Thayer Academy cemented its status as a top 10 team in prep school hockey on Friday afternoon with a 5-4 win at ISL Keller Division rival St. Sebastian’s.
Uncommitted ‘99 left wing Aiden McDonough’s second goal of the afternoon with 6:52 gone by in the third period was the difference in the contest. He added two assists playing alongside Providence commit Jay O’Brien and Boston College recruit Casey Carreau who also had multipoint games.
Thayer’s top line, McDonough on the left wing, O’Brien in the middle and Carreau on the right, was terrific, especially over the final two periods. They each bring a slightly different dynamic to the ice. There is not a better line in prep school hockey this winter.
UMass recruit Jayson Dobay, Evan Googins and O’Brien had the other goals for the visiting Tigers. Liam Gorman, Liam Connors, Riley Hughes and Harvard recruit R.J. Murphy scored in defeat for the Arrows.
Murphy, who participated in the USA Hockey/CCM All-American Prospects Game in September, has seen his NHL Draft stock plummet after leaving the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL. He is no longer rated by NHL Central Scouting.
Aiden McDonough - Jay O’Brien (Providence) - Casey Carreau (Boston College)
Christian Hayes - Tristan Amonte - Evan Googins
Ryan Farley - Mike Seoane - Reilly Moran
Jayson Dobay (UMass) - P.J. Garrett
Cam Lemanski - Jake Flynn
St. Sebastian’s Lines
Wyatt Schlaht - Liam Gorman - Riley Hughes
R.J. Murphy (Harvard) - Tommy Lyons - Liam Connors
Jack Doherty - Brendan Goostray - Liam Devlin
Blake Colman - Eric Jeremiah
Will Kiley - James Davenport
Evan Reddick - Ryan MacDermott
Drew Commesso (New Hampshire)
After seeing Thayer just last week against Belmont Hill, there was more focus put on St. Sebastian’s Friday. Click here to read the review on some of the Tigers’ top players from the Belmont Hill game.
The following notes were generated from Friday’s game, a 5-4 Thayer win over St. Sebastian’s in Needham, Mass.:
Aiden McDonough, #25 Thayer, Jr., LW, Shoots Left, 11/6/99, 6-2/180 - He’s the only player that isn’t committed on his line, but it won’t be for long. He doesn’t have the speed that his two linemates have, but his tangibles make up for it. He continues to be the glue guy for his line. On his first goal in the first period he came into the zone down the left side and fired a shot from the left circle that beat the goaltender low just inside the far post. He started the transition play on Dobay’s goal with a pokecheck at his defensive blue line. On the game-winner, he scored on the man advantage. His quick shot through traffic came from a few feet outside the crease.
Jay O’Brien, #9 Thayer, Jr., C, Shoots Right, 11/4/99, 5-10/160 (Providence) - He really picked up his game when it counted most. He finds seams in the defense and has a nose for the puck. On his goal that made it 4-2 Thayer, he picked up a loose puck, took a few strides and unleashed a bullet into the back of the net from the slot. He’s on the Youngstown Phantoms’ affiliate list.
Casey Carreau, #22 Thayer, Sr., RW, Shoots Right, 3/8/98, 5-10/170 (Boston College) - Much of what’s been said about the Eagles’ recruit before is what stood out Friday. He’s quick and athletic and uses his speed to his advantage. He’s more of a perimeter player than O’Brien, but he knows how to use his skill set. He does a good job of driving wide and finding open teammates after the defense has committed to him. Des Moines has his USHL rights.
Jayson Dobay, #7 Thayer, Jr., D, Shoots Left, 7/27/99, 5-11/165 (UMass) - His vision and ability to move the puck up ice with his skating and breakout passes were, as usual, exemplary. On the goal he scored he stepped up and joined the rush. He roofed a shot from the high slot to give Thayer a 3-2 lead. He’s on Cedar Rapids’ affiliate list.
