Boys Ice Hockey News
A Reunion at the Rink
Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:36

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Norwood High senior Jack Sheehan was recently named BSC Herget Division MVP and played in the MSCHA All-Star Game on Saturday in Worcester. Wicked Local Staff Photo/Keith E. Jacobson

By Keith Pearson
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The top senior hockey players from across the state laced up the skates for one last time Saturday at the MSCHA All-Star Game presented by the Shriners, and couple of Norwood natives were among them as BC High’s Steve DeForge and Norwood High’s Jack Sheehan took to the DCU Center ice.
For the two it was a reunion of sorts, having playing youth sports together before going their separate ways when it came time to choosing a high school. DeForge opted to become an Eagle, while Sheehan went to Xaverian Brothers for two years before transferring to Norwood. They were a part of a 7-1 win for the South squad over the North in the fifth annual boys contest, completing a sweep for the South after a 4-3 win for the girls.
DeForge, who was also joined on the South squad by fellow BC High teammate Sam Topham, was joined on a forward line with Duxbury’s Trevor O’Brien and Braintree’s Nick Ward. DeForge had a pair of assists for the game. Fellow forward Sheehan was kept off the scoresheet, having a goal waved off for tipping in a shot with a high stick, but noted that his line did manage to pick up a goal during the game.
It was a chance for two townies to renew old acquaintances.
"We go way back. Squirts is when we met, played baseball as well and golfed together," said DeForge. "During the summers we were together nearly every day playing hockey, street hockey or golf."
"It was pretty cool. Haven’t been in the same locker room as that kid in I don’t know how long," said Sheehan. "Our numbers were matched up across from each other… Steve was like my brother back in the day, being able to play with him was something I’ll remember. He means a lot to me, great buddy of mine and it was awesome to play out there with him again."
Both are coming off stellar seasons in which they received honors from their respective leagues. Sheehan was named the Bay State Conference Herget Division MVP while DeForge garnered co-MVP of the Catholic Conference.
Sheehan finished with 50 points this winter, including 27 goals, and had 49 goals in his two years with the Mustangs He helped lead the Mustangs into the Division 1 South semifinals, scoring four goals and registereing six points in the three tournament games.
DeForge was coming off his best offensive season in his four years, scoring 16 goals and adding 10 assists helping the Eagles win the Catholic Conference title for the first time since 2003 and to a Super Eight berth. He finished his career with 28 goals and 40 assists.
"Senior Night against Catholic Memorial, we were coming off our first loss of the season to Malden Catholic. It was our final home game, a huge crowd of like 2,000," DeForge said of his top moment of the season. "It ended up 5-0, and I had a goal and an assist or two assists. Being part of the first Catholic Conference championship for BC High since 2003 means a lot to me."

While typical seniors in high school become college freshmen the following year, the road is not so smooth for most hockey players, and both Sheehan and DeForge have aspirations to play in the collegiate ranks.

Sheehan said he will play with the South Shore Kings of the United States Premier Hockey League, a junior league. He has two years of eligibility and hopes to be able to find a college team that takes an interest to him.

"I definitely want to play in college," he said. "The sport is my life pretty much. I can’t let go of it."

Sheehan said he will be playing on the Elite team and will be working for a spot on the Premier level team.

He said the opportunity to play in the game Saturday was another opportunity to increase his chance to compete at the college level.

"One of my goals this year was to get to this event, there is a lot of recognition to this event," Sheehan said of the All-Star Game put on by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association. "It throws your name out there as a hockey player."

The path for DeForge is less certain, as he is undecided as to whether he will go the junior route or do a postgraduate year at a prep school. Their path is a similar one to those that aspire to play at the next level.

"It’s not appealing to anybody, like my football friends are confused," DeForge said. "The route to take in order to play college hockey, a lot have to take that year or two (after graduating high school)."

As for the game itself, they were thrilled to be involved in playing with some of the top players in the area and for helping a cause like the Shriners.

