Rivers prevails in friendly battle
Senior forward Michael Whouley scored with less than a minute remaining in the third period yesterday to seal Rivers’s 4-2 win over Thayer in an intriguing Independent School League matchup in Canton between two first-year coaches with NHL pedigrees.
It was the only matchup of the season pitting Thayer coach Tony Amonte against Rivers coach Shawn McEachern. Both had lengthy NHL careers and were teammates at Boston University and Team USA.
“It’s always fun to see Tony,’’ McEachern said. “I talked to him before the game. We played together in college and on the national team and stuff.’’
After Rivers took a 2-0 lead at the start of the second period courtesy of sophomore forward Patrick Young’s second goal of the game, Thayer started playing with a chip on its shoulder.
Thayer’s aggressiveness paid off when senior defenseman Cam Butler scored with 14:18 left in the middle period. The Tigers outshot the Red Wings, 11-6, in the second, but at the same time ran into penalty trouble.
Rivers senior forward Alex Bunick’s short dribbler on a power play made it 3-1. Thayer junior forward Jimmy Shea closed the gap with an unassisted strike at the 4:32 mark in the third, but Rivers hung on for the win.
“I thought we had a great performance out of our guys,’’ said McEachern, whose club improved to 5-6. “We really played well. We had a good effort from Ryan Colena in net.’’
Amonte saw the same thing he did when Thayer (4-5) lost to Catholic Memorial, 3-2, on New Year’s Day.
“I thought we came out a little flat again,’’ Amonte said. “We did the same thing last game, we came out a little flat. Our guys didn’t have their feet moving. I think we’re battling some confidence issues right now. Guys just aren’t believing in themselves and the system. We’re still young, it’s early in the season, we’ve got a lot of time to rebound.’’
Boys’ hockey Malden Catholic 5, St. John’s Prep 3 — Mike Vecchione (two goals) and Ryan Fitzgerald (one goal) helped lead the top-ranked Lancers in a Catholic Conference battle.
Trinity Catholic 2, Mystic Valley 1 — Sophomore George Wells stopped 39 shots and Kyle Manning and Steven Simmons each scored to help the Falcons (2-4).
North Quincy 2, Silver Lake 2 — Junior goalie Evan Fagerberg had 24 saves for the Lakers.
Lowell 7, Tyngsborough 0 — Junior center Andrew Giroux powered the offense, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists.
Winchester 4, Melrose 1 — Senior captain Ryan McGoff led the 13th-ranked Sachems with a goal and an assist.
Canton 3, Oliver Ames 1 — Junior T.J. Duggan scored his first varsity goal to help the 18th-ranked Bulldogs (3-0-1).
Weymouth 6, Wellesley 2 — Sophomore Joe Nardone led the Wildcats (6-1) with two goals and two assists.
Newburyport 5, Masconomet 3 — Cam Roy notched his third hat trick of the season and added an assist and Nathan Hickman picked up a goal and had three helpers for the 19th-ranked Clippers.
Girls’ hockey Duxbury 2, Hingham 0 — The fourth-ranked Green Dragons took out the seventh-ranked Harborwomen thanks to goalie Rachel Myette’s second shutout of the season.
Lexington 4, Stoneham 2 — Sophomores Sara Lehnan (2 goals) and Jackie Denning (1 goal, 2 assists) led the offense and Christina DiGiovanni made 16 saves for the second-ranked Minutemen (5-0-2).
Fontbonne 5, Archbishop Williams 1 — Taylor Shepherd (4 goals) and Elizabeth Coleman (4 assists) propelled the No. 3 Ducks (5-0-1).
Acton-Boxborough 4, Boston Latin 1 — Emily Lobes led the No. 5 Colonials with two power-play goals and Eleana Cardarelli pitched in with three assists.
Newton North 1, Milton 0 — Michele Troy’s second-period goal was the difference for the Tigers, who got a shutout performance from Courtney Lahey.
Natick 3, Needham 1 — Freshman Hayley O’Loughlin had 34 saves for the Red and Blue.
Billerica 4, Andover 1 — Devan Taylor scored two goals for the Indians (5-1).
Belmont 2, Reading 0 — Yvonne Sciascia scored both Marauders goals and goalie Megan Foley posted the shutout.
Milton Academy 3, BB&N 1 — Erin Martin scored two goals for the winners.