Super 8 hockey

Wins are double the fun

Springfield Cathedral and Hingham prevail

Austin Prep’s Brendan Silk (17) tries to control the puck as Springfield Cathedral’s Sean Kavanagh hangs on to him. Austin Prep’s Brendan Silk (17) tries to control the puck as Springfield Cathedral’s Sean Kavanagh hangs on to him. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
By Braden Campbell and Peter Martin
Globe Correspondents / March 2, 2010

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Springfield Cathedral kept its Super 8 hockey bid intact and snapped Austin Prep’s 11-game winning streak with a 2-1 overtime victory last night at Lowell’s Tsongas Arena.

The Panthers’ winning goal, at the 3:31 mark, was a Colin Fenton pass that deflected off a Cougar skate and into the net. Fenton said he was in no position to be picky.

“Of course I would have liked to have a legit shot to try to put it in, but I’ll take anything,’’ Fenton said. “We’re just happy with the win.’’

Springfield Cathedral avenged a 2-0 loss to Hingham Saturday in which the visibly anxious Panthers were plagued by penalties, giving up a trio of power-play goals.

“I think the first game we were a little starstruck, playing in the Super 8; we’ve never been here before,’’ said Fenton. “[Last night], we just came out and played like we knew we could.’’

Both teams are 1-1 in the tournament and are still in title contention. Austin Prep defeated Xaverian, 2-0, in the first round.

Despite being outshot, 9-5, by Austin Prep in the first period, Springfield Cathedral came out of it with a one-goal lead. James Dowd broke in and dumped the puck to Fenton behind the net, who found Dante Christofori in front of the net.

“I saw Dante coming in at the top of the circle and I put it on his stick and he just put it in,’’ Fenton said.

In the second period, Austin Prep continued to outshoot the Panthers, and Springfield Cathedral goalie P.J. D’Amario continued to snuff their opportunities. D’Amario recorded 10 saves in the period, while Austin Prep goalie Brendan Leahy had six in the scoreless frame.

“That was definitely [D’Amario’s] best period, the second,’’ Springfield Cathedral coach Brian Foley said. “He had some great saves to keep us ahead.’’

Austin Prep’s Cam Gaudet scored just over a minute into the third period to tie it up, and it remained that way through regulation.

Both teams played tentatively in overtime, with each goalie facing just a single shot.

D’Amario finished with 22 saves, while Leahy had 12.

Foley said his team was able to tighten up its game thanks to the incentive of extending its season.

There was “a do-or-die atmosphere in the locker room,’’ Foley said. “I think the kids were more focused and didn’t want the season to end.’’

Austin Prep will battle Hingham Sunday to avoid elimination.

Hingham 3, Xaverian 1 - The Harbormen stayed undefeated in Super 8 play by beating the Hawks in the nightcap.

“We are very happy to have won the first two,’’ Hingham coach Tony Messina said. “It has been a struggle for us in the past but we are happy to be in control now.’’

Despite making it to eight of the past nine tournaments, Hingham never has advanced to the crossover round.

For the second time in as many Super 8 games the Hawks put on a defensive clinic, smothering any chances around Kyle MacDonald’s net and blocking numerous shots.

MacDonald sparkled as he often does, stopping 30 of 33 shots.

Hingham got things started early when Tim Driscoll fired a shot from the circle that deflected onto the stick of Eric Sherman in front of the net. Sherman swooped left-to-right and beat a sprawling MacDonald with a backhand flick to put the Harbormen on top.

The second frame was controlled by Hingham, as it doubled up the Hawks in shots, 10-5, but the Harbormen weren’t able to generate any really good opportunities against the stifling Xaverian defense.

In the third period, as the Hawks took back-to-back penalties for slashing and goaltender interference, that would be all the Harbormen needed to capitalize again and take control of the game.

“I didn’t agree with the call on that [interference call],’’ Xaverian coach Dave Spinale said. “I thought the goaltender went after our player . . . he broke his stick on the play . . . but I don’t make the calls so I’ll take the high road on that one.”

Sherman got his second goal just 10 seconds into the five-on-three when he buried a Connor Coveney rebound past MacDonald’s outstretched pad.

Two and a half minutes later, Driscroll scored his second goal of the tournament, icing the game.

With 7:07 to play Xaverian finally scored its first goal of the tournament when Mark Kasabian forced a puck underneath Derek McInnis, but the Hawks dropped to 0-2 in the round robin.

The Hawks still could advance to the crossover round if they can beat Springfield Cathedral and Austin Prep loses.