MALDEN — It took until the fourth round of a best-of-five shootout for a winner to be determined in the sixth Chris Serino Christmas Classic between St. Mary’s Lynn and Hingham on Friday evening.
The tournament-clinching strike came from freshman Brady Carpenter, whose shot deflected in off the stick of Hingham goaltender Robbie Kornack. On the other end of the ice, Spartans goalie minder Kevin McMullen denied the Harbormen on all four chances in the shootout as the St. Mary’s Lynn boy’s hockey team prevailed, 2-1.
“The character in that locker room is what got us that trophy today,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee, his squad now 2-1-3 after a matchup that will officially be logged as a 1-1 tie.
“Hopefully throughout the season this will make us a better team, so we’re pretty excited today.”
The Spartans struck first with 5:09 left in the opening period, with senior captain Nico Scalli finding twine on a lethal wrist shot that slotted over Kornack’s left shoulder. Scalli was parked at the top of the offensive zone when he collected a pass from freshman Colby Magliozzi before unleashing the twisted wrister from the point.
Hingham (2-2) continued to search for the equalizer, finding the tying goal with 6:41 remaining in the contest. Fresh off the power play, the Harbormen knotted the score after senior Marshal Terres knifed the puck away from a Spartan in the St. Mary’s zone before turning around and sniping a shot just under the crossbar.
While the late strike gave the Harbormen momentum, St. Mary’s held strong as it pushed the contest into overtime and then a shootout, where McMullen’s heroics prevailed.
The senior was named tournament MVP after making 24 saves in the title game, standing tall especially in overtime, when Hingham ratcheted up the pressure.
“Both games (including a 3-2 win over Austin Prep) he came up huge in many, many situations; that’s why he’s the MVP of the tournament,” Lee said.Dave Souza can be reached at email@example.com.