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.