The Salem News
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. John's Prep Senior
Ideally, all great athletes learn from their elders at a young age, absorb those lessons and make them their own when it's their time to be the team leader.
Brian Pinho did that job to a T.
A three-year starter on St. John's Prep teams that reached at least the Super 8 semifinals each season, Pinho is this year's Salem News Player of the Year. The third straight Eagle to capture this award, the 6-foot-1/2, 170-pounder emerged as arguably the state's best MIAA hockey player this season and guided St. John's Prep to its first Catholic Conference title in 19 years (when current head coach Kristian Hanson was the team's senior captain).
A North Andover native, Pinho led the Eagles in scoring with 42 points, good for fourth overall on the North Shore. His 27 assists also were tops on the team and third-best in the area. Among his many season highlights, Pinho had a 2-goal, 3-assist night against league rival Xaverian, and also scored the game-winning goal in the third and decisive game of the Super 8 quarterfinals against Central Catholic, snapping a 2-2 tie in an eventual 4-2 Prep victory. That goal was the 100th point of his high school career.
Hanson, who said Pinho was his team's "go-to guy in all situations," called his captain a big reason why the Eagles earned the No. 1 seed in the Super 8 tournament for the first time ever.
"Brian has been the mainstay of our team for the past two years. His leadership and talents will be missed," said Hanson.
A mainstay of the Valley Junior Warriors program, some of Pinho's favorite memories of this past season were sweeping eventual Super 8 champion Malden Catholic twice during the regular season, as well as defeating another conference foe, B.C. High, in the annual Derek Hines Memorial Game.
Pinho was ranked No. 117 among North American skaters in the Central Scouting Bureau's midseason rankings for the 2013 National Hockey League Draft.
Finishing his high school career with 35 goals and 66 assists for 101 total points, Pinho will play a year of junior hockey before going to Providence College on a Division 1 hockey scholarship. Also an outstanding student at St. John's Prep, he credits his father Jim for being his biggest athletic influence.
Among the North Shore's leading scorers for defensemen with eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points ... Had three assists in victory over Lynnfield ... Had the game's only goal, a third period power play tally, in a 1-0 win over Winthrop ... Third on the team in assists ... Fourth in both goals and total points ... Northeastern Conference all-star and All-Conference selection ... Hoping to do a post-graduate year after high school before playing hockey at a four-year college.
Witches' captain was also team's leading scorer with 24 points ... Wenham native led club in goals (14) ... Had hat trick and added an assist in win over Everett ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Finished high school career with 25 goals and 46 points ... His leadership was key in Salem improving from one win a year ago to six this past season ... Embraced first-year coach Ted Hanley's philosophy and coaching style from Day 1 ... Looking to attend the University of Maine.
Second-year starter had one of the greatest seasons ever by a Panther netminder ... Finished with 14-1-1 record, going unbeaten in the regular season ... Had a miniscule 0.99 goals-against average and a save percentage of .943, both of which led the North Shore ... Had an area-high seven shutouts, including a pair vs. Saugus ... Northeastern Conference all-star and All-Conference selection ... Favorite performance came in a 4-2 late season win over Danvers ... Goalie coach Mike Buckley has been his biggest athletic influence.
St. John's Prep Junior
Finished second on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points ... Helped Eagles win their first Catholic Conference championship since 1994 ... Already ticketed to play Division 1 college hockey at Brown University ... Assisted on the game-winning goal and later scored himself in a 4-2 Super 8 quarterfinal win over Central Catholic ... Great skater with big (6-2, 200 lbs.) frame ... First liner has 43 career points ... Andover native ... Carries 3.8 grade-point average.
Team captain led Big Blue to their first-ever North title and state championship game berth ... Physically imposing force (6-foot-3, 190 lbs.) in all three zones ... His 10 goals led all Swampscott D-men ... Finished the season with 23 points ... Ended his career with 20 goals, 29 assists and 49 points ... Two-time Northeastern Conference all-star ... Had three assists in win over Salem ... Has been accepted at Elon University, UMass Amherst and the University of Vermont ... Ranked 15th in senior class with 4.1 GPA.
