Posted Mar. 26, 2016 at 10:02 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2016 at 10:20 PM
FRAMINGHAM — Technically, the Massachusetts high school hockey season officially ended last Sunday with the state championship games being held at the TD Garden.
However, there was still one last bit of business to take care of for 92 seniors on Saturday afternoon as the 4th annual girls and 7th annual boys Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Aleppo Shriners All Star games were held at Loring Arena.
Teams of North and South were put together, officially capping off the 2016 season. In the girls game, it was the North winning 2-1, while in game two it was the South boys earning a 4-3 overtime victory.
Overall, there were eight local representatives total in both games. The Wellesley girls were represented on the South squad as Kiely Noonan and Danielle Hickman were both named to the team. Hickman wasn’t on hand to participate in the game, but Noonan was and Raiders head coach George Campbell was also behind the bench helping out.
The local boys representatives were split as host Framingham had Tyler Anes and Christian Seriac on the South side along with Hudson’s Adam Cariveau. The North squad had Lincoln-Sudbury’s Eric Holden, Natick’s Kurt Borgman and Medway goalie Mike Purnell. Natick coach Erik Kaplan was also behind the bench coaching the North squad.
“I think the biggest thing the kids take away from playing in this game is not only the level of hockey, but being able to be apart of a great cause as well,” said Hudson boys coach and President of the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Mike Nanartowich.
“What the Shriners hospital does for young kids, it’s just amazing and for these guys and young women to be apart of it is special and something they’ll be able to take with them long after high school is over,” Nanartowich added.
The South boys led 2-1 heading into the third period, but Malden Catholic’s Nick Botticelli tied it at 2-2 for the North with 6:27 left. Duxbury’s Kevin Cocoran made it 3-2 South with 3:59 remaining, but Lowell Catholic’s Dylan Porier tied it again with 1:48 remaining.
In the 3-on-3 five minute overtime period, Hanover’s Landon Hasenfuss beat Prunell (12 saves in third period and overtime) with 2:04 left to win it.
After taking a 1-0 lead through one period only to see the North squad tie things up at 1-1 less than three minutes into the second, Anes had a special moment scoring in his home rink to put the South back up 2-1 with 7:56 left in the period.
Anes took a pass from Catholic Memorial’s Frank Cosolito while streaking up the left wing, crossed over the blue line and beat St. John’s Prep goalie Kyle Martin low for the goal.
“I really couldn’t ask for a better ending on the ice I grew up playing on,” said Anes. “The whole experience playing with a ton of talented guys that I’ve never played with was just awesome, and the goal was just sort of icing on the cake.”
The South took its 1-0 lead after one on a goal from Bridgewater Raynham’s Michael Pyne after a nice one-time pass from Coyle & Cassidy’s Robbie Hooyoke.
The first game of the day featured another phenomenal finish as the North scored two goals in the third period, including the game winner from Arlington Catholic’s Michaela McLaughlin with 45 seconds left to steal the win from the South.
The teams played a scoreless first period but there were numerous chances for the South squad including a few for Noonan, but Austin Prep goalie Caty Flagg had a very strong showing.
The South emerged with a 1-0 lead through two periods thanks to a goal from Archbishop Williams’ Emma Crocker with 11:37 left in the second. Crocker streaked up the right wing and ripped a shot high over the glove of Acton Boxborough goalie Cali Loblundo.
“I personally loved the experience of playing in this game,” added Noonan. “It was a very fast paced game with so much talent on the ice, and being able to get to know some girls you read things about in the paper or stuff like that was really cool. Losing at the Garden obviously wasn’t ideal end to the season but this was a really nice way to cap off the year.”