Xaverian makes quick work of Melrose in boys’ hockey
STONEHAM — Coach Dave Spinale made striking quickly a point of emphasis for the Xaverian High hockey team before Tuesday night’s game against Melrose at Stoneham Ice Arena.
The Hawks — the Globe’s 13th-ranked team — took Spinale’s words to heart. Xaverian (12-6-2) scored in the opening minutes of all three periods, earning a commanding 4-0 victory over the No. 11 Red Raiders (12-3-5). Four Hawks scored in a game that could have huge implications on Super 8 and Division 1 tournament seedings.
“We haven’t had many [fast starts],” said Spinale, whose team’s entered on a two-game losing streak. “We’ve been talking to the guys about having a quick start, setting the tone, getting into our forecheck. We need to do that for our season to continue.”
Xaverian outshot the Red Raiders, 44-27, and senior goalie James Herring picked up the shutout.
Junior forward Eric Wainwright gave Xaverian a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game, poking a rebound past Melrose senior goalie Mark Dewling.
Four minutes into the second period, senior forward John Joyce scored off a slap shot from the blue line off a pass from senior forward Robbie Barletta.
Sophomore Andrew Barton made it 3-0 with a goal just under two minutes into the third period, and his older brother, Josh, added a fourth score with five minutes remaining.
“That’s a great way to end the year; on a win,” said Josh Barton, a senior captain. “No matter where we end up, we get some momentum going into the playoffs.”
After the game, Spinale made a case for his team to get a bid to the Super 8.
“Our strength of schedule speaks for itself,” Spinale said. “We should stay on the board and hopefully get a play-in game. If you look at the criteria, we hit all the criteria.”
Catholic Memorial 4, La Salle (R.I.) 0 — Junior Zach Callahan potted a pair and junior netminder Ethan Bartucca set aside 17 shots as the Knights (12-7) registered the shutout at Warrior Ice Arena.
Framingham 3, Burlington 1 — Senior Mike Tersoni scored the clincher and assisted on another as the No. 6 Flyers (16-3-2) advanced to Thursday’s championship game of the Cahoon Cup in Burlington against Medford.
Braintree 3, Arlington 3 — Junior Abby Holland converted a penalty shot with under five minutes left in the third period to tie the game for the Wamps (15-4-1) in the Hingham Hockey Showcase. Arlington senior Erin O'Brien scored two goals and senior Jordan Toomey made 25 saves.
Duxbury 1, Westford/Littleton 1 — Senior forward Kayleigh Butler scored the equalizer for the Grey Ghosts (12-5-2) on a wraparound with five minutes left in the third period to earn a hard-fought tie against unbeaten Duxbury (17-0-2) at the Hingham Showcase. The Dragons’ lone goal came on a backhander by senior Emily Ballerene. Westford junior goalie Allie Dean finished with 23 saves.
Hingham 3, Notre Dame (Hingham) 3 — Alex Graziano scored two goals and added an assist for the Harborwomen (12-4-2) in the Hingham Showcase.
Reading 5, Acton-Boxborough/Bromfield 0 — Senior captain Ainsley Cohen and junior Sydney Conte each tallied two goals for the Rockets (11-2-6) in the Hingham Showcase at Pilgrim Arena.
Masconomet 5, Billerica/Chelmsford/Lowell 3 — Senior captains Abby Gendron (two goals) and Mikayla Vincent (two assists) paced the Chieftains (11-6-2) in the semifinals of the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic. With the win, the Chieftains advanced to Thursday’s championship against second-ranked Methuen/Tewksbury. The Chieftains went 0-2-1 against M/T last year, including a 4-2 loss in the D1 state semifinals. ‘‘The girls that were on the team last year, they’re looking to make up for that loss in the tournament,’’ said Masconomet coach Ryan Sugar. ‘‘The girls are ready to go.’’
Methuen/Tewksbury 4, Shrewsbury 3 — Trailing Shrewsbury, 3-1, for the second time this season, the Red Rangers (17-1-1) pushed back with a three-goal third period to earn the victory in the semifinals of the Newburyport Bank Ice Hockey Classic. ‘‘This is what we play for,’’ said Methuen/Tewksbury coach Sarah Oteri. ‘‘We play for games where we have to give our all to win them. This is fun hockey.’’ Senior Cassidy Gruning picked up a hat trick, collecting the first three goals for M/T before junior defender Madi Sjostedt sent home the winner with 40 seconds left to play. ‘‘She plays a ton of minutes,’’ added the coach. ‘‘It was nice to see her thrive in that game-winning situation. We talk to her about finding that space. She snuck down there into the slot and had a good low shot.’’
