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Kyle Penton backstops Waltham in shutout win over No. 1 Central Catholic

Josh Reynolds for the Globe

Waltham goalie Kyle Penton (29) used a keen eye to make 31 saves and help the Hawks pull a 1-0 shutout of No. 1 Central Catholic Thursday night in Waltham.

By Dave Souza Globe Correspondent 

After it was stymied by the Central Catholic boys’ hockey team in the first two periods of play, host Waltham finally struck a blow with 8:19 remaining to tally the only goal of a 1-0 upset victory over the top-ranked and undefeated Raiders on Wednesday night.

Sophomore forward Connor Blanchard scored the winning goal, pouncing on a loose puck and blowing past a Central defenseman who had fallen down on the ice. With a clear path down the right side of the ice, Blanchard broke in on Central goaltender Matt Pasquale (22 saves) for a shot that sailed just above the netminder’s glove. It rattled off the bottom of the crossbar and deflected into the cage to help the Hawks (12-3-2) score their biggest win of the season by handing the best team in the state its first loss (16-1).

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“I saw the opening, just skated as fast as I could, amazing feeling,” Blanchard said, beaming. “I knew I had something right away, I just went in and shot it.

“I really have no words to describe it, I’m still in shock about it.”

Waltham’s senior netminder, Kyle Penton, stood tall in the face of Central’s dynamic offense, with 31 saves in the upset victory while backstopping his team on four successful penalty kills during which he turned away nine shots.

On Central’s best chance of the day, Penton gloved down a blistering wrist shot from the slot on a split save late in the second period.

“We had to have an outstanding night in net from our goalie and Kyle Penton was tremendous,” said Waltham coach John Maguire. “Especially in the first period, we could’ve been down three or four, they’re that good and he’s that good. To come out of there 0-0 gave us a chance . . . it was a great team win.”

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In the final half of the third period, the Raiders went to work on their final two power plays of the game, which overlapped a 9-second 5-on-3. The Hawks withstood six shots by Central in that time frame before the Raiders turned up the heat by pulling their netminder for an extra skater in the final minute. Despite having the numbers advantage, Penton stood strong and helped Waltham hold on for the upset.

“I didn’t think they were going to score, I knew we could hold them off,” Penton said of the frenzied final 30 seconds. “I saw the empty net, and we got it out [of the zone] so I knew we were going to win.”

Norwood 2, Needham 1 — Sean Munro netted the winning goal and Austin Reardon made 29 saves for the Mustangs (4-6-5).

Concord-Carlisle 1, Haverill 1 — Seth Robinson tallied a goal, Tyler Campbell and Owen Keegan were credited while Shane Corbett had 23 saves for the Hillies (3-11-1).

Girls’ hockey

Franklin 1, Canton 0 — Freshman Natalie Stott turned in a heroic performance in net for the Panthers (11-3-3), making 38 saves to shut out the No. 10 Bulldogs (10-2-3).

St. Peter-Marian 2, Dover-Sherborn 1 — Gina Richard and Taylor Hacker-Prat both scored to lift the Guardians (6-7-1) at home. St. Peter-Marian’s Mia Dang made 24 saves.

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Masconoment 4, Algonquin/Hudson 2 — Senior forward Sami Kelleher finished with goals in the win for the Chieftains.

Boys’ basketball

Cardinal Spellman 77, Bishop Fenwick 46 — Senior point guard A.J. Jaramillo poured in 29 points for the Cardinals.

Whitman-Hanson 60, Plymouth North 57 — Jacob Hanson Bartlett led the Pantehrs (12-4) with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

BC High 59, Hanover 44— Travis Evee (24 points, 9 assists, 5 steals) and Mike Vasil (15 points, 8 rebounds) led the No. 17 Eagles (10-5).

Winthrop 59, Gloucester 58— Tayjuan McKenzie hit the winning 3-pointer with three seconds left as part of a game-high 25-point performance to give the Vikings (7-10) the win. Teammate Devin Pulsifer added 20 points.

