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Girls Hockey: Young Goaltenders Cementing the Future

Strong goaltending has been a staple of girls hockey on the Cape and Islands in recent memory, as some of the best netminders in the state have been stationed in the blue paint over the years.

But with a mass exodus of goaltenders from a season ago, split between gradation and college prep schools, there was a gaping hole on just about every roster as local teams hit the ice nearly two moths ago.

The loss in talent was not isolated to just one or two team. Of the seven girls hockey teams on the Cape and Islands, five had holes to fill with the vacated position.

Just two teams returned starters from the 2014-15 season. Martha’s Vineyard brought back the Jackie Hegarty/Julia Bettencourt combination and Dennis-Yarmouth had the services of Lucy Reid, who despite just a freshman, had the most varsity experience of any local goalie with 19 career starts, all of which came her eighth-grade season.

D-Y's Lucy Reid was named  MVP of the Judy Kostas Tournament in December. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

D-Y’s Lucy Reid was named MVP of the Judy Kostas Tournament in December.

That left Barnstable, Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham/ORR, Falmouth, Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy and Sandwich with an opening at arguably the most position on the ice.

But here we are, the midway point of the season has come and gone, and not only has each and every one of those first-year starters answered the bell between the pipes, but all have given their respective teams a foundation to build upon not just for this season, but for years to come.

MiKayla Bestford, Sofie Schiappa, Emily Marciello, Molly McKenna and Delanie Corcoran, have all made the jobs of their respective coaches a little bit easier this season with the position locked down.

The position of goaltender may be the most difficult to master. Rarely does it come naturally over the course of the first season, but the Cape is growing a young slew of talent.

While the paths to full-time varsity goaltender are unique for each, the end result is the same. And with all five goaltenders playing just their freshman or sophomore season, the foundation is set for the foreseeable future.

Next big thing: For Sandwich’s Delanie Corcoran, there was never a doubt that she was the goalie of the future. The freshman was named to the varsity roster during her eighth-grade season, and had the skill set at that point and time to make a run at the starting gig, but given the play of senior Allyson Hir, solidified by her postseason play during Sandwich’s semifinal run the season previous, head coach Steve Noll couldn’t turn his back on his senior.

“Ally got the bulk of play because it was the end of her career and Delanie was kind enough to take a back seat,” Noll said. “We owed it to the senior goalie and Delanie accepted that and she knew the next four years were hers.”

Corcoran saw pieces of action during her eighth-grade season, and Noll had an idea in what he had waiting in the wings, but even he has been surprised by her play this season.

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

Sandwich goalie Delanie Corcoran safely plays a puck in her shutout win over D-Y.

Few goaltenders have seen more shots this season (416), but the freshman has answered has been marvelous and likely the reason behind Sandwich’s four wins this season. Her 92.1 save percentage is second on Cape, only to Falmouth’s Emily Marciello and her four shutouts is tied among the top of the leaderboard (with D-Y’s Reid).

But it is not so much the number of shots that she’s seen that is so impressive, but rather her fundamentals and instincts between the pipes.

As a freshman, Corcoran shows incredible poise in net, portrays advanced rebound control and a level head. Corcoran rookie season has been a trial by fire, given the Blue Knight’s league play in the SEMGHL Coastal, facing some of the most potent offenses not only in Division. 2, but in Division 1 as well.

“I knew she was really good last year, so she’s no surprise to us at all, but what we didn’t know was how good she was,” said Noll. “We knew we had a good one, we didn’t know we had a great one.”

Most impressive is her short-term memory, which is critical for a goaltender at any level. Duxbury scored eight goals against the Blue Knights in the season opener, and Barnstable peppered her for 36 shots two nights later, but Corcoran shook off the frustrations and recorded her first career varsity shutout two nights later at home against the Furies.

“She sees a lot of pucks, she faces a firing quad every night, and it doesn’t phase her, Noll said. “She has the perfect mindset for a goalie, she’s calm, she’s cool, and she likes the pressure.”

While Noll doesn’t believe in a rebuilding philosophy, the writing is on the wall that Sandwich’s young core will blossom into a serious contender in Division 2. However, with such a young roster – which boasts a trio of lethal eighth-grade, second-line forwards in Kileigh Holt, Georgie Snow and Kaitlyn Ramsey, in addition to six other eighth graders and three freshman – the Blue Knights are enduring some growing pains still have some growing pains, as seen in their 4-9-2 record and 15 goals scored in their 15 games thus far.

