Mass. Boys HS Hockey – MIAA Division 1 Quarterfinals: Fast Start Leads Xaverian; SJP Blanks Hingham

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Catholic Conference rivals St. John’s Prep and Xaverian both won their quarterfinal matchups Thursday night and will meet in a semifinal matchup on Sunday.

The Hawks jumped out early en route to a 5-1 win over Franklin, while the Eagles outlasted Hingham in a heavyweight battle, winning 3-0 on the strength of an early goal and two late ones.

The game will be Sunday, 7:30pm at Loring Arena in Framingham.

St. John’s Prep won both regular season meetings between the two clubs, 5-2 and 6-1.

Jesse Peck

* #4 Xaverian set the tone early in its matchup with Franklin, as Ryan Bello scored just 13 seconds into the game. That goal was followed by scores from Jackson Morse and Jesse Peck for a commanding 3-0 Hawks lead after one.

Colvin Callahan added a goal in the second period, and defenseman Nate Patch scored late in the third for Xaverian, now 18-4-1. Carter Balducci had the lone goal for the Panthers, who finish at 15-10.

Johhny Tighe
St John’s Prep

* Mason Luciano scored to give #1 St. John’s Prep a 1-0 over Hingham early on. The goal stood up until very late, as goalies AJ Farese of the Prep and Michael Karo of the Harbormen stopped everything they saw.

Hingham pulled Karo with 1:50 to go, and 35 seconds later, Johnny Tighe put one into the empty net to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Jake Vana added a late goal for good measure for the 3-0 final. Hingham had defeated St. John’s Prep 3-2 back in the two teams’ first game of the season.

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