No. 1 Malden Catholic 4, No. 8 Central Catholic 3 (Final)
First period notes: Pat Young vs. Kyle Willams is the goaltending matchup. Brendan Collier scores less than three minutes in with assist by Mike Vecchione. Looks like the Lancers brought their skating legs tonight, as usual. However, the Raiders responded immediately, tying it on Mike Kelleher's one-timer set up by Nick Leonard with 10:12 to play. Then freshman Alex Lester provided Central with a 2-1 lead, banking home a rebound off Lloyd Hayes' shot. The freshmen have played a prominent role in Central's Super Eight run. Hayes, who plays along with Lester on the Raiders' "Coneheads" line, netted the game-winner in Central's play-in win over St. Mary's of Lynn. MC get their cycle going down low with the line of Garrett White, Nick Roberto and Mike Iovanna. White banged home a one-timer from the top of the crease to tie the score, 2-2. Shots were also even in the period, 8-8.
Second period notes: Compared to the first period, this one's been kind of ho-hum. Couple of nice chances on either side, but nothing matching the frenetic pace of the first. We think that benefits Central, whereas the go-go pace of the first plays more into MC's favor. And we're still tied 2-2 after 30 minutes. This bodes well for the Raiders.
Third period notes: Big glove save by Williams on Collier in alone from the circle in the opening minutes. The Lancers began breaking things open with 10 minutes left in the game. First, Ryan Fitzgerald deked his way to a goal on a breakaway for a 3-2 MC lead. Then linemate Collier followed less than a minute later with his pseudo-breakaway goal, also finishing on the backhand. Vecchione picked up his third assist of the game on the play, giving him 73 points for the season, which also tied him for the single-season points record in Catholic Conference history. Leonard drew the Raiders within one at 4-3 with a wrister from the slot with five minutes to play. With the goaltender pulled and seconds whittling away, Central looked for the equalizer, but a pig pile in front of the net couldn't produce the tying goal and MC escaped with the win
No. 2 St. John's Prep 4, No. 7 Woburn 3 (Final - Overtime)
First period notes: Cam McGlashing vs. David Letarte the matchup in goal. Daniel Holland puts the Tanners out to a quick 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal. Colin Blackwell then tied the game nine minutes on a beautiful centering feed from Shane Eiserman. Junior forward Sam Kurker then put the Eagles ahead, 2-1, with a wrister from the wing with an assist to Nick Pandalena. Prep outshot Woburn, 8-3, in the period.
Second period notes: John Farrow has Prep out to a 3-1 lead in first minute of the second period, letting a wrister go after hopping over the boards. Alex Holland responded, drawing the Tanners within a goal on a goal assisted by Daniel Holland.
Third period notes: Prep has an early power play. McGlashing just robbed Eiserman with a glove save from the wing. The play was set up on cross ice pass by Blackwell. You have to love watching Blackwell and Eiserman operate on the power play -- great movement all around. That was all before Casey Shea -- the emerging star of the tournament after his 5-goal performance in the play-in game -- stole the show once again. He skated into the zone alone on two Prep defenders, skated circles around them and deked out Letarte to tie the game 3-3 with 8:19 remaining. Timeout St. John's Prep with 1:05 remaining. Jim Duran now takes his timeout with 21 seconds remaining. Nothing doing, and we're headed to OT.
Overtime notes: John Farrow emerges from the scrum in front of McGlashing and puts home the game-winner. You really have to feel like the Eagles a threat in this tournament simply because they've been getting goals from all their lines. That's got to be good news to Kristian Hanson and Co.
No. 4 Weymouth 4, No. 5 Hingham 3 (Final)
First period notes: Derek McInnis gets the nod in net for Hingham, despite the PA announcing Kevin Granatino. He's opposed by Weymouth's Brian Brady. The Harbormen take an early power play on Bob Ganley's tripping penalty, but the Wildcats strike first on Jonathan Wilson's one-timer set up by Ian Sheridan 6:26 into play for a 1-0 Weymouth lead. Hingham has its second power play chance of the period with Tyler Piacentini going off for slashing. The Harbormen cashed in almost immediately on Alex Pompeo's laser-guided blast from the point, tying the game 1-1 with five seconds remaining in the period. Pompeo exhibited Kaberle-like patience, walking the blue line and creating a shooting lane for himself. Fellow blue-liner Steve Bellew and Matt Hughes assisted on the play.
