Phil Garceau


Boys: All-Cape Teams and Awards

First Team

Forward: Matt Brooks, Senior, Sandwich
Forward: Matt Kaski, Senior, Barnstable
Forward: Dawson Prophett, Senior, Bourne
Defense: Steven Megnia, Senior, Barnstable
Defense: Marc Rocheleau, Senior, Falmouth
Goalie: Jack LaCasse, Senior, Bourne

Second Team

Forward: Patrick Coyne, Junior, Falmouth
Forward: Kevin Craig, Sophomore, Barnstable
Forward: Cole Therrien, Junior, Cape Tech/CCA
Defense: Matt Hinckley, Senior, Cape Tech/CCA
Defense: Ari Purdy, Junior, Mashpee/Monomoy
Goalie: Justin Servidori, Senior, Dennis-Yarmouth

Third Team

Forward: Brian Bradley, Senior, Saint John Paul II
Forward: Simon Johnson, Junior, Nantucket
Forward: Joe Hess, Freshman, Bourne
Defense: Jack Harney, Junior, Dennis-Yarmouth
Defense: Rob Lennox, Senior, Sandwich
Goalie: Nico Lynch, Senior, Barnstable

Honorable Mention

Will Amenabar, Defense, Nauset; Tristan Araujo, Forward, Martha’s Vineyard; Dan Black, Defense, Barnstable; Jack Conway, Forward, Dennis-Yarmouth; Jack Daigneault, Goalie, Mashpee/Monomoy; Ryan DiPilato, Forward, Cape Tech/CCA; Brady Doherty, Forward, Sandwich; Max Duce, Forward, Nantucket; Ethan Fey, Defense, Nantucket; Craig Hatfield, Goalie, Sandwich; Tom Hidenfelter, Defense, Bourne; Sawyer Horan, Forward, Saint John Paul II; Matt Schreiner, Forward; Falmouth; Shamus Sullivan, Forward, Nauset; Cam Tobey, Defense, Falmouth


 

Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Kaski, Barnstable

By Kaski’s standards, this season was probably a disappointment. The senior entered this season with a banged up wrist, developed elbow problems down the stretch of the season, and the Red Raiders fell one point short of qualifying for the postseason.

Matt Kaski leads a late-third period rush into the attacking zone.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Matt Kaski leads a late-third period rush into the attacking zone.

But there is no team that wouldn’t take Kaski, and the 23 points he scored this season. While he fell short of what he tallied his junior campaign (26 points, plus seven postseason points) what the senior accomplished with a season of injuries, while getting the spotlight from the opposition’s defense, the season was still in large part a success.

In terms of creating offense from scratch, there was no one better. The unique combination of blazing speed and a lethal wrist shot was always a threat. The speed through the neutral zone was second to none, and if the puck was three inches lower off his shot, he likely would have doubled his goal total.

It was a disappointing season for the Red Raiders overall, a team that was loaded with talent from the top-line to the back end. A loss to a three-win Needham team on Feb. 18 eliminated the Red Raiders from clinching a postseason berth, and Dartmouth sealed up a back-door qualification by defeating Bridgewater-Raynham a week later.

While it wasn’t the ending that Kaski and the Red Raiders were hoping for, Kaski’s offensive ability can’t be denied.

Kaski finished his career with 63 points.

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Steve Megnia, Barnstable

For the second year in a row, a Red Raider takes home the annual defensive player of the year. Megnia’s rise began during Barnstable’s postseason run a season ago when Mike McDonough’s missed time with a shoulder injury, prepping Megnia as the top-defender for this season.

Steve Megnia separates Billy Smith from the puck with a big hit deep in the zone in the third period of the Red Raiders 4-1 win over Catholic Memorial. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Steve Megnia separates Billy Smith from the puck with a big hit deep in the zone in the third period of the Red Raiders 4-1 win over Catholic Memorial.

In his first year a top the depth chart, Megnia did not disappoint, anchoring a solid blue line along with sophomore Dan Black. The two played contrasting styles of defense, as Megnia was the hard-hitting defender while the much smaller Black relied on his smarts.

While Megnia missed the final three games of the season, a loss that may have cost the Red Raiders a postseason berth, his presence was felt throughout the season on the ice.

He only notched five assists on the season, and went without a goal, but a defender’s effectiveness isn’t decided by his point total, but rather keeping the opposing offense away from the net.

Megnia made goaltender Nico Lynch’s job much easier, as offenses thought twice before entering the slot looking for a rebound or setting a screen.

The UMass lacrosse commit finished his career with 12 points.

 

Rookie of the Year: Joe Hess, Bourne

The Canalmen had some big shoes to fill on the top-line this season, and had a good start with Dawson Prophett back for his senior season. But Bourne needed that one addition dimension to compliment Prophett on the top-line and Joe Hess more than delivered.

Bourne's Joe Hess battles with Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk's Anderson Lapierre in the second period.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Bourne’s Joe Hess battles with Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk’s Anderson Lapierre in the second period.

Bourne’s top-line has a reputation of being a highly touted scoring unit over the past few years, and with the addition of Hess this season, they once again lived up to that expectation.

Hess was second on the team in both goals (11) and points (19), and along with Connor Torpey, the first line combined for 73 points, nearly half of the Canalmen’s offensive output.

