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No. 18 Reading boys’ hockey triumphs at Belmont

Reading's Michael Tobin (19) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first of his two goals against Belmont during their hockey game in Belmont, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)
Winslow Townson for the Globe
Reading's Michael Tobin (19) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first of his two goals at Belmont Saturday.

In the final seconds of play, Belmont had finally matched the sense of desperation its Middlesex League opponent had used against it all afternoon.

But instead of stealing a victory, Belmont stole a shutout from Reading senior Matt Coughlin (20 saves). Senior forward Tim Bailey found the back of the net with one second left in regulation before ultimately falling, 4-1, to the 18th-ranked Rockets at Skip Viglirolo Rink on Saturday.

“It’s a tough barn to play in,” said Reading coach Mark Doherty. “I like Belmont, so we’re thrilled to leave with a victory.


“[Coughlin] has been like that all year. Incredibly consistent and good. He’s a senior. He’s a leader, and we’re glad we have him.”

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With Belmont senior goalie Armand Keikian (17 saves) pulled, Reading sophomore defenseman Matthew Fiorenza flung the puck from behind his blue line and into an empty net with 20.2 seconds remaining for the Rockets’ fourth goal.

Senior forward Dan Cranitch helped Reading (6-2) establish a three-goal advantage over the Marauders (5-2-3) at 10:46 in the second period. After fanning on the initial shot, Cranitch didn’t miss on the second opportunity and beat Keikian glove-side high with an assist from junior defenseman Mike Miele.

Junior captain Michael Tobin gave Reading a 2-0 lead with his second goal of the game 45 seconds into the second period. With assists from sophomore forward Jared Pennucci and junior forward Brendan Donovan, Tobin stormed down right wing and wristed a short-side shot that beat Keikian.

“Just placed it real nice,” said Tobin. “Nothing special.”


With Marauders defenders occupied by Reading’s steady forecheck, Tobin utilized the open ice in the slot and sent a one-timer from Donovan’s feed past Keikian at 6:11 in the first period.

“It was a good team win, we really needed it in a Middlesex League game,” said Tobin. “After those two losses to Winchester and Arlington we came back and beat Woburn and Belmont here.”

BC High 3, Malden Catholic 0 — Luke Garrity recorded his third straight shutout as the second-ranked Eagles (6-3-1) extended their winning streak to five with the Catholic Conference win at UMass Boston.

Joe Dragon tallied to give BC High a 1-0 lead and Danny O’Connell tacked on an insurance goal with 4:15 left in the third period.

“We were trying to draw from the experience,” said BC High coach John Flaherty. “We have been in close games all year. We knew what we had to do. We just had to go out and do it.”


Duxbury 6, North Quincy 0 — Junior Nate Romanelli recorded the shutout for the Dragons (5-3-3).

Xaverian 3, Catholic Memorial 0 — Sophomore Ryan Pomposelli netted two goals and junior James Herring had 26 saves for the Hawks (5-2-2).

Walpole 2, Framingham 1 — Junior Conor Foley potted the game winner for the Rebels (5-2-4).

Braintree 1, Barnstable 0 — Senior Dara Canavan scored the lone goal for the Wamps (3-1-4), while senior goalie Owen Cuddyer recorded his third shutout in a row.

King Philip 7, Stoughton 0 — Chris Daniels led the way with a pair of goals to lift the visiting Warriors.

Marlborough 4, North Middlesex 2 — Joe Landry scored twice and added an assist, while Tino Pizzarella and Jerry McCarthy scored in the third period to help the host Panthers (4-5-1) get past the Patriots (3-5-1) at Navin Rink in Marlboro. Owen O’Brien made 25 saves for Marlborough. Ryan Riel and Matthew DeVito scored for North Middlesex and Thomas Kelly made 21 saves.

Arlington Catholic 4, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 4 — Matthew Myers scored his second goal with 1:17 left to help the host Pioneers (6-1-3) earn a draw with the Cougars (0-3-6) at the New England Sports Center. Arlington Catholic took a one-goal lead with a pair of power-play tallies in the third period by Evan Noonan and Daniel Shea. Nick Palermo (two assists) also scored for St. John’s, while Corey Splaine made 20 saves.

Cambridge 5, Bedford 3 — Junior Connor Purcell scored two goals for the Falcons (7-3).

Hopedale/Millis 11, Gardner 0 — Aidan Wilde and Hunter Dunn notched hat tricks as the Blue Raiders (4-6, 3-1) blanked the Wildcats (0-9, 0-4) at Veteran’s Arena. Matt Shaver (4 saves), Chase Levassuer (5 saves) and Jess Stansbury (3 saves) split the shutout.

Shrewsbury 4, Bishop Feehan 2 — Liam Quinlivan scored twice in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie, while James Tepper and Anthony Quinlivan scored in the first period to propel the No. 1 Colonials (6-1-1) over the Shamrocks (3-4) at NorthStar Ice Sports.

Nauset 2, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 — Junior netminder Connor Mederios recorded 19 saves for the Dolphins in the loss.

Bishop Fenwick 6, St. Peter-Marian 2 — Ian Wortley, Derek DelVechhio, and Kasey O’Brien each had a goal and an assist for Bishop Fenwick.

St. John Paul II 3, Saint Joseph Prep 0 — Henry Klimm earned his third shutout of the season for the Lions (10-1).

