Mass. Boys HS Hockey – Division 1 Boys Highlights – It’s Been A Wild Few Days In The Catholic Conference

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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There is a whole lot of craziness happening in the Catholic Conference at the moment.

Exiting the weekend, No. 5 St. John’s of Shrewsbury sat comfortably atop the MIAA’s toughest league with a single loss. That lead shriveled to a point following consecutive losses to now second-place No. 13 Xaverian. Meanwhile defending league champion No. 14 Catholic Memorial has clawed its way back to .500 and sits in a second-place tie with Xaverian. Most surprising is the status of No. 6 BC High, which has lost three straight and dropped below .500.

Jack Silva

* In the Catholic Conference, second-half goals less than two minutes apart by Jack Silva and Brock Casey presented Xaverian with a 2-1 win against SJS, its second in three days. Hawks’ goalie Kevin McGrath made 19 saves. Evan Parente scored for the Pioneers and Ryan Dailida finished with 26 saves. Xaverian also won on Monday, 1-0.

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*Also in the Catholic Conference, Malden Catholic dealt BC High its third consecutive loss on a Nick Julian goal midway through the first half. Evan Foskett had the assist.

* In the third Catholic Conference tilt, Catholic Memorial blanked host St. John’s Prep, 3-0, with goals from Will MacNeil, Glen Considine and Ian Burke, along with a pair of assists from Tommy Goonan.

* In the Patriot League, post-season play got under way as Duxbury dumped Plymouth South, 5-1, in the first round of The Patriot Cup Tournament. Ryan Mottau and Will Nolan scored two goals each for the Green Dragons and Billy Mrowka added another.

* In Cape & Islands League action, Stone Devlin’s hat trick steered Falmouth past Nauset, 5-0. James Walden contributed his first varsity goal for the Clippers and Jake Braga posted the shutout.

* In Middlesex League Liberty Division action, No. 12 Winchester remained in the thick of the race with a 4-2 win against Lexington. Jack Riley scored twice for the Sachems.

* In Bay State Conference crossover play, Needham got goals in the final two minutes from Ty McGovern and Tom Casey to tie Newton North, 2-2. Ollie Lamadieu had 20 saves while Aidan O’Malley, Jimmy Kenney, Joey Jourdan and Connor McNaughton registered assists.

* Belmont dealt Woburn its first loss of the season in Middlesex League Liberty action, as goals by Ben Fici, Cam Fici and Shay Donahue fueled the Marauders’ 3-1 win.

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* Braintree stayed unbeaten in the Bay State Conference, slipping past Walpole, 4-3, with two goals from Scott Lagos and single tallies by Rowan Ridge and Drew Coady.

* Arlington turned the tables on Reading, avenging a loss last week with a 3-0 blanking of the Rockets. Drew Malatesta scored the only goal the Spy Ponders would need early in the first half, and Dom Laiosa and Drew Fecteau (ENG) added goals in the second half.

Monday’s Games:
* In the Cape Ann League, No. 15 Newburyport’s bid for an unbeaten regular season went by the boards in a 3-1 loss to D2 stalwart Triton. Zach Wilson gave the Clippers a 1-0 lead but the Vikings responded with goals from James Tatro, Jack Forrest and Ryan Lindholm. The rivals finished 1-1-1 in three meetings this year and will share the league title if they win out.

* In the Catholic Conference, St. John’s Prep doubled up BC High, 4-2, for their first win of the season. Cam Smith turned back 27 shots for SJP and Christian Rosa, Jimmy Ayers, Owen Atkinson and Jake DiNapoli delivered the goals. Brian Bulger scored both BCH goals.

* In the Catholic Central Large, unbeaten No. 3 Archbishop Williams outlasted No. 11 St. Mary’s, 6-4, behind a pair of Jackson Sylvester strikes. Nick Recupero, Johnny Demarco, Ryan Beardsley and Christian Koylion added a goal each for the Bishops.

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