Sunday, April 3, 2016

Several FHS Boys Hockey players and Coach Spillane recognized by Hockomock Sports for D1 Championship season

Hockomock Sports has published the Boys Hockey awards for the recently completed 2015-2016 season. Several players were recognized for their contributions to the Franklin High School team winning the D1 State Championship. 

Coach Chris Spillane was recognized for the 2nd year as Coach of the Year. 

1st Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo
1st Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo

  • Tyler Oakes – Franklin – Defense

Franklin senior Tyler Oakes made a huge impression in his one season skating for the Panthers. After skating with the South Shore Kings, Oakes laced them up for the Panthers and played a big role in the run to the D1 State Championship. The senior was very solid defensively for the Panthers and also contributed to the offense. He had four goals and 13 assists, which led all Franklin defenseman. He also finished in a four-way tie for second on the team overall in points. Oakes was also selected as a Hockomock League All Star as voted on by the coaches.

2nd Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo
2nd Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo

  • Nick Jasinski – Franklin – Goalie

Franklin senior Nick Jasinski made the most out of his final season with the Panthers. As the Panthers struggled to score consistently to start the year, Jasinski was consistently very good from the beginning. He allowed just 35 goals in 24.47 games played for a 1.43 goals against average. He made 536 saves on the year and had a 0.939 save percentage and posted seven shutouts. In the postseason, Jasinski only allowed five goals in five games en route to the program’s first D1 State Championship. Jasinski was also voted as a Hockomock League All Star.

  • Jack Chaffee – Franklin – Defense

Franklin senior Jack Chaffee emerged as a top defenseman in the Hockomock League in his first year getting substantial minutes for the Panthers. After playing some last year and recording an assist, Chaffee cemented his role as a starter this year and chipped in with one goal and tied for the team-high with 13 assists. Chaffee was vital during the playoff run as the Panthers limited opponents to just five goals in five games (plus an overtime period and a half of another). Chaffee was paired with Tyler Oakes and the two combined for a shutdown first line of defense for Franklin.

  • Jeremy Miller – Franklin – Forward

Franklin sophomore Jeremy Miller burst onto the scene with an impressive year for the D1 State Champion Panthers. Despite being just a sophomore, Miller was the leading scorer for the Panthers. He netted a team-high 15 goals and added five assists to get to his team-best 20 points. As a team, Franklin scored 88 goals and had a very balanced scoring attack but Miller, who started on the first line, was one of just four players on the team to reach double figures in the goal column. During the season, Miller showed off his well rounded game accented by his finishing ability.

3rd Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo
3rd Team Hockey - Hockomock Sports photo

  • Jake Downie – Franklin – Forward

Franklin senior Jake Downie helped create a memorable season for the Panthers as they won the program’s first D1 State Championship. Downie notched his sixth assist of the season, setting up the game-winning goal in double overtime to win the state title. The senior also potted 11 goals this season, just one of four players on Franklin to reach double figures in the scoring column. His 17 points were tied for second on the team. Downie, who showed off a knack for scoring big goals, was also selected as a Hockomock League All Star by the coaches.







"Franklin head coach Chris Spillane has been selected as the 2016 Hockey Coach of the Year. It’s the second straight year that Spillane has been selected as the winner of the award. 
Spillane led the Panthers to another Kelley-Rex division title and the program’s first ever D1 State Championship. The Panthers posted a 13-4-5 record in the regular season, including an undefeated 8-0-2 record in league play to clinch Franklin’s fifth straight Kelley-Rex title. 
After losing 21 seniors from last year’s historic Super 8 team, it looked like the Panthers would be set for a rebuilding year. Instead, Spillane guided a team with very minimal varsity experience back to the playoffs and to the state championship."

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