Arlington Catholic 57, Winchester 51 — Patrick Bradley-Cooney scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds to power the Cougars (11-9) to the championship of the Patton Tournament championship at Hamilton-Wenham.
Cambridge 54, Brookline 46 — Junior center Khai Smith scored 17 points with 17 rebounds and Leon Williams added 17 points as the Falcons (14-7) outscored the fourth-ranked Warriors (20-2) by a margin of 24-5 in the fourth quarter. Cambridge 23-year coach Lance Dottin earned his 400th career win. ‘‘For me it’s always been about the kids and the great assistant coaches,’’ said Dottin. ‘‘Being able to accomplish this milestone in the place you've called home all your life makes it that much more special.’’
Canton 65, Bishop Feehan 59 — Devin Foster netted 27 points and Kyle Fitzgerald added 17 points to pace the Bulldgos (13-8)
Cardinal Spellman 66, Dedham 47 — Junior forward Craig Faria delivered 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (10-12).
Foxborough 50, Boston Latin 48 — Senior Anthony Mollica (10 points) drained the winning 3 at the buzzer to lift the hosts (13-8) in the final of the Warrior Classic. Sophomore Kevin Gallagher and junior Ryan Hughes scored 15 points and 11 points, respectively.
Hamilton-Wenham 70, Revere 49 — Senior Billy Whelan (18 points) netted his 1,000th career point in leading the host Generals (12-8) to the win in the consolation game of the Patton Tournament.
Medway 52, Scituate 50 — Junior Drew Plunkett was named MVP of the Walpole Classic as the Mustangs (17-4) topped the Sailors in the tournament final on a layup with 1.7 seconds remaining.
Mystic Valley 92, Innovation Academy 52 — Senior guard Joshua Briceus set the program’s single-game scoring record with 48 points as Mystic Valley (17-3) clinched its first Commonwealth Athletic Conference title. Senior forward Ben Soto (21 points) also became the third 1,000-point scorer in the program’s 16-year history on a putback with 1:01 to go in the second quarter. Innovation stopped the game to commemorate Soto’s accomplishment and even arranged to gift him the ball at the end of the night. ‘‘Our two most productive scorers are Ben and Josh. It’s great to see Ben get his 1,000th in the last regular-season game,’’ said MV coach Tony Ferullo. ‘‘It was the best of both worlds tonight, having two major accomplishments in one game.’’
New Mission 71, Charlestown 59 — Senior Tyrese Marshall scored 19 points with four assists and freshman Dhakari Brown provided 18 points and eight rebounds in the second half for the Titans (16-4).
Quincy 66, Malden Catholic 58 — The Presidents (14-6) won the Moscardelli Tournament on their home court behind 16 points apiece from senior captains Will Zarges, Brendan Keavey, and Nick Cerbone.
St. John’s Prep 61, Haverhill 52 — Liam Dunfee scored 15 points and Will Batchelder added 14 points to help the Eagles (10-10) earn a spot in the Division 1 North tournament.
St. Mary’s 74, Pope John 62 — Jalen Echevarria scored 32 points to lead the third-ranked Spartans (20-2) to the championship game of the Spartan Classic against Springfield Central on Wednesday night.
Bourne 43, Bishop Feehan 38 — Senior Emma Fenton had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Canalmen (13-8).
Bridgewater-Raynham 51, Silver Lake 28 — Seniors Nina Morrison and Kaleigh Matulonis combined for 22 points as the fourth-ranked Trojans (18-1) rolled to the nonleague victory.
Cardinal Spellman 42, Hull 25 — Junior forward Mariah Harris led the Cardinals with 15 points.
Foxborough 61, Hoosac Valley 48 — Sophomore Katelyn Mollica earned tourney MVP honors as 12th-ranked Foxborough (18-2) captured the Warrior Classic.
North Reading 60, Shawsheen 39 — Sophomore Julia Howse collected 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots and junior Allie Grasso added 14 points for the host Hornets (14-6).
Plymouth North 56, Sandwich 42 — Freshman Caroline Egan scored a game-high 20 points, converting 10 free throws for the visiting Eagles (14-6).
Scituate 51, Old Rochester 31 — Senior captain Jaycie Rojik (26 points) paced the Sailors (13-7) in the consolation game of the Warrior Classic in Foxborough.
Taunton 65, Durfee 51 — Sophomore Sonya Fernandez led the Tigers (6-15) with 18 points.
Walpole 66, Waltham 30 — Junior Sydney Scales (18 points) and senior Jill White (17 points) led the way for the Rebels (11-9).