Congrats to Rat of the Week winner Connor Guyette of the U14 Team. Guyette has now won the Rat of the week award twice, his 1st time was coming off a weekend where he scored 3 goals and 3 assists in the lone game on the weekend back in September. He was also a runner up for the Rat of the Week coming off a great Prep Cup tournament. All in all, the Waterbury, VT native has been a force for the U14 Rats all season long from his spot on defense. Considered one of the very best 01 players in the New England, Guyette has had a very strong fall. This past weekend with the MPDHL Championship on the line and the U14 Rats trailing the CT Chiefs 1-0 late in the 3rd period, Guyette shined bright. He scored a beautiful individual effort beating 2 Chiefs up the ice to tie the game at 1 with 5 minutes to play. On his very next shift, he went end to end and gave the U14 Rats a lead in the MPDHL Title game 2-1 with 3 minutes to play. The Rats would hang on and win the MPDHL title. Guyette’s 2 goals were his 17th and 18th of the season. On the season, Guyette has 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points to lead the U14 Rats in scoring. The Rats finished the MPDHL season going 13-1-1. On the season the Rats are now 17-9-3 and head into the state tournament this weekend.
Patrick Harper of the U18 team has been named a runner up for Rat of the Week. Harper, a mainstay in the Rat of the Week running, has been named Rat of the week twice and now has been the runner up twice. This past weekend, after missing Saturdays 2-1 loss to 495 Stars, came back Sunday against rival GBL Bruins and as always played great in a big game. In a 5-2 win over GBL Bruins, Harper scored 2 goals, the 1st 2 goals of the game to help the River Rats win the title in the Mass Select League. Harper also won the scoring title in the league for the 2nd straight season. He won the scoring title this year by an 8 point margin! The BU commit, finished the 13 games played in the league with 19 goals 13 assists and 32 points. On the season, Harper now has in 27 games played 26 goals 28 assists for 54 points. Harper and the U18 Rats head to the state tournament this weekend as they try to punch their tickets to Nationals.
Alex Hayward of the U14 team was also named a runner up for Rat of the Week. Hayward, stepped up big time in the MPDHL semi finals scoring 2 goals as the U14 Rats defeated Northstars 4-1 and punched their ticket to the MPDHL title game, which they would go onto win. Hayward, of Plymouth Mass and Plymouth South HS, where he will be a freshman, has been a key clog to a successful U14 season so far. In 26 games played Hayward now has 12 goals and 9 assists for 21 points. He will try to build on that as he and the U14 Rats head to the state tournament this weekend in Walpole Mass.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Brian Simpson (U16P)
Congrats to Rat of the Week winner Brian Simpson of the U16 Premier team. Simpson, the Seekonk, MA native and Mount St Charles Soph was a stand out for the U16 Premier team in their lone game on the weekend. In a wild game, Simpson scored 4 goals and added 2 assists as the U16 Premier Rats defeated the New England Stars 10-9. The win helped the U16 Premier Rats finish the MPDHL 9-4-1 and await word on league playoffs while also getting ready for state playoffs November 13-15. Simpson in 11 league games has 16 goals and 9 assists for 25 points to lead the Rats in scoring. Simpson and the U16 Premier Rats are 14-7-1 on the season going into the post season.
Runners up for Rat of the week are Craig Needham of the U16 team and James Broderick of the U14 team. Needham, the Lawrence Academy star and Medford native is coming off a wrist injury and is back in stride now going into the state tournament. In a 12-0 win over the Boston Jr Rangers, Needham had 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points. In 9 games on the season played for Needham he has 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points. The Rats are 7-1-1 since Needham's return to the lineup. Overall on the season the U16 Rats are 17-4-2.
