MIAA Boys Division 1 Tournament – Monday Night Recap: Xaverian, St. John’s Prep, Braintree Move On To Quarterfinals

Gary Demopoulos
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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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The first three quarterfinalists in the MIAA Boys Division 1 Tournament are in, as #1 St. John’s Prep, #2 Xaverian and #9 Braintree all were victorious.

Joe Melanson
St. John’s Prep

– Top-seeded St. John’s Prep was impressive yet again, scoring twice in the first period, twice in the second and three more times in the third for a 7-0 win over Winchester.

The Eagles depth was in full form as seven different players scored a goal; Jake Vana and Mike Van Sicklin in the first, Jimmy Ayers and Aidan Holland in the second and Joe Melanson, Tommy Sarni and Christian Rosa in the third. SJP will now host Braintree Thursday in the quarterfinal round.

– That is because Braintree advanced with a 3-0 shutout win over Pope Francis at the Olympia. After a scoreless first period, the Wamps would get the only goal they would need with 2:18 left in the second stanza from junior Nick Fasano.

Braintree added a pair of empty net goals at the end, the first from Kyle Hutchinson and the second from Charlie DiMartino. Both goalies – Braintree’s Jack Fitzgerald and Pope’s Ryan Rhodes – were outstanding. Pope Francis had defeated Braintree, 4-2 in an early regular-season game.

See Nick Fasano’s goal here:

– #2 Xaverian jumped out to a 3-0 lead against St. Mary’s, saw the Spartans rally to within 3-2 after two periods, and then held on for a 4-2 win at the Canton Ice House.

Four different Hawks each had a goal in this one: Will Irving, Joe DiMartino, Braden O’Hara and Jake Curley. Brendan Flanagan made 22 saves. Cam McGonagle and Nick Domeniconi had goals for St. Mary’s.

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