Power personified on the left side for Swampscott, he led the team in goals (23) and points (34) ... Was also the Big Blue's leading scorer in the playoffs with 7 goals and 10 points in five contests ... Big reason why Swampscott won its first playoff game in 44 years and wound up reaching first-ever state final ... Scored a natural hat trick in the final 121 seconds of a 4-1 playoff upset over arch rival Marblehead ... Hat trick in triumph over Division 2 foe North Reading ... NEC all-star and All-Conference ... Has been accepted to eight colleges, but might choose to take a post-graduate year first.
Spectacular postseason showing saw him score 10 goals and add three assists in four games ... Had back-to-back playoff hat tricks against Somerville and top-seeded Beverly ... Game-winner vs. Beverly came with just 11 seconds left as Falcons pulled 4-3 upset ... Led North Shore with 28 goals ... Top point-getter for the Falcons with 38 ... Had 40 goals and 63 points in his varsity career ... Five points scored in win over Somerville ... Had three points in a game on five different occasions this winter ... NEC all-star.
Led the Chieftains in scoring with 21 points ... Added a team-high 14 assists ... Had a pair of three-assists games in January against Amesbury and Saugus ... Middleton resident was a team captain ... Cape Ann League all-star and All-League selection ... His favorite game this past season was win over North Andover ... Looking at UNH, St. Michael's and Merrimack for college ... Says father made him the player he is today.
Accepted the responsibility of being Falcons' No. 1 defenseman early in the season and relished in playing monster minutes in all situations ... Led Danvers rearguards in scoring with two goals and 13 assists ... Team MVP at the Newburyport Bank Tournament ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Big third period goal in a win over Marblehead ... Hopes to play college hockey one day ... Carries a 3.7 grade-point average ... Said parents and former coach Steve MacAdams of Salem are his biggest athletic influences.
Headers' captain paced team in blue line scoring with a pair of goals, 13 assists and 15 points ... Named to the Northeastern Conference South's All-Conference team ... NEC all-star ... Had a hand in all four goals in team's 4-1 victory over Danvers ... Dished out three assists in win over Revere ... Strong in all three zones ... Skilled puck mover for a big man (6 foot, 215 lbs.) ... Plans on playing football and lacrosse in college ... Says grandpa is forever supportive and is great at giving him advice.
Second-leading scorer on the North Shore this winter with 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) ... Converted defenseman scored 124 career points (47 goals, 77 assists), good for fifth all-time at Beverly High ... Third-most assists in BHS history ... Two-year team captain ... NEC All-League and all-star ... Northeastern Conference North MVP ... Had 20 points in his team's first five games ... Scored four points in a game five times this past season ... Helped guide Beverly to its first NEC championship in 23 years ... Will do a post-graduate year before heading off to college.
Formed with cousin Andrew to be one of the most potent 1-2 scoring punches in recent memory ... Led North Shore in scoring with 45 points ... Also topped the area in assists (30) ... With 141 career points, he sits third on Beverly's all-time list and is 32 points away from taking the top spot ... His 91 career assists are best in BHS puck annals ... Team captain was NEC all-star and All-Conference selection ... League MVP as a sophomore ... Had four points in a game four times ... Would like to do a PG year after his final season at Beverly High.
Had a blistering month of February in which he averaged nearly three points a game ... Finished as Headers' leading scorer with 43 points (23 goals, 20 assists), which was tied for second on the North Shore ... Had two goals in postseason ... Team captain as an 11th grader ... Classic power forward prototype (6-foot, 210 lbs.) ... Ended the season at plus-31 ... Had two goals and two assists in a win over archrival Swampscott ... Played with freshmen twin brothers Matt and Kyle ... Carries 3.7 GPA ... Said older brother Ben and cousins Jake Kulevich and Alex Perry have been his biggest influences athletically.
Six-foot-1 captain finished the season with a remarkable plus-minus rating of plus-31 ... Had a hat trick to power Headers to a 4-2 tournament victory over Rockport ... Led his team in assists with 22 ... Second on club in scoring with 36 points ... Northeastern Conference all-star ... Had a pair of 4-point games this winter ... Plans on doing a post-graduate year ... Marblehead's nominee for Salem News Student-Athlete award ... Also an all-star in football ... Finished career with 80 points (32 goals, 48 assists).
Northeastern Conference North All-League selection ... Steady, sturdy and skilled on the Tanners' back line ... Led all Peabody defensemen in scoring (3 goals, 7 assists) and placed fourth overall on the squad ... Tied for second on club in assists ... Two of his goals were game-winners, including one with two minutes remaining to beat Winthrop ... Playing in Mass. Senior All-Star Game in Worcester this past weekend ... NEC All-Star ... Outstanding Senior Award ... Heading to Salem State.
