FALMOUTH — Depite the best intentions of Austin Prep boys’ goaltender Robbie Farrell, BC High is headed back to the Buddy Ferreira Classic finals.
Farrell turned aside 45 shots for the fifth-ranked Cougars in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the top-ranked Eagles on Monday, setting up a battle with third-ranked Hingham for the championship on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Michael Dragon and Thomas Kramer scored for BC High (15-2-2), Kramer’s goal 42 seconds into the third period a back-breaker for Austin Prep (13-4-3).
“We talk about playing in five-minute chunks, so we wanted to come out and dominate the first five minutes of the period to keep them on their heels and not let them get any momentum,” BC High coach John Flaherty said. “To score a goal on top of that, it’s just a bonus.”
Hingham 3, Duxbury 1 — Hingham coach Tony Messina recently anointed senior forward Jacob Clark the “Little Ball of Hate.”
Messina acknowledged after Monday afternoon’s Buddy Ferreira Classic semifinals that he may need to come up with a new nickname for Clark: The Finisher. Clark scored all three goals for the third-ranked Harbormen, including the winner with 2:48 left and an empty netter with 1:15 left in a 3-1 win over No. 7 Duxbury at Falmouth Ice Arena.
Clark’s winner came after the puck appeared deadlocked along the corner wall of the attacking zone for Hingham (17-3-1). Neither the Harbormen nor the Dragons (18-3) appeared willing to bend, battling for the puck for more than 10 seconds before it finally came loose to Clark, who jammed it off Duxbury goalie Nate Romanelli’s pad into the back of the net.
“It’s just about wanting it more than the other team,” Clark said.