“I never liked the phrase rebuilding, reloading or any of that, we go out there to win every game, every period and just accept what happens at the end of the game,” Noll said. “It doesn’t make sense to think about rebuilding, because I don’t know where these kids will be one, two or three years from today. It’s a changing environment, so to plan for the future that may not come, I don’t think is a wise decision.”

Déjà vu: For the second time in six years, B/M/W/ORR coach Kristyn Alexander is in the difficult position of training a new goaltender with no previous experience, at any level.

Alexander had one of the best young goaltenders in the state last season in eighth-grade goalie Michaela O’Brien, who burst onto the scene and nearly steered the co-op team to its first-ever postseason appearance.

With a limitless ceiling, O’Brien transferred to Philips Exeter Academy in the offseason, leaving then B/M/W without a goalie on the roster.

With the addition of Old Rochester this season, and the four players gained from the “expansion team,” Alexander didn’t quite find the goaltender she was looking for, but did get a player willing to learn the position.

Knowing that her new team was without a goalie, Old Rochester freshman Sofie Schiappa took it upon herself to learn the difficult position over the summer, knowing the position was hers for the next four years if she did so.

“Knowing that we had Sophie willing to work and willing to take on a new position shows a lot of character and we needed her,” Alexander said. “She knew we didn’t have a goalie, so over the summer she played on her U14 team and decided to take it upon herself to learn the position.”

For a first year goalie, Schiappa has turned in a solid season as she’s adjusted to both the new position and the new level of hockey. The freshman has started all 10 games this season, and earned her first career shutout on January 9th against Bishop Stang.

For Alexander, training a new goaltender seems to have become routine. When she first started the program six years ago, she was in a similar situation without a true goaltender when then-eighth grader Ariel St. Germaine stepped up to learn the position.

Now six years later, she is going through the motion for the second time.

“When we needed a goalie when we first started this program, Ariel stepped up and during her career, and I see a lot of Ariel’s characteristics in Sophie,” Alexander said. Learning to learn the position, willing to do what it takes and willing to be there for the team, and that’s a big part of it.”

Despite losing their leading scorer from the previous two seasons in Marissa Fitzgerald to Tabor Academy over the summer, B/M/W/ORR is still very much a young team. In addition, they received three young skaters from ORR to go along with the slew of sophomores on the roster to bolster the youth movement.

Big shoes to fill: From the moment she stepped onto the ice as an eighth-grader, Barnstable Olivia Sollows had the tools to be one of the best goaltenders in the state, and certainly made her case during her first two-seasons.

Sollows led the Red Raiders to the Div. 1 Quarterfinals in her first season, nearly knocking off top-seeded Acton-Boxboro in the process, and her Red Raiders were ranked No. 1 in the state for much of her freshman year.

But just like O’Brien, Sollows decided to take off over this past offseason, moving on to play at New Hampton in New Hampshire.

Fortunately for the Red Raiders, the had a very capable backup, albeit relatively untested, in sophomore MiKayla Bestford.

Barnstable sophomore goaltender MiKayla Bestford makes one of her 10 saves in a tie with Medway/Ashland.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Barnstable sophomore goaltender MiKayla Bestford makes one of her 10 saves in a tie with Medway/Ashland.

Surely, no one had expected Bestford to fill the shoes of Sollows in just her first season, but Bestford surely has. Impressive further, Bestford is doing so without the rock-solid defensive pairings that Sollows benefited from in each of her two seasons, as stud defenseman Morgan Richard and Kylie Hallam both graduated over the offseason.

“We thought we were going to take a hit this year, and that’s nothing again MiKayla, just in the fact we we’re losing Olivia because she’s just one of the best,” Barnstable coach Peter Nugnes said. “We talked about it all summer long, but what can you say. I credit her, she worked hard over the summer, she knew she was going to be the goalie, and she’s just playing light outs, I’m really happy about it, she’s probably been the best player on our team this year.”

Perhaps no team schedules a non-conference slate like the Red Raiders do, and Barnstable has to bring its best effort on a nightly basis. This year, those games include Div. 2 favorite Notre Dame Academy, Beverly/Danvers, Medway/Ashland and Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake to go along with their brutal SEMGHL Coastal schedule.

