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FRAMINGHAM – On Sunday, the Framingham Youth Hockey U10 co-ed team won the state championship at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink in Waltham.

The Flyers are now 31-6-1 overall.

The Flyers advanced to the championship finals against Canton by winning their semifinal game in overtime.

Framingham defeated Canton 1-0 in the finals, on Sunday, March 5.

The only goal scored in the game was by Framingham’s Jase Jacobson, assisted by Colton Gross, late in the first period, said Framingham Assistant Coach Mark Piselli.

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Framingham goalie Jameson McElroy got the shutout victory in the championship game. McElroy made at least 10-12 saves, including one on a breakaway, said Coach Piselli.

“McElroy was stellar all tournament long, but especially when his team needed him most: in overtime and in the shootout vs. Waltham, where he made a number of game saving stops, in overtime vs. Braintree in the Semis and, of course, in his shutout against Canton in the State Final,” said Coach Piselli.”He was a brick wall!”

“PJ Carter, Matteo Avallone and Giacomo Anderson logged more minutes on defense than any other player during the State Tournament and helped completely shut down a high scoring Canton team in the final,” said Coach Piselli.

The semifinal overtime victory came earlier on Sunday. Framingham defeated Braintree 4-3.

The game winning goal was scored by Matteo Avallone, who took a shot from the blue line that deflected off a Braintree defender and fluttered just over the goalie’s right shoulder, said Coach Piselli.

“In the opening game of the tournament vs. Andover, Thomas Marcucci crashed the net to put home a rebound on what proved to be the game winning goal. The play was set up by Marco Castelli, who kept the puck in the zone and earned an assist on the goal, said Coach Piselli.

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“Gross finished the State Tournament with 9 goals and 3 assists, as well as a game-winning shootout goal in the preliminary stage vs. Waltham,” said Coach Piselli.

“Not only did Jase Jacobson score the game winner in the state final, but his goal with 2 minutes remaining in the preliminary stage vs. Waltham set the stage for Colton’s eventual shootout winner,” said Coach Piselli.

“This team never trailed by more than one goal during any game in the State Tournament. Each time, they responded quickly, usually tying the game within the next 2-3 minutes,” said Coach Piselli. “Tyler Sutherland and Nicolas Pareene each scored quick response goals during games in this Tournament to tie the score and steal momentum back.”

“This is an incredible group of young men! Our season started in early September and since then, each and every one of these players has shown significant improvement. More importantly, though, they are an incredibly close knit group in the locker room and some of them are inseparable in general. They had impressed the coaching staff all season long, but their perseverance and determination in this State Tournament blew us away. We are so proud of them,” said Coach Piselli.

“We also could not have accomplished what we did if not for the guidance and wisdom of Coach Kevin Wilder, who the rest of the coaching staff have known for two decades now (he actually coached both Coach Nick Piselli and Coach Alex Piselli, when they were mites!) – his impact on this team and the Framingham Youth Hockey Program over the years as a whole is immense and we cannot thank him enough,” said Coach Mark Piselli.

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Members of the State Championship Flyers are:

  • Giacomo Anderson – Defenseman
  • Gianluca Arcuri – Forward/Goalie
  • Matteo Avallone – Defenseman
  • PJ Carter – Defenseman
  • Marco Castelli – Forward
  • Noah Everett – Center
  • Colton Gross – Center
  • Jase Jacobson – Center
  • Jack Jenkins – Defenseman
  • Thomas Marcucci – Forward
  • Jameson McElroy – Goalie
  • Ryan Pare – Forward/Goalie
  • Nicolas Pareene – Forward
  • Tyler Sutherland – Forward
  • Wyatt Sexton – Forward/Defenseman

All skaters are age 9 or 10.

Coach Piselli said “Ryan Pare, who has spent most of this season playing goalie, skated out during the State Tournament and made a great impact as a forechecking forward.”

“Noah Everett drew at least 3 or 4 penalties due to his superb skating and puck control during the State Tournament, earning Power Plays for his team and helping change the flow of multiple games into our favor,” said Coach Piselli.

“Wyatt Sexton, Gianluca Arcuri and Jack Jenkins all showed great versatility and team first attitudes by making mid-game positional switches from defenseman to forward and vice versa during the State Tournament,” said Coach Piselli.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.