U18 Mass South vs. U18/19 Eastern New York
IceCenter Salem, NH-The Eastern New York U18/U19 squad blasted the U18 Mass South 8-0. Shots reflected the score and South never really made any push to change the momentum of the game. The Eastern NY team is made entirely of players from the Hoosac School.
We are not going to recap all the goals as that will be a bore will highlight some of the players that stood out in the blowout.
NZ NOTES: For Eastern NY; (All Hoosac players); William Cote is a 2003 from Quebec who will be a nice addition to Hoosac. He is quick and fast. Sees the whole ice and makes plays at top speed. Attacked the net after a nice pass from Manny Cabral and Cote quickly backhanded a puck under the crossbar. He got it up really quickly. Cabral was a factor all game. He has a long reach, puck possession time and very good vision. His puck touches were soft and he moved to smart spots without the pucks. The Rhode Island native has excellent size at about 6’2”. 2002 Seth Robinson can scoot, the forward shoots to create tips and played a smart game all 200 feet. 2003 Ezra Gale found a lot of pucks and showed a quick stick. He should make an impact this winter. Versatile player. Ryan Davis is big and showed touch around the net as he buried a rebound as he held and carried it around the goalie for a slick bury. On defense, Doiminic Metro made played at his blue line, led the rush and took ice, drew attention and dished. He is slippery on the wall with the puck. Tyler Drummond is big, strong and tough to play against. Murphy LePage who played at Dartmouth HS last year hit to defend and showed he could separate with the puck. Also shot to tips from the OZ point. Intriguing player. For Mass South; Brayden Haggerty of the Groton School is a promising 2004. He shook the forecheck and was active all game. Balanced skater who never stopped working.
1st Star: Manny Cabral (Hoosac)
2nd Star: William Cote (Hoosac)
3rd Star: Dominic Metro (Hoosac)
U18 Jr. Bruins vs. Top Gun Prep Selects
IceCenter Salem, NH-This game featured 13 goals and not a lot of defense or spectacular goaltending. There were also some nice snipes. The Junior Bruins came out with an 8-5 victory after being down 3-1 after the first period. Nate Chickering (Proctor Academy,) Matteo Turrin (Holderness School,) and Reese Ramirez scored for the Selects. Matthew Cormier (Rivers) picked up two assists in the first.
The Junior Bruins took over in the second which they won 5-0. The Bruins did not have a roster or lines sheet but we know some of the players by site. The Bruins scored first as James Broderick (Lawrence) scored just seconds into the period. Brendan Gibbons (St. Mark’s) continued the onslaught with two goals in 27 second early in the second. On one, he forced a turnover in front of the Selects’ net, gathered the puck and quickly buried a hard backhander open. The Bruins now led and would not look back. Gibbons added another for the trick on a pretty snipe short side on the rush. Broderick for the Bruins finished with three points and #12 finished with two.
NZ NOTES: For Jr. Bruins: Ian Moore (St. Mark’s) continues to trend in the right direction. Never just whips the puck around the wall on the breakout but has the poise to wait and make the direct pass. Broderick showed terrific vision as he set up #25 for a tap-in on one nice play. #17 is a big RD, took his space and used his body well. #4 another RD is quick lateral and can create lanes to pass up ice and thus facilitate clean zone entries. #8 carried through contact and was excellent on the power play. He was around the puck all afternoon. #26 in an interesting RD with great size and strength. One to keep an eye one. He appeared athletic and showed decent mobility. For Selects; Mateo scored two goals on hard snipes. His skating must improve but he has some raw tools that will make him tough to play against in Prep hockey. Patrick Lawn (Rivers/Bentley) is just steady but one play we noted. He stepped up in the neutral zone and it in a spot to make a huge hit but his risk of hitting the opponents’ head was too great, so he just bumped him and moved back. Showed respect and that he is a smart hockey player. Well done.
1st Star: Brendan Gibbons (St. Mark’s)
2nd Star: Matteo Turrin (Holderness)
3rd Star: James Broderick (St. Mark’s)
Photo Credit: Dan Hickling Images