The Franklin High School boys hockey team has two representatives on the 2019 HockomockSports Boys Hockey Awards
Tom Tasker – Franklin – Defense 1st Team
Franklin senior defenseman Tom Tasker was both a physical presence at the blue line and in the corners and capable of popping up with an important goal or outlet pass for the league champion Panthers. He was one of the reasons for Franklin’s run to the Div. 1 South final, despite the Panthers entering the playoffs as the No. 11 seed.
Tasker scored three goals this year and had 10 assists, and showed off one of the hardest shots from the point in the league. Franklin coach Chris Spillane said, “Tom Tasker has been the backbone of our defensive group for the last two years. He is an extremely gifted offensive defenseman, who has one of the heaviest shots in the league. Tom has the ability to play a finesse brand of hockey or play a physical style.”
Joe Lizotte – Franklin – Forward 2nd Team
Franklin senior forward Joe Lizotte was the spark plug of the Panthers attack with his energy, hustle, and speed driving the team forward and creating scoring opportunities, sometimes out of nothing. He led the team with 14 points and was second on the team with eight goals and could be counted on to come up with big plays in big moments, such as his game-tying goal that sent the playoff game with Mansfield into overtime.
Franklin coach Chris Spillane said, “Joe has been an offensive leader for our team over the last two years. His breakaway speed north and south puts him on a different level than anyone else on the ice. Joe was an offensive threat every time he stepped on the ice.”
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