Hockey Recaps Archive

Wednesday 12/9:

Pomfret 1-4 Loomis Chaffee

The Pelicans are rolling and stay unbeaten as they finished with a two goal third period to skate past a winless Pomfret team, 4-1. Two goals from Justin Grillo ’17 powered LC to their fourth win of the season. You can watch a reply of the game on the link in the tweet below:

Pomfret let up two goals in the first period, but cut the lead in half in the second period on a goal by Brad Kittrel ’16, and went into the second intermission only down 2-1. Loomis, however, didn’t give the Griffins anything in the final frame and secured the win.

Loomis couldn’t have asked for a better start after their Elite Eight worthy 21-5-1 season last year which was ended in the quarterfinals by eventual three-peat champion Salisbury. Loomis travels to Canterbury on Saturday and then Choate on Monday before the critical Christmas Classic tournament at Avon Old Farms.

-Jake de Saint Phalle

Salisbury 6-1 Hotchkiss 

Salisbury continued their recent success against their next-door neighbor. Over the past three seasons, Salisbury is 4-0-1 against the Bearcats and have outscored them 31-10. Cole Poliziani ’16 led the Knight’s potent scoring attack with two goals and an assist. Salisbury had two quick bursts that deflated Hotchkiss, one at the beginning of the second period that resulted in three goals in 1:15 and then another towards the end of the game with two in 45 seconds. Salisbury goaltender Nick Sorgio ’17 kept the Bearcats at bay with 26 saves.

Hotchkiss could not build momentum off their win over Canterbury, and they now face a nine day layoff before they travel to Milton Academy to play in the Flodd Marr Tournament. Salisbury, meanwhile, faces a tough matchup against the revitalized Kent Lions who are also undefeated. That game is at Salisbury Saturday night at 7:00 PM.

-Jake de Saint Phalle

Kent 3-1 Brunswick

The Kent Lions have come roaring back to the fore of prep school hockey after a disappointing 11-12-2 season last year.

Kent potted all three of its goals in the second period to put themselves in pole position to seal the victory, despite an early third period goal from Jack Stephenson, his second of the season.

The winning goals came in from the usual suspects in Satchel Clendenin and Teddy Simson, but so far this year, there’s been another face in the mix.

If early-season action is any indicator, defenseman Kyle Delmaestro could be in for a big season. The Syosset, NY native finished last season with 2 goals and 7 assists, good for 0.45ppg. But already the ’97 has equalled his goal tally and earned 43% of the assists from the 14-15 campaign. Still only a junior, Delmaestro could become a pivotal member of the team’s success.

Two scrimmages aside (both wins), Kent raised a few eyebrows with an uncharacteristic 7-4 loss to Tabor to open the season but followed that up with impressive wins over Exeter in overtime and now a 3-1 win over a Brunswick team that took the region by surprise last year.

Up next for the Lions is the trip to Salisbury, CT to face with the three-time and current defending champs in the Knights, who are 4-0 on the season though with a kinder slate of games. We will get a real look at both Kent and Salisbury this Saturday night for a 7:00PM puck drop.

-Caleb Sonneland

Northfield Mount Hermon 1-3 Deerfield 

Trinity-Pawling 5-3 Albany Academy

Choate 1-3 Westminster

Taft 4-4 Avon Old Farms

Saturday 12/12:

Elite Eight:

#1 Salisbury 6-2 Kent

#4 Cushing 4-5 (OT) #2 Exeter 

Tilton 2-3 (OT) #3 Kimball Union

#5 Westminster 5-2 Brunswick

Governor’s 0-7 #6 Milton

Northfield Mount Hermon 0-5 #7 Berkshire

Canterbury 1-1 #8 Loomis Chaffee

Founders League:

Trinity-Pawling 0-5 Avon Old Farms

Westminster 5-2 Brunswick

Deerfield 4-3 (OT) Choate

Salisbury 6-2 Kent

Canterbury 1-1 Loomis Chaffee

Sunday 12/13:

Founders League:

Avon Old Farms 3-3 Deerfield

Tournament Champions:

Avon Christmas Classic: Avon Old Farms 

Flood Marr: Westminster

Lawrenceville: Canterbury

Monday 1/4:

Elite Eight:

#2 Kimball Union 9-3 Kents Hill

#3 Exeter 2-0 St. Andrew’s College

Tabor 3-2 (OT) #6 Milton

Wednesday 1/6:

Elite Eight:

Brooks 3-2 (OT) #3 Exeter

Millbrook 2-1 #8 Berkshire

Founders League:

Brunswick 3-0 Taft

Pomfret 1-4 Deerfield

Kent 0-4 Gunnery

Thursday 1/7:

Elite Eight:

New Hampton 2-#2 Kimball Union

#6 Milton 3-3 Belmont Hill

Friday 1/8:

Elite Eight:

#4 Cushing 5-2 #1 Westminster

Saturday 1/9:

Elite Eight:

Trinity Pawling 4-5 (OT) #1 Westminster

Westminster, ranked #1 in the Founders League, had a tough battle against The Pride at Tirrell Arena on Saturday.

Trinity Pawling started strong when Zach Mazur ‘17 slapped in his first goal of the season 59 seconds into the game. Then, Martlet J.P Schuhlen ‘17 tied it up just before the end of the first period at the 16:26 mark.

During the second period, both teams earned a combined 18 penalty minutes which proved the physicality of the game. Westy’s Brett Roenick ‘16 was able to put one in the back of the net 4 minutes into the 2nd. A minute later, Taggart Corriveau ‘16 from Westy scored another. The Pride were able to catch up, but Westy lead at the end of the period with 4-3.

T-P dominated the start of the period and was eventually able to tie it up which brought the game into overtime. With one minute left in OT, Johnny McDermott ‘16 from Westminster ended the game making the final score 5-4. T-P’s goalie Justin Lampert ’17 finished the game with 31 saves.

On Wednesday, Trinity Pawling will travel to Kent to face the Lions and Westminster will stay home to battle Taft.

By Paige Madigan

#2 Exeter 7-0 St. Paul’s

Tilton 3-6 #3 Milton

Taft 2-3 #4 Avon Old Farms

A little over eight minutes after Taft scored a power play equalizer, Jake Witkowski ’16 of the Winged Beavers took the puck from end to end before dishing it off to Tyler Carangelo ’16 who buried it for the game-winning goal.

Beforehand, the Rhinos refused to go away after going down 1-0 and then 2-1, but the shots say otherwise. Avon handily outshot Taft by a 50-17 margin as Andrew Farrier ’17 stood tall against a barrage of Avon shots. He kept the Rhinos in the game despite Avon controlling possession for most of the contest. The 47 saves brings Farrier to an impressive .928 save percentage on the season.

Witkowski came in as a PG this year and has been one of the best additions to the team. He has five goals and eleven assists through ten games this year so far. He started out on Avon’s top line, but after a few early season duds Coach John Gardner decided to move him to the second line where he has thrived with returner Carangelo. Christmas Classic

The 2015 Christmas Classic Champions picked up right where they left off as Jamie Armstrong ’16 deflected in a Ryan Ashe ’17 slapshot from the point just 1:18 into the game. From there, they continued to put shots on net but failed to add to the scoreboard.

Taft came out strong in the second as Will Bailey ’16 scored his first goal of the season just 1:25 after the puck-drop. Avon answered with a one-timer goal by Matt Horton ’16 just two minutes later who was left alone in front after juniors Will Christensen and John Giatrelis double teamed a Taft defender in the corner.

