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Knights stay hot



Adam Heinze scored twice and four other players scored single goals as the North Andover hockey team stayed on a roll, blanking Methuen 6-0. Jack Walsh got the shutout for the Knights (8-2-2), who  are unbeaten in their last eight games and haven't lost since Dec. 15.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/21/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover heroics

Trailing by two goals with less than five minutes left, Andover boys hockey got tallies from Sam Murray and Leo Byers to earn a dramatic 2-2 tie against Waltham.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/19/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Back over .500

Pentucket boys hockey took down conference rival Amesbury, 3-2, to move to 5-4-1 overall. Jordan Cane, Jack Queenan and Cam Martin had the goals for the Sachems.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/19/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Breaking Through

Junior Jake Becker scored his first varsity goal as Methuen topped Shawsheen 4-1.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/17/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jump for Lajoie

Central Catholic boys hockey got a pair of goals from Matthew Lajoie in a 5-2 win over Westford. Sophomore AJ Grenier was a standout on defense and also had three assists. 

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/16/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Breaking through

Junior Michael Harty scored the first two goals of his varsity career, leading North Andover to a 7-1 victory over Concord-Carlisle. Jack Walsh (14 saves) and Patrick Green (2 saves) combined on the win in net, as the Scarlet Knights improved to 7-2-2.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/13/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover overcomes early two-goal deficit to down archrival Central Catholic

LAWRENCE — The start couldn’t have been worse for Andover boys hockey.
Just 2:19 into play on Saturday, the Golden Warriors found themselves trailing 2-0 after archrival Central Catholic’s first two shots of the game found the back of the net.
“We were shocked when they put in the quick two goals,” said Golden Warrior forward Evan Arpin. “But we still believed it was our game. We were mad, but coach reminded us it could still be our game, and to stick to the game plan. Once we responded, we felt good.”
Andover bounced back with two goals before the end of the first, and it was all Golden Warriors from there on the way to a 5-2 victory over Central at the Valley Forum in Lawrence.
“This is a huge win,” said junior Leo Byers, who scored two goals. “Every win is huge, but this one really meant a lot to us. We’ve really worked hard. To get a win against our archrivals always means a lot.”
Early on Saturday, however, the Golden Warriors (5-2-1) faced an uphill battle after the fast star by Central (2-7-2).
Only 58 seconds into play, senior defenseman Steve Birch gave the Raiders the lead with a goal. Then, just 1:21 later, Matt Lajoie made it 2-0 Central, taking a pass from Charles LeCalin and finding the back of the net. 
Right away, Andover coach Chris Kuchar called a time out.
“I asked them if they were ready to play hockey,” said Kuchar. “We came out flat. Two goals on two shots. We told the kids we had to regroup because there was a long way to go. We had to hit the reset button, take a deep break and start playing hockey because the game was far from over.”
Andover cut the deficit to one with 3:45 left in the first period on a Michael Feeney goal.
Then, with just 0:02 left in the first, Sam Murray beat the buzzer with a shot to make it 2-2 heading into the break.
“That was a huge momentum swing,” said Kuchar. “Instead of going to the locker room trailing by a goal, we go in tied, and that’s huge. We felt like, if we had a few more minutes, we could have scored a few more. That was a big play.”
Andover controlled play to start the second period, and Arpin gave the Warriors the lead when he came off the left wing and fired a shot between the goalie’s pads. It was the junior’s first goal of the season.
“A shift earlier I didn’t take my shot,” said Arpin. “But the next time I took the shot and it went in. It felt great to give my team the lead.”
It stayed that way until the third, when Scott Lachance slid a beautiful pass in front of the net to Byers, who tapped it home for his second goal of the season.
“I came in on the (line change),” said Byers. “Shane brought the puck in from the right and gave me a great pass. I just had to put it in. It was so exciting.”
Byers then iced the victory with 1:01 left, taking the puck from the opposing blue line and flicking in an empty net goal to close out the scoring.
“We knew we had a comeback in us,” said Byers. “We always find a way to fight back. Adversity never gets us down too bad. We never get down on ourselves. We just keep playing.”
Now winners of three straight, the Golden Warriors will look to sweep the rivalry with Central Catholic when they travel to the Salem Icenter on Feb. 9.
“Central is a great rivalry,” said Kuchar. “They are always at the top of the league, and they will be until someone dethrones them. They’re the standard we shoot for. We’ve always had good games against them, and we knew this year would be no different.”

