For the third straight game Catholic Memorial was in the driver’s seat with a late one-goal lead. But this time the No. 11 Knights couldn’t hold on for a win or a tie as Mark Azarian knocked home the winner with just six seconds remaining to lead St. John’s Prep to a 4-3 victory yesterday at Ristuccia Arena.
“We’ve lost two games at the end this year,’’ said Prep coach Kristian Hanson. “It’s nice to be on the other side.’’
The loss puts the Knights (6-7-2, 2-4-2 Catholic Conference) in a corner with just four games to play, needing 6 points to secure a postseason bid.
Captain Sam Kurker put the No. 5 Eagles (11-5-1, 4-4) up on the first shift of the game, skating up the left side and snapping the puck past Catholic Memorial goalie Shane Starrett for a 1-0 lead 31 seconds in.
“I was looking for a pass backdoor, but it just wasn’t there,’’ said Kurker. “So I thought I’d go high where I got a couple of goals last game, and it worked for me.’’
Kurker increased the Prep’s lead to 2-0 in the second period when he banged home the puck on the open side of the net off a pass from Brian Pinho.
CM’s Kevin Bletzer brought the puck up tight on the left side of Prep goalie David Letarte and backhanded it home to pull the Knights within one, 2-1, before heading into intermission.
Beau Starrett pulled the Knights even with just 6:27 left to play in the third period and less than 90 seconds later, Jack O’Hear put them on top. O’Hear won a faceoff in the left circle and skated through the Eagles, beating Letarte for the 3-2 lead.
With 3:02 to play, the Knights drew the first penalty of the game, which proved costly nine seconds in when Kurker blasted home a one-timer from Pinho for the hat trick and his 25th goal of the year, tying the game, 3-3.
Late matching penalties left the Eagles without Kurker on the ice in the waning moments, making way for Azarian’s heroics as he punched in a pass from Andrew Brandano.
Malden Catholic 5, Hingham 1 - In a possible Super 8 preview, top-ranked Malden Catholic (12-1-3) got two goals from Ryan Fitzgerald and Ara Nazarian to upend the second-ranked Harbormen (13-3-1), at Valley Forum II in Malden. Neither team had suffered a loss in nearly two months heading into this game, as Hingham had a 12-0-1 streak on the line while the Lancers were 12-0-2. The game was tied, 1-1, after one period, but MC scored four unanswered goals to shut the door and extend its unbeaten streak.
Westford 4, Xaverian 3 - Sophomore winger Cam MacDonald’s hat trick led the Grey Ghosts.
Norwood 3, Natick 1 - The Mustangs clinched at least a tie of the Bay State League championship.
Marshfield 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 1 - The Rams (15-2-1) clinched the Atlantic Coast League with the victory.
Masconomet 8, Pentucket 6 - Senior center Vincent Zingarelli netted six goals for the Chieftains.
Hingham 4, Arlington Catholic 0 - Jane Freda had two goals and two assists to lead the Harbormen. Taylor Walsh earned the shutout, stopping 12 shots.
St. Mary’s 8, Notre Dame (Hingham) 2 - Sophomore Britani Lanzilli finished with four goals and two assists for the fifth-ranked Spartans.
Woburn 2, Winchester 1 - Kayla Smith scored both goals for the fourth-ranked Tanners.
Latin Academy 2, North Quincy 1 - Sophomore center Kathleen Torpey scored both goals for the Dragons.
Belmont 4, Reading 2 - The Marauders’ Alexandra Cellucci scored twice in the third to break a 2-2 tie.
Wakefield 6, Burlington 1 - Junior center Gabby Moscato netted a hat trick, while senior captain Colleen Doucette tallied a goal and three assists for the Warriors.
Charlestown 87, Whitinsville Christian 69 - Senior Rory Fernandez had 27 points to lead the Townies (14-3). Also in the mix was Tyrese Hoxter with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Tyrik Jackson with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
New Mission 56, La Salle (R.I.) 51 - Shaquan Murray scored 17 points and Johnathan Dean scored 15 points to lead the Titans (10-3).
Andover 75, Notre Dame (Hingham) 38 - Senior Nicole Boudreau led the unbeaten and No.-1 ranked visiting Golden Warriors with 32 points and 12 rebounds.