By Kevin Kelly and staff
TOWNIES ON ICE
In the Eastern Hockey League, Walpole Express wing Will Ahearn continues to make strides in his second year. Mike Doherty, a first-year wing for the Manchester Monarchs in the East Coast Hockey League, made a spectacular debut with a “Gordie Howe hat trick” — two goals, an assist and a fight.
WHAT A DEBUT
Bridgton Academy quarterback Eddie Sullivan got his first start and completed 9 of 9 passes, including a TD strike, to go along with a 20-yard scamper as the Wolverines pulverized Anna Maria College by a score of 41-0. Sullivan also made several tackles at the linebacker position.
GRZELCYK TO PROVIDENCE
Charlestown’s Matt Grzelcyk was sent back down to Providence after making the roster for opening night last week. Grzelcyk played valiantly against the Predators at the TD Garden, making two shots on goal.
He received praise from Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy before heading back to Providence on Oct. 9, as injured star player Tory Krug returned to the roster, and appears to be the first option up when the time comes.
COLLEGE HOCKEY IS HERE
Merrimack senior defenseman Aaron Titcomb notched an assist and slapped two shots on net in the Warriors opening-season 2-1 loss to Colgate. Army junior wing Trevor Fidler blasted two shots on net in the Cadets 5-1 beat down of AIC…Maine senior wing Nolan Vesey deposited a goal and added three shots on net in the Black Bears hard-fought 4-3 triumph over UConn.
ANOTHER TOWNIE MILESTONE
UMass standout sophomore midfielder Christian Labeck slammed home his first career goal on laser beam blast to lead the Minutemen (8-2-2) to a 5-0 pasting of Duquesne. Christian also logged a career high 33 minutes of play.
ANOTHER EVERS ON THE RISE
Katelyn Ellard won her first complete game college win, 5-1 over SNHU. This fall has been a great start to her college career at UMass-Lowell as she has posted a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA.
2017 HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS
On the gridiron, Charlestown junior quarterback Steve Williams continues to impress as one of the City League’s premier talents. A 12-8 win last weekend over Burke could now catapult the Townies and head coach Dave Cahill, who are ranked #8 in Division 8 North, into championship consideration…Winchester senior QB sensation Liam Fitzpatrick is still day-to-day with a strained ACL. The Sachems season turned sour without its leader but a return to action can still salvage the second half of the schedule.
In soccer action, Matignon senior attacker Maeve Leahy has ignited a Warrior resurgence to a possible state tourney birth. Pope John XXIII and junior captain Conor Kelly posted a 5-3 triumph over St. Joseph Prep and freshman Scott Sigmund. Both Kelly and Sigmund produced a plethora of goal-saving defensive plays for their squads as well as crisp outlet passes to spearhead the Tiger and Phoenix offenses. Latin Academy senior attacker Jackie Gentis has led the Dragons to a three-game winning streak with her patented laser-beam passes and lethal bazooka shot. BLA is back in the tourney picture…Boston Latin sophomore midfielder Caroline Sicotte is fast emerging as an impact player for the Lady Wolfpack. On the boys team, senior goaltender Jack Evans is one of the Dual County League’s elite players and hopes to lead his team to a deep MIAA tourney run.
On the links, Boston Latin senior Devin Gallagher is consistently posting career bests and has led the Wolfpack to a 4-game winning streak and a 5-1 league record.
Hingham cross country All Scholastic Liam Nolan is one of the big reasons the unbeaten Harbormen are strong state title contenders.