. Essex (1-0)

3. Middlebury (1-0)

4. Spaulding (1-0)

5. Colchester (1-0)

6. BFA-St. Albans (1-0)

7. Burr and Burton (1-0-1)

8. U-32 (1-0)

9. Missiquoi (2-1)

10. South Burlington (1-1)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com.