Monday, March 11, 2013
The Wilmington High School boys hockey team thumped Danvers, 7-2, thanks to a Brendan McDonough hat trick and will play for the Division 2 state title on Sunday.
Wilmington High School boys hockey coach Steve Scanlon said after his team's North Division 2 semifinal win that the Wildcats played just about as well as they could play. Then on Monday, the defending champions found another gear. Thanks in part to a Brendan McDonough hat trick, Wilmington cruised past Danvers on Monday night in Lowell at the Tsongas Center, winning a second consecutive North Division 2 title. As a result, the team will play on Sunday, March 17, at TD Garden in Boston for a state title. "The goal way back at the beginning of the year was the kids wanted to be back at The Garden," said Scanlon, whose team's celebration was a bit more tame than last year's. "They're a little more experienced, so they know the ultimate prize…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wilmington High School boys hockey head coach Steve Scanlon was a junior varsity coach for seven years and has been the varsity coach for the last 23 seasons.
It never gets old for Steve Scanlon. The Wilmington High School mentor said that after seven years as JV coach and 23 seasons as the Wildcats head boys hockey coach, coming to the rink is "still a thrill," especially after winning the program's first ever state championship last year against Franklin. Scanlon's charges entered this season as the No. 3 seed in the North Division 2 bracket, considered by many the favorite to repeat. Are you a big fan of the Wildcats? You'll also want to see:
Monday, November 5, 2012
Entering halftime in a scoreless tie, the Wilmington boys soccer team caught fire in the second half and went on to a 4-0 win.
It took Marblehead boys soccer head coach Scott Laramie just two words to describe the Wilmington team that had just beaten his team in the North Division 2 playoffs. “Strong and physical,” said Laramie after the Wildcats rode a powerful second half to a 4-0 win on Sunday. “They play the way they’re supposed to play and they knock the ball around. We’re very happy to have played them. That’s exciting stuff.” Though the teams were scoreless entering intermission, No. 3 Wilmington cracked the scoreboard just over two minutes into the second frame and advanced to the quarterfinals where they will host No. 6 Bedford. With 37:21 to play in the second half, Kory McGilvray lofted a long throw in to the center of the goal. That’s where towering …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Boys hockey head coach Steve Scanlon leads team to perennial success.
Editor's Note: We'll be running several features on members of the Wilmington boys hockey team in advance of Monday night's North Division 2 championship game between the Wildcats and Winthrop at Tsongas Arena. Puck drops at 6 p.m. Players have come and gone. But for the Wilmington boys hockey team one constant remains – the man behind the bench. For more than two decades, Wildcat head coach Steve Scanlon has been at the reins of the team, leading the locals to perennial success. “I’ve learned so much from coach, from major lessons to the little things,” said Wilmington senior captain Dalton Rolli. “It’s helped me gain hockey knowledge listening to him. He’s one of the top ten most influential people I’ve had in my life.” When Scanlon took…
Monday, February 13, 2012
Team not satisfied after settling for tie with last place Melrose on Saturday.
A loss would have been devastating. But a tie was still frustrating for the Wilmington boys hockey team. The Wildcats took a 2-1 advantage on Saturday against visiting Melrose, but the locals eventually settled for a 2-2 tie that left the majority of players visibly upset as they left the ice after the final horn. During the tilt, Luke Foley gave Wilmington a 1-0 first period lead on a pass from Brendan McDonough. That lead lasted into the second frame, but that's when Melrose knotted things up with a power play goal. Dalton Rolli tipped home a goal with 25 seconds left before the second intermission, but that lead was erased 12:20 left in the game. While the loss to a 3-10-5 opponent was frustrating, it didn't completely derail the team's…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Despite another close victory, boys hockey mentor Steve Scanlon concerned with team's effort.
Despite a 1-0 win over Stoneham on Wednesday, something isn’t right with the Wilmington High School boys hockey team. And it’s not something head coach Steve Scanlon knows how to fix. “We were happy with the result, but we didn’t play well. We’re not playing well. There’s a lot of individual stuff going on right now,” said Scanlon. “We’ve been resilient; we’ve been able to play when we’re desperate. Those are all good signs, but we haven’t shown that we can pull away from a team and manage a game yet.” Cam Owens showed signs of life just 17 seconds into the second period on Wednesday as he scored an electric goal in open ice to provide the decisive goal against Stoneham. Drew Foley made several key saves in the final minute to help …