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Concord-Carlisle ends Haverhill's playoff run

LOWELL — The fight song might have been sung on last night's final bus ride, but Haverhill's hockey season ended on a sour note at the Tsongas Center.

Unable to build on the one-goal advantage they took into the second period, the Hillies' stunning run through Division 2 North sectional ended in a 4-1 loss to ninth-seeded Concord Carlisle.

Although the 11th-seeded Hillies (11-8-5) failed to advance to the state final, the disappointing loss couldn't dampen the glow on Haverhill's special late-season push which featured victories in seven of its previous nine.

The last couple weeks probably have been the best weeks of my life," said senior defenseman Robb Budds, who scored Haverhill's lone goal. "I didn't really expect ever to go this far. Our goal here was just to make it farther than we did last year (below the .500 mark with a first-round loss).

"To be here this far is really special. I wouldn't want to do it with anyone else, than with these teammates. It's the best team I've ever played on."

The Hillies five-game winning streak began with back-to-back 5-1 victories to close out the regular season just to earn a berth. They then went through sixth-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury (4-3), third-seeded Winthrop (3-2) and second-seeded North Reading (2-1) to reach the title match. In the playoffs, six different players recorded at least one goal and another five had at least one assist.

"We're obviously disappointed but these kids have no idea what they've accomplished," third-year coach Joe Roberts said. "I played (at Haverhill) for four years, my assistant (coaches) played four years and we never saw a playoff game. It's a win just to get this far. It's a huge accomplishment."

Last night, the Hillies opened strong against the Patriots as Budd powered home a slapper from the point off assists from Jordan Perez and Eric Michitson with 8:20 left in the first.

"I wanted to score two — that was my goal," Budds said of his goal that beat CC netminder Leon Paladjian on the glove side. "But I couldn't get another one in. We just kind of lost our game plan. We have so much more speed than them. We wanted to take it wide and pound the net, but we didn't do that."

Concord-Carlisle (14-6-4) was the only squad to find the back of the net the remainder of the game. The Patriots scored twice in the second — the first came on a rebound of the fourth shot Haverhill goalie Mike Gleason saw in a matter of seconds. The Patriots secured matters with two more in the third.

"All the boys played their hearts out," said Gleason, who stopped 19 shots on the night and 138 in the four sectional matches. "But we got a couple of unlucky bounces. But we've learned you just can't give up on ourselves as a team. In reality, we aren't the best team to come out of Haverhill High. But we've gone the furthest because we're so tight and care about each other."

But, hopefully those final two periods won't be what this shocking group of Hillies accomplished with their incredible run.

"Sometimes this is the kind of success that gets guys to stay (in the program)," Roberts said. "These kids have helped our program, and it's only going to make us stronger."

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Boys Ice Hockey, 03/09/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Cinderella Hillies topple Hornets behind 44 Gleason saves

BILLERICA — With every North Reading shot, the net seemed to shrink, while Haverhill’s Michael Gleason loomed larger and larger.

By the time the third period rolled around, well, you just weren’t going to beat the 6-foot-3 Hillie goalie.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 03/05/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Haverhill hockey advances

Mike Gleason was again a force in net, making 35 saves as No. 11 Haverhill continued its playoff run by upsetting No. 3 Winthrop 3-2 last night in the Division 2 North quarterfinals.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies qualify

Haverhill High qualified for the postseason for the second straight year via a 5-1 win over Methuen in the Hillies' regular season finale. Freshman Cam Berube, Kyle Gosselin and Josh Goldstein all had a goal and an assist for the winners.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/19/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Nearing tourney


Haverhill's boys hockey team improved to 7-7-5 with a dominating 5-1 win over Rockport in the Newburyport Bank tournament. Jon Langlois had a hat trick for the Hillies and Kyle Gosselin had three assists. Eric Michitson added a goal and an assist.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/18/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Gleason scores shutout

Haverhill's Mike Gleason made 25 saves as the Hillies beat North Andover 3-0. Kyle Gosselin scored twice and Eric Michitson added the other goal.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Goldstein leads rally

Haverhill spotted Boston Latin a three-goal lead then rallied with four goals in the third, as the Hillies earned a 5-3 victory. Josh Goldstein scored two goals and Kyle Gosselin had a goal and two assists for the winners.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 02/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillie stunner

Josh Goldstein, Connor Fitzpatrick and Tanner Campbell scored and Mike Gleason made 27 saves as Haverhill earned a stunning 3-2 win over Tewksbury. The Redmen entered with a 9-1 record and had beaten the Hillies, who are now 4-4-4, by a 3-0 score on Dec. 17. The Redmen were ranked 19th in the ESPNBoston statewide poll.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dickson leads Methuen's young guns

METHUEN — Both the Rangers (winless) and the Hillies from Haverhill (undefeated) brought mini three-game streaks into last night's Merrimack Valley Conference affair.

And both of those streaks were snapped.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/14/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

As good as gold

Josh Goldstein scored twice in Haverhill boys hockey's 6-1 victory over Cambride Rindge & Latin. 

Eric Michitson, Conor O'Neil, Jon Langlois and Kyle Therrien also added goals.

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/06/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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