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HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

Xaverian caps historic season with Catholic Conference tournament championship; St. Mary’s sweeps Catholic Central League Cup titles

Xaverian celebrates its Catholic Conference hockey tournament championship following Saturday's 2-1 win over Catholic Memorial at Canton Ice House.
Xaverian celebrates its Catholic Conference hockey tournament championship following Saturday's 2-1 win over Catholic Memorial at Canton Ice House.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

Winning a regular-season title for the first time in 53 years wasn’t enough for the Xaverian hockey team.

The Hawks tacked on a Catholic Conference tournament championship to their historic season, coming from behind to knock off Catholic Memorial, 2-1, in the title game Saturday at the Canton Ice House.

“It really validates all the work these guys have put in,” Xaverian coach Dave Spinale said. “We’re really proud of how hard they worked. They stayed safe, they kept the season going, they sacrificed and we couldn’t be prouder of this group.”

The Hawks (6-3-3) got 25 saves from senior netminder Kevin McGrath against the Knights (7-5-1), avenging a 2-1 loss in the regular-season finale six days earlier.

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Xaverian goalie Kevin McGrath denies Catholic Memorial's Glen Considine on a second-half penalty shot.
Xaverian goalie Kevin McGrath denies Catholic Memorial's Glen Considine on a second-half penalty shot.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

None of McGrath’s 25 stops were more important than the one he made with about 19 minutes remaining in the second half, with the score tied 1-1 and his old friend Glen Considine preparing to take a penalty shot for CM.

“I watched their film, I knew he was going five-hole the whole time,” McGrath said of Considine, with whom he played junior hockey before high school. “He’s one of my good friends from a while ago.”

McGrath turned aside the shot, which came about after a pileup of bodies in the Xaverian crease and a stray hand on top of a loose puck.

The Hawks squandered a power-play opportunity at 10:23 of the second half, but 23 seconds after it expired, junior Braden O’Hara scored on a feed from Joe DiMartino to put Xaverian ahead for good.

“Braden offensively is really gifted, really talented,” Spinale said. “He gives us so much. He’s got a great attitude. I just love how he competes; he’s so good in the other team’s end he’s tough to defend.”

Xaverian's Braden O’Hara (16) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in the second half.
Xaverian's Braden O’Hara (16) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in the second half.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

DiMartino scored the tying goal for the Hawks at 18:20 of the first half, with O’Hara on the assist, after the Knights took the initial lead at 14:14 on a Dylan LaMonica strike.

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McGrath, who said he’s unsure of his plans after graduating this spring, acknowledged that the victory would be a great way to end his playing career.

“I figure this might be my last game,” he said. “If it is, I got to end it on a win and we all got a ring.”

Catholic Memorial goalie Dom Walecka dives to cover the puck before Xaverian's Pat Hart can get his stick on it.
Catholic Memorial goalie Dom Walecka dives to cover the puck before Xaverian's Pat Hart can get his stick on it.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

St. Mary’s 4, Archbishop Williams 1 — After surrendering a goal on the first shot they faced, the Spartans poured on four straight of their own to deal the Bishops their first loss of the season in the Catholic Central League Cup title game at the Canton SportsPlex.

“To win your last game, in the crazy season that we had this year, was quite a feat for these guys,” St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee said. “Going against an opponent that was previously undefeated, we had our work cut out for us.”

Christian Koylion scored on a one-timer from Aidan McDonnell just 1:31 into the game for AW (12-1-3), but that was all the offense the team could muster against netminder Owen Giangrande for the Spartans (6-6-3).

Dante D’Ambrosio scored the equalizer for St. Mary’s — also on its first shot on net of the game — at 2:59 of the first period. Kyle LoNigro scored what stood as the game-winner 5:59 into the second period, then Colby Magliozzi scored on a breakaway at 12:07 of the same period, just 7 seconds after he left the penalty box. LoNigro added another at 12:18 of the third, and Giangrande made 25 saves for the Spartans, who had gone 0-2 against the Bishops in the regular season.

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Reading 3, Winchester 0 — The Rockets seniors got an unexpected extra game in their high school hockey careers when they were offered the chance to face Winchester after Belmont had to bow out of the scheduled Middlesex League championship game because of COVID-19 procotols.

It was a group of juniors, though, that carried the Rockets (6-3-2) to a season-ending victory. The all-junior third line scored all three goals (Ryan Goodwin had two, Charlie Miele added two assists). Alec Sullivan, another junior, posted the shutout.

Reading coach Mark Doherty said the team learned about the game Friday night but was happy to gear up on short notice. He said the assertive performance by his juniors demonstrated the team’s depth and its strength for next season.

“We relished the opportunity to play today,” Doherty said. “Everyone’s attitude was a bit different than normal in terms of enjoyment. The kids really appreciated what they had.”

Winchester (7-3-2) finishes the season as Middlesex League co-champion with Belmont.

Bishop Feehan 2, North Attleborough 1 — In a nonleague game played as a tribute to injured Bishop Feehan senior AJ Quetta, the Shamrocks (3-10-2) got goals from senior captains Kevin Barrera and Tyler Ahmed for the victory at New England Sports Village.

Bishop Fenwick 3, Essex Tech 0 — Senior Nick Sasso, and juniors Mark Wilson and Mike Faragi each scored for the Crusaders (3-6-1) in their nonleague season finale at Essex Sports Center.

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Cohasset 3, East Bridgewater 0 — Kieran McHugh made 23 saves and the Skippers (5-3-2) finished their season with a South Shore League victory at Connell Memorial Rink. Bernie Mulcahy, Shane Mulcahy and Justin Appleby scored for Cohasset.