While the Canalmen will be losing some talent this season to graduation, the future does look bright with Hess, and his brother, Max, who scored seven points this season.

 

Player of the Year: Jack LaCasse, Bourne

There may be no better goaltender over the last few years that has embraced his role as captain better than LaCasse. Sure, at the end of the day, the senior’s job was to stop pucks from entering the net, a job he was very good at, but his role on the ice was much larger than that.

Jack LaCasse stones Kam Silvia on a third-period breakaway, one of his 32 saves on the afternoon. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Jack LaCasse stones Kam Silvia on a third-period breakaway, one of his 32 saves on the afternoon.

LaCasse was full of confidence in his own play from the moment he hit the ice, and used that to stir his team to life. There was never a dull moment when the senior was between the pipes, whether it be some extra curricular chit chat with the opposition, or the communication with his defensive pairings throughout the game.

LaCasse can certainly rub opponents the wrong way, but in the game of hockey, there is no player that isn’t guilty of this trait. There is one moment that stands out to me above the rest.

Earlier this season, the Canalmen lost to another local team on a last-minute breakaway goal. No one in the building was more upset at the goal than LaCasse, as he felt he let his team down. But sure enough, 21 seconds later he lined up and shook the hand of the player who scored that goal.

Fast-forward nine days later. The Canalmen faced off with the same team again on the road, and this time LaCasse picked up the 22-save shutout in a 3-0 victory. In the postgame handshake line, the same player who scored the game-winner a week earlier avoided LaCasse. That didn’t sit well and the goaltender confronted him, demanding a handshake since he “had to shake his hand after allowing a game-winning breakaway.”

Bourne's Jack LaCasse makes a save on Jordan Schemenaur in the second period of the Canal Cup.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Bourne’s Jack LaCasse makes a save on Jordan Schemenaur in the second period of the Canal Cup.

At the time, I didn’t think much of what I assumed to be an unnecessary confrontation but after learning the facts, I respected the move. That is exactly the kind of attitude you want from a captain. Someone who takes charge and demands respect, whether it is from his own team or the opposition.

Obviously, this one anecdote is just a small reason that LaCasse earned this accolade. At the end of the day, it’s the play on the ice that earns this award, and LaCasse has been one of the best goaltenders over the past four years. After winning the starting gig his freshman year, beating out a senior at the time, the net was his for his career.

There may be no better goaltender who goes post-to-post better than LaCasse, and he was one of the best against the breakaway. The senior was quick to get down in the butterfly and sealed off everything that was low to the ground, but also has a quick glove.

He allowed just over two goals a game this season, stopping pucks at over a 91 percent clip and earned two shutouts. He could have earned more, but in a handful of games, LaCasse gave way to what is assumed to be next season’s goaltender in Nick Newbold, in the third period

 

Coach of the Year: Jordan Mohre, Sandwich

It is hard to imagine that just a season ago, the Blue Knights won two games, one of which was the season opener against Martha’s Vineyard. The team had the talent, starting with Matt Brooks and Brady Doherty up front and Craig Hatfield in net. However, the team just couldn’t put it together.

But from the opening day of tryouts this season, it was apparent that the mood in the Sandwich locker room did a 180-degree swing, with Mohre leading charge. The 2015 season was put in the rearview mirror, and a positive attitude was quickly installed.

With the core of last season’s team returning, the Blue Knights turned that 2-12-4 record into a postseason qualifying team this season, winning both the Judy Kostas Tournament and the Canal Cup in the process.

In terms of ‘X’s and O’s,’ Mohre is one of the best at making in game adjustments. He’s constantly in communication with his captains about the game plan, what he wants his forwards to do on the ice and keeping his defense on the same page.

In his eighth season as coach of the Blue Knights, Mohre has Sandwich back on the upswing. But with 10 seniors this season, we’ll have to wait and see what sort of magic Mohre can maneuver next year.


Girls: All-Cape Teams and Awards

First Team

Forward: Ericka Meissner, Junior, Falmouth
Forward: Callie Rogorzenski, Senior, Barnstable
Forward: Shannon Upton, Junior, Falmouth
Defense: Margaret Ready, Senior, Barnstable
Defense: Hannah Callahan, Senior Falmouth
Goalie: Delanie Corcoran, Freshman, Sandwich

Second Team

Forward: Rachael Curtis, Sophomore, Falmouth
Forward: Brynn Mendes, Junior, Barnstable
Forward: Taylor McDowell, Senior, Dennis-Yarmouth
Defense: Blue Fancy, Sophomore, Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy
Defense: Summer Walsh, Sophomore, Dennis-Yarmouth
Goalie: Emily Marciello, Sophomore, Falmouth

Third Team

Forward: Amanda Crowley, Sophomore, Dennis-Yarmouth
Forward: Caroline Coyne, Eighth Grade, Falmouth
Forward: Georgie Snow, Eighth Grade, Sandwich
Defense: Kate Towey, Senior, Sandwich
Defense: Shannon Roycroft, Sophomore, Barnstable
Goalie: MiKayla Bestford, Sophomore, Barnstable

 

Honorable Mention

Brooke Bowman, Defense, Falmouth; Danielle Derosier, Forward; Leah Hidenfelter, Forward, B/M/W/ORR; Natalia Gordon, Defense, B/M/W/ORR; Lily Holmes, Defense, Dennis-Yarmouth; Kileigh Holt, Forward, Sandwich; Meghan Moore, Forward, Barnstable; Tannah O’Brien, Forward, B/M/W/ORR; Lucy Reid, Goalie, Dennis-Yarmouth; Meghan Sonia, Forward, Martha’s Vineyard; Caroline Spalt, Forward, Barnstable; Tara Stocker, Forward, Dennis-Yarmouth.


