BC High senior captain Matt Sullivan stuffed home a rebound with less than a minute to play for a 4-4 tie against Catholic Memorial at Walter Brown Arena yesterday.
The goal helped earn Sullivan the 12th annual Edward M. Wright Award, given to the game’s MVP. Wright, who went to CM, played in the schools’ first hockey game in 1962.
“Ever since I started playing for BC High, I wanted to win that award,’’ said Sullivan. “It’s such an honor.’’
Just 2:02 into the final frame, BC High (8-3-3, 2-2-3) caused a turnover in the CM zone and Steve DeForge popped the puck home to knot the game, 2-2. Two minutes later, the fourth-ranked Eagles would get their only lead of the game when Ryan McDonough found Michael Brooks from behind the net.
John Malewicz answered for the Knights just two minutes later when he pushed a puck through heavy traffic to make it 3-3.
The 12th-ranked Knights (6-6-1, 2-3-1) grabbed their third lead with 1:51 remaining when Justin Ryder teed up a shot from the right point and Aaron Marcel tipped it in.
But the Eagles’ attack remained relentless and Sullivan tapped home the tying goal with 42.6 seconds remaining.
“You have to have that fight-to-the-end mentality, especially in the Catholic Conference,’’ said BC High coach John Flaherty. “Essentially this is playoff hockey for us. Records go out the window and it just comes down to that 45 minutes of ice.’’
Northeast 6, East Boston 5 - Freshman Steve Czrona scored the first five goals for the Knights (3-11-1), then sophomore Anthony Resco scored the eventual winner in the third period.
Marshfield 6, Plymouth South 3 - Mike Carbone and Connor McLean each netted a pair of goals for the 11th-ranked Rams (13-2-1).
Boston Latin 3, Tewksbury 3 - Freshman forward Jim O’Leary scored the equalizer early in the third period to help the Wolfpack (9-1-4) escape with a tie.
Wilmington 3, Stoneham 0 - Drew Foley recorded his fourth shutout for the Wildcats (9-3-3).
Minuteman 5, Trinity Catholic 2 - P.J. Morin had a 4-point game (two goals, two assists) for the Mustangs (3-11-1).
Pembroke 2, Scituate 0 - Tom Cahill (one goal, one assist) and Bobby McElligot (24 saves) led the Titans (11-1-2).
North Attleboro 2, King Philip 1 - Marshall Blackman and Billy McAuliffe each scored for the Red Rocketeers, who won their 10th game and qualified for the state tournament for the first time since the program was reinstated seven years ago.
Natick 7, Milton 7 - Andrew Newis and Matt Kostra each had a hat trick and two assists for the host Red and Blue in their tie.
Norwood 4, Dedham 0 - Senior defenseman Andrew Alty netted two goals and recorded one assist for the Mustangs (12-2-4).
Scituate 9, Hanover 4 - Freshman Corey Murray scored five goals and added an assist for the Sailors (9-7).
Arlington Catholic 3, Archbishop Williams 0 - Freshman Kathleen McLaughlin scored her first career goal for the No. 2 Cougars (15-1-1).
Watertown 6, Wakefield 1 - The win was keyed by the line of Erika Kelly (three goals, one assist), Emily Loprete (two goals, one assist), and Lauren Giordano (one goal, two assists).
Framingham 3, Needham 0 - Junior Kaitlin Wilder scored two goals and Ashley Pastriotta recorded 34 saves.
Stoneham 8, Wilmington 1 - The Spartans were led by Lynn Kozlowski, who scored three goals and added two assists.
Acton-Boxboro 4, Braintree 1 - Eighth-grade forward Kaitlin Hoang scored one goal and recorded one assist as the No. 4 Colonials (13-0-1) defeated the No. 12 Wamps.
Billerica 1, Boston Latin 0 - Ashlie Jones, a seventh-grader, scored in the second period.
Charlestown 77, Cathedral 48 - Omar Orriols had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Tyrese Hoxter added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Hull 46, Nantucket 35 - Senior Dylan Silvestri had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pirates.