Good friend Pete Coheno, Director of Communication for the Bay State Games, checked in recently with results from the Boys & Girls Scholastic Ice Hockey portion of the competition.
Yes, Virginia, there are hockey games played in late July!
For those of you who don’t know, the Bay State Games, whose mission is “"To promote personal development, education, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship through athletic competitions and scholarship programs for the people of Massachusetts", celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2008 (the winter games have been around for 23 years). From a modest beginning of four sports and 300 athletes, the Games have grown to include almost 10,000 athletes in 28 different sports from more than 300 Massachusetts cities and towns.
In any case, knowing that most of these hockey Massachusetts hockey players are big fans of the Black & Gold (Go Bruins!), I thought I’d give a rundown of the results of the tournament -- a "shout out" if you will.
The Girls Scholastic Ice Hockey portion of the summer games was held on Friday, July 18th at the New England Sports Center - Marlboro, MA and in the Bronze Medal Game, Metro defeated Northeast, 6-1.
Metro had control of the game on both ends to capture the third place. Liz Coleman and Jill Petruzziello each scored two unassisted goals on breakaway opportunities.
Siobhan Elvin (West Roxbury; Boston Latin) and Silvana Moccia (Somerville; BB&N) combined for 32 saves in net for Metro (2-2). Hallie Thorp (Melrose; Melrose HS) was notched the Northeast’s only goal (0-2-2).
In the Gold Medal Game Central/West downed Southeast/Coastal, 4-3.
Central/West took a 3-0 lead in the first period, and then hung on to win the gold as Southeast/Coastal staged a valiant comeback.
Central/West's Jillian Dahrooge (Charlton; Williston Northampton School), Alexa Napolitan (E. Longmeadow; E. Longmeadow HS), Samantha Pion (Easthampton; Easthampton HS) were among the goal scorers.
Natalie Chavez (Natick) made 28 saves including 13 in the third period. Gianna Desisto (Whitman; Whitman-Hanson HS) scored a pair of goals for Southeast/Coastal.
The fine folks at the New England Sports Center also hosted the Boys Scholastic Ice Hockey championship games on Sunday, July 20th.
In the Bronze Medal Game Coastal beat Northeast, 4-3 in OT. Garrett Ream (Dennis; Dennis-Yarmouth HS) found the net 1:43 into overtime to lift Coastal to the bronze medal.
Dean Niezgoda (Orleans; Nauset HS) tallied two goals and an assist and Garrett Ream (Dennis; Dennis-Yarmouth HS) found the net for Coastal. Jordan Remy (Plymouth; Plymouth North HS) made 27 saves to earn the win in net.
Northeast defenseman Russo Paul (Gloucester; Gloucester HS) paced the offense with two assists, while goaltenders Jeff Wyer (Reading; Reading HS) and Matthew Hollow (Melrose; Melrose HS) combined for 30 saves.
The Gold Medal Game featured the West vs. Metro, with West taking the gold with a 4-2 decision – but it wasn’t easy.
While clinging to a one-goal lead late in the third period, West killed off a two-minute, 5-on-3 power play to survive with the gold medal.
Ryan Kelleher (Longmeadow; Longmeadow HS) gave West a 3-2 lead when he posted a goal with 5:18 left in game. Brendan Moore (Springfield; Cathedral HS), Ryan Greeley (Belchertown; Belchertown HS) and AJ Gates (Ludlow; Ludlow HS) each added a goal for West. Ryan Fernandes (S. Hadley; Cathedral HS) chipped in with a pair of assists.
Mike Lopez (Newton; Dexter HS) and Brandon Gilmore (Quincy; N. Quincy HS) provided Metro's two goals, and goaltenders Mackie Anderson (Brookline; Brookline HS) and Sam Marotta (Bridgewater; Boston College HS) teamed up to make 29 saves.
Congrats to all participants and thanks for bringing some summertime hockey our way!
If you would like some more info about the Bay State Games (or would like to register for the Masters Ice Hockey competition held during the Winter Games) click here
. Oh, and by the way, only 58 days until the official start of Boston Bruins training camp! JB