"Saturday was a lot of fun. It was definitely an honor to play in the game, to be selected by my coach and the coaches," DeForge said. "We played for a great cause, the money we raised... It was thrilling for us, a lot of kids put in a lot of work to raise the money."


 

 

 

 
Norwood 2, Walpole 0: Zeroing in on Tournament
Thursday, 27 February 2014 20:12

Boys hockey continues its dominance of rival Walpole.

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Norwood senior captain John Galvin cuts sharply with the puck in Saturday's 2-0 win over Walpole.

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By Dan Zimmerman
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Posted Feb. 19, 2014 @ 6:07 am
Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 6:11 AM

 

CANTON — On Saturday, 14 sets of parents braved the second snowstorm in as many days to receive a bouquet of flowers, pose for a photograph with their favorite hockey player, and most importantly, watch as the Norwood High boys hockey team wrapped up another successful regular season with a 2-0 shutout win on Senior Night over archrival Walpole.
"We definitely wanted to go out with a bang tonight," said Norwood senior captain Jack Sheehan, who opened the scoring and assisted on the second goal. "Especially in our home rink in front of our parents and so many of our friends and fans. We got a little momentum and kept it going."
Norwood closes out the regular season at 11-5-4 overall and 11-3-2 in the Bay State Conference, second behind Milton in Herget Division after back-to-back titles.
"My assistant coach Mitch Mortali figured it out and in the last dozen or so years, we’re 3-18-3 against Norwood," said Walpole coach Ron Dowd. "We haven’t beaten this team too often so we couldn’t really call this much of a rivalry right now."
All of the scoring occurred in a three-minute time span midway through the second period, starting with 6:58 left. As the Mustang tandem of John Galvin and Sheehan barreled over the blue line at breakneck speed, Galvin fed his linemate a wing-to-wing pass. Sheehan’s aim was true as he drilled a blistering wrist shot, beating Rebel goaltender Tim Kurker just inside the post on the stick side.
"Jack has played well all year and he has had a number of big goals for us," said Norwood coach Bill Clifford. "Actually, that entire line has played great hockey. Sheehan, John Galvin, and Mark Powers work very well together and have contributed. They’re unselfish hockey players."
The Norwood first line trio made it 2-0 with 4:03 remaining. Galvin skated hard to the net and tried to plant one under the crossbar. Kurker made the stop, but Powers, who was circling the net, gathered the rebound and tucked in a textbook wraparound. Sheehan earned another point with a helper on the insurance goal.
"Plain and simple, it was Jack Sheehan," said Dowd when asked to point out the factors leading to the Walpole defeat. "He has played two games against us this season and has five points. We tried to take him out of the game tonight and he still found a way to put himself on the scoresheet, twice."
For a moment late in the third, it looked as if Norwood goalie Denis Drummey, who turned aside 23 bids on the night, lost the shutout. But the officials negated a Walpole goal on a high stick call.

With 1:38 left in the game, Dowd pulled Kurker in favor of an extra skater but Drummey refused to yield to the pressure, earning his second shutout of the season. His teammates helped make it happen by repeatedly icing the puck in the final 30 seconds. Sheehan sent it the distance a couple of times in hopes he could bag an empty-netter but was wide by a matter of inches.

"My coach (Ryan) Doneghey had 22 goals when he played," said Sheehan. "I was trying to beat his record but missed the open net and ended up tying him."

MIAA hockey pairings are scheduled to be announced on Saturday, although Norwood may not know its assignment until the after the Super Eight play-in games are completed.

"Ending the season with a playoff-style game like this was important," said Clifford. "Tonight, we came out and played well. The intensity was there and there’s no question you want to go into the tournament on a high note."
 
Boys hockey is back in the race
Friday, 14 February 2014 20:11

 

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Posted Feb. 13, 2014 @ 3:14 am

Norwood, Mass.

After a disappointing 7-1 loss to Milton, the Norwood High boys hockey team figured the only chance it had at a third straight Bay State Conference Herget Division title was to win out and hope for things to break its way. Thus far, both ends of those plans are coming to fruition.

