Whichever teams comes out victorious in the inaugural Patriot Cup boys’ hockey tournament already was going to make some history, but Hanover and Scituate apparently didn’t want to wait another week for the championship round.
Saturday’s second-round action already featured a matchup between Hanover and Hingham, two teams that hadn’t faced off on the ice since before any of the current players on either team were born. Hanover made up for lost time, and took a giant skate stride toward a potential league title by scoring four times in the third period for a 4-2 victory at Hobomock Ice Arena in Pembroke.
According to Hockey Night in Boston research, Hanover had not beaten Hingham since Jan. 20, 1999 — also by a 4-2 score.
In Saturday’s game, the Hawks trailed 1-0 entering the third period before surging ahead on goals from Manning Morris and Max DaSilva (power play) in the final 15 minutes. Hingham tied it on a power play of its own from Lars Osterberg, but the momentum was short-lived for the Harbormen.
Christian Sacco put the Hawks ahead to stay with 3:03 left and Tyler MacDermott added an insurance goal with 1:44 to go, handing Hingham its first loss after 11 straight wins.
Because of the pandemic, Hingham had to shelve its usual independent schedule and is playing in the Patriot League this season for the first time since the 2001-02 season — the last time the Harbormen faced Hanover.
Hanover advances to the semifinals (Wednesday at Gallo) against either Plymouth North or Marshfield, while Hingham returns to action Monday against Duxbury (noon, The Bog).
* Scituate had played Marshfield more often in recent years, but the Sailors hasn’t had much better success. Before Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Hobomock, Scituate hadn’t beaten the Rams since December 2000.
But behind 26 saves from Cole Coyne, the Sailors avenged a season-opening loss to the Marshfield while winning their 11th straight since then. Brendan Boyle scored the lone goal Scituate needed in the first period, then set up Evan McBrien’s goal in the third.
Scituate is on to Wednesday’s semifinals against either Duxbury or Hingham. Marshfield takes on Plymouth North on Monday (4 p.m.) at The Bog.
* Plymouth North got a pair of goals from Kevin Norwood and held off Whitman-Hanson, 4-3 at Armstrong Arena in Plymouth. Josh Bates and Logan Tomasello had the other goals for the Eagles. For W-H, Matt Solari scored a pair of goals and Kevin Willis added one, while Bobby Siders made 29 saves.
* Duxbury got a pair of goals from Grady Abban and edged past North Quincy, 3-2, at Zapustas Arena in Randolph. Hutchinson Rose had the other goal for the Dragons.