The Rivers School 7, St. George’s School 0
Frozen Fenway played host to a quadruple header of ISL hockey action Wednesday that kicked off with the girls of Rivers defeating St. George’s 7-0 on the Fenway Park “Rink.”
The Red Wings (6-3) used seven goal scorers and outshot the Dragons, 14-1, in the first period and 22-7 overall.
Sophomore Melissa Maffeo (Melrose) had a goal and an assist and freshman Jordan Cross (Saugus) had two assists, while goalie Abigail Burke (Bedford) nailed down the shutout.
Noble and Greenough School 6, Milton Academy 2
Noble and Greenough used a four-goal third period to pull away from Milton Academy for a 6-2 victory in the second game.
Adam Gilmour started the third period blitz when he skated in all alone and gave a head fake to beat Andreas Graham and make it 3-1 in favor of Nobles.
Max Franklin followed that effort with a goal from the left wing that he squeezed through the near-side of Graham six minutes into the period.
Tim Boyle snapped a shot high right to make it 5-1 and then Andrew Doane stole the puck in the neutral zone and scored on a shorthanded breakaway to put the Bulldogs up by five goals with just under six minutes remaining.
“It was pretty lucky for me, the D-man coughed it up and I just shot it,” said Doane, who finished with two goals and an assist. “It was a real team effort and everyone played hard and that’s why we got the win out there.”
This was the first of three regular-season matchups between the teams. Last season Milton took all four games played versus Nobles.
“We want to stay true to what we want to do, be disciplined, play hard, play together and not worry so much about the opposition as much as what we can do and control,” said Nobles coach Brian Day. “They're a terrific group. They genuinely care about each other and its fun to come to the rink every day.”
Lawrence Academy 6, Thayer Academy 0
In the third tilt of the day, the boys’ clubs from Lawrence Academy and Thayer Academy played to a 0-0 tie after the first period
The Spartans held a 14-9 edge in shots, but overall it looked to be fairly even matchup across the ice.
That was until Lawrence Academy exploded for five goals in the second period, which started with a Devin Tringale tally just twenty-three seconds in, followed by a William Messa goal 61 seconds after that.
“The whole team played well down low and it was one of our better nights,” said Tringale, a native of Medford who is used to playing on the local ponds. “Last winter was the last time [playing outdoors]. I’ve never played on a rink like this, but I’ve played on the pond a couple of times.”
Fifteen seconds later, after Jacob Schechter led a rush up the left side of the ice, Conor Helfrich scored on a one-timer from Thomas Newton and Thayer found themselves trailing, 3-0, with less than two minutes expired from the second period.
A change in net did nothing to ease the Tigers’ pain as Tringale and Matthew Baldino both caught replacement goalie Patrick Finn out of place for goals that stretched the lead to five.
The final Spartans tally came in the third period when Tringale slid the puck down low to George Hunkele who buried it on the wide-open far side of the net.
“It’s just crazy,” said Tringale on playing at Fenway. “I never expected to play here…maybe the Garden. It’s great to be out here and I’m loving it right now.”
Goaltender Nathaniel Heilbron stopped 22 shots for the shutout, and despite hailing from West Vancouver, British Columbia, he was well versed on what it meant to play on the frozen surface of the 100-year-old Fenway Park.
“It’s unbelievable being out here,” said Heilbron. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience. We had been counting down the days and it’s surreal to be here on the same park as all these famous Red Sox players like Ted Williams and Youkilis and Ortiz and Pedroia. It’s just incredible.”
Belmont Hill 2, St. Sebastian's 1
Belmont Hill turned off the lights on a busy day at Fenway Park with a 2-1 win over St Sebastian’s on the heels of goaltender David Cunningham’s 31-save performance, which was highlighted by some late game saves that secured the outcome.
“It’s special,” said Cunningham of the experience. “We had the chance to come here two years ago, but I was the backup so I didn’t get a chance to play. So this meant a lot to me and my whole family was here so it meant a lot for them to.”
The Hillies got on the board first after Stephan Brennan was stoned on a breakaway from Arrows goalie Gordon Donnelly who was unable to control the puck. Dan Doherty dug out the puck and dished it to Mike Leary who banged it in for the 1-0 lead.
Belmont Hill dominated play for the majority of the first period following their goal, but the Arrows evened things up when Corey Ronan collected the puck on the left side and fired a gorgeous goal stick side with 28.4 seconds left.
Belmont Hill took advantage of a power play opportunity and took the lead back with the only goal of the second period as Mike Najjar, from behind the net, found Terry Goguen who fired a shot on that Najjar got a piece of to knock over Donnelly’s pads to put the game at 2-1.
“I just tried to set it up on the power play which we hadn’t been running very well this year,” said Najjar. “We got it back to the point and he gave it back down to me and I hoped it would go in.”
Najjar’s goal would hold up as the game winner with both teams clamping down defensively the remainder of the way, with the Hillies leaning heavily on Cunningham.
“I felt really good the whole way through,” said Cunningham, who finished with 31 saves. “The guys were bringing it and I know that if I do my job, they’ll do their job.”
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