Westwood's Ryan Hall (Xaverian Brothers) scored a pair of goals as the Southeast scholastic boys' hockey team avenged its only loss of the Bay State Game, holding off Metro, 4-3, in the gold medal game on Sunday at New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
Gerard McEleney (Canton/St. Sebastians) slipped a goal past the goalie just over four minutes in to start the scoring. Hall (Xaverian Brothers) scored the next two goals giving Southeast a 3-0 lead. On the first tally, he raced ahead of the pack and beat the Metro goalie high, and then the forward broke away shorthanded and found the back of the net.
Metro answered just 38 seconds after the second Hall goal while still on the power play when Nick Finn (Canton/Boston College HS) ripped a wrist shot past the Southeast goaltender.
Patrick Gill (Hingham/Thayer Academy) extended the lead to 4-1 in the second period after a couple penalties on Metro gave Southeast a two-man advantage.
Metro refused to go quietly, however, as Finn (2 goals, 1 assist) and Mike Vecchione (Saugus/Malden Catholic HS) posted back-to-back goals to cut the lead to one. Tim Driscoll (Hingham, Hingham HS) tallied a pair of assists.
In the end, Southeast hung on to claim its second consecutive Bay State Games gold medal under head coach Mike Ciarletta.
Northeast 5, Coastal 2
As has been the case for most of Northeast’s opponents during the tournament, Coastal fell victim to the offensive barrage of the line of Sullivan, Czarnota and Rolli, as Northeast cruised to the bronze medal with a 5-2 win.
Joe Czarnota (Reading HS) scored four goals while teammates Brian Sullivan (Burlington HS) and Christoper Rolli (Stoneham HS) posted four assists apiece.
Sullivan, the tournament’s most outstanding player, also added a goal to bring his point total in the six-game tournament to 32 – 12 goals and 20 assists.
Coastal actually took the early 1-0 lead in the game and played Northeast tight for two periods. It took Coastal more than four minutes to get its first shot on goal, but Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth HS) made the best of the opportunity as the sophomore blasted a one-timer into the back of the net from the right face-off circle.
Northeast’s Czarnota redirected a shot from Sullivan between the goalie’s pads to tie the game, 1-1, and with a 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period, Czarnota, standing alone in front of the net, tapped in a pass from Sullivan.
However, Kevin Seely (Berkley/Coyle-Cassidy HS) knotted the game 2-2 on a power play goal midway through the second period, as he squeezed the puck between the goalie’s blocker and the post.
Northeast took advantage of a bad give away by Coastal in its own zone with just a minute remaining in the period, and Czarnota buried a pass from Sullivan. That proved to be the beginning of the end. A minute into the third, Rolli hit Sullivan as he broke to the net, and then Rolli hooked up with Czarnota in front on a nearly identical play just moments later.
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