LOWELL – Something had to give for the BC High hockey team, and junior forward Thomas Kramer knew it.
Kramer failed to capitalize on a penalty shot opportunity with his team trailing, 1-0, in the first period against Hingham senior goaltender Robbie Kornack (25 saves), and he was visibly annoyed.
But in the third period, Kramer bounced back with the game-tying goal at 6:06 and added an empty-net goal with 1:25 left as the Eagles soared to a 4-2 win Monday night at the Tsongas Center.
Second-seeded BC High (18-4-1) advances to Sunday’s Super 8 title game at TD Garden for the first time since 2012 against either Hingham (14-5-6) or Pope Francis (20-4-3), which will meet in the final Super 8 elimination game on Wednesday at the Tsongas Center.
“I knew we were going to come back and were going to win,” said Kramer. “We bounced back and we scored some big goals.
“It’s huge. The school hasn’t been to the finals in a while. This is big.”
Junior forward Will Kenney’s tic-tac-toe power-play goal at 11:05 from seniors Frankie Higgins and Jake Quilty put the Harbormen on top off only three shots in the first period against junior goalie Luke Garrity (11 saves).
Freshman Joseph Kramer, Thomas’s younger brother, did not miss his opportunity to tie the game at 1-1 for the Eagles at 8:51 of the second period.
Hingham took a 2-1 lead 52 seconds into the third period on a power-play goal from junior defenseman Jake Higgins, but following Kramer’s tying goal, sophomore defenseman Mike Adamson gave BC High the lead at 3-2 at 8:41.
“Credit to every one of those guys in that room,” said BC coach John Flaherty. “The bench never gave up. The bench was lively and they have a goal to set and they’re working toward that still.
“This group doesn’t quit. All year long, they haven’t quit.”