Junior Anthony Busconi made 26 saves and sophomore Tyler Gardiner scored a goal with 33.8 seconds left in regulation as No. 17 Watertown came away with a 1-1 tie against No. 13 Melrose on Saturday at John Ryan Skating Arena in Watertown.
Instead of helping break a Middlesex League logjam, the result left five schools within 2 points of each other at the top of the standings with a week to go in the regular season.
The game was scoreless late into the third period before Melrose jumped on top.
A save by Melrose netminder Tyler Brown (18 saves) was quickly rushed up ice by Eric Mercer, who passed to fellow senior Jon Botelho. With traffic in front of Busconi, Botelho snapped a wrist shot top shelf to give Melrose the advantage with 4:29 remaining.
Watertown amped up the pressure and Gardiner found the back of the net. Senior defenseman Dante Flori took a shot from the right circle that was saved by Brown, but the rebound was chipped by Brendan Berkeley to Gardiner at the right circle and he buried a one-timer.
Cathedral (Springfield) 10, St. John’s Prep 2 — Juniors Peter Crinella and D.J. Petruzzelli each notched a hat trick for the fifth-ranked Panthers (13-2-4).
Duxbury 5, Arlington Catholic 3 — Matt Murphy had two goals, including an empty-net score to clinch it with 38 seconds left. Shayne O'Brien, Scott Whear, and Nick Marrocco also scored for the Green Dragons (13-2-3).