Taft again made it interesting after they took advantage of a penalty Avon took late in the second period. The power play carried over into the third period where it only took them 1:19 to tie up the game. The goal sparked the Rhino crowd before Avon promptly put the game away for good.

Matt Ladd ’16 started for the Winged Beavers and had 15 saves on 17 shots. Avon hosts Hotchkiss and Kent this week on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

After a strong start to the season, the Rhinos have now lost four straight. They look to rebound when they travel to Simsbury, CT to take on #1 ranked Westminster this Wednesday.

By Jake de Saint Phalle

#5 Kimball Union 8-4 #6 Cushing 

After losses to Milton and Westminster, Kimball Union, now No. 4 in New England according to USHR, is officially back on track by doubling up the previously ranked No. 6 Cushing Penguins. The game was actually kept pretty close through two periods as KUA only held a slight 5-3 scoring advantage. Cushing, however, was simply unable to keep up with KUA’s high-powered offense that has scored 25 goals in the past three games alone.

The Wildcats jumped off to a great start and took a two-goal advantage into the first intermission off the sticks of seniors Nic Hamre and Patrick Shea. Shea would go on to score another and Hamre would add an assist for two points apiece, although it would be Jack Doherty ’16 who would lead KUA in points with three apples.

The second period saw back and forth action as each team tallied three goals in a great offensive display. Jack Dodd ’16 of Cushing did all he could to try and get his team back in the game with two goals in that second period.

Kimball Union’s remaining goal scorers were Ben Finklestein ’16, Bobby Young ’17, Alex Heinritz ’17, Jordan Harris ’19, and Mike Lombardi ’17. Elijah Harris ’16 got the nod for the Wildcats and stopped 26 of Cushing’s 30 shots. Kimball Union plays at Vermont Academy this Wednesday who they beat 11-2 earlier in the season before returning home to welcome Tabor.

Cushing’s two other goals came off Jacob Kamps ’16 and TJ Walsh ’18. TJ Walsh has been a great addition for the Penguins so far after an injury kept him out of their first several games. He has 12 points in 10 games played. Cushing’s goalie Joey Halstrom ’17 had an off day and only stopped 23 of the 30 shots he faced before he was pulled in favor of Andrew Engel ’19 who saw his first game action this season. He made four saves on the five shots he faced.

Cushing, despite an impressive win over former No. 1 Westminster, has now dropped two of their last three contests. They face both Tabor and Deerfield at home this week as they aim to turn things around.

By Jake de Saint Phalle

#7 Salisbury 4-1 Deerfield 

Now back to full strength, Salisbury avenged the eyebrow-raising 1-0 loss to Deerfield in the Flood Marr tournament back in December.

Things went more smoothly this time around as the defending New England champs hung a 4-1 win on the visiting Big Green with the goals coming from four different outlets in Cole Poliziani, Tyce Thompson (Providence), Jack Deboer (BU commit and son of San Jose coach Pete Deboer), and Nick Hale.

Deerfield struggled to generate much offense and only tested Salisbury netminder Capriotti 18 times, with the Ontario native letting one slip past.

Deerfield will look to rebound against Loomis Chaffee and Cushing this weekend to try and get some consistency on the season, but a young LC squad will be hoping to do the same and Cushing is no easy result, so the Big Green will have its work cut out.

The Knights have a big-time clash coming up with Westminster this Saturday at 3PM. Westy were atop the USHR rankings until this past weekend, when they snuck away from Pawling, NY with a 5-4 OT win. The winner of that game will undoubtedly boost its profile around New England and bolster its early bid for the Elite Eight.

By Bart Gardella

Winchendon 2-5 #8 Gunnery

Founders League:

Kent 1-3 Loomis Chaffee

The Loomis Chaffee Pelicans took to the ice Saturday, playing their first game since returning from a winter break hockey trip in Switzerland. The Kent Lions hosted LC, looking to put a damper on their high spirits.

But the Lions did no such thing, falling to the Pelicans 3-1 in a game well played by both sides.

Sophomore Joey Cipollone ‘18 opened the scoring in the first, followed in the second period by Griffin Welch ‘16, assisted by Trent DeNuccio ‘18, to put the Pelicans up 2-0.

Nonetheless, the mighty Lions wouldn’t go down without a fight, as Gustav Lundin ‘17 would bury one past LC keeper Tim Birarelli ‘16 to make the score 2-1.

From there the game was neck and neck, until LC scored a goal on a Kent empty net in the final moments of the game.

Kent will meet Millbrook at home Monday, January 11th, while Loomis will face-off against Deerfield, Wednesday the 13th, also at home.

By Nate Blumenthal

Millbrook 3-6 Hotchkiss

MILLBROOK – In an unusual 4-on-3 power play opportunity, Hotchkiss’s Haukeen Washington ’18 capitalized and gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Up until this goal, though, Hotchkiss hadn’t led Millbrook the entire game. In contrast from what one would think when seeing the final score of 6-3, Millbrook actually had a lead through most of the second period.

That was before the Bearcats went on an absolute tear and scored 5 unanswered goals. Although it did take a while for Hotchkiss to gain a lead on the scoreboard, they dominated the whole game when it came to shots. When all was said and done, Hotchkiss outshot Millbrook 40-13.

Hotchkiss’s goalie, Kyle St. Dennis ’16 accumulated 10 saves in this win including one on a Millbrook breakaway in the third period.

With this win, Hotchkiss improved to 4-4. Their next game is a Founders League matchup against the team that’s currently top-ranked in New England, AOF.

By Michael Giamalis 

Taft 2-3 Avon Old Farms

See Elite Eight for recap.

Andover 3-2 Choate 

On Saturday afternoon, Choate (3-5-1) traveled north to Andover Massachusetts, to face off against Phillips Andover Academy (5-6-1).

The Wild Boars of Choate began the season on a three-game losing streak, and now coming off the Lawrenceville tournament, they looked to improve upon their early missteps. Likewise, Andover struggled up in Boston at the Flood Marr, where they failed to bring home a single win.

Both teams looked to solidify a strong start after returning from Winter Break. The first two periods saw both teams score and show solid penalty killing skills. Andover’s Ty Levine ’16 racked up two goals and one assist. The grace of senior goalie Matt Schoen, who put on a 33-save performance, allowed Andover to outlast Choate.

Andover takes on Tilton Academy at home this Wednesday as they look to maintain their winning ways at home. While Choate looks ahead to Canterbury School at home as they hope to bounce back after a tough loss.

By Bart Gardella 

Trinity Pawling 4-5 (OT) Westminster

See Elite Eight for recap.

Salisbury 4-1 Deerfield

See Elite Eight for recap.

Monday 1/11:

Founders League:

Hotchkiss 1-3 Brunswick

Wednesday 1/13:

Elite Eight:

#3 Westminster 1–2 Taft

SIMSBURY – Westminster continues to slide after failing to comeback from a two goal deficit against Taft on Wednesday. It was not too long ago the Martlets held the #1 spot in New England according to the USHR Prep Poll, but since their 5-2 loss to Cushing last Friday, they have struggled to show why they were ranked that high in the first place. Their previous game, an OT victory against an unranked T-P, was too close for comfort, and especially too close for a team looking to take on the Elite Eight Tournament.CYoSEvkUsAAP_nX

The Martlets have no shortage of talent, and have shown their potential against teams like Kimball Union and Brunswick earlier this season. It is not time for panic mode by any means since this is only their second loss of the season, but these are the games that they have to win if they expect to make the Elite Eight. There is no reason they cannot bounce back from this, but their ranking should be expected to drop significantly after this week.

