BC High ices St. John’s Prep in Super 8 clash
LOWELL – Junior goalie Luke Garrity made 17 saves as second-seeded BC High shut out third-seeded St. John’s Prep, 1-0, at Tsongas Center in Monday night’s Super 8 tilt.
BC High (17-4-1) plays fourth-seeded Hingham on Sunday at Chelmsford Forum. St. John’s Prep (14-4-4) plays St. John’s of Shrewsbury on Wednesday at Chelmsford Forum in the losers’ bracket.
“We know St. John’s Prep,” said Garrity, whose teammates were 1-1 against Prep prior to Monday’s victory. “A lot of the guys in the room were around two years ago when they knocked us out [of the Super 8 semifinals].
“It was kind of that sensation and we didn’t want that to happen again, especially in this building. We knew what we had to do. We knew the game plan and we executed.”
Applying pressure early and often, BC High found the back of the net at 2:25 of the opening period. Senior forward Joe Dragon stole the puck from the slot and beat senior goaltender Cam Ludwig (25 saves).
BC High carried that lead into the second period, where it had multiple chances to widen the lead, including a two-on-one opportunity created by seniors Timmy Kelly and Maverick Woods. Woods’s shot nailed the crossbar with four minutes remaining, keeping it a one-goal game entering the third period.
“It’s never really a high scoring game between us two,” said BC High coach John Flaherty. “I was hoping we were going to get one or two more, give us some breathing room. Then we hit four posts.
“Fortunately for our guys, they stuck with it. They didn’t let that creep in and they kept going.”
Junior forward Thomas Kramer nearly iced the game with an empty-net goal, but his wrist shot hit the left post.
“It means everything,” Garrity said on being one win away from a trip to TD Garden.
“The guys have been working hard all season long. The fact that we’re at this point shows a lot about everyone in the room. We’ve had some ups and downs this season, but we’re playing our best hockey right now.”
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