Liam Connors, #12 St. Sebastian’s, Fr., RW, Shoots Right, 1/2/01, 5-8/140 - He was the best player on his line Friday. His speed generated time and space to create offense. He drew a penalty after winning a puck battle into the left corner. He scored a goal on a high finish after catching up to a pass in transition.
Riley Hughes, #19 St. Sebastian’s, Soph., RW, Shoots Right, 6/27/00, 6-1/160 - This might have been the best viewing of him in a while. He stopped a puck in the slot with his skate, kicked it to himself, pulled it back and ripped a wrist shot right under the bar. He used his size and skating to generate a few other shots on goal. He’s taken a few visits to Hockey East schools over the past few months. Sioux Falls has him on their affiliate list.
Liam Gorman, #15 St. Sebastian’s, Soph., C, Shoots Left, 5/8/00, 6-1/175 - He was really good in all three zones Friday night. His physical presence was felt in the first period, playing heavy down low. He positioned himself in front and tipped home a goal. He showed good pursuit and a good stick to break up a play while shorthanded. He won the majority of the face-offs he took.
Tristan Amonte, #3 Thayer, Jr., C, Shoots Right, 2/1/00, 5-8/155 - This was by far the best this observer remembers Amonte playing. He showed some shiftiness, made countless good passes and created offense for his line. He assisted on the game-winner and also had a hand in the Googins goal. Youngstown Phantoms have his USHL rights.
Tommy Lyons, #20 St. Sebastian’s, Soph., C, Shoots Left, 4/1/00, 6-1/190 - He plays a heavy game and has a good shot. He’s a player to keep watching. He’s on the affiliate list of the Youngstown Phantoms.
Wyatt Schlaht, #10 St. Sebastian’s, Soph., LW, Shoots Left, 6/4/00, 6-1/190 - He missed a lot of time at the beginning of the season with an injury so he’s still recovering somewhat. He skates well and has good size, but didn’t do much on Friday. He’s a Division I hockey player down the road.
Jake Flynn, #4 Thayer, Soph., D, Shoots Right, 2/1/01, 5-9/135 - He impressed again with his skating and ability with the puck on his stick from the backend. He made a few good retrievals on a penalty kill shift. He has good gaps and mobility. He’s a player that could really come into his own as he bulks up and continues to develop.
Drew Commesso, #1 St. Sebastian’s, Fr., G, Catches Left, 7/19/02, 6-0/145 (New Hampshire) - He gave up five goals, but he was hung out to dry by his defense several times. The only criticism was he was a little too far back in his crease on the first goal. He made a nice stop on Jay O’Brien with 1:40 left in the first period. He does a good job preventing second chances and has a good glove. He skates well in the crease and made a few nice kick saves.
R.J. Murphy, #13 St. Sebastian’s, Sr., LW, Shoots Left, 10/2/98, 6-2/187 (Harvard) - He redirected a shot from the point into the net for the Arrows’ fourth goal. He wasn’t a consistent threat with the puck on his stick like he should have been with his size, strength and age at this level.
James Davenport, St. Sebastian’s, Soph., D, Shoots Right, 5/8/00, 5-11/154 - He’s a very good skater who is able to carry the puck up ice. He has good agility. Friday wasn’t his best game, but he’s still a player with the potential to play Division I if he continues to progress.
Eric Jeremiah, #3 St. Sebastian’s, Sr., D, Shoots Right, 3/30/98, 5-8/170 - He was really good. He’s a little undersized, but his skating was top notch. He always skates with his head up and his footwork allows him to transport the puck up ice in transition. He has a good stick and does a good job getting pucks on net from the point. His ceiling might be as a NESCAC player, but he could be a big time player in that league.
Evan Googins, #14 Thayer, Jr., RW, Shoots Right, ‘99, 5-9/165 - He scored a goal on a nice play in transition. He has good speed, but lacks the size right now. He’s probably a Division III player, but he has a nice offensive skill set.