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/12/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

First goals

Salem boys hockey had nine different goal scorers in a 9-3 win over Manchester Central. Will Caraccio, Tyler Pratt and Jackson Doughty all scored their first goals, while Cam Smalley saw his first time in net and made two saves.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/12/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

LaBossiere’s high-flying goal gives Salem rivalry win

SALEM, N.H. — Nolan LaBossiere took a pass rushing up ice, and attacked the net.
Then, suddenly, he found himself flying through the air.
“A stick got caught up in my skates and I went down,” LaBossiere said. “(While in the air) I tried to move the puck to the other end of my body. And somehow I got it to go between the goalie’s legs.”
LaBossiere’s mid-air goal — reminiscent of Bruins legend Bobby Orr’s iconic flying score — 1:43 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as Salem beat rival Londonderry 3-2 on Wednesday at the Salem Icenter.
“This was a really tough win,” said Salem (4-6, 3-4 Div. 1) tri-captain Chris Wilson. “The first period was a wake-up call. We didn’t play well. So we went out and kept grinding. That’s what we do best. And we got the win.”
The goal for LaBossiere, a sophomore, was his first of the season and second of his career. He scored once as a freshman.
“Being on the third line, you just have to fight the whole game,” said LaBossiere. “We needed this win if we want to make the playoffs. I had the energy, and when I got the pass off the boards I had to make something happen.”
One player that missed the dramatic goal — however — was LaBossiere, who had yet to register a point in nine games going into Wednesday night.
“It was instinct to pull the puck to the other side of my body,” he said. “I was going for the goal. But after I got tripped I didn’t know if it went in. Then I turned my head and saw the puck in the back of the net. Then everyone rushed towards me, It was so thrilling. It was a big adrenaline rush.”
It was a big day for the young Blue Devils, as all three goals were scored by sophomores.
After Londonderry took an early lead, Ryan Allard tied the game with 1:49 left in the first as he deked the goalie and scored. The Lancers responded with a goal 47 seconds later and took a 2-1 advantage into the second period.
Salem stole the momentum with 6:14 left in the second as Austin Salvetti took a pass from Anthony Survilas and buried a power play goal to make it 2-2.
“That was huge!” said Salem coach Mark McGinn. “The goal by Salvetti was a big momentum boost. Just to tie it up, after being down early and fighting back. Against Londonderry it’s usually one-goal games, so to get the edge going into the third is always big.”
LaBossiere then gave Salem the lead just 1:43 into the third with his acrobatic goal.
“That goal was awesome,” said McGinn. “We worked on that play some, but it doesn’t usually look like that. He flew into the zone, got behind the defense and got the chip off the glass. The guys will believe it works now. 
“We like that three sophomores scored goals today. And (fellow sophomore Ryan) Pappalardo had an assist. It’s good to build their confidence.”
Londonderry mustered one final flurry with the goalie pulled in the final seconds. But Blue Devils goalie Brady Roux was up to the task, his best save a split to kick the puck away with his right skate.
Salem then celebrated in front of its loud fan section.
“We came out and worked hard,” said Wilson. “The younger guys stepped up and are really producing. It’s great to see LaBossiere dropped the shoulder in front of the net. We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves. We just have to keep working hard. But we feel good right now.”

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/09/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Best of Beeley

Ian Beeley scored twice to lead Methuen boys hockey to a 4-1 win over Haverhill.


