After the Austin Prep boys’ hockey team committed eight penalties, Arlington capitalized on three of those power-play opportunities to score a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night at Ed Burns Arena in Arlington.
With the win over the sixth-ranked Cougars (7-4-1), the No. 12 Spy Ponders (5-4-1) improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games after the defending Division 1A champions started the season 1-3.
“After losing everybody we lost last year, all the players we did, to finally get one of those wins was big,” said Arlington coach John Messuri. “We’re pushing in the right direction.”
The Spy Ponders faced an uphill climb from the start of the game when freshman Anthony Cafarelli gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead after he propelled a loose puck in heavy traffic past Arlington senior goalie Jack Pinard (19 saves) at 10:07 of the first period.
The Cougars gave the Spy Ponders three man-advantage opportunities to score in the first, but Arlington didn’t break through until 30.3 seconds was left in the period.
Senior forward Cully Curran slapped a one-time past Austin Prep junior goalie Robert Farrell (17 saves), converting from the slot off a quick feed by junior defenseman Jack Simon from the half boards to knot the game, 1-1.
“Simon got the puck over on the half wall and made an unbelievable pass to me backdoor,” Cully said. “I just got the opportunity to finish it.”
After junior forward Connor Santos was penalized for interference with one second remaining in the first, Arlington opened the second period on the man advantage and made the Cougars pay when sophomore Brenden Jones tallied a grinding goal to give the Spy Ponders a 2-1 lead at 5:12.
Austin Prep’s junior team captain Nicholas Cafarelli was also sent off for interference in the second period, giving Arlington another chance on the man advantage.
Sophomore Anthony Messuri capitalized when he expanded the Spy Ponders’ lead to 3-1 with a top-shelf goal that beat Farrell at 13:26.
Austin Prep stuck for a power-play tally of its own in the third when Dylan Arnold beat Pinard at 12:26, but it proved too little too late for the Cougars as the Spy Ponders held on for the victory.
“I think a lot of people haven’t been thinking about us,” Messuri said. “We’re not going to go away. These kids want to try and do it again. We’ve got to try and focus on winning the Middlesex League. That’s our next goal.”
Wellesley 5, Newton North 0 — Five different players scored for the Raiders (8-0-3) while sophomore goaltender Drew Hubbard notched his fifth shutout of the year.
Revere 8, Everett 1 — Ryan Cintolo’s hat trick led the Patriots (7-4-1).
Malden Catholic 8, Xaverian 2 — Jerry Bazile (1 goal, 2 assists), Kyle Furey, Jagger Benson, and Antonio Colella connected on second-period goals as the 10th-ranked Lancers (3-4-2) blitzed the visiting Hawks (6-4-2). Freshmen David Bazile and Tyler Anastasi netted their first varsity goals.
Dracut 4, Weston 1 — Jack Callery led the Middies with two goals and an assist, picking up his 60th career point in the process.
Catholic Memorial 4, St. John’s Prep 1 — Junior Jack Dempsey was at the head of the Knights’ attack with two goals while senior goaltender Brendan Clancy was steady in net with 27 saves.
Natick 3, Braintree 0 — The Redhawks (8-2-1) were paced by goaltender Bailey McElhinney, who made 30 saves in his first career start.
Dover-Sherborn 6, Dedham 1 — The Raiders (5-5-2) were paced by Zach Popiel who scored two goals.
Franklin 8, Taunton 0 — Cam Trask scored two goals as the Panthers outshot the Tigers, 56-13.
Rockland 10, East Bridgewater 2 — Senior Joe Yeadon scored five goals and senior Joe Campanile added a hat trick to spearhead the Vikings.
Swampscott 3, Gloucester 2 — Dom Codispoti tied the game with 1:144 left in the third period before the Big Blue scored the go-ahead goal with eight seconds remaining.
Archbishop Williams 3, Stoneham 0 — MacKenzie Heath, Abby Dacosta and Maggie Leonard all scored goals for the Bishops (8-2), while goaltender Ali Delmonte pitched a shutout.
Medfield 1, Canton 1 — The Bulldogs (6-0-3) got a goal from junior Lauren Fitzpatrick while Kelly Morrison tallied for the Warriors.
Brookline/Newton South 3, Concord-Carlisle 2 — The Warriors pulled ahead with 17.2 seconds remaining on a goal by Maddy Brandl.
Haverhill/North Andover 3, Melrose 2 — Rachel Neyman scored twice for the No. 20 Hillies (6-3-1).
Austin Prep 4, Arlington 0 — Maeve Crehan, Kendra Currier, Maddie Rinklin and Hannah Aveni all scored goals for the Cougars.
Natick 4, Braintree 0 — Junior Molly Burnes and sophomore Jackie Poulack each netted two goals, and senior goalie Esther Levit had 20 saves in the shutout for the Redhawks (6-2-1).
Newton North 73, Wellesley 45 — Sophomore Aaron Cooley headed the Tigers (7-3) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Cambridge Weston 61, Gann Academy 55 — Junior Nick Arnould had 20 points off the bench for Cambridge Weston.
Nobles 56, Middlesex 39 — Senior guard James Welch lead the Bulldogs (6-6) with 21 points.
Durfee 56, West Roxbury 50 — The Hilltoppers (5-5) were led by Isaiah Morency and his triple-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Woburn 75, Amesbury 56 — Isaiah Cashwell-Doe scored 18 points and Ryan Ludwig added 17 for the Tanners (8-2).
Marblehead 68, Danvers 47 — Senior Derek Marino put up 20 points, four steals, and four rebounds for the Magicians (5-4).
Lynn Classical 45, Lynn English 28 — Gean Gupta and Irianis Delgado each notched 11 points and eight rebounds to boost the Rams (10-1).
Bridgewater-Raynham 67, Durfee 54 — Senior Shannon Lynch led the Trojans (7-5) with 18 points while junior Kaleigh Matulonis added 16 points, six assists and six steals.
Cardinal Spellman 59, Pope John 23 — Senior Victoria Williams paved the way to victory for the Cardinals (5-5) with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Pingree 57, Newton Country Day 40 — Junior Colby Shea poured in 30 points for the Highlanders (8-2).
Beaver Country Day 67, Portsmouth Abbey 39 — Senior Maddie Mullin scored 27 points for the Beavers (6-4).
North Quincy 50, Hanover 44 — Lindsey Keenan’s clutch three-pointer in the final frame carried the Red Raiders (5-5). Senior Jenn Butka led all scorers with 17 points.
Bishop Feehan 87, Bishop Stang 83 — Freshman Ryan Campbell won the 100-yard butterfly with a state-qualifying time and personal best of 56.31 seconds, and the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute 59.71 seconds). The Shamrocks improved to 7-0.
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