Winners of the first two Clifford Games, the Falcons have continued to get solid goaltending from second-year junior starter Alex ‘A.T.’ Taylor. Junior Steve Ganley has looked very good on defense through a half-dozen games, as has Trevor Daly (3 goals) as a pivot on the second line with senior wings Tyler Dustin and captain Jay Calcagno. A shakeup on the first line has two-time captain Kevin Hodgkins skating with Matty Flynn and gifted freshman Robert Tibbetts, who buried his first varsity goal last week. Sean Lundergan has earned his spot as the team’s third line center while hustle guy James Curley lines up next to him at right wing.
It’s called Being A Teammate: During yesterday’s Frozen Fenway contest against Malden Catholic at Fenway Park, St. John’s Prep sophomore center Scott Newton unselfishly gave up his own skates so that his teammate, senior defenseman Evan Leclerc — who is on the ice much more — could continue to play after the latter broke a skate.
It’s been a tough start to the season for Swampscott, as the defending Division 3 North champions sit at 1-4-1. Injuries have really demolished the Big Blue; sophomore Noah Maercklein, who scored 29 points a year ago as a ninth grader, could be gone for the season after breaking a thumb in his team’s season opener against Revere. Fellow forward Steve Dandreo (broken foot, which he also broke a year ago) and defenseman Joey Faia (still nursing a football injury, both hoping to return this weekend) have also been hampered by ailments, and sophomore goaltender Tristan Bradley (school rules violation) remains out of the lineup.
The execution and effort have been there, said head coach Gino Faia; his team just isn’t getting the end results. If they keep playing the way they have been, he feels, they’ll pick up some W’s along the way.