The South scored four times in the fourth making for six unanswered goals to finish the game, winning the inaugural MHSCA All-Star Game, 6-1, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.
Super 8 champion teammates Conor Coveney (goal) and Eric Sherman (assist) hooked up early in the third as the South began to pull away.
Minutes later it was the Super 8 runner-ups expanding the lead to 4-1. O'Brien scored on a backhand when Colucci returned the favor from the previous period (Springfield Cathedral's Austin Orszulak also assisted.)
The final two goals were scored by Bridgewater-Raynham forward Jimmy Weldon (Sherman and Needham's Sam Kane) and O'Brien (Orszulak and Colucci.)
A MVP hasn't yet been announced, but one must assume that CM's T.J. O'Brien would be awarded the honor. He finished with two goals and two assists.
Thanks for joining us and read a full recap of the game in tomorrow's Globe.
After falling behind in the first, the South All-Stars scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
Nifty passing and a little bit of luck got the South out in front. Framingham's Tyler Byrne nudged the puck past Winchester's Michael Messuri, Jr. at 8:45 to even the score at 1. He was assisted by Catholic Memorial's T.J. O'Brien and Wellesley's Reid Kapinos.
At 16:10, Colucci finally got one to go on a feed from Needham's Paul Sharpe (O'Brien also got the assist on the goal.) Colucci hit a one-timer from the slot, a shot that probably would have gone in 10 out of 10 times.
We also had our first bit of bad behavior, with Revere's Jay Sasso becoming the first ever MSHCA All-Star Game penalty box visitor after being called on a trip with a little over seven minutes left.
Framingham's Cam Chassie was outstanding in net, saving all nine pucks that came his way in the period. Messuri stopped eight shots in what was a brutal attack from the South.
We have a tight one here at the Tsongas Center after one period with the North leading the South, 1-0.
Winchester's Michael Seward has accounted for the game's only goal so far. The Sachem forward took it himself on a 2-on-1, flicking the puck high on Scituate goalie James Murray's glove side at 4:56. Seward scored 45 points for the Middlesex League champions this season in just 19 games (21 goal, 24 assists).
A star even among the stars, Catholic Memorial's Derek Colucci has gotten some good shots off but can't seem to get one by Waltham's George Tedford, who has made 10 saves in the first. About halfway through the period, Colucci unleashed a shot that bounced off the right post that would have tied the game.
For the South, the athletic Murray has swallowed up eight shots, not all of which he was on his skates for.
The starters are being introduced now. Each team consists of the 23 top players around, so being named a starter is a high honor.
The three forwards are Marlborough's Cody Evangelous, Burlington's Neil Pandolfo and Revere's Jay Sasso. The two defensemen are Malden Catholic's Justin Sencabaugh and Billerica's Daniel Reardon. Waltham's George Tedford starts in net.
T.J. O'Brien (Catholic Memorial), Justin Evangelista (Boston Latin) and Mike Heyde (Natick) are the forwards. Falmouth's Greg Kerr and BC High's Eddie Nolan are the defensemen, and Scituate's James Murray is between the pipes.
Greetings from the Tsongas Center is Lowell, where we will be providing period-by-period coverage of the inaugural Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Game.
Here are the rosters:
Head coach – Bob Conceison, Burlington.
Forwards – Cody Evangelous, Marlborough; Andrew Bucci, Peabody; Kyle McElroy, Newburyport; Robbie Daly, Lowell; Neil Pandolfo, Burlington; Jay Sasso, Revere; John Needham, Arlington Catholic; James Castrucci, Malden Catholic; Michael Seward, Winchester; Devin Joyce, Longmeadow; Jared Dabrieo, Woburn; Ryan Mumford, Westford Acad.
Defensemen – Shawn Bradley, Central Catholic; Phil Nagle, Woburn; Cameron Gaudet, Austin Prep; Justin Sencabaugh, Malden Catholic; Joseph Kuta, Andover; Peter Cahill, St. John's Prep; Daniel Reardon, Billerica; Dan Cushing, Wilmington.
Goalies – Zach Rosa, Wilmington; Michael Messuri, Jr., Winchester; George Tedford, Waltham.
Head coach – Tony Messia, Hinhgam.
Forwards --- Reid Kapinos, Wellesley; Derek Colucci, Catholic Memorial; Joseph Fernandes, Franklin; Jimmy Weldon, Bridgewater-Raynham; Pat Kerr, Falmouth; Austin Orszulak, Springfield Cathedral; Eric Sherman, Hingham; Tyler Byrne, Framingham; Sam Kane, Needham; T.J. O'Brien, Catholic Memorial; Justin Evangelista, Boston Latin; Mike Heyde, Natick.
Defensemen – Matt Buckley, Canton; Conor Coveney, Hingham; Shawn Kenney, Braintree; Greg Kerr, Falmouth; Pat Lema, Marshfield; Christopher Kennedy, Xaverian; Eddie Nolan, BC High; Paul Sharpe, Needham.
Goalies – James Murray, Scituate; Kyle MacDonald, Xaverian; Cam Chassie, Framingham.
The puck is scheduled to drop at three and the players are skating out onto the ice now. Keep checking back for live updates.
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