Several NEFPHL players returned from break and began 2018 on a strong note. Kent's Hill's Frank Vitucci (South) had 3-2-5 in a 7-0 win over North Yarmouth Academy. He followed that up with another multi-point effort in a 7-3 win over Pingree. Joey O'Leary and Jay Gallagher, who recently committed to Wilkes University, had multi-point games as well. Kyle Emery (Central) had 2 points in the loss for Pingree.
— Kents Hill Athletics (@KHAthletics) January 6, 2018
Brewster Academy's Cole Moore had 3 assists in a 6-3 win over Hebron. Moore leads the Bobcats with 12 points in 11 games.
Alex Gagnon (ENE) scored his 13th goal in 15 games in Holderness' 4-3 victory over Proctor. North's Kevin Pitts, Harley Michaels, and Greg McGunigle also added goals.
Tough win tonight vs. the always pesty Proctor Hornets 4-3. Nice to get the split- looking forward to the rubber match at the end of February! @ @TeamHolderness Game Puck goes to Greg McGunigle for scoring his 1st goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/b5QpCvKt4x
— Holderness Hockey (@holderpuck) January 6, 2018
Phillips Exeter had four wins over the week to improve to 12-1-1. Nine of their top twelve scorers played in the NEFPHL this fall. Their depth and balanced scoring are the primary reasons they are one of the highest ranked teams in the prep polls. They've averaged 1.64 goals against as Senior Will Douthit (.951 sv%) and Sophomore Ryan Welch (.922 sv%) have formed a formidable tandem.
PEA GOAL! Scored by your captain Kyle Jadatz (‘18) off of a pretty assist from Grey Betts (‘19) 8:25 left in second.
— Phillips Exeter BVH (@PEAboyshockey12) January 6, 2018
Tilton (7-4-1) split their weekend games with a win over Wyoming Seminary and loss to Milton. Cam Ryan (CNE), John Pigott (CNE), and Cam Weitzman (SNE) make up three of the teams top four scorers. PG Sean Keegans has seen the majority of the minutes in net and has a .910 sv percentage.
Belmont Hill junior Michael Hayes scored his second goal of the season in a loss to St. Sebs.
Mike Brown shot tipped by Michael Hayes 5-2 middle of the third!!
— Belmont Hill Hockey (@BHSHockey_) January 6, 2018
Groton dropped a game to Exeter Wednesday before rebounding with a 4-0 win over Brooks. Jonah Gold (2-1-3) and Drew Burke (1-1-2) paced them offensively, while freshman goaltender Tristan Mecenas stopped all 15 shots he faced for the shutout. Groton's top nine scorers all participated in the league this fall. Sophomore's Marc Borghi and Luke Beckstein (U18 West) have been productive young players for the Zebras thus far.
GOAL: Drew Burke #6 with 11 minutes left in the 3rd
— Groton BVH (@GrotonBVH) January 6, 2018
Middlesex (3-3-1) junior goaltender Joey Stanizzi's (West) .951 save percentage ranks second in New England, and first among goaltenders who have played more than 200 minutes. Tyler Hughey, Alex Rivet, and Harrison Clark are three of the teams top four scorers. Hughey scored and Stanizzi stopped 34 shots in their 4-2 loss to BB&N over the weekend.
Sean Wrenn scored his team leading seventh goal of the season in Noble's 4-2 win over Thayer.
WRENN!!! Sean Wrenn pots his team-leading 7th of the year on the power play! Assisted by Harding and Spence. We stand at 2-2 heading to the second. pic.twitter.com/f2zjryKAkJ
— Nobles Hockey (@nobleshockey) January 6, 2018
Public Catholic's Eric Lester (2-1-3) and North's Ray Galasso (1-1-2) led Central Catholic to a 6-1 win over Chelmsford on Saturday. The top ranked team in Mass High School hockey followed that up with a 9-0 win over Acton-Boxborough Sunday, where Noah Jankowski had two goals.
In a matchup of two top ten teams, Kimball Union left Cushing with a 3-2 victory to improve to 12-3-1. Arlo Merritt scored the game winner on the powerplay for the Wildcats. It was his tenth of the season which ties him for the team lead. Sophomore Sullivan Mack (SNE) also scored in the win.