Looking to stop their losing streak, the Taft Rhinos came ready to play , taking the lead around 13 minutes into the first period with a powerplay goal scored by Matteo Mangiardi ’17 and assisted by Jordan Tonelli ’19. The Rhinos extended their lead early in the second period with another goal assisted by Tonelli that was scored by fellow freshman, Shea Courtmanche. Also notable was the lights-out performance by Taft goaltender and Montreal native, Andrew Farrier ’17. He saved 33 of the 34 shots he faced.

The Martlets will look to return to their winning ways against Pomfret on Friday and the Rhinos will attempt to keep their momentum at Choate this Saturday.

With this game Taft improved to 5-6-1. Four of those losses came in the four games they played before their Wednesday matchup against Westy. It will be interesting to see if this win over an exceptional team will give the Rhinos a bit of momentum moving forward.

By Michael Giamalis
#1 Avon 7–1 Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss Bearcats (4-5) traveled to Jennings Fairchild  Rink in Avon, CT to take on the Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers (7-1-2), who are currently ranked #1 in New England. The Bearcats entered the game with hopes of bouncing back after a tough home loss to Brunswick (11-2-2) back on Monday.

The first period was an offensive surge conducted by the Winged Beavers, as they beat Hotchkiss goalie Carter Pearen ’18 five times. Avon seniors Jake Witkowski and Adam Karashik both found the net twice in the first period. This rush of scoring sent Goalie Pearen ‘18 to the bench to be replaced by senior Kyle St. Denis.

After a brief intermission the two teams returned to the ice for the second period. This period saw a physical battle as the Bearcats fought to get back in the game. The Winged Beavers controlled the puck for the majority of the period and held long possessions, one of which led to senior Captain Tyler Carangelo scoring off a well aimed pass from Jake Witkowski. Down 6-0, Hotchkiss pressured the Avon on defense and took more chances with the hope of beating Avon’s Junior goalie Brandon Schellin. Hauken Washington ‘18 of Atlanta, Georgia did just that and brought the score to 6-1 heading into the third period.

The final period of play saw both teams maintain long possessions. The Bearcats began to find more scoring opportunities off slap shots led by sophomore defenseman Adam Johnson. Avon Old Farms won the faceoff battle 11 to 16 in the third period. Forward Jamie Armstrong ‘16 added to the Winged Beavers lead making it 7-1 and that would be the final score.

Hotchkiss falls to (4-6) and looks onto Loomis this weekend, as they hope to avoid a three game losing streak.  Avon Old Farms jumps to (8-1-2) as they approach the meat of their schedule tackling Elite 8 candidates Salisbury (8-3), Westminster (8-2), and Gunnery (11-4-1) in the coming weeks.

By Bart Gardella

#8 Cushing 3–5 Tabor

On Wednesday, Tabor Academy traveled to Cushing Academy to face the Penguins and came out on top. Within the first two minutes, Cushing took the lead, scoring off a rebound from a skate. Ten minutes later, Tabor’s Alex Cabana would score his first goal of the year.

Cushing came out with lots of determination in the second period. At 11:41 they shot one in during a power play. Directly afterwards, they managed to register another goal on a break away. This brought the game to 3-1 in favor of the Penguins. The Seawolves did not go away, though, as Nick Godin shot it in off a rebound with 3:46 left in the period. Tabor was determined to even it up in the third.

Ed Hannon ‘17 tied it up for Tabor two minutes into the third period. Then, he assisted on sophomore Max Sauve’s goal to give Tabor the lead. Tabor sealed the deal by scoring on an empty net with nine seconds left in the third period, bringing the score to 5-3.

Both goalies, Jeremie Forget ‘17 of the Seawolves and Joey Halstrom ‘17 of the Penguins, made 28 saves in the game. Next Tabor will take on St. Georges, and Cushing will take on Deerfield at home.

By Paige Madigan

#5 Exeter 3–0 Governor’s

Vermont Academy 0–5#4 Kimball Union Academy

St. Paul’s School 2–6 #2 Milton Academy

Founders League:

Kent 2–2 Trinity Pawling

So far both Kent (2-6-1) and Trinity-Pawling (2-7-1) have gotten off the slow starts in the New Year. At Kent on Saturday, the home team was able to rally from behind to break their three game losing streak, as well as a two game losing streak for the Pride.

Trinity-Pawling jumped out the an early 1-0 lead with a goal five minutes in. Just a minute later, the Pride expanded their lead to two. TP was able to hold the lead through the first, but just five minutes into the second Kent cut the lead in half when Jeremy Routh ’18 buried a shot off an Augie Burkhardt ’17 pass.

In the third period, Kent was able to complete the comeback and tie the game at two. The two teams battled hard for the rest of the third and in overtime to try and break the tie, but nothing was getting past either goalie and when the final horn sounded the outcome was a 2-2 tie.

Kent will head to Avon on Saturday to try and avenge their earlier 10-1 loss to the Winged Beavers in the Christmas Classic final. Trinity Pawling will head to Deerfield.

By Jason Barnes

#3 Westminster 1–2 Taft

See Elite Eight for recap

#1 Avon Old Farms 7–1 Hotchkiss

See Elite Eight for recap

Choate 2–2 Canterbury

With both teams looking to rebound from one goal losses, each left with a frustrating tie. Canterbury ended the scoring action 9:53 into the second period off Travis Schneider ’16 tenth goal of the year. The rest of the game was played to an even tie with no overtime period included.

The only real flurry of chances/scoring came in the first three minutes of the second period when Ryan Marks ’17 of Canterbury tied the game at one. Just 25 seconds later, however, Choate regained the lead when Eric Linell ’16 buried one.

The teams were also fairly even in shots with the Saints getting the slight edge at 29 to 27.

Choate, coming off a successful 2014-15 campaign that saw them come up short in the quarter finals of the Large Schools Tournament, started this season with three straight losses and have not yet recovered from the slow start. Three of their five losses, however, have come to teams that have been ranked in the top ten by USHR at some point this season. Overall, they are 2-4-3 and look to start turning some of these strong performances into wins. They face an unpredictable Taft squad this Saturday at home.

Canterbury, meanwhile, have had an up and down season and have not been more than two wins together which has resulted in a 5-4-5 record in New England play. They host an  impressive Albany Academy team this Saturday.

By Jake de Saint Phalle

Friday 1/15:

Elite Eight:

#8 Cushing 5-2 Deerfield

#3 Westminster 4-0 Pomfret

Brooks 0-4 #2 Milton

Founders League:

Cushing 5-2 Deerfield

Westminster 4-0 Pomfret


Saturday 1/16:

Elite Eight:

#1 Avon Old Farms 5-0 Kent

#7 Salisbury 5-3 #3 Westminster

#5 Exeter 7-0 Andover

Moses Brown 0-8 #2 Milton

#6 Gunnery 2-0 Stanstead College

Founders League:

Avon Old Farms 5-0 Kent

Salisbury 5-3 Westminster

Loomis Chaffee 3-2 (OT) Hotchkiss

Trent DeNuccio ’18 was relentless, scoring all three of Loomis Chaffee’s goals as the Pelicans trumped the Bearcats 3-2 in an overtime thriller.

In a game ripe with penalties and intensity, the two teams kept the Pelicans’ home crowd on the edge of their seats for the entirety of the matchup.

