March 26, 2012

High School Journal: C.J. Maksut wins Travis Roy Award

By Ed Flaherty

There is little doubt concerning Brendan Collier’s ability to perform under the bright lights.

The Malden Catholic senior provided the heroics a year ago, tallying the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Lancers the Massachusetts Super 8 championship with a win against St. John’s Prep. 

Thornton Academy's CJ Maksut racked up 59 points this season for the Trojans. (Photo by Dan Hickling)

Back on the TD Garden ice for his final high school hockey game, Collier once again found the back of the net, scoring one of Malden Catholic’s goals in a 3-1 win over BC High in the 2011-12 Super 8 championship game on March 18.

Collier, a Charlestown, Mass., native who has committed to Boston University, scored 26 goals with 39 assists for 65 points this season, leading all Massachusetts Division 1 scorers.

Collier and the Lancers found themselves in another tight battle for the Super 8 title as BC High jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a Sam Topham goal.

Collier netted the tying goal to make it 1-1 in the second period.

The game remained tied at 1-1 into the third period, before Malden Catholic’s Mike Iovanna scored what would be the game-winner before Casey Fitzgerald’s empty-net goal in the final seconds sealed the victory.

Malden Catholic goalie Peter Cronin made 30 stops to record the win in goal for the Lancers.


Notre Dame-West Haven peaked at the proper time on its way to the Division 1 championships.

The Green Knights closed their season with nine straight wins and four shutouts, including a 5-0 win over Glastonbury in the championship game.

Bill Vizzo had a hat trick and goaltender Luc Amatruda recorded the shutout with 21 saves for Notre Dame-West Haven, which won the seventh title in school history in first since 2002.

Trumbull defeated Branford, 5-3, to win the Division 2 boys title, the first state championship for the program.

Michael Ahearn (two), Brendan Strobel, Tim Strobel and Tim Riley scored for Trumbull.

Newington/Berlin held off Northwest Catholic, 2-1, to claim the Division 3 boys title. It is the first state championship in program history.

Brandon Ralph and Brendon Richard scored for Newington/Berlin, while Drew O’Leary made 18 saves in goal.


Thornton Academy’s C.J. Maksut played a leading role in helping the Trojans win back-to-back Class A state titles and was rewarded for his efforts by being named the 2011-12 recipient of the Travis Roy Award.

The award is named for former Maine standout Travis Roy, who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift of college hockey at Boston University. The award is presented each year to the top Class A boys hockey player.

Maksut scored the game-winning goal in last year’s Class A title game and had a hat trick in this season’s championship game for the Trojans.

He scored 32 goals with 27 assists in 2011-12. For his career at Thornton Academy Maksut had 90 goals and 64 assists for 154 points, a school record.


In addition to Malden Catholic’s win over BC High in the Super 8 title game, five other championships were decided at TD Garden on March 18.

In Division 1 boys, Burlington defeated Milton, 6-2. Brian Hood, Brett Romkey, Adam Crowley, Dan McMahon and Trevor Cimino scored for Burlington, while Derek DeCastro made 25 saves.

Wilmington’s Cam Owens recorded a hat tick as the Wildcats defeated Franklin, 3-2, for the Division 2 boys crown.

Hudson trailed early in the Division 3 boys final, but scored the game’s final five goals in a 5-1 win over Medway. Tyler Kirby (two goals), Tom Fahey, Bryan Carter and Blake Seymour scored for Hudson. Shane Barry had 19 saves in the win.

 The Arlington Catholic girls defeated St. Mary’s of Lynn, 3-1, in the Division 1 girls title game. Natalie Flynn, Adrieanna Rossini and Allyson Cunningham scored Arlington Catholic’s goals, while Megan Messuri made 25 saves in goal to record the victory.

Duxbury’s Hannah Murphy scored a pair of goals as the Green Dragons won their second straight Division 2 girls title with a 3-1 win over Falmouth.

Liz Collins also scored for Duxbury and Rachel Myette stopped 14 shots in net.

The 2012 Massachusetts High School Coaches Association High School All-Star Classic will be played April 1 (noon) at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Team rosters for the game are:

North: Gino Cresta, Swampscott; Casey Shea, Woburn; Brian Hood, Burlington;

Trevor Cimino, Burlington; Chris Maguire, Waltham; Chris Leblanc, Winthrop;

Sam Kurker, St. John's Prep; Brendan Collier, Malden Catholic;

Paul Myers, Malden Catholic; Liam Centrella, Andover; Cam Roy, Newburyport; Peter Sikalis, Acton-Boxboro; Mark Martignetti, Winchester; Jake Secatore, Wakefield; Pat Houghton, Westford Academy; Matt Brett, Westford Academy; Nikko Markham, St. Mary's; John Harty, Austin Prep; Jake Donahue, Central Catholic; Kevin Doherty, Wakefield; Joe Cerulo, Wakefield; David Letarte, St. John's Prep; Kyle Williams, Central Catholic.