Bestford was thrown into the fire in the opening game of the season against NDA, and has shown constant improvement in each game since. The sophomore has started all 11 games this season, stopping nearly 90 percent of shots that come her way and picked up three shutouts along the way.

While those shutout victories are impressive, her biggest games have some against the biggest competition, and haven’t always translated into victories.

Despite a 1-0 loss against Beverly/Danvers and ties with Duxbury and Medway/Ashland, those three games may have been the best individual game from Bestford. In a 2-2 tie with Duxbury on January 9th, Bestford recovered from a goal scored just 15 seconds into the game, and stopped 20 shots over the final two periods, as the Red Raiders erased a two-goal deficit to salvage a point with the Dragons.

Her play has given Nugnes the luxury of playing hockey the way he likes to, with a strong and physical defensive presence, something he wasn’t sure he would be able to do in the offseason.

“We are still working on our defensive zone coverage because we are so young back there, but we thought we would have to do things differently and we didn’t have to, we can play like we did last year,” Nugnes said.

Saving a season: For the reigning Div. 2 Champions, from top to bottom, just about everything had to be replaced.

Starting with head coach Erin Hunt, down to the 10 seniors on the team, and even freshman stud McKenzie Haberl, the Falmouth Clippers had the odds stacked against them from the get go.

With only a handful of skaters returning from that championship team, and no experience at the goaltending position, first-year head coach Brian Ferreira received a stroke of luck when sophomore goaltender Emily Marciello moved to Falmouth over the summer from Hanover, and quickly won the starting gig.

Despite not much playing time during her stint with Cohasset/Hanover her freshman season (just eight periods played all season), Marciello has perhaps made the difference between a potential rebuilding season and a contending season.

Falmouth's Emily Marciello makes one of her 41 saves, coming up with a stick save on Duxbury's Jillian Cosgrove.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Falmouth’s Emily Marciello makes one of her 41 saves, coming up with a stick save on Duxbury’s Jillian Cosgrove.

“What I was hearing from everyone in the offseason was ‘you’re going to have to rebuild, you don’t have this, you don’t have that,’ but she came in and won the job pretty quickly,” Ferreira said. “I think she stole our opening night, then went into Hingham she almost stole one there, in those first two games she made a statement that said ‘I’m ready to be a varsity goaltender as a sophomore’ and that gave us a little more confidence.”

That confidence has clearly been on the upswing as the season has progressed, and Marciello might be playing her best hockey of the season as the midpoint has come and gone.

In a span of two games last week, Marciello posted back-to-back shutouts over Sandwich and Dennis-Yarmouth and has allowed just five goals over her last six games.

With her impressive streak as of late, Marciello now leads the Cape and Islands with a 92.3 save percentage, and is allowing less than two goals per game, numbers that rival the play of one of Falmouth’s all-time greats in Madison Scavotto.

Replacing a legend between the pipes is never easy, and Marciello is surly keeping the Falmouth-tradition alive of tremendous goaltending.

“That girls see that and they get a little more confidence, they know she will do the job back there,” Ferreira said. “She may have been a little nervous, but once she went out and played as well as she did against Canton (in the season opener), she’s been accepted by the girls and they have all started to gel.”

Her play as of late has also sent the Clippers three games over the .500 mark for the first time this season as Falmouth closes the gap on yet another postseason appearance.

Red hot start: Ironically enough, Dennis-Yarmouth freshman goaltender Lucy Reid had the most varsity experience of any goalie entering the season, with 19 starts under her belt, all of which came during her eighth-grade season.

There was certainly reason to be optimistic of Reid’s future as goaltender of the Dolphins, as Reid stopped over 87 percent of the opposition’s shots last year, anchoring a team that had just five upperclassmen on the roster.

With another year of experience for not only Reid, but the entire young Dolphin’s roster, D-Y has put together a successful season, with plenty of reason for optimism over the next four years.

While the Dolphins don’t have that flashy goal scorer on its roster, they rely on opportunistic goal scoring, solid defensive play and strong goaltending, all of which was apparent during the Dolphins 7-0-1 start to the season.

D-Y goalie Lucy Reid has her eyes on Sandwich's Christina O'Neil moving behind the net.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

D-Y goalie Lucy Reid has her eyes on Sandwich’s Christina O’Neil moving behind the net.