 

Offensive Player of the Year: Shannon Upton, Falmouth

Sure, Upton was a first-line forward for the Falmouth Clippers during their 2015 State Championship season. But that doesn’t mean that her job was to find the back of the net.

Falmouth's Shannon Upton leads a rush out of her own zone in the third period.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Falmouth’s Shannon Upton leads a rush out of her own zone in the third period.

Rather, Upton and her linemates drew the responsibility of shutting down the opposition’s top-line, a skill that they were very, very good at. Upton was ninth in points on the Clippers last season, scoring just two goals and tallying 10 points on the season.

But now a year later, we know that Upton is pretty good at scoring goals too.

It was a rocky start to the Clippers this season, not exactly surprising given that they lost nine seniors, and two underclassmen and their head coach. But it is no coincidence that Falmouth’s season began to turn when Upton began heating up (Also credit the play of sophomore goaltender Emily Marciello for the mid-season turnaround).

Upton has the offensive skill set of speed and accuracy to be a constant threat on the ice, but also features a unique quality in the ability to get under the skin of the opposition. That goes a long way in the brutal schedule the Clippers play year after year.

In a surprising 1-1 tie with Barnstable in late January, Upton was a constant thorn in the side of the Red Raiders, drawing penalties late in the third and scoring the game-tying goal in the final five minutes.

Upton was third on the team with 19 points, but led the team with 11 goals, which was also good for third on Cape.

That second half surge also carried over into the postseason, where Upton’s two-goal performance sparked Falmouth to a 5-2 preliminary round victory over a battle tested Fontbonne squad.

She kept the pace up in the season-ending loss at Pembroke, with two more goals and an assist, which included a penalty shot goal.

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Delanie Corcoran, Sandwich

Typically, this is an award I prefer to give to a true blue liner, but lets be honest here, Corcoran was the defense for the Blue Knights this season. In her first season as full-time goalie between the pipes, Corcoran gave her team the chance to win every game they played.

Sandwich goalie Delanie Corcoran safelty plays a puck.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Sandwich goalie Delanie Corcoran safelty plays a puck.

No goaltender saw as many shots as Corcoran, with 605 pucks coming her way over the course of the 22-game season. Aside from the Furies’ Molly McKenna, no goaltender came with 150 shots of that mark.

It is not only her ability to stop shots that won her this award, but her fundamental positioning and rebound control further cemented her spot as the best defensive player this season.

Sandwich won six games this season, as the Blue Knight featured a roster with 12 eighth-graders and freshman. In those six victories, each one required a shutout form Corcoran, portraying just how important she was to the team. Essentially, the way the season played out, if Corcoran gave up a goal, the Blue Knights were not going to win a game.

This season was a learning experience for the young Sandwich squad, and with Corcoran as the backbone of the Blue Knights for the foreseeable future, the sky is the limit over the next three years.

 

Rookie of the Year: Caroline Coyne, Falmouth

The Cape was loaded with young talent across the board this season and there was a handful of players that could have come away with this award. Any one of Sandwich’s young trio of forwards, or Barnstable’s eighth grade forward Rachel Dwyer, or even Dennis-Yarmouth defender Lily Holmes.

Falmouth's Caroline Coyne skates the puck out of her defensive zone in their loss to Barnstable.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Falmouth’s Caroline Coyne skates the puck out of her defensive zone in their loss to Barnstable.

But the award goes to the linemate of the offensive player of the year in eighth-grader Caroline Coyne.

From day one, Coyne was a constant and consistent forward and came through at some of the biggest moments of the season. She may not have had that “breakout” performance, but was always in the mix, and that is a impressive trait for an eighth grader in one of the top leagues in the state.

Perhaps her biggest moment of the season came in the third period of Falmouth’s first round tilt with Pembroke in the Div. 2 playoffs. Moments after Pembroke regained a 3-2 lead late in the third period, Coyne tied the game on a breakaway.

Coyne is another player that has a limitless future at Falmouth, and with the entire line returning next season, Coyne is poised for a breakout season. In fact, five of the six forward from the Clippers will be returning next season. Don’t count out Jaqueline Tallino (freshman) and Caroline Larsson (eighth grade) from making a big impact either in the future.

Coyne finished with nine goals and 16 points this season, good for eighth on Cape.

 

Player of the Year: Callie Rogorzenski, Barnstable

For the last three season’s, Callie Rogorzenski has been at the heart of the Red Raider offense, so it shouldn’t come as a total surprise that the senior had yet another dominant year.

Callie Rogorzenski skates past Sandwich's Annabelle White.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Callie Rogorzenski skates past Sandwich’s Annabelle White.

But coming off an ACL injury last spring, this season was anything but a sure thing.

It certainly was a slow start for Rogorzenski this season, who looked like a shell of her former self when the season began back in December. If was just a further setback for the Red Raiders who were in search of an identity following the graduation of two dynamite defensemen and a dynamic forward from the season previous.

