As the defending Division 1 boys’ state hockey champions, Marshfield High knows it has a long road ahead to retain the title.
Last night was another example of the quest.
St. John’s of Shrewsbury battled the Rams for three periods, but in the end Marshfield held on for a 5-4 victory at the Hart Center in Worcester.
Senior winger Ryan Bertone scored a shorthanded goal at 4:17 of the third period to give the Rams the lead, and goaltender Kyle Moran made 10 saves down the stretch to preserve the victory. Moran, a senior, finished with 28 saves.
“This was a huge win for us on the road,’’ said Rams coach Dan Connolly, whose team improved to 2-0. “This was an unbelievable game tonight. They jump ahead of us and we come back and then it goes back-and-forth the rest of the way. We knew it was anybody’s game in the third and I told our kids to dig deep and they did.’’
St. John’s (1-1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Kevin Emmerling and Vin D’Amato. But Marshfield answered with a pair of goals within 10 seconds as Jimmy Connors and Pat Burchill tied the score at 2-2. With about two minutes left in the period, Pioneers defenseman Nick Rutigliano scored to give St. John’s a 3-2 lead after the first period.
Mike Carbone tied the score for the Rams at 7:09 of the second after taking a nice feed in front of the net from Chris Perry. Three minutes later St. John’s retook the lead as Emmerling beat Moran with a blast from 25 feet. With just four minutes remaining in the period, Marshfield pulled even as Connors scored his second goal on a slap shot over Mario Pizzeri’s glove.
The scoring barrage quieted down in the third because neither club wanted to make a crucial mistake. After Carbone was sent to the penalty box for tripping, it looked as if St. John’s could flourish with the man-advantage. But Bertone flipped the momentum, grabbing a loose puck and beating Pizzeri after skating down the left boards. It was Bertone’s second shorthanded goal in as many games.
“I thought as the game wore on Marshfield started to pick up the intensity,’’ Pioneers coach Brian Murphy said. “We know they’re a good team and aren’t just going to lay down. I thought at times we had them but let them off the hook.’’
North Attleboro 6, Stoughton 1 - Junior Billy McAuliffe had two goals and two assists for the Red Rocketeers.
Silver Lake 5, Blue Hills 3 - Senior cocaptain Matt Woodman’s goal with three minutes left lifted the visiting Lakers to victory. Junior Joe Lochran added two goals for Silver Lake.
Attleboro 4, Taunton 2 - Sophomore Zach Larkin led the way with two goals and an assist.
Manchester Essex 81, Greater Lowell 63 - Sean Nally, Joe Burgess, and Chris Bishop combined for 58 points to spark the Hornets.
St. Mary’s 68, Cardinal Spellman 65 - Senior captain Nick Gaglioli scored a game-high 34 points and added eight rebounds for St. Mary’s.
Whitman-Hanson 85, Hanover 70 - Junior Dondre James (22 points) and senior captain Alex Nuby (21) both hit six 3-pointers to power the Panthers (1-1).
Randolph 67, Avon 61 - Senior captain D’Andre Lopes scored a team-high 25 points and made eight steals to pace the Blue Devils.
Silver Lake 47, Plymouth South 40 - Junior Tucker Broussard had a game-high 18 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to lift the Lakers (2-2).
Northeast 53, Franklin 50 - Senior captain Juleesa Huguley led the Golden Knights with 22 points.
Randolph 55, Avon 31 - Freshman Jessica Nichols (21 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals) and senior Dominique Montrand (18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks) led the Blue Devils (4-0).
Blue Hills 56, West Bridgewater 28 - Sophomores Michaela Adams and Sinead Dacko led the Warriors with a combined 30 points.
Quincy 66, Wareham 55 - Senior Kiley McDonald had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Presidents.
Medfield 41, Fontbonne 35 - Junior forward Jen Temma had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort for Fontbonne
St. Mary’s 55, Cardinal Spellman 32 - Sophomore guard Jennie Mucciarone scored a game-high 20 points as the Spartans improved to 3-0.