Sunday night’s Peter Frates Winter Classic title game between HNIB’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams produced a champion but revealed little separation between the teams as No. 1 Cathedral (4-0-2) went to a shootout to knock off No. 2 B.C. High (3-0-1), 3-2.
The game counts as a tie for tournament qualification purposes since Massachusetts does not recognize regular-season overtime results. Cathedral junior UMass-Amherst commit Johnny Leonard was the only player to score in the shootout.
Cathedral twice had one-goal leads on scores from Holy Cross-bound Peter Crinella and Leonard while B.C. High twice tied it on goals from senior Merrimack commit Pat Kramer and sophomore Jack Nisbet in the first minute of the third period.
Goalies Keith Petruzzelli (25 saves) of Cathedral, the Tournament MVP, and Brandon Payzant (24 saves) of B.C. High held firm through the overtime before Leonard solved Payzant with Cathedral’s third shootout attempt. Petruzzelli denied B.C. High’s first two shootout attempts and the third found iron.
The tournament honored 2003 Prep graduate and former baseball and hockey player Pete Frates, who went on to play baseball at Boston College. He was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2012 and was the inspiration behind The Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation earlier this year.
“I think it’s gone great. The other coaches love it and it’s for a great cause. It’s a fun place to watch and play and I hope we keep it going,” said coach Kris Hanson of tournament host St. John’s Prep.
St. John’s Prep 5, Central Catholic 4
Sophomore wing Kyle Hentosh (natural hat trick), junior wing Kyle Lynch (two goals) and junior goaltender Kyle Martin (22 saves) played starring roles for the Prep (3-1-0), which opened a 5-2 lead and withstood Central’s closing rush. Billy Stahley, Christian Thompson, John Bartlett and Eric Robbins scored for the Raiders (4-2-0).
Cathedral 6, Central Catholic 0
Cathedral pounced in a big way, knocking Central from the ranks of the undefeated. Johnny Leonard and DJ Petruzelli had two goals and two assists apiece. Zac Prattson and Cole Foster netted one each and Keith Petruzzelli turned back 22 shots for the shutout. Central actually had a 22-20 edge in shots on goal.
BC High 4, St. John’s Prep 3
B.C. High pulled away from a 2-2 third-period tie to pick up a Catholic Conference win on goals by Jack Nisbet and defenseman Ryan Shea. Pat Riley and Kayser Raei also scored for BCH while Prep’s production came from Tedd McNamara (goal, assist), Billy Falter and Anthony Quartieri.