HINGHAM, Mass. – Zach Sullivan scored twice in the first period and Anthony Pannagio added a pair of goals in the second period to propel Catholic Memorial to a dominating 5-1 victory over Hingham at the Pilgrim Skating Arena on Saturday night.
The visiting Knights (5-1-0) got off to a strong start in the first period, forcing Hingham goaltender Jack Santilli into eight saves before Sullivan opened the scoring. The puck found the junior forward in left circle and he fired a wrister past the goalie. Gunnar McKenzie had the assist.
The Harbormen (1-5-1) had a solid scoring opportunity in the first period Ethan Iaria has a shot from the slot go narrowly wide. Three minutes after opening the scoring Sullivan made it 2-0. The puck was shot in from the point by McKenzie and Santilli’s save landed on the stick of Aaron Clancy who sent a pass behind the goalie through the crease to a wide-open Sullivan.
The Knights controlled most of the attacking play and had a 12-2 advantage in shots after the opening period, which head coach Bill Hanson noted is becoming a pattern for his team – even if it was not a perfect game.
He said, “We’ve been consistent in that style of play all year. You know, our effort and the intensity was there, but physically we were a day late and a dollar short a lot of times.”
Hanson added, “We didn’t have our best legs at all tonight, but the power play worked well and our discipline was fabulous. We beat a pretty good hockey team.”
The Knights added to their lead in the second period with a power play goal two minutes in by Pannagio, who knocked home a loose puck at the side of the net. Hingham responded by turning up the pressure and got its reward when freshman Matt Demelis followed up a rebound on a shot from Luke McInnis that trickled through the pads of CM goalie Brandon Collett.
Unfortunately for the Harbormen, any momentum that the goal could have given them was taken away by another penalty and another power play goal by the visitors. Again it was Pannagio that provided the lift with a point-blank, one-timer on a centering pass by Michael Stathopolous that made it 4-1.
“The penalties hurt us,” said Hingham head coach Tony Messina. “They’re not good penalties and you just can’t win against a team like CM when you’re taking those kinds of penalties.”
He added, “We’ve been having a little bit of trouble generating offense lately. But, you know, I thought at times we played very well tonight and we’ve had moments where we give up easy goals and that’s what happened tonight.”
Hingham held an 11-9 advantage on shots in the third period, but most of those shots came from long distance and were little trouble for Collett. Messina thought the team played well in spurts but admitted the Harbormen need to try and create more solid scoring opportunities.
“We’re trying to get the guys to drive to the net,” he remarked. “I thought we had some decent moments where we created chances but a lot of the shots were from the perimeter. I think we out shot them in the third, but most of them were harmless.”
Catholic Memorial wrapped up the scoring with eight minutes remaining on an unassisted goal by Eion Hurley to make it 5-1. Hansen was pleased with the result ahead of a tough stretch that includes games with conference rivals St. John’s Prep and Xaverian.
He commented, “In this building, it’s hard to play. I think they have a little advantage when they play here. We’ll take 5-1 at this point.”