Booska, Elwell reach century scoring mark
It’s not every day that you see a high school hockey player hit 100 points for his career. It’s even more rare to have two players hit the mark on the same day. But that’s exactly what Turners Falls High School’s Cody Booska and Greenfield High School’s Jake Elwell did on Saturday.
Both players hit the 100-point mark for their careers as each helped lead his respective team to a win in Fay-Wright Division action.
Booska scored a pair of goals for the Indians in a 4-0 victory over St. Mary High School at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, while Elwell scored twice and set up two more goals as the Green Wave edged Chicopee High School, 8-7, at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.
Greenfield 8, Chicopee 7 — Zach Langlois scored five goals on Saturday as Greenfield turned in a seesaw performance that finally saw it edge Chicopee, 8-7, in Holyoke.
The Green Wave held a 4-2 lead after the first period but were outscored by Chicopee, 4-1, in the second period and trailed the Pacers, 6-5, entering the third. Greenfield (5-1-2) managed to rebound with three third-period goals to come back for the win.
While Langlois had a big performance with five goals from his defenseman position, the night belonged to Elwell, who entered the night with 99 career points. The senior needed just over seven minutes to hit the century mark when he scored the game’s opening goal. Elwell would go on to score one more goal and assist on two more to sit at 103 points after the game.
“The best way that I can describe Jake is that a lot of people benefit with scoring points from playing with better players, and Jake is that better player,” Greenfield coach Mike Duclos said. “Jake came up in eighth grade and I could just tell, in fact I remember telling his grandfather, that he would be the next kid to hit 100 points. And it’s not just in the scoring department, he does all the little things. He is a man amongst boys out there and sees the ice better than anyone.”
Jourdan York-Welcome finished with one goal and two assists in the win, and Tyler Townsley tallied one assist. Chicopee easily outshot the Green Wave, 45-20, but Barrett Rogaleski played well with 38 saves.
Christian Salamon paced Chicopee with three goals and two assists.
Turners Falls 4, St. Mary 0 — Cody Booska scored once in the second period and once in the third and Turners Falls shutout St. Mary, 4-0, in Greenfield.
The game remained scoreless until the second period when Cam Lyons scored three minutes in off assists from Jordan Cutting and Ryan Waldron. Booska made it 2-0 in favor of the Indians (3-4-1) with three minutes left in the frame, assisted by Tim Atkins and Ryan Lenois. That moved Booska to within one point of the 100-point mark, and he hit it 47 seconds into the third with an unassisted marker.
“He’s very diverse,” Turners Falls coach Nate Coffin said of Booska. “He can play both offense and defense, and he knows how to get the whole team going and how to inspire them to push themselves. That’s why he’s a captain. He’s like the quarterback of hockey. I just send him out there and tell him to do his thing.”
Cutting would ice the scoring later in the third with his first goal of the season off assists from Lyons and Nick Murphy.
While the night belonged to Booska, another star of the game was sophomore goalie Brandon Bryant, who again proved to be the best player on the ice for the Indians. Bryant finished with 28 saves for his first shutout of the season.
“Brandon had a huge game,” Coffin said. “He’s our backbone.”
St. Mary’s Brendan Gawron finished with 27 saves in the loss.
Southwick 41, Turners Falls 28 — Jackie Maziarz scored 10 points on Saturday and Southwick-Tolland Regional High School upended Turners Falls, 41-28, in an independent girls’ basketball game in Southwick.
McKenzie Sullivan added 9 points in the win, and Ashley Shea dumped in 7 points for the Rams.
Haleigh Bassett paced the Indians with 8 points. Alysha Wozniak added 6 points, Nadia Hasan chipped in 4 points and pulled down six rebounds, and Amber Caouette collected nine rebounds to go along with 3 points and two assists.
“Every week I think we’re playing better,” Turners Falls coach Ted Wilcox said. “I thought we played better in our last game against Holyoke Catholic than we did against Smith Voke, even though we won the Smith Voke game. And I think we played even better against Southwick. The little things are starting to show up. I think Gary Mullins was the one that said, ‘Just because you’re not winning, it doesn’t mean good things aren’t happening.’ That’s what we have going on here.”
The Indians (2-7) travel to Ware High School on Tuesday.
Eagle Super Quad
David Weed went 5-0 on Saturday for Franklin County Technical School during the Eagle Super Quad at Franklin Tech in Turners Falls.
Weed won four matches via pin at 170 pounds and also picked up a forfeit win for the Eagles, who went 1-4 on the day. Weed is a perfect 13-0 on the season. Franklin Tech defeated Pioneer Valley Regional School (48-6), but fell to Mt. Greylock Regional High School (42-39), Narragansett (R.I.) High School (48-27), Hampden Charter School (60-24), and Toll Gate (R.I.) High School (42-40).
Kyle Laffey was also perfect on the day for the Eagles at 160 pounds with two pins, one major decision (11-1) and two forfeits. Laffey continued his domination on the mats this season and improved to a perfect 21-0.
Brett Bean went 4-1 at 145 pounds with three pins and an 8-6 win. Alex Giurgiu went 3-2 at 126 with three wins via pin, and Jonathan Rawls (220 pounds) and R.J. Hubert (113) each picked up two pins. Mackenzie Coburn also earned a win via pin at 106 pounds.
• Mahar Regional School was also at the Super Quad and went 0-4 on the day.
The Senators fell to Narragansett (56-6), Minnechaug Regional High School (54-12), Mt. Greylock (48-18) and Hyde School (51-12).
Miller Richardson (106 pounds), Aaron Stowell (160), Kevin Kowalczyk (170) and Issac Fortner (182) each earned wins via pin for the Senators on the day.
Berkshire League meet
Tom Damery finished ninth overall for Mohawk Trail Regional High School during the Berkshire County Cross Country League meet over the weekend at Mohawk in Buckland.
The meet had to be moved from Notchview Reservation in Windsor to Mohawk due to a lack of snow. Mount Greylock Regional High School won the boys’ meet with a score of 12 (the combined total of the top four place-finishers), while Northfield Mount Hermon School came in second with a 38. Estevan Velez finished fourth in 18 minutes, 56 seconds for the Hoggers, while Henry Colt took fifth in 19:07.
Mohawk finished fifth with 72 points and was led by Damery’s ninth-place finish in 20:30. Tyler Andrews finished 11th overall in 20:42 for the Warriors and Aidan Sandvik came in 21st in 22:19.
On the girls’ side, Sarah Gokey led Mohawk with a 21st-place finish in 26:23.
Mt. Greylock won the meet with 21 points, while the Warriors finished fifth with 96 points. Maddie Boucias finished 23rd in 26:40 for the Warriors, Heidi Phelps came in 24th in 26:53, and Abbi Yezierski took 28th in 28:47.
NMH finished fourth on the girls’ side with 62 points. Roo Weed took fifth in 22:05 for the Hoggers and Loulou Tanski took sixth in 22:44.