Hingham eliminates Framingham 3-0 in Super 8 Elimination Game.
Billerica, MA-Hingham High School Harbormen kept their Super 8 title hopes alive with a 3-0 win over the Framingham Flyers tonight at the Chelmsford Forum. Three different goal scorers chipped in for Hingham and senior Aaron Richardson earned the shutout victory.
The first period was dominated by the Harbormen. From the start they were able to get pucks deep and pin the Flyers in their zone with a fast, heavy forecheck. They were rewarded early with a rebound goal by sophomore Paul Forbes only 1:38 into the frame. The original shot was created by Tim Carroll and he earned the assist. Junior Framingham goalie Jake Handy was forced to make several saves as Hingham outshot Framingham easily in the first. The Flyers put together a few good shifts but mostly played on their heels. No penalties were called and the Flyers needed to get to the room only down by one. They did as the period ended 1-0 Hingham.
The second period was played more evenly. Framingham created more open ice but Hingham goalie Aaron Richardson was up to the task. Both teams earned power play chances with no goals. With 5:24 remaining Mike Carroll fired a puck from the point towards a crowded crease. Will Kenney got a stick on it for tip score and a two goal lead. Trevor O’Brien also added an assist. Immediately after the goal, Framingham’s star Mike Tersoni missed a breakaway. Jake Handy made some spectacular saves late to keep the score at just 2-0 and things were looking good for the Harbormen.
The last period was fairly uneventful as Hingham continued to dictate play. They added a power play goal 4:05 in when Kennedy had a wide-open net but could not gather the puck. He settled it and had the sense to round the net and hit an open Ryan Reilly for the power play goal. Framingham played the last couple minutes with their goalie out but the game ended 3-0 Hingham.
Hingham will play Xaverian at Gallo Arena in Bourne Monday at 6:30 PM
1st Aaron Richardson (Hingham)
2nd Will Kenney (Hingham)
3rd Jake Higgins (Hingham)
NZ’s Take: Framingham had a great year and played hard as usual. Hingham looked deeper, especially on the blue line tonight. In the first period Hingham established a hard, fast forecheck that Framingham struggled with all night. The Harbormen are far better than this scout thought. They are deep, have size and skate better than we thought. Historically solid public school team. Best public school team in the state. For Hingham; Richardson was solid. He never had to be spectacular but he tied up pucks when he should and showed a good glove. Poised goalie. Higgins was dominant. Played big minutes and did it all for his team. Didn’t get on the scoresheet but may have had the biggest impact keeping the Flyers fast forwards in check. He is one of the best players in Mass HS, no question. Jacob Clark is small but clever and tough. He played well. Carroll was a breakout machine and liked to get involved up ice. Has good recovery speed and quick hands. Ryan Reilly was one of those guys that established the hard Hingham forecheck. He deserved his goal as he was tough to play against all night. Carter Rugg kept catching our eyes. Hard shot and smart line play. Kenney was excellent. Showed a lot. Has good speed, great size. Went to the net without the puck and dipped to the cage with possession. Showed grit and poise. Excellent game. Trevor O’Brien started lots of plays. Mirrors the puck well and has soft hands. Excellent passer with some jam near the net. For Framingham; Mike Tersoni, Will Trischitta and Robbie Lopez were one of the best lines in the state this year but couldn’t get it going tonight. Sophomore Dom Leone had a solid game on D. Moved the puck well. Good keeps and showed a hard shot.