No. 6 Central Catholic kicked off the New Year in style Wednesday, toppling No. 4 Austin Prep, 4-1, behind two goals and two assists from Corey Webber and Colin Soucy’s 23 saves. Alex Lester and Lloyd Hayes also scored for the Raiders, who play at No. 13 St. John’s Prep Saturday (Ristuccia, noon).
Goalies Drew Foley of No. 20 Wilmington (34 saves) and Michael Guleserian (27 saves) of No. 12 Burlington put on a show as the two-time defending Division 2 champion Wildcats and two-time defending Division 1 champion Red Devils battled to a 1-1 tie. Wilmington is 3-1-3 in its first D1 campaign.
Junior Shawn MacBurnie scored two goals, including the game-winner with 14 seconds to play, and assisted on tallies by Dante Maribito and Jackson Allard as No. 18 St. Mary’s surprised No. 7 Archbishop Williams on the holiday, 4-3. Senior keeper Bailey MacBurnie continued his stellar start to the season with 37 saves.
No. 1 Malden Catholic topped No. 13 St. John’s Prep, 3-1 at “Frozen Fenway” on New Year’s Eve Day. Junior Austin Goldstein broke a scoreless tie with 3:02 left in the second period and Brian Cameron netted the game-winner just six seconds before the period ended. Prep’s Teddy McNamara and MC’s Jared Silva swapped third-period goals. The teams wore circa 1947 throwback sweaters to mark the occasion.
No. 9 Arlington Catholic captured the Winter Showcase Classic title with a 4-0 whitewash of unranked Andover earlier this week. Senior John Richard had 17 saves in the shutout. Junior Ryan Smith, the Tournament MVP, and sophomore Andrew Somerville both had a goal and an assist for the Cougars.
Senior David Cataldo pumped in four goals to lead No. 17 Marshfield past unranked Hingham, 7-2. Sophomore JoJo Carbone had a goal and two assists for the Rams and goalie Connor Lemiuex amassed 33 saves. Pat Colpoys scored both Hingham goals, assisted by Jon Carlson.
Anthony Niklopoulos’s hat trick powered No. 14 Burlington past No. 15 Barnstable, 4-2.