Despite dominating the play, Malden Catholic notched only one goal, but it was enough to beat BC High, 1-0, in boys' hockey yesterday at the Valley Forum II in Malden.
"I thought we played good," said MC coach Chris Serino. "They had four shots in the first two periods. We just couldn't finish."
The first period was almost all Malden Catholic, which dominated in shots (15-2), puck possession, and quality scoring chances. The Lancers had several two-on-one rushes by their speedy forwards but couldn't find the net.
MC's best weapon throughout the game was its forechecking pressure. From the start, the Eagles were hard-pressed to move the puck out of their zone.
"We got out there on the first shift, got a breakaway, tried to set the tempo quick," said MC senior Craig Carbonneau. "We got in there and forechecked. We just buried them on the first shift."
The opening frame ended scoreless, thanks in large part to the play of BC High goaltender Sam Marotta, who made several big saves.
The complexion of the game remained the same in the second period, with Malden Catholic controlling the puck for long stretches.
After a long stretch without being able to clear the puck, the Eagles took two penalties in succession, giving the Lancers a two-man advantage for 50 seconds. But the Eagles killed it, again with big-time saves from Marotta.
Finally, at the 7:36 mark of the period, the Lancers broke through with James Castucci stealing the puck and feeding Carbonneau, who was streaking into the zone. A Carbonneau pass found Mark Adams in front of the net and he slapped a one-timer past Marotta.
The play became more even in the third period as BC High began to get desperate, but even pulling the goaltender with a minute remaining was not enough.
"I thought they were in desperation mode," said Carbonneau. "They took it to us kind of, but I thought we played well defensively and got out of there."
Marotta stopped 27 shots, while Malden Catholic goalie John Carbonneau made 13 saves.
Nonleague: In another game featuring top teams, Hingham and Catholic Memorial battled to a draw, 2-2. Hingham held the edge in shots, 22-20, and got goals from Tim Driscoll and Brian Hebert.
MVC/DCL: The line of Dana Sanderson, Ryan Milisci, and Pat Sullivan accounted for 6 points for Westford in a 3-2 victory over Arlington.
Northeast: George Costa recorded a hat trick in Winthrop's 5-1 victory over Beverly.
Cape Ann: Andrew Dooley and P.J. Brooks scored two goals each as Masconomet shut out Pentucket, 6-0. The Chieftains improved to 5-1.
Middlesex: Mike Seward's pair of goals helped Winchester edge Wakefield, 4-3. Junior Bobby Leo added a goal and two assists for the winners.
South Eastern: Duxbury's Julia Hannon registered 21 saves in beating Canton, 1-0. Junior Kaitlin Sullivan provided the winner.
Bay State: Newton North's Greg Kelley tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a 63-42 win over Framingham. Senior Craig Marriro chipped in with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Central Catholic: Trinity Catholic's Nicole Civatrese scored 14 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with two seconds left to seal a victory over Pope John, 46-43. Civatrese also grabbed 11 boards and had 5 steals in the comeback win.