As the anchor of the first-line, a majority of Barnstable’s hopes hinged on the senior’s knee and while it was a slot start, Rogorzenski slowly but surely began to return to form.

Her coming out party was a hat-trick performance against Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake on January 27th and from there the goals began to fall. As the point girl on the power play unit, her hard shot paired up with traffic and screens in front was a nightmare scenario for opposing goaltenders.

Just as she was during her sophomore season, Rogorzenski was a force in the postseason again this year, leading local skaters with five points in two games (along with Upton and linemate Brynn Mendes). Barnstable gave top-seeded Arlington Catholic their closest game of the postseason, prior to it’s loss in the Div. 1 state championship loss to Austin Prep on Sunday.

Rogorzenski led all skaters during the regular season in goals (16) and points (24) and finished her senior campaign with a total of 29 points.

Rogorzenski finished with 94 career points.

 

Coach of the Year: John Shaw, Dennis-Yarmouth

Another toss up decision that could have gone a number of ways. What Brian Ferreira did with Falmouth in his first year at the helm of the Clippers, with a revamped roster is certainly impressive.

But how about the program that Shaw has built at Dennis-Yarmouth in just his second year behind the bench. Shaw took over for former Barnstable superstar Stephanie Scarpatto following the 2014 season, and while it took a season, he has D-Y trending in the right direction.

Shaw knows what he has on the ice, and did a terrific job game planning around that skill level. With no natural goal scorer, he preached traffic in front of the net, setting screens, pouncing on rebounds and tipping shots on the way in. His team bought into the philosophy. Tara Stocker shot up the local leaderboards this season by being in the right position at the right time.

Defensively, with a young core of defenders in Summer Walsh and Lily Holmes, along with freshman goaltender Lucy Reid, the game plan was to keep shots to the perimeter and again the team executed. Lucy Reid had the best GAA of all goaltenders on Cape this season and saw the fewest amount of shots.

It was a season of firsts for D-Y, as it knocked off Sandwich (twice) for the first time in the program’s history, won the Judy Kostas Tournament and hosted a home playoff game. With the graduation of just three seniors this season, look for D-Y to be back at it again next year.


Barnstable’s Rogorzenski, Spalt; Falmouth’s Callahan named to Shriners All-Star Game

While the hockey season may be over for all but a handful of teams across the state, three local players will have the opportunity to lace up the skates on last time in their high school careers for the annual MSHCA High School All-Star game, presented by Aleppo Shriners.

Barnstable's Callie Rogorzenski gets a shot off on front of Falmouth's Hannah Callahan. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Barnstable’s Callie Rogorzenski gets a shot off on front of Falmouth’s Hannah Callahan.

Barnstable’s Callie Rogorzenski and Caroline Spalt, as well Falmouth’s Hannah Callahan were named to the fourth annual girls all-star game.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, March 26th at Loring Arena in Framingham. The girls game is slated for 2:00, with the boys game to follow at 4:10. Admission to the event is $11 and all proceeds go directly to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Rogorzenski, Spat and Callahan will represent “Team South”, a roster comprised of 23 players, and will face off with the roster from the north.

The full roster for all four teams can be found here.

All three skaters were named captains of their respective teams, and paved the way to a preliminary round victory in the postseason before both teams were eliminated in the first round.

Rogorzenski led all local girls skaters this season with 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) in the regular season, and added an additional five points in the postseason (two goals, three assists). The senior fell just short of 100 points in her career, tallying 94 points in four seasons at Barnstable.

Not known for her goal scoring, Spalt was instrumental in anchoring a high-energy second line. As a left-winger, she was fearless when it came to perusing pucks in the corners, despite her 5-foot-1 frame. Spalt finished with one goal and five assists in the regular season, along with a postseason goal.

Caroline speeds through the neutral zone in the second period of their win over Lincoln-Sudbury. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Caroline speeds through the neutral zone in the second period of their win over Lincoln-Sudbury.

Falmouth has had a long history of sending players to the Shriners game (six in the previous two seasons) and they keep that streak intact with Callahan. The senior defender was one of just three seniors on this years roster, and had a huge hand in the scoring mix. Callahan blasted four goals from the blue line, and tacked on an addition five assists, to go along with a postseason goal against Fontbonne in the preliminary round.

The Cape & Islands have a history of sending players to the annual all star game, as Rogorzenski, Spalt and Callahan join over a dozen players from the previous two seasons.

2014

Kelly Ferreira, Forward, Falmouth

Maddi Haberl, Forward, Falmouth

Nicole Martin, Defense, Sandwich

Catie McShera, Forward, Barnstable

Morgan Richard, Defense, Barnstable

Madison Scavotto, Goalie, Falmouth

 

2013

Tyson Araujo, Forward, Martha’s Vineyard

Maddi Haberl, Forward, Falmouth

Kylie Hallam, Defense, Barnstable

Maggie Layo, Forward, Sandwich (All-Star Game MVP)

Morgan Richard, Defense, Barnstable

Alexa Scribner, Forward, Falmouth

Madison Scavotto, Goalie, Falmouth

Robbie Souza, Forward, Falmouth


Div. 3 South: Bourne 2, Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk 1

BROCKTON, Mass. – The rallying cry of the Bourne Canalmen this season has been “Never give up!” a phrase they adopted following the passing of former Bourne hockey player Ryan Kent who lost his battle his cancer over the summer.