The game was tied 2-2 going into the third period, with Hotchkiss’s goals supplied by Jon Porreca ’17 and Chris Theodore ’17.

A total of four penalties were dished in the third period, two for both team, a tribute to how badly both teams wanted to claim the advantage over their opposition. Neither team would get the game-winner in the third, so the contest continued into overtime.

With four minutes left in OT, DeNuccio clinched the hat trick and the game-winner, finishing what was an inspiring performance for the LC sophomore, an example of the young talent the Pelicans have in their arsenal.

The loss was Hotchkiss’s seventh and they now stand at 4-7, though any coach would be proud of the fight the Bearcats put up against the Pelicans.

LC now stands at 12-2-3, a record bloated due to their Switzerland trip over winter break. Nonetheless, the Pelicans have proved they are a strong but not spectacular team that will probably be seeded in the top half of the Large School New England Tournament.

By Nate Blumenthal

Deerfield 2-3 Trinity-Pawling 

Choate 5-3 Taft


Sunday 1/17:

Elite Eight

#Kimball Union 3-4 Tabor


Monday 1/18:

Elite Eight and Founders League:

Trinity-Pawling 3-6 #4 Gunnery

Choate 0-5 #6 Salisbury


Wednesday 1/20:

Elite Eight:

Tabor 1-2 (OT) #3 Exeter 

#7 Cushing 5-4 (OT) Thayer

NMH 4-7 #1 Avon Old Farms

Trinity-Pawling 1-4 #6 Salisbury

#4 Kimball Union 4-0 Deerfield

The Kimball Union Wildcats got back to winning ways with a thorough 4-0 win over Deerfield in Meriden, NH yesterday.

Finkelstein carries the puck for the Wildcats.

St. Lawrence commit Ben Finkelstein ’16 potted two goals on the day to propel the home team past the Big Green. Finkelstein came off a healthy 0.92 ppg season last year and continues his strong play this season as the Vermont native added two more goals to his tally.

Finkelstein was joined on the stat sheet by teammate Kyle Shero, who also found the back of the net twice to bring the Wildcats’ record to 15-3-1 after a tough 4-3 loss to a Tabor team that has given some of New England’s best teams a run for their money this season.

Despite a relatively soft schedule, KUA has put up big scores against good teams with wins coming over Salisbury and Cushing but marking losses to fellow Elite 8 contenders Milton Academy and Westminster.

KUA gets back after it tomorrow with a road trip to Brewster Academy before hosting Stanstead College on Saturday to try and fortify the Wildcats’ Elite 8 bid.

Deerfield dropped its third-straight game in addition to getting blanked by the Wildcats and will look to get back on track with a Saturday night trip to Choate, who is coming off a 3-1 win over Berkshire.

The Big Green edged the Boars 4-3 earlier in the season. Puck drops at 7PM.

By Caleb Sonneland

#4 Gunnery 7-1 Millbrook

Lawrence 3-2 (OT) #2 Milton

Founders League:

Loomis Chaffee 3-1 Taft

The LC Pelicans conquered the Taft Rhinos 3-1 Wednesday, solidifying their standing as a possible elite eight team after #7 Cushing had a weak showing against Thayer.

Taft played a decent game, scoring in the third but playing their best in the second by keeping the puck in LC’s zone for much of the period.

After the Pelicans’ Connor Leighton ‘18 opened the scoring in the first period Loomis would have the lead for the rest of the game.

The other three goals of the game would be scored in the third, one each for LC’s Trent DeNuccio ‘18 and TK Murphy ‘16 and Taft’s Matteo Mangiardi ‘17 who was assisted by freshman Jordan Tonelli and junior Jérémie Lavallée.

Taft now falls to 5-8-1, a thoroughly disappointing season.

Loomis improves to 13-2-3 and is now on the cusp of moving up to the Elite Eight after being ranked #9 in USHR’s most recent poll. If #8 Brunswick or #7 Cushing stumbles this weekend and Loomis beats Westminister, it’s likely the Pelicans move up.

By Nate Blumenthal

Canterbury 4-4 Westminster

On Wednesday the Westminster Martlets (9-3-1)  travelled to New Milford, Connecticut to face the Canterbury Saints (6-5-6). The Mallards started their season on a seven game win streak, this effort awarded them #1 in USHR’s hockey rankings. After falling to Cushing, Taft, and Salisbury, they currently reside at #10. In contrast the Saints Have had issues with consistency so far this season, Only pairing back to back wins once.

Westminster was slow to get off the bus and the Saints capitalized as they dominated the first two periods of play scoring 4 goals. Down 4-1 the Martlets turned to Senior Taggart Corriveau (St. Lawrence ‘20) as he sparked his team back into the game with a deflection score in the third. Now down 2 scores Westminster went on the offensive led by Kevin O’Leary ’16 as he fired back 2 goals in the third period forcing overtime.

The first three periods resulted in a 4-4 tie,  which in prep school hockey culminates with an overtime period. Both teams attacked and found  great scoring chances.  Though neither could beat the their opponents goalie. The scoreless overtime resulted in a 4-4 (OT) final.
Westminster looks on to #9 Loomis Chaffee (13-2-3) and crosstown rival #1 Avon Old Farms (10-1-2 in their next two matchups. As the Canterbury Saints look to Taft (5-8-1) and Millbrook (9-6-2).  

By Bart Gardella

NMH 4-7 Avon Old Farms

Trinity-Pawling 1-6 Salisbury

Kimball Union 4-0 Deerfield

See Elite Eight for recap.

Hotchkiss 2-3 Kent

The Lions traveled to Hotchkiss on Wednesday looking to break their 6 game losing streak, while the host Bearcats were looking to break a 5 game slide themselves. Hotchkiss took the lead halfway through the first off of a Chris Theodore goal, the Bearcats took the 1-0 into the first intermission. Kent evened the score early in the second period off of a power play goal from Augie Burkhardt. Teddy Simson won the face-off in the Bearcats zone right back to Burkhardt who ripped a shot over the goalies glove. The Bearcats regained the lead with a goal from Harken Washington to make it a 2-1 game.  The Bearcats did not hold the lead for long, with just 5 minutes remaining in the second Simson flew by a Hotchkiss defender and fired a shot through the goalies five-hole, to even the game at 2 heading into the third period.

Kent was able to build off of this late goal, early in the third the Lions took a 3-2 lead. Evan Gray was able to force a turnover deep in the Bearcats zone, he moved the puck out to Greg Krisberg at the point. Krisberg riffled a shot towards the net, the shot deflected off of Kent player Jack Bloem and into the net. With strong play from goaltender Peter Negron (25 saves), Kent held on to the lead for the entire third period to get the 3-2 win.

Kent will look for another win on Saturday when they host Salisbury. While Hotchkiss will look to break their 6 game losing streak against #3 Exeter at Wesleyan University.

By Jason Barnes

Berkshire 1-3 Choate

Friday 1/22:

Elite Eight:

Brewster Academy 2-6 #4 Kimball Union

Saturday 1/23:

Elite Eight:

Berkshire 4-8 #1 Avon Old Farms

#4 Kimball Union 5-1 Stanstead College

#3 Exeter 5-3 Hotchkiss

Founders League:

Berkshire 4-8 1 Avon Old Farms

Exeter 5-3 Hotchkiss

Westminster 5-1 Loomis Chaffee

Westy piled on the points as the snow piled up outside Saturday, handidly defeating the LC Pelicans 5-1.

