Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hockey Weekend in Review, 1/25 & 1/26

                                                                by Mark Stillson


This past weekend the Bishop Hendricken Varsity Hockey team faced two tough divisional opponents, Friday night against La Salle Academy and on Saturday against Mount St. Charles. The Hawks split the weekend set, beating the Rams but losing to the Mounties.

Friday night’s game against La Salle was by far one of the best games of the season. Both Hendricken and La Salle came out of the gate strong, but with both teams staging such an epic physical and defensive battle, there was no scoring in the first period.  The second period was highlighted by a power play goal off the stick of Eddie Markowski (from Matthew Creamer).  LaSalle overcame that setback, however, and tied the score with a goal by Giblin minutes into the third period.

As the defensive battle continued to drag on some seven minutes into the final frame, Dakota Hersey and Andrew Fera scored 44 seconds apart and quickly turned it into a 3-1 game. After pulling their goalie late in the game, LaSalle managed one more goal with five ticks left on the clock. The Hawks won 3-2, and senior goaltender Mitch Proulx saved 20 of 22 shots on goal.

Mount St. Charles arrived at Thayer on Saturday night (the first two periods of which were broadcast live here at The Network and can still be seen in the previous post), and both teams played an extremely physical game, with players on both sides availing themselves of every opportunity to deliver crunching hits. Playing such intense back-to-back weekend games seemed to take a toll on the Hawks, however, as they never seemed to get their legs underneath them.  The Hawks made more than a few uncharacteristic mistakes, and the Mounties departed Thayer with a 3-1 win (the third goal an empty-netter, as the Hawks had pulled the goalie).

 Despite the Hawks’ absorbing their first league loss, there where positives. Goalie Mitch Proulx was outstanding between the pipes, the defense was good, and the changes to the lines made during the intermission worked for a while. Tucker Alberigo scored the lone goal for the Hawks, as Lawrence (Mount’s goalie) stood on his head the entire game, turning away all of our scoring chances.

This weekend the Hawks once again face Mount, on Friday night but this time at Mount at 9 pm.  On Saturday, the boys face Xavier High School of Mass at Thayer Arena at 6:00 pm.  As of right now, the Xavier game will be broadcast live, right here at The Network.

One further broadcasting note: the Hendricken-LaSalle basketball game from this past Monday night, originally scheduled to be broadcast live but postponed due to inclement weather, will be played this coming Monday night at Pepin Gym.  Once again, the game is slated to be broadcast here at The Network, barring any unforeseen difficulties.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hockey Night: Hendricken vs. Mount, from Thayer Arena - LIVE!

Click HERE  or on the right sidebar (Hawks Sports at Ustream) to watch the Hawks and Mounties face off on the ice.  The Hawks enter the game with a 9-0 record in league play, 11-1 overall.  It's obviously not too much of a stretch to think that this could be a preview of the state finals in March.  

Enjoy the game.

Hockey tops LaSalle Again, Remains Unbeaten; Basketball Takes another Step

With yet another big game against the Mount coming up tonight (slated to be broadcast here at The Network), our skaters assured that they would enter the game unbeaten in league play by knocking off LaSalle last night at Thayer Arena, 3-2.  The Providence Journal's brief account of the game can be found here, and the slideshow can be found here.  Below is the Journal's scoring summary of the entire game.


Bishop Hendricken High School 3, La Salle Academy 2-Final
La Salle AcademyLeague: 5-4Season: 7-5
Bishop Hendricken High SchoolLeague: 9-0Season: 11-1

Friday January 25, 2013 7:30pm
La Salle Academy002002
Bishop Hendricken High School012003

Scoring summary
Per.TeamScorerAssisted byPlay typeTime
2Hend.E. MarkowskiM. CreamerPower-play13:23
3LSAT. GiblinM. BotieriGoal4:54
3Hend.D. HerseyGoal7:19
3Hend.A. FeraM. Creamer, S. DumondGoal8:03
3LSAN. MiglioriB. AldrichGoal14:55

Player stats - La Salle Academy
Nick Migliori1100
Tyler Walsh00028
Ben Aldrich1010
Matt Botieri1010
Tim Giblin1100
Player stats - Bishop Hendricken High School
Mitchell Proulx00020
Andrew Fera1100
Edward Markowski1100
Matt Creamer2020
Steven Dumond101
Dakota Hersey1100

Over in Smithfield, the basketball team knocked off the Sentinels 53-36.  William Tavares and Matt Duffy combined for 24 points, which included two 3-pointers from Tavares.  The Hawks had opened up a 30-14 lead by halftime and never looked back.

