NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- You can say this about sophomore forward Sam D'Antuono: He's has good timing.
D'Antuono scored six goals for Hingham High School during the regular season, but netted three more in Tuesday night's 3-2 triumph over St. John's of Shrewsbury in the Super 8 tournament.
D'Antuono's third goal came on a shot from the slot 1:19 into overtime.
“Defenseman threw it down in the corner, [Matt Brazel] picked it up and just made a nice backhand pass,” D'Antuono said. “I was wide open in front. Just one-timed it five-hole. The puck was finding the net for me tonight, I guess.
“I'm so pumped. Just a great all-around effort by my team.”
D'Antuono opened the scoring in the second period, and gave Hingham a 2-1 lead at 11:30 of the third.
“He's really developed during the year,” Hingham coach Tony Messina said. “He's an offensive player, he's tall and he's got a huge reach on top of that. He does a good job in the corners, he's got a quick release and he had a great game tonight.”
Jay Duquette made it a 2-2 game 31 second after D'Antuono collected his second goal. Connor Bertram also scored for St. John's.
Brazel assisted on all three Hingham goals.
“I thought it was a great game by both teams,” St. John's coach Brian Murphy said. “A lot of people doubted us, but we certainly came out here and proved that we can play with these guys.
“They're very big, pretty physical and they certainly want to bang you around a little bit – and they certainly come hard on the forecheck. They make it difficult.”
It was 1-1 entering the third period after each team scored in the second. Hingham took the lead on D'Antuono's power-play goal at 3:54, but St. John's answered when Bertram converted a Chris Adams pass during a two-on-one break at 8:29.
It was the second time Hingham defeated St. John's this season. The Harbormen posted a 4-0 victory in January.
“This time we took it to overtime, so we certainly made a lot of strides coming forward,” Murphy said. “The kids played great. We played really hard. We just didn't get a chance to finish it, but we're very proud of the way they performed.”
Best two out of three: Each team lost its opening-round game. Hingham, which dropped a 4-2 decision to BC High, will complete pool play against Malden Catholic on Sunday. St. John's, which was coming off a 3-2 loss to Malden Catholic, will wrap up pool play with a game against BC High on Sunday.
“The pressure was on us today,” D'Antuono said. “It's a big game. We had to win to stay alive.”
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Hingham was whistled for 10 penalties during its 4-2 loss to BC High, but played a much more disciplined game against St. John's. The Harbormen committed two minor penalties in the victory.
“We averaged 3.1 penalties per game all year,” Messina said. “We knew it was a discipline issue we needed to correct. The guys know. That's how they play right there – good, hard game.”