Reid posted three shutouts during that stretch and has continued to impress despite the Dolphins struggles as of late.

The freshman has started all 15 games for the Dolphins this season, and is allowing a Cape-best 1.70 goals per game.

Second-year head coach John Shaw has been impressed with Reid’s play thus far, but knows that her best years are still ahead.

“Overall, she’s very coachable, she’s very quiet and that’s the thing, it kind of comes out in the way she goal tends,” Shaw said. “She’s not that aggressive, but I mean she’s 13 or 14 years old, but I think she going to grow into a great goalie, I mean her work ethic is great.”

The blueprint for the Dolphins has remained the same from the first game of the season. Clutch goaltending when needed, but superb play from the young defensive core in front that excels not only in shot blocking, but keeping shots to the perimeter. Eighth-grader Lily Holmes and sophomore Summer Walsh have combined to tackle that challenge head on, aiding in the play of Reid.

Learning experience: Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy coach Scott Rebello knows that the future is bright for his team, but first he must endure the growing pains that accompany a young team.

The Furies have one of the youngest teams on the back-end of the ice on the Cape, starting with freshman goaltender Molly McKenna and continuing up to the blue-line which is anchored by three sophomore and a freshman.

That youth has certainly shown this season, as McKenna, who has started all 15 games this season, has seen over 450 shots on the year, an average of 30 per game.

But for a first-year varsity goaltender, the freshman has shown improvement over the season, stopping nearly 88 percent of those shots.

One may look at the Furies 3-11-1 record this season and struggle to find a positive, but Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy but that is not the case.

In just her first season, McKenna has the Furies on pace to allow the fewest goals ever in the program’s history by a landslide and have held their own against some of the best teams in the SEMGHL Southeast.

“We got Molly, and obviously she hadn’t played at this level, so she’s seeing nowhere near the number of shots, the velocity on those shots that she’s used to, but she’s made the adjustments so quickly, and we were quick to find out she has all the tools,” Rebello said.

For the first time in the young history of the Furies program, Rebello has a goaltender that will likely be a four-year starter that he can teach over an extended period of time.

Rebello knew exactly what he was getting with McKenna before she took to the ice. Throughout her youth hockey career, McKenna put up solid numbers between the pipes, which give Rebello hope that the program’s first playoff appearance is on the horizon.

“What we faced over the first four years of the program in making a goaltender, this is all you could ask for,” Rebello said. “Just to have someone with some experience, then to find out that she is so self determined to become better.”

Along with a young defensive core that includes Blue Fancy, Elsa Lalone, Cat Ready and Breanna Kender, he hopes that the five will mesh into a potent defensive force.

St. Germaine’s selfless act propels BMW, O’Brien

BOURNE, Mass. – In just their fifth year as a hockey program, and third as a varsity squad, Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham coach Kristyn Alexander still doesn’t have the turnout that she would like.

With the low numbers in the program, any move to make BMW a deeper team is on the table and just two games into the season, an opportunity presented itself.

Following back-to-back losses to begin the season Alexander asked senior-goalie Ariel St. Germaine to move to the forward line in order to insert eighth-grade goalie Michaela O’Brien between the pipes.

The move immediately paid off as BMW and O’Brien allowed seven goals over their next five games, going 3-0-2 in that stretch and positioning themselves for a postseason push.

BMW goalie Michaela O'Brien makes one of her 34 saves, making a save on Marshfield's Jess Spitz. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

BMW goalie Michaela O’Brien makes one of her 34 saves last Wednesday, making a save on Marshfield’s Jess Spitz.

“It has brought our game to the next level because we are playing against teams that have been around for a while and that are established and we are still getting there,” said Alexander. “With Ariel skating our there and Michaela in net it has made us that much stronger at both ends.”

O’Brien has taken on the competition head on in her 10 games this season. In a half season of play, she ranks third on Cape and amongst the top-20 in the state with a 92.7 save percentage while allowing just over two goals per game. Her greatest performance of the season came a little over a week ago when Marshfield peppered her with 16 shots in the opening period, and O’Brien kept the Rams off the scoreboard.

“It’s a lot faster hockey and the girls are a lot bigger so it’s hard to see over them at 5-3 when you have girls that are six feet in front of you,” said O’Brien. “The team is just playing great in front of me and I had to adapt to the game and the quicker speeds and its been going well.”

