Recap: Cape Cod Whalers at Top Gun Prep Selects U16s and U18s

U18 Whalers vs NEFPHL Selects U18

Salem IceCenter-Late 2002 Tristan Mecenas (Governors Academy) was spectacular in the net as he backboned the New England Fall Prep U18 team to a win over the Cape Cod Whalers U18s. Fall Prep scored a goal in each period for the 3-2 win.

The first period had good pace with the Whalers getting the better of the chances. They broke through first as Riley Duran (Lawrence Academy) fired home a wrister short side, post and in for the 1-0 Whalers lead. Matt Connor (Lawrence Academy) and Bobby Luca (Roxbury Latin) picked up assists. About seven minutes later Fall Prep responded as Ian Driscoll (Pingree) took a pass from Chris Roy (Austin Prep) and deposited it in the open net. Period ended 1-1.

In the second the Fall Prep scored what turned out to be the game winner just 1:08 in as Andrew Malatesta (Phillips Andover) buried one on a pretty pass from Reese Ramirez (Phillips Exeter). Teams exchanged chances with the Whalers continuing to pepper Mecenas. Period ended with a 2-1 lead for Prep.

Ryan Bell (Rivers) added a short-handed goal in the third on a breakaway and that was all the cushion Fall Prep would need. Tristan Mecenas was superb in the net as he made all the easy and several spectacular stops. He made one skate save at the buzzer on a laser from Duran that was labeled for the far corner.

Three Stars:

1st Star: Tristan Mecanas/Fall Prep (Governors)

2nd  Star: Patrick Lawn/Fall Prep (Rivers/Bentley)

3rd Star: Riley Duran Whalers (Lawrence Academy/Providence)

NZ NOTES: For Fall Prep; Victor Malzahn (Phillips Andover)made lots of solid defensive plays, not always pretty but effective, strong; Patrick Lawn is understated but has great defensive instincts and an edge near his net; Jack Pascucci (Governors) is lanky, raw with smooth hands, like his upside; Ian Driscoll (Pingree) is intriguing, around lots of positive plays; Luke Mix (Phillips Exeter) played key minutes quietly and was out at the end 6-5 against. For Cape Cod Whalers; (no rosters or line sheets); Duran was dominant at times, Kyle Furey (Lawrence Academy) looked big, strong, anticipated well and kept good gaps, Jeffrey Lee (Milton Academy) is a smart, smaller LD who kept catching our eye. David Sacco (Lawrence Academy) was tough to play against, tough to stop on the rush and sits in soft ice.

U16 Whalers vs NEFPHL Selects U16

Salem IceCenter-The first two frames featured some decent chances but both defenses played well and kept their mostly opponents on the perimeter. Fall Prep goalie Zakari Brice (Kimball Union/Arizona St.) moved quickly to shut down a few chances in tight. Whalers goalie late 2003 Mason Joseph (NA) was also quick and fought through traffic to make some tough stops. Shots ended 18-16 Whalers through two periods.

Four minutes into the third the Whalers broke the stalemate about four minutes into the third when Declan Loughnane (Thayer) ripped a hard shot, short side on the rush. The goal would stand as the winner as Joseph held the fort for the win.

Three Stars:

1st Star: Mason Joseph (NA) CC Whalers

2nd Star: Jackson Stuzykski CC Whalers (Thayer)

3rd Star: Zakari Brice (KUA/Arizona St)

NZ NOTES: For Fall Prep; Brice is very athletic, aggressive and seems to see every puck; Massimo Gentile (Governors) is another new addition to Governors. Clever, quick and tricky forward from Quebec, interesting, Jaiden Moriello (KUA) was everywhere, skating needs to improve but he makes plays, wins faceoffs, values possession, plays through contact, impressed; Nick Peters (Central Catholic) is intriguing, 6’3” plus, good hands, raw but smart and competes, Leo Piandes (Arlington HS) has some size and his shot gave Joseph some trouble, can change his release point; Nick Royster (Phillips Exeter) needs more strength but has soft hands and good vision; Nicholas Bernardo (KUA/Brown) shakes the forecheck with ease at this level, smaller player from the back end. For Cape Cod Whalers; (no rosters or line sheets); Stuzyski was impressive and can control pace from the back, not big bit solid two-way guy who has nice upside, smart and athletic; Joseph is also really athletic in the net and almost a mirror image of Brice at times.

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