With its opponent on its heels early, No. 1 Catholic Memorial jumped out to a two-goal advantage and took a 3-1 victory over No. 4 BC High in a hockey battle of Catholic Conference heavyweights last night at Boston College's Conte Forum.
"I thought the first six, seven minutes of the game we played very well," said CM coach Bill Hanson, whose Knights (7-0-1) moved the puck freely and forechecked relentlessly for much of the evening, quieting the BC High offense.
The Knights struck less than three minutes in. Defenseman Travis Johnasson sent an outlet pass to sophomore Derek Colucci, who hit streaking linemate Mike Collins. The senior faked left and had plenty of room over Eagles goalie Sam Marotta's shoulder.
Just over a minute later, Benjamin Murphy beat Marotta for a 2-0 advantage only 4:04 into the game.
"Against BC High, it's great," Hanson said of the early lead. "I think they've been struggling offensively, and then they have to come back and get three goals with the way we've been playing defense."
The Knights held BC High (5-2-2) to 17 shots, most from the outside.
Sean Mahoney cleaned up Eddie Nolan's rebound with a backhand swipe at 10:11 of the first to put BC High on the board.
In the second period, the Eagles came out skating hard, but the ice was soon tilted in CM's favor. CM killed an Eagles' power play, and soon after, Colucci streaked down the wing, put on a curl-and-drag move as he broke to the slot, and snapped a low shot on net that was quicker than Marotta's pads.
Catholic: Senior captain Zach Sheppard scored twice in the third period, helping No. 3 Malden Catholic rebound from a two-goal deficit to tie No. 8 St. John's Prep, 3-3. "I know MC is a hard-working team, so I'm really not surprised by the final score," said St. John's Prep coach Kristian Hanson.
Greater Boston: Waltham cruised past Cambridge, 6-0, with two-goal efforts from seniors Dan Rowland and Shawn Bythewood.
Hockomock: Brendan Carroll scored twice and added an assist and Ryan Kershaw made 23 saves in Mansfield's 4-1 upset of No. 20 Franklin. It was Franklin's first league loss in 3 1/2 seasons.
Middlesex: Senior Mike Fimiani's natural hat trick lifted Melrose past Lexington, 4-1 . . . Robert Toczylowskirecorded a hat trick and added an assist in No. 2 Reading's 6-0 rout of visiting Woburn.
Boys' basketballBoston City: Hyde Park edged New Mission, 79-75, as senior point guard Gerard Kimble poured in 32 points and senior Michael McKenzie collected 21 points and 19 rebounds.
Commonwealth: Ryan Sugrue (10 points, 13 rebounds) nailed two free throws in the final 15 seconds and Shawsheen beat Lynn Tech, 45-42, for the first time in 13 years.
Merrimack Valley: No. 5 Lowell trailed at the half and heading into the final frame but took control midway through the fourth with solid free throw shooting to knock off No. 2 Central Catholic, 61-53, in a battle for first place.