But Malden Catholic (5-0) dominated the second period, outshooting the Eagles 9-2 and were rewarded with a pair of goals. Junior Austin Goldstein snapped the scoreless tie at 10:58 of the middle stanza when, after whiffing on his first attempt out front, got his stick on the puck on his second try and knocked it between Laramie’s pads.
Then, with just 5.9 seconds remaining until the Zamboni came out, some pretty tic-tac-toe passing allowed MC to double its lead. Third line wing Brian Cameron slammed home a terrific pass in the crease from Boxford’s Jack Adams over Laramie’s glove hand for a 2-0 lead. Like Goldstein did before him, Cameron swung his stick like a baseball bat in celebration of his Fenway tally.
“We knew at that point we had to come out in the third period and get the next goal,” said Laramie (20 saves), whom the Prep coaches praised afterwards for his poise against an aggressive MC attack. “Having it be 2-1 as opposed to 3-0 in the third would’ve been huge.”
That’s where McNamara came in. Skating through the neutral zone, he cut towards the slot as Currier, stationed behind the net, feathered a pass out front that McNamara knocked past MC goalie Alex Reissis, making it 2-1 with 11:52 remaining.
The Lancers restored their two-goal lead just two-and-a-half minutes later, though, and that’s where it would stand.
“I think this game showed us a lot,” said Currier, “that we can play with the best teams in the state when we stick to our systems. We’ve got some things to clean up, certainly, but this was definitely encouraging.”
“I think a lot of people may have underestimated us coming in,” added Mendeszoon, “but we showed how we’re capable of playing. A lot of the young guys really played great for their first time against MC; Zach in goal, (sophomore) wing Kyle Lynch, (freshman wing) Kyle Hentosh, they really showed what they can do. We’ve got tons more confidence coming out of this.”