Mass. Boys HS Hockey: Saturday’s Division 1 Round of 16: Pope Francis Stunned; Marshfield, Winchester Win In 2 OT

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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It was a great day of action in MIAA Boys Division 1 Round of 16 action on Saturday.

* At Ed Burns Arena, #11 Winchester squandered a two-goal third period lead against #6 Arlington, but David Strong‘s second goal of the day, in double overtime, gave the Red & Black a 3-2 win and a trip to the quarterfinals. Strong’s first goal, followed a minute later by Chris McCarthy‘s breakaway tally, gave Winchester a 2-0 first period lead. It stayed that way until late in the third period, when JP Messuri and Evan Jones scored 40 seconds apart to tie it up. Winchester moves on to play Catholic Memorial.

** See David Strong and fellow captain Danny Collins speak about the big win for Winchester here:

* Catholic Memorial also played a league rival in its Round of 16 game, and James McCourt‘s goal early in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the Knights to a 2-1 win over rival BC High. Nick D’Olympio staked CM to a 1-0 first period lead, but the Eagles tied it with a strike from James Greer.

Patrick Clair
Arlington Catholic

* In the stunner of the day, #18 Arlington Catholic rode the brilliant performance of goalie Patrick Clair to a 4-2 upset win over second-seeded Pope Francis. Sophomore Stephen Constantine scored two goals for the Cougars, and Tyler Heldenbergh and Matt Poirier a goal apiece. AC will now face Marshfield in a quarterfinal matchup.

Tommy Carroll

* In a great high school hockey game, Tommy Carroll‘s wrister at 4:09 of the second overtime session propelled #10 Marshfield to a 2-1 over #7 Reading. After a scoreless first period, Rockets forward Craig Wilson‘s bad angle shot deflected into the net to give Reading a 1-0 lead. It was Wilson’s first goal of the season. Cam McGettrick evened the score later in the first period for Marshfield. Reading finishes at 16-6-1.

Here is Tommy Carroll’s game-winning goal in double overtime:

* Top-seeded St. John’s Prep scored twice in just over a minute at the start of the first period and cruised to a 7-1 win over Wellesley. Jake Vana and Cooper Hosmer led the way with two goals apiece for the Eagles. Caleb White, Mason Luciano and Brendan Powers had the other goals. SJP will play the winner of Monday’s Hingham-Braintree matchup in the quarterfinals.

Dylan McEvoy

* Franklin moves on to the quarterfinals with a solid 7-3 win over Weymouth. Dylan McEvoy led the attack with a hat trick. Other Franklin goal scorers included Anthony Lampasona, Dan Daley, Ben Paterson (two assists) and Owen Ariente. Next up for the Panthers is the winner of Sunday’s battle between Xaverian and St. John’s (S).

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