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Boys Varsity Ice HOCKEY

Ice hockey has a long and proud tradition at Kents Hill School. The game has been played here since the early 1900’s and over the past 100 years the program has seen its share of great players, coaches, teams and advances in facilities. Legendary players such as Amo Bessone (US Hockey Hall of Fame as well as Michigan State Hall of Fame), George Balestri, Robert Irving, Hans “Whitey” Ohlin, NCAA All-American goalie Casey Tuttle, All-ECAC defenseman Brad Richard, and All New England goalie Brian Fleming are just a few of the great players who have come through the program. In 2001 the hockey program began play in the Alfond Athletic Center, a 7 million dollar athletic facility on campus that features pro style locker rooms and hockey rink. The 2008 boys’ hockey team was the first ice hockey program in school history to capture a New England championship when they won the Division II title that year.  In 2009 the boys’ hockey program took another step in its advancement by becoming a Division I prep program and in the 2011-2012 season qualified for the New Prep School Ice Hockey Association playoffs.

The vision of the Kents Hill hockey program is threefold; to develop individuals who are motivated to improve as people, students, and players, while representing themselves and Kents Hill School with the highest degree of sportsmanship, effort and respect, to advance our players to the next level of hockey, and to compete for the NEPSIHA playoffs and ultimately, win a championship.
 

Head Coach Doug Friedman begins his tenure with the 2014-15 season. A former stand-out at Boston University and NHL player, he also serves as the School's Athletics Director. To contact Coach Friedman, call 207-685-1667 or dfriedman@kentshill.org.

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Game Recaps
Huskies Lose at NYA

Sometimes teams beat teams that are better than they are and sometimes they lose to teams they should beat.  The boys varsity hockey game against NYA today at Travis Roy Arena in Yarmouth fell into the latter category.  Despite outshooting the Panthers 47-30 the Huskies came up on the short end of a 4-2 game after an emotional victory at Hebron yesterday.  The loss drops Kents Hill’s league record to 7-8-2. 

The Panthers opened the scoring at 12:32 of the first when Andrew Keith took a pass from Josh Chapman and put it past Kents Hill goalie Jackson Friedman.  Five minutes into the second, with NYA nursing a 1-0 lead, Conor Cassidy made a cross ice pass to Isac Norstrom who one-timed it past Panthers goalie Jeremy Thelvin to knot the score at one.  Three minutes later, Cassidy hit linemate Clay Ellerbrock with a pass and he put the Huskies up 2-1.  However, the lead was short-lived.  At the 11:00 minute mark, Michael Pitts pulled the Panthers even with the assist going to Bobby Murray.

In between the second and third periods, Huskies Coach Doug Friedman told the team that the longer they let NYA hang around the more they would think they could win.  His words proved prophetic.  The Panthers scored two quick goals in the first two minutes of the third and, despite many good chances, the Huskies did not score again. 

Friedman had 26 saves for Kents Hill and Thelven had 45 for NYA.  The Huskies next game is a non-league home game Friday at 1:00 pm against the Middlesex Black Bears.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016 9:43:00 AM

Huskies Beat the Jacks

It seems like every time the The Kents Hill Boys Varsity Hockey plays Hebron, it’s a close game.  Yesterday afternoon was no exception when the Huskies came out on top 4-3 at the Robinson Arena on the Hebron campus.  Isac Nordstrom opened the scoring for Kents Hill when Mark Snyder gave Will Lafford a pass that sent Lafford and Nordstrom in on a two on one.   Lafford drew the Lumberjacks defenseman and goalie to him and then hit Nordstrom with a crisp pass that he was able to get by Hebron goalie Danny Lassman.  Hebron tied it up late in the first with a goal from Ryan Boucher.Cody Stockford gave the Huskies the lead for good when he scored a shorthanded goal 10 minutes into the second period on a pass from Matt Gulack.  That was all the scoring in the second, but early in the third, Kents Hill had two power plays and capitalized on both.  On the first Cam Stewart scored with an assist from Nico Savignac after a Sean Holly shot from the point.  The second, which gave the Huskies a 4-1 lead, came less than 30 seconds after Stewart’s goal when Holly scored with assists going to Matt Henderson and Conor Cassidy.  The Lumberjacks made it 4-2 about 5 minutes later and 4-3 with a minute and a half to go in the game, but the Huskies, with strong play from goalie Billy McLaughlin, held on for the win.  McLaughlin had 40 saves for Kents Hill and Lassman had 34 for Hebron.  The Huskies travel to NYA today for a 3 pm game.

