Boys' Hockey Finishes with Overall Record of 19-7-2 in 2009–2010 Season
Boys’ hockey enjoyed an exciting winter season. This marked the third straight winning season for this group of seniors. The team was ranked in the top ten in New England from start to finish. The Mustangs won the championship of the Tabor New Year’s Tournament for the second straight year, finished second in the ISL Keller Division, and earned the sixth seed in the 2010 New England Prep Hockey Elite Eight Tournament.
There were many highlights throughout the year but none more exciting than the team’s final stretch run in February. The team had little room for error in order to qualify for the Elite Eight and responded by running the table. Wins over St. Paul’s and BBN were followed by an OT victory at Belmont Hill, a one-goal win over higher ranked KUA at home and a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime thriller against archrival Nobles on the final day of the regular season, nailing down the New England Super Eight bid. Junior defenseman, Pat McNally, was named the New England Prep School Defenseman of the Year and the team was also awarded the ISL Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season.
Seniors Chase Davis (Dallas, TX), Jonathon Mlezcko (Dorchester, MA), Michael Megnia (Barnstable, MA), Dan Doherty (Framingham, MA), Lucas Digati (Santa Monica, CA), John Gonneville (Rochester, MA) and Tye Lampl (Ketchum, ID) represent one of the most successful classes in the long history of the Milton hockey program.
Milton's Patrick McNally is Named U.S. Hockey Report Prep Defenseman of the Year
McNally, a new junior at Milton Academy this year, arrived on the scene with little advanced fanfare, but by the end of the Flood-Marr Tournament, was the talk of the scouting community.
A 6'2", 180 lb. Glen Head, Long Island native, McNally is a product of the Suffolk PAL program—Eric Nystrom, Chris Higgins, Mike Komisarek, James Marcou and many others are among those who preceded McNally through coach Alexi Nikiforov's highly-regarded program.
McNally's size, athleticism, agility and passion for jumping into the offense and taking it end-to-end caught the eyes of scouts, fans and opponents. For Milton, he was the missing ingredient, an offensive blueliner who could jump-start Milton's attack—and often finishing it by lighting the lamp at the other end. He gave Milton a flair, and helped make the Mustangs an extremely entertaining team to watch.
Not many teams have a defenseman as their leading overall scorer. This season, Milton did, as McNally finished the season with a 14-21-35 line in 28 games.
Paul Cannata, Milton's head coach, said, "He certainly stepped in and was a very good hockey player for us. He created a lot of offense from the blue line and provided a lot of spark. He’s a great student, a good kid and a pleasure to coach.
"He loves to play hockey, carry the puck, skate, and make plays. There's a freshness to his game that is really enjoyable. You don't want to coach that out of him."
McNally, who is expected to go somewhere between the second and the fourth round of June's NHL draft, will matriculate at Harvard in the fall of 2011.
Thomas Tysowsky Named Atlantic Hockey Goalie Of The Week
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross freshman goalie Thomas Tysowsky ’09 (Amherst, N.Y.) was named the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week for his performance at Merrimack on October 16.
Tysowsky made his collegiate debut as he made 25 saves and allowed two goals for a .926 save percentage as the Crusaders fell to Merrimack, 3-1. He stopped six shots in the first period, 10 in the second and nine in the third. Tysowsky was a two-year member and former MVP of the varsity hockey team at Milton Academy.
Thomas will be joined in the freshman class at Holy Cross by former Milton Captain Brandon Nunn '07.
Elsewhere in the NCAA: Former Milton Assistant Coach Dan Muse has been named Assistant Coach at Yale University. Coach Muse will join former Milton captain Michael Matczak '09 at Yale as the Bulldogs defend their ECAC Championship title.
