Friday, February 8, Fenn School 6, Fessenden School 0
At the drop of the puck, the goals poured into the net on Friday, February 8, as Fenn’s varsity hockey team visited Fessenden School in Newton. Fenn came out fast and scored three goals within the opening four minutes of the game.
Fenn captain Conor MacLean scored on a great set-up by Ben Cook and Andrew Pesce to put Fenn out in front, 1-0.
Fenn went up 2-zip when the blue-and-gold controlled the play in the offensive zone and laced the puck to defenseman Liam Mulcahy, who skated untouched from the blue line into the high slot and lifted a nice wrist shot over the goaltender’s glove hand.
The third goal came from sharpshooter MacLean, who stole the puck from the Fessenden defenseman, skated around the net, avoided two Fessenden players, and lifted a wrister to the top corner. It was 3-0 Fenn in the blink of an eye, and Fessenden needed a timeout. Fessenden regrouped and was able to apply pressure on Fenn, but goalie Andrew Heinze was up for the challenge, stopping ten shots in the first period.
Still in the opening period, Fenn's relentless forecheck forced a few more turnovers that resulted in goals. MacLean completed his hat trick when Pesce made a pretty pass from the corner to MacLean, who fired a hard shot from the slot that zipped by the goalie.
Fenn scored goal number five of the first period when Teddy Stiga's forecheck forced a Fessenden turnover. The puck ended up right on Stiga’s stick, and with a few strides to the net, Stiga buried the puck past the Fessenden goalie, 5-0.
In the second stanza, sitting on a cushion of goals, Fenn made some changes to the line-up but continued to apply pressure on Fessenden. The move paid off as Bobby Brady and Ben Cook assisted on seventh grader Gabriele Aberbach’s first career Fenn goal. Aberbach’s goal was a sweet wrist shot to the far corner of the net.
Heinze continued to turn away shots as Fessenden tried to break the shutout, but in the third period, the game got a bit physical. Fessenden looked for a spark with more aggressive play, but it resulted in minor penalties as Fenn showed great sportsmanship.
With the game solidly in hand, Fenn played more of a possession style. Ted McKeown, Marcos Braceras, John Kielar, Kevin Bertocci, Bode Rice, and Liam Teto logged loads of ice time to help Heinze earn his third shutout of the season.
Heinze finished with 24 saves.
The 6-0 victory moved Fenn’s record to 10-0.
Wednesday, February 13, Fenn School 2, Roxbury Latin School 2
The varsity hockey team kept its undefeated streak intact on Wednesday, February 13 when it visited Roxbury Latin School in Boston.
There wasn’t any scoring in the first period, but Andrew Heinze was busy between the pipes. On the power play, Heinze came up big time-after-time as Roxbury Latin peppered him with shots from far and wide.
Roxbury Latin was gifted another power play opportunity early in the second, and this time, Fenn could not bar the gate and fell behind, 1-0.
Fenn got the equalizer late in the second period. Ben Cook slipped a nifty pass to Conor MacLean, who fired home a wrist shot from the slot, 1-1.
In the third period, the officials stepped into the game and hit Fenn with a couple of penalties. The boys in blue-and-gold were able to kill two 5-on-4 situations, but then failed to capitalize on their own 4-on-3 power play opportunity. Another 4-on-4 situation gave each team plenty of room and plenty of chances, but neither team was able to make it count.
Fenn finally got its own 5-on-4 power play, but a RL player made a great individual effort, streaking up the left side of the ice and putting a nice move on a Fenn defenseman, finishing with a high shot over Heinze’s shoulder for the 2-1 lead.
With about six minutes remaining in regulation, Fenn called a timeout to regroup. Showing grit and determination, coach LaPlante’s boys worked hard to tie it up. With 2:49 left in the game, a wrist shot from MacLean bounced out of the RL goalie’s glove and landed behind him in the crease. Andy Pesce, Kevin Bertocci, and MacLean pounced on the loose puck with MacLean finally able to push it over the goal line for the tying goal, 2-2.
Heinze finished with 23 saves.
Fenn’s varsity hockey team is 10-0-1 with three games to go in the season.
Friday, February 15, Fenn School hosts Rivers School
Wednesday, February 21, Fenn School hosts Rectory School
Friday, February 22 – Season Finale, Fenn School at Dexter Southfield School
JUNIOR VARSITY HOCKEY
Friday, February 8, Carroll School 6, Fenn School 4
On Friday, February 8, Fenn’s JV hockey team faced off against the Carroll School for the second time this season. The two evenly matched teams battled it out to a 4-4 tie back on January 18.
In this rematch, Carroll jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before sixth grader Justin Graf and eighth grader Jack Bretl tallied for Fenn to knot the game 2-2.
