Gallo Game Recaps: BC High and Walpole Advance in Super 8 & D1 South

BC High Knocks Out Framingham 2-1

Bourne, MA – The first period of this Super 8 Losers Bracket game had a do-or-die intensity from puck drop. The first period opened up with both teams feeling each other out. Framingham created some quality chances when they went on the power play but BC High shut the door on that with a great kill. That kill created some momentum for the Eagles and they began to build off it. The Eagles then established their presence with some bone-crushing hits from senior defensemen Mike Dragon and Nolan Anderson. BC High’s top line of senior Matt Keohane, senior Aidan Carey, and junior Colin Norton sustained some nice zone time for the Eagles and that created even more momentum in their favor. With 2:32 remaining in the period BC High found the back of the net off a Norton shot from a feed from Keohane. They had traffic in front and the Framingham netminder could not see it. The first period would end with a score of 1-0 in favor of the Eagles. 

The second period was an entertaining 15 minutes of hockey. Framingham came out in the second period with some serious urgency. Chances went both ways early in the frame. BC High kept hammering away in their offensive zone but were shut down by senior goalie Jake Handy. Framingham got some momentum back when they went on the man advantage. They ended up capitalizing with a goal from junior forward Cole Deletti off a beautiful cross-ice feed from junior defenseman Dom Leone with 4:59 remaining in the second. BC High would try to answer but the period would end with a 1-1 stalemate going into the third period. 

The third started out very fast. Both teams knew that this could be it for the season and there was a high sense of urgency. BC High jumped on the attack, but were unable to capitalize to start the frame. There was a huge swing in momentum when BC High went on the man advantage. Junior defenseman John Logan let loose a very well placed shot finding the back of the net with 8:25 left in the frame. The play was set up low to high on a nice feed from senior Aidan Carey. Framingham would throw the kitchen sink at the Eagles in the late minutes of the frame, but the Eagles shut them down and prevailed 2-1. The BC High defensemen stepped up big late to help preserve the victory. A very entertaining game to watch. 

Three Stars:

  1. D John Logan, BC High
  2. F Colin Norton, BC High
  3. G Jake Handy, Framingham
    TTPA: F Ryan Flaherty, BC High

Walpole Clips Falmouth 2-1

Bourne, MA – First of all, what an atmosphere. Gallo was packed for the D1 South semifinal between Falmouth and Walpole. The opening stanza started off with both teams feeling each other out. Neither wanted to give an inch in the first. A lot of back and forth hockey for both teams. The only tally of the first period came in favor of Walpole on the power play. It was a clean faceoff win back to senior Walpole defenseman Marc Hirshom who passed it cross point to junior defenseman Joe Verderber who found the back of the net for the Rebels with 10:17 left in the period. Both teams would trade chances for the rest of the frame, but the first would end 1-0 in favor of Walpole. 

The second frame did not disappoint. From the beginning of the frame, it was a lot of back and forth transitional hockey. Both teams would have chances off the rush, but there was not a lot of zone time. As the period progressed more zone time started to make its way into the flow of the game. Walpole capitalized on this when junior forward Ethan McDonough tapped home a rebound off the senior Hirshom’s shot. Falmouth responded about three minutes later when senior defenseman Jake McKenzie roofed a rebound off a shot from the point from senior forward Nick Champani. Falmouth gained momentum off the goal and carried a majority of the play in the Walpole zone. Walpole junior netminder Jack Curran shut the door on the Clippers and the period would end 2-1 in favor of the Rebels. 

The third was huge for both teams. Walpole came out hot in the period trying to get an insurance goal. They did a nice job keeping the play in Falmouth’s end, but credit to the Clippers and their freshman goalie Jack Braga for keeping their hopes of coming back alive. About halfway through the period, Falmouth really turned it on trying to get the equalizer. They threw everything at Walpole’s junior goalie Jack Curran. Credit to him and the Rebels as they would not let Falmouth capitalize. The Rebels would preserve the lead and win a tight one by a 2-1 final. 

Three Stars:

  1. G Jack Curran, Walpole
  2. F Ethan McDonough, Walpole
  3. D Jake McKenzie, Falmouth
    TTPA: F Eric Wainwright, Falmouth