The road to the TD Garden runs through Gallo Ice Arena.
The rink on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal is the home of hockey for the Bourne, Sandwich and Upper Cape Tech boys’ and girls’ programs. But for two weeks in March, Gallo is home to some of the best hockey in the state.
During the South Sectional tournaments, Gallo is used almost exclusively for tournament games for both boys and girls from Division 1 to Division 3. Beginning on Tuesday, February 25 teams south of Boston battle until the sectional final on March 8 with teams playing at the Boston TD Garden for a state final later that month.
Below is a wrap-up and some previews of the first week in tournament hockey from Gallo Ice Arena.
No. 8 Barnstable vs No. 9 Falmouth
These two teams perennially square off twice a year and always epitomize the passion that is high school hockey. The Clippers (12-9-1) took both meetings this season, a 4-3 overtime win in Hyannis on January 18, en route to staking claim to the first Cape & Islands Atlantic League crown.
Falmouth ended the season with a 4-0 win against Archbishop Williams in the consolation round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic. Prior to that, the Clippers suffered three-straight losses to Marshfield and Austin Prep—two Division 1 playoff teams—and BC High, a participant in this year’s Super 8 tournament.
The Red Raiders (11-6-3) enter the tournament in a similar fashion, scoring a 5-4 home win against Weymouth to stop a three-game losing skid. Those losses were to the Clippers, Marshfield and Super 8 play-in participant Burlington.
Falmouth and Barnstable last meet in the playoffs back in 2015 with the third-seeded Raiders narrowly escaping with a 4-3 win against the 14th-seeded Clippers.
The puck was dropped on Thursday, February 27 at 7 PM and was completed after the time of print.
No. 4 Whitman-Hanson 8, No. 13 Wareham/Carver 2
The Panthers boasted seven goal scorers in their six-goal win against the Vikings in the opening round of the Division 2 South tournament on Tuesday, February 25.
Whitman-Hanson jumped out in front, 4-0, in the first period before Wareham/Carver cut its deficit in half a period later, 4-2. But the Panthers (16-4-1) added four more in the third to pull away with the first round win. Goal scorers for W-H included Matt Solari (two), Adam Solari, Kevin Willis, Chriss Stoddard, John Ward, Mike Savicke and Calvin Cooper.
The Vikings (13-4-1) were led by Quirino doCanto with second-period tallies. Wareham/Carver joined fellow South Coast Conference cooperative programs Apponequet/Bishop Connolly and Dighton-Rehboth/Seekonk in an unceremonious first-round playoff exit. The Lakers lost to Medway, 7-0, while the Falcons fell to Medfield, 3-0.
Whitman-Hanson advanced to the Division 3 South quarter finals against No. 5 Southeastern/West Bridgewater/Bristol-Plymouth OR 12th-seeded Scituate, Saturday, February 29.
No. 14 Archbishop Williams 2, No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham 1
The first upset in the Division 1 South tournament happened to the third-seeded Trojans in the first round on Wednesday, February 26 at Gallo.
With the game tied at one apiece in the third period, Jake LaMonica redirected a shot from the stick of brother Lukas LaMonica for the eventual game-winning goal.
Eddie Perry gave Bridgewater-Raynham (12-7-2) an early 1-0 lead in the first period before the Bishops (9-8-4) tied the game before eventually advancing. ABW entered the tournament having lost three-straight games in the Buddy Ferreira Classic tournament hosted at Falmouth Ice Arena, including a 4-0 regular-season ending loss to the Clippers.
Now the Bishops will play the winner of No. 6 Marshfield (11-6-1) and No. 11 Wellesley (10-8-2), which took place Thursday, February 27 at Gallo in a game that concluded after the time of print, in the Division 1 South quarter finals Saturday, February 29 at 7 PM.
No. 5 Somerset-Berkley vs No. 12 Martha’s Vineyard
The Vineyarders (11-7-2) will look to play the role of spoiler against the Blue Raiders in their opening round Division 3 match set for Friday, February 28 at 6 PM.
Though the lower seed on paper, the island team boasts a home win against Hanover, the third-seeded team in this bracket, and a Heuchling & Swift Memorial Classic against other New England teams. All of those wins, however, came before the New Year and with the new year came some mid-season struggles. MV enters the tournament having lost two straight and come with notable losses against No. 9 Bishop Stang (two), No. 8 Nantucket (two) and top-seeded Hopkinton.
Somerset-Berkley (16-4) went 11-1 in the South Coast Conference to dethrone Bourne as conference champions and closed the year having won five of its last six games.
The Raiders swept Wareham/Carver, a Division 2 playoff team, as well as Greater New Bedford, the 15th-seed in Division 3, but were swept by fourth-ranked Dartmouth.