WILMINGTON — The St. John’s Prep hockey team couldn’t find its special teams game Saturday against Woburn as the Eagles didn’t capitalize on any of their four power-play opportunities, while giving up a pair of goals to the Tanners’ man-advantage unit.
But five-on-five, the Prep dominated all three periods and escaped Ristuccia Arena with a 4-2 win.
The Eagles gave up a pair of power-play goals in the second period to see their lead shrink to just a goal, but a 40-16 shot advantage proved enough to outweigh the fact that St. John’s Prep registered a -2 on special teams.
“I felt 5-on-5, we played our best hockey,” explained SJP (3-0-1) head coach Kristian Hanson. “I thought 5-on-5, we controlled play, but in the end it doesn’t matter how much you control play, how much possession you have or how many shots you have; it’s how many goals you put in the net. We certainly made it interesting in the end.”
So interesting in fact that the Eagles needed netminder Billy Price to stonewall Colin Flynn on the doorstep with just over a minute left to preserve the lead before senior captain Brian Pinho forced a turnover in the offensive zone and backhanded the puck just out of the reach of Jