CANTON — Josh
and Nick Edwards
don’t bicker. They don’t fight. And the pair are not overly competitive with each other.
In other words, not like the majority of siblings. Instead, the Avon residents look out for one another, on and off the ice.
“We work together,” said Nick, a junior right wing who flanks his brother, a senior captain and centerman, on the first line at Blue Hills Regional in Canton.
“We don’t want to fight or anything. You want to work together, do good, don’t mess up or anything. Help each other out.”
So far, it has worked out just fine for the two, separated by 16 months, who have been skating on the same team for the last eight years, including the last three seasons at Blue Hills.
The Edwardses, who have won a pair of Mayflower League titles skating for the Warriors — extending the program’s league championship run under coach Stephen Woods
to 14 consecutive seasons — have fueled a 7-1-2 start this season.
An otherwise ho-hum 6-1 win over visiting Nantucket at the Canton Metropolis Rink last Wednesday developed into a signature moment for the two, and their proud parents in the stands.
In the third period, with the Warriors comfortably in front, Nick sent a pass across the slot to Josh, who promptly put the puck into the back of the net for his 200th career point.
“It was awesome,” said the boys’ mother, Ann
, with her husband, Rob
, by her side. He and his nephew caught the moment on camera.
It was quite a special moment for Josh (98 goals, 102 assists for his career), who has come a long way since the first game of his freshman year.
“Josh got drilled so hard I didn’t think he was going to get up,” Woods recalled before the Nantucket game.
“You could see the tears in his eyes. He got up and he came to the bench and he didn’t even know where he was.”
More than three years later, Josh and Nick (149 career points through two and a half seasons) are not afraid to dish out big hits themselves.
Nick, who at 6-foot-1 has about an inch on his older brother but a similar body structure: tall and lean, but strong. The pair look like they could be forwards on the hardwood instead of the ice, but Woods is happy they didn’t go the basketball route.
“The thing is they’re really good kids, they work hard, and they don’t take a day off,” said Woods, who also coached Josh and Nick’s older brother, Steve
(Class of 2009) at Blue Hills.
“It’s almost like if one guy’s having a tough time, the other guy isn’t, so they sort of complement each other.
“Josh is more like a bull in a china shop, like a Cam Neely-style player, and Nick’s a little bit more stick-handling, dangling [type of player]. It’s fun to have both of them — two different guys. They’re both big and strong and they skate very well, so that helps us a lot.”
“Helps us a lot” may be an understatement.
Josh (19 goals, 18 assists) and Nick (14 goals, 20 assists) are the second and third leading scorers in the state. Combined, they have scored 65 percent of the Warriors’ goals.
Six games into Nick’s freshman season, Woods put the two together on the same line. First, he wanted to make sure “they weren’t going to kill each other,” he said. It’s been harmony ever since.
But for Josh and Nick — and the entire Edwards clan, really — the party is almost over.
There is roughly a month remaining in the regular season, and although the goal is another Mayflower League title, next year won’t be the same.
Nick will be playing, but Josh will be working after graduation, at the family business, T.L. Edwards, a paving and asphalt company.
“Oh, Josh won’t miss games,” said Rob Edwards. “He’ll be here. He’ll be up there cheering Nick on.”
Here and there
Last week, the Norwell High girls were in a skid of sorts.
After opening the season with three straight wins, the Clippers settled for four straight ties.
Steve Casagrande’s squad, however, topped Scituate for the second time this season, 2-1, before blowing out, 8-1, a Quincy/North Quincy team that was without its starting goalie.
Norwell’s top line of freshman Caroline Nichols
, sophomore Lilly Cleary
, and senior captain Tori Dinger
once again led the way, with Nichols seizing the lead role.
“She’s been coming up big,” Casagrande said of Nichols, who scored two goals and added three assists last week. “She’s a phenomenal skater, she keeps up with the two older girls. It’s funny to look at her — [she looks like] she’s about 30 pounds. But she’s tough as nails.”
Junior goalie Jessica Mitchell
is also compiling a strong body of work, allowing nine goals in her seven games.
Casagrande said he is looking for his team to reach that all-important 20-point mark to qualify for the postseason
“Our nonleague schedule’s no joke,” he said. “Our league is tight [East Division of the GEMIHL], so we just have to go into every game playing our best.” . . .
Marshfield native David Warsofsky
made the Bruins’ roster out of the camp, but the 22-year-old defenseman did not suit up for Saturday’s opener against the Rangers before being sent back down to Providence of the American Hockey League. He has collected 3 goals and 8 assists in 31 games for the P-Bruins.Tim Healey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter@timbhealey.