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Mass. D1-A Quarterfinals: B.C. High overtakes Xaverian


(Best of 3)

No. 1 B.C. High 2, No. 8 Xaverian 1

The day’s final game at TD Garden and second in the “Catholic Conference” bracket produced a third one-goal outcome as the top-ranked Eagles came from behind to take the series lead. Game 2 is at Tsongas Arena Wednesday night (6).


The Hawks grabbed a 1-0 edge just 1:09 into the game when Antonio Marini converted on Tim Sweeney’s pass out from behind the net. Jon Beniers also assisted and the lead stood through the first period.


The Eagles took control in the second period. Shortly after the expiration of a carryover power play from the tail end of the first period, Tim Larocque slipped a close-range backhander past Xaverian goalie Aidan Murphy (20 saves), assisted by Billy Roche and Trevor Davis. Larocque’s second, at 11:18 of the second, put B.C. High ahead for good and came from a scrum in front of Murphy. Justin Fein and Chris Laliberte had the assists.


Xaverian had two late power play opportunities to pull even but was unable to push the equalizer past Eagles’ keeper Brandon Payzant. Xaverian needs its first win in the season series (B.C. High has two wins and a tie) on Wednesday to force Game Three.






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