Second period notes: The Wildcats got a quick power play, 2:50 into the period and Riley Flanagan tipped home Piacentini's chip toward the middle for a 2-1 Weymouth lead. Steve Bristol also picked up an assist on the play. Brady with an absolute theft of Linehan with 9:42 to play, robbing him with a glove save off a one-timer. Bellew draws a tripping penalty with a mad rush up center ice, Harbormen are on the power play as they've really ratcheted up the intensity this period. Weymouth held on the penalty kill, but soon after, with 6:24 remaining, Dan Griffin tipped home a John Carlson shot with an assist to Matt Hughes as well. Hingham is absolutely living in the Wildcats' zone. Ryan Linehan put the Harbormen ahead for the first time, as Hingham again scored in the final minute of the period, beating Brady with a wrister from the slot after some nice play along the boards by James Gordon. Pompeo also picked up an assist for a two-point game thus far. Hingham outshot Weymouth, 9-2.
Third period notes: Tightly-checked period thus far. Not a whole lot of scoring chances to go around ... And with that, of course, comes Weymouth's best chance of the period. Flanagan working a crafty give-and-go with Piancentini, but McInnis stones him on his back-hand attempt to go 5- hole. Matching penalties ensue on scrum in the corner following the play. Flanagan tied the game, 3-3, with his second of game, banging home a rebound on Piacentini's shot from the post 9:39 into the third. Trevor King then banged home a centering pass from Flanagan with 2:45 remaining for 4-3 Weymouth lead. Timeout Hingham with 1:11 remaining, down by a goal.
No. 3 BC High 2, No. 6 Needham 0 (Final)
First period notes: Both teams felt each other out in the first 15 minutes, with very few high quality scoring chances on either side. Both the Rockets and Eagles had time on the man-advantage in the first, but neither team was able to get a shot off during their power play. Needham outshot BC High , 6-3, in the period.
Second period notes: Eagles back on the power play after a Sam Nickles' hooking penalty. However, Needham's D.J. Walsh had the best opportunity early on the man advantage. Walsh was stymied by Peter Cronin on a wrist shot from the slot on perhaps the best scoring chance thus far. Connor Murray made four stops on the Eagles' power play.BC High continues to apply pressure in the Rockets' end, but somehow Needham has been successful with a rope-a-dope act, blocking shots and getting key saves from Murray. We'll see how long they can hold up though. Needham gets its second power play of the game with 2:08 to play on an Eagles interference penalty. The Rockets closed the period with a good looking power play, but were unable to score. BC High again outshot the Rockets, 7-5.
Third period notes: Six minutes in, Nickles breaks in on a nice outlet pass, but is stoned by Cronin on a breakaway. Cronin just got enough of the wrist shot with his glove hand to slow it down before falling backward on the puck to freeze it. The Eagles have their third power play of the game on a hooking call with 7:14 remaining. Senior captain Mike Cashman cashed in on the man-advantage, picking up a loose puck in the slot for a 1-0 lead with 6:28 to play. Terence Durkin and Matt Sullivan assisted on the goal. Cashman was then shaken up on a hit near center ice on the following shift. He later returned with about three minutes remaining. Needham had their third power play chance of the game with 6:08 left on an elbowing call. BC High takes a timeout with 2:19 remaining, the Rockets still have only mustered two shots on Cronin during the period. With Murray pulled, Needham takes its timeout with 44 seconds remaining, still only have three shots ... With 32.2 seconds remaining, senior assistant captain Andrew White adds an empty-netter for a 2-0 Eagles lead. Cronin has the shutout in an armchair performance in the third, finishing with 14 saves; that total belied the quality of some his early saves that kept the Eagles in it, however.