In the past five years, the Norwood boys’ hockey have practiced and played their ‘home’ games at Rodman Arena in Walpole and Bajko Rink in Hyde Park. Previously, the Mustangs skated at the Metropolis Rink in Canton until the facility’s roof collapsed during a snowstorm in 2015.
Though Norwood fell short in its debut at the Skating Club of Boston’s new East Rink Wednesday afternoon, a 5-1 Tri-Valley League loss to Hopkinton, the enthusiasm of finally playing on a sheet of their own wasn’t lost on the Mustangs.
“We’ve waited for it for so long,” said Norwood co-captain Jake Russo. “It’s tough that we can’t have any fans because we know this place would be packed, but it’s a lot of fun coming every day for practice and games. It’s good ice and a good atmosphere.”
The $67 million facility, completed in September, features two other rinks designed exclusively for figure skating. The Skating Club had been at its original facility in Brighton since 1938.
The hockey rink, with the same dimensions as a National Hockey League surface, is highlighted by a Norwood logo at both center ice and on the scoreboard at one end of the arena. Outside the rink, a timeline of the history of hockey at Norwood High School is painted on a wall.
“It’s great for the kids,” Norwood coach Chuck Allen said. “It would be nice to have a home opener when everything is back to normal, but these kids have to realize this is how it’s going to be.”
Russo scored the lone Mustang goal, tying the game, 1-1, at 20:24 of the first half — the Tri-Valley League is playing two 22:30 halves rather than three 15-minute periods this winter.
Pavit Mehra netted a hat trick in the season-opening win for the Hillers. He scored a 5-on-3 goal 3:50 into regulation for Hopkinton before padding the lead in the second half with two more, including one shorthanded. Quentin Barnes scored the go-ahead goal 2:05 into the second and Aidan Walsh closed out scoring at 17:04 of the frame.
Bishop Feehan 4, Bishop Stang 1 — Seniors Peter Carriuolo, Kevin Barrera, Ryan Seaver, and Drew Payson each scored goals to lead the Shamrocks (1-0) to the Catholic Central League win at Hetland Arena in New Bedford.
Braintree 8, Newton North 0 — Sophomore Nick Fasano racked up three goals and an assist in his first varsity game, and senior Billy Derrane had two goals and an assist. Junior Tim McLaughlin also added two goals and sophomore Charlie Dimartino scored his first varsity goal in the Bay State Conference win at Zapustas Arena.
Burlington 4, Wilmington 2 — In his first career start, senior Nolan Kelleher stopped 23 of 25 shots and senior captain Jack Jay potted two goals as the host Red Devils (1-0) opened the season with a Middlesex League win at Burlington Ice Palace.
Duxbury 4, Plymouth North 4 — Will Nolan, Aiden Harrington, Brady Erickson, and Hutch Rose scored visiting Dragons (0-1-1) surged to a 4-2 lead through two periods. But North stormed back, with Evan Hallissey netting a pair and Jack O’Connell and Kevin Norwood scoring.
Hanover 8, Plymouth South 0 — Max DaSilva and Robbie Hanna each scored a pair of goals to support Ben Young’s shutout in his first varsity start, leading the Hawks (2-0) to the Patriot League win at Armstrong Arena.
Pembroke 6, Quincy 4 — Junior captain Anthony Birolini netted two goals and an assist as the Titans (1-1) earned the Patriot League win at Quincy Youth Arena. Senior Brendan McCabe added a goal and assist, and sophomore James Stone picked up his first varsity win in goal.
Woburn 5, Arlington 2 — Seniors Jonathan Surrette (3 goals) and Michael Santullo (2 goals) powered the host Tanners (2-0) to the Middlesex League win at O’Brien Arena.
Bishop Fenwick 49, Archbishop Williams 20 — Senior captain Veronica Tache produced 16 points and three steals and junior Olivia Found added 12 points, 5 assists, and 6 steals to lead the Crusaders (2-0) to the Catholic Central League win.
Newton North 45, Braintree 30 — Behind 17 points from junior Thalia Shepard, the host Tigers (1-0) opened their season with the Bay State Conference win.
Arlington 4, Woburn 2 — Sophomore Maddie Krepelka logged a hat trick for the host Spy Ponders (1-0-1) in the Middlesex League matchup at Ed Burns Arena.
Belmont 4, Lexington 2 — Senior Emma O’Donovan scored twice for the host Marauders (1-0) in the Middlesex League win at Skip Viglirolo Rink.
Braintree 3, Newton North/Newton South 1 — Maggie Burchill, Ella Woods, and Avalon Morris each had a goal for the Wamps in their season-opening win in the Bay State Conference.
Canton 4, Franklin 0 — Sophomore Audrey Koen had two goals and senior captain Lizzy Tassinari and junior captain Alli McCabe each added goals to lead the Bulldogs to the Hockomock League win in their first game at the Metropolis Rink since 2015.
Duxbury 4, Hingham 0 — Sophomore Ayla Abban scored twice and freshman goaltender Anna McGinty secured her second straight shutout as the Dragons (2-0) stayed undefeated with the road Patriot League win at Pilgrim Arena.
Natick 5, Wellesley 0 — Senior captain Claire Maxwell and junior Colleen Quirk each registered three points and senior goaltender Laini Schneider had 18 saves to lead the Redhawks to the Bay State Conference win at Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley.
Pembroke 4, Plymouth North/Plymouth South 2 — Senior Miranda Demita tallied a hat trick for the host Titans (1-1) in the Patriot League matchup at Bridgewater Ice Arena.
Girls’ indoor track
Hopkinton 60, Westwood 23 — Grace Joy (mile), Katie Callery (1,000), and Catherine Dacey (600) registered individual wins and teamed with Caitlin Barnes to win the 4x400 relay for the Tri-Valley League victory at Wheaton College. An elbow injury forced Kate Powers to throw the shot put with her non-dominant hand, but the sophomore still threw 30 feet 2 inches.