Of the three members of Marlboro’s high-scoring trio, Mark Evangelous was the one with the fewest goals – just 14 entering Friday night’s Division 3 quarterfinal against Danvers at Navin Skating Rink.
But the senior captain stole the show, capping his hat trick with a breakaway goal with 33.2 left in overtime as the top-seeded Panthers survived a huge upset bid from the #8 seed Falcons for a 4-3 victory.
On the winning play, Evangelous forced a turnover at the defensive blue line and knocked it through the neutral zone, eventually tracking it down and breaking in alone on Danvers goalie Brayden Holt. Evangelous made a back-and-forth fake and then went to the forehand to beat Holt at the left post.
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It finished off a game in which the teams were on even terms for nearly 53 minutes. Danvers took leads of 1-0 and 3-1 before Marlboro stormed back in the third.
Connor Horn’s shot from the right point skipped off the ice mid-slot and beat Panthers goalie Dan Esteves for an early Danvers lead, but Evangelous tied it with his first goal moments later, driving home a rebound by leading scorer Marcus Chrisafideis.
Danvers controlled the middle period, as Brady Plaza snapped home a power play goal from the high slot midway through the period, then Jake Ryan finished a shorthanded 3-on-1 break with 1:08 left in the frame.
But in the third period, Evangelous again was in perfect position to pop in a rebound to cut it to 3-2 with 10:44 left. Chrisafideis then tied it with his 37th goal of the season, roofing a backhander on a rebound in front with 4:37 left in regulation.
Stoneham 7, Nantucket 3
Danny Storella netted a hat trick, giving him eight goals in two tournament games, and the #3 Spartans pulled away late against the #11 Whalers at Stoneham Arena.
Joe Kranefuss had a goal and four assists for Stoneham, which also got goals from Kolby Horgan, Gavin Tobias and Jack Heneghan.
Hudson Perry gave the visiting Whalers the early lead, but Storella netted his first when he camped in front of the net and slid home a turnaround shot. Storella made it 2-1 when he skated into the zone off a faceoff and used a screen to snap home a shot from the top of the left circle to the top right corner.
Cole Evens tied it again with a power play goal for Nantucket, but Heneghan popped in a loose puck in the final minute of the period for a 3-2 lead after one.
Things settled down in the second until a weird bounce fell right to Horgan in front.
Evens rolled in a backhander to cut it to 4-3 in the third, but Storella forced a turnover off a faceoff and then knocked home his own rebound to cap his hat trick. Tobias and Kranefuss added goals in the final two minutes.
Sandwich 7, Shawsheen 0
Mitchell Norkevicius made 21 saves, and the #4 Blue Knights got two goals each from Jack Connolly and Drew MacKinnon to roll past the #12 Rams at Gallo Ice Arena.
Connolly got the Blue Knights going 10:23 into the game, but it was Chris Cardillo’s tally with 5 seconds left in the period that sent Sandwich flying into intermission with a 2-0 lead. They carried that into the second period as MacKinnon scored his first just 44 seconds in, then added another at 8:14 for a 4-0 lead through 30 minutes.
Caleb Richardson, Matt Hemeon, and Connolly again scored the goals in the third period.
Colin McIver dished out four assists, and Cardillo and Kevin Jordan had a pair apiece. Hemeon also added an assist to his tally.