Facing its first deficit of the young season, the BC High hockey team relied on arguably its most valuable commodity to lead the team to victory: leadership.
Senior captain Steve DeForge and junior Jake Lemanski each tallied a pair of goals, and sophomore Brandon Payzant collected 19 saves as BC High opened Catholic Conference play with a 5-2 victory over St. John’s Prep Thursday afternoon at Dorchester.
“Both [DeForge and Lemanski] are leaders on this team,” said BC High coach John Flaherty. “Both of them step up when the games are on the line. Both of them are good shooters. They get themselves in good positions to score, and that’s what I expect of those two.”
Trailing, 2-1, late in the first period, BC High (4-0-0, 1-0-0) received its first of four straight goals from Tim Larocque. The junior knotted the game with 1:20 remaining in the first as he tapped home a rebound following a blue-line blast from defenseman Sam Topham.
BC High took the lead at 4:37 of the second as forward Pat Kramer (two assists) won a faceoff to the right of the St. John’s Prep net. The draw came to Lemanski, who quickly flicked the puck past Prep goaltender Anthony Selvitella (19 saves).
Clinging to a one-goal lead, Payzant — making only his fourth varsity start — appeared unfazed as he turned aside all 17 Prep shots in the final two periods.
Lemanski potted his second goal with 7.1 seconds left in the second period as he sneaked a close-range shot inside the near post after corralling a pass from defenseman Trevor Davis.
“In the beginning of the game I thought we were a little nervous,” said DeForge. “Once we had a chance to calm down, I thought we played well in the second period and we kept it going in the third.”
Early in the third, DeForge stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated through the left wing circle before beating Selvitella on his glove side with a sharp wrist shot to push the score to 5-2.
BC High scored the game’s opening goal at 3:23 of the first period after earning a five-on-three advantage.
St. John’s Prep (2-1-0, 0-1-0) responded less than two minutes later. Junior Ted McNamara had his shot bounce off a defender’s blade and over the shoulder of Payzant to tie the score.
With 4:02 left in the first, senior Mark Etherington got his stick on a loose puck in the slot and went top shelf with a backhander to put the visiting Eagles on top, 2-1.
Quincy 3, North Quincy 1 — Sophomore Jake Hallisey scored two goals and junior Ryan Higgins played outstanding in goal for the Presidents.
Revere 5, Bourne 4 — Freshman forward Anthony Cecca scored two goals and added an assist in his first career start to help the Patriots.
Wakefield 3, Saugus 0 — Sophomore goaltender Ben Yandell got his first career shutout with 24 saves.
Xaverian 4, Reading 1— Junior captain Tim Sweeney scored two goals to lead the Hawks.
Wellesley 5, Weymouth 3 — Sophomore center Carly Boyle’s two third-period goals were the difference. Boyle also had an assist to lead the Raiders
The Massachusetts Coaches Association released its 2013 All-State football team Thursday, a group of 26 that includes record-setting Natick quarterback Troy Flutie and 16 players from Eastern Massachusetts. The team has MIAA and NEPSAC players, and all 26 are seniors.
The 13 players on offense start with Flutie. The Natick star broke the state season (47) and all-time (112) records for touchdown passes. Also selected as quarterbacks were Mansfield’s Kyle Wisnieski and Springfield Central’s Cody Williams.
Three running backs were selected, Plymouth South’s Dylan Oxsen, Needham’s Mike Panepinto, and Johnathan Thomas of St. John’s Prep. The receivers were Cardinal Spellman’s Rory Donovan and Holyoke’s Justin White. Offensive linemen included Millis-Hopedale’s Jon Baker, Dexter’s James Hendren, Duxbury’s Grant Kramer, Northbridge’s Tom Tabur, and Medway’s Kevin Sheehan.
On defense, three linemen were selected: Tewksbury’s Ed Matovu, Newburyport’s Dillon Guthro, and Westfield’s Corey Ward. Five linebackers were named All-State: Bishop Fenwick’s Nick Bona, Milton Academy’s Drew Jacobs, King Philip’s Brett McEvoy, Barnstable’s Hayden Murphy, and St. Sebastian’s Connor Strachan.
Defensive backs selected were: CM’s Kevin Bletzer, Central Catholic’s D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, Littleton’s Alex McLaughlin, Leominster’s Neil O’Conner, and Doherty’s Isaac Yiadom.
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