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Roundup: Reading boys ice Arlington Catholic

Senior forward Jake Barbera scored just 43 seconds into the Reading boys’ hockey team’s first-round North Division 1 game against Arlington Catholic, and it was just the beginning as the Rockets took a 3-1 victory Wednesday at O’Brien Rink in Woburn.

“That early goal allowed us to get confident,” Reading coach Mark Doherty said.

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Barbera’s goal came on the power play, with the assists going to senior forward Mike Thomson and junior forward Sean Verrier.

“We’ve been doing better on the power play lately and it paid dividends tonight,” Doherty said.

Junior forward Ryan Smith tied the game at the 5:06 mark, but it would be the only goal of the night for the Cougars.

After a scoreless second period, Reading’s work on the power play paid off yet again when freshman forward Matt Thomson scored the go-ahead goal with assists from brother Mike and Barbera.

Kevin Tobin finished the scoring with an empty-netter for the Rockets.

“Ultimately, Jake Barbera and Mike Thomson were keys to our offense,” Doherty said.

Doherty also credited senior captain forward Rob DiLoreto as a top performer.

“He’s a complete player and leader for us,” Doherty said.

Defensively, Doherty said junior Mike Seibold carried the Rockets behind the blue line while senior goaltender Ian Lapham contributed in net.

“He was rock solid in the second period,” Doherty said. “He made a couple really big saves for us.”

The Rockets will next face Melrose, 4-0 victors over Chelmsford, on Saturday.

Division 1 North

Winchester 3, Newburyport 2 — Junior goaltender James Offner made 31 saves for the Sachems.

Wilmington 3, Matignon 2 — Senior center Cody McGowan had two goals and one assist for the Wildcats (13-3-7).

Division 1 South

Norwood 4, Mansfield 3 — Jack Sheehan, John Galvin, Dan Farrell, and Matt Hajjar scored for the Mustangs (12-5-4) and junior Dennis Drummey finished with 23 saves.

Girls’ hockey

NEPSAC Division 1

Nobles 1, Loomis Chaffee 0 — Bulldogs freshman forward Becca Gilmore scored the only goal, in the second period, and senior Casey Nunnelly made 10 saves in the shutout.

St. Paul’s 7, Williston Northampton 1 — Bridget Carey and Shayna Tomlinson each scored twice and Kerri St. Denis finished with 24 saves.

Boys’ basketball

Division 2 North

Danvers 67, Marblehead 49Sophomore guard Rashad Francois scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, and junior center Peter Merry had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 blocks.

Lynn Classical 58, Gloucester 53Senior forward Monte Wolfe (14 points) and junior guard Philip Rogers (13) led the Rams.

Division 1 South

Quincy 58, Barnstable 51 — Junior Colin Evans paced the Presidents with 17 points and seniors Christian Callahan and Brendan Cunningham chipped in with 15 and 12, respectively.

Needham 58, Durfee 40 — Senior Ryan Charter led the Rockets with 27 points and seven rebounds.

Newton North 59, Braintree 57 — Junior Tommy Mobley scored 23 points for the Tigers, including the 1,000th of his career.

Catholic Memorial 102, West Roxbury 59 — Sophomore Kellan Grady scored 20 points for the Knights.

BC High 66, Wellesley 58 — Sophomore guard Jack Loughnane scored 22 points and senior Steve Young tacked on 13 for the Eagles.

Girls’ basketball

Division 1 North

Masconomet 57, Cambridge 39 — The Chieftains (20-1) won behind a game-high 17 points from senior guard Hannah Kiernan.

Division 2 North

Hamilton-Wenham 58, Stoneham 53 — Junior Julia Fibbe (12 points, 10 rebounds) and senior Haley Willis (11 points, 10 rebounds) led the Generals. Freshman Kelly Walsh added 13 points and seven boards while senior Leslie Bynum scored 9 points.

Division 3 North

North Reading 71, Latin Academy 43 — The Hornets got big games from sophomore center Jess Lezon (21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) and senior Morgan Maiola (9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals). Sophomore guard Carly Swartz added 13 points and five assists.

Division 4 North

Fenway 54, Matignon 33 — Sophomore guard Takora McIntyre scored a game-high 22 points for the Panthers. Junior forward Jalissa Ross finished with 10 points and junior forward Shai'ann Nance added 8.

Division 3 South

Hanover 75, Randolph 20 — Freshman forward Megan Dixon led the Indians with 15 points. Center freshman Meaghan Raab added 11 points.

Coyle & Cassidy 54, Martha’s Vineyard 27 — Junior guard Laura Johnson led the Warriors with 19 points and Linsay Bumila added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

NEPSAC Class B

Governor’s Academy 45, Lawrence Academy 36 — Sophomore Courtney Cashman scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds for Governor’s (13-8).

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