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MIAA Super 8: Pope Francis Secures Berth In Title Game; Xaverian Eliminates Hingham

#2 Pope Francis secured its spot in the MIAA Division 1A state title game, as Jon Tavella‘s late third period goal, his second of the game, gave the Cardinals a 3-2 win over top-seeded BC High.

Jon Tavella
Pope Francis

This was the two heavyweights third meeting of the season. BC High won 5-4 early in the year, and the two teams tied later on, 2-2. They also played in last year’s state title game, which BC High won, 2-1, in overtime.

If BC High can win Wednesday night against Xaverian (Loring Arena – 7pm), the Eagles will get another crack at the Cardinals in the title game.

Tavella’s game-winner came with just 2:21 to play as he buried a one-timer from the left side. Tavella also opened the scoring midway through the first period.

The Eagles tied it just nine seconds later on a goal from Thomas Kramer.

Defenseman Zach Reiser’s power play strike put Pope Francis up 2-1 in the second period, a lead they took into the third stanza. Again, BC High would tie it on a goal by Coleman Benson just after an Eagles penalty expired.

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* In a loser’s bracket contest, #7 Xaverian continued its strong play, downing #4 Hingham, 3-1, for its third straight win in the tournament. The Hawks jumped ahead early, as goals from Matt Talarico and Matty Ryan propelled them to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period.

The score stayed that way until the third period, when Josh Barton, took a pass from Ryan Pomposelli and scored to make it a 3-0 game. Will Kenney got Hingham on the board with a little over two minutes to play. Hingham finishes the season at 19-6-1.

Gary Demopoulos
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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