March 2, 2012

High School Journal: Super 8 tournament underway

By Ed Flaherty

The Massachusetts Super 8 tournament began with a pair of play-in games on Monday, with No. 10 Central Catholic and No. 9 St. John’s (Shrewsbury) pulling off upsets to advance. 

Malden Catholic goalie Patrick Young (Dave Arnold Photography)

Central Catholic defeated No. 7 Burlington, 6-4, at Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena, as senior forward Mike Kelleher recorded a hat trick to pace the Raiders.

Mike Hovnarian, Christian Smith and Nick Gorski also scored for Central Catholic (13-3-5), which advances to face No. 2 St. Mary’s of Lynn (18-1-3) on Sunday at Merrimack.

Brien Diffley, Steve Mattos, C.J. Grinnell and Trevor Cimino scored Burlington’s goals in the loss.

In Monday’s other Super 8 play-in game, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) scored four goals in the first period and held on for a 5-4 win over Needham.

This year’s appearance marks the first Super 8 appearance in nine years for St. John’s (16-4-3).

The Pioneers built on their first-period lead early in the second to take a 5-0 lead, then had to fend off a Needham (16-5-1) comeback to advance.

St. John’s will face top-seeded and defending Super 8 champion Malden Catholic (15-1-4) on Sunday.

Vin D’Amato, Bryan Nelson, Mike Brown, Kevin Emmerling and Jay Duquette scored goals for St. John’s.

The remainder of the Super 8 field includes No. 3 St. John’s Prep (13-5-2), No. 4 Hingham (16-4-2), No. 5 BC High (10-5-5) and No. 6 Springfield Cathedral (10-6-6).


Fairfield Prep and Hamden, two of the state’s top boys hockey programs, ended the regular season in style on Sunday.

Hamden (10-7-2) held a 3-1 lead over Fairfield Prep (17-3) in the third period, but the Jesuits rallied to send the game into overtime and then earned a 4-3 victory.

David White provided the heroics for Fairfield Prep as he scored all four goals for the Jesuits. …

New Canaan’s Olivia Hompe continues to make the Connecticut record book her own personal playground.

On Tuesday, Hompe led New Canaan past Guilford in the state quarterfinals, 8-2. Hompe scored five goals, including two in a seven-second span.

Hompe, a junior, now has 74 goals and 34 assists for 108 points this season. She has already broken the record for career points. The previous mark was 261. Hompe now has 274.

Hompe is also the first Connecticut player – male or female – to score 70 goals in a single season.

She is also within reach of the career mark of 181 goals (she currently has 171) and 108 career assists (she currently has 103).


Falmouth’s Ben Freeman showed no signs of playoff jitters as the sophomore scored five goals for the Yachtsmen in a 10-1 win over Kennebunk in Western Maine Class A quarterfinal action on Tuesday.

Freeman had a natural hat trick in the win with three of Falmouth’s four second-period goals.

Freeman was joined on the scoring sheet by Kris Samaras (two goals), Mitch Tapley (goal, assist), Andre Clement (goal) and Alden Bohrman (goal). Alden Weller had three assists and Cam Brown had a pair of helpers. Dane Pauls had 19 saves in goal to record the win for Falmouth.

Second-ranked Falmouth is scheduled to face No. 3 Scarborough in a Western Maine semifinal on Saturday.


Acton-Boxborough, the Division 1 girls runner-up from a year ago, has secured the top seed for the 2012 tournament, but will have plenty of competition for the state championship.

Among the top contenders joining Acton-Boxborough (17-1-2) as favorites are Westford Academy (16-2-2), St. Mary’s of Lynn (18-3-1) and Woburn (15-3-2).

Not to be forgotten is defending champion Hingham (14-6-1).

In Division 2, Duxbury (18-0-1) is the defending champion and clear favorite.

Joining the Dragons as Div. 2 favorites are Walpole (15-2-3), Belmont (14-4-2) and Westwood (14-5-1).

New Hampshire

The Division 1 boys tournament opened on Wednesday, with a pair of first-round games.

No. 10 Salem advanced with a 4-3 win over No. 7 Concord, while No. 8 Londonderry dispatched No. 9 Bishop Guertin of Nashua, 5-1.

Salem proved to be opportunistic in its win over Concord as the Blue Devils were limited to 16 shots but still produces four goals. In fact, Salem scored on four of its first 11 shots in the win.