The move was made possible by the selfless act from the only senior on the team in St. Germaine who had been the only goalie to suit up for BMW in their young history. But in an effort to make her team deeper this season, the captain shed her goalie pads, yielded her post to O’Brien and took up a position on the forward line.

“I think that adding one more player really pushes us over the edge because we had one goalie sitting on the bench and that didn’t really do anything for us,” said St. Germaine. “But now that we have two strong lines it’s really helped us improve our game.”

For the betterment of the team: In the first year of BMW girls hockey, 15 girls came out for the inaugural season but Alexander had no goalies in net. Then as an eighth grader, St Germaine answered the call and volunteered to play the role despite no prior experience.

Senior captain Ariel St. Germain attempts to clear a puck in front of Marshfield's Lindsey Malmin last week.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Senior captain Ariel St. Germain attempts to clear a puck in front of Marshfield’s Lindsey Malmin last week.

She went through the growing pains of a young team, going through the ranks of two years as a junior varsity team and a two-win varsity season before falling just short of a postseason berth last year.

“She stepped up five years ago when we didn’t have a goalie and learned the position and took it head on,” Alexander said. “That just shows she’s a born leader and has the true leadership and true character. I wish I had a team full of Ariels because she’s very coachable and she’s willing to do what the team needs at that moment.”

Now four years later, St. Germaine returns to her previous spot on the ice where she doesn’t see the adjustment as a difficult one.

“It wasn’t difficult for me because she’s going to be on the team in the future, so to keep her in net was crucial, where for me it’s my last year,” said St. Germaine. “Going back to where I was isn’t going that difficult.”

Adjusting to the competition: O’Brien didn’t take long to figure out the high school scene, allowing just one goal in each of her first three games before allowing two in a home-and-home with Bishop Stang as BMW went 3-0-2 in that span.

In her seventh career game, O’Brien earned her first shutout as BMW blanked Nauset/Cape Tech 2-0 on January 10th.

“The bodies out front, my defense is doing a good job moving them out and that lets me see the puck from the point,” said O’Brien. “If I can see it, it’s not going in the net.”

The eighth grader however is no stranger to high levels of competition. She was a member of the Tier II U14 team that made the trip to Amherst, N.Y for Nationals last April. As the No. 2 goaltender behind Barnstable’s Olivia Sollows, O’Brien logged 81 minutes of play and allowed an average of 1.19 goals per game before the Storm were limited in the quarterfinals.

Deeper attack: With BMW not quite as potent offensively as they were a season ago, the play of O’Brien has been critical. Alexander moved last season’s second leading scorer Tannah O’Brien (20-13-33) to the blue line along side Natalia Gordon, leaving forward Marissa Fitzgerald (21-15-36) to form new chemistry with her line mates.

BMW goalie Ariel St. Germaine makes a save in the first period of their loss to D-Y on Saturday night. Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

From a season ago, then-junior Ariel St. Germaine makes a save in the first period in a game with D-Y. 

The moves has paid off as BMW is a much more defensively sound team this season while the offensive has become deeper. Freshmen Carly LaCasse (6-1-7) and Leah Hidenfelter (4-2-6) have stepped up in the offensive games while Fitzgerald (5-4-9) and O’Brien (5-4-9) still lead the team.

“This year it’s more spread out, we now have Tannah back on defense and she was one of our top scorers,” said Alexander. “Carly and Leah are picking up the slack and Marissa is still picking up that slack.”

With a majority of the players under classmen (eight freshman, three eighth graders), including all aforementioned offensive players excluding sophomore Tannah O’Brien, BMW has no where to go but up over the coming years.

Inching towards the postseason: With five games remaining on their schedule, BMW needs to collect five points to clinch their first-ever postseason berth. The task is certainly feasible with a pair of games against Martha’s Vineyard along with dates with Dennis-Yarmouth and Nauset/Cape Tech.

After going 2-12-3 in the inaugural season, the co-op team fell just short of the postseason last year with a 8-10-1 record, dropping their last two games of the season against Auburn.



Goalie duo of Olivia Sollows and Kyra Corbett nab Player of the Week

Corbett/SollowsPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

The combination of Kyra Corbett (right) and Olivia Sollows are a big reason why the Raiders are having a successful season.

