Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Varsity Hockey

Varsity Hockey

Coaching Staff

Brady Leisenring, Head Coach
Mike Jangro, Assistant
Cam McCusker, Assistant

After graduating from Cardigan in 1998, Coach Leisenring played in the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNDP) and served as captain of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2001. He remains second in total games played for the USNDP. At the University of Vermont, he captained the Catamounts for three seasons and earned both All-East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and ECAC All-Academic Team selections.

Coach Leisenring played professional hockey for a total of nine years in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and teams in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. He most recently worked alongside his Cardigan roommate Tim Graham ’98 at The St. James, a sports, wellness, and entertainment center in Springfield, Virginia, where he served as Director of Hockey Coaching. He has also coached professional hockey with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League.

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Alerts
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St. Sebastian's
Belmont Hill Away Details Subscribe to Alerts
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Game at 9:40 or 1:10 depending on Friday's outcome, Belmont Hill
TBD
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Eaglebrook
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Hillside
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The Gunnery
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Avon Old Farms
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Choate Rosemary Hall
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BCS Bishops College School
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Hillside
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Phillips Exeter Academy
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Roster

#NameHometown
1Kaleb MaccioliClaremont, NH
2Brendan PowersLynnfield, MA
3Brendan AgnewFort Mill, SC
4Avan PyleNew London, NH
5Tanner McFaulEssex Junction, VT
6Christian MaroDarien, CT
7Connor PollardLebanon, NH
8Zach MilesHanover, NH
9Aiden ThedeBradenton, FL
10Conley BohanConcord, NH
11Bryce TerryConway, NH
12Tedy O'KeefeCohasset, MA
13Dylan BiggsVineyard Haven, MA
14Jack DiemarEagle, CO
16Will RassierPrinceton, NJ
17Owen TatroColchester, VT
18Jack RobertsGlencoe, IL
19Samuel PfefferleBremen, IN
22Kyle Murray-SmithNorwich, VT
23Logan NealWilmington, NC
30Ben McCormickSterling, VA

Scores & Results

Team Opponent Date Advantage Result Score
Varsity Hockey vs.
KUA
Away
Varsity Hockey vs.
BCS Bishops College School
Win 6-4
Varsity Hockey vs.
Berkshire
Away Loss 1-4
Varsity Hockey vs.
Salisbury
Away Win 4-3
Varsity Hockey vs.
Westminster
Away Win 8-3
Varsity Hockey vs.
Tilton School
Home Loss 1-3
Varsity Hockey vs.
Tilton School
Away Loss 4-5
Varsity Hockey vs.
St. Louis
Home Win 5-4
Varsity Hockey vs.
St. Louis
Home Win 6-5

Recent Game Recaps

vs.
BCS Bishops College School
Win 6-4

The Cardigan Mountain School Varsity Hockey Team took on Bishop’s College on Wednesday afternoon in what proved to be a highly-skilled and hard-fought battle that saw the Cougars come out on top.

After a weekend road trip of playing a bit shorthanded, the Cougars had returned all of their players to full health and were fortunate to play as a healthy team. The difference between energy level during the road trip and Wednesday’s game was astounding, as Wednesday’s Cardigan team was one that was able to maintain its energy throughout the entire game, no faltering or subsiding due to fatigue.

The first period found the Cougars grabbing a 2-0 lead before returning to the dressing room. Stellar goaltending from Ben McCormick ’21 silenced the Bishop’s attackers in the first frame, while tallies from Cougars Jack Roberts ’21, and Bryce Terry ’20 to take an early lead. Roberts, who has been an offensive machine since his first game, found the puck just below the left circle after an Aiden Thede ’20 shot rebounded out to Roberts all alone. Roberts tucked it home short-side before the Bishop’s goalie could recover. Terry’s goal materialized as more of a full-ice effort. Kyle Murray-Smith ’20 chipped a soft pass to Dylan Biggs ‘20, who collected the puck in the neutral zone, and legged it out all the way to the Bishop’s net. Holding off a defender as he neared the net, Biggs’s initial attempt to slide the puck five-hole was denied, but Terry gathered the rebound and bullied it home.

After a brief intermission, the green and white took the ice for the game’s second stanza. While McCormick’s stellar play in net continued, lapses in the Cougars defense saw three goals cross the line for Bishop’s College (two of which were scored on McCormick before a goaltending split halfway through the period). Before ten minutes had elapsed in the period, Bishop’s had tied the score and seized some momentum from the Cardigan boys.