Danvers 7, Saugus 1 — Jimmy Thibodeau posted a hat trick for the Falcons (5-7) in Northeastern Conference action at Talbot Rink in Gloucester.

Durfee 5, East Boston 0 — Zach Massa scored twice, and Evan Camara and Maddux Carreiro notched their first career goals as the Hilltoppers (2-5) finished their season with the nonleague road win at Lt. Porrazzo Rink.

Lowell 3, Lowell Catholic 1 — Sophomore Colin Pickett scored two goals and senior Kevin Conley added the other as the Red Raiders (7-4) finished their season with the nonleague win at Tsongas Center. Junior B.J. Anderson had two assists and senior Jake Vieira made 19 saves

Masconomet 6, Marblehead 3 — Senior Jason Hurford potted two goals for the Chieftains (9-2-1) in the Northeastern Conference contest at Essex Sports Center.

Peabody 3, Swampscott 2 — Senior Anthony Bettencourt scored twice and classmate Matt Devin added a goal for the Tanners (5-6-1) in Northeastern Conference action at Kasabuski Rink in Saugus.

Rockland 1, Silver Lake 0 — Junior John Henry’s second-period goal was the difference for the Bulldogs (5-5-1) in nonleague action at Rockland Ice Arena.

Sandwich 7, Nauset 0 — Rob Cardillo scored twice and Mitchell Norkevicius made 28 saves as the visiting Blue Knights (12-1-2) wrapped up the regular season with the Cape & Islands victory.

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Girls

St. Mary’s 3, Matignon 2 — It started and ended with tight, defensive hockey, typical of a St. Mary’s vs. Matignon girls’ hockey game. In between, it was anything but.

Jenna Chaplain scored three second-period goals and St. Mary’s held on to take home the first and possibly last Catholic Central League Cup at Stoneham Arena. It was Matignon’s first loss of the season and the first time the Warriors (12-1) had given up more than two goals in a game. All the scoring was in the second period.

“What a wild second period,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca. “Both teams were trying to feel each other out in the first period and then the goals just started coming fast and furious on both sides of the ice.”

It was still scoreless with six minutes to play in the second. Then the dam broke. Chaplain scored her first goal at 9:05, with the assist going to Maggie Pierce. But Matignon responded with two goals, the first by sophomore Lizzy Greeley (assists to Erin Bennett and Tia Picardi) and the second by Bennett (assists to Greeley and Picardi).

Matignon’s 2-1 lead didn’t last long and once again it was Chaplain. The sophomore from Peabody tied it with 31.3 seconds to play in the period, assisted by Pierce and Samantha Porazinski. Just nine seconds later, Chaplain completed her hat trick, beating Matignon goalie Gianna McCusker (17 saves) from in close with an assist from Pierce, her third of the game. Five goals in less than six minutes and St. Mary’s was up, 3-2, after two.

“Jenna’s been outstanding all year,” Pagliuca said. “You could see what an elite offensive player she is. The goals that she scored tonight were goal scorer’s goals. Not many people at this level can score goals like that. I’m very proud of her.”

St. Mary’s sophomore goalie Angeline Catino made 21 saves, including a couple of key stops during two Matignon power plays in the third period.

“She made some big saves when she had to, especially in the third period,” said Pagliuca, whose team finished 15-2-3. “I’m so proud of these kids. We played 20 games in a pandemic. They made every sacrifice possible.”

The St. Mary's girls' hockey team was in a celebratory mood after defeating Matignon, 3-2, for the Catholic Central League Cup championship Saturday at Stoneham Arena.
The St. Mary's girls' hockey team was in a celebratory mood after defeating Matignon, 3-2, for the Catholic Central League Cup championship Saturday at Stoneham Arena.Bob Holmes

Woburn 2, Arlington 0 — For the third time in the last four seasons, the Tanners (10-1-2) are league champions in some form after shutting out the regular-season champion Spy Ponders (10-1-2) in the Middlesex League tournament final at Stoneham Arena.

“It feels good to win the last game of the season. We had 10 games that were scheduled for the regular season and we won the right to play more at the end of the season and it was good to have an extra week with each other,” Woburn coach Steve Kennedy said. “That was a good feeling all the way through.”

Senior Mackenzie Russo put Woburn on the board just 1:29 into the first half when she took the puck in the neutral zone, skated into the Arlington zone, and fired a wrist shot from inside the left faceoff circle. She added an empty-netter with 25 seconds left in the second half. Junior goalie Alyssa Wackrow made 20 saves in the shutout and the Tanners got strong defense senior Lily Anderson.

Woburn is now 29-3-4 over the last two seasons, and the program looked to its six seniors for leadership this season.

“We’ve got an incredible senior class and the whole season I think we leaned on them to create some chemistry and set the expectations,” Kennedy said.

Boston Latin 8, Latin Academy/Fontbonne 1 — Senior Ally Keough had two goals and an assist, and the Wolfpack (7-6) finished with the de facto Boston city championship with the victory at Murphy Skating Rink. Keira Bruen added a pair of goals for Latin.

Dennis-Yarmouth 3, Martha’s Vineyard 2 — Juniors Amelia Veara and Maddy McPhee each scored for the Dolphins (3-6-3) in Cape & Islands League action at Martha’s Vineyard Arena. Sophomore Isabella O’Reilly also posted a goal in the win.

Marblehead 2, Gloucester 1 — Abi Amigo and Hadley Wales scored for the Magicians (5-4-1), who were the home team in the Northeast Hockey League game at Gloucester’s Talbot Rink.

Globe correspondent Bob Holmes and Brandon Chase contributed to this report.