No. 7 Pope Francis 5, No. 3 St. John’s Prep 1
The Cardinals (20-4-3) have been on a mission since being relegated to the tournament’s knockout round, outscoring three opponents by a cumulative 12-4 margin, and now stand one win away from Sunday’s State Final against BC High at TD Garden.
Jon Tavella (2 goals, 2 assists) got things started, providing the Cardinals with a 1-0 lead a little more than two minutes into the game. Trevor Crawford, who set up Tavella’s goal, connected for what proved to be the game-winner shortly thereafter. The Cardinals sealed it with a three-goal burst in the second period that took less than four minutes. Makem Demers, Tavella and Brendan Nehmer had the goals. Freshman goalie Ben Zaranek (24 saves) yielded only SJP sophomore Brian Carrabes’s goal midway through the third period.
St. John’s Prep wrapped up a 15-5-4 campaign.
No. 2 B.C. High 4, No. 4 Hingham 2
The Eagles (18-4-1) twice trailed by a goal but advanced to their first State Final since 2012 with a three-goal third period rally. BC High is chasing its fifth 1A championship but first since going back-to-back in 2006-07 and could become the 24th Catholic Conference team to claim the title in the tournament’s 28 years.
The Brothers Kramer made the difference in this one. After Hingham grabbed a 1-0 lead on Will Kenney’s power play goal in the first period, Eagles’ freshman Joseph Kramer tied it midway through the second period. When Hingham’s Jake Higgins connected on the man advantage in the first minute of the third period, junior Thomas Kramer – denied on a first-period penalty shot by Robbie Kornack (25 saves) – tied it again. Sophomore Mike Adamson scored the game-winner midway through the period and Kramer The Elder added an empty-netter. Luke Garrity had 11 saves for the Eagles.
Hingham (14-5-6) now faces off with Pope Francis in the tournament’s final survivor match Wednesday (Tsongas, 5:30 p.m.) for the right to meet BC High. The teams played to a 2-2 tie in early February. Hingham won the 1A in 2010, one of its five State titles in two divisions. Pope Francis (formerly Springfield Cathedral) is seeking its first 1A title and owns three previous State titles in two divisions.