South Boston 81, CASH 53 — Senior Christian Arthur scored 30 points as the Knights vanquished their Boston City League rival.

Needham 63, Westborough 48 — Michael Doherty netted 15 points and Domenic Casparriello added 13 points, but the Rangers (8-7) fell to the host Rockets (12-2).

Mystic Valley 66, Whittier 59 — Junior guard Joshua Briceus (18 points, 10 rebounds), junior forward Ben Soto (17 points, 8 rebounds), and sophomore guard Alfie Tsang (13 points, 6 rebounds) led the Eagles (12-5).

Girls’ basketball

Whitman-Hanson 45, Plymouth North 34 — Juniors Kathryn Dunn and Erin Leahy combined for 22 points and 18 rebounds in the win for the Panthers (12-5).

Dana Hall 41, Triton 31 — Freshman guard Julia Howse had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Hornets.

Westford 50, Billerica 42 — Emily Bramanti scored 14 points to pace the No. 4 Grey Ghosts (13-3).

Madison Park 53, Boston English 31 — Tanaysha Coleman (18 points, 10 rebounds), Samantha Whitlock (13 points, 4 steals), and Francisca Barrows-Delpina (10 points) led the way for the Cardinals (9-9).

Diamond Ayala (21 points, 14 in fourth) and Deena McHayle (6 points, 4 steals, 12 blocks) played well in the loss for the Eagles.

Burke 48, West Roxbury 38 — Chantall Johnson had 19 points and Amaya Adamson chipped in with 17 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Maimonides 58, Mount Alvernia 49 — Freshman Tova Geld tallied 20 points as the M-Cats surged to victory.

North Middlesex 52, Westborough 40 — Hadley Beauregard had 15 points and seven assists to become the all-time leading female scorer in school history as the Patriots (9-8) topped the visiting Rangers (5-11, 2-5). Beauregard has scored 1,145 points in her career, which surpassed the previous mark of 1,142, set by Jen Carson (Class of 2000).

Molly O'Neill (11 points) and Maddie Harrington (10 points) also had big games for North Middlesex, while Tess Garrity led Westboro with 11 points.

Monty Tech 60, Nashoba Valley Tech 22 — Emily St. Thomas scored 17 points and Erica Regan notched 12 points to spark the host Bulldogs (15-2, 12-1 Colonial). Amanda Fales netted 15 points for the Vikings (5-12, 2-10).

Murdock 47, Sizer 26 — Molly Murphy recorded 31 points and 10 rebounds to pace the host Blue Devils (4-12). Anna Pettirossi scored 11 points for the Tigers (1-15).

Parker Charter 61, Bay Path 30 — Tegan Young and Tina Heer each netted 14 points as the host Panthers (12-5, 7-5 Colonial) topped the Minutemen (9-6, 5-6). Parker’s Riley Sanderson scored 13 points.

Bay Path’s Madison Paulhlus had nine points.

Football

Winthrop High did not renew the contract of varsity football coach Sean Driscoll, 50, a 1986 alum who spent the past 20 seasons on the Viking sideline, the first nine as an assistant, going 60-72 overall. Driscoll was informed last week he would not be retained after a 2-9 season.

The director of Parks & Recreation in Winthrop, Driscoll led the Vikings to a 10-1 finish and the Northeastern Conference title in 2014.

Prior to his arrival at Winthrop, he coached at Burlington High for five seasons.

“It’s been a good run,” said Driscoll, who served as an assistant at Burlington for five seasons before returning to Winthrop.

“Winthrop will always be a special place and home to me,” Driscoll said. “I’m indebted to the community. The culture has changed at this school and we live in a different age where parents have a lot more to say. It’s probably a good time to go.”

Driscoll will consider taking a year off from the sideline, but he wants to coach again if an opportunity arises.

Correspondent Nate Weitzer also contributed to this story..