The JV also managed to bring back a W from Smithfield, 60-50.

Don't forget - the home game against LaSalle this Monday night, January 28th, is scheduled to be broadcast right here at The Network.  Pass the word, especially should any of the players have family who live out-of-state and wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to watch a game live.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Indoor Track Holds Onto Top Spot; Basketball Continues to Improve

As the winter sports season moves along through January, both our indoor track and basketball teams continue their different degrees of success.

The Providence Journal recently made note of the results of the second RI Track & field Foundation Coaches' Poll, which once again had our indoor track squad sitting atop the filed at #1.  The Journal's story, and the state rankings, can be found here.

The basketball team split a pair of games earlier this week, dropping a tough one to an extremely talented and athletic Mount Pleasant team, 44-36, and then bouncing back with an impressive 53-38 win over Woonsocket.  As the season and team have continued to progress, Coach Gomes once again points to our guys' willingness to work hard and play solid team defense as the key to the team's being able to compete down the stretch and into the playoffs.

In the game at Mount Pleasant, the Hawks clamped down on one of the leading scorers in the state, Jovel Bedeford, holding him to 11 points.  Kazre Cummings and Ryan Hagerty led the way offensively, scoring 14 and 9 points respectively.  Hagerty had one of his best all-round games to date as he added 8 rebounds to his night's totals.  His hard work was also complemented nicely by Matt Duffy's, who played solid and efficient minutes throughout the game.

The Providence Journal's slideshow of the game can be found here.

In the end, though, it was the Hawks' shooting, both outside and at the foul stripe, that was their undoing.  Coach Gomes continues to stress that the team must improve in both areas.

The victory over Woonsocket was truly an impressive team defensive effort.  The 53-38 win was primarily sparked by the 20 steals tallied by the entire team, 11 of them coming from Matt Duffy.  The Hawks' toughness inside also came through in their 32 team rebounds and 36 points in the paint.

The Hawks were once again led by Hagerty and Cummings.  Hagerty contributed 13 points, grabbed 8 of the rebounds and even two of the steals.  Kazre added 9 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals, while Tavares, Duffy, and Coustard all finished with eight points each.  Parmlee also had 7 points and 6 of the team's boards.

The Hawks play at Smithfield tonight, and on Monday will take on LaSalle at home in one of the bigger games of the year.  As of right now, that game is scheduled to be broadcast live here on the Hawks Sports Network, as is Saturday night's hockey game against Mount St. Charles from Thayer Arena.

Check for updates on the broadcasts here at The Network.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Another Great Game for the Hawks

by Mark Stillson

This past weekend was yet another great one for the Bishop Hendricken varsity hockey team, as they defeated Barrington 4-1 last Friday night on the Eagles’ home ice, Lynch Arena.

The game got underway fast, with the Hawks spending most of the first period in the Eagles’ zone and putting a lot of shots on their goalie, Andrew Galbraith. The Hawks scored three goals in the first period: one on a power play, one off an extended series of shots, and the last off an odd-man rush. The goal scorers were Eddy Markowski  (from Matthew Creamer) and Andrew Fera, whose came just past the two-minute mark of the period.  The power play goal was Armstrong’s and came just four minutes into the period off a stolen puck when the Eagles were attempting to clear the neutral zone.  The Hawks’ final goal came when Waterman and Boulanger rushed down the ice and beat the two defensemen and the goalie, glove high.  The Hawks continued to keep strong offensive pressure on Barrington throughout the game and capped off their scoring with another power play goal, this one by Dakota Hersey.

Harrington netted the lone Barrington goal, assisted by Miller.

The Hawks dominated play throughout and had possession of the puck for the vast majority of the game. Proulx ended up with 12 saves on 13 shots, while Galbraith stopped 31 of 35.

The Hawks play next at Thayer, Saturday January 19, against Smithfield High School, followed by a game on Martin Luther King day in Burrillville at Levy Rink, located just behind their high school.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hoopsters Move Above .500

The link to the Providence Journal's summary of our varsity basketball team's win over previously undefeated Coventry can be found here.

Bishop Hendricken High School 52, Coventry High School 45-Final
Coventry High SchoolLeague: 6-1Season: 8-2
Bishop Hendricken High SchoolLeague: 4-3Season: 4-3

Friday January 11, 2013 7:00pm
Coventry High School271800045
Bishop Hendricken High School242800052

Player stats - Bishop Hendricken High School

Ryan Hagerty115011
Mario McClain21000
William Tavares155413
Will Parmlee51035
Chris O'Brien00000
Jason Rosario00000
Garfield Coustard166222
Matt Duffie00000
Kyle Henseler10012
Ira Lough21000
Michael Muto00000

Friday, January 11, 2013

Interview with Coach Gomes - LIVE!!

Click here to watch The Network's first live telecast - and interview with Hawks' head basketball coach, Jamaal Gomes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hockey Stays Strong, Hoopsters Continue to Grow

Great Weekend for Hendricken Hockey
Mark Stillson

This past weekend was a great one for the Bishop Hendricken Varsity Hockey Team. The team won both of its games, the first coming in a Friday night win over Barrington High School ,6-3,and  the second  a huge Saturday night road victory over Mount St. Charles at Adelard Arena,  4-0.

In the Friday night contest, the Hawks faced the Barrington Eagles at Thayer Arena .  Barrington drew first blood on a power play goal during a scrum in front of the net, which screened Hawks’ goalie Craig Colson. Sure enough, though, the Hawks fought back and 6 minutes later, Anthony Fera  (assisted by Matthew Creamer and Tucker Alberigo) put the biscuit in the basket and had the good guys on the board . From that point on Hendricken scored another three goals in the first period, two of which also came off Fera’s stick (giving him a hat trick), with the other scored by Eddy Markowski. 

 Second period action was generally quiet.  In addition to a couple of fluke goals, Jamie Armstrong dented the back of the net for the Hawks, and the third period saw  Coach Creamer put Mitch Proulx in net for the Hawks, who stopped all four shots he faced. Finelli scored the final tally, sealing the 6-3 victory for the Green and Gold.

A brief snippet of the game action can be seen here.

Saturday night at Woonsocket, the Hawks and Mounties played a hard and very physical game.  Proulx was a phenomenal in net for the entire game, stopping all 44 shots he faced; Lawrence, the Mounties’ netminder, also played a great game, stopping 27 of 31 shots he faced.  The Mount, however, just couldn’t get to Proulx. The Hawks’ four goals were scored by Fera (2), Creamer, and Waterman.

To this point, Hendricken has an overall record of 7-1 and is undefeated in league play (5-0). The Hawks play only one game the week of January 7th, on  Friday the 11th in a repeat matchup with Barrington, this time at Dennis Lynch Arena.  The Hawks follow that up with games against Smithfield on the 19th (7:30, Thayer) and then the following Monday at Burrillville at Levy Rink at 2:30.

                               Early Season Growing Pains for Hawks' Basketball


When the basketball season began, Coach Gomes and the rest of his staff felt that this year might be - if  not a complete re-building year - a year when it might take a bit longer than usual for his fairly young team to develop into the cohesive unit that is typically the trademark of his teams.  As expected, the team has so far experienced some early-season (and perhaps necessary) lumps, but according to Coach Gomes, there have been some very encouraging signs along the way.

Over the Christmas break, the team traveled to New Jersey, where they played in a holiday tournament against some stiff competition.  While the guys came out on the short end in both of their contests in the Garden State, according to all members of the coaching staff, the team more than held their own and more and more began to show the toughness that our basketball teams always do.  This past Monday night, the Hawks took their home floor against a talented North Kingstown team in a game that our coaches knew that they would have to turn into a grinder if they were to have a chance.  Our guys more than stepped up to the challenge, as they held a three-point lead with eight minutes to go.  In the end, however, our guys fell just short, as NK emerged from our building with a hard-fought 56-50 win.

The Providence Journal's slideshow from the game can be found here.

Will Tavares, Garfield Coustard, and Kazre Cummings all contributed very solid performances, as they scored 17, 10, and 8 points respectively, and the trio combined for 20 rebounds (and let's not forget a monster dunk by Koz). 


The team also collectively forced a very good North Kingstown team into turning the ball over twenty times, which, according to Coach Gomes, is a tribute to the tough, fundamental team defense that the guys maintained throughout the contest.

Coach added that since the team returned from the tournament in New Jersey, he has seen outstanding progress and improvement in overall chemistry and teamwork.  The heart, effort, and determination with which the Hawks played against NK is clearly a testament to that.