Shaun Fitzpatrick sizzles for King Philip boys’ hockey in preliminary-round rout vs. Weymouth

“It was exactly the start we were looking for,” said King Philip coach Paul Carlow. “We wanted to win the first third and we did it.”

King Phillips Nate Garstka (right) grips around Weymouth’s Jake Buccigross as they battle for possession of the puck. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Junior Andrew Ferguson scored in the first and senior James Flaherty in the third for the Wildcats (6-14-2), who did everything they could but just couldn’t match KP’s physicality or finesse.

Weymouth did not initially qualify for the tournament, but upon further review, the MIAA discovered a double play against Franklin and several other inconsistencies and fielded the Wildcats.

Coach Pat Kennedy acknowledged it was a whirlwind, calling it a “strange 24 hours”. He said the Wildcats were confident they would qualify once everyone involved realized the mistakes made.

“I feel really bad for the Bridgewater-Raynham kids,” Kennedy said of the program, knocked out of 32nd place with Weymouth’s entry. “It’s difficult. I’m glad we got in, but I feel for them. They were in and then they were out. We’re lucky to be able to play.”

Weymouth was the higher seed, but the warriors left no doubt about this one. Feyler scored twice in the first five minutes, Fitzpatrick delivered twice in the final three of the first minute, and they kept the mojo going from there.

Now KP gets a crack at top seeded St John’s Prep on Thursday at 5:30pm at the Essex Sports Center. King Philip is transitioning from playing a team that essentially has nothing to lose to one that essentially has nothing to lose, but don’t tell the Warriors that.

“I’m pretty confident,” Fitzpatrick said. “Anything can happen in these games. It comes down to who wants it more and I know we are.”

Weymouth’s Ryan Gaudiano (17) and King Philip’s Quin Garstka (16) stir up some ice as they collide along the boards in their preliminary duel at the MIAA State Hockey Tournament at Connell Rink.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

State of Division 4

7 Littleton/Bromfield, 2 South Hadley — Freshman Zachary Lizotte had two goals and three assists, including a power-play goal, setting the momentum in the second half for the No. 30 Littleton/Bromfield (11-8-2) in the Division 4 preliminary round game at the Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough changed .

Junior Tyler Edwards had two goals and two assists and freshman Ethan King two goals as Littleton/Bromfield take on No. 3 Stoneham in Thursday’s first round.

Senior Joe Meon scored both goals for No. 35 South Hadley (9-9-2), including a man down to make it a 2-1 game early in the second period, but Lizotte converted a feed just 11 seconds later by Edwards.

Hamilton-Wenham have hired Tim Freiermuth as their new head football coach.

Freiermuth has been an assistant coach at his alma mater in Pentucket for the past two seasons.

“I’m thrilled and looking forward to this opportunity,” said Freiermuth. “Playing against Hamilton-Wenham was always a struggle. They are hardworking kids. That is what drew me to this opportunity.”

Freiermuth played center at Pentucket and then continued his career as a collegiate at Springfield College. After graduating in 2017, he served as an assistant professor at Geneva College, Bates College, and Bentley University before returning to the high school ranks.

At Pentucket, Freiermuth coached offensive line, wide receivers, outside linebackers, and defensive backs.

“We had some very qualified, capable applicants,” said Craig Genualdo, Hamilton-Wenham’s sporting director. “But in the end Tim stood out. His experience of quality programming, his connections to college programs and his understanding of what football means in a high school and in the Cape Ann League communities set him apart.”

Freiermuth will replace Jim Pugh, who retired after a long streak with Masconomet after six seasons with the program. Freiermuth of Merrimac is the older brother of former Brooks star and current Pittsburgh Steelers tightend Pat Freiermuth.

Boys Pentathlon

Quabbin senior Brett Earle won the MIAA indoor pentathlon championship at the Reggie Lewis Center with 3,225 points, beating runner-up Schuyler Schmitt (3,223) from Marblehead. Earle finished in the top 20 in every competition, highlighted by second place in the long jump (6.38 meters) and third place in the shot put (12.53 meters).

Schmitt took first place in the high jump with a jump of 1.87 meters. Weymouth’s Brandon Riley was third with 3,146 points.

The girls’ pentathlon is scheduled for Tuesday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Correspondents Matt Doherty and Emma Healy contributed to this story.


Trevor Hass can be reached at trevor.hass@globe.com.

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