South: Conal Lynch, Boston Latin; Connor McLean, Marshfield; Jake McKinnon, Framingham; Tom Quinlan, Springfield Cathedral; Nick Bertoni, Franklin; James Gordon, Hingham; John Hart, Bridgewater-Raynham; Kevin Emmerling, St. John's Shrewsbury; Tom Cahill, Pembroke; Alex Pantalone, Hudson; Matt Sullivan, BC High

Connor Fenton, Braintree; Justin Taylor, Falmouth; Kyle Dolan, Norwood; Ken Jacobson, Duxbury; Tim Parlotta, Needham; Brian Furey, BC High; Max Sherman, Old Rochester Regional; Jake McLellan, Xaverian; Connor Murray, Needham; Kyle Moran, Marshfield; Derek Kwok, Natick; Jake O'Rouke, Medway.

New Hampshire

The Granite State’s finest senior boys hockey players were in action on March 24 in the annual Senior All-Star Classic at Everett Arena in Concord.

The game featured 42 of the top seniors in New Hampshire, with Team Red defeating Team White, 5-3.

Team Red was led by Trinity’s Joe Libby and Merrimack’s David Downie, who scored two goals apiece. Kennett’s Kevin Murphy had Team Red’s other goal.

For Team White, Eddie Conroy of St. Thomas had two goals and Bishop Brady’s Nate Philbrick also scored.

Rhode Island

Coventry swept the Division II championship series against Prout, winning 2-0 and 6-1.

Conner DiPietro had two goals in Coventry’s Game 1 victory, while Michael Pesola tallied twice in Game 2.

The Division III boys championship series was decided in three games, with East Providence earning a 2-1 win over Mount Hope to claim the title.

East Providence won the opener, 4-3, as Kevin Hall had a pair of goals. Hall and Ryan Costa both scored in East Providence’s win in Game 3. East Providence goalie Marc LaValley made 68 saves in the three-game series.


The annual Essex Rotary KeyBank All-Star Classic was held on March 24, featuring Vermont’s top senior boys hockey players.

The Austin Conference defeated the Harris Conference, 2-1, in the 27th annual game.

South Burlington’s Chris Weinheimer tallied the game-winning goal for the Austin Conference. Hunter Grosvenor of Stowe also scored for the Austin Conference.

Billy Whaley (Northfield) tallied the Harris Conference’s lone goal.

South Burlington’s Nate Young (10 saves), Rice’s Ian Koupash (12) and Spaulding’s Kevin Avery (seven) shared the goaltending duties for the Austin Conference.

Pat Campbell of Essex (14 saves), U-32’s Mike Bresette (six) and St. Johnsbury’s Chris O’Donnell (17) split the netminding chores for the Harris Conference.

Final state-by-state rankings


1. Notre Dame-West Haven (20-3-1)

2. Glastonbury (20-5)

3. Fairfield Prep (19-4)

4. West Haven (15-8)

5. Ridgefield (21-3)

6. Trumbull (14-9)

7. Hamden (11-9-2)

8. Darien (17-7)

9. Northwest Catholic (16-4-0)

10. Xavier (11-9-1)


1. Thornton Academy (16-1-1)

2. St. Dominic (12-6)

3. Lewiston (13-4-1)

4. Greely (12-4-2)

5. Messalonskee (15-3)

6. Falmouth (13-4-1)

7. Brewer (17-1)

8. Scarborough (12-4-2)

9. York (11-5-2)

10. Bangor (13-5)


1. Malden Catholic (20-1-4)

2. BC High (13-7-5)

3. St. John’s Prep (16-6-2)

4. Central Catholic (15-5-5)

5. St. Mary’s (18-2-3)

6. Burlington (18-2-6)

7. Milton (19-4-3)

8. Hingham (19-6-2)

9. Wilmington (16-4-5)

10. Hudson (22-1-1)

New Hampshire

1. Pinkerton Academy (16-2)

2. Manchester Memorial (16-5)

3. Bishop Brady (12-6-2)

4. Trinity (11-7-2)

5. Bedford (17-3)

6. Dover (14-6)

7. Merrimack (14-5)

8. Kennett (19-1)

9. Alvirne (18-2)

10. Pelham/Windham (14-4)

Rhode Island

1. Bishop Hendricken (20-3-1)

2. Mount St. Charles (20-9)

3. La Salle (16-8-1)

4. Burrillville (14-8)

5. Moses Brown (11-11-1)

6. Barrington (11-10-2)

7. Coventry (23-2)

8. Prout (17-7-2)

9. East Providence (18-5-1)

10. Mount Hope (18-9-1)


1. BFA St. Albans (19-4)

2. Colchester (15-8-1)

3. Essex (20-0-2)

4. U-32 (18-3-2)

5. South Burlington (17-4)

6. Northfield (20-3)

7. Stowe (15-5-1)

8. Burr and Burton (16-4-3)

9. People’s (11-8-1)

10. St. Johnsbury (13-9)

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