James Broderick of the U14 team had a monster weekend. Broderick of the Fesseden School and Wellesley, MA has been a big time member of the U14 Rats and has been a huge recruiting target of all prep school coaches this fall. In a big MPDHL weekend for the U14 team he had 4 goals. He scored once in a 3-3 tie with the CT Chiefs and had a hat trick in a 5-3 win at home over the Walpole Express. The 3 point weekend put the U14 Rats in a great position to win the MPDHL regular season title.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Patrick Harper (U18)
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Patrick Harper of the U18 team. Harper, had a huge weekend, setting the River Rat 2 game goal scoring record on a weekend. In 2 games played Harper scored 9 goals and added 2 assists for an 11 point weekend. On Saturday in an 8-1 win over the Boch Blazers, he scored a hat trick. He followed up that hat trick with an incredible 6 goals and 2 assists in a 12-0 win over the Northstars. Harper was also Rat of the week 2 weeks ago for his play during the league showcase at Northstar arena. Haper now leads the Mass Select league in scoring by 8 points on 2nd place Jacob Kamps of the GBL Bruins. Harper, the New Canaan CT native, and Avon Old Farms star, in 11 Mass Select league games has 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points. In those league games the River Rats are 9-0-2. Overall on the season, Harper has 24 goals 27 assists and 51 points for the U18 Rats in 25 games played. The Rats are 20-2-3-1 in those games played.
Runner up for Rat of the week is Connor Guyette of the U14 team. In the highly scouted and very competitive Prep Cup, Guyette, the Waterbury Center Vermont native and 9th grader at the Hillside school, was a standout. In the U14 run to the semi finals at Prep Cup, he was a force, including scoring a huge goal in the quarterfinals with 1 minute left to beat Team Maryland 3-2. The goal came right after a tying goal from Team Maryland, off the ensuing faceoff, Guyette took the faceoff win from Connor Wood and went into the zone and blasted a snap shot that powered past a good Team Maryland goalie and into the top corner. Guyette finished the weekend at the Prep Cup with 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in 5 games for the big strong Dman. On the season he now has 14 goals 17 assists for 31 points to lead the team in scoring, no easy feat for a defenseman. The U14 Rats are now 13-9-2 on the season. Guyette was also Rat of the week for his play on the weekend of September 20th.
Also a runner up is Drew Bavaro of the U16 Premier team. Bavaro, the Bradenton, FL native and Lawrence Academy Dman, had a great weekend for the U16 Premier team. The team fighting for playoff positioning in the MPDHL Premier division scored 2 big wins and Bavaro was a huge part of it. In Saturdays 8-0 win at home over a good RI Hitmen team Bavaro lead the way with 2 goals and 2 assists. On Sunday travelling on the road to Northstars he added another 2 goals in a 6-3 win over the Northstars which helped propel the U16 Premier team into playoff positioning. The team is now 8-4-1 with 1 more league game to play, as they try to clinch a MPDHL playoff spot. Overall they are 13-7-1.Bavaro, was also runner up for Rat of the week after his play on Labor Day weekend.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Danny Jacobs (U18)
Congrats to U18 forward Danny Jacobs of the U18 team on being named Rat of the week. Jacobs, played his best hockey of the season down at the College Cup in Connecticut, leading the U18 Rats all the way to the finals. Jacobs, a Needham Mass, native and Nobles senior, hes a long time River Rat. Jacobs had some big games this weekend helping the team in their run to the finals at the College Cup. Jacobs scored some big goals at the tournament including the game winning goal late in the semi finals as the U18 Rats defeated the CT Riverhawks. He also had a great assist in the quarterfinals as the U18 Rats beat the NJ Hitmen 3-1. Jacobs added a big goal in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Scorpions, while the Avon players were all out. He also had 2 assists against the Buffalo Red Raiders. On the weekend, Jacobs had 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points. His line of Shamus Fenton, Henry Cormier and himself were great all weekend and combined for 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points. (Fenton 3-1-4, and Cormier 1-4-5) On the season Jacobs now has 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points for the U18 Rats that are 18-2-3-1.
Congrats to runner up Vito Bavaro of the U18 team. Bavaro had a very strong weekend playing in the state where he will play his college hockey. The Sacred Heart commit, had 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points during the College Cup. Bavaro, the Brooks senior and Bradenton, FL native, scored a huge goal for the U18 Rats as they came all the way back from trailing 2-0 to defeat the NS Wings 4-3 in a Mass Select League game. With the game tied at 3 with 6 minutes left, Bavaro scored shorthanded to give the Rats a 4-3 lead and they would hang on for a big win. The next morning against the Buffalo Red Raiders Bavaro scored 2 goals and added an assist in the 7-1 victory, both goal, typical Bavaro fashion as he just blew away the goalie. Bavaro now has 8 goals and 10 assists for the U18 Rats, good for 4th on the team in scoring.