The second period started 1-0 Pelicans, but that was no deterrent for the Martlets as they overpowered the Pelicans with a series of powerplay goals. In fact, every Marlet goal came when they had a man-up advantage.

Without a doubt, penalties cost the Pelicans dearly.
All-in-all, Westy proved its worth as it tries to once again crack the Elite 8, and Loomis proved that they will probably be playing in the Large School contest come playoff time.  

By Nate Blumenthal

Sunday 1/24:

Founders League:

Taft 2-1 Northfield Mount Hermon

Monday 1/25:

Elite Eight:

Westminster 1-5 #1 Avon Old Farms

Kent 2-4 #6 Salisbury

Hill 1-2 #8 Brunswick

Founders League:

Westminster 1-5 Avon Old Farms

Kent 2-4 Salisbury

Wednesday 1/27:

Elite Eight:

Loomis Chaffee 3-4 #1 Avon Old Farms

#1 AOF edged past Loomis Wednesday in what was undoubtedly one of the most exciting games of Founders’ League hockey thus far.

The unranked Pelicans gave the number one ranked Winged Beavers a run for their money, staying with a typically superior AOF team in pace and grit even when down in goals.

The Beavers scored three goals on the Pelicans before heading into the third. Nonetheless, a Loomis team that has consistently proved it has charisma and chemistry came out in the third period and responded by tying the game with three unanswered goals.

With nine seconds left before overtime, Beaver leader Patrick Harper ‘16 assisted Jamie Armstrong ‘16 to halt a momentous Loomis comeback. 

Loomis’s goals were scored by four year Pelican hockey vet TK Murphy and sophomore’s Trent DuNuccio and John Barbieri. DeNuccio continues to be a key piece for the Pelicans, having scored at least one goal (six total) in their last four games. 

On roll the Winged Beavers, as they continue to prove they are deserving of the top seed.

By Nate Blumenthal

#6 Salisbury 5-3 #4 Gunnery

Northfield Mount Hermon 2-1 #7 Cushing

#2 Exeter 3-8 #5 Kimball Union

Founders League:

Loomis Chaffee 3-4 Avon Old Farms

See Elite Eight for recap.

Salisbury 5-3 Gunnery

Hotchkiss 6-2 Berkshire

Taft 2-5 Kent

Trinity-Pawling 1-4 Choate 

Westminster 0-1 Deerfield

Friday 1/29:

Elite Eight:

Loomis Chaffee 2-0 #8 Brunswick

#8 Brunswick’s 14 game undefeated streak was snapped by the LC Pelicans on Friday. The unranked Pelicans did a good job of keeping up with and outmaneuvering the Bruins.

Brunswick would fall two goals to zero, one of which came on an empty net in the final seconds of the game.

In a game ripe with rough play and the ref’s whistle (there was a total of 13 penalties), the underdog Pelicans came out on top with the help of Griffin Welch ‘16. Welch scored a beauty of an unassisted goal in the first period, maneuvering through Bruin defenders to get personal with Bruin goalie Brian Ketchabaw ‘16.

The Pelicans would hold the lead for the rest of the game, and widen it with only a minute left with a Trent DeNuccio ‘18 empty-net goal. Tim Birarelli ’16 made 29 saves and kept Brunswick scoreless.

The Pelicans continue to prove they’re worthy of a Large School top seed.

By Nate Blumenthal

#4 Gunnery 4-0 Vermont Academy

#5 Kimball Union 9-0 Tilton

#2 Exeter 2-1 #7 Cushing

Founders League:

Loomis Chaffee 2-0 Brunswick

See Elite Eight for recap.

Saturday 1/30:

Elite Eight:

#1 Avon Old Farms 2-1 Choate

Avon Old Farms took on Choate Saturday night at home in what was an eventful match. Avon lead the game in the first two periods with Sam Timonen ‘17 scoring one at the very end of the first. Then, ten minutes into the second, Brendan Killoy ‘16 got another for Avon.

The Wild Boars were determined to get one in, and right before the buzzer, at 13:44, Eric Linell got one for Choate. Avon would hold on to take the win.

Goaltender Matt Ladd ‘16 had 23 saves. Cal Stewart ‘18, Choate’s goaltender, had 34 saves.

Avon’s record is now 14-1-2, making them #1 in the Founders league. On Wednesday, Avon will take on Westminster at home at 2:30. Choate will travel to Hotchkiss for a 4:00 matchup on Wednesday.

By Paige Madigan

St. Sebastian’s 1-4 #2 Exeter

This past Saturday, the Lion Rampants of Phillips Exeter (16-3-1) traveled to Needham, Massachusetts to face off against the St. Sebastian’s Arrows (11-6) in the acclaimed Henry T. Lane Rink. Exeter looked to continue their winning ways, after riding high off an impressive 2-1 win over Cushing Academy. Which lifted them to #3 in the USHR Rankings and #4 in HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15 poll. Likewise, St. Sebs looked to bounce back after a tough 0-3 loss to ISL rival, Thayer Academy.

After containing the Arrows dangerous powerplay, Phillips Exeter beat goaltender Alex Zafonte ‘17 with a gritty wrist shot and put the Lion Rampants up 1-0 with 8 minutes and 40 seconds left in the first period. Not long after, St. Sebastian’s junior captain Eric Jeremiah rifled a one-timer and equalized the score at 1-1. In the final seconds of the period, Exeter beat the Arrows defense again and went up 2-1 with 4.8 seconds left in the first. The second period started painfully for St. Sebastian’s after giving up an early power play goal to the Lion Ramparts. Phillips Exeter fought hard which resulted in the Arrow defense concession of two goals in the period. This sent the game into the third period with the score of 4-1 PA. The final period was a fast-paced offensive siege with a great effort from both teams. Despite their efforts, all goal scoring attempts were fruitless, as the final score read 4-1.

Phillips Exeter boosts to 17-3-1 as they look to maintain their Elite 8 ambitions against Holderness this Wednesday. Likewise, St. Sebastian’s falls to 11-7 as the Arrows hope to upset highly ranked Milton this week.

By Bart Gardella

#4 Gunnery 8-1 Hill School

#7 Cushing 3-5 Belmont Hill

#6 Salisbury 3-0 Berkshire

#8 Brunswick 5-3 Williston Northampton

Founders League:

Deerfield 5-0 Hotchkiss

Deerfield hosted the Bearcats this Saturday looking to hit their stride, while Hotchkiss attempted to turn their season around. The Big Green got up 1-0 early on in the first period, and there was no looking back from there. Deerfield scored 5 unanswered goals, leading them to a 5-0 victory.

Seniors Andrew Hadley, Brendan O’Connell, John Barry, Mathieu Vigneault, and junior Thomas Dale all had two points in this game to share the team lead for Deerfield. Samuel Vigneault ’17 made 28 saves in his shutout effort. Hotchkiss’ goalie Kyle St. Denis ’16 stopped 26 of 31 shots.

Hotchkiss, who has lost 8 of their last 10 games, will look to salvage their season with a win on the road against Trinity Pawling on Monday. Deerfield will look to push their winning streak to 3 when they travel to face rival Choate on Monday.

By Jason Barnes

Loomis Chaffee 4-1 Andover

Loomis pounced on Andover early on Saturday, scoring three goals in the opening period.

It was all good from there as the lead being held until the final whistle.

The final score was 4-1; two of LC’s goals were scored by sophomore Joseph Cipollone, while Andover sole goal was put in the net by Michael McGrael ‘17.

