Ashburnham, Mass. -- After giving up a goal in the game's first minute, three-time defending prep champion Salisbury pulled together to overwhelm Cushing, leaving Iorio Arena with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
'97 senior right defenseman James Callahan, a Quinnipiac commit, had a goal and two assists while '97 center David Jankowski, the brother of Providence senior and Calgary Flames prospect Mark Jankowski, had two goals. '97 senior Cole Poliziani had a goal and an assist.
The Knights are once again an older team that is well-coached and experienced. Andrew Will's team is still trying to figure out its goaltending situation as both '98s Nick Sorgio and Jonah Capriotti have rotated. Sorgio got the start against Cushing, and was solid.
'99 right wing Tyce Thompson, a Providence commit, stood out, despite having just one assist. He's bulked up and added some size, and skated very well. He did a lot of nice things away from the puck and moved the puck well when he had it on his stick.
Callahan, who played the past two seasons with the Jersey Hitmen in the USPHL, really stood out. He made a great individual effort, going end-to-end up the left side to score Salisbury's first goal of the game. He's mobile, has good size and keeps his head up. He's not flashy, but he makes very simple and useful lead passes in transition. He wasn't credited with an assist because he was the fourth man to touch the puck before the goal, but he really deserved recognition for working the puck down low after avoiding a penalty killer on Luke Israel's power play goal in the first period. He also had a good stick and made a couple of nice pokechecks on rushing Cushing forwards.
Another defenseman to keep an eye on for the future was '99 right defenseman Julian Coleman, who has good size and mobility. He came to Salisbury from the Long Island Gulls 16U midget program.
Poliziani has always been a favorite of this observer. He's somewhat of an in between prospect as his role at the collegiate level won't be as a top six forward, but some coaches are scared off because his lack of size. However, he's gritty, quick and a pest. He scored a nice goal cutting left to right on a four-on-four situation.
Anthony Vincent, an undersized '97, has been a nice four-year player for the Knights. He's improved every year and has a high compete level. He's relentless on the forecheck and made two very noticeable backchecks to break up chances going the other way.
Poliziani, Bouquot, Kaplan and Foggia were the four most commonly used penalty killing forwards in Sunday's game.
#8 Edgars Treijs - #18 Tom Lee - #9 Jordan Kaplan
#12 Jacques Bouquot - #24 Anthony Vincent - #17 Cole Poliziani
#10 Luke Israel - #14 David Jankowski - #27 Tyce Thompson (Providence)
#22 Michael Foggia - #16 Nicholas Lachaine - #7 Theo McDowell
#3 Nicholas Hale - #21 James Callahan (Quinnipiac)
#Dayne Finnson - #4 Julian Coleman
#6 Nathan Ellis- #5 Henry Giardi
#1 Nick Sorgio - #30 Jonah Capriotti
Power Play Unit #1: Israel - Lee - Poliziani; Callahan - Hale
Power Play Unit #2: Treijs - Vincent - Kaplan; Finnson - Coleman