It was also the phrase reiterated by coach Tom Welch to his team as the Canalmen we’re facing a 1-0 deficit entering the third period of Monday’s Div. 3 South Preliminary Round showdown with Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk.

As the Canalmen entered that final frame shutout in their previous eight periods dating back to Feb. 17, it didn’t take long for Bourne’s Connor Torpey to respond, setting the stage for the dramatics of senior co-captain Dawson Prophett.

Bourne rushes to goaltender Jack LaCasse following its preliminary round victory.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Bourne rushes to goaltender Jack LaCasse following its preliminary round victory.

With 1:03 remaining in the game a loose puck found Prophett high in the zone. Not bothering to skate with it, the senior rifled off a slap shot, finding the top-right corner and lifting the Canalmen to a 2-1 victory over their South Coast Conference rivals.

“I saw the puck and basically just shot it,” Prophett recalled. “I’ve been trying to shoot all night and it wasn’t going in, so I finally just took all my anger out.”

Prophett’s late-game heroics were a result of Torpey’s early third-period goal that changed the complexion of the game. With the Falcons taking a 1-0 lead late in the second period on tally from Kyle Frias, the pressure set in on the Canalmen to find the equalizing goal.

Between periods, the Canalmen coaching staff kept the team confident despite the power outage on the offensive end over the last three games.

“I wanted to remind them of that, as we told them between periods, the moment you give up, that’s the moment you let someone else win,” Bourne coach Tom Welch said. “Don’t give up! That’s been our theme all year, dig down and find some way to win.”

At the 1:41 mark of the period, the pressure was lifted off the shoulders of the Canalmen squad, when Torpey hit the brakes behind the D-R/Seekonk net and stepped inside the right circle, firing a quick wrist shot to tie the game at one.

“If we didn’t score early, it would have put more pressure on us to score, so scoring early was definitely a necessity,” Prophett said of Torpey’s goal.

Following the equalizer, Bourne carried play the remainder of the way and outshot Falcons 9-4 in the final frame after an even battle the first two periods.

Bourne's Joe Hess battles with Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk's Anderson Lapierre in the second period.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Bourne’s Joe Hess battles with Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk’s Anderson Lapierre in the second period.

“It was nice in my end, the team played so well in front of me, only had a couple of shots,” Senior goaltender Jack LaCasse said. “They created opportunities and things happened just like that.”

With just over a minute remaining and the game shaping up to be decided in overtime, a loose puck bounced its way to Prophett for the game winner.

South coast rivals: The Canalmen have had the Falcons number over the years, winning all 14 matchups since D-R/Seekonk’s inception in 2009.

While Bourne has had their way in the past, they certainly didn’t take for granted that a victory was on its way.

In both regular season games this season, the Falcons made Bourne work for its victory as the Canalmen escaped with one-goal victories, which was once again the case on Monday.

“It speaks to the competitiveness of our league now,” Welch said. “In the South Coast Conference, a lot of teams have improved, and that team is well coached and played well.

Two in a row: For five years, the Canalmen had no luck in the postseason with five trips to the sectionals with no playoff wins to show for it.

Last season, Bourne righted the ship with a first-round victory over Nantucket and continued that trend again this season with a preliminary round victory.

Now, Bourne hopes to keep the win streak alive with a victory over No. 3 Hopkinton Thursday evening at Gallo Ice Arena.

“Lets get two more, that’s what we are trying to do, take a step forward,” Welch said. “There’s 12 seniors on the team, it’s emotional, it could always be there last game.”

While Bourne may not feature the fastest skaters or biggest defensemen, both Prophett and LaCasse said that it is the tight-knit bond that fuels the teams victories.

“This team is one of the tightest teams, along with last year,” Prophett said. “My freshman and sophomore years, we were a little diverse, so over the last two years we’ve just become a band of brothers.”

LaCasse added: “We aren’t the most talented group, we don’t have a lot of studs on the team, but we all play together and play for each other.”

 

BOURNE 2, DIGHTON-REHOBOTH/SEEKONK 1

D-R/S 0          1          0          –           1

Bourne          0          0          2          –           2

First Period: No scoring. Penalties: D-R/S-0, B-0.

Second Period: 1. D-R/S-Kyle Frias (Matt McDonald), 11:42. Penalties: D-R/S-0, B-1.

Third Period: 2. B-Connor Torpey (Joe Estey), 1:41. 3. B-Dawson Prophett (Jack Perry), 13:57. Penalties: D-R/S-1, B-1.

Shots On Goal:

D-R/S 7          7          4          –           18

Bourne          6          9          9          –           25

Goaltenders: D-R/S-Dan Loiselle, B-Jack LaCasse.

 

 


2015-2016 Cape and Islands Postseason Preview

Enjoy the calm before the storm now, because tomorrow sets off three weeks of unimaginable upsets, overtime game-winners and legendary goaltending performances. Nine local teams qualified for the postseason tournament this season, all with hopes in mind to be the last team standing at the TD Garden on March 20th. With that, here’s a look at each one of those teams.

