NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- When it was over, the scoreboard read: Malden Catholic 3, BC High 1.
But BC High coach John Flaherty wasn't so sure that was the correct final score.
Flaherty was upset with at least two calls in the third period of Tuesday's Super 8 contest: a disallowed BC High goal (net off its moorings) and an MC goal that hit the post but was ruled to have crossed the goal line.
"The confusing part with that is there is a goal judge, and the goal judge didn't put a light on,” Flaherty said. “The explanation was it hit the post – it hit the white post in the middle, rang around and came back. I'm pretty good in geometry and the way that came off an angle I didn't see it that way, but I have to trust their call because they were in better position than I was. We agree to disagree on that one.”
The top-seeded Lancers received third-period goals from freshman forward Ara Nazarian and junior defenseman Brendan White. The victory improved MC's record in pool play to 2-0.
“We played against a good team tonight … it was a good game,” Malden Catholic coach John McLean said.
The loss dropped BC High's tournament record to 1-1. The Eagles opened with a 4-2 victory over Hingham.
“I think we deserved a better fate,” Flaherty said. “I think we worked hard. I'm very proud of how my guys battled. MC is the No. 1-seeded team for a reason, and we gave them all we could.
“Tough to play that talent and then have the calls go against you like they did. I just don't understand why we don't have video replay in this league too. Everyone else has it. They have video in the rink. Maybe we should look at going with video at this level if that's what's gonna help.”
It was 1-1 entering the third. Tyler Sifferlen put Malden Catholic in front at 9:50 of the opening period, and BC High's Bartley Regan tied the contest 1:07 into the second.
“It was 1-1 after two,” Flaherty said. “I liked our chances. I liked how we battled back and showed some resilience. Unfortunately we just didn't get the bounces – we didn't get the calls down the stretch.”
Nazarian, a Boxford resident, has scored in each of Malden Catholic's two Super 8 games. His other goal came during Malden Catholic's 3-2 triumph over St. John's of Shrewsbury.
“I've known him since he was 5 years old,” McLean said. “A very good '96 forward. Strong. When he gets a chance he's gonna finish it. He's done it his whole life. He's gonna go on and play at the next level. He's a very skilled player and good players step up at the right time.”
Each team will complete pool play Sunday. Malden Catholic will play Hingham (1-1), and BC High will face St. John's of Shrewsbury (0-2).
“What we're gonna concentrate on is practice tomorrow,” McLean said. “We'll watch some film of Hingham tomorrow. Hingham's a very good team. Good coach. It's gonna be another tough game.”