After Helping Guide U.S. U-18 Team to Gold, Barnes Sparks New Hampton Girls to NEPSAC Crown
By BOB YORK
Cayla Barnes can finally exhale. After playing on a team that won three straight world championships, she’s realized yet another dream as a hockey player – playing on a team that won a New England championship.
Barnes, who became the only player to ever win three consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation gold medals earlier this year when the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team captured its third straight world title, finally grabbed a much more elusive gold medal in March. In what would be her final try in her final game with the New Hampton School girls hockey team, Barnes helped the Huskies hoist the New England Prep School Athletic Council Division I championship trophy following a 3-1 win over Kent School.
Worcester Academy Girls' Ice Hockey Wins 2017 NEPSAC Division II Championship
Photo courtesy of Cushing Academy
Former NEPSAC Stars Still Shining Bright
By BOB YORK
Thanks to a trio of Pittsburgh Penguins who were born and bred in New England and honed their talents in the rinks of the area’s prep schools, thousands of hockey fans throughout the region received their just reward this summer: a chance to get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup.
For Nick Bonino (Avon Old Farms School), Conor Sheary (Cushing Academy) and Ben Lovejoy (Deerfield Academy), this was a time to return to their roots and show off the spoils of a National Hockey League championship. It was an opportunity to thank those who had helped them along the way as well as inspire the younger generations of skaters in the audiences to dream big, because – as the Cup will attest – dreams do come true.
Beth Larcom of St. George's Has an Eye on U.S. Olympic Team
St. George's Goalkeeper Beth
Larcom to play hockey at Harvard University and earned a spot on the Under-18 U.S. National team.
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2015 St. Paul's Girls Hockey: New England Champions For The First Time
St. Paul’s School can call itself New England girls hockey champions for the first time in School history.
The girls varsity hockey team (22-4-2) capped off a remarkable tournament run with a 6-2 victory over No. 5 seed
Pomfret in the
NEPSAC Division 1 tournament finals on March 8 at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.
“We struggled with injuries and sickness at the end of the year,” said head coach Heather Farrell. “When the playoffs rolled around, we were healthy again and got hot at the right time.”
The title game was much closer than indicated by the final score. Both teams came out of the gate fast, with co-captain Bridget Carey ’15 scoring for the Big Red just 37 seconds into the game, followed by a
Pomfret goal 43 seconds later. SPS struggled to stay out of the box in the first period, committing three penalties. The team’s penalty kill held strong and, as a bonus, provided some offense, with Carey scoring her second of the game – shorthanded – to give the Big Red a 2-1 advantage.
St. Paul’s made it 3-1, thanks to an
Izzy Stoddard ’17 tally in the second period.
Pomfret kept things close with a goal 1:03 into the third. However,
Pomfret was unable to overcome penalties as the Big Red scored a power-play goal off the stick of Gillis
Frechette ’18 to make it 4-2.
St. Paul’s widened the gap late in the game, with
Frechette adding an empty-net goal with 1:44 remaining, and Carey capping off an impressive performance by completing the hat trick 40 seconds later to give the Big Red the 6-2 victory.
Goalie Kerri St. Denis ’15 was outstanding in net, making 28 saves to help SPS earn the New England title. The co-captain was impressive throughout the Big Red’s three-game run through the tournament, stopping 88 of the 90 shots she faced.
“When I’m in the zone, I can feel it,” said St. Denis. “I could feel how well I was playing and how it was impacting my team. It gave me so much confidence.”
A change in style of play this season helped the Big Red get over the hump of the semifinals for the first time in three years. They relied more on effort, which Carey believes played a big part in their championship run.
“In years past, we relied a lot on skill,” the captain explained. “This year it was a hard-working team. We grinded.”
Farrell instilled a new philosophy for the team – to try and score early, then defend those leads. It was a strategy that worked well in the first two rounds of the tournament, with shutouts over perennial nemesis No. 3 Nobles (2-0) and No 2. Williston Northampton (1-0) in which the game-winning goals were notched in the first period.
Governor’s alumna Alex Carpenter ’11 Named Kazmaier Award Recipient
Boston College junior and Governor’s alumna Alex Carpenter ’11 was recently named the winner of the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey who displays the highest standards of personal and team excellence.
Rivers Captures 2015 Girls' Ice Hockey Division 2 Championship
Rivers’ girls’ ice hockey team won the 2015 NEPSAC Division II Championship by defeating Southfield 5-1 in the tournament finals at the Berkshire School on Sunday. On the way to their successful bid, the #1 seeded team beat the Gunnery 2-1 in the quarterfinals, and Berwick Academy 3-2 in the semifinals.
While the team has made it to tournament play every year for the past decade, this is the first time they have brought home the trophy.
2014-15 NEPSAC Girls' Ice Hockey All-Star Team Named
for the 2014-15 NEPSGIHA All-Star Teams.
New Hampton's Barnes ’17 Makes United States U18 National Team for Tilt against Canada
Two Other Huskies Invited to US National Camps
The only position player with a '99 birth year (there was one '99 goalie), Cayla Barnes was recently selected to play for the U18 Women's National team in an exhibition series against Canada. Not only was she invited, but she also started Game Two and logged a lot of ice time while in Calgary.
2014 Westminster School Martlets Win Division I New England Championship
For the third time in five years, the Westminster School Martlets won the Girls’ Division I New England Championship, but this time the road to victory was more unpredictable. Seeded sixth, Westminster had to overcome No. 3 seed Pomfret, No. 2 seed St. Paul’s and No. 1 seed Nobles.
The quarterfinal matchup against Pomfret was a game for the ages. It took three overtime periods, which almost doubled the length of the game, to put away the Griffins. Tori DeAngelis ’14 scored the game winner. After losing to Pomfret earlier in the season, this was sweet revenge for the Black and Gold. Brooke Wolejko ’14 was a rock in goal and ended the game with 51 saves.