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Prep Hockey Game Report: St. Sebastian’s at Lawrence Academy

Lawrence Academy clinched the ISL Keller Division Championship on Wednesday evening with a 3-2 overtime win over St. Sebastian’s at the Grant Rink.

Sacred Heart commit Austin Magera pushed home a rebound of fellow senior Sam Swanson’s shot in the extra session to give the Spartans the win. Swanson had carried the puck up ice before driving on net from right to left.

Harvard recruit R.J. Murphy scored a shorthanded goal 46 seconds into the second period to give St. Sebastian’s a 1-0 lead. He slipped in back of the defense after teammate Blake Colman had cut off a zone entry attempt by LA.

It took Lawrence less than a minute to respond. Maine recruit Craig Needham tipped home a shot from the right point by Dartmouth commit Jack Cameron. Northeastern recruit Neil Shea picked up the other assist on the scoring play.

St. Sebastian’s regained the lead late in the period when Liam Devlin found a pinching Eric Jeremiah who buried it past LA goaltender Owen Zdunski. Liam Connors had the secondary assist.

Again, the Spartans answered right back. After a flurry in front, Shea picked up the puck in back of the goal line and banked a shot off St. Sebastian’s goaltender Alex Zafonte.

Except for the overtime tally, all of the scoring came in the second period. Both goalies were solid, especially Zafonte for the Arrows.

St. Sebastian’s Lines

Liam Devlin - Liam Gorman - Liam Connors
R.J. Murphy (Harvard) - Tommy Lyons - Riley Hughes
Wyatt Schlaht - Brendan Goosetray - Rory Casey
Colin Kehoe - Jack Doherty - Chris Joyce

Eric Jeremiah - Blake Colman
Will Kiley - James Davenport

Alex Zafonte

Lawrence Academy Lines

Neil Shea (Northeastern) - Craig Needham (Maine) - Tim Kent
Matthew Hayes - Sam Swanson - Sam Colangelo
Ethan Zarak-Croke - Austin Magera (Sacred Heart) - Ethan Bastien

Braden Doyle (BU) - Jack Cameron (Dartmouth)
Jamie Swiggett - Andrew Moynihan
Murphy Gielow - Jack Cameron

Owen Zdunski

2017 NHL Draft Prospects

Neil Shea, #27 Lawrence Academy, Jr., LW, Shoots Left, 7/29/99, 6-1/183 (Northeastern) - He had a hand in both regulation goals for the Spartans and was playing to his strengths yesterday. He’s a strong skater who plays with pace. He does a nice job of winning battles along the wall and setting up teammates as the puck goes through him. He had a breakaway opportunity when he slipped past the defenders and receive a lead pass from Braden Doyle. He is a player that an NHL team will draft in the latter rounds because they think his hockey IQ, strong skating and ability to create offense will be an asset down the line. He’s not a flashy player, but he does a good job of playing heavy and being solid.

Jack Cameron, #4 Lawrence Academy, Jr., D, Shoots Left, 4/18/99, 6-2/154 (Dartmouth) - This was the best viewing of the Big Green commit to date. He was absolutely terrific and stepped up for the Spartans in a crucial game. He’s a good, if not great, skater who had good gaps and was consistently steady throughout the game. He got shots on net from the point with good footwork and stepping around opposing forwards. He made a really good close and used his reach to force a puck out of the zone on a penalty kill shift. He was good on retrievals and made smart plays. He’s still growing into his tall frame. He’s a player that a NHL team should consider taking in the last two rounds for his ability to develop and become a steady defender who can contribute offensively.

R.J. Murphy, #13 St. Sebastian’s, Sr., LW, Shoots Left, 10/2/98, 6-1/195 (Harvard) - With his physical tools and as a late 1998, he should be absolutely dominant in prep school hockey. He’s not. He scored a shorthanded goal in which he slipped in back of the defense before sliding a backhander through the five-hole of the goaltender on a breakaway. Other than that he was not very noticeable. He didn’t penetrate into the scoring areas. Instead he stayed around the perimeter and might not have touched a LA player all game. He was left off NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings for a reason. It’s disappointing because this observer was a big fan of his game a few years ago. When he’s on his game he can be a solid north-south player who is good down low, but he hasn’t shown that this year in any viewing.