Lincoln-Sudbury 6, Concord-Carlisle 1 — Dan Desmarais and Owen Toland each had two goals for the Warriors.

South Shore Voc-Tech 7, Tri-County 5 — Seniors George Cook and Liam Uhlman netted two goals and assists apiece for the Vikings.

Lynn Classical/English 7, Revere 2 — Junior John DiFilippo notched a hat trick and an assist to boost the Jets (5-3-1).

Nobles 4, Proctor 0 — Junior Will Zink scored a pair of goals in front of Mark Smith’s 20-save shutout to lift the host Bulldogs (7-6-1).

Girls’ hockey

Lincoln-Sudbury 2, Acton-Boxborough 0 — Julia Provvisionato recorded her fourth shutout of the season to power the Warriors (8-1).

Masconomet 3, Marblehead/Swampscott 2 — Junior forward Abby Gendron scored the winner on a power play with three minutes to go for the host Chieftains (7-1-1).

Pembroke 5, Sandwich 1 — Freshman forward Miranda Demita earned her first career goal for the Lady Titans.

Duxbury 2, Plymouth North/South 1 — Senior Jill Cosgrove scored twice as the Dragons (7-1-1) seized the lead in the Patriot League.

Westwood 4, Needham 2 — Junior captain Kat Keith notched her 100th career point for the Wolverines (7-4).

Worcester Academy 5, Portsmouth Abbey 3 — Mickey Sindoris broke a 3-3 tie at 8:07 of the third period, and Ciara Wall added a power-play goal with 1:21 left to secure a road victory for the visiting Hilltoppers (9-1-1). Melissa Macri scored twice in the first period and assisted on a goal in the second, and Carly Daly had a goal and assist.

Methuen/Tewksbury 3, Algonquin/Hudson 1 — Amy MacGlashing scored in the second period, but the Tomahawks (7-3) fell in Methuen.

Beverly/Danvers/Ipswich 1, Winthrop/Lynn English 0 — Senior goalie Maddy Jalbert racked up 32 saves for the Panthers.

Girls’ indoor track

Natick set two meet records at the MSTCA James Kalperis Indoor Division 2 Relays at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Sisters Grace and Kate Connolly, Emma Ford, and Paige Edwards finished the 4 x 800-meter relay in 9 minutes, 27.08 seconds, breaking Winchester’s 36-year-old meet record.

Natick collected its second meet record when Abigail Gerdes, Rachelle Parker, Kylie Langan, and Eme Su blazed their way to a 24.90 in the 4 x 50-yard relay. Natick (36 points) finished fourth in the team competition behind winner Woburn (49).

Boys’ indoor track

Central Catholic earned the boys’ championship at the MSTCA James Kalperis Division 2 Relays with 44.5 points to best Arlington, which set the distance medley meet record with a 10:28.00, including Ryan Oosting’s 4:15 mile.

Boys’ basketball

South Kent 64, Proctor 62 — The Cardinals were led by Donte Combs’s 15 points, which included three 3-pointers. Proctor had an opportunity to tie the game at with 1.5 seconds remaining, but missed both free-throws. The Hornets were led by senior Ian Krishnan’s 22 points and nine rebounds.

Woodstock (Conn.) 116, Tilton 90 — Former Brighton High standout Ty Perry put on a staggering shooting performance at the BABC Prep Classic at Cathedral High, draining 13 3-pointers on his way to a 52-point performance for Woodstock.

“I didn’t even know I could shoot that well,” said Perry with a smile after connecting on 13 of his 17 attempts from long range.

A Roxbury native who led Brighton to the Division 2 state title last March, Perry said he felt extra motivation to play in a homecoming game. Woodstock (19-1) is ranked No. 1 in the country by a number of polls.

New Hampton 83, Worcester Academy 66 — Roxbury native Shandon Brown led the Huskies with all 21 of his points coming in the second half of the BABC Prep Classic triumph.

BB&N 58, Portsmouth Abbey 35 — Sophomore Nick Johnson scored 15 points and had eight assists for the Knights (5-4).

St. Sebastian’s 59, Groton 58 — Junior Miguel Vega hit two-free throws with six seconds left to put the Arrows (4-5) out in front. Groton had a chance to tie with no time left on the clock, but missed one of the two free throws. Senior Will Phelan led St. Sebastian’s with 23 points and nine rebounds.

St. Mary’s 66, Mt. Pleasant (R.I.) 55 — Junior forward Chibuikem Onwuogu of Peabody (14 points) sparked the Spartans (7-1).

Apponequet 89, Wareham 87 — Seniors Andy Johnson (36 points) and Adam Seablom (28 points) led the unbeaten Lakers (7-0).

Girls’ basketball

North Reading 40, Lynnfield 27 — Sophomore Ali Grasso scored 12 points and recorded 8 steals to lift the visiting Hornets.

Worcester Academy 67, St. Andrew’s 61 — Junior Aliyah Boston pumped in 25 points and corralled 20 rebounds to pace the Hilltoppers (11-0).

Coed swimming

Archbishop Williams 89, St. Mary’s 75 — Siblings Sam and Teddy Rossini each won four races for the Bishops.

Globe correspondents Clevis Murray, Nate Weitzer, Mike Kotsopoulos, Lenny Rowe, and Carson Tully contributed to this report.