High School Journal: Greely grabs Maine girls title
By Ed Flaherty
The first New England high school hockey championship of the 2011-12 season was captured last Saturday when Greely of Cumberland defeated Falmouth for the Maine girls title.
Greely, the Eastern Maine champ, topped Western Maine’s Falmouth, 7-1, to win the state crown.
Etta Copenhagen paced Greely in its championship game effort, scoring a pair of goals while adding an assist.
Copenhagen wasn’t alone on the scoring sheet, however. Sarah Kurland and Monica Howland added two goals each, while Ceci Hodgkins tallied Greely’s other goal.
Emma Seymour made 28 saves in goal to record the victory for Greely.
Megan Fortier scored Falmouth’s lone goal.
Greely’s outburst in the championship game was a bit unexpected, as the Rangers had been defeated twice by Falmouth during the regular season, 4-1 on each occasion.
Falmouth entered the championship game with just one loss, while Greely was 15-5. Falmouth had also outscored its opponents 120-28 heading into the championship game.
While Falmouth is an Eastern Maine team and Greely is officially a Western Maine club, the teams come from neighboring towns in southern Maine and share the same rink for practices and games.
Olivia Hompe of New Canaan continues to rewrite the Connecticut record books.
When New Canaan closed its regular season with a 3-1 win over Darien on Saturday, Hompe scored a pair of goals to give her 60 for the season. According to New Canaan coach Rich Bulan, Hompe is the first Connecticut player – boy or girl – to score 50 or 60 goals in back-to-back seasons.
Hompe, a junior, had 65 goals as a sophomore a year ago.
On Wednesday, in a 6-1 win over Darien in a league semifinal contest, Hompe had three goals and two assists, bringing her within one point of tying the state record for career points.
Hompe now has 260 career points, one shy of former New Canaan standout Maggie Westfal, who closed her storied career with 261 points.
Hompe has led New Canaan to back-top-back Fairfield County and state championships.
New Canaan will face Greenwich on Saturday (4 p.m.) in the Fairfield County championship game at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, Conn.
The Brewer High School boys have generated momentum heading into the Eastern Maine Class B tournament as the Witches have rolled off 11 straight victories to close their regular season with a 17-1 record.
Brewer wrapped up the regular season with a 9-0 win over Skowhegan on Wednesday night, as Tyler White and Kyle Alexander had three goals and an assist apiece.
But Brewer’s biggest win of the season thus far came one game prior to the season finale when the Witches knocked off Class A Bangor, 6-4.
The victory avenged Brewer’s only loss of the season, a 3-1 setback against Bangor on Jan. 4.
This time around Brewer thrived on the big stage as the game was played at the University of Maine’s Alford Arena.
Spencer Valley had a hat trick for Brewer in the win over Bangor, while White had a pair of tallies. Adam Cossette made 27 saves in goal for Brewer to record the win.
Since suffering its only loss of the season against Bangor, Brewer has outscored its opponents 71-22 during its current 11-game winning streak.
The Westwood High School boys kept an impressive streak alive by qualifying for the state tournament for the 30th consecutive season.
According to ESPNBoston, Westwood’s 30-year playoff run is the longest in Massachusetts.
The Wolverines have won 21 Tri-Valley league titles while capturing the Division 3 state championship on four occasions – 1985, 1991, 1992 and 2002. …
Latin Academy won its fifth straight Boston City League title on Thursday, when the Dragons defeated East Boston, 6-1, at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena.
Latin Academy has defeated East Boston in each of the past five City League championship games.
Daniel Moran (two goals), Mark Guerard, Nicholas Mastrogiacomo, Paul O’Keefe and Kevin Sweeney scored for Latin Academy. Shane Finn recorded the victory in goal for the Dragons.
Patrick Sullivan scored East Boston’s lone goal.
Pinkerton Academy secured its spot as the Division 1 boys favorite once the postseason begins thanks to a 4-3 overtime win against Manchester Memorial last Saturday.
In a tight contest throughout, the Astros overcame a late one-goal deficit to force overtime as Pinkerton’s J.D. Dudek scored with 2:39 remaining in regulation.
Pinkerton put an end to the contest on Devin Moore’s overtime tally.
Zach Sanford had a goal and three assists for Pinkerton, which improved to 15-2 with an 8-1 win over Bishop Guertin on Wednesday. Dudek added a pair of goals for Pinkerton, while Matt Marchman made 27 saves in goal.
The Astros have one game remaining in their regular season – Saturday against St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover.