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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/09/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Owls on the board

Junior Jake Murphy tallied his first hat trick and sophomore Connor Pelletier scored his first varsity goal as Timberlane hockey earned its first win of the year, 8-2, over Sanborn.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/09/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hat trick night

Owen Laroucos tallied a hat trick and Windham rolled over Manchester Central 10-2 on Saturday. The Jaguars are unbeaten (4-0-1) since a season-opening loss to Concord.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/06/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Special teams help red-hot North Andover top Haverhill

NORTH ANDOVER — For the second time in less than two weeks, Haverhill kept high-flying North Andover from finding the back of the net until the second period. 
But just like the day after Christmas, the Scarlet Knights exploded once their special teams kicked in.

North Andover scored twice with a man advantage and another while short-handed Sunday evening in a 4-0 victory over Haverhill at
Merrimack College in the third annual Matthew Harty Scholarship Night. 
The Knights are 5-0-1 in their past six while outscoring opponents by a combined 26-5.
“Both times playing Haverhill, we’ve only scored one five-on-five goal,” North Andover coach Peter Marfione said, referring to the Knights’ earlier 7-2 victory. “And on the two power-play goals (on Sunday), both the first and second units scored.”
The Knights (4-1-1 MVC/DCL, 6-2-2 overall) scored the game’s only full-strength goal 40 seconds into the second period when Kyle Hooley pushed the puck through the five-hole after taking a great centering pass from fellow senior TJ Fredo, who was skating down the right-side boards.
North Andover upped the lead a little more than 2 minutes later when sophomore Dario DiBlasi connected off a pass from Shaun McKay.
Despite having a couple power-play opportunities itself, including a five-on-three situation, Haverhill (0-5, 1-6-1) was unable to get anything past Knights goalie Jack Walsh, who is settling in behind the net after sitting the early part of the season as a two-way star on North Andover’s state championship football squad.
“It was tough watching those first couple games and not being out there with the boys,” Walsh said. “Now that I’m back, it’s a great feeling. I’m putting everything out there I can do to help my team get a win. It’s good to be back.”
A pair of youngsters hooked up for the prettiest goal of the night early in the fourth while short-handed. With the puck in Haverhill’s zone, freshman Charlie Dean muscled his way into a steal in the left circle before calmly finding sophomore Adam Heinze streaking down the slot. Heinze found the top shelf for a 3-0 lead.
“Charlie had a hard forecheck because he saw the puck was not taken by a Haverhill player,” said Heinze, who scored his third goal of the season and added two assists. “No one was covering me, so he gave me a great pass, and then it was just a good shot.”
For Dean, who played eight years with Heinze on the Valley Junior Warriors, it was his team-best 11th point of the season.
“We have a lot of young guys out there this year, but we also have our older guys producing when we need them, too,” Walsh said. “But it’s good when our younger guys get going. A lot of teams don’t know what’s coming because we have so much depth.”
Fredo capped the scoring on a power-play goal with 3:02 remaining, pounding back a rebound off a Jake Sitak shot.
Haverhill managed only nine shots on net, while Billy St. Amand made 28 saves.
“We’re struggling putting the puck in the net,” Hillie coach Joe Roberts said. “But our goalie is playing really well, and our team defense is actually doing OK. There was only one five-on-five goal, which has been the case. (The Knights’ first goal) was the sixth (full-strength goal allowed) all year. If we stay out of the (penalty) box, we’ll be fine.”
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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/06/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warriors beat No. 5 Hingham

Patrick Archambault scored his second goal of the game with just over three minutes left to lead Andover to a huge 3-2 win over Hingham, which was ranked No. 5 in the state. The Warriors had been shut out their past three games, but came through against one of the best teams in the state. 

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/05/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

St. Thomas Aquinas 8, Timberlane 1

Junior Tim Bedard, a third-year starter, had a whopping 52 saves for Timberlane but it wasn't enough as St. Thomas posted the 8-1 win on Wednesday night.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/03/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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