The Mustangs followed up a 9-1 rout of Dedham with a 3-2 victory over Wellesley to jump back on top of the Herget standings. Norwood stood at 10-2-2 in the BSC heading into last night?s game with Natick. Milton was a point back at 10-2-1 after a 3-2 loss to Walpole on Saturday, although the Wildcats were still in control of their own destiny with a game in hand.

Norwood moved to 10-4-4 overall with a 2-2 tie against Brockton Monday. A Danny Farrell goal with 5:35 to play gave the Mustangs a 2-1 lead in the third, but the Boxers tied in with a power-play strike to steal a point.

Farrell deposited the game-winner with under two minutes to play against the Raiders, assisted by Matt Hajjar and Stephen Gross. It was Farrell?s second goal as he gave Norwood a 1-0 lead.

"That Farrell line is starting to put the puck in the net, which is good to see," said Norwood coach Bill Clifford.

Wellesley answered with a pair to go up 2-1, but Norwood trailed for only 25 second before John Galvin responded, sending the game into the third period tied at 2-all.

Sheehan had a huge seven-point game in the win over Dedham, registering three goals and four assists. The top line accounted for six goals in all as Galvin added two and Mark Powers one.

After Natick, Norwood wraps up its BSC slate by hosting rival Walpole on Saturday. Milton was scheduled to play Wellesley last night before games with Dedham Saturday and Natick on Tuesday.

"We need to take care of business and hope for a little more help," said Clifford.

- See more at: http://norwood.wickedlocal.com/article/20140213/SPORTS/140218244/2001/SPORTS#sthash.rAbYsK8P.dpuf

 
Boys Hockey Finding Extra Gear in Third
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:12

 

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By the Sports Staff
Posted Jan. 30, 2014 @ 2:21 am

The Mustangs turned it on third period in their last two wins, a 2-0 shutout of Needham on Saturday and a 4-2 triumph over Framingham last Wednesday. Norwood stood at 6-3-3 overall and 6-1-2 in the Bay State Conference, three points behind Milton in the Herget Division, entering play last night.

Denis Drummey stopped 20 shots to record his first varsity shutout in the win over the Rockets. The game was scoreless until Danny Farrell finally broke the ice five minutes into the third period, assisted by Matt Hajjar and Sean Mellen. Jack Sheehan added an insurance goal with less than four minutes to play.

Norwood was also knotted with the Flyers entering the third, this time 1-1, but Hajjar and Sheehan scored in a 1:40 span early in the period, and John Galvin put the game with a empty-netter after Framingham cut the lead to 3-2.

Hajjar had two goals on the night, Galvin and Sheehan each registered a goal and an assist while Mark Powers added two assists.

- See more at: http://norwood.wickedlocal.com/article/20140130/SPORTS/140139840/2001/SPORTS#sthash.AvZzokN5.dpuf

 
Sheehan Goals Forge Tie with Duxbury
Thursday, 02 January 2014 18:33

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Pictured in photo:  Mustangs' Captain Jack Sheehan

By the Sports Staff

A pair of goals from Jack Sheehan lifted the Mustangs out of an early deficit and to a 2-2 tie with Duxbury on Monday as Norwood moved to 2-1-1 on the season.

The Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals just 1:15 apart, but Norwood evened it up by the end of the period as Sheehan struck with 4:23 left in the first, from Mark Powers and John Galvin, and again at 2:01, from Galvin and Tim Kent.

That marked the end of the scoring as Denis Drummey blanked Duxbury for the final two-and-a-half periods, making 30 saves.

Sheehan struck for the game-winner with 8:27 left in the second period on Saturday in a 2-1 win over Weymouth, keeping Norwood unbeaten in Bay State Conference play at 2-0.

Galvin had a goal and an assist, scoring in the first period unassisted and setting up Sheehan’s goal. Drummey was solid in net to earn the win.

"It’s been a tough stretch of games for us with Hingham, Weymouth and Duxbury," said Norwood coach Bill Clifford. "The kids are working hard, they are getting there."

Norwood is idle through the rest of the holiday break, resuming play with a trip to Milton on Jan. 4.

 
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