Jacob Boylane had a pair of assists for Memorial, with Matt Tufts, Brady Bilodeau and Brendan Sullivan scoring goals. Tyler Fay had 24 saves in goal for Memorial, which closed its regular season with a 14-4 record following a 4-1 win against Manchester Central on Feb. 22.
Rhode Island’s top four girls teams will be vying for the state title when the opening round of the state tournament begins on Friday.
Top-seeded Mount St. Charles (16-2) will face No. 4 Warwick Co-op (11-5) in one best-of-three semifinal series, while No. 2 LaSalle (12-4) and No. 3 Bay View (10-7-1) meet in the other semifinal series.
Mount St. Charles has won the past two state titles and is led by Brianna Castro, who has 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points, and Elisabeth Berard (11-15-26).
Warwick Co-op is led by Emily Fox (21-15-36) and Abby Ellis (14-12-26).
LaSalle’s leading scorers are Meaghan Rickard (17-11-28) and Sarah Migliori (8-8-16).
Bay View is led by Kiley Colucci (12-10-22), Alexandra Briody (7-10-17) and Bethany Fogarty (3-14-17).
The four goalies in the state semifinals – Sarah Erban of Mount St. Charles (13 goals allowed), Holly Scott of La Salle (16 goals allowed), Kayleen Murphy of Warwick Co-op (25 goals allowed) and Marissa Golda of Bay View (39 goals allowed) – are among the stingiest in the state.
With one game remaining on its regular-season schedule, the Essex High School boys have already secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Division 1 tournament.
Essex improved to 18-0-1 with its 7-4 win over BFA-St. Albans on Wednesday.
Essex scored four second-period goals to put away BFA-St. Albans, which stands 15-4 on the season.
Essex is currently on a nine-game winning streak, which began after a 3-3 tie against Spaulding on Jan. 14.
The Hornets haven’t been beaten since their 1-0 Division 1 state championship game loss against Champlain Valley last season.
Game of the Week
History may be witnessed on Saturday when the New Canaan (Conn.) girls face Greenwich in the Fairfield County title game at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford (4 p.m.).
New Canaan’s Olivia Hompe, a junior, needs one point to tie the state’s all-time scoring record and two points to become the top scorer in Connecticut history.
Hompe enters Saturday’s game with 260 career points, one behind former New Canaan start Maggie Westfal, who went on to a college career at Yale.
Hompe has 63 goals and 32 assists this season.
New England high school power rankings
1. Fairfield Prep (15-3)
2. Ridgefield (18-2)
3. Notre Dame West Haven (14-3-1)
4. Glastonbury (15-4)
5. Darien (14-5)
6. Newington/Berlin (16-2)
7. East Haven (11-5-2)
8. Guilford (10-6-2)
9. Hamden (10-5-2)
10 St. Joseph (10-6)
1. Thornton Academy (15-1-1)
2. Brewer (17-1)
3. Scarborough (12-3-2)
4. Lewiston (13-4-1)
5. Falmouth (12-4-1)
6. Bangor (12-5)
7. Messalonskee (15-3)
8. St. Dominic (12-6)
9. Cheverus (13-5)
10. Marshwood/Traip (13-5)
1. Malden Catholic (15-1-3)
2. St. Mary’s Lynn (18-1-3)
3. Needham (16-4)
4. Hingham (16-4-2)
5. Burlington (13-1-6)
6. Central Catholic (12-4-5)
7. Westford Academy (13-4-3)
8. Woburn (12-5-3)
9. Marshfield (17-2-2)
10. Franklin (15-3-4)
1. Pinkerton (15-2)
2. Memorial (14-4)
3. Bedford (13-3)
4. Merrimack (13-4)
5. Kennett (15-1)
6. Alvirne (15-1)
7. Bishop Brady (10-5-2)
8. Pelham/Windham (13-3)
9. St. Thomas (9-6-1)
10. Trinity (8-6-2)
1. Hendricken (13-2-1)
2. La Salle (11-5-1)
3. Johnston/North Providence (13-1)
4. Coventry (15-1)
5. Burrillville (12-5)
6. Mount St. Charles (11-5)
7. Pilgrim (11-4-1)
8. Cumberland (11-4-2)
9. Prout (12-3-2)
10. Middletown (11-3-3)
1. Essex (18-0-1)
2. South Burlington (17-2)
3. BFA St. Albans (15-4)
4. Northfield (17-2)
5. Burr and Burton (12-3-3)
6. U-32 (13-3-2)
7. Stowe (13-4-1)
8. Colchester (11-7-1)
9. St. Johnsbury (11-6)
10. People’s (12-7)
Ed Flaherty can be reached at email@example.com.