In a battle between the Globe’s first- and fourth-ranked boys’ hockey teams Wednesday night, No. 1 BC High proved to be the dominant Eagles, posting a 2-0 win over St. John’s Prep at UMass-Boston.
Right out of the gate, coach John Flaherty’s team got to work offensively, BC High keeping the puck in St. John’s Prep’s zone, but it was unable to come away with a shot on goal.
That first possession foreshadowed the rest of the first period. Neither team scored, but it was clear who was in control.
“They set the tone in the first [period]. It looked like we didn’t even get off the bus,” said St. John’s Prep coach Kristian Hanson with a bit of frustration.
Hanson’s team began to come alive in the latter part of the first period, however, putting the first real pressure on goalie Peter Cronin and the BC High defense.
Cronin and company held strong through the entire game, however.
“It was a feeling-out stage [in the first period],” said Flaherty. “Both teams were taking punches and giving punches.”
BC High scored the only two goals of the game in the second.
The first strike came courtesy of sophomore Patrick Kramer five minutes into the period. Kramer went straight down the middle of the defense and was able to bury the puck.
“Tom [Besinger] made a big play and I just kept my feet moving,” Kramer said.
The second goal was scored by sophomore Jake Lemanski on an assist from senior captain Besinger.
Besinger won a battle with two defensemen and poked the puck to Lemanski, who scored on a diving shot in front.
St. John’s pressured throughout the third period but Cronin and the defense weathered the storm.
“Our defense is coming along as the season goes on,” Flaherty said.
“We’re getting better every game.”
BC High improved to 6-0-2.
After claiming a big win against Malden Catholic last Saturday, St. John’s Prep fell to 5-2.