North Andover Scarlet Knights Boys Ice Hockey '07-'08

Wed, Dec 26, 2007 07:00 PM @ Haverhill
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Sifferlen's scoring barrage lifts North Andover over Haverhill

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Thursday, December, 27 By Chuck Frye
Staff writer

And this is still only the beginning.

After a sophomore campaign where he scored a team-high 40 points and earned Cape Ann League All-Star honors, North Andover's Ryan Sifferlen continues to improve his game without specializing in it.

His four-goal effort in the Scarlet Knights' 5-1 victory over Haverhill in the opening round of the Haverhill Christmas Tournament is just another example of Sifferlen's prowess on the ice. The junior co-captain now has 11 goals and five assists in only five games, helping North Andover jump out to a 4-1 start despite having only three seniors on the roster.

The lithe 6-2, 171-pounder garnered last night's bounty in four different ways, skills aided by playing soccer and baseball and secured by a foundation of awareness.

"Baseball really helps the hand-eye coordination you need for hockey, and soccer, sometimes you've got to kick the puck up to your stick from your skates," he explained. "You've got to be aware, be smart. It'll help you." With 5 1/2 minutes left in the first period and with a 1-0 lead, junior defenseman Chris Webber dumped the puck down the right wing, Sifferlen turned on the after-burners and "got some good luck. It bounced by the defenseman one-on-one, I got a breakaway and put it in" low past Hillie goalie Frank DeVito's skate.

Six minutes into second period action, Sifferlen nearly broke a defenseman's ankles with a pinpoint right-to-left cut and he scored to DeVito's right side.

Goal number three came off a powerful slap shot. With less than a minute left in the middle period, Sifferlen stole a sloppy crossing pass at the Hillie blue line and scored on a one-time laser.

After Haverhill junior John Orsillo broke the scoring ice in the third period, the winger strode in following Webber's left point slapper looking for a rebound.

"I just tried to find an open spot in front of the net and, hopefully, the puck would come to me. The rebound was right there."

The junior easily tucked it home with 5:38 left to play. After two hours of domination, Haverhill head coach Spike Sprague simply said, "Not to take anything away from North Andover, but No. 13 (Sifferlen) was definitely the difference."

6 Story Comments

0         HockeyFan22

Sifferlan has had a great season so far. These knights are looking better each game

Report! #1 12/27/2007 12:27 PM

0         NA30yrsofSportsandCounting

Sifferlen is the big man on campus at this moment...man it reminds me of my ye olde glory days

Report! #2 12/27/2007 10:53 PM

0         MrHighSchoolHockey

ok with chris webber now getting noticed by the newspaper (his name was mentioned twice in the article above) will the hockey east powers such as maine, UNH, BC,Umass. start to notice as well? I think they will as good defensemen who play lights out on the defensive end, and also who are able to move the puck up the ice and make things happen on the offensive end are hard to come by. I think he is a shoe-in to a school such as Saliva Regina? Who knows maybe someday he will end up coaching down at bedford high, while teaching kids how to start their own business. Sincerly, The Legend Killer (Siddarth)

Report! #3 12/27/2007 11:42 PM

0         NA30yrsofSportsandCounting

i think TAU or DU would also be takers...well DU would probably be a taker...TAU might be a bit of a squeeze

Report! #4 12/27/2007 11:55 PM

0         HockeyMoM91

Thank God for well conditioned and disciplined defensemen is all I have to say!!!!!!!

Report! #5 01/13/2008 04:25 PM

0         hockey1928

Wbber and Levy are superstars! I actually saw a scout for the Ottawa Senators at the last game checking them out

Report! #6 02/12/2008 08:32 PM