February 25, 2013

HS Journal: Greely girls claim first state title of '13 season

By Ed Flaherty

The first New England high school hockey state championship of the 2012-13 season was awarded to Maine’s Greely High School girls last weekend.

The Rangers made it back-to-back state titles with a 1-0 overtime victory against Skowhegan at Lewiston’s Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

The Rangers capped their repeat performance at 3:44 of overtime when Mary Morrison sent a wrist shot past Scarborough goaltender Devan Kane for the game’s only goal.

Greely closed its championship run with a 15-game winning streak.

Greely and Scarborough finish with identical 18-2-1 records. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie in their only regular-season meeting.

Kane stopped 39 shots to keep Scarborough in the title contest.

Maura Perry earned the win in goal for Greely.

Connecticut 

Fairfield Prep remains unbeaten against in-state competition thanks to shutout wins over top-10 opponents Darien (6-0) and Notre Dame-West Haven (1-0) last week.

In a showdown against Notre Dame-West Haven, Nick Bargiello scored the game’s lone goal in Fairfield Prep’s victory.

Fairfield Prep goaltender Matt Beck made 30 saves to record his second shutout of the season.

Against Darien, David White had a hat trick, Dean Lockery scored twice and Matt McKinney added a goal for the Jesuits in their 6-0 victory.

Christ Gutierrez made 12 saves to record his second shutout of the season in goal for Fairfield Prep.

The Jesuits saw their unbeaten streak come to an end with a 4-3 loss to Catholic Memorial of Massachusetts on Wednesday.

Fairfield Prep is now 16-1.

Massachusetts 

The Woburn High School girls hockey team has set itself up nicely for the upcoming Massachusetts Division 1 state tournament.

Woburn wrapped up an undefeated regular season on Thursday with a 5-3 win over Acton-Boxborough in The 8 Showcase at Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.

Woburn opened up the event featuring some of the state’s top girls hockey teams on Tuesday with a 4-1 win over Arlington Catholic.

Woburn is now 17-0-3 as it prepares for the Division 1 tournament.

On Thursday night, Emily Lissner had five points – including a hat trick – as Woburn held off a late Acton-Boxborough charge.

New Hampshire

The Bedford High School hockey team is picking the right time to play some of its best hockey.

The defending Division 2 Bulldogs (12-3-2) are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) and have earned impressive wins over both Goffstown and Merrimack, two upper-echelon teams in the division.

Prior to its wins over Goffstown and Merrimack, Bedford had just three victories against teams with above .500 records.

The win over Merrimack, in particular, provided a boost to Bedford’s postseason aspirations.

Merrimack entered Thursday’s contest unbeaten at 16-0, but Bedford handed the Tomahawks a 1-0 setback.

The two teams were set to meet on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both clubs.

Junior Jared Balzarini tallied a hat trick and assisted on another goal, as Milford defeated Hockomock League foe Taunton 5-3 Wednesday, qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in school history.

Junior Brad White recorded four assists and senior Griffin Colpitts added two goals for the Scarlet Hawks (9-7-2, 5-4).

Junior Jared Balzarini tallied a hat trick and assisted on another goal, as Milford defeated Hockomock League foe Taunton 5-3 Wednesday, qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in school history.

Junior Brad White recorded four assists and senior Griffin Colpitts added two goals for the Scarlet Hawks (9-7-2, 5-4).

Rhode Island

There are three unbeaten teams remaining in Rhode Island: boys teams Lincoln (17-0-1) and West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (14-0) and the LaSalle girls (17-0).

Division 2 Lincoln is led by Ryan Krohto (18 goals, nine assists, 27 points), Drew Wood (16-7-23) and Jerzy Polak (9-8-17).

Division 3 West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich features the state’s top scorer in Antonio Rei (32-27-59), along with Brett Coski (16-19-35).

LaSalle has two of the state’s top four scorers in girls hockey. Meaghan Rickard leads the state with 23 goals and 20 assists for 40 points, while Sarah Migliori has 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points.

Vermont

Heading into its weekend game against Champlain Valley, the South Burlington High School boys hockey team has won eight straight games, its second eight-game winning streak of the season.

The Rebels will be seeking a measure of revenge against Champlain Valley (11-3-3), which handed South Burlington a 5-2 loss on opening night in December.

The Rebels (15-2) shook off that loss, however, to reel off eight straight wins before falling to rival Essex, 1-0, on Jan. 26.

That loss triggered another eight-game winning streak, during which South Burlington has outscored its opponents 50-13.

New England Hockey Journal State Rankings

Connecticut

1. Fairfield Prep (17-1)

2. Notre Dame-West Haven (14-2)

3. Darien (16-2-2)

4. Ridgefield (15-5)

5. St. Joseph (15-4-1)

6. Xavier (10-5-2)

7. New Canaan (12-6-2)

8. Amity (12-6)

9. East Catholic (13-4)

10. Glastonbury (12-6)

Maine

1. Scarborough (17-1)

2. Bangor (15-3)

3 Falmouth (14-3-1)

4. Lewiston (14-3-1)

5. Messalonskee (16-2)

6. Skowhegan (11-2-1)

7. Camden Hills (14-4)

8. Cheverus (12-6)

9. John Bapst (12-5-1)

10. Greely (14-4)

Massachusetts

1. Springfield Cathedral (16-1-4)

2. St. John’s Prep (17-2-1)

3. BC High (13-3-3)

4. Austin Prep (13-1-6)

5. Reading (16-1-5)

6. Central Catholic (13-5-3)

7. Duxbury (14-3-5)

8. Banstable (12-4-4)

9. Winchester (14-5-3)

10. Norwood (13-5-2)

New Hampshire

1. Merrimack (16-1)

2. Manchester Memorial (14-3)

3. Spaulding (15-1-1)

4. Berlin (18-0)

5. Bedford (12-3-2)

6. Londonderry (12-4-1)

7. Manchester Central (13-4)

8. St. Thomas (12-5-1)

9. John Stark/Hopkinton (15-1-1)

10. Bemont-Gilford (12-5)

Rhode Island

1. Bishop Hendricken (12-3-1)

2. Lincoln (17-0-1)

3. Mount St. Charles (12-7)

4. La Salle (10-6-1)

5. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (14-0)

6. Prout (13-4)

7. Cumberland (10-4-1)

8. East Providence (12-2-1)

9. Tolman (10-3-1)

10. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (10-4)

Vermont

1. Essex (13-2-2)

2. South Burlington (15-2)

3. U-32 (15-1-1)

4. Champlain Valley (11-3-3)

5. Burr and Burton (13-3-1)

6. Northfield (14-2-1)

7. North Country (12-4-1)

8. Brattleboro (14-3)

9. Colchester (10-5-2)

10. Rutland (10-5-2)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com