Canadian hockey player verbally commits to UMaine

Posted June 08, 2011, at 6:10 p.m.
Last modified June 08, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.

Pietro Antonelli, who racked up 66 points in 48 games for the Stanstead College ice hockey team, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine this fall.

He is the third forward from Stanstead, a private boarding school in Stanstead, Quebec, for students in grades 7-12, to commit to Maine. Swann Boisvert and Dylan Gareau will begin their careers at Maine in the 2012-13 season.

Antonelli will be a scholarship player.

A left wing, Antonelli scored 29 goals and picked up 37 assists and was second on the team in plus-minus with a plus-37.

Players receive a plus-one if they’re on the ice when their team scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal and a minus-one if the other team scores one.

Antonelli, 18, said he chose Maine over Massachusetts, Penn State and Princeton.

“I liked the organization and the coaching staff. The whole setup is perfect academically and hockey-wise,” explained the 6-foot, 203-pound Antonelli, who hails from Blainville, Quebec.  “I’m really excited.”

He also said Maine “made me an offer I couldn’t resist.”

Knowing that Boisvert and Gareau were coming to Maine “did play a role” in his decision, he said.

“But a lot of people told me that at this level, you have to think of yourself and what’s best for your development school-wise and hockey-wise,” said Antonelli.

“It is going to be great to play with them again. It’ll be nice to see some familiar faces. I’ve played with Swann for over six years,” said Antonelli.

Boisvert said Antonelli can be a playmaker or a goal scorer and he is exceptional when it comes to “possessing and protecting the puck. He’s a big guy. He’s a physical player.”

Antonelli’s coming to Maine is dependent upon his acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA Clearinghouse guidelines.

<span Class=”Sports_10tb”>Waterville’s Massey to attend Maine</span>

Katy Massey, who was fourth in assists and sixth in scoring on the Waterville High School boys hockey team this past season, has decided to attend the University of Maine and is hoping to land a tryout to earn a roster spot on the women’s hockey team.

“As of right now, I don’t know if there is even going to be a tryout. Everything is up in the air,” said Massey, who played right wing and had three goals and 12 assists in 20 games and was one of the Panthers’ most reliable penalty-killers.

“I think I would fit in well there once I got used to the high caliber (of play) and the fast pace,” said Massey. “I’m going to work hard this summer in case I get the chance (to try out).”

Maine coach Maria Lewis said she doesn’t know if she will have tryouts. It will all depend on the number of returnees and recruited players who show up.

“I’m more than happy to talk to (Massey) if a spot opens up,” said Lewis. “We’ll know if one opens up by end of August.”

Lewis said if she decides to give Massey a tryout, it would consist of having her join the team when dry land training begins because she will be assessed on how she fits in with the team as well as how she can produce on the ice.

Massey concluded her outstanding three-sport career by helping the Waterville girls track team win its fifth straight State Class B title at Cony High in Augusta on Saturday.

She ran a leg for the triumphant 4×400 relay team, one for the second-place 4×100 relay team and took third and sixth in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

She was also selected an Eastern Maine Class A All-Star in soccer.

Massey plans to study psychology at Maine and said she is “excited” about beginning her college life.

“I had a lot of visits there and I feel real comfortable,” said Massey. “There’s a really good atmosphere there.”

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