It will not affect Malden Catholic’s attempt to return to the Super 8 Tournament, but that does not reduce the sting of the Lancers’ 2-1 hockey loss to the Delbarton School last night at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center.
“I told the guys that it’s a learning experience,’’ said interim coach John McLean. “But it’s unacceptable to lose a game the way we did. We got outworked and to me that’s unacceptable.’’
Trevor Agostino broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period to put the visitors from Morristown, N.J., on top for good.
Malden Catholic goalie Connor Maloney gave up a rebound in the crease and Delbarton’s forwards descended on it. Agostino was able to jam it in after a couple of good saves by Maloney.
“I thought the difference in the game was our ability to pin them deep a couple of times and kind of wear on them,’’ said Delbarton coach Bruce Shatel. “Fortunately we were able to get a dirty one on that second one.’’
A year ago, the Lancers cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Green Wave in their first meeting - but the defending New Jersey state champions used speed and a physical edge to set the tone early yesterday.
“Our guys have good memories,’’ Shatel said. “They remember what happened last year and they didn’t want it to happen again.’’
Delbarton generated odd-man rushes out of its zone, keeping the puck in deep.
After Brendan Collier put Malden Catholic (1-1) on the board in the second period on a rebound of a Andrew Cross shot, Delbarton (5-0) pressured Maloney, keeping the puck in the offensive zone.
“They were quicker, stronger, finished their checks,’’ McLean said. “They wanted it more than we did tonight.’’
The quality breakouts and two-on-one chances kept coming for the Green Wave, and it paid off when Johnny Baiocco beat Maloney gloveside off a feed from Drew Melanson to pull even.
Catholic Memorial 2, Billerica 1 - Junior captain Liam Coughlin had both goals for the Knights.
Weymouth 3, Framingham 3 - Senior captain Jake McKinnon scored twice for the Flyers, including the tying goal in the third period.
Beverly 6, Danvers 2 - Sophomore Connor Irving netted a natural hat trick in the third period.
St. Peter-Marian 6, Brockton 1 - Junior Bobby Krafve had a goal and three assists for the visiting Guardians (2-0).
Arlington Catholic 4, Central Catholic 4 - The Cougars were down, 4-2, with 1:02 left in the game before junior William Cook scored to make it 4-3 and then assisted on senior David George’s tying goal.
Boston Latin 5, Haverhill 1 - Senior forward Conal Lynch netted three goals and an assist for the Wolfpack.
Masconomet 3, Newburyport 2 - Junior goalie Matt Cardillo had 39 saves for the Chieftains in their win over the Clippers.
Pembroke 9, Silver Lake 3 - Tom Cahill had two goals and four assists for the Titans.
Belmont 7, Stoneham 3 - Erin O’Donovan led the Marauders with two goals and four assists.
Arlington Catholic 1, Austin Prep 0 - Senior forward Allison Stone scored the game’s lone goal.
Brookline 8, Peabody 1 - Senior defenseman Sydney Karnovsky scored five goals.
Winchester 4, Wakefield 3 - Junior forward Marisa Gehrig tallied three goals and an assist.
Charlestown 77, BC High 62 - Senior point guard Rony Fernandez had 23 points and eight assists for the top-ranked Townies.
“For us its all about defense,’’ said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso. “We practice our defense for 1 hour 20 minutes of every practice, so we can keep pressuring the ball in the fourth with the same energy as we did in the first.’’
Charlestown took a 44-29 lead into halftime, powered by its halfcourt defense and a 12-point outburst in the second from Omar Orriols (16 points), who knocked down four 3-pointers in the quarter. Charlestown sophomore Taris Wilson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Nantucket 44, Case 32 - Seniors Andrew Benson (18 points) and Leo Atkinson (12 points, 12 rebounds) paced the Whalers.
Globe correspondent Seth Lakso contributed to this report.