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December 20, 2013

New faces, same result: St. John's Prep hockey hammers Bishop Fenwick in season opener

WILMINGTON — It was only one game, and with a plethora of new faces in the lineup the St. John’s Prep hockey team knows this season is going to be a work in progress.

But even the most cautious Eagles supporter had to like to what they saw in the Prep’s first game of the season last night at Ristuccia Arena.

Nine different Eagles had points as St. John’s dispatched fellow North Shore Division 1 foe Bishop Fenwick, 8-1. In all, four of the Prep’s goal scorers were playing major varsity minutes for the first time, and they controlled the flow of the puck from the outset like seasoned veterans.

“It was important for us to get guys into their first games and get that experience, because we’re going into a hostile environment in Hingham tomorrow night,” said St. John’s Prep head coach Kristian Hanson.

“It’s too early to single anybody out. What’s important for us is carrying it over. It was a good opening night.”

Senior Jimmy Currier had two goals and three assists to lead the Prep (1-0). Defenseman Evan Leclerc had a goal and two helpers, including his team’s first of the season on a first period power play. Mark Etherington (goal, assist) and Athanasi Kourkilous (goal, assist) also had multi-point nights.

“Jimmy established himself as a solid offensive player in the second half of last season,” Hanson said. “We’re looking for him to make that step to do it night in and night out this year.”

It was baptism-by-fire for Bishop Fenwick’s sophomore goalie, Bobby Lombardi. The young keeper wearing brown pads that made him look like a 1970s era Gerry Cheevers in Fenwick’s black-and-gold uniforms faced 20 shots in the first period alone.

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