HYANNIS, Mass. – Sometimes all it takes is a little friendly competition.

In the case of the Barnstable girls hockey team, that competition has sprung both of their goalies to the top of the Massachusetts leaderboards and the Red Raiders to a 6-1-4 in arguably the most competition conference in the state.

“It’s awesome,” Barnstable coach Peter Nugnes said. “Anytime you can have two goalies and a healthy competition, they raise each others place. It’s a great thing.”

Junior Kyra Corbett and eighth grader Olivia Sollows have been battling in out all season long and in the process have made each other better.

“I’ll see her having a really good practice and I know I need to step it up,” said Corbett. “And I’m sure she has felt the same way sometimes. Even when I watch her play and she’s dong very good, I feel I need to get to that level.”

That success can be seen not only in the Red Raider’s record, but also on the state leaderboards. Corbett has had four starts this season and has yet to allow a goal, stopping all 54 shots she’s seen and is boasting a state-best 0.00 GAA. Sollows has had the other seven games and is allowing just 1.14 goals per game (10th in the state) and has stopped 94.2 percent of the 137 shots she has seen this year.

“We are really fortunate to have two outstanding goal keepers,” senior captain Brenna McCoubrey said. “For a lot of teams that can be a weakness. You can have all the skaters, but having a goaltender that will keep us in those close games is a big deal and we are really fortunate to have that.”

A big reason for the success of the goaltenders is the team depth and the defensive pairings in front of them. The Red Raiders have eight defensemen on the team and like to use them all.

SollowsPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Barnstable’s Olivia Sollows make a big save in the closing minutes of last Monday’s game against Falmouth, keeping the two teams tied at one.

Nicole Derosier, Morgan Richard and Kylie Hallam are the core of that defensive unit and they do their best to lighten up the load on their goaltenders.

“Our goaltending has been fantastic,” Red Raider coach Peter Nugnes. “Cobertt hasn’t given up anything this season and our defense has been really really strong. We have eight defensemen on this team and we can roll any one of them out there.”

Confidence boost: As an eighth grader and 14 year old, the intimidation of playing with 18 year old women can be high. But not for Sollows. In just her second varsity game, she was thrust into the spotlight against defending division two champion Duxbury. The Red Raiders came out of that game with a 1-1 tie and Sollows was a big reason why. She was also in net for their 1-1 ties against Div. 2 runner up Falmouth and No. 2 Reading.

“I think its really good experience being on the varsity teams because I’m in eighth grade,” said Sollows. “I didn’t know I would be on this team and it’s just been a really good season.

Nugnes also praised the growth of Sollows and credits the experience that shes got this year to be a big reason why. “With Olivia it’s the experience, playing against 18 year old women. She’s 14 and I think its just the experience. They’ve been awesome since day one, both of them.”

With each win for their teams the Red Raiders and their goalies gain a little big more confidence. The Raiders are yet to lose at home this season, flaunting a 4-0-2 record at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center heading into Wednesdays big SEMGHL Coastal matchup with Hingham (who they tied 2-2 earlier this season).

CorbettPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Junior Kyra Corbett makes one of her nine third period saves (24 saves total) enroute to her fourth shutout of the season against NDA on Saturday night.

“We’ve split games and in at least the games I’ve played I feel like every win is a notch, you get is a boost, a little bit more of you telling yourself I can do this and we can get to states,” said Corbett.

Team defense is the key:  Both goaltenders were quick to credit the skaters in front of them for their success this season.

“We’ve worked hard but its not just us, it is an image of the whole team, said Corbett. “If our team was weak we would let in more goals, but we have a strong defense and a strong team in general.”

As a team, Barnstalbe has let up just eight goals. A very impressive stat seeing how a majority of their games are played against Falmouth, Duxbury, Hingham and Sandwich.

While the goaltenders are quick to credit the team in front of them, the skaters are just as quick to credit them right back.

“I think we have really strong defense running all of our lines, we are really deep and we’ve been using that to our advantage,” Derosier said. “But it’s a matter of we’ve had great goaltending with Kyra and Olivia. They’ve been amazing, especially  in close games.”

As a team, the Raiders are a very close team, as can be seen the way they compliment and credit each other. And a tight-knit locker room translates to team play, which translates to wins.