Scored the biggest goal in school history with 6.2 seconds to play in regulation, beating Bedford, 3-2, to clinch the program's first-ever North championship ... Northeastern Conference all-star was second on team in scoring with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points ... Also second in playoff scoring with 3-6-9 totals ... Relentless worker on the ice was always making plays with and without the puck ... Had hat trick in win over Salem ... Looking to eventually play prep school and/or Division 3 college hockey.
St. John's Prep Senior
First-year starter from Danvers was immense for the Eagles, winning the starter's job in camp and never letting go ... Led the North Shore in wins with 16 ... Finished with a goals-against average of 1.52 and a save percentage of .918 ... Had shutouts over Xaverian and Arlington Catholic ... Only goalie in the area to record an assist ... Has 3.8 GPA ... Guided St. John's to its first Catholic Conference title in 19 years and its first-ever No. 1 seed in the Super 8 tournament ... Has been accepted at St. Anselm, Fairfield and Clarkson, among others.
Two-year captain for the Falcons helped guide his team to its first Division 2 North final since 2005 ... Became the 14th DHS player to eclipse 100 career points, finishing with 114 (54 goals, 60 assists) ... Won 70 percent of his faceoffs, the best mark in the area ... Finished the year at plus-24 ... Led Danvers in assists (21) and was team's second-leading scorer (34 points) ... Had a hat trick and five points total in win over Saugus ... Had four assists in playoff rout over Somerville ... Finished postseason with a goal and eight assists in four games ... NEC all-star looking at UNH, Bryant, UMass Amherst or prep school.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Danvers native served as a team captain for the Crusaders ... Outstanding student possesses 4.1 grade-point average ... Led his team in defenseman scoring with two goals, nine assists and 11 points ... Catholic Central League all-star ... Finished with four goals and 17 assists for 21 career points ... Responsible defensively in his own end ... Had one of his best games against rival St. Mary's of Lynn ... Smart at choosing when to rush the puck up ice ... Also an outstanding lacrosse player who will continue that sport in college at Mass. Maritime Academy.
BEVERLY: Graham Doherty, Jr. C; Sean Munzing, Jr. D; Jack Morency, Jr. D; Matt Hamor, Jr. D; Jake Straw, Jr. RW; Ryan Santo, Jr. RW; Ted Leathersich, Soph. C.
BISHOP FENWICK: Drew Thibodeau, Sr. F; Mike Napolitano, Sr. F; Nick Finan, Jr. F.
DANVERS: Rob Buchanan, Sr. RW; Kevin Anderson, Sr. D; Alex Taylor, Soph. G; Adam Merry, Sr. C; Kevin Hodgkins, Jr. C.
MARBLEHEAD: Ty Bates, Sr. RW; Zac Cuzner, Sr. D; Matt Koopman, Fr. C; Kyle Koopman, Fr. D; Trip Franzese, Sr. RW; Dean Fader, Jr. C; Harrison Young, Jr. G; Myles Barry, Jr. G.
MASCONOMET: Jared Brann, Jr. C; Joe Griffin, Soph. D; Tyler Costello, Jr. F.
PEABODY: Andrew Bisconti, Jr. LW; Mike Vadala, Jr. F; Derek DeMild, Jr. C; Matt McIsaac, Sr. F.
PINGREE: Max Goldstein, Sr. D; Jerome Cappadona, Sr. F.
ST. JOHN’S PREP: Andrew Brandano, Sr. RW; Brent Murray, Sr. D; Jack McCarthy, Jr. RW; Jimmy Currier, Jr. LW; Ean Mendeszoon, Jr. D; Paul Crehan, Sr. RW; Justin Longo, Sr. LW; Cam Shaheen, Sr. C.
SALEM: Brett Harring, Jr. D; Jake Batista, Sr. D; Danny Heck, Jr. F; Sam Petri, Soph. F.
SWAMPSCOTT: Tristan Bradley, Fr. G; Noah Maercklein, Fr. RW; Robert Serino, Sr. LW; Griffin Hunt, Jr. C; Joey Silva, Jr.; Patrick Burkett, Sr. D; Chris Dandreo, Sr. D.