BOYS

Division 1 South

Falmouth (15 or 16)

First game: To be announced

Outlook: Since the MIAA decided to wait until the after the Super-8 play-in game to announce the Div. 1 North and South brackets this season, there not much to say about the Falmouth Clippers and their postseason matchups.

Here is what we do know. The Clippers are locked into the lowest seed in the bracket with an 8-10-2, as they clinched a postseason berth solely because of their second place finish in the Atlantic Coast League.

Marshfield's Eddie Everett pokes a puck loose from Falmouth's Jake Miller. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Marshfield’s Eddie Everett pokes a puck loose from Falmouth’s Jake Miller.

The entire lineup of the Div. 1 South lies in the hands of Hingham. The Harbormen are the lone team from the division represented in the play-in game and their presence or lack there-of changes everything. A win from Hingham over Arlington on Monday evening in Chelmsford keeps the Harbormen in the Super-8 tournament, and would mean a 15-team field in the Div. 1 South, obviously giving the Clippers the 15-seed.

Now, this is all just speculation based on current winning percentages, but a 15-team field would likely give Falmouth a matchup with No. 2 Natick.

On the other hand, a Hingham loss on Monday against Arlington gives the Harbormen the automatic one-seed (where they belong despite a .568 winning percentage). With Hingham back in the Div. 1 South, that would mean the Clippers, seeded at No. 16, would square off with Hingham.

But, lets just focus on what we do know and let the rest play out

Frustrating would be an accurate description of the Clippers season. Falmouth entered the season with high expectations, and didn’t match the preseason hype.

The talent is there, and we had all hoped that at some point this season the chemistry would develop. Perhaps the postseason is the turning point, but locked into the lowest season, the odds are stacked quite heavily against any postseason run.

Falmouth was in similar position last season, and played arguably their best game of the season in a 3-2 loss to Barnstable in the first round. Where they buzzing because it was a rivalry game or because of the postseason environment, well probably a little bit of both, but with Patrick Coyne, Jake Miller and Cam Tobey on the ice, anything is possible if they can put it together.

If you are a Falmouth Clipper, you should be rooting for Hingham on Monday night, however.

 

Division 2 South

Sandwich (14)

First game: First round, Wednesday vs. (3) Canton, 5:30 P.M., Brockton

Outlook: We’ll start with the good news here. The Blue Knights were fighting for their playoff lives last Wednesday, needing a win or tie in the season finale with Middleboro/Hull. What’s to be said for playing in a de-facto play-in game a week before a first-round matchup? Probably not much, but it is a confidence boost.

Now the bad. Canton. The Bulldogs were targeted as a Div. 2 South contender before the season began, and lived up to the hype by capturing the Hockomock – Davenport title, and dropping only two games on the season (Lincoln-Sudbury and Medway).

Sandwich's Sean Boden is receives congratulations from the bench after his first career goal gave Sandwich a 4-2 lead in the third period. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Sandwich’s Sean Boden is receives congratulations from the bench after his first career goal gave Sandwich a 4-2 lead in the third period.

Making matters worse, Canton had their way with Sandwich in the opening round of the inaugural Jim Gormley cup in December, blanking the Blue Knights 6-0 at Gallo, so that bodes well for the Bulldogs.

The Blue Knights have talent, and could potentially pull the upset, but they need everything to go right for them and stay away from bad habits. A few things stand out immediately. A quick start would go a long way for two reasons; first of all setting the tone in a playoff game as the underdogs goes a long way. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, if things start off on a bad note, such as an early goal, things tend to turn south in a hurry, mainly with penalty trouble.

Penalties have plagued the Blue Knights all season, but take the Lowell Catholic game for example. The Crusaders scored 24 seconds into the game, and that set in motion a frustrating evening as Sandwich took nine penalties in the contest.

Goaltender Craig Hatfield has been the foundation all season long, and a big night from him could stir an upset. Offensively, senior captain Matt Brooks and Brady Doherty need their best efforts.

It’s a long shot, but if that cards fall perfectly, Sandwich could move on.

 

Division 3 South

Nantucket (6)

First game: Preliminary round, Thursday vs. (11) Cohasset, 4:00 P.M., Gallo

Outlook: Three Mayflower League teams in the top-10 of the Div. 3 South, which rarely happens from a single league, so what does that mean? Is the Mayflower trending upwards, or over-hyped? We are about to find out.

The Whalers set program records in both wins and goals scored this season and enter the postseason winners of five-straight and unbeaten in their last 10.

But even as a six-seed, they didn’t draw the matchup they had hoped, as they square off with No. 11 Cohasset of the South Shore League. The Skippers closed the season with a 3-0-1 record, including a shocking victory over Hanover, who was largely regarded as a serious contender to win the Div. 3 South this season, and a Spartan Cup Championship.

That being said, Nantucket has shown that they can score goals in bunches with a talented junior class in Ethan Fey and Max Duce and freshman James Lester. However, Nantucket will be without one of its best skaters in Simon Johnson due to a lower-body injury sustained against Blue Hills on February 19th.

Peter Bopp appeared to have secured the No. 1 goalie position this season, and will likely get the starting nod.

