Northeastern strikes late to ice Minutemen, 4-3
Northeastern scored a pair of goals early in the third period, including the game-winner on the power play, to post a 4-3 victory over UMass in college hockey action Saturday night at Matthews Arena in Boston.
Branden Gracel led the Minutemen (6-14-3) with a pair of goals and Steven Iacobellis also scored, giving both players the team lead with nine goals this season. Gracel’s second of the night, on the power play at 17:37 of the second period, put UMass ahead 3-2.
The Huskies (11-6-3), ranked 17th, tied the game through Mike McMurtry at 2:30 of the third. UMass’ Brandon Wahlin went off for hooking at 4:42, and NU’s Cody Ferriero connected at 5:25 for a 4-3 lead.
Conor Sheary handed out three assists for the Minutemen and Steve Mastalerz made 30 saves in the loss. Clay Witt stopped 26 shots to earn the win for Northeastern. The two Hockey East members met Saturday in a non-league matchup, and will play a home-and-home league series later in February.
UMass travels to Ithaca, N.Y., Friday to face Cornell in a 7 p.m. independent game.
Frontier 5-6 sweeps
Bennett Pitcher scored 16 points and added four rebounds to lead Frontier over Southampton, 54-23, in a grades 5 and 6 Suburban Boys’ Basketball League game on Sunday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Gabe Jones-Thomson collected 6 points and four assists, Andy Pelc added 6 points and three steals, and Ben Morse, Gabe Gochinski, Nacir Barnes and Zack Young all contributed 4 each for the winners (10-0 overall).
On Saturday, Pelc hit for 16 points, Brett Robinson added 10 and Owen Walkowicz 8 in a 91-11 win over Gateway in Huntington.
Ben Morse, Gabe Gochinski, Jared Vielmetti-Perusse, Sam Felton-Emrick, Peter Carey and Gabe Jones-Thomson all contributed 6 points and Matt Como dished out six assists for the winners.
Frontier 7-8 splits
Ben Litskoski totaled 10 points and seven rebounds as Frontier bested Southampton, 57-23, in a boys’ grades 7 and 8 Suburban Basketball League game Sunday at Goodnow Gymnasium.
Joel Farrick, Hunter Campbell and Aaron Landry all finished with 8 points each and Ben Arnold added 6 for Frontier.
On Saturday, Frontier’s second-half comeback fell short in a 39-37 loss to Gateway in Huntington.
Farrick collected 9 points and four steals, Brandyn Robinson tossed in 7 points, Alex Sharp had 5 points and Litskoski grabbed 10 rebounds for Frontier, which trailed 26-13 at halftime.
Turners 5-6 wins
Jonathan Fritz netted 14 points to lead Turners Falls over EDGE, 42-16, in grades 5 and 6 Suburban Boys’ Basketball League game on Saturday in Turners Falls.
Marcus Sanders scored 10 points and Anthony Peterson and Colby Mailloux each had 6.
Troy Emond led EDGE with 7 points.
Frontier CYO falls
Marie Diemand scored 8 points, but the Frontier Red Hawks fell to St. Thomas, 21-18, in a girls’ grades 5 and 6 Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League game Sunday in West Springfield.
Kate Hickey and Erin Senn each added 4 points for Frontier.
Cassidhe Wozniak, Miles Hiler and Alec Jordan all recorded one goal and one assist as the Franklin County Hockey Association’s Gilmore & Farrell Insurance Warriors downed the Nonotuck Knights, 5-2, in a Greater Springfield League Bantam Division youth hockey game Sunday at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
Bryce Jordan and Emma Wesoloski also scored, while Jacob Bailey added three assists.
Dalton Rice and Finnegan O’Connor combined for 12 saves in goal.
Skyler Dodge, Jacob Smith and Mike McGoldrick all scored in FCHA’s 3-0 GSL Peewee Division win over Ludlow on Sunday at Collins-Moylan in Greenfield.
Zach Smith, Adam Savoy, Steven Parkinson and Nick French all added assists, while Riley Drew made 15 saves to earn the shutout.
On Saturday, FCHA fell to Amherst, 4-2. Dodge and Kaeden Socquet scored, and Savoy, Cameron Rice and Jude Lindale all had an assist. Drew stopped 30 shots.
Mites win, tie
Braeden Killeen scored three goals and to lead FCHA North South Deerfield Polish Club over Amherst Red, 13-6, in a GSL Mite Division game Sunday in Amherst.
Devin Niles, Matt Lavoine, Brady Booska and Shane Prusak all added two goals and Trevor Kuchieski and Jayson Smith both had one tally in support of goalie Ben Carlan.
On Saturday, Lavoine scored four times and Killeen added three in a 13-13 tie with Wilbraham-Twin Meadows at Collins-Moylan.
Prusak, Booska and Niles all had two goals, while Kuchieski played goal.
Squirt B wins
Kyle Barnes scored with eight seconds left in regulation to help Dr. Collura Chompers edge Holy Name Black, 2-1, in a GSL Squirt B Division game Saturday at the Olympia.
Aidan Roche assisted on the game-winner. Hunter Haughey tied it with under three minutes to go.
Trevor Parkinson made 14 saves to earn the win in goal, while Cooper Barton and Jillian Hopkins played well defensively.
Natalie Denkiewicz and Caitlyn Devine each scored twice as Frontier Red Hawks edged Berkshire IFC, 4-3, in a girls’ Under-13 Indoor Soccer League game Sunday at Allsport Areana in Northampton.
Mia Burch, Marisela Ackerman and Alexa Kassis all chipped in an assist for the Hawks.
Ackerman also made 19 saves and Sarah Zoly had 12 stops for Frontier. Grace Wesoloski and Mia Burch were solid defensively.
Pat Viencek threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Cruise & Travel past the Chiefs, 29-26, in an Indoor Action Flag Football League game Friday night at IAS in Greenfield.
Zach Bartak caught two touchdown passes for the winners.
Dee Block snagged four TDs receptions for the Chiefs.
Elsewhere, Derrick Whitley caught three scoring passes to help Bucs Nation to a 30-16 win over the Chargers.
In other action, Corey Meckling threw for three touchdowns and ran in a fourth to power Max Cap Titans to a 25-18 win over Travel Kuz.
Luke Croxton ran for three scores for Travel Kuz.
Finally, the Giants defense recorded two safeties during a 17-7 win over the Berkshire Hitmen.