There was much more than a trophy on the line Thursday night in the championship game of the Springfield Cathedral Tournament. The showdown between host Cathedral (Springfield) and Malden Catholic was a crucial measuring-stick game between two Super 8 contenders.
The fourth-ranked Panthers scored three second-period goals to take down top-ranked MC, 5-2, in each team’s final game before the postseason.
“We couldn’t have ended the year with a better opponent, with a better win,” said Cathedral coach Brian Foley. “We’ve had a great regular season. This game was a good confidence-booster, we’re confident that we can play with anybody in the state.”
After the Lancers took a 1-0 lead in the first period, Holy Cross commit Peter Crinella got the Panthers (15-2-5) on the board 30 seconds into the second. Tallies by John Leonard and DJ Petruzzelli followed to give Cathedral a 3-1 lead heading into the third.
Crinella, the tournament’s MVP, added another on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third to extend the lead to 4-1. The Lancers (16-4-0) cut the lead to 4-2, before Leonard capped the win with an empty-netter.
Duxbury 5, BC High 2 — Senior defenseman Tyler Powers and senior forward Shayne O’Brien each scored two goals for the No. 9 Green Dragons (15-2-3) as they upset the No. 2 Eagles (14-2-4).
BC High 79, Woburn 66 — Sophomore guard Jack Loughnane scored 17 points to pace the Eagles (13-7). Senior Zac Bailey added 13.
BB&N 61, St. George’s 41 — Junior forward Ben Crawford scored a career-high 29 points for the Knights (17-6).
Cambridge 69, Quincy 60 — Jakigh Dottin led the Falcons with 17 points.
Winthrop 44, Somerville 21 — Senior captain Ashelyne Babb led the Vikings (19-3) with 13 points. Senior Theresa Jones added 12 points.
Marshfield 63, Plymouth North 57 — The Rams (15-7) clinched the Atlantic Coast League title behind seven 3-pointers from Jackie Waite.