BC High and Malden Catholic played to a 2-2 tie in a Catholic Conference clash of hockey titans Wednesday night at UMass-Boston. Both teams came into the contest undefeated.
The game started with a quick goal from No. 1 Malden Catholic’s Ara Nazarian, who scored just 10 seconds into the first period.
“We just come to expect that from him,” said BC High coach John Flaherty, whose No. 2 team moved to 5-0-1.
The first period was one in which the Lancers (3-0-2) controlled the puck early on, but BC High’s Steve DeForge changed that in the eighth minute.
DeForge found a way to get off a backhander on Lancers goaltender Connor Maloney while falling to the ice. The shot went between Maloney’s pads to tie the score at 1-1.
“We were just trying to get shots. I saw the defenseman was giving me a screen, I went backhanded and just hoped for the best,” DeForge said.
An increase in intensity set the tone in the second period. The teams combined for six penalties in the first half of the period, leading to power-play opportunities, but only one capitalized.
BC High’s Ryan McDonough broke the tie, pulling the Eagles ahead, 2-1, heading into the final period.
“He’s all heart,” Flaherty said.
It seemed as if that might stand up, and it likely would have if not for Malden Catholic’s Tyler Sifferlen.
Sifferlen tied the score at 2-2 with just more than eight minutes left. “It was a good, hard-fought game with no pretty goals,” Malden Catholic coach John McLean said.
Milton Academy 6, Tabor 1 — Senior forwards Anthony Sabitsky (one goal, three assists), Cole Morrissette (one goal, two assists), and Elliott Vorel (two goals, one assist) led the Mustangs.
Wayland 6, Ludlow 2 — Sophomore right wing Nick Morgan scored four goals to lead the Warriors (4-2).
Boston Latin 1, Central Catholic 1 — Freshman forward Jimmy O'Leary scored the tying goal for the Wolfpack (3-1-2) with 13:43 left in the game.
Arlington 2, Woburn 2 — Jack Kelly scored both goals for the host Spy Ponders (4-0-3).
Oliver Ames 1, Canton 0 — David Nolan scored the lone goal for the Tigers, while goaltender Jimmy Tierney recorded 41 saves for the shutout.
Catholic Memorial 6, Xaverian 2 — Senior center Liam Coughlin scored a hat trick and had one assist for the high-flying attack of the No. 5 Knights (6-1), while sophomore left winger Aaron Clancy added two goals and two assists.
Watertown 3, Wilmington 0 — Junior Anna Koeis’s 20 saves and sophomore Emily Loprete’s two goals spurred the Raiders (3-3-1) over the Wildcats.
Reading 4, Lexington 4 — The Minutemen (2-1-1) stopped the Rockets’ (5-0-1) winning streak at five games. Rockets freshman Ali O'Leary scored three goals and had one assist in the tie.
Belmont 3, Winchester 0 — Erin McLaughlin paced the Marauders with a pair of goals.
Beverly 1, Winthrop 0 — Freshman forward Kristen McCarthy netted the winning goal on a power play in the first period.
Burlington 7, Stoneham 3 — Freshman center Kelsey Ryan led the Red Devils with a hat trick, while senior Holly Brouillette scored a goal and tallied three assists.
Somerville 80, Arlington 62 — Senior forward John Lubin had a season-high 30 points and 14 rebounds for the undefeated Highlanders (6-0). Senior guard Gustavo DeMoura added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Matignon 53, Mystic Valley 49 — Senior guard Ron Slager had 21 points and 10 assists as the Eagles took their first victory of the season.
Canton 50, Pembroke 30 — Captains Tristin Mullen (11 points) and Andrew Mansfield (10 points) led the Bulldogs (2-3).
Shawsheen 62, Greater Lawrence 50 — Senior guard Paul DePlacido scored a game-high 21 points to power the Rams (4-2).
Bourne 66, Fairhaven 59 — The Canalmen (6-1) overcame a 4-point deficit at the half to put away the Blue Devils.
Chelsea 49, Whittier 48 — Senior forward Hector Sarmiento scored a layup with 5.2 seconds left to lift the Red Devils (1-5) to their first win of the season.
Braintree 71, Dedham 30 — Sophomore guard Ashley Russell led the No. 1 ranked Wamps (5-0) with 13 points and seven assists, while senior guard Rachel Norton scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
North Quincy 60, Plymouth North 52 — Maya Umoren collected 19 points and 13 rebounds and Jane Minton added 17 points to pace the Red Raiders.