January 26, 2012

High School Journal: Roos calls it a career in Conn.

By Ed Flaherty

Marty Roos, owner of the most coaching victories in Connecticut high school hockey history, announced his immediate retirement on Jan. 18.

Roos, in the midst of his 21st season coaching the Notre Dame-Fairfield boys, stepped down just nine games into the 2011-12 campaign.

"I always felt that when it came time to step down from coaching, I would know that it was time," Roos said in a statement. "Even though Notre Dame is mid-season, I believe that now is the right time."

Notre Dame-Fairfield assistant coach Steve Hetherman was named interim coach for the Lancers, who were 3-6 at the time of Roos’ announcement.

Roos, 76, coached Fairfield Prep beginning in 1972 before moving to Notre Dame-Fairfield in 1991.

A native of Switzerland, Roos won four championships at Fairfield Prep and two more at Notre Dame-Fairfield.

His career record is 536-301-19.

"His passion, dedication, loyalty, commitment and hard work are second to none,” said Notre Dame-Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi in a statement. “He is the ultimate professional and class act.”

Connecticut

The Ridgefield High School boys opened their 2011-12 season on a down note, falling 3-0 to Fairfield Prep.

The Tigers managed to put that loss behind them quite nicely and haven’t looked back.

Ridgefield’s 6-2 win over Trinity Catholic on Jan. 25 was its 10th straight victory following that opening night setback as the Tigers are now 10-1.

Not only has Ridgefield been winning, but the Tigers have done so in dominating fashion.

Over the course of its 10-game winning streak, Ridgefield has outscored its opponents at a 60-13 pace. The Tigers have posted four shutouts during their run.

Maine

The Class B York High School boys added an impressive win to their resume with a 4-3 win over Class A Marshwood/Traip on Jan. 16.

The win gave the Wildcats (6-3-2) a big boost in the Class B Heal Point standings, while handing Marshwood/Traip (9-1) its first loss of the season.

Marshwood/Traip bounced back from the loss to defeat Bonny Eagle, leaving the Hawks unbeaten against Class A opponents.

Massachusetts

The 1st annual Lt. Derek Hines Memorial Hockey Game was held on Jan. 21 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., featuring St. John’s Prep and BC High.

The game honored First Lt. Derek Hines, a St. John’s Prep graduate and former hockey player who attended West Point and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005 while serving with the 173rd Airborne Division.

In addition to the hockey game, the Hines family has established a fund to help Massachusetts soldiers and their families who have suffered injuries.

St. John’s defeated BC High in the game, 3-1.

New Hampshire

The Hanover High School girls have had a virtual stranglehold on the state championship trophy since the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association began sanctioning girls hockey.

The Marauders have won three of the four titles, including last season’s romp to the state championship.

This season may provide more of a test for Hanover, however, judging by the Division 1 standings.

Four teams are bunched closely at the top of the standings with very little differentiating them.

At the top of the heap are Lebanon (7-1) and Hanover (7-1), followed closely by Oyster River (7-2) and Concord (6-2).

Until recently, Oyster River – led by senior Marissa Biederman, who notched her 100th career point on Jan. 4 – stood alone at the top with a perfect 7-0 record.

The top four teams have accounted for each other’s losses to this point in the season.

Rhode Island

Cranston West High School goalkeeper Derek Hagopian turned in an outstanding effort in defeat against Mount St. Charles on Jan. 16, turning aside 63 of the 66 shots he faced in a 3-1 Division I loss.

For the season, Hagopian has a 0.924 save percentage, having allowed 30 goals while making 367 saves for Cranston West (4-6-2).

Vermont

Stowe High School senior Ross Mandigo recorded the 200th point of his career with a two-goal, two-assist performance in Stowe’s 5-1 win over Middlebury on Jan. 25.

The game was a rematch of last season’s Division II state title game, which was also won by Stowe. …

South Burlington senior Molly Higgins became the first player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau as she had a pair of assists in the Rebels’ 4-1 win over Hartford on Jan. 21.

Higgins is a senior captain for South Burlington.

Game of the Week

Two of New Hampshire’s top Division III teams will meet on Saturday when unbeaten Alvirne (8-0) takes on Pelham/Windham (7-1).

Alvirne is one of just two unbeaten teams in the Granite State, along with fellow Division III member Kennett.

Pelham/Windham has been climbing the standings since an opening night loss against Alvirne and will have a chance at redemption.

New England high school power rankings

Connecticut

1. Fairfield Prep (8-2)

2. Notre Dame-West Haven (11-2)

3. Ridgefield (10-1)

4. East Haven (8-1-2)

5. South Windsor (8-2)

6. Trumbull (8-3)

7. Guilford (7-2)

8. Glastonbury (7-2)

9. Staples-Weston-Shelton (6-2)

10. Xavier (6-4-1)

Maine

1. Scarborough (9-1-1)

2. Thornton Academy (8-1-1)

3. Bangor (8-1)

4. Marshwood/Traip (9-1)

5. Brewer (10-1)

6. Messalonskee (9-1)

7. Lewiston (7-3-1)

8. St. Dominic (7-2)

9. York (6-3-2)

10. Hall Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook (6-3)

Massachusetts

1. Malden Catholic (7-1-2)

2. St. Mary’s Lynn (11-1-1)

3. Hingham (10-2)

4. Needham (10-2)

5. Burlington (8-1-2)

6. Westford Academy (8-2-1)

7. BC High (6-2-2)

8. Woburn (8-3-1)

9. Franklin (10-1-1)

10. Marshfield (10-1-1)

New Hampshire

1. Pinkerton (8-1)

2. Memorial (10-2)

3. Bedford  (7-2)

4. Dover (6-2)

5. Merrimack (6-3)

6. Bishop Brady (6-3-1)

7. Alvirne (8-0)

8. Kennett (8-0)

9. Oyster River (5-3)

10. Pelham/Windham (7-1)

Rhode Island

1. Hendricken (10-0-1)

2. La Salle (6-3-1)

3. Johnston/North Providence (10-0)

4. Cumberland (9-1-1)

5. Prout (9-2-2)

6. Coventry (7-1)

7. Portsmouth (6-3-1)

8. Middletown (7-1-2)

9. Pilgrim (8-2-1)

10. Mount Hope (6-2)

Vermont

1. Essex (10-0-1)

2. BFA St. Albans (11-1)

3. South Burlington (10-1)

4. U-32 (8-1-1)

5. Burr and Burton (9-2-1)

6. Northfield (10-2)

7. St. Johnsbury (9-3)

8. Stowe (7-3-1)

9. Colchester (7-4-1)

10. Missiquoi (7-4)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com.