Former Milton Captain Keith Nelson '06 will once again be wearing the ‘C’ as he is the senior captain at Amherst College where they will be defending their NESCAC Championship title. Jeremy Deutsch '07, yet another former Milton captain, will be playing along with Keith. Ryan Edwards '09 will also be attending Amherst College next September and Nolan Descoteux '08 has committed to NCAA Final Four participant RIT. Battling the Amherst boys will be former Milton Captain Sasha Voloshin '07 at Williams, Geoff Mucha '07 at Wesleyan, Michael Fitoussi '06 at Tufts and Jay Haseley '09 at Babson College. Blake Bonham '05 is a senior and top scorer at Hobart College while Jon Bellotti '07 is joined at Lawrence College in Wisconsin by former Milton goalie, Michael Baldino '09. Current Milton defenseman Pat McNally '11 is slotted to enter Harvard in the fall of 2011.
Chase Davis Receives Colin F. MacDonald Award
Following Milton’s victory over Thayer by the score of 4-0 during the annual Milton-Thayer Ice Hockey Series, senior captain Chase Davis (Dallas, TX) was awarded with the prestigious Colin F. MacDonald III Trophy. Each year the trophy is given to the “outstanding player” in the series. Over the course of the tournament, Davis had two assists in the first game and scored a pivotal goal in the second game. Milton has returned with this award three out of the last four years. Davis joins former Mustangs and current Yale University and Amherst College blueliners Michael Matczak (Sewell, NJ) and Jeremy Deutsch (Lloyd Harbor, NY) as recent recipients.
This trophy is presented in the memory of Colin F. MacDonald III. Colin was an outstanding young man, Thayer hockey captain and former Milton resident. A graduate of the Class of 1976 and a Thayer student with exceptional athletic ability, Colin possessed personal qualities rare in one so young. His desire for personal improvement, his steadiness, perseverance, humility and kindness were conspicuous and remarkable. He was a model for all who knew him.
Milton is now 14-4-2 and ranked seventh out of 56 prep teams in New England. The team is coming off six straight road games in which they went 5-1. Backstopped by junior goaltender Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, NY) the Mustangs have recorded three straight shutouts and have allowed just one goal in their last four games.
Not an Ordinary Day at the Beach
The Mustangs recently enjoyed their annual "Day at the Beach" in the middle of February in South Boston.
Milton Wins Back-to-Back Tabor Tournaments
For the second straight year, Milton’s varsity hockey squad won the Tabor Tournament. On Saturday, January 2, Milton went head-to-head with Governor’s and Tilton in the tournament’s preliminary rounds, winning 6-3 and 4-1, respectively.
In the first round match-up against Governor’s, senior captain Chase Davis (two goals and one assist), senior assistant captain Jonathan Mleczko (one goal and one assist) and junior George Pantazopolous (one goal and one assist) led the attack while Sean Dougherty (II) saved 24 in Milton’s net to secure the win. Jonathan Mleczko shined once again on offense in the second round victory over Tilton with a goal and two assists while junior Dan Bowen turned back 20 shots in net. Milton’s win over Tilton clinched a spot in Sunday’s finals where the Mustangs faced a strong St. Sebastian’s team.
Milton came out strong in the championship game with three straight second period goals by Sean Okita (II), Woody Hudson (II) and Jonathan Mleczko, and added an empty-netter by Pat McNally (II) with 18 seconds to go in the final period. Milton’s defensive corps—comprised of Jake Turrin (II), Aaron Deutsch (II), Michael Megnia (I), Pat McNally and CJ Ganss (II)—held St. Seb’s to two goals, and the Mustangs skated away with a 4-2 victory and the coveted title of Tabor Tournament Champions.
Boston University Coach Michael Bavis Visits Campus
Michael Bavis, associate head coach of the Boston University Terriers, stopped by Milton’s campus to meet with students and talk about the 2008–2009 Championship season. Coach Bavis discussed the ups and downs of the season, the commitment required by the players and the idea of what it means to be a good teammate.
In recent years, Milton’s hockey players have had the good fortune of hearing from Tim Burke, director of player development for the San Jose Sharks, and Tim Army, head coach of Providence College. Tomas Magnusson, goaltending coach for the Swedish National Team, also visited campus to provide a clinic for the Mustang goaltenders.