Carroll scored in the waning minutes of the first period and added an additional goal in the second period to grab a 4-2 advantage, but Fenn seventh grader Sam Kahn responded with a goal to keep Fenn in the game, 4-3.
Ninth grade captain Joe Doherty tried to motivate his teammates in the second intermission, and the words apparently inspired as the blue-and-gold came out fired up. Fenn controlled much of the play in the third period, yet outstanding goaltending by the Carroll goalie and opportunistic counterattacks by Carroll saw Fenn surrender two more goals, falling behind 6-3.
In the waning minutes of the game, seventh grader Josh Weig scored for Fenn, stretching the blue-and-gold within striking distance. Yet in spite of several scoring chances by Fenn in the final minutes, coach Jason Rude’s troops could come no closer and fell to defeat by a 6-4 score.
Fenn’s JV hockey team has registered a 1-2-1 record thus far this season. There are two games remaining on the schedule.
Wednesday, February 20, Fenn School at Pike School
Thursday, February 21 – Season Finale, Fenn School hosts Rectory School
Friday, February 8, Buckingham Browne & Nichols 41, Fenn School 33
Fenn’s varsity basketball team got into a defensive struggle with Buckingham Browne and Nichols on Friday, February 8 in Concord. Fenn was down by five at the half, 21-16, and could not recover. Oscar Patton was high man for Fenn with 13 points, while Fru Nkimbeng contributed 11, as Fenn suffered the 41-33 loss. The two teams will meet for a rematch on February 15.
Wednesday, February 13, Fenn School 53, Worcester Academy 70
The varsity team couldn’t break out of its slump when it visited Worcester Academy on Wednesday, February 13. Fenn kept it close at the half and was within striking distance at 32-25, but Worcester Academy poured it on in the second half, and Fenn suffered a 70-53 loss. Fru Nkimbeng pumped in thirteen points to lead Fenn scorers, while Michael Alpers contributed ten for the blue-and-gold.
Fenn’s varsity basketball team is now 7-6 with three games remaining in the season.
Friday, February 15, Fenn School hosts BB&N
Wednesday, February 20, Fenn School hosts St. Sebastian’s Country Day School
Friday, February 22 -- Season Finale, Fenn School hosts Lawrence Academy
JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn School 25, Fessenden School 45
The JV basketball team dropped a tough 45-25 decision at Fessenden School on Wednesday, February 6 in Newton. According to coach Chris Ryan, the highlight of the game was Hans Scheibe’s six points and his hustle off the bench.
Friday, February 8, Fenn School 52, Dexter School 66
On Friday, February 8, Fenn enjoyed its greatest offensive output of the season, scoring 52 points, but it wasn’t enough to avert its second straight loss. Fenn fell to Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, 66-52. Will O’Malley and Rylan Chandler each hit two three pointers to lead Fenn’s charge.
Wednesday, February 13, Fenn School 57, Xaverian Brothers High School 44
Fenn’s JV basketball team got back on the winning track on Friday, February 13 at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. The spotlight was on Rylan Chandler in this one, as he pumped in fifteen points by nailing five 3-pointers. On defense, Ryan Lewis and Xander McTeague were stars as they combined to force nine turnovers. Fenn defeated Xaverian by the final count of 57-44.
Thursday, February 21, Fenn School at Lexington Christian Academy
Friday, February 22 -- Season Finale, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School
Wednesday, February 13, Fenn School Gold 10, Fessenden School 52
The Thirds Gold team watched its record drop to 3-3 on Wednesday, February 13 when the blue-and-gold went into Fessenden’s den. Fenn was held scoreless in the first half, but was able to battle back with ten points in the second half. In the end, the scoreboard showed a difficult 52-10 loss for the Gold.
Wednesday, February 20, Fenn School hosts Rivers School
Thursday, February 21 -- Season Finale, Thirds Classic
Friday, February 8, Fay School 14, Fenn School Blue 31
The Thirds Blue team picked up its first victory of the season on Friday, February 8. Hosting Fay School, the Blue team ran away with a 31-14 victory. Daniel Haines was the top scorer for Fenn.
Friday, February 15, Fenn School hosts BB&N
Thursday, February 21 season finale, Thirds Classic
The Thirds White team is back in action on Thursday, February 14 when it hosts Rivers School. The White record is 2-4 this season.
Thursday, February 14, Fenn School White hosts Rivers School
Thursday, February 21 -- Season Finale, Thirds Classic
Fenn’s varsity wrestling team has two meets to go this season, both of which are on the road. Fenn is scheduled for a meet at Fay School in Southborough on February 20 and is scheduled to compete in the Fessenden Tournament on February 23.
Wednesday, February 20, Fenn School at Fay School
Saturday, February 23 -- Season Finale, Fenn School at Fessenden Wrestling Tournament