February 11, 2013

HS Journal: Edwards brothers power Blue Hills

By Ed Flaherty

Having the two top scorers in Massachusetts boys’ high school hockey come from the same team is eye-opening. 

To have them come from the same family is remarkable.

Brothers Josh and Nick Edwards of Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton lead the state in scoring and both reached career milestones recently.

Josh Edwards, a senior captain, leads the state with 31 goals and 28 assists for 59 points. Nick Edwards, a junior assistant captain, is second with 55 points on 21 goals and 34 assists.

In a 6-1 win over Canton on Jan. 16, Josh Edwards reached the 200-point mark for his career with three goals and an assist. Nick Edwards had an assist on the goal that gave Josh his 200th point.

Just five days later, Nick Edwards notched his 150th career point.

Josh Edwards is the fourth Blue Hills player to reach 200 career points, joining Ryan Moore (the state’s all-time leading scorer with 409 points), Mike Kuhn and Matt Riley.

Blue Hills is 12-1-3 in Division 3.

Connecticut

St. Joseph High School (Trumbull) had its three-game shutout streak halted in a 5-2 win over Greenwich on Tuesday, but the Cadets have found their scoring touch during a six-game unbeaten run.

St. Joseph had its winning streak halted in a 4-4 tie against Darien on Wednesday.

Starting with a 6-4 win over Trumbull on Jan. 23, St. Joseph is averaging nearly seven goals per game.

The Cadets turned in an impressive run in the midst of their winning streak, posting consecutive shutout victories against Staples/Weston/Shelton (11-0), Norwalk/McMahon (7-0) and Trinity Catholic (8-0).

Christian Keator is St. Joseph’s leading scorer with 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points. Ryan Corcoran has eight goals and 10 assists, while Colin Powell has nine goals and seven assists.

Goaltender Marc Van Etten has a 2.81 goals-against average for the Cadets.

Maine

Camden Hills High School is the lone remaining unbeaten boys team in Maine and the Windjammers have been dominant during their winning streak.

Unless they face Cape Elizabeth.

Camden Hills (12-0), an Eastern Maine Class B program, has an average winning margin of 5.5 goals in 10 of its wins.

In its two victories against Western Maine’s Cape Elizabeth, the Windjammers have held on for one-goal wins.

On Jan. 19 Camden Hills traveled to face Cape Elizabeth in Portland and pulled out a 5-4 overtime win. Camden Hills took control early in that contest with three first-period goals, but Cape Elizabeth rallied and forced overtime.

In the extra session, Camden Hills’ Grayson Szumilas scored 32 seconds in for the game-winning goal.

The teams had a rematch on Feb. 2 and were scoreless in the third period until Cape Elizabeth’s Jack Drinan put the Capers up 1-0.

Camden Hills’ Stephen Hand tied the score just 37 seconds later and Jack Orne notched a power-play goal with 2:44 remaining for the winning margin.

New Hampshire

Trinity High School of Manchester continues to climb the Division 1 standings in New Hampshire thanks to a seven-game unbeaten streak and five straight victories.

The Pioneers had a slow start to their 2012-13 season, alternating wins and losses over their first six games to stand at 3-3 following a 3-1 loss against Salem on Jan. 6.

Since then, Trinity is 6-0-1 over its last seven games and has won five straight.

The Pioneers (9-3-1) are currently third in the Division 1 standings, behind Manchester Memorial (10-1) and Salem (9-2-1).

Trinity has been led by Kyle Valliere (13 goals, 11 assists, 24 points), Mitch Myers (13-7-20) and Drew Merrick (5-7-12). Goaltender Ryan Slatky is 6-3-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Rhode Island

The La Salle Academy girls continue to stand above the crowd in Rhode Island, but the Rams faced a tough test last weekend in a 2-1 win over Pilgrim/Toll Gate/Warwick.

La Salle remained unbeaten at 14-0 with the victory, but Pilgrim/Toll Gate/Warwick (6-7) took the Rams to overtime.

La Salle took a 1-0 lead in the game on a Michaela McNamara goal, but Pilgrim/Toll Gate/Warwick forced overtime when Emily Fox scored.

In overtime, Meaghan Rickard provided the heroics with her game-winning goal to keep La Salle unbeaten.

Taylor Peltier made 14 saves in goal for La Salle, while Kayleen Murphy had 25 stops for Pilgrim/Toll Gate/Warwick.

Rickard is La Salle’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points, followed by Sarah Migliori (16-17-33) and McNamara (12-11-23).

Vermont

An anticipated matchup between Burr and Burton (Manchester) and U-32 (Montpelier) lived up to the hype when the teams played to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday.

The game was a rematch of the season opener for both teams, a 6-4 Burr and Burton victory.

U-32 (13-1-1) went on to win its next 13 games before Wednesday’s tie.

Burr and Burton (11-3-1) struggled following its season-opening win and lost its next three games but entered Wednesday’s matchup riding a 10-game winning streak.

In Wednesday’s meeting Sean Paradis and Brock Pollard scored first-period goals for Burr and Burton. Forrest Smith sent the game into overtime by scoring with 1:22 remaining in the third period for U-32. Tyler Elliott also scored for U-32.

Zack Stewart kept Burr and Burton in the game with 50 saves in goal. Jordan Blais made 18 saves for U-32.

New England Hockey Journal State Rankings

Connecticut

1. Fairfield Prep (14-0)

2. Notre Dame-West Haven (12-2)

3. Darien (12-1-2)

4. Ridgefield (13-4)

5. St. Joseph (11-4-1)

6. Xavier (8-5-2)

7. New Canaan (9-4-2)

8. East Catholic (10-3)

9. Northwest Catholic (10-3)

10. Amity (10-3)

Maine

1. Scarborough (13-1)

2. Bangor (11-2)

3. Camden Hills (12-0)

4. Skowhegan (11-2-1)

5 Falmouth (9-2)

6. Lewiston (11-2-1)

7. Cheverus (10-4)

8. Messalonskee (12-2)

9. Brewer (9-3)

10. Greely (10-4)

Massachusetts

1. Springfield Cathedral (13-0-2)

2. BC High (10-2-2)

3. St. John’s Prep (14-2)

4. Central Catholic (11-3-3)

5. Reading (14-1-4)

6. Duxbury (12-1-4)

7. Austin Prep (9-1-5)

8. Hingham (11-5-1)

9. Barnstable (10-3-3)

10. Winchester (11-3-2)

New Hampshire

1. Merrimack (12-0)

2. Manchester Memorial (10-3)

3. Spaulding (12-1-1)

4. Salem (9-3-1)

5. Berlin (14-0)

6. Trinity (9-3-1)

7. Bedford (9-2-1)

8. Manchester Central (8-4)

9. John Stark/Hopkinton (11-1-1)

10. Souhegan (10-4)

Rhode Island

1. Bishop Hendricken (11-3)

2. Lincoln (16-0-1)

3. Mount St. Charles (10-5)

4. La Salle (9-5-1)

5. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (13-0)

6. Prout (11-4)

7. East Greenwich (9-5)

8. East Providence (10-2-1)

9. Cumberland (9-4-1)

10. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (9-4)

Vermont

1. Essex (9-2-1)

2. South Burlington (11-2)

3. Champlain Valley (8-2-3)

4. U-32 (13-1)

5. North Country (10-2-1)

6. Colchester (8-3-2)

7. Northfield (11-2-1)

8. Rutland (8-3-2)

9. Burr and Burton (11-3)

10. Brattleboro (11-3)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com