While the Cougars would cede Bishop’s another goal before the period’s final buzzer, they would tack on two more of their own goals first. Will Rassier ’20 found the back of the net on a difficult shot that finished a two-on-one in which Murray-Smith—who had won a battle in his own zone before escorting the puck down the ice—found Rassier streaking down the right side of the ice before the puck burial that ensued. Immediately following the resulting center-ice faceoff, the Cougars found twine again—this time as a result of incredible efforts from Roberts, Christian Maro ’21, and Brendan Agnew ’21. Roberts hunted a puck after Bishop’s won the faceoff, and recovered it in the corner—shaking two defenders and taking a huge hit to center the puck to his waiting linemates. Maro received the puck from Roberts at the top of the crease. Instead of rushing a forced shot into the goaltender, he slid the biscuit to a waiting Agnew, he had time to dust it off, close his eyes, and make a wish before pumping it across the line.

The Cougars entered the third period with a 4-3 lead, yet having surrendered a Bishop’s goal late in the second, they found themselves reeling a bit. Bishop’s tallied the equalizer early in the third period, tying the game with just over ten minutes left in the contest. Fortunately for the Cougars, their leaders took the game over completely. Skilled and sustained puck possession by Terry and Murray-Smith caused their opponents to take a dirty, undisciplined penalty—which put the Cougars powerplay on the ice with just over a handful of minutes left in the game. Just six seconds into the man advantage, Murray-Smith found the puck below the left circle and went far-side shelf, kissing it off the crossbar on its way in. Assists on the play went to Rassier and Agnew, who worked the puck high-to-low on its way to Murray-Smith’s blade.

The next few minutes of the game found the green and white weathering a storm of shots and pressure from their skilled opponents, yet doing what was necessary to keep the puck out of their net. Huge blocked shots from Biggs and Sam Pfefferle ’21 helped neutralize the attack of their opponents, and Kaleb Maccioli ‘20 played outstanding in goal for the game’s second half—including, and especially, in the game’s closing minutes.

With just over three minutes remaining, the Cougars drew another penalty, and saw themselves on the powerplay at a huge moment in the game. Once again, the Cougars did not need much time to strike. Rassier collected a loose puck in the high-slot, and wheeled behind the net to find a waiting Logan Neal ’21 at the blue line. Neal was kind enough to put on a clinic of vision and patience, drawing a penalty killer towards the point before finding an open Roberts with his back to the net. Roberts accepted the tape-to-tape dish, and wheeled around so that he could have a better view of the five-hole laser show that he administered. Roberts’s second goal of the game put the Cougars up 6-4 with just under three minutes to play.

While the game’s scoring ended there, the final minute of the contest featured gritty penalty killing in a 6-on-4 situation. Maro single-handedly burned close to forty seconds off of the clock through winning battles and possessing the puck along the wall. A gutsy finish to a great win for the green and white.

Cardigan’s next game comes against the Kimball Union Wildcats on Saturday, 12/14, as they look to continue their success into and through the holiday season.


vs.
Berkshire
Loss 1-4

The Cardigan Mountain School Varsity Hockey Team concluded their three-game, weekend road trip in Connecticut/Western, MA, with a game against a much older and bigger Berkshire Bears team.

Tired from their bus rides, short night of sleep, and previous two games in the prior 22 hours, the Cougars needed to create their own energy in order to give the Bears a good game. And, while the Cougars would ultimately fall in a hard-fought battle against their older opponents, they did indeed put up a strong fight in an effort that may have been their best of the weekend.

Despite having been injured in the Sunday morning game’s warmup, goalie Ben McCormick ’21 battled through the pain to turn away an obscene amount of Berkshire shots and keep the green and white in the game throughout.

The Cougars were able to get on the board early, scoring the only goal of the game’s first period. Owen Tatro ’21 found Sam Pfefferle ’21 on a stretch pass through the neutral zone, capitalizing on a Berkshire line change and putting Pfefferle on a semi-breakaway. Despite getting caught from behind on his way to the net, Pfefferle leaned into the defender, using his frame to shield the puck, and then rifled it upstairs for a beauty.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, that was where the offensive production ceased. Despite battling throughout the game while a little shorthanded and on the back end of a road trip against a much older team, the Cougars were able to create chance after chance. Three posts, and several great saves by the Berkshire goaltender kept the Cougars off the board for the remainder of the tilt.

While the game’s final frame saw several chances each way, the period’s only tally came off of a Berkshire stick late in the game, essentially closing the book on the game. A tough 4-1 loss on paper was the Cougars’ worst result of the weekend, yet during the loss the Cardigan boys performed with as much heart and hustle as they had all weekend, playing their grittiest hockey against their best opponent. A tough result, but on balance, the weekend road trip was a success.

The Cougars face off against Bishops College on Wednesday, December 11th, in their next matchup.
vs.
Salisbury
Win 4-3

Cardigan’s second game of their Connecticut road trip saw them oppose the Knights of Salisbury on Saturday morning. After an early wake-up and a short bus ride, the Cougars took the ice to bring home their second win on the weekend.

