BRIGHTON — Neither the Hingham nor Arlington boys’ hockey teams appeared completely satisfied with a 2-2 tie on Sunday evening at Warrior Ice Arena.
But in the grand scheme of things, Arlington coach John Messuri knows the game had a bigger meaning than just two points.
It was the fourth annual meeting between the Super 8 hopefuls in the regular season honoring the life of Catherine Malatesta, an Arlington High student who passed away from sarcoma in August 2015. Her two younger brothers, Drew and Reid, are now a junior and freshman, respectively, on the hockey team. Each team wore yellow tape on their legs to raise awareness of the disease.
“It’s an important game for us and the community,” Messuri said, adding that Jennifer Malatesta, the mother of Catherine, Drew and Reid, told him before the game how proud Catherine would have been to see her brothers skating together for the Spy Ponders. “In the general context of Super 8 and all this, that is way more important.”
While it was the third-ranked Harbormen (14-3-1) getting the equalizer off the stick of Paul Forbes at 11:02 of the third period, the fifth-ranked Spy Ponders (11-3-3) took a 2-1 lead at 6:22 of the third while shorthanded.
As Hingham coach Tony Messina recalled from behind his bench, he could hear Arlington forward Joe Scheschareg calling for the puck in the slot right before he tipped home a Jack Simon pass from the right-wing wall.
“They made a real nice play on that,” Messina said. “I heard [Scheschareg] call for the shot and he tipped it in.”
The Spy Ponders initially tied it up with the Harbormen just 11 seconds into the second period, as Scheschareg fed Tyler Callahan on a perfectly executed two-on-one from Simon in the back end off the opening draw. Trevor O’Brien scored at 6:21 of the first period on the power play for Hingham.
“You don’t want to give up a third-period lead,” Messuri said. “It’s a little deflating for sure.”
Forbes and Scheschareg were named the Players of the Game for their respective teams.
Billerica 64, Malden Catholic 46 — Junior guard Aiden Deady had 18 points, 8 steals, and 5 assists, and Sophomore Guard Ankeet Patel added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the Indians (11-8).
Hamilton-Wenham 70, Marblehead 51 — Sophomore Carter Coffey had 20 points for the Generals (11-6).
Norwell 58, Rockland 49 — Junior Nick Fantom had 18 points for the Clippers (11-6).
Westford 55, Bedford 46 — The Raiders overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers, behind junior Declan Morse’s 17 points and 9 rebounds. Senior captain Adam Scaramuzzo added 10 points.
Bishop Guertin 68, Braintree 47 — Senior Jeniyah Jones paced the No. 9 Wamps (13-4) with 12 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort. ‘‘BG is very impressive -- they have weapons from every position,’’ Braintree coach Kristen McDonnell said.
Hingham 11, North Quincy/Quincy 1 — Sophomore Coco Harnberg recorded a hat trick for the Harborwomen (10-5). Senior Ally Welch added her first career varsity goal in the rout.