On the brink of the postseason: The Red Raiders need four points to qualify for the postseason. But until Barnstable has actually clinched, he will have no talk of the tournament.

The road over their final nine games will be difficult.  Hingham, Falmouth, Sandwich and NDA are still in their path, but rather than looking at it from a season perspective, this team borrows a page from Bill Belichick and takes each game individually.

“We are playing game by game,” said senior forward Katie Quilty. “We are not saying that we are going to win this game or lose this game. We just go and play our game.”


See also: Araujo | Dalterio players of the week stories.


Caleb Dalterio Takes Player of the Week After 100th Career Point

Caleb Dalterio 100th pointPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Caleb Dalterio celebrates his 100th career point in the first period against Wareham/Carver

ORLEANS, Mass. — Cape Tech/Cape Cod Academy’s Caleb Dalterio stormed into the record books last Wednesday night when he registered his 100th career point 13:08 into the first period against Wareham/Carver.

But he didn’t stop there. Dalterio then sweetened the pot of an already unforgettable night with a pair of third period goals, adding hat trick to his legendary game’s resume.

“I think I celebrated harder than I ever have in my life,” said Dalterio of his 100th career point.  “It was a lot more important because we weren’t playing good that game because we thought it would be easier. But then to get the 100th point and another two other goals was awesome.”

The Wareham/Carver team didn’t make it easy. The Crusaders were coming off their first loss of the year the game before against Bourne. For much of the first period, it was the Vikings that got the majority of the scoring chances and shutdown Dalterio and his offense.

“For the most of the first period, every time I was in the offensive zone they had one kid shadowing me,” said Dalterio. “Finally I got behind them and was open and the puck went up to the defenseman. We made eye contact and hoped it would come back to me and he crossed it in front of the net and I just slapped in.”

As enjoyable the moment was, it was still bittersweet. Dalterio had hoped it would come at home in front of his fans. The game before, the Crusaders hosted Bourne with Dalterio entering at 98 points. In the opening minutes, Dalterio netted career point 99 and it looked to be a sure bet 100 would come at home. But he didn’t figure in either of the two goals to end the first period and the Crusaders were shutout over the final two periods leaving him in double digits.

“He was a little upset he didn’t get 100 at home versus Bourne,” Crusaders coach and Caleb’s father Jay Dalterio said. “Crowd was good size and quiet a few people knew he was close. To answer it with a hat trick was icing on the cake for him.”

Leader of his team: Dalterio is on track to have the best year of his career. The senior is tied for 18th in the state with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) through 11 games this season and is on pace to shatter his career high of 34 from last year.

Dalterio hat trickPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Caleb Dalterio reacts to his hat trick goal that gave his team a 4-0 in the third period Wednesday

“Its like the game has slowed down for him,” said the elder Dalterio. “He sees everything on the ice and knows where everyone is, including the other team. He’s able to find the weaknesses and the openings instead of having to dump it in and work hard which he will do anyway.”

The effort he has put in over the last few years has earned him the respect from his teammates as well. He had twice as many points than anyone else on the team last season, leading the Crusaders to a to the Div. 3 tournament (earning a 10 seed) for the first time since his eighth grade season in 2009-2010.

“Everything we give away in terms of awards is voted on the team,” said Jay Dalterio. “He’s been MVP the last two years, captain as a sophomore. There were quite a few juniors and seniors who said ‘I want him to lead us.’”

Early season setback: Coming into this season, the line of Dalterio, senior Jim Fay and junior Ian Fromhein was poised to explode. Last season that trio combined for just over 50% of the Crusaders 140 points.

But early this season, Nauset cancelled a scrimmage against the Crusaders and instead, the unified team held an inter-squad scrimmage. During that scrimmage Fromhein went awkwardly into the boards and damaged the ligament in his knee and has yet to see the ice this season (there is hope he will be back for the end of the season).

With their top-line center on the shelves for much of the season, it has been freshman Dan Crossen (9-9-18) that has stepped up and filled the void at the center position.

“We had a lot of chemistry so we were worried,” Caleb said. “But since Danny stepped in first practice he showed he could play with us.”

Jay Dalterio was also a little worried once Fromhein went down with his injury. “I was a little worried. More on the defensive end than the offensive. As the enter, you are the third defensemen in the zone and as a freshman I didn’t ant him looking for the breakaway play when we maybe don’t have possession yet.”

