Salem 6, O’Bryant 0: Sophomore right wing Jake Stahlman had a natural hat trick by scoring his team’s first three goals as the Witches won their season opener with a convincing victory at Matthews Arena in Boston.
Left wing Danny Heck, center Spencer Bergholtz and defenseman Adam Ngo also scored for Salem, while Alex Gianelli and Matt Jalbert both had two assists.
Junior goaltenders Brett Harring (12 saves) and Grant Thompson (7) shared the shutout, with Harring playing the first two periods and Thompson the last 15 minutes.
“I told the boys afterwards, ‘Drink this one in ... this is the feeling we want,” said rookie head coach Ted Hanley. “It was a great bus ride home; the way we won was really great for us.
“I needed something I could show them, to be able to say, ‘See, this is what hard work does for you.’ It was great that they were able to see it all pay off and win their first game like this.”
Swampscott 4, Rockport 1: Corey Carmody had two third period goals, including the game-winner, as the Big Blue scored three times in the final stanza to snap a 1-1 tie and prevail in their season opener. Nunzio Morretti also had a big game with a goal and an assist and Chris Carman also lit the lamp. Robert Serino chipped in with two assists, Chris Dandreo had a big game on defenseman and Tyler Gallagher stopped 17 shots for the win in net.
North Reading 1, Masconomet 0: Despite holding their opponents to a mere nine shots on goal, the Chieftains (0-2-0) were snakebitten offensively and suffered their second straight one-goal loss of the young season. The visiting Hornets scored with less than five minutes to play, spoiling a great defensive outing by Masconomet’s defensive corps. Vitaly Knowles and Trevor Surette also had strong games while Mike Castro was dominant in the faceoff dot for the Chieftains. Captain Matt Cardillo stood tall in goal for Masconomet, making 25 saves.
Beverly 7, Peabody 0: The Panthers (2-0) scored four times in the second period and goalie Ami Thompson made 12 saves to earn her first shutout of the season. Nicole Kamens had two goals for Beverly while Nicole Woods scored twice with an assist and Livvy Konaxis had a goal and one assist.
Caitlin McBride and Rachel Spencer also had goals for Beverly with captain Katie Szela picking up two assists and Anna O’Neill also earning a helper.
Joanna Ambeliotis made 30 saves for the Tanners (0-2) while the line of Courtney Smith, Sophia Post and Waverly Cohen had a strong third period.
Shawsheen 9, Bishop Fenwick 4: Sophomore Emily Galligan registered a hat trick for the Crusaders, who slipped to 0-3. Megan McGunigle also scored for Fenwick, and freshman Gabby Dotolo had an assist.
Ipswich grabs four places at Winter Festival: Ryan Bahar placed second in the hurdles at the small school Winter Festival at the Reggie Lewis Center this weekend. Alex Jean-Charles and Chris DiNocco placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 55-meter dash. DiNocco, Elliot Bates, Robbie Fay, and Neil Coleman also teamed up to take fifth in the 4x400 relay.
Tigers stand out at Winter Festival: Tina Keiran was third in the 2-mile in 11:53.70 and her sister, Sarah Keiran, took fourth in the mile in 5:22.61 to lead Ipswich to a solid performance at the small school Winter Festival. Junior Katie Monahan was also fifth in the hurdles in 9.51, and Ipswich took second in the 4x400 relay, fifth in the 4x800 relay, and sixth in the 4x200 relay.
St. John’s sweeps: St. John’s defeated Salem N.H. (68-9), Franklin (48-21), and Lawrence (39-27) to improve to 7-1. D.J. Lemeiux (126 pounds), Fred Colberg (132), Jared Costa (138), Jon Polansky (195), Ian Butterbrodt (220), and Corey Jean-Jacques (285) each won three matches to pace the Eagles.
Lou Bornstein (113), James Smith (145), V.J. Mortillaro (152), Solomon White (170), and Jim Messeder (182) won two matches apiece for St. John’s.
Beverly third at Milford Tournament: Seniors Nick Parianos (132 pounds) and Brian Perry (220) each won their weight classes at the Milford Tournament over the weekend to help the Panthers place third as a team. Joe Kozlowski (138), Luke McDonald (160), and Brendan McGee (182) each placed second.
Junior Tom Wilbur (170) added a third, and senior Brian Tripoli (195) was fourth.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Endicott 75, Lesley 62: Guards Lance Greene and John Henault each totaled 18 points and drained four treys as the Gulls (6-2) wrapped up the first half of the season with a solid win. Lachlan Magee contributed 10 points and Matt Kneece pulled down 12 rebounds.
Gordon 66, Wentworth 53: The Fighting Scots were aggressive, getting to the line 39 times and knocking down 29 free throws to win at home and climb to 5-4 on the season. Park Thomas scored 11 of his 20 points from the stripe, Taylor Bajema added 15 and Hans Miersma scored 12 with 10 rebounds.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Wentworth 58, Gordon 37: Brooke Kratche played all 40 minutes and recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the Fighting Scots fell to 2-6 on the season with a home setback.