Loomis’s backup keeper Adin Farhat ‘17 played the entirety of the game and performed to expectation, saving 28 Gunga shots. He now holds a .938 save percentage.

It seems as if a tradition of great goalkeeping will be continued when Timmy Birarelli ‘16 departs at the end of this year. Andover continues it’s disappointing season, while Loomis wins its second in a row. Loomis will face Williston this Wednesday at home in their lone game this week. 

By Nate Blumenthal

Westminster 1-3 Kent

Kent was able to stretch Westminster’s losing streak to three games with a solid 3-1 win over the Marlets. After a physical and fast first period, Kent took a 1-0 lead in the second when Jeremy Routh ’18 buried a rebound off a Greg Krisberg ’16 shot on the power play.

The Lions held this lead through the second, but just one minute into the third the Marlets evened the score a one with a goal from Taggart Corriveau ’16. Kent answered five minutes later when Andrew Rinaldi finished a break away by going high on the goalie, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead. The Lions tacked on another goal with just 20 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Kent received some great goaltending from Peter Negron ’17 which helped them hold the lead for most of the game.

Westminster will look to break their 3 game losing streak on the road at Williston on Monday while Kent will try and build off a solid win against a strong team when they host Taft on Wednesday.

By Jason Barnes

Trinity-Pawling 2-1 Taft

With 14 seconds to go, Trey Aiello ’16 scored off a backdoor feed from John Litscher ’16 to break their three game losing streak. That goal is shown below:

Taft, who hasn’t scored more than three goals in a game since December 9th, have now lost four of their last five and eight of their last ten games. All year the Rhinos have had to rely on steady goaltending by junior Andrew Farrier who boasts a .928 save percentage and has started every game this year for the Rhinos. Farrier turned in a great performance by stopping 39 of the 41 shots he faced in a good rebound game after giving up four goals and being pulled in their 5-2 loss to Kent.

Taft opened up the scoring late in the first period off Jack Sheehan ’18’s first goal of the season. That was as far as the Rhinos would get, however, as Chris Connolly ’17 of TP scored just 3:36 into the second frame. TP eventually would add the game winning-goal with only seconds left on the clock.

TP nearly doubled Taft’s shots as they held a distinct 41-24 advantage in that category. Jacob Hough ’16 got the start for the Pride and made 23 saves.

It was the first meeting of the season between these Founders League schools, and they play again on February 24th. Both teams are currently towards of the bottom of the Founders, with TP (2-6-1) sitting at eight and Taft (1-6-1) at nine. The win catapulted TP over Taft in the standings.

The Pride have a couple tough Founders League games coming up as they welcome Hotchkiss to their barn on Monday and travel to face #6 overall in New England Salisbury. Taft will look to break out of their scoring funk against Kent this Wednesday and avenge their 5-2 loss to them last Wednesday.

By Jake de Saint Phalle

Choate 5-4 (OT) Deerfield

Monday 2/1:

Elite Eight:

#8 Brunswick 2-5 #4 Salisbury

Founders League:

Williston 1-2 Westminster

Trinity-Pawling 4-2 Hotchkiss

Wednesday 2/3:

Elite Eight:

#1 Avon Old Farms 3-0 Westminster

Local rivals Westminster School (11-6-1) and #1 ranked Avon Old Farms (14-1-2) faced off in Jennings-Fairchild Rink this past Wednesday in a rematch of a 5-1 Avon win at Westminster’s Jackson Arena back on January 30th. 

The Winged Beavers of Avon came out slow to open the first period which was an unanimated stalemate in the first few minutes. Avon’s offense struggled to gain momentum. To compensate, Avon goaltender Brandon Schellin ‘17 exhibited a couple of dazzling saves in an effort to fiercely protect his net. Similarly, Westminster’s defense looked to avenge the 5-1 blowout that was witnessed the last time these two teams met.  

Closing out the first period 0-0, the Martlets of Westminster looked to take advantage of Avon’s uncharacteristic slow start. Following suit, the Martlets defense stood strong behind goalie Stephen Gasior ‘16 throughout the second period. A period that proved to be a rowdy and physical matchup between two deadlocked opponents. The Winged Beavers countered this Westminister aggression with a impressive penalty kill effort and strong defensive play.    

Still 0-0 Westminster looked to upset New England’s #1 ranked team, in the third period. Avon pushing for an Elite Eight appearance, after last season’s shortcomings; forced their will upon the visiting Martlets. Kickstarted by Northeastern commit and team captain, Jamie Armstrong’s electric score putting up the Beavers 1-0 with 9:51 left in the final period. Following Armstrong’s lead, Postgraduate Jake Witkowski put Avon up 2 off a shorthanded goal. Down 2-0 Westminister went on the offensive aided by a 5 on 3 powerplay advantage. This opportunity was denied by Avon Senior and Boston University commit, Patrick Harper as he scored despite the Beavers being shorthanded 3 on 5. This effort would seal the rivalry’s fate as the final read 3-0 Avon. 

Both goalies displayed impressive performances with Avon’s Brandon Schellin held back 24 Saves. Likewise Westminster’s Stephen Gasior held 30 Saves. Avon Old Farms protects their #1 seat as they raise to (15-1-2). The team receives much needed rest as they are given time off until 2/10 when they face Gunnery (17-5-1). Westy falls to (11-7-1) as they await Hotchkiss next Wednesday.

By Bart Gardella

Millbrook 0-3 #6 Gunnery

#7 Loomis Chaffee 4-0 Williston Northampton

#5 Exeter 11-1 Holderness

#4 Salisbury 4-0 Trinity-Pawling

St. Sebastian’s 1-3 #2 Milton

#3 Kimball Union 7-0 Northfield Mount Hermon

Founders League:

Avon Old Farms 3-0 Westminster

See Elite Eight for recap.

Loomis Chaffee 4-0 Williston Northampton

Salisbury 4-0 Trinity-Pawling

Kent 6-2 Taft

Hotchkiss 3-2 (OT) Choate

Andover 4-3 (OT) Deerfield

Friday 2/5:

Elite Eight:

Albany Academy 2-6 #8 Brunswick

Founders League:

Lawrenceville 2-4 Hotchkiss

Saturday 2/6:

Elite Eight:

Holderness 1-6 #3 Kimball Union

Tilton 2-5 #5 Exeter

#2 Milton 6-1 Roxbury Latin

Sunday 2/7:

Elite Eight:

#8 Brunswick 5-1 New Hampton

Wednesday 2/10:

Elite Eight:

#1 Avon Old Farms 5-3 #6 Gunnery

A high-profile matchup between two Elite Eight teams did not disappoint as this game came down to the final period. The highlight of the game came on a Sportscenter Top 10 play by Avon defensemen and UCONN commit Adam Karashik ’16 who made a gorgeous spin-o-rama pass to Jamie Armstrong ’16 for Avon’s fourth goal of the contest. That goal can be seen below:

The goal put the Winged Beavers up 4-2 and kickstarted the team to their best win of the season thus far. A goal from senior Tyler Carangelo just two minutes later effectively ended the game although Gunnery did add a late power-play tally from McKay Flanagan ’16 too keep it interesting.

Dan Winslow ’16 started the anticipated matchup with a bang as right off the opening face-off he skated into the zone and fired a shot high glove side to beat Gunnery goaltender Trevin Kozlowski ’16 just 12 seconds into the game. Gunnery would answer right back as Matt Danner ’17 used a nice deflection off Keelan Ulnick’s shot to beat Matt Ladd ’16 of Avon.

