By Ed Flaherty
The Malden Catholic boys hockey team carried some extra weight onto the TD Garden ice March 18 for its Massachusetts Super 8 championship game appearance against Boston College High.
|Malden Catholic's players came together to win their second consecutive Super 8 championship in Massachusetts. (Photo by Br. Thomas Puccio, CFX/Malden Catholic)|
The weight of expectations was apparent as Malden Catholic looked to defend its crown as Super 8 champion. The Lancers were the team to beat from the start of the season and entered the Super 8 playoffs as the clear favorite.
In addition, Malden Catholic was going through an emotional season with coach Chris Serino sitting out due to a battle with cancer.
Despite those ancillary concerns, the Lancers showed no signs of fatigue as Malden Catholic did indeed earn a second consecutive Super 8 title with a 3-1 win over BC High.
“It’s been a very long season, mentally and physically,” Malden Catholic coach John McLean told the Boston Globe following the Lancers’ championship victory. “We dug down and we did what we had to do.’’
BC High made Malden Catholic work for this title, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead on a Sam Topham goal.
Malden Catholic senior Brendan Collier — the Division 1 scoring leader in 2011-12 who has committed to Boston University (see Page 39)— netted the tying goal to make it 1-1 in the second period.
The game remained tied at 1 into the third period, before Malden Catholic’s Mike Iovanna scored what would be the game-winner before Casey Fitzgerald’s empty-net goal in the final seconds sealed the victory.
Malden Catholic goalie Peter Cronin made 30 stops to record the win in goal for the Lancers.
Burlington won its first Division 1 boys championship with a 6-2 victory over Milton.
The Red Devils led 1-0 after one period thanks to a Brian Hood goal and were in front 3-1 after two as Brett Romkey and Adam Crowley tallied second-period goals.
Dan McMahon and Trevor Cimino made it 5-1 with third-period goals before Joe Berardi’s empty-net goal sealed the title for Burlington. Derek DeCastro made 25 saves in goal for Burlington.
Wilmington’s Cam Owens made the TD Garden ice his own personal playground as the Wildcats won the Div. 2 boys title with a 3-2 win over Franklin.
Owens’ hat trick accounted for all of Wilmington’s scoring and his goal midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie, sealing the championship for the Wildcats. Wilmington’s Jacob Rodgers assisted on each of Owens’ goals, while Drew Foley made 19 saves in goal for the Wildcats.
The loss was the second straight in the Div. 2 title game for Franklin.
After falling behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the Div. 3 boys championship game, Hudson rattled off the game’s final five goals in its 5-1 victory over Medway. The victory was Mike Nanartowich’s first state title in his 22 years as Hudson’s coach.
Medway’s Jason O’Rourke put the Mustangs in front early with a first-period goal, but Hudson’s Tom Fahey evened things up with a goal for the Hawks. Hudson made it 2-1 in the second period as Bryan Carter scored and the Hawks wrapped up the title with three third-period goals, with Tyler Kirby scoring twice and Blake Seymour once.
Hudson’s Shane Barry had 19 saves in the win.
The Arlington Catholic girls didn’t have an answer for St. Mary’s of Lynn during the regular season, falling in a pair of meetings between the schools.
The Cougars solved the St. Mary’s puzzle under the bright lights of the girls Div. 1 championship game, however, claiming a 3-1 victory for the program’s second state title and first since 2007.
Arlington Catholic jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never let St. Mary’s build momentum in its victory.
Natalie Flynn, Adrieanna Rossini and Allyson Cunningham scored Arlington Catholic’s goals, while Megan Messuri made 25 saves in goal to record the victory.
Duxbury’s Hannah Murphy scored a pair of goals as the Green Dragons won their second consecutive Div. 2 girls title, this one coming in a 3-1 win over Falmouth.
Duxbury closed its season with a 22-0-1 record and is the lone unbeaten team in Massachusetts for the 2011-12 season. Liz Collins also scored for Duxbury and Rachel Myette stopped 14 shots in net.
The Rhode Island boys state championship series came down to a third and deciding game between Bishop Hendricken and Mount St. Charles.
Mount St. Charles saw its four-year reign come to an end as Bishop Hendricken won Game 3, 5-2.
Bishop Hendricken won Game 1 of the series, 4-3 in overtime on David Mitchell’s game-winning goal, before Mount St. Charles bounced back with a 3-2 win in Game 2.
In the deciding contest, Paul Fillipone had two goals to lead the Hawks. Bishop Hendricken goaltender Billy Palmer was named the series MVP.
Fillipone had four goals in the three-game series.
In the Div. 1 boys championship series, Moses Brown topped Barrington in two games, winning 6-5 and 4-2. Nathan Farrington had two goals in each game of the series for Moses Brown.
Coventry swept the Div. 2 championship series against Prout, winning 2-0 and 6-1. Conner DiPietro had two goals in Coventry’s Game 1 victory, while Michael Pesola tallied twice in Game 2.
The Div. 3 boys championship series was decided in three games, with East Providence earning a 2-1 win over Mount Hope to claim the title.
East Providence won the opener, 4-3, as Kevin Hall had a pair of goals. Hall and Ryan Costa both scored in East Providence’s win in Game 3. East Providence goalie Marc LaValley made 68 saves in the three-game series.
The La Salle Academy girls made history in their State Championship Division series against Mount St. Charles.
La Salle had never beaten Mount St. Charles entering the best-of-three series, but won Game 1 and Game 3 to capture the title. La Salle goaltender Holly Scott had shutouts in each of her team’s wins in the series.
Mount St. Charles was seeking a third consecutive state title.
