FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – BC High was badly in need of a spark entering the third of period of its Catholic Conference matchup with Xaverian. The Eagles trailed by a pair of goal at the Foxboro Sports Center Saturday morning, as it appeared they’d hit the “snooze” bar a couple of times.
It was at that time that head coach John Flaherty turned to his fourth line, consisting of a group of senior Adam and Aidan Foley and freshmen Ryan Doolin and Jack Nisbet. Flaherty threw the line out there to start the third against the Hawks’ high-flying top line of Jake Farrell, Antonio Marini and Tim Sweeney.
The group infused some life and set the tone for the final 15 minutes, as the Eagles came back to salvage a point in a 2-2 with the Hawks. Both teams, which entered the season unbeaten, dropped their first points of the season, but both felt fortunate – in their own way – to have survived with a point.
“They capitalized on their chances, Flaherty said. “At one point, they had two shots on goal and they were beating us 1-0. Then another point, they had maybe five or six shots and they were beating us 2-0.”
Adam Foley scored the equalizer with Doolin adding the assist, coming off a Xaverian (6-0-1, 0-0-1) defensive zone turnover with 3:59 remaining.
At nearly all other points, the Hawks defense endured, with freshman goaltender Aidan Murphy making 20 saves.
“Poise and composure are two words that characterize him immensely,” Hawks head coach Dave Spinale said. “He’s a competitor, he’s got great angles. He battles hard and he loves to play—you can tell he loves to play. And he has a lot of maturity for a freshman.”
Despite being outshot, 9-2, in the first period, Xaverian claimed an early lead with Marini using a dazzling outlet pass from sophomore defenseman Matt McGlynn. Marini finished the breakaway bid on the backhand at 4:03 of the first.
The Hawks added to their lead in the second when Sam Scanlon deposited the carom from Kevin McInerney’s wrist shot off the dasher at 8:44.
BC High finally broke through Murphy in third, as Ryan Shea guided in a point shot just as an Eagles power play expired at 4:57.