About halfway through the first period Avon’s potent offense would strike with two goals in 24 seconds off the sticks of juniors Matt Allen and John Giatrelis to go up 3-1. Gunnery, however, would show their grit yet again and score just a minute later to bring it back to 3-2.

The second period was the complete opposite of the first as it turned into a goaltending duel between Ladd and Kozlowski. Ladd would finish with 20 saves on 23 shots while Kozlowski stopped 33 of 38.

Both teams showed how they have been successful so far this season, but Avon solidified their number one ranking with the win. This game shows just how close the battle for the title will be this year.

Avon will go on a three game road trip now and they start at Deerfield on Saturday. Gunnery will look to rebound from just their second loss in the last 16 games (both to ranked teams) when they host Pomfret on Saturday.

By Jake de Saint Phalle

#5 Exeter 3-1 Proctor

Lawrenceville 0-6 #8 Brunswick

#4 Salisbury 9-3 Taft

#3 Kimball Union 11-2 Andover

Deerfield 2-5 #7 Loomis Chaffee

The Pelicans kept flying high after defeating the Deerfield Big Green 5-2 on Wednesday.

#7 Loomis scored five unanswered goals in the first two periods of play, and only let the puck into their net after backup goalkeeper Adin Farhat ‘17 (6/8) replaced stud goalie Tim Birarelli ‘16 (25/25). As is obvious, goalkeeper Sam Vigneault ‘17 had a disappointing stint for Deerfield, saving only 80% of pucks shot.

Justin Marler ‘17 was key for the Big Green’s not being goose egged as he assisted two goals in the third — the only goals that Deerfield would score. For the Pelicans, Justin Grillo ‘17 and Joey Cipollone ‘18 came up big as both scored two goals and tallied an assist.

Loomis has outscored opponents 15-3 in their past four games, but they will finish the season with a tough schedule that includes #4 ranked Salisbury at 4:00 PM on Saturday, as well as Westy and #1 ranked AOF.

Deerfield’s loss was its third straight and will face a difficult rebound against Avon on Saturday although they did tie them 3-3 earlier in the season.

By Nate Blumenthal

#2 Milton 4-3 St. Paul’s

Founders League:

Avon Old Farms 5-3 #6 Gunnery

See Elite Eight for recap.

Salisbury 9-3 Taft

Deerfield 2-5 Loomis Chaffee 

Westminster 6-3 Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss Bearcats (7-13) traveled to Simsbury, Connecticut to take on the Westminster Martlets (12-7-1). The Martlets started off hot as senior J.P. Schuhlen scored just 48 seconds into the first period. In the second period Westy exploded on the offensive end, scoring 4 more times. The Bearcats remained in the game with the help of senior William Somers two goals.

Heading into the third, the Martlets led 5-2. The third and final period of play was a tough and fast paced matchup. Westminster’s Rylan Williams ‘16 beat the Hotchkiss defense adding to their lead. Hotchkiss was not done yet as Jonathan Porreca ‘17 scored making the final score 6-3 in favor of Westy. Hotchkiss looks onto Taft this Saturday as Westminster looked to face off against Choate.

By Bart Gardella

Berkshire 1-1 Kent

Trinity-Pawling 4-3 Canterbury

Despite taking a first period 2-0 lead, the Saints would come up short on a trip to Trinity-Pawling. The Pride would even the score by the end of the second period. Canterbury was outplayed and outshot by a 15 to 5 margin.

The Saints then scored five minutes into the third, with hope to keep it like that. Just two minutes later, Trinity Pawling fought back and tied it back up and eventuallt took the lead for good three minutes later on senior Trey Aiello’s second goal of the game. The Saints had many scoring opportunities but could not capitalize.

Saturday night, Canterbury will travel to Cushing for a 5pm game. Meanwhile, TP will face Kent in a Founders League matchup at 7pm on Saturday. TP and Kent tied 2-2 in their first meeting this season.

By Paige Madigan

Pomfret 3-5 Choate

Friday 2/12:

Elite Eight:

#5 Exeter 5-1 Hebron

#3 Kimball Union 10-1 New Hampton

Founders League:

Westminster 4-4 Choate

Saturday 2/13:

Elite Eight:

#3 Kimball Union 6-3 Holderness

Berkshire 1-0 #8 Brunswick

Choate 1-2 #5 Exeter 

#6 Gunnery 4-0 Pomfret

#7 Loomis Chaffee 3-2 #4 Salisbury

In the first thirty seconds of their game at #7 Loomis Saturday, #4 Salisbury took the lead thanks to David Jankowski ‘16, who slipped one by keeper Tim Birarelli ‘16 with the help of Tyce Thompson ‘18 and Luke Israel ‘16.

The early goal helped the Knights set the tone for the first two periods; they did a great job of shutting down the opposing Pelicans and keeping it in LC’s zone. Four minutes into the second Salisbury’s John Seter ‘17 widened the gap to two with a long shot that took an unlucky deflection off an LC player and found it’s way into the back of the net.

One might expect that the players would have to be on the ice for the momentum of the game to shift, but that was not the case for Saturday’s game.

Right before the third period began an emphatic chant of “We want Larry!” spread through the Savage/Johnson rink and an 8 pound lobster was slid onto the ice. Gary the zamboni guy hoisted it into the air and the crowd erupted.

From there, the momentum on the ice shifted into the Pelicans’ favor, Larry the Lobster had done his job.

Griffin Welch ‘16 wristed one top shelf to get it going, followed by a Shayne Simpson ‘18 goal to tie it up only 2 minutes later.

But the Pelicans were not done. With six minutes left Connor Leighton ‘18 found Jonah Capriotti’s ‘16 five-hole on assists from Mark Amatetti ‘18, and Joey Cipollone ‘18.
With that the Pelicans clinched a huge upset against the reigning champs. But they couldn’t have done it without Timmy Birarelli, who continued to prove his mettle in goal, saving 33 shots.

By Nate Blumenthal

Deerfield 2-5 #1 Avon Old Farms

Nobles 5-4 (OT) #2 Milton

Founders League:

Trinity-Pawling 8-0 Kent

Choate 1-2 Exeter

Saturday Exeter traveled to Choate and took a win, maintaining their winning record, 22-3-1.

Exeter took the lead late into the first period, when Noah Maercklein scored at 11:03.

Then both teams battled it out but left a goalless second period.

Then Chote tried to take it back in the third when Henry Marshall scored at 7:00. Exeter pulled off the win at the very end of the thirst with 3 minutes to spare. Choates Goaltender, Kurt Moss made 28 saves. Exeters Goaltender, made 32 saves.
Wednesday Choate will take on Avon Old Farms at 2:45. Exeter will travel to Northfield Mount Hermon at 2.

By Paige Madigan

Taft 4-1 Hotchkiss

Loomis Chaffee 3-2 Salisbury

Deerfield 2-5 Avon Old Farms

Sunday 2/14:

Elite Eight and Founders League:

Cushing 3-6 #4 Salisbury

Monday 2/15:

Elite Eight:

Canterbury 4-5 #7 Gunnery

Wednesday 2/17:

Elite Eight:

Northfields Mount Hermon 3-16 #3 Exeter 

Proctor 3-11 #2 Kimball Union

#6 Loomis Chaffee 3-6 Westminster 

Choate 2-2 #1 Avon Old Farms

#8 Brunswick 6-3 Albany Academy

#7 Gunnery 5-1 Lawrence

Belmont Hill 2-5 #5 Milton 

Founders League:

Trinity-Pawling 2-3 Millbrook

Loomis Chaffee 3-6 Westminster 

Kent 5-2 Hotchkiss

Kent dominated this match up with a 5-2 win over Hotchkiss. Teddy Simson ‘16 from Kent, scored the first goal of the game just a minute and a half in.

