St. John’s Prep hockey rallies, stuns St. Mary’s in D1 North shootout
Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, the St. John’s Prep hockey team scored twice to force overtime and then prevailed, 3-2, with a shootout victory to stun top-seeded St. Mary’s in a thrilling Division 1 North quarterfinal Sunday night at the Chelmsford Forum in Billerica.
Prep (12-7-1) will play the Andover in a semifinal Thursday at Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
Freshman Nick Townshend put home a rebound with 3:10 left to cut the St. Mary’s lead in half, then Ryan Hart poked the puck off the stick of a Spartan defender for the tying goal with 1:31 to go.
In the 3-on-3 double overtime period, St. Mary’s (16-7-1) went on a power play but could not convert on its 15 shot attempts.
Freshman goaltender Jackson Irving made numerous game-saving saves for the Eagles in overtime before juniors Patrick Moran and Evan Moore scored in the shootout.
“When it comes down to it, that was the game,” Prep coach Kristian Hanson of St. Mary’s failing to score on the power play in double OT.
“And Jackson was the difference there. It’s a team game, but you love it when your best player’s your goalie.”
Brady Carpenter and Damon Maribito scored first period goals for St. Mary’s, which lost in the Super 8 play-in-game against Marshfield on Monday.
Division 1 North
Andover 3, Burlington 2 — Sam Murray’s third-period goal proved to be the winner as the fourth-seeded Warriors (14-6-2) outlasted the fifth-seeded Red Devils (14-8-2) at the Chelmsford Forum in Billerica.
Shane Lachance blocked a shot, creating a breakaway. When his backhander nailed the post, Murray was in the right place at the right time. “
“We have a lot of character and a lot of resiliency,” Andover coach Chris Kuchar said. “Sam Murray never gave up on that play. That’s resiliency and character.”
Anthony Previte and Michael Fenney put the Warriors ahead early Burlington tied it, 2-2, on second period goals from Sean Savage and Joe Barbieri.
Billerica 2, Melrose 1 — Senior captain Matt Covino and junior Matt Livingston each netted a goals for the Indians (12-6-4) in the quarterfinal win at Stoneham Arena.
Winchester 3, Bishop Fenwick 2 (SO) — The Sachems (14-7-0) prevailed in the shootout at Stoneham Arena on goals by Mike Drew and Nolan Butler.
Division 3 South
Ashland 2, Hanover 0 — Senior Jackson Hornung scored a pair of first-period goals as the Clockers (14-5-3) eliminated the top-seeded Indians (17-3-2) in a quarterfinal at Gallo Arena in Bourne
Division 1 State
Braintree 3, Boston Latin 2 — Delia Lee made the Wamps’ only shot of overtime count. Fresh out of the penalty box, she took the puck along the boards and fired high for her second goal of the game to lead eighth-seeded Braintree (17-4-1) past No. 9 Boston Latin in a first-round game at the Canton Ice House.
‘‘I'm just glad we’re onto the next game, said Braintree coach Kevin Burchill of a quarterfinal matchup against top-ranked Austin Prep. ‘‘We just have to play smarter and we can’t break down against AP.’’
Lee opened the scoring just 66 seconds into the game, tipping home a Stella Shea slapper. In the second period, junior Allie DeCoste tapped in a loose puck in front. Senior Maggie Young had both goals for Latin (15-4-4), including a shorthanded equalizer with under three minutes left.
Franklin 3, Woburn 0 — Senior Regan Paterson scored two goals and classmate Cassie Ronan scored the other for the fifth-ranked Panthers (17-2-2) in their first-round win over the defending D1 champions at John A. Ryan Skating Arena.
Shrewsbury 3, Duxbury 2 — A year removed from the wrong end of a heartbreaking, season-ending upset, the Colonials (14-5-3) stunned undefeated, and top-seeded Duxbury in a first-round matchup at John A. Ryan Ice Arena.
Shrewsbury (14-5-3) rallied from a one-goal deficit in the third period and prevailed on a winning strike from senior captain Delaney Couture with 5:09 remaining.
‘‘Being the 15-seed, people overlook us,’’ Couture said. ‘‘We knew we had nothing to lose and everything to gain.’’
When junior Grace High gave Duxbury a 1-0 edge in the second, Couture responded to even the score at 1. Freshman Delaney Williams put the Dragons (19-1-2) ahead, 2-1, early in the third, but junior Olivia Cwalinski delivered the equalizer midway through the period, and Couture provided the heroics two minutes after that.
Said Shrewsbury coach Frank Panarelli: ‘‘We rose to the occasion.’’
Division 2 State
Algonquin/Hudson 5, Bishop Stang 1 — Heather Hodgkins scored twice for the 11th-seeded Tomahawks (14-6-2) in their upset victory No. 6 Bishop Stang at the Canton Ice House. Her first came with just six seconds left in the opening frame to knot the game at 1-1 and wrestle momentum away from Stang (13-6-2).
The Tomahawks took over in the second period and took the lead 10 minutes in on Hodgkins’s second strike. A third goal from Ava Domolky 45 seconds later put Algonquin in complete control.
‘‘Our team’s made a habit of that this year,’’ said Algonquin coach Mike Hodge. ‘‘The kids were very anxious and I think that made them play more aggressive and it opened up space for us.’’
Playing its first postseason game ever, Stang struck first on Jocelyn Silva’s second goal of the season.
Walpole 2, Winchester 1 — Senior captain Madison Ryan scored the winner two minutes into overtime to lift the top-seeded Rebels (17-3-1) in a first-round game at the Canton Ice House. The Rebels had an early goal called back after the helmet of Winchester goalie Amy Scali fell off during the play.
‘‘We were on the march doing well at that point,’’ said Walpole coach Joe Verderber. ‘‘I think it was a major letdown after that.’’
Walpole finally opened the scoring with three minutes left in the third. A flurry in the crease jarred the puck loose to Liv Brooks, who flicked it past a pile of Sachems in front. Winchester (9-6-7) came back strong, with junior Issy Brissette tying the game with an extra attacker on the power play.
‘‘We've been off for 10 days,’’ said Verderber. ‘‘It was nice to come out of it. It was nerve-wracking but over the years we've had a lot of OT wins.’’
NEPSAC Division 1
Kent 4, Nobles 1 — Katie Pyne netted the game’s first goal (from Lily Farden) in the second period, but Kent answered with four straight goals to capture the NEPSAC D1 title at the Worcester Ice Center and deal the Bulldogs (23-1-4) their first loss of the season. Kiersten Goode netted the go-ahead goal at 8:04 of the third. Haley Uliasz and Julia Nearis added insurance goals. Nearis was the Chuck Vernon MVP.
NEPSAC Division 2
Rivers 3, Brooks 1 — With 1:13 remaining in the second period, senior Kaitlin Shaughnessy of Westwood scored the winner on an assist from Margaret Barrow to lift the Red Wings to the NEPSAC Division 2 title at the Worcester Ice Center.