MIAA Boys Division1 Tournament – Quarterfinal Recap: Xaverian Holds Off #2 CM; Reading Edges Braintree

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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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Two higher seeds and two lower seeds were victorious in Wednesday’s Quarterfinal round of hte MIAA Boys Division 1 Tournament.

– Top seed and defending state champ St. John’s Prep had the only result that wasn’t a one-goal game as the Eagles defeated Catholic Conference rival St. John’s of Shrewsbury for the third time this year with a 5-1 win.

Ben McGilvray
St. John’s Prep

Jake Vana and Ben McGilvray staked SJP to a 2-0 lead in the first period and the Eagles then pulled away with three power play goalsl scored by Jimmy Ayers, Cam Umlah and Will Van Sicklin. Luke Gerardi had a goa for SJS in the third period.

Cole Pouliot-Porter

– Catholic Conference rivals #2 Catholic Memorial and #7 Xaverian also met for the third time. CM won the first two meetings, but were unable to get it done a third time, as the Hawks rode a 43-save performance from Cole Pouliot-Porter to hang on for a 2-1 win and a berth in the semifinals.

Colvin Callahan and Jackson Morse had goals to give Xaverian a 2-0 lead into the third period. The Hawks held the Knights off the scoreboard until the final minute, when Tyler Hamilton finally got CM on the board. But Pouliot-Porter made a few more saves down the stretch to keep Xaverian on top. The Hawks will face Reading in a semifinal matchup.

– #14 Reading kept its magical run going, edging #11 Braintree, 1-0, for the Rockets’ second straight post-season shutout. In fact, Reading’s three post-season wins have come against opponents (Woburn, Hingham, Braintree) that all beat the Rockets in February.

The only goal of the game came 1:50 into the third period by junior Matt Fichera, assisted by Laz Giardina and Mark Boyle. Junior netminder Chris Hanifan made 20 saves for the shutout.

– #4 Pope Francis scored in the first minute, led 3-0 after the first period, and then held on for a 3-2 win over #5 Marshfield.

Mossy Kearney
Pope Francis

Mossy Kearney scored early on to put the Cardinals up 1-0, and before the opening stanza would end, Ryan O’Leary and Nick Petkovich will find the back of the net to give Pope a 3-0 lead. Tommy Carroll would cut the margin to 3-1 after two periods, and Cam McGettrick scored a power play goal with just over six minutes to go, but the Rams could not get the equalizer.

The Cardinals move on to a semifinal date with top seed St. John’s Prep.

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