Congrats to runner up Jonah Janaro of the U14 team. Janaro, the Essex Vermont native, has been one of the biggest scoring threats all season for the U14 Rats. He continued that trend this weekend as he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists as the U14 Rats went 2-0 on the weekend defeating the NE Stars 7-0 on Saturday and winning a huge game 3-2 on Sunday over Northstars. Janaro had 1 goal and 2 assists on Saturday and on Sunday he added a goal as they U14 Rats beat Northstars to move into 1st place in the MPDHL. With the 3-2 win over the Northstars they avenged an earlier in the season 3-1 loss to the Nothstars. The U14 Rats are now 10-8-1 overall and are 8-1-0 in the MPDHL as they head into a huge weekend at the Prep Cup tournament. Janaro on the season has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in 8 games played.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Patrick Harper (U18)
Congrats to Rat of the Week winner Patrick Harper of the U18 Team. Harper, the BU recruit and Avon Old Farms product, was at the top of his game this weekend. In Saturdays 5-1 win over Eastern Mass Senators, he helped lead the U18 team with 1 goal and 1 assist. On Sunday though is when he shined, in front of many NHL scouts and against River Rat main rival Cape Cod Whalers. Harper scored 3 goals and added an assist in a big 5-1 win over the Whalers. Harper dominated the game in every aspect, scoring 2 highlight reel goals along the way. With the River Rats on a 5 on 3 PK, Coach Pasquantonio threw out his top 5 on 3 killer, Harper. Harper responded by taking a nice pass from his Avon teammate Ben Mirageas and deked out the goaltender for a shorthanded 5 on 3 goal to break the Whalers spirits. On the season, in the big games, Harper, many considered New England U18s top player has shined brightest. In the 2 biggest games of the year against Mid Fairfield at the Jamboree and against Cape Cod Whalers at the Mass Select Showcase, hes had 4 points in each game. On the season Harper leads the U18 Rats with 12 goals and 21 assists in 18 games played. The U18 Rats are 13-1-3-1 in those games.
This was a very busy week in River Rats teams and we have named 3 runners up for Rat of the Week. The 1st runner up is Patrick Moynihanof the U16 team. Moynihan, an 01 playing up at the U16 level, has been great all season but picked up his game another level this weekend. Moynihan, who earlier in the week committed to Boston College, was great all weekend playing his usual 200 foot game. In Saturdays huge showdown with rival Cape Cod Whalers, who the River Rats beat in the Mass Tier 1 Labor Day Tournament earlier in the season, Moynihan started the comeback for the U16 Rats. Trailing 4-1 to a very good Whalers team, Moynihan scored late in the 2nd period to bring the Rats back within 2. The Rats would rally on goals from Max Rand (late 2nd period) and Jack Nisbet (early 3rd period) to tie the game 4-4, where it would finish. On Sunday, he scored 2 goals and 3 assists as the River Rats blew out the Eastern Mass Senators Moynihan, despite being a bantam playing up at the U16 level, leads the U16 Rats in scoring with 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 15 games. In those games, the Millis Mass native, and Nobles forward has helped the River Rats to a 11-3-2 record while playing a very tough schedule against all the top teams in the Northeast.
Our 2nd runner up is Brandon Sherman of the U14 team. Sherman, brought his A game in net this weekend as the U14 Rats played some of the top teams in New England at the Jr Terriers Tournament. Sherman, an Attleboro Mass native, who will head to Moses Brown Prep this fall, played great in both games he started this weekend. The long time Rat, played against the Boston Jr Eagles on Saturday and held the team many consider to be the best in the state to 3 goals while making a number of great stops. On Sunday, against River Rat main rival over the years at the U14 level the Boston Jr Terriers, Sherman stole the show. He helped the U14 Rats defeat the Boston Jr Terriers 4-3 while making many highlight reel saves. The U14 team is now 8-8-1 on the season, while playing a great schedule and has a big showdown with Northstars this weekend back in MPDHL action.