Only 45 seconds later Kent scored again, to lead to another goal, 30 seconds later. This gave them a 3-0 lead. Hotchkiss then called a time out to regroup.

Kent stayed strong and kept Hotchkiss away from the net, and got one more in at the end of the period ending the first period 4-0.

Hotchkiss came out in the second and finally put one in the back of the net. Kent’s Satchel Clendenin scored his second of the game making the score at the end of the second, 5-1.

Hotchkiss tried to make a comeback but couldn’t quite catch up. They did however score one off a power play to finish it the game at 5-2.

Saturday kent will play Canterbury at home at 2:30. Hotchkiss will play Trinity-Pawling at 2:30.

By Paige Madigan

Choate 2-2 Avon Old Farms

On Wednesday top ranked Avon Old Farms (17-1-2)  traveled to Wallingford, CT to face off against Founder’s League foe Choate Rosemary Hall (8-9-5). The Winged Beavers fresh off an impressive win over Deerfield looked to solidify their position in the Founders League with an win. Likewise, the Wild Boars hoped to rebound after a tough 2-1 loss to #3 Exeter.

Choate came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders as they played a physical and aggressive first period . Avon struggled to match the oppositions intensity; though their defensive play prevented the Wild Boars from scoring in the first period.

The second period looked to be an another scoreless effort until, Choate’s Lloyd Hill ‘16 broke the tie with an impressive goal beating Avon’s senior goalie Matt Ladd. As the period came to a close a huge momentum shift occurred when Choate’s Chris Brunner-Grande ‘16 scored a breakaway goal with 1 second left in the period.

Avon now with their backs against the wall and their #1 rank in jeopardy had to perform in the final period. This effort was rewarded when Senior Bryce Harper (Boston University) scored with 1 minute and 58 seconds left. This sent the Beavers into an offensive rush; as time ran out Tyler Carangelo ‘16 beat goaltender Cal Stewart with 2.2 seconds left.

A standard overtime period was played, though both teams goal scoring efforts were fruitless. As the final read a 2-2 tie. The Winged Beavers look onto their arch nemesis #4 Salisbury School (18-4-0). As Choate will looked to beat league rival Taft.    

By Bart Gardella

Taft 4-3 (OT) Deerfield

Friday 2/19:

Elite Eight:

#5 Milton 3-4 Thayer 

Founders League:

Deerfield 6-2 Williston Northampton

Saturday 2/20:

Elite Eight:

#8 Brunswick 2-5 Northwood

#4 Salisbury 1-1 #1 Avon Old Farms

#3 Exeter 3-1 Deerfield

#7 Gunnery 6-0 St. Andrew’s College

Cushing 4-5 (OT) #2 Kimball Union

Northfield Mount Hermon 0-1 #6 Loomis Chaffee (Forfeit)

Founders League:

Kent 4-1 Canterbury

Hotchkiss 4-5 (OT) Trinity-Pawling

In the tough battle between Trinity Pawling and Hotchkiss on Saturday, The Pride came out on top at 5-4.

Hotchkiss took the automatic lead, scoring 2 in the first period, TP starting off goalless.

Then, in the second period Trinity brought the energy back. Jordi Jefferson, Ryan Deering, and Ryan Winn all scored within the period. Hotchkiss was still fighting, putting 2 in the net as well. The score at the end of the period was 4-3 Hotchkiss.

Then in the third, Jordi Jefferson tied it up for TP at 16:50. This was case for over time.

3 minutes into overtime Ryan Deering scored his second goal of the game, and the Pride went home with the W.

Wednesday, Trinity pawling will travel to Taft at 2:30. Hotchkiss will stay home to take on Salisbury at 2:30.

Paige Madigan

Salisbury 1-1 Avon Old Farms

Westminster 3-1 Berkshire

This Saturday the Westminster Martlets (13-7-2) hosted the Berkshire Bears (13-7-4) home at Jackson Rink. The Bears have had a glimpses of glory throughout their season, though a four game losing streak in January will make the prospect of an Elite 8 appearance difficult. Likewise, the Martlets reached the height of a #1 ranking, but have fallen short as of late. The first period was a physical and taxing run for both teams. Westy struck first as Jay Powell ’17 scored in the last 3 minutes of the period. I can. Open with the Martlets up one which was quickly added to as forward Jack Flanagan put Westminster up two. The tides turned as the Bears of Berkshire quickly fired back cutting the opposition’s lead to one. In the final period a exciting rush as the Bears attempted to tie the game at two, and the Martlets looked to put the game away. In a last ditch effort to force an overtime period, Berkshire pulled their goalie. Consequently, Westminster capitalized as senior Taggart Corriveau (St. Lawrence) fired an open net goal. This put the game away, as the final read 3-1.

Berkshire falls to (13-8-4) as they looked close out their 2015-16 campaign with games against Millbrook and Gunnery. Similarly, Westminster now (14-7-2) will face Gunnery this wednesday and then Founders League rival Deerfield saturday.

By Bart Gardella

Exeter 3-1 Deerfield

Taft 2-0 Choate

Northfield Mount Hermon 0-1 Loomis Chaffee (Forfeit)

Sunday 2/21:

Elite Eight:

#1 Avon Old Farms 3-1 Pomfret

#7 Gunnery 3-0 #8 Brunswick

Founders League:

Choate 1-0 Northfield Mount Hermon (Forfeit)

Avon Old Farms 3-1 Pomfret

Wednesday 2/24:

Elite Eight:

Hotchkiss 2-8 #4 Salisbury

Winchendon 1-7 #3 Exeter

#1 Avon Old Farms 7-3 Canterbury

Westminster 3-4 (OT) #5 Gunnery

Thayer 7-6 #7 Milton

#8 Cushing 9-2 New Hampton

Choate 3-4 #6 Loomis Chaffee

Founders League

Hotchkiss 2-8 Salisbury

Taft 1-6 Trinity-Pawling

The Trinity Pawling Pride (9-12-1) traveled to Watertown, CT to take on the Taft Rhinos (9-14-1). Both teams have had overall disappointing seasons with brief instances of glory. These two teams met earlier in the season back in January with TP winning 2-1. Their second meeting this past Wednesday was quite different. Trinity Pawling overwhelmed Taft in a 6-1 win in Odden Hockey Arena. TP will look to build off this win in the Empire Cup against #10 Brunswick School (17-7-2). The Empire Cup is an event frequented by schools like Albany Academy, Brunswick, Lawrenceville, Portledge, and Wyoming Seminary. Likewise Taft will look to finish their season with a win over fierce rival Hotchkiss (7-17).

By Bart Gardella

Avon Old Farms 7-3 Canterbury

Westminster 3-4 Gunnery

Deerfield 3-2 (OT) Kent

Choate 3-4 Loomis Chaffee

Friday 2/26:

Elite Eight:

St. Mark’s 4-1 #8 Cushing

#2 Kimball Union 8-2 New Hampton

Founders League:

Trinity-Pawling 2-3 (OT) Brunswick

Note: The Elite Eight teams change from week to week based on USHR’s rankings.