 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2:46:00 PM

3-3 Tie with Winchendon

In a game that was as close as the score indicated, Kents Hill played Winchendon to a 3-3 tie at the Rist and Joy Bonnefond Arena on Saturday afternoon.  Winchendon dominated the first 2 or 3 minutes of the game, but after that the teams exchanged scoring chances until Mike Hardman put the Wapitis up when he scored a powerplay goal with a minute and a half left in the first.Halfway through the second Conor Cassidy tied it with assists going to line mates Matt Henderson and Ryan Spillane.  However, just over a minute later Winchendon took a 2-1 lead when Ben Thomas put one by Kents Hill goalie Billy McLaughlin.  With just over three minutes to go in the period, Will Lafford tied it up with assists going to Clay Ellerbrock and Mark Snyder.  The teams traded scoring chances during the first half of the third, but Matt Fawcett gave Winchendon the lead when he scored at the 10:43 mark.  Less than two minutes later Ellerbrock scored a goal of his own with assists going to Snyder and Isac Nordstrom.  Both teams had good chances to score which culminated when Kents Hill forward Cam Stewart hit the cross bar with about a minute left in the game.  The teams played a scoreless 5 minute overtime before calling it a day.Winchendon goalie Josh George stopped 36 shots, while McLaughlin had 35 saves for the Huskies.  The Huskies next outing will be on Tuesday, October 26, when they play the Lumberjacks at Hebron. 

 


Monday, January 25, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Huskies Beat Holderness on the Road

The Boys Varsity Hockey team beat Holderness in the first day game at the refurbished Fiore Rink at The Alfond Arena on the Holderness campus.  Holderness went on top 3 minutes into the game on a Shawn Moors goal.  The Bulls took a two goal lead when Ryan Steele scored 5 minutes later and that’s the way the first period ended.In between periods Captain Will Lafford told the Huskies that good teams overcome adversity and that the second period would be their time to persevere rather than give up.  When Logan Clark scored for Holderness 10 seconds into the second period, Lafford again exhorted his teammates to “step up.”  Several minutes later Danik Roy put a big open ice hit on a Holderness player that brought the Huskies bench to life.  With 5 minutes to go in the period Joel Pottruff, with assists from Mark Snyder and Cam Stewart, put Kents Hill on the board with a shot from the top of the left circle.As the second period was coming to a close, the Huskies were killing a penalty and it looked like the period would end with the Bulls leading 3-1.  However, with about 40 seconds left, the Huskies sent the puck into the Holderness zone.  Conor Cassidy won a puck battle behind the Bulls net and moved the puck to Cam Stewart who had followed Cassidy deep into the zone.  Stewart was too deep to shoot, but he made a quick pass to Tim Tierney who had snuck down into the slot.  Tierney beat Holderness goalie David Nicholson for a shorthanded goal that cut the Holderness lead to one as the period ended.In between the second and third periods, Coach Doug Friedman told the Huskies that if they won the third period they would win the game.  The Huskies applied the pressure for much of the third and had some good scoring chances.  At the 8 minute mark, Isac Nordstrom rang a hard shot from the left circle off the crossbar.  Then 10 minutes in Tierney, who was at the point, hit Cassidy, who was below the goal line, with a pass.  Cassidy then made a one-time pass to Ryan Spillane, who was inside the right face-off circle, and Spillane roofed a one-timer over Nicholson’s glove. Five minutes later Pottruff hit Cassidy with a breakout pass that sent him and Matt Henderson in on a two on one.  Cassidy drew the Holderness defenseman to the left side of the ice as Henderson went to the net.  At the last second, Cassidy hit the crashing Henderson with a pass on the far post and Henderson put in the game winner.Jaxon Friedman had 17 saves for the Huskies and Nicholson had 24 for the Bulls.

 

 


Monday, December 14, 2015 11:48:00 AM

Huskies top Bridgton Academy at home!

The Kents Hill Varsity Boys Hockey Team beat Bridgton 4-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Rist and Joy Bonnefond Arena.  After a scoreless first period, Bridgton opened the scoring early in the second.   However, the Huskies came back five minutes later to tie the score when Nicho Savignac scored after receving a rink long “stretch” pass from Danik Roy.  Goalie Billy McLaughlin also assisted on Savignac’s goal (that’s not a misprint, McLaughlin made the initial pass). In between the second and third periods, Coach Doug Friedman told the Huskies that they had outshot Bridgton 27-16 in the first two periods and that they had to bear down and score some goals.  The Huskies did just that less than halfway through the third when Conor Cassidy took a pass from Matt Henderson, set up behind the Bridgton goal, made a quick pass out to Ryan Spillane who “roofed” a shot over the glove of the Bridgton goalie.  Less than 30 seconds later, Cassidy scored on a mini breakaway with assists from Spillane and Henderson.  Savignac added an empty netter on passes from Will Lafford and Joel Pottruff.

McLaughlin had over 26 saves for Kents Hill!

 

 


Friday, December 11, 2015 5:08:00 PM

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