The 30th annual tournament got under way with two first-round games on Feb. 26 at Loring Arena in Framingham.
No. 4 St. John’s Prep 2, No. 5 Xaverian 1
The Catholic Conference foes met for the third time and the Eagles prevailed for the third time to move forward in the Winner’s Bracket while dropping the Hawks into the Elimination Bracket. SJP has now outscored Xaverian, 10-2, having posted 3-0 and 5-1 victories in the regular season.
Senior goalie Noah Dorsey-Sorofman steered aside 24 shots, leading the Prep’s stout defensive effort that included a 5-on-3 penalty kill of 1:17 in the third period. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on senior defenseman Jack Gilligan’s fifth goal of the season, a power play bomb. They doubled their lead on senior Ryan Webb’s sixth goal of the year early in the third period. Xaverian finally solved Dorsey-Sorofman with 1:33 to play on senior Ryan Pomposelli’s 15th goal of the season with the goaltender out.
SJP (12-4-5) advances to Sunday’s Winner’s Bracket semifinal round to meet the winner of tonight’s game between No. 1 Arlington and No. 8 Framingham. Xaverian (13-5-4) faces the loser in the Elimination round. Sunday’s sites and times remain to be determined.
No. 2 BC High 3, No. 7 Burlington 0
Red Devils’ goalie Joe Trabucco did all that he could for as long as he could to hold back the two-time defending champion Eagles, piling up 37 saves. However, BCH unleashed a three-goal burst in the third period to advance in the Winner’s Bracket. Middlesex League Freedom champion Burlington falls to the Elimination round.
It appeared destiny might be riding with Burlington when Trabucco denied Brian Bulger’s penalty shot in the second period but the junior’s eighth goal of the season early in the third period made it 1-0 and proved to be the only goal that mattered. The Eagles put it away with goals by juniors Declan Joyce, his sixth, and Colin Norton, his 13th, 37 seconds apart midway through the period. Freshman goalie Tom Kieswetter had the shutout to remain unbeaten (9-0-2) in 11 starts.
BC High (14-3-4) continues its three-peat quest against the winner of tonight’s game between No. 3 Pope Francis and No. 6 Catholic Memorial in Sunday’s Winner’s Bracket semifinal. Burlington (16-5-4) squares off with the loser in the Elimination Bracket. Sunday’s sites and times will be set after tonight’s games.