Barrington won the Div. 1 championship series in two games against Burrillville. Emily Carlson had a pair of goals in Barrington’s Game 1 victory, while Chelsea Larisa and Leah Hoder had one goal each for Barrington in Game 2. Barrington goaltender Sophie Faxon — daughter of PGA Tour golfer Brad Faxon — made 29 saves in Game 1 and 28 stops in Game 2.
Notre Dame-West Haven was dominant down the stretch on its way to the Division 1 state championship.
The Green Knights ended the season with nine consecutive wins and four shutouts, including a 5-0 win over Glastonbury in the championship game.
Bill Vizzo had a hat trick and goaltender Luc Amatruda recorded the shutout with 21 saves for Notre Dame-West Haven, which won the seventh title in school history in first since 2002.
Trumbull defeated Branford, 5-3, to win the Div. 2 boys title, the first state championship for the program.
Michael Ahearn (two), Brendan Strobel, Tim Strobel and Tim Riley scored for Trumbull.
Newington/Berlin held off Northwest Catholic, 2-1, to claim the Div. 3 boys title. It is the first state championship in program history. Brandon Ralph and Brendon Richard scored for Newington/Berlin, while Drew O’Leary made 18 saves in goal.
Hall-Conard ended New Canaan’s bid for a third consecutive girls state championship with a 3-2 overtime victory. It was the first state title for Hall-Conard.
Emily Corrales notched the game-winning goal for Hall-Conard, while Caitlin O’Meara and Caroline Kuzoian also scored. Lauren Sorgieo made 30 saves in goal for Hall-Conard.
C.J. Maksut, who scored the game-winning goal as Thornton Academy (Saco) won the 2010-11 Class A state title, helped the Trojans make it back-to-back championships with a 5-1 win over Saint Dominic Academy (Lewiston).
Maksut, who also earned the Travis Roy Award as Maine’s top high school player, had a hat trick and four points to lead Thornton Academy. Maksut is Thornton Academy’s all-time leading scorer with 154 points (90 goals, 64 assists). Andrew Carignan and Greg Lodge also scored for Thornton Academy, while Joe Ferrante had 20 saves in goal for the win.
Greely (Cumberland) captured its second Class B title in the last four years with a 6-2 win over Messalonskee (Oakland). Pete Stauber and Ted Hart had two goals apiece for the Rangers, with Ben Hackett and Peter Hurley also scoring for Greely. Kyle Kramlich had 14 saves in the victory.
Greely won Maine’s girls championship with a 7-1 win over Falmouth.
Etta Copenhagen paced Greely in its championship game effort, scoring a pair of goals while adding an assist. Sarah Kurland and Monica Howland added two goals each in Greely’s win, while Ceci Hodgkins tallied the Rangers’ other goal.
Emma Seymour made 28 saves in goal to record the victory for Greely.
Pinkerton Academy of Derry was at or near the top of the Division 1 boys standings throughout the 2011-12 season and secured its second title in four years with a 3-2 victory despite a stiff challenge from Manchester Memorial.
Top-seeded Pinkerton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the title game, but Memorial scored two quick goals in the third to make things interesting. J.D. Dudek, Zach Sanford and Dominic Corsetto scored Pinkerton’s goals, with Matt Marchman making 17 saves for the win.
In the Div. 2 boys title game, Bedford claimed its first state championship thanks to a 2-1 win over defending champion Dover. Kurt Mitchell and Jason Campbell staked Bedford to a 2-0 lead with second-period goals and the Bulldogs held on for the win as Stevan Tempesta made 26 saves.
Kennett (Conway) and Alvirne (Hudson) were the top teams Div. 3 throughout the season and staged a memorable championship game that was decided in overtime. Anthony LaRusso tallied the game-winning goal in OT — his second of the game — as Kennett claimed the title with a 4-3 victory. Also scoring for Kennett were Kevin Murphy and James Gallo. John Bishop made 34 saves in the win.
The Hanover girls won their third consecutive state crown with a 5-1 win over Lebanon. Hanover’s “Black Line” — made up of 100-point scorers Madison Hill, Tessa Hill and Maddie Dewhirst — accounted for all five of Hanover’s goals. Madison Hill had a hat trick to lead Hanover, while Madison Dewhirst had two goals and three assists. Tessa Hill assisted on all five Hanover goals.
There were no shortcuts to Vermont’s Division 1 boys championship game.
No. 5 Colchester advanced with an epic five-overtime win over No. 1 Essex, while third-seeded BFA-St. Albans moved on with a double-OT win against No. 7 North Country.
The title game didn’t require overtime, as BFA-St. Albans earned a 3-1 victory for its first title since 2005 and the 16th in program history.
Mike Schreiner, Peter Dukas and Taylor Raftery scored for BFA-St. Albans, while Andrew Morin made 20 saves to preserve the win.
Second-seeded U-32 claimed the Div. 2 crown with an impressive 5-1 win over Northfield.
Andrew Danyew, Forrest Smith, Kyle Ferguson, Colvin Rice and Kyle Elliott had one goal apiece for U-32. Michael Bresette had 15 saves in goal to post the win for U-32. The championship is the first since 1992 for U-32.
Essex claimed the Div. 1 girls title with a 2-1 win over third-seeded South Burlington. Melissa Moldovan scored the game-winning goal on a rebound late in the third period for No. 5 Essex. Alexandria Celia had the other Essex goal.
Freshman goalie Victoria Gibson made 15 saves in goal for Essex.
Burr and Burton defeated Stowe, 4-1, to win the girls Div. 2 title. It is Burr and Burton’s fourth state title.
Freshman Abby Marmer scored a pair of goals to lead Burr and Burton, while junior Erin Thompson and freshman Jordan Harmon also scored. Junior goaltender Meg Chandler had 16 saves in the win.
This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of New England Hockey Journal.
Ed Flaherty can be reached at email@example.com