What ensued was far and away the Cougar’s worst performance of the season. Despite taking an early lead on an Avan Pyle ’21 goal, the Cougars were never able to sustain any momentum. Good play came in fits and bursts but it was hard to come by across the 45-minute contest.

The Cougars and Knights traded blows for much of the game, as Cardigan’s additional scoring in regulation was done by Sam Pfefferle ’21 and Jack Roberts ’21. Pfefferle’s goal came from a low-angle shot from Owen Tatro ’21 that deflected off of a well-positioned Pfefferle in front of the net. This goal put the Cougars on top, 2-1 at the time. Unfortunately for the green and white, they played on their heels in the minutes that followed and gave up two goals in relatively short succession.

The Cougars entered the game’s final 5 minutes down a goal at 3-2, and in desperate need of a spark to even things up. This spark came just in time, as Roberts was able to tip home a goal from a spot much like Pfefferle’s. The equalizer gave the Cougars enough life to dominate the game for its final few minutes in regulation, and carry that momentum into overtime.

The Cougars and Knights played 4-on-4 for their extra time—something that seemed to clearly benefit the Cougars as there was more space and available ice for the forwards to effectively use their speed. In just the second minute of the extra frame, captains Bryce Terry ‘20 and Will Rassier ‘20 took the ice together, volunteering their Sunday morning to put on an absolute clinic in puck possession for the Salisbury hosts. Terry, with the puck glued to his stick, went on a nice little tour of the offensive zone—probably examining the ice conditions to make sure they were safe to play on. He distributed the puck to Zach Miles ‘21 at the point, who tossed it to a soft area in front of the net. Rassier gathered this puck all alone and flipped it on goal.

The puck found the goalies 6-hole, and slowly (but surely) trickled across the line—bringing about a fortuitous end to an otherwise disappointing game for the Cougars. While the game was as poor of a display of ability and effort as the Cougars had put forth all season, they were able to take comfort in the fact that they won the game—albeit against an opponent that should not have given them so much trouble.

Having won their first two games on the weekend, the Cougars departed Salisbury on a mission to close out the road trip against the Berkshire Bears—the only team standing between Cardigan and a weekend sweep.

vs.
Westminster
Win 8-3

Cardigan Mountain School’s Varsity Hockey Team embarked on its first Connecticut road trip of the year to face off against teams from Westminster, Salisbury, and Berkshire.

The Cougars’ first matchup saw them take on the Martlets of Westminster on Saturday night in a game that would ultimately showcase the offensive depth of Cardigan’s forward core. Cougar captain Kyle Murray-Smith ’20 put the Cougars on the board first with a shot from the bottom of the left circle that kissed the crossbar and traveled south to find twine. Murray-Smith has been a catalyst for the Cougar offense all season long and has been able to get on the board against every team the green and white have faced off with. The Cougars entered the dressing room after the first with that lone tally separating them from the Martlets.

The second period was an eventful one, highlighted by an offensive onslaught from the Cougars, and some stellar goaltending from Ben McCormick ’21. While McCormick turned away almost every shot that came his way, another Cardigan captain found a new gear in which to play. Bryce Terry ‘20 put together a second period that saw him control the tempo of the game, and score two goals while adding an assist. In all three zones, Terry and linemates Christian Maro ’21 and Sam Pfefferle ’21 dominated the ice, proving time and again to be too much for their older opponents to handle. Maro added a goal in the frame, and the Cougars skated into the third period leading by three goals—a lead that had given them trouble just two games prior.

After allowing a goal that drew Westminster within two goals (4-2) just a minute into the third period, the Cougars—without Murray-Smith (who had been injured in the second period)—tightened up their game and returned to playing smart, effective hockey. Captain Will Rassier ’20 found the scoresheet just a few minutes later after wheeling through the neutral zone to create a 2-on-1, and then firing a shot off the defender’s skate to allow it to softly float over the goaltender’s head and settle in the back of the net…just like he drew it up.

Dylan Biggs ’20 pounded home his second goal of the season when Tedy O’Keefe ’21 and Brendan Powers ’21 hunted the puck on the forecheck and found each other before moving the puck to Biggs in front. Later in the period, Brendan Agnew ‘21 found himself alone in the slot, and decided the best thing to do for the team was to sail the puck into the top corner of the Westminster net—a wise choice, as it put the Cougars up by 4 goals.

Avan Pyle ’21 played the closing number at the Cardigan scoring party, by burning wide on the rush, and quickly pulling the puck towards the net to tuck it short-side, just beneath the bar.

Cardigan closed out the opening performance of their 3-game road trip with an 8-3 win, while both testing the durability of the Westminster nets and exemplifying how deep they are as a team by rallying together after a bit of adversity. The win provided a strong start to a difficult road trip and, feeling satisfied with the win, the Cougars adjourned to the Days Inn to prepare for an early game against Salisbury the next morning.


Record: 5-3

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