Burlington entered Wednesday night’s Middlesex League boys’ hockey matchup against Arlington on a roll against league foes.
The Red Devils continued that streak at Ed Burns Arena with a 4-1 win off a 19-save performance from senior goalie Paul Barbieri.
“I thought it was our best overall game of the year,” said Burlington coach Bob Conceison after his squad’s fourth straight Middlesex League win.
“We played 45 minutes and that’s what we need to do.”
The Red Devils (13-2, 9-0 ML), ranked seventh in this week’s Globe Top 20, came out flying against the No. 8 Spy Ponders (8-4-1, 7-1-1) in the first period while establishing their game and a 3-0 lead by intermission.
“Coach really emphasized [a fast start],” said senior captain Frankie Bonanno .
“We haven’t had some fast starts and we haven’t had a complete game and we were really emphasizing that the whole game.”
Just 33 seconds into the period, Bonanno carried the puck from the neutral zone and beat Arlington senior goalie Jack Pinard (21 saves) on the low stick side to put his team up, 1-0, off the wrist shot from senior captain Jeff Russo.
“Jeff made a great play to the middle and the shot was there so I took it,” Bonanno said.
At 6:23 of the first, junior forward Conor Quinlan fought his way to hand Burlington a 2-0 lead, steal the puck in front of Pinard and flicking it past him, glove-side.
With 2:17 left in the period, Bonanno broke through again for the Red Devils, up 3-0, scoring on an assist from senior defensemen Timothy Bridges.
“The puck was kind of up in the slot,” Bonanno said. “I was kind of looking for my teammates when I had the puck but I realized the shot was the right play there and kind of wristed it five-hole.”
Burlington junior forward Joe Barbieri crowded the crease on the power play and deflected a shot from senior forward Sean Casey for a 4-0 Red Devils advantage at 12:07.
Sophomore forward Anthony Messuri broke through on a power-play tally with one minute left in the period to put the Spy Ponders on the board.
“We’re kind of a team that likes the rivalries,” Conceison said of league play. “We’re better when we have the rivalries and Arlington is certainly a good rivalry.”
Falmouth 3, Marshfield 0 — Freshman J.P. Turner and sophomore Nick Champani scored first-period goals and junior Kevin Duarte (23 saves) earned the shutout as the No. 19 Clippers (10-2-3, 6-1-0 ACL) avenged a 3-0 loss to Marshfield (7-4-4, 5-1-1) on Jan. 13 to vault into first place in the Atlantic Coast League.
BC High 6, Malden Catholic 1 — The second-ranked Eagles (11-3-1) struck for first-period goals by freshman Joseph Kramer and seniors Joe Dragon and Danny O’Connell on just seven shots in downing the host Lancers (4-8-2), their 10th straight win. Luke Garrity made 17 saves.
Hopkinton 5, Norton 1 — Senior goalie Triton DosReis registered a staggering 71 saves for the host Lancers in the loss.
Milton Academy 53, Brimmer & May 52 — Stanford commit Cormac Ryan (34 points),a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Manhattan, produced the first 17 points of the game for the hosts (11-4) and tipped in a put-back for the go-ahead basket. He also limited B&M high-scoring senior guard A.J. Reeves (Providence) to 19 points on 7-of-23 shooting.
Pembroke 68, Plymouth South 43 — Sophomores Sophie Considine (20 points) and Katie Galligan (16 points) powered the Titans (6-9) in the win.
Matt Durgin resigned as St. Mary’s coach Wednesday, citing a need to take a break. Durgin (166-97 overall) spent the past 29 seasons on a high school football sideline, including a 10-year run at his Lynn Classical alma mater and the past decade at St. Mary’s, where he compiled an 89-26 mark. . . . Arlington Catholic promoted 10-year assistant and alum Anthony Petrelis (‘01) to head coach. He replaced his mentor, Serge Clivio, who recently retired after 29 seasons.Nate Weitzer, Dave Souza, and Carson Tully contributed to this report. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools..