St. John’s Prep dominated the shots on goal count and much of the game against top-ranked Springfield Cathedral, but drew to a 1-1 tie with the Panthers at the Olympia Center in West Springfield Saturday.
St. John’s (15-2-1) outshot Cathedral, 35-6, but Panthers junior goalie John Liquori weathered the Prep’s offensive storm.
“They kept me on my toes. Seeing that many shots got me into a rhythm,” Liquori said.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the Eagles controlled the puck with nine shots on Liquori compared with just three for the Panthers on Prep senior goalie Billy Price.
The Eagles continued to get the best of Cathedral (15-0-4) offensively in the second period. Senior forward Cam Shaheen scored the game’s first goal halfway through the period, converting one of his team’s 12 shots on goal.
Cathedral’s offense struggled, with just three shots combined through two periods.
“We’ve focused [on defense] all season. We closed the gaps, limited their speed, and gave them no room to move. At this point in the season, every game is a battle. We treated this game like a Super 8 game,” said Eagles coach Kristian Hanson.
The Panthers broke through the Prep’s defense in the third period however, coming out with much more fire.
“In the third period, we came out with a lot more emotion,” said Cathedral coach Brian Foley.
The Eagles didn’t buckle down defensively in the final 15 minutes of play, and ultimately gave up the tying goal.
Panthers senior forward Dominic Blad made the most of his offense’s three-on-two opportunity with a little more than two minutes left in the game and buried the puck in the top shelf of Price’s net.
“It was a game where the winner would be the No. 1 seed [in the Super 8 tournament] and the loser would be the No. 2 seed. It was a good result for us,” Foley said.
Hanson had a different reaction. “It’s disappointing,’’ he said. “Most games where you outshoot the other team, you’re going to win that game.”
BC High 3, Duxbury 0 — The No. 3 Eagles (12-2-3) recorded their fifth shutout of the season, scoring two power-play goals in the first round of the Cape Cod Classic.
Austin Prep 4, Hingham 3— At the Cape Cod Classic, the No. 5 Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on despite three third-period goals by the No. 9 Harbormen.
Waltham 1, Archbishop Williams 0— Senior goalie Nick Russo made 36 saves for the shutout. Junior Justin Provencher scored for the Hawks with 1:56 left in the game.
Catholic Memorial 5, Braintree 2 — The No. 7 Knights (9-6-2) won their first game since Jan. 8 and ended Braintree’s 11-game win streak. The host Wamps fell to 15-4-1.
Methuen 9, Waltham 4 — Sophomore forward Amanda Conway scored a career-high seven goals for the first-year Methuen/Tewksbury squad. Seventh-grader Kelly Golini added two goals and two assists.
Fontbonne 2, Archbishop Williams 1 — Freshman Katie Nolan scored both goals for the Ducks (10-7-2).