*Another challenge, another takedown for undefeated HNIB No. 1 Central Catholic, which dealt unbeaten No. 16 Waltham its first loss of the year, 5-2, in MVC/DCL One play. Sean Brown gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the first period and CC put it away in the second on goals from Matt Lane, Eric Lester and Owen Fowler. Will Winship also scored. Justin Moran and Brian Pescatore connected for the Hawks.
*No. 5 BC High clearly has its mojo back. The Eagles kicked off a three-game week by shutting out No. 11 Arlington in non-league play, 3-0, and No. 10 Catholic Memorial in Catholic Conference action, 3-0. Michael Grant delivered the GWG against Arlington and Luke Garrity had the 17-save whitewash. Matt Lakus and Joe Dragon also scored for BCH and Danny O’Connell had a pair of assists. Spy Ponders’ keeper Jack Pinard had 30 saves. Against CM, O’Connell, Lakus and Owen Callow scored goals and Garrity posted another shutout.
*No. 7 Franklin and No. 12 Malden Catholic battled to a 1-all tie on Monday as Franklin’s Joe Lizzotte (SHG) and MC’s Paul Bentubo matched goals. Franklin goalie Owen Ginley stopped 35 shots. As an exclusionary game it does not count on the Panthers’ record for tournament qualification. Whether the result has an impact if they are under Division 1A consideration at season’s end remains to be seen. The Panthers followed that up by squeaking out a 4-3 win against North Attleboro on Wednesday, the 300th for coach Chris Spillane.
*It’s been a good start to the week for Duxbury. The Dragons dumped Plymouth North, 4-2, on Wednesday on goals by Will van der Veen, Tanner Smith, Drew Violandi and Aidan Luscko. That followed up Monday’s 4-0 win against Quincy in which Smith had two goals and Steve Pisani pitched the shutout.
*No. 17 Andover fought its way past scrappy Westford Academy in MVC/DCL One play, 2-1. Matt Schuwerk (SHG) and Caeden Dillman had the goals and Cole Chingris turned back 18 shots. The Golden Warriors get their shot at Central Catholic on Saturday evening at the Lawrence Valley Forum.
*No. 13 Reading ended its two-game skid in Middlesex League Liberty Division with a come-from-behind 4-3 win against winless Woburn. Defenseman Jack Guiliotti delivered the game-winner early in the third period and Mike Tobin (2 goals, 2 assists) had a hand in all four Rockets’ goals. Henry Johnson scored twice for the Tanners.
*Braintree halted a streak of four consecutive ties with a much-needed 2-0 win against Needham in Bay State Carey play. Aidan Flynn and Dara Canavan had the Wamps’ goals.
*No. 4 St. John’s Prep weathered an early assault thanks to goalie Cam Ludwig (30 saves) and went on to shut out No. 9 Xaverian, 3-0, in the Catholic Conference. Freshman Zach McKennelly’s first career goal was the game-winner. Brian Carrabes and Joe Bevere also scored for the Eagles.
*No. 6 Austin Prep fended off HNIB D2 No. 3 Lowell Catholic, 4-3, in a Catholic Central League crossover tilt. Richard Lyons had a pair of goals for the Cougars while Doug Russo and Aiden Elkins both scored their first varsity goals.
*Undefeated No. 2 Burlington survived a scare by D2 Stoneham with a 3-2 win in the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division. Sean Casey’s second goal was the game-winner for the Red Devils. Casey and Frankie Bonanno both had shorthanded goals.
*No. 20 Natick knocked off Norwood, 5-3, in Bay State Herget action. Chris Burnes scored twice while Al Arno (SHG), Jordan McCall and Ricky Mingolelli had a goal each.
*No. 15 St. John’s (S) shut out St. Peter Marian, 6-0, behind two goals and an assist from Hunter DiGregorio. Griffin Burns and Casey Sullivan contributed a goal and an assist apiece for the Pioneers. Guardians’ goalie Tyler Ledoux piled up 46 saves.