BC High in super shape

By Jake Seiner
Globe Correspondent / February 20, 2011

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BC High senior Terence Durkin knew coming into yesterday’s hockey game that a win would likely boost his team’s chances for a berth in the Super 8 tournament. Backed by two goals from Durkin, the No. 5 Eagles all but sealed their case with a decisive 5-0 win over No. 3 Hingham.

“Terence Durkin can fly,’’ BC High coach John Flaherty said. “When he’s moving his feet, there aren’t many defensemen who can keep up with him. He has a gift and he uses it, and you saw that tonight.’’

BC High (11-4-3) jumped on the Harbormen right out of the gate.

Senior Jake Tenaglia put the Eagles on the board less than four minutes in, scooping up a rebound off Sean Talbot’s shot and depositing the puck into a wide-open cage.

The goal was the first of three straight rebound goals for the Eagles.

Tom Besinger netted No. 2, crashing the net and lifting the puck over downed Hingham netminder Derek McInnis with 4:06 to play in the first.

Midway through the second, Durkin extended the lead to 3-0 in similar fashion, stuffing home a loose puck.

Hingham (11-5-4) got its best chance at a comeback about four minutes later. Within seconds of each other, Talbot and Tenaglia took penalties, giving Hingham 1:30 of 5-on-3 time.

The Harbormen moved the puck effectively on the man-up try, but managed just one shot — a relatively easy save for netminder Peter Cronin (24 saves).

Senior Andrew White’s early third-period tally extended the lead to four, and then Durkin struck again with a mesmerizing forehand-to-backhand breakaway score.

Catholic Memorial 2, Bishop Hendricken 1 — With three minutes to play in the third period, sophomore Mike Cusato scored to lift the host Knights (8-7-2). CM can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Weymouth tomorrow.

Woburn 4, Winchester 1 — Daniel Holland scored twice and Casey Shea scored a goal and had two assists in the win, which kept the Tanners in first place in the Middlesex League, 2 points ahead of Reading.

Boys’ basketball BC High 57, Newton North 55 (OT) — BC High’s Bryan Hurley scored 21 points, 15 in the fourth quarter and overtime in the first round of the Comcast Tournament at BC High. Oderah Obukwelu added 13 points for the Eagles, who will face No. 1 St. John’s Prep tonight at 6:30 in the title game.

St. John’s Prep 86, Andover 69 — Pat Connaughton scored 15 of his 36 points in the first quarter, leading Prep to a 30-7 lead.

Cathedral 69, Dennis-Yarmouth 59 — Junior forward Kyle Lawyer had high 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Panthers.

Girls’ basketball Central Catholic 55, Arlington Catholic 47 — Central’s Casey McLaughlin dropped 20 points and grabbed 12 boards in the first round of the Comcast Tournament. Central will play Newton South in the title game this afternoon at 2:30.

Newton South 63, Newton North 45 — Sisters Kayla and Kendall Burton (six rebounds, five steals) combined for 44 points for the No. 5 Lions (19-0).

Fenway 71, Brighton 39 — Sophomore point guard Tajanay Veiga-Lee had 15 points, 21 rebounds, and 12 assists for her seventh triple-double of the season. Senior point guard Cleusa Sequira had a game-high 19 points.

Girls’ hockey Acton-Boxborough 6, Chelmsford 0 — Seventh-grader Cali Loblundo recorded her seventh shutout this season, stopping 11 shots for the Colonials (16-2-1).