Friday, December 28, 2012

X-mas Hockey off on the Wrong Skate, but X-Country Runners go All-State

La Salle College High School Routs Hendricken Hawks 8-3
by Mark Stillson
Bishop Hendricken’s first game in the 17th annual Mount St. Charles Holiday Tournament didn’t go as expected. The team faced LaSalle College High School from Wyndmoor, PA, at six o’clock Thursday evening at Adelard Arena in Woonsocket. Expectations for the Hawks were high coming into this game, as they were coming off of huge wins against the number one team in Massachusetts, Malden Catholic; tying LaSalle Academy an injury fund game prior the start of the season, in addition to wins against Burrillville 5-1 and La Salle Academy once again, 3-2.

At the start of the game both teams came out of the gates strong. Each team was great on defense and had great offensive opportunities, and both had solid net-minding by the Hawks’ Proulx and LaSalle’s Corbin Gustafson. The Hawks, though, drew first blood with a goal scored by Josh Olson and assisted by Matthew Kim at 12:11 into the period. After having taken the 1-0 lead, the Hawks seemed to lose a bit of their aggressiveness; La Salle then took the goal against and used it as inspiration, and in less than a minute LCHS had put two goals on the board. From that point until the end of the second period, the Hawks never seemed to regain the fire with which they had emerged from the gate.

The Hawks tried to rally back after having given up another two goals, but despite the goal by Andrew Fera (assisted by Jamie Armstrong and Sam Boulanger), they still never seemed to figure out how to really get to Gustafson. Another goal from LaSalle’s Jaquay gave them a 5-2 lead, and Head Coach Jim Creamer moved to his back-up senior, Craig Colson.  Colson played a spectacular rest of the second period, stopping all 7 shots faced.

After the intermission, the Hawks came out and played a hard and physical game until LaSalle scored again, at which point it was clear that our guys knew it wasn’t their night.  Overall the team didn’t play to expectations, but there were some positives. Matthew Creamer scored a goal assisted by Eddie Markowski. The goaltending by Colson was great, especially given the tough situation into which he entered the game.  Hopefully, the Hawks will be able to rally back Friday at 2 pm, against St. Joseph Collegiate.

Doyle, Tierney, and Henseler Earn First-Team All-State Cross-Country Honors

In today's Providence Journal, three of our runners were showcased as part of the First-Team All-State Cross Country squad.  Congratulations go out to Connor Doyle, Colin Tierney, and Tyler Henseler for a tremedous season.  Senior Alex Doherty also took home some of the proverbial hardware, as he was named to the All-State Second Team.  Congratulations to the entire cross country team and the whole coaching staff for their remarkable fall accomplishments.