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Salem High School Varsity Hockey
Varsity hockey at Salem High School became a reality in 1999. The program began under Coach Mark McGinn in the 1999-2000 season and played as a Division II team. The team finished with a respectable 10-10-0 record and finished the season with a hint of things to come in the final game of the season - a nail biting 4-3 overtime loss to Kingswood, who went on to win the State championship. The next year, Salem was moved to Division I play and finished the year with a better than expected 10-13-0 record. The team continued to improve and to move up in the standings in 2001-2002 (13-10-0) and in 2002-2003 (13-7-2). The 2003-2004 season showed the Salem High School hockey team as one to be reckoned with. The team finished with an outstanding 21-2-1 record. The season climaxed with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Manchester Memorial for the New Hampshire Division I championship. Salem High School went from a start up varsity hockey program to the best in New Hampshire in just five short years!
The 2004-2005 season showed that the championship year was not a fluke. Salem continued their fine play throughout the season and went all the way to the New Hampshire Division I championship before losing a tough battle to Hanover High School by a score of 3-2. Hanover finished their season with a record of 20-1-0, with their only loss coming at the hands of Salem. Salem finished with a record of 18-3-0.
2005-2006 was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Graduation losses were heavy, but many players rose to the occasion and Salem fought their way to the Division I semi-finals before losing to defending champion Hanover. Leading the way offensively were Brendan Healey (24-29-53) and Pat Halligan (13-32-45). Again, goaltender Scott Crowther was very impressive with a 2.112 goals against average and a saves percentage of 0.9176. The team finished with an overall record of 15-6-2, and Coach McGinn reached the 100 win milestone with a 2-1 victory over Concord High School.
Although it was often difficult to find the back of the net, Salem performed well in 2006-2007, finishing with an overall record of 15-7-0. Ten of the games were decided by one goal, with five of those games going to overtime. The offensive leaders were Josh Frahm (16-13-29) and Ryan Desroches (14-15-29). Scott Crowther had another outstanding season in goal with a 1.872 goals against average and a saves percentage of 0.921.
Salem again had a very successful season in 2007-2008 with a 16-7-0 record. Inconsistency and penalties hurt the team through the year, and for the second straight year, they fell in overtime in the quarter finals of the NH state tournament. Offensively, the team was again led by seniors Ryan Desroches (20-19-39) and Josh Frahm (22-16-38). Sophomore Rob Liberatore gave an excellent performance in net yielding a stingy 1.930 goals against with a saves percentage of 0.920.
The 2008-2009 campaign was another year that lacked a potent offense, but finished with a respectable record of 13-9-1. Twelve of the games were decided by one goal, and six of those were losses (three in overtime). For the third year in a row, Salem lost in overtime in the quarterfinals of the NH State Tournament by identical scores of 4-3. Leading the team offensively were seniors Joel Vastl (14-15-29), Mark Baroni (9-14-23), and John Pettoruto (8-12-20). Rob Liberatore again provided a stellar performance in goal with a 2.518 goals against average and a saves percentage of 0.9148.
2009-2010 was a disappointing year, with Salem missing the playoffs for the first time in the history of the program. Inconsistent play and minimal scoring punch led to a 6-12-2 record. Salem was led offensively by Dakota McKenzie (8-6-14) and Brandon Travaglini (7-7-14). Ken Frazier and Brian Shea were defensive stalwarts for the team and will be difficult to replace.
Salem missed the playoffs for the second year in a row in 2010-2011, finishing with a 6-13-1 record. Scoring punch was again the missing element, with six losses (two in overtime) coming by one goal. Scoring leaders were Brandon Travaglini (11-8-19), Tyler Phair (10-6-16), and Josh Cavallaro (9-7-16). Chad Livingston was a standout in goal, yielding 2.757 goals per game and a saves percentage of 0.9164, while facing 32.25 shots per game.
After two straight losing seasons, Salem rebounded with a solid 12-9-2 record for the 2011-2012 season. Seven of the losses were by one goal. Season ending injuries to Brandon Travaglini and Aaron Zannini hampered the potential playoff run by Salem, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinal round (again by one goal). The goaltending tandem of Nick Phair and A.J. Soucy performed admirably with a combined goals against average of 2.30 and a saves percentage of 0.9050. Leading scorers were Tyler Phair (13-11-24), Matt Barbin (11-10-21), Brandon Travaglini (8-12-20), and Jake Pappalardo (8-12-20).
Salem turned in a strong performance in 2012-2013, finishing with an 11-8-3 record. Six of the 8 losses were by one goal. An injury to Jake Pappalardo (15-16-31) with 5 games remaining in the regular season dealt a major blow to Salem's chances in the season, going only 1-3-1 in that stretch, before losing to Londonderry in overtime in the State quarterfinals. Cody Soucy (21-13-34) and Kyle Svenson (9-14-23) were the leading scorers in addition to Pappalardo. Nick Phair finished the year in outstanding fashion with a goals against average of 2.087 and a saves percentage of .9078.
Salem put together an outstanding season in 2013-2014, ending the year in a tie for first place in Division I with a record of 19-3-1. Coach McGinn reached the 200 game win plateau with a 1-0 overtime victory against Trinity High School. The offense was spread out with five players scoring over 20 points apiece. Cody Soucy led the way (13-13-26), followed by Paul Antkowiak (4-20-24), Kyle Svenson (14-8-22), Kyle Nagri (14-8-22), and Alex Ring (4-18-22). The team played great defense, winning eight low scoring one goal games. Sam MacDonald set new standards in the goal by posting record setting numbers in goals against average (1.335) and saves percentage (.9356).
After completing an undefeated regular season in 2014-15 with a 20-0-1 record, Salem was looking forward to the State Tournament, but once again failed to make it past the quarterfinals, losing to a tough Bishop Guertin team by a score of 3-2. Cody Soucy led all scorers (22-24-46), with Chris Lemay (13-20-33), Kyle Svenson (20-11-31), Kyle Nagri (17-12-29), and Paul Antkowiak (8-15-23) rounding out the scorers with over 20 points apiece. Sam MacDonald was solid in goal posting a goals against average of 1.691 and a saves percentage of .9229.
Heavy graduation losses put Salem on the rebuilding path for the 2015-16 season. The young, inexperienced team finished with a record of 8-13-0 and failed to qualify for the State Tournament. Despite missing five games to injury, Mitchell McGinn (13-6-19) led the scoring, followed by Jake Sylvester (9-9-18) and Alec Svenson (6-12-18). Paddy Capsalis performed extremely well in goal with a goals against average of 2.801 and a saves percentage of .9110 while seeing a record high 663 shots against.
Salem exceeded expectations in 2016-17 by finishing third in Division I, with an overall record of 16-5-2, winning 10 straight, before losing to Concord in the semi-finals of the State Tournament. Mitchell McGinn (19-25-44) again led the point scoring followed by Mattie Pappalardo (24-13-37) and Alec Svenson (8-29-37). Paddy Capsalis had a solid year in goal finishing with a goals against average of 1.894 and a saves percentage of .9323. His season included a record setting 57 save performance against Concord to solidify Salem's third place finish.
2016-2017 Salem High School Roster
2016-2017 Salem High School Varsity Hockey
2016-17 Power Play Statistics
Over The Years
on this site has been collected from official scoresheets and from on ice
observations. As such, the final statistics are not to be construed as
official or sanctioned by the Salem High School Athletic Department or by the
NHIAA. However, much of this information is not available from any other
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