Justin Gouveia really came into his own this season as a senior left winger on Bishop Stang’s high-scoring first line.
Gouveia finished with 21 goals and 27 assists to level Dartmouth Super Teams Damien Medeiros (34-14) to a seventh-place finish with 48 points in the state’s scoring run.
He also played a key role in the Spartans’ 26-game unbeaten streak (24-0-2), which stretched back to last season and ended in a 5-0 loss to Dartmouth in the first round of the Spartan Cup at the Hetland Memorial Skating Rink in New Bedford.
“Justin was our leading goal scorer for the second season in a row and he was a catalyst under our unbeaten streak,” said Bishop Stang coach Ken Gouveia, who happens to be Justin’s father. “He had 35 goals and 30 assists during the streak and scored at least one point in all 26 games.”
2022 Standard-Times Boys Hockey Player of the Year, Gouveia teamed up with senior right wing player Jack Jedrey (12-22-34) and second-place Quinn Pine (20-21-41) for a total of 53 goals. 70 assists and 123 points.
“Justin was part of a dynamic first line that featured three players who could move the puck and score,” Gouveia said. “He was a selfless player and he had the vision to play and score for himself and his teammates.”
For Justin, who started skating at Hetland when he was three years old, this past season was a dream come true and a great way to end his hockey career.
“My last two seasons were memorable. I knew we had a good bunch of players,” said Gouveia, who is on his way to UMass Boston to play baseball and major in business. “It was fun to get a chance to play with some friends that I grew up with and we got the best out of it.”
After a junior season shortened by the pandemic, Gouveia came back ready to go for his senior season.
“Our attack picked up speed and we caught up with the lost time,” said Gouveia, who scored five short-handed goals and led the Spartans with a school record of 131 shots on the net. “We got great goalkeeping from Matt (Dore) and Brayden (Bennett) and we were the best when we moved the puck together. We knew how to play each other out and we were a quick line that liked to come up and down the track. ice. “
Playing for his father was an experience he would not have given up for the world.
“It was a challenge at times, but he taught me a lot,” Gouveia said. “He emphasizes working hard and being a good teammate.”
For coach Gouveia, it was invaluable to get a chance to see his son grow as a person and player.
“He really reinforced that this season with his passing and scoring,” Gouveia said. “He’s one of the best and one of the fastest athletes we’ve had. He led the state in scoring most of the way and he scored the most points in a season since the (Luc and Max) Sauve brothers I’ve been training all my three kids since they were little and it’s a great experience to train his kids. I’ve seen Justin go a long way and seen him become a confident player who got a little better every year. As a father and coach, I could not be prouder. “
ALL ABOUT JUSTIN GOUVEIA
WHY HE WAS SELECTED: Gouveia made a big upward step as a junior and continued that rise as a senior. His skating skills, speed and quick releases made him a threat to score every time he touched the puck. Consistency, hard work and versatility were his three biggest strengths. He reached the top in big matches and scored many goals when it came.
KEY STATISTICS: He never missed a game in four seasons with the Spartans on track to finish with 93 career points on 50 goals and 43 assists.
MVP MOMENT: He scored a hat-trick to help bring the Spartans together for a 3-3 overtime in a game against Nantucket that was played on January 22 at Hetland. All three goals came after the Whalers had built a 3-0 lead with 5:10 left in the first period. At that point, the draw drew Stang’s unbeaten streak to 17-0-2 back to the 2021 season.
DARTMOUTH COACHES MIKE CAPPELLO: “Justin is a hard-working, tough player. He does everything for every shift, he was dangerous in the powerplay and he was hard to defend with the puck. He had the ability to get to the net and played with an extra engine out there.”
REMARKS: Gouveia joins hockey teammate / super team player Seamus Marshall on the UMass Boston baseball team this fall. Gouveia plays midfield and Marshall is a pitcher. “Baseball is my first love,” Gouveia said. “It goes all the way back to playing wiffle ball as a kid.” … Follows the Boston Red Sox, but his favorite player is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. … Comes from an athletic family. His sister, Kelly, played field hockey at Dartmouth High School and Stonehill College, while brother Ryan played hockey at Babson College and now works as an assistant coach at Bishop Stang.