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Frates Winter Classic: Host St. John’s Prep Claims The Crown

ST. JOHN'S PREP forward Danny Tighe fires home first goal of Frates Classic Final as Pope Francis' Devan Tongue tries to defend. Prep won the Classic with a 2-1 win. (Photo by Jamie Callery)

ST. JOHN’S PREP forward Danny Tighe fires home first goal of Frates Classic Final as Pope Francis’ Devan Tongue tries to defend. Prep won the Classic with a 2-1 win. (Photo by Jamie Callery)

Sophomore defenseman Paul Edson’s goal in the second period stood as the game-winner as host St. John’s Prep upended Pope Francis, 2-1, in Sunday’s championship game of the second annual Peter Frates Winter Classic at Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena.

PREP FORWARD Billy Fairweather gets ready to shoot as Pope Francis blue liner Matt Deloria moves in. (Photo by Jamie Callery)

PREP FORWARD Billy Fairweather gets ready to shoot as Pope Francis blue liner Matt Deloria moves in. (Photo by Jamie Callery)

The tournament is a fundraiser for ALS. Pope Francis (then Springfield Cathedral) won last year’s inaugural event. All four of this year’s participants are HNIB Top 10 clubs.

Senior forward Danny Tighe staked the No. 1 Eagles to a 1-0 lead in the first period and Edson doubled the margin early in the second. That was more than enough of a cushion for senior goalie Kyle Martin, although No. 3 Pope Francis junior forward Riley Prattson made it interesting when he connected for the Cardinals’ lone goal with just under 10 minutes to play.

Defense ruled the day as Prep had a slight 20-17 advantage in shots. St. John’s ran its record to 3-0-1 while Pope Francis sits at 4-1-1.

Billy Roche BC High

Billy Roche
BC High

CONSOLATION

No. 2 B.C. High continued to impress as it raced past No. 9 Central Catholic, 8-2, erupting for four third-period goals in a dominant performance. Billy Roche and Kayser Raei potted two goals apiece for the Eagles, who improved to 4-0-1. Central is 4-1-1.

SEMIFINALS

Anthony Quatieri St. John's Prep

Anthony Quatieri
St. John’s Prep

St. John’s Prep edged B.C. High, 2-1, in OT (a tie under MIAA rules) on Anthony Quatieri’s goal. Joe Kelly gave B.C. High a 1-0 lead early in the third period – ending Prep’s season-opening string of scoreless hockey at eight-plus periods – but St. John’s Scott Newton tied it in the final minutes of regulation.

Pope Francis also advanced in OT on Saturday (an MIAA tie), tripping Central Catholic, 4-3. Sal Kacoyannakis had the game-winner, offsetting a two-goal performance by Central’s sophomore standout Jake Wise.

The tournament featured a 3-on-3 OT format, yielding wide open hockey.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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