With less than two weeks left in the regular season, the ninth-ranked Hingham boys’ hockey team finds itself on the bubble of being a Super 8 team. But with a 3-1 win over No. 12 Winchester Monday, the Harbormen (12-5-1) made a statement in showing they belong in the tournament.
Hingham took an early lead in the first period when senior forward Jack Gordon scored off a rebound from his own shot. The goal was assisted by Luke D’Antuono and Jake Hanlon.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. They are always tough defensively and we got a goal early in the game, which really helped,” said Hingham coach Tony Messina.
The Sachems (11-4-2) tied the score early in the second period, but Hingham regained the lead for good when junior center Matt Brazel converted a pass from the point from junior defenseman John Carlson for a one-timer.
The Harbormen got an insurance goal late in the third period. Brazel passed to senior defenseman Corbin Robichaud, who fired a shot that was deflected between the five-hole by junior forward Sam D’Antouono to give Hingham a 3-1 lead.
Senior goalie John Grienier (11 saves) kept Winchester off the board in the final five minutes to preserve the win.
Going into the game, Messina said Hingham’s strategy was to pepper the Winchester net. The strategy was successful as the Harbormen outshot the Sachems, 37-12.
Duxbury 2, Pembroke 0 — The No. 13 Green Dragons (13-1-4) clinched the Patriot League title for the second straight year as Matt Murphy and Nick Marrocco each scored. Chris Johnson made 20 saves in recording the shutout.
Springfield Cathedral 4, Mount St. Charles (R.I.) 1 — John Leonard scored two goals and John Liquori made 24 saves as the No. 1 Panthers (14-0-3) posted their first victory ever over the 29-time Rhode Island state champs.
Minuteman 10, East Boston 7 — The Mustangs (1-16-2) picked up their first win of the year behind strong performances from Eric Brogna (three goals, two assists) and Lucas Taylor (two goals, three assists).
Central Catholic 5, Chelmsford 3 — The No. 6 Raiders improved to 11-2-3 with a victory over the No. 19 Lions.
Norwood 3, Brockton 2— The No. 18 Mustangs improved to 10-4-2 with the victory over the Boxers.