Our 3rd and final runner up is Nolan Donato of the U18 Premier team. Donato, was a bright spot for the U18 Premier team as they fell in both MPDHL games this weekend. The Scituate Mass native and Dexter forward, did all he could to help the Rats win those games. In Saturdays 7-5 loss to the Walpole Express, he went 2-3-5 for the shorthanded Rats. On Sunday, down at Brown, Donato scored both goals for the U18 Premier team as they fell 4-2 to the Northstars in a great back and forth game.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Alex Zafonte (U16)
Congrats to U16 goaltender Alex Zafonte on being named Rat of the Week. Zafonte, put on a show down at the Yale Showcase as he played a huge part in a big win over Selects Academy 2-1. Zafonte was strong all game but made some huge saves late including a breakaway save Denver recruit Emilio Pettersen late in the 2nd half. Zafonte, from Concord MA, and St Sebs, has been strong all season and has been at his best in big games. He has beaten many of the top teams in Northeast including a 4-1 win over Yale, a 4-1 win over North Jersey Avs and this 2-1 win over Selects Academy. The U16 Rats are now 10-3-1 and head to the Mass Select Showcase where arch rival Cape Cod Whalers await.
Aidan Torres of the U14 team has been named runner up for Rat of the Week. The Dman from Hingham Mass and Catholic Memorial HS was solid all weekend. The U14 team swept the Springfield Rifles on the weekend. In Saturdays 8-4 win the Dman stole the show, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists. He also was called up to the U16 Premier team and was solid for them. On Sunday he added an assist in a 9-0 win. He finished the weekend with 2-3-5 line. The U14 Rats are 6-1-0 and in 2nd place in the MPDHL and are 7-5-1 overall.
Devin Barresi of the U16 team was also named runner up for Rat of the Week. Barresi, like Zafonte was solid this weekend at the Yale Showcase, in front of many scouts. He played very well in a 4-2 win over the Springfield Rifles, making some very key saves, many of which on the penalty kill. Barresi, from Worcester Academy, resides in Raleigh, NC, has been solid all season. He was in net for the finals of the Tier 1 Labor Day Tournament as the Rats defeated their main rival Cape Cod Whalers. Barresi and the U16 Rats are 10-3-1 on the season.
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Dan Winslow (U18)
Congratulations to Rat of the Week winner Dan Winslow of the U18 Team. Winslow, the Avon Old Farms product, had a huge weekend as the U18 Rats went 2-0, defeating the defending National Champion Ct Wolfpack 5-1 and the RI Saints 10-0. Winslow, was a force in the Ct Wolfpack game scoring 2 goals and adding an assist in the 5-1 win on Saturday night. On Sunday back in Mass Select League action Winslow scored a hat trick and added an assist as they Rats blew out the RI Saints 10-0 to improve to 4-0-0 in the Mass Select League. Winslows 5-2-7 weekend now gives him 12 goals and 4 assists for 16 points on the season in 14 games played for the 11-0-2-1 U18 Rats. Winslow is tied for the lead in goals on the Rats with fellow Winged Beaver Jamie Armstrong.
Runners up for Rat of the week are Michael Kennedy, a Dman from the U16 team and NMH. The 2000 Dman had 1 goal and 2 assists as the U16 Rats won their lone game on the weekend 6-2 over the Boston Bulldogs. Kennedy, who has played a steady D role all season broke out offensively over the weekend with the 3 point night. He now has 1 goal and 3 assists for 4 points on the season for the 8-3-1 U16 team. Brian Simpson of the U16 Premier and Mount St Charles as has also been named runner up for Rat of the Week as he scored 3 goals and added 3 assists on the weekend for the U16 Premier Rats that went 2-1-0. Simpson, while playing at Brown University put on a show scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists as the U16 Premier Rats beat Assabet Patriots 9-1. He followed it up the next game with a goal as the Rats defeated Weymouth 4-2 in MPDHL action before falling in their 1st league game Sunday to the South Shore Conquistadors 3-2. The U16 Premier Rats are now 11-3-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the MPDHL.