 

Saint John Paul II (12)

First game: First round, Wednesday vs. (5) Hanover, 8:00 P.M., Gallo

Outlook: First-year coach Chuck Jancaterino and the Lions overcame a bumpy road to begin the season, tearing through the middle of their schedule to earn a No. 12 seed in the Div. 3 South. And if there is a coach who knows how to win in the postseason, it’s Jancaterino after a state title in 2004 and finalist run in 2003 with Bourne.

SJP's Brian Bradley has his eyes on the net during a first-period rush.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

SJP’s Brian Bradley has his eyes on the net during a first-period rush.

But, tough, tough draw for the Lions to open the postseason. The Indians were highly regarded as favorites, along with reigning sectional-champ Norwell, to capture the hardware once again. According to the RPI numbers, Hanover is the highest-rated Division 3 team in the state, coming in at No. 22, which is higher than a handful of team on the Super-8 watch list.

But enough of what the matchup says on paper, lets dive into the positives.

SJP features two solid scoring lines starting with seniors Brian Bradley and Sawyer Horan. Christian Mulkern, John Walden, and Liam Gregory add depth on the offensive end, while Patrick Connolly and freshman Jack Richards provide support on the blue line.

The goaltending combination of Gil Bach and Henry Klimm has alternated throughout the season. That being said, whichever goaltender gets the start, he will have to bring his A-game, as the Indians are one of the highest scoring Div. 3 teams with 94 goals on the season.

 

Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy (13)

First Game: First round, Wednesday vs. (4) Sacred Heart, 4:00 P.M., Gallo

Outlook: Perhaps the biggest causality of the added week of the MIAA season, Cape Tech/CCA has played just one game over the final two weeks of the season. Not often is that an encouraging sign heading into the postseason, so we’ll have to see how the Crusades look on their first couple of shifts, and Sacred Heart is one of those teams that can’t be spotted an early lead.

The Crusaders Cole Therrien skates a puck out of his defensive zone in the first peirod.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

The Crusaders Cole Therrien skates a puck out of his defensive zone in the first peirod.

It’s not the worst matchup for the Crusaders, being paired up with fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, but still would be a big upset if Cape Tech/CCA wins.

The Saints are a big team, one of the tallest in Div. 3, but so is the first line of the Crusaders. Cole Therrien, Jacob DiPilato and Ryan DiPilato may matchup well with Sacred Heart’s first line, but it’s the second line that may prove to be too much.

Cape Tech/CCA thrives in high scoring games, grinding out a low-scoring affair isn’t exactly their forte, and Sacred Heart has a fantastic goalie in Ian Fillion who has allowed just 29 goals this season. Senior Owen McCoubrey has got a majorty of the starts this season, and will have to match Fillon for Cape Tech/CCA to have a shot, but Will Grindell has also seen his share of the ice.

It marks the fourth consecutive season that Cape Tech/CCA is in the Div. 3 South tournament, but the Crusaders have not won a game in any of those first-three seasons, including a disappointing 2013 campaign when they hauled in the top-overall season.

Let’s see if first-year coach Curran Stockwell can snag that first victory, pulling off the upset in the process.

 

Bourne (14)

First game: Monday vs. (19) Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, 5:00 P.M., Brockton

Outlook: What’s the old adage in sports, the hardest thing to do is beat the same time three times in a row? Well we are putting that to the test Monday evening in Brockton.

It’s easy to look at this matchup and say the Canalmen have the upper hand. These teams are quite familiar with each other from South Coast Conference play, and it has been years since the Falcons have knocked off Bourne.

Dawson Prophett forces a turnover in his own zone and speeds off into open ice. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Dawson Prophett forces a turnover in his own zone and speeds off into open ice.

But it likely won’t be that easy, as Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk battled the Canalmen tough in both games this season, as Bourne escaped with one-goal victories each time.

Bourne has a senior laden-roster, which bodes well in the postseason, most of those seniors have playoff experience under their belts.

While the Canalmen primarily rely on their first line of Dawson Prophett, Joe Hess and Connor Torpey, contribution from the second line will go a long way. Games from seniors John Wenzel and Ryan Pezzone, as well as Drew Adams would greatly benefit Bourne.

Once again, the Canalmen’s hopes to continue their season rests upon the shoulders of senior goaltender Jack LaCasse, who led Bourne to its first postseason victory in five years a season ago with a shutout over Nantucket.

A Bourne victory would set-up a date with No. 3 Hopkinton on Thursday.

 

GIRLS 

Division 1

Barnstable (17)

First game: Preliminary, Tuesday vs. (16) Masconomet, 3:45 P.M., Haverhill

Outlook: This game all boils down to one thing, which Barnstable team shows up. Pure and simple, its been a frustrating season for the Red Raiders who can’t seem to get out of first gear except for when Duxbury shows up on the schedule. Historically, the Red Raiders have always been a victim of playing to the level of the opposition, which has haunted again this season, but with the postseason finally here, maybe this is where we see what the Red Raiders are like at full speed.

The Red Raiders rush to Barnstable goalie MiKayla Bestford following their victory over Sandwich and clinching a share of the SEMGHL Coastal title.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

The Red Raiders rush to Barnstable goalie MiKayla Bestford following their victory over Sandwich and clinching a share of the SEMGHL Coastal title.

