BOSTON – Tyler Scearbo facilitated the end of a dynasty.
The senior tri-captain for St. John's Prep had the primary assists on both Eagle goals in their 2-1 Super 8 championship victory over Malden Catholic to end the Lancers' four-year, 1,460-day reign atop Massachusetts.
Alongside Scearbo were his linemates, fellow tri-captains, and friends, Nick Latham and Teddy McNamara. The seniors combined on the first Prep goal when Latham shot a pass to Scearbo who saucered one through a bevy of sticks to a wide open McNamara who buried it.
“They're great teammates,” Latham said. “We've been playing together almost all our lives. We seem to know where we're going to be on the ice. We work so well together because we're close friends.
“The chemistry is huge because it comes down to simple plays, and small plays can change a game. That one moment where you know where the other guy's going to be and it turns into a goal is a game changer.”
In their first two years in school the Eagles advanced to the Super 8 semifinals each year. Last year the trio were the offensive backbone on a team that had the worst finish for a St. John's Prep team, a first-round exit in Division 1 North, since 2010.
After an up-and-down start to the season this year Prep figured it out and rolled the rest of the way. The Eagles finished the season on a 10-game winning streak, and they found ways to win under duress. Three of Prep's four tournament wins came by one goal.
“At the beginning of the year no one really expected that much out of us,” McNamara said. “No pressure was on us. I knew we had a special group of guys, and if we came out and played like we can we can make things happened. Towards the end of the season we were playing our best hockey, carried it into the playoffs, and that ended up getting the job done.
“I doubt many people thought we would beat BC High in two games, and after that few people thought we could beat Cathedral. We work as a team, we do our system well, and we work for each other before ourselves.”
McNamara, Scearbo, and Latham were three of just six seniors in the Prep locker room. With that came the added pressure of leading a young team coming off a rough season. St. John's Prep coach Kristian Hanson said that they handled the roll with grace.
“They were tremendous not just on the ice but in the locker room bringing a young team together,” Hanson said. “We have six seniors on the team; four play a regular shift. Those [six] have just done a great job of keeping this group together and making them believe.”
The win was bittersweet as it marked the last time the three seniors would play alongside each other the ice, but Scearbo said they went out in style.
“It's been great,” Scearbo said. “We played together in middle school too. We knew last night would be our last night playing together ever. We just wanted to make it special.”