2017 NTDP Candidates and USHL Phase I Draft Prospects

Braden Doyle, #9 Lawrence Academy, Soph., D, Shoots Left, 8/24/01, 5-10/165 (Boston University) - Wednesday’s viewing did nothing to change the opinion on the future Terrier. He’s a dynamic skater who can impact the puck possession game in a major way from the backend. He makes some great lead passes and can skate the puck up ice. He made a terrific move where he toe-dragged a defender in the neutral zone. He might take a few more chances than his coaches would like, but he’s fun to watch. He just has incredible vision, both in transit and in the attacking zone. His highlight reel pass was to Shea for a break-in chance. He made a very good pass into the slot from the left point on the power play. He has a good stick and keeps pucks moving forward. Nitpicking, he still has a little work to do thinking the game defensively, but it’s something that will continue to develop. He’s probably on the fringe of being a NTDP candidate and a first three round pick in the USHL Phase I Draft.

Liam Connors, #12 St. Sebastian’s, Fr., RW, Shoots Right, 1/2/01, 5-9/150 - He has a very good offensive skill set and a high compete level. His feet are always moving. He is slick with the puck and can make plays in traffic because of his hands and agility, despite his lack of size. He made one move that left the crowd gasping after he split two defenders and got off a backhander that was saved. He’s a very good player who will likely go somewhere between rounds four through seven of the USHL Phase I Futures Draft.

Liam Devlin, #17 St. Sebastian’s, Fr., LW, Shoots Left, 1/7/01, 5-9/160 - This was the most confident he’s played in this observer’s viewings of him this prep school season. He made a nice dish up to Eric Jeremiah on the Arrows’ second goal. He’s crafty and has a good motor. He’s not quite as high-end as Connors, but he has potential. He’s a player that will need to develop in prep hockey before being ready for junior. He’s worth taking a look at late in Phase I as a prospect to keep on the affiliate list for a while.

Sam Colangelo, #18 Lawrence Academy, Fr., RW, Shoots Right, 12/26/01, 5-10/170 - He’s a late ‘01 so if he was born a few days later, coaches and scouts would be salivating about what a great ‘02 he was. He’s getting better and playing with more confidence, despite not really producing at a high level. He does a good job of engaging and trying to play the game the right way. His hockey IQ is there and he’s a player that should continue to develop over the coming years.

Uncommitted ‘98-’00 Prospects

Eric Jeremiah, #3 St. Sebastian’s, Sr., D, Shoots Right, 3/30/98, 5-8/175 - I’ve long thought he was too small to play Division I and that he’d just be a really nice NESCAC player. The past two months have changed my opinion on him. Wednesday was no different. His footwork is absolutely terrific. He can skate and has great mobility. He keeps pucks in at the blue line. He joins the rush and chips in offensively. He’s not afraid going backwards and trying to grind against the opposition’s better forwards. He’d be a serviceable fifth or sixth defenseman who can play the power play for a Hockey East or ECAC Hockey team. He compares to a Jared Kolquist at Merrimack or a Jacob Bryson at Providence. He has similar traits to both of them in different ways. He’s got the heart and motor of Kolquist and the feet and puck-moving ability of Bryson. He should play a year or two in the BCHL and he’d be a nice older freshman for a Division I team.

Update: Jeremiah is committed to play at Middlebury next season.

Timmy Kent, #16 Lawrence Academy, RW, Shoots Right, 8/4/98, 5-6/160 - He has a short but fast stride and he keeps his feet moving. He’s an energy guy who has the skill set to chip in offensively. He’s quick and crafty and compares a little bit to Maine senior Cam Brown. He doesn’t have quite the play-making ability that Brown possesses, but there are some similarities. He’s another player who could make a nice addition to an Atlantic Hockey or ECAC Hockey team down the road as an older freshman.

** The ‘00s on St. Sebastian’s were discussed Monday in a post here on top uncommitted ‘00s in prep hockey.