Their claim to be best in the state just minutes away, the third-ranked Eagles of BC High broke down for a few short seconds, just for one play.
It was the wrong time to make a mistake as No. 1 Springfield Cathedral (14-0-2) converted in the third period for a 2-2 tie Thursday night at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
With the puck bouncing around in BC High’s zone and Panthers sophomore DJ Petruzzelli skating hard over the blue line for it, the lone Eagles defenseman jumped to attack the puck. But his stick caught only air and Petruzzelli skated right by. With Dominic Blad by his side, Petruzzelli made a quick move in front of goalie Peter Cronin and sent the puck across to a wide-open Blad, who buried it five-hole to tie the game.
“We made two too many mistakes,” said BC High coach John Flaherty. “We made two mistakes that resulted in two goals. Other than that, I thought we played well.
“If that’s the No. 1 team in the state, we’re as good as them. And we play a tougher schedule, so I think we’re right there with them.”
With a 10-2-3 record and wins over St. John’s Prep, Catholic Memorial, Malden Catholic, and Reading, the Eagles appear destined for the Super 8 for a possible rematch with the high-scoring squad from Western Mass.
Peter Crinella also scored for the Panthers, while Ryan Shea and Tom Besinger found the net for the Eagles.
The Panthers, who were held to fewer than three goals for the first time all season (“You get two by Cronin, you have to feel pretty good about that,” said Springfield Cathedral coach Brian Foley), matched BC High’s physical play in an environment that mimicked a postseason atmosphere.
Wareham 71, Bourne 54 — On Jan. 25, senior Darien Fernandez set Wareham’s all-time scoring record. He hasn’t slowed down since.
On Thursday, he put up 16 of his 27 points in the first half as the 16th-ranked Vikings cruised.
Junior Mason Vasconcellos chipped in with 26 points as Wareham improved to 15-1.
Danvers 64, Saugus 40 — Senior guard Nick McKenna scored 13 points as the No. 1 Falcons (16-0) kept their undefeated season alive.
Mansfield 45, Taunton 41 — Brandon Hill and Rocky Deandrade each scored 12 points as the second-ranked Hornets beat the 12th-ranked Tigers to capture the Hockomock League title.
O'Bryant 48, Charlestown 33 — The Tigers (10-7) qualified for the state tournament behind 16 points from senior guard Ian Jassier. This is the first time in four years that the Tigers have won 10 games.
Bishop Feehan 80, Durfee 63 — Shamrocks freshman Michael Nelson went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and finished with 27 points in the win.
North Reading 50, Masconomet 23 — Senior forward John Mastascusa netted 15 points and collected seven rebounds to lead the Hornets (17-0).
Hingham 75, Pembroke 42 — Senior forward Eddie Bowler recorded 31 points and 15 rebounds to lift the Harbormen (12-5).
Dighton-Rehoboth 60, Seekonk 58 — Senior forward Keith Mikkelson hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to win the game for the Falcons (11-6).
Dighton-Rehoboth 54, Seekonk 37 — Guard Kaylie D'Ambrosio reset the Falcons’ freshman scoring record with 26 points in the win. She also grabbed five rebounds and three assists.
Somerville 51, New Mission 38 — The Highlanders (10-6) got a big performance from junior forward Melissa Baptista, who scored 18 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
Taunton 61, Mansfield 60 — Junior Alisha Silva drilled the winning 15-foot jump shot with five seconds on the shot clock as the Tigers (9-8) squeezed by the Hornets. Senior Ansie Martinez poured in 24 points in the win.
Latin Academy 56, West Roxbury 48 — The Dragons (13-3) were led by junior Catherine Loney (11 points, 12 rebounds) and sophomore Alex Wilson (11 points).
Chelsea 52, Fellowship Christian 20 — The Red Devils were led by forward Lindsey Fuentes, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists.
Newton North 64, Framingham 35 — Tigers junior Infinity Thomas-Waheed finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds and junior Maddie Bledsoe contributed 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Walpole 51, Dedham 40 — Sophomore Summer King scored 24 points to lead the Rebels (12-4).
Oliver Ames 80, Milford 28 — The No. 7 Tigers were paced by Caitlin Abela’s 18 points to remain undefeated (15-0).
Fontbonne 3, Notre Dame (Hingham) 1 — Captains McKenna Russell and Shannon McIsaac scored in the third period to clinch the Catholic Conference for the Ducks (9-6-2).