Salem will face No. 2 Manchester Memorial in the quarterfinals.

Londonderry took control early in its first-round win over Bishop Guertin, jumping to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period.

Curtis Harper, Tom Parilla, Brian Greene, Mike Bears and Brett Evangelista scored for Londonderry in the win. Joe McGrath and Mitch Schirch split the goaltending duties, combining for 20 saves in the win.

Londonderry will now face top-seeded Pinkerton Academy of Derry in the quarterfinals.

Rhode Island

The boys state championship bracket has been announced, with Bishop Hendricken securing the top seed among the four qualifiers.

Hendricken (16-5-1) will face No. 4 Burrillville (14-6). The other semifinal matchup will feature No. 2 Mount St. Charles (17-6) against No. 3 La Salle (15-6-1).

The winners of the best-of-3 semifinal series will meet in the best-of-3 championship series.

Mount St. Charles has won four straight state championships and 42 overall. …

The girls state championship series will feature No. 1 Mount St. Charles against No. 2 La Salle.

Top-seeded Mount St. Charles advanced with a pair of 8-1 victories against Warwick Co-op, while La Salle moved on with a 2-0 series win against Bay View.

The teams met twice during the regular season, with Mount St. Charles defeating La Salle 3-1 on each occasion.

Mount St. Charles has won the past two Rhode Island state titles.


The Northfield girls advanced in the opening round of the Lake Division bracket with a 3-1 win over U-32.

Northfield freshman Kristen Dukette powered the Marauders as she scored a pair of goals in the win.

Dukette is now the Northfield single-season leader in both goals (31) and points (48).

D.J. Doney scored Northfield’s other goal, while Markie Delude made 10 saves in goal.

Seventh-seeded Northfield now advances to take on No. 2 Harwood in the Lake Division quarterfinals.

Game of the Week

The Massachusetts Super 8 tournament gets back to business on Sunday at Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena. Four games are on the slate, beginning at noon with Hingham vs. BC High.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows: St. Mary’s of Lynn vs. Central Catholic, 2:15 p.m.; St. John’s Prep vs. Springfield Cathedral, 4:45 p.m.; Malden Catholic vs. St. John’s (Shrewsbury), 7 p.m.

New England high school power rankings


1. Fairfield Prep (17-3)

2. Ridgefield (18-2)

3. Notre Dame West Haven (15-3-1)

4. Glastonbury (16-4)

5. Darien (15-5)

6. Newington/Berlin (18-2)

7. St. Joseph (14-6)

8. East Haven (12-6-2)

9. Northwest Catholic (16-4)

10. Hamden (10-7-2)


1. Thornton Academy (16-1-1)

2. Brewer (17-1)

3. Lewiston (13-4-1)

4. Falmouth (13-4-1)

6. Scarborough (12-4-2)

7. Bangor (13-5)

8. Messalonskee (15-3)

9. St. Dominic (12-6)

10. Marshwood/Traip (13-5)


1. Malden Catholic (15-1-4)

2. St. Mary’s Lynn (18-1-3)

3. Hingham (16-4-2)

4. Needham (16-5-1)

5. Central Catholic (13-3-5)

6. Westford Academy (13-4-4)

7. Marshfield (18-2-2)

8. Franklin (16-2-3)

9. St. John’s Shrewsbury (16-4-3)

10. Burlington (13-1-6)

New Hampshire

1. Pinkerton (16-2)

2. Memorial (14-4)

4. Bedford  (14-3)

5. Merrimack (14-4)

5. Kennett (16-1)

6. Alvirne (16-1)

7. Bishop Brady (11-5-2)

8. Pelham/Windham (14-3)

9. Trinity (10-6-2)

10. Dover (12-5)

Rhode Island

1. Hendricken (14-3-1)

2. Mount St. Charles (13-5)

3. Burrillville (13-5)

4. La Salle (11-6-1)

5. Coventry (17-1)

6. Johnston/North Providence (14-2)

7. Cumberland (11-5-2)

8. Pilgrim (11-6-1)

9. Prout (12-4-2)

10. East Providence (13-3) 


1. Essex (19-0-1)

2. South Burlington (17-3)

3. BFA St. Albans (16-4)

4. Northfield (18-2)

5. Burr and Burton (14-3-3)

6. U-32 (15-3-2)

7. Stowe (15-4-1)

8. Colchester (12-7-1)

9. St. Johnsbury (12-8)

10. People’s (11-8-1)

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