January 20, 2012

High School Journal: Twice as nice for Malden Catholic

By Ed Flaherty

The last time Malden Catholic and St. John’s Prep faced each other it was in front of thousands of fans at TD Garden with the Massachusetts Super 8 championship at stake. 

Malden Catholic's Brendan Collier tallied in the team's win over St. John's Prep. (Dave Arnold Photography)

Malden Catholic claimed that prize with a thrilling overtime victory and handed the Eagles a 5-3 loss last Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Malden Catholic has shown no signs of letting up following its championship season as the Lancers are 6-1-1, while St. John’s Prep fell to 4-4.

St. John’s Prep appeared poised to spring the upset, jumping out to a 1-0 lead, but Malden Catholic answered and took a 2-1 advantage after one period.

Malden Catholic increased its lead to two goals at 3-1 before a pair of St. John’s Prep tallies knotted the score.

The Lancers rallied, however, with two third-period goals to seal the win in the Super 8 rematch.

Tyler Sifferlen had two goals to pace the Malden Catholic attack, while Ryan Fitzgerald, Brendan Collier and Pat Wrenn also scored.

Brian Pinho (two goals) and Sam Kurker (one goal) accounted for the St. John’s Prep scoring.

St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte made 29 saves.


Fairfield Prep coach Matt Sather earned career victory No. 200 when the Jesuits defeated Amity, 3-1, on Jan. 11.

Sather, a 1993 Fairfield Prep graduate, has guided the Jesuits to seven state championships in his 13 seasons at the helm since replacing Marty Roos as head coach in 1999.

Roos is Connecticut’s all-time winningest high school hockey coach.


Thornton Academy senior C.J. Maksut became the school’s all-time career points leader as the Trojans defeated Waterville last Saturday, 9-1.

Maksut had a goal and an assist in the win, pushing him to 113 career points, surpassing the previous record of 111, held by Matt Brennick. Brennick concluded his Thornton Academy career in 2000.

Maksut scored the game-winning goal for Thornton Academy in last year’s Class A state championship game.


Burlington High School boys coach Bob Conceison recorded his 300th career win when the Red Devils defeated rival Woburn, 3-0, on Monday.

Conceison is in his 25th season at Burlington High School after serving three seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Malden Catholic.

Burlington goalie Derek DeCastro made 25 saves to record the shutout in Conceison’s 300th win.

New Hampshire

The Hanover girls hockey team is among the best in the state, thanks in large part to its No. 1 line of Maddie Dewhirst, and twin sisters Tessa and Madison Hill.

Now, each member of that line has recorded 100 career points. The linemates each reached the century mark within a one-month span.

First to hit the 100-point plateau was Dewhirst, who hit the mark in a 9-2 win over Berlin/Gorham on Dec. 20.

Next up was Madison Hill, whose 100th point came in a 5-0 win over Exeter on Jan. 10.

Tessa Hill joined the club last Saturday, as she reached 100 points in a 4-1 victory over Lebanon.

The linemates have led Hanover to back-to-back state titles.

Rhode Island

The 5th annual Andrew Gauthier Memorial Hockey Festival was held on Sunday at Thayer Arena, with four high school games and a college contest on the schedule.

The festival honors Andrew Gauthier, a former Toll Gate High School hockey and baseball player who passed away in 2007 during his junior year of high school.

The festival schedule included boys games featuring Narragansett vs. Warwick, Toll Gate vs. South Kingstown and Pilgrim vs. Prout; a girls game between La Salle and Warwick; and a men’s college game between Stonehill and Becker.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Andrew Gauthier Scholarship Fund, which presents Warwick high school students with college scholarships.


The Essex High School boys remain unbeaten with a 9-0-1 record, but had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Spaulding in their latest outing on Saturday.

Despite the tie, Essex kept its regular-season unbeaten streak alive with the tie.

The Hornets are 22-0-2 over their last 24 regular season games. The last Essex loss was over a year ago when the Hornets were defeated by BFA-St. Albans on Jan. 5, 2011.

Essex fell in last season’s Division 1 championship game against Champlain Valley, 1-0.

Game of the Week

South Windsor vs. Glastonbury, Saturday

Two of the state’s top Division 1 teams will square off Saturday night looking to move up in the rankings. Glastonbury’s lone loss came against Fairfield Prep, while South Windsor also lost to Fairfield Prep for one of its two setbacks.

This is the first of two meetings for these teams, with the second contest coming in the regular-season finale for both.

New England high school power rankings


1. Fairfield Prep (8-2)

2. Notre Dame West Haven (10-2)

3. Ridgefield (7-1)

4. East Haven (7-1-1)

5. South Windsor (8-2)

6. Guilford (7-1)

7. Trumbull (7-2)

8. Glastonbury (7-1)

9. Staples-Weston-Shelton (6-1)

10. Xavier (6-4-1)


1. Scarborough (8-1-1)

2. Thornton Academy (8-1)

3. Bangor (7-1)

4. Marshwood/Traip (8-1)

5. Brewer (9-1)

6. Greely (6-0-1)

7. Messalonskee (6-1)

8. Hall Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook (6-3)

9. York (5-2-2)

10. Old Town (7-3)


1. Malden Catholic (6-1-1)

2. St. Mary’s Lynn (10-1-1)

3. BC High (6-1-1)

4. Woburn (7-2-1)

5. Hingham (10-2)

6. Needham (7-2)

7. Burlington (6-1-2)

8. Westford Academy (7-2-1)

9. Franklin (8-1-1)

10. Marshfield (9-1-1)

New Hampshire

1. Pinkerton (6-1)

2. Memorial (8-2)

3. Oyster River (5-2)

4. Salem (4-2)

5. Dover (5-2)

6. Bedford  (5-2)

7. Merrimack (5-3)

8. Alvirne (6-0)

9. Souhegan (7-0-1)

10. Kennett (6-0)

Rhode Island

1. Hendricken (8-0-1)

2. La Salle (6-3-1)

3. Cumberland (9-1-0)

4. Johnston/North Providence (9-0)

5. Prout (9-2-2)

6. Portsmouth (6-3-1)

7. Coventry (7-1)

8. Middletown (7-1-2)

9. Pilgrim (7-2-1)

10. Mount Hope (6-2)


1. Essex (9-0-1)

2. BFA St. Albans (9-1)

3. South Burlington (9-1)

4. U-32 (7-1-1)

5. Burr and Burton (7-2-1)

6. Northfield (9-2)

7. Colchester (6-3-1)

8. Missiquoi (7-3)

9. Middlebury (6-4)

10. St. Johnsbury (8-3)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com.