But as we approach the final stretch of this season, there is no doubt in Crossen’s game. Dalterio and Fay are both poised to have their best season.

Back to the postseason: With 10 games to go in the season, the Crusaders only need three points to qualify for the division 3 tournament for the second consecutive year.

Last season, Cape Tech/CCA earned the No. 10 seed but was bounced in the preliminary round by No. 23 Dover-Sherborn.

“What they didn’t understand was I think a lot of them thought tomorrow there was going to be practice and I don’t think it clicked in till later in the game,” said Jay Dalterio. “I think this year they have that focus.”

The Crusaders let up two early goals to Dover-Sherborn and fell behind 4-1 before they turned it on in that game. At that point it was too late.

“Going into last year, I think a lot of us thought we were getting smoked because we had no idea what D-S was,” the left-winger said. “We skated with them but realized too late we could have beat them if we played with a little more confidence.

The Crusaders are looking at another top-10 spot this season if they keep up their current pace and right now there are no signs of them slowing down.

One question that was surrounded this Crusaders team in their strength of schedule (ranked 186 out of 204) and how they will react to the tougher teams in the tournament.

“I laugh it at it,” said coach Dalterio. “Someone came out with an RPI but confidence comes from winning games, beating someone and putting the puck in the net.”


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Tyson Araujo grabs first Player of the Week honors

Araujo player of the weekPhil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

Tyson Araujo’s 23 points through seven games is a big reason why the Vineyarders are 5-1-1 this season.

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. – The Araujo name has been a staple of Vineyard hockey over the past five seasons. It started with Tyler Araujo, who scored his first goals in December in 2009. And since then, him and his brother Tyson have been burying goals at the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena. The youngest Tristan, a freshmen, scored his first goal earlier this season.

While Tyler graduated in 2012, Tyson has been carrying the torch and this year has been no different. Through just seven games this season, Tyson Araujo has led the Vineyarders to a 5-1-1 record with 23 points, good for second on the Cape and Islands and ninth in the state.

This is no surprise to Matt Mincone and his Martha’s Vineyard team. Araujo has been doing this now for all four years of his varsity career and is now well over 100 career points.

MV's Tyson Araujo nets his first goal in the opening minutes of Wednesdays game against Bourne. Araujo finished with three goals and and two assists.Phil Garceau /CapeHockeyHub

MV’s Tyson Araujo nets his first goal in the opening minutes of Wednesdays game against Bourne. Araujo finished with three goals and and two assists.

“He’s a symbolized leader with the ‘C’ on his jersey but he’s much more than that to the team,” Mincone said of his star forward following last weeks blowout win at Bourne. “Everybody knows, and its no surprise, but he creates opportunity for his line mates too.”

Seven games into the season, the Vineyarders have scored 32 goals and Araujo has figured in 23 of them (nine goals, 14 assists). Araujo is a threat to score every time he steps on the ice. If the opposition tries to silence Araujo’s scoring ability, he tends to find his open teammates, creating multiple scoring threats up front.

“Its my line mates,” said Araujo. “Brian Fraser, every time I put it on his stick he puts it in the net. The line mates are helping me and everyone has a role. I’ve been lucky to have the good teammates I have.”

Araujo has been without his other linemate Sam Burke, who has missed much of the season with an injury. The combination of Emerson Mahoney, Andrew Wiley and Tristan Araujo have done a fantastic job of filling Burke’s spot during that span, but with Burke due back in a few weeks, we will see the full potential of Araujo’s line.

“[Araujo’s] a special player,” said Mincone. “He’s creating other opportunities for other players because he’s getting mugged for lack of a better term. He creates ice for other people.”

Making one last run: Araujo’s Vineyarders have qualified for the postseason the last two seasons and are hoping to make a deep run this season after last years loss to Franklin in the South Quarterfinals.

But first, Araujo and company is focused on the Eastern Athletic Conference crown. Coyle & Cassidy has won the conference the last 10 years and the Vineyarders feel that this is their year to finally knock off the perennial powers.

It is Araujo’s final season in an MV uniform and nothing would be sweeter than dethroning the Warriors. Taking the EAC and then going onto a run in the Division 2 South Sectionals would be icing on the cake.

“We want to win the EAC because we have never won it before,” said Araujo. “This is one of my better teams. We have a good core with seniors and good captains.”