HS Journal: Springfield Cathedral the real deal
By Ed Flaherty
Springfield Cathedral returned just six upperclassmen from its 2011-12 team, which reached Massachusetts’ Super 8 but went 0-3 in the tournament.
With an uncertainty surrounding the 2012-13 season, the Panthers have made believers out of Bay State opponents thanks to an 11-0-2 record. Cathedral already has one more win than last year’s team, which finished 10-6-6 and was the No. 6 seed for the Super 8.
Cathedral owns several signature wins this season, including a championship in the Cape Cod Freezeout (4-1 over Newburyport) and a 3-2 win against BC High on Jan. 12.
The Panthers now face a difficult stretch beginning with a Saturday afternoon contest against Hingham (10-4-1), followed by a rematch against BC High (9-2-2) and an interstate matchup against perennial Rhode Island power Mount St. Charles.
The only blemishes on Cathedral’s record are a pair of ties, 3-3 against Central Catholic and 3-3 against Barnstable in the Cape Cod Freezeout, before Cathedral advanced in a shootout.
The Panthers have featured a balanced scoring attack, paced by sophomore forward Peter Crinella (16 goals, 11 assists, 27 points). Also scoring in double figures are Artie Potter (9-15-24), Matt Foley (8-15-23), Jack Williams (3-16-19), Johnny Leonard (10-7-17), Dominic Blad (9-7-16), DJ Petruzelli (4-11-15) and Nick Chaoush (4-8-12).
John Liquori is Cathedral’s top goaltender, with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. Adam Mercer has a 1.10 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
Ridgefield is one of the hottest teams in the state as the Tigers reeled off their ninth-straight victory on Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over Trinity Catholic.
Ridgefield is now 12-3 and hasn’t lost since a Jan. 5 setback against Xavier (3-2).
Over its current nine-game winning streak, Ridgefield has outscored its opponents 44-15.
On Wednesday, Cam McGuire had a hat trick to pace Ridgefield against Trinity.
Alex Rowella is Ridgefield’s top scorer with six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, followed by Liam Smith (8-8-16), McGuire (6-10-16) and Chris Morrow (7-6-13).
The defending Class B champion Greely High School boys have forfeited a pair of victories after reporting a rules violation.
After the Rangers’ Tommy Thompson was ejected from a 13-0 win over York on Jan. 10 – along with a pair of York players – he sat out one game, which is the recommended punishment according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Greely officials, including coach Barry Mothes, were unaware that the Maine Principals’ Association levies a two-game suspension for fighting, rather than one game.
Thompson sat out Greely’s win over Gardiner, but returned for victories against St. Dominic and Yarmouth.
After attending a mandatory rules clinic, Mothes realized Greely’s mistake regarding the suspension procedure and the school reported the infraction to the MPA.
A ruling by the MPA caused Greely to forfeit its wins over St. Dominic and Yarmouth.
Greely’s record now stands at 7-4.
The Berlin High School boys team has been perfect in Division III and sits atop the rankings with a perfect 12-0 league record.
The Marauders have outscored their opponents 83-18 – including six shutouts – but have had a few close calls, including Wednesday night’s 6-5 win over Belmont/Gilford.
Berlin will likely be tested again on Saturday as the Marauders travel for a rematch with Belmont/Gilford, which is 8-4 in Division III.
Berlin is led by Connor Jewett, who has 37 goals and 21 assists for 58 points and recently recorded his 100th career point.
Also scoring in double figures for Berlin are Justin Vien (16-13-29), Jeff O'Neil (5-14-19) and Mike Lemoine (7-9-16).
Berlin has received outstanding goaltending from both Brenden Williams (6-0 record, 1.31 goals-against average, .930 save percentage) and Shane Mailhot (4-0 record, 1.15 goals-against average, .931 save percentage).
The top schoolboy hockey rivalry in Rhode Island is Mount St. Charles vs. Bishop Hendricken, and the latest meeting proved to be another memorable encounter.
Mount St. Charles picked up a 3-1 win over Bishop Hendricken, handing the Hawks their first in-state loss of the season.
Vincent Pearl and Patrick Holmes scored second-period goals for Mount St. Charles, and Holmes added an empty-net goal in the third to seal the victory.
Tucker Albergio scored Bishop Hendricken’s lone goal.
Mount St. Charles goaltender Brian Lawrence made 17 saves, with Bishop Hendricken’s Mitchell Proulx stopping 33 shots.
The rivals will meet two more times this season before what could be another memorable playoff matchup in the postseason.
Essex High School and Champlain Valley met in a regular-season game with playoff intensity on Wednesday, as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie.
After defeating South Burlington – another Division 1 contender – last week, Essex kept CVU from recording its fifth straight victory.
Both goals were recorded in the first period, with Pat Abbot giving Essex a 1-0 lead before Cam Rivard made it 1-1 later in the first.
From there the goaltenders took over with two periods and overtime of scoreless hockey.
Brock Paquette made 16 saves for Essex while Greg Talbert had 18 saves for CVU.
New England Hockey Journal State Rankings
1. Fairfield Prep (12-0)
2. Notre Dame-West Haven (10-2)
3. Darien (11-1-1)
4. Ridgefield (12-3)
5. East Catholic (10-1)
6. Northwest Catholic (10-2)
7. Xavier (7-5-1)
8. St. Joseph (8-4)
9. Glastonbury (9-5)
10. Amity (9-2) (8-5)
1. Skowhegan (10-1-1)
2. Scarborough (12-1)
3. Bangor (9-2)
4. Messalonskee (11-1)
5. Camden Hills (10-0)
6. Cheverus (8-2)
7 Falmouth (9-2)
8. Lewiston (9-2-1)
9. Brewer (9-3)
10. Greely (7-4)
1. Springfield Cathedral (12-0-2)
2. BC High (9-2-2)
3. Central Catholic (10-2-3)
4. St. John’s Prep (12-2)
5. Reading (11-1-4)
6. Duxbury (10-1-4)
7. Hingham (11-4-1)
8. Austin Prep (8-1-4)
9. Norwood (9-2-1)
10. Arlington Catholic (7-2-4)
1. Manchester Memorial (9-2)
2. Merrimack (10-0)
3. Salem (8-2-1)
4. Spaulding (10-1-1)
5. Berlin (12-0)
6. Londonderry (7-3-1)
7. Bedford (9-1-1)
8. Manchester Central (7-3)
9. John Stark/Hopkinton (9-1-1)
10. Souhegan (9-3)
1. Bishop Hendricken (11-2)
2. Lincoln (15-0)
3. La Salle (8-5-1)
4. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (13-0)
5. Mount St. Charles (8-5)
6. Prout (11-4)
7. North Kingstown (9-5)
8. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (9-3)
9. East Providence (9-2-1)
10. Cumberland (9-3)
1. Essex (8-2-2)
2. Rutland (8-1-2)
3. South Burlington (8-2)
4. North Country (9-2)
5. Champlain Valley (8-2-2)
6. U-32 (11-1)
7. Colchester (6-3-2)
8. Northfield (9-2-1)
9 Brattleboro (10-3)
10. Spaulding (5-5-1)
Ed Flaherty can be reached at email@example.com