The first postseason game has been friendly to Barnstable in recent years, as games against Woburn and Lincoln-Sudbury have yielded goals in the first 60 seconds of the game, the last coming from Meghan Moore against L-S last season. However, the Red Raiders will be without their second-line center and one of their best girls on the draw, as she is facing the second game in a two-game suspension for a hit against Plymouth in the final game of the Cape Cod Classic.

Filling her role is junior Cassidy Lariviere, who is playing the best hockey of her career, and was instrumental in securing the Red Raiders first even SEMGHL Coastal Championship a week ago with two goals in a comeback victory over Sandwich.

Head coach Peter Nugnes hinted that  a few shakeups could come in the postseason, following that victory over Sandwich, so we’ll have to wait until game time to see what that means. One possibility is that forward Amanda Piknick is moved back to the blue line, where she was for a few games earlier this season, a place she can truly utilize her heavy shot, which could give eighth-grade forward Rachel Dwyer a bump up. But one thing is for sure, the line of Callie Rogorzenski, Brynn Mendes and Danielle Derosier will remain intact, as they have been the highest production value Barnstable has this season.

Defense has been frustrating this season for Barnstable, but as Masconomet has just one-scoring line, led by junior Izzy Sarra (21-12-33), shutting down that single line will be a focus.

Let’s not put the horse before the cart here, but wouldn’t an Arlington Catholic-Barnstable first-round matchup be fun?

 

Division 2

Dennis-Yarmouth (16)

First game: Preliminary, Wednesday vs. (17) Longmeadow, 7:00 P.M., Tony Kent Arena

Outlook: Who would have imagined that the Dolphins would be playing in a postseason home game back in December? But that’s exactly what we have here, marking the first home game in the history of D-Y hockey, and that included the boys team.

D-Y comes together afer Tara Stocker's empty net goal seals D-Y's 4-2 victory over Sandwich.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

D-Y comes together afer Tara Stocker’s empty net goal seals D-Y’s 4-2 victory over Sandwich.

(In fairness, very rarely do boys teams get postseason home games.)

It is tough to get a gauge on Longmeadow, as they are one of just five teams west of I-495, but the Lancers have a few very impressive wins on their resume, most noticeably a 6-2 win over Archbishop Williams.

One thing stands out for D-Y as a critical key to victory, and that is taking advantage of Longmeadow’s 161-mile trip to Tony Kent Arena. I’m not one to put serious stock in road records in high school sports, but Longmeadow’s road record isn’t nearly as impressive as when they take advantage of long bus rides in their home arena.

Offensively, the system is simple, and when it works it is difficult to defend. Get bodies to the net, set screens and deflect pucks on the way in, its what works for D-Y and if they have any chance of winning this game, it is what they have to do.

Both teams don’t allow a lot of goals, and while Longmeadow features a better offensive unit, expect another low-scoring affair, which is a benefit to the Dolphins.

Summer Walsh and Lily Holmes have been the foundation defensively this season, and a strong back-check will take added pressure off them and freshman goaltender Lucy Reid.

Taylor McDowell, Tara Stocker and Amanda Crowley have a large roll in the offense and will need to produce as well for a victory.

A trip to top-seeded Methuen/Tewksbury hangs in the balance, and lets not forget that No. 17 Sandwich went up to Methuen two years ago and knocked off the top-seeded Red Rangers.

 

Falmouth (18)

First game: Preliminary, Tuesday vs. (15) Fontbonne, 4:00 P.M., Quincy

Outlook: The Clippers are another team with some good news and bad news. We’ll start with the good.

Falmouth drew a very favorable bracket overall, one that is littered with teams from other SEMGHL divisions that don’t match the Coastal in terms of quality teams and strength of schedule.

Now that bad. The Clippers have to survive a preliminary round game with Fontbonne in order to take advantage of that bracket.

Falmouth's Ericka Meissner applies the pressure to Callie Rogorzenski, forcing a wide shot. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Falmouth’s Ericka Meissner applies the pressure to Callie Rogorzenski, forcing a wide shot.

There is no substitute for postseason experience and that heavily benefits the Clippers in this situation, as Hannah Callahan, Shannon Upton, Ericka Meissner, Rachael Curtis and Brooke Bowman have plenty of experience in the postseason. That combination saw five games last season and three the year previous. That’s not to say that Fontbonne hasn’t seen success, as they have won a postseason game each of the last three years from relatively high seeds (No. 14, 20 and 22).

Despite a little bit of a hiccup the last week of the season in the Cape Cod Classic (1-1-1 record) the Clippers have come on strong the second half of the season, thanks to the play of Upton and goaltender Emily Marciello.

The sophomore netminder made it through the brutal SEMGHL Coastal and non-league schedule allowing just 33 goals on the season in her first year as a varsity starter.

Another emerging skater in eighth-grade forward Caroline Coyne, who notched 16 points in her first season, good for fourth on the team.

While Falmouth plays a difficult schedule, Fontbonne matches them game-for-game. Their Catholic Conference schedule includes Notre Dame Academy, as well as non-league games against No. 1 Arlington Catholic (a 1-1 tie was one of the Cougars two non-wins on the season) and Archbishop Williams.

In the postseason, Falmouth has always excelled as taking away the opponents top-line, case in point last season’s 6-2 semifinal win vs. Kelly Browne and Burlington. The Clippers should explore that option again, taking away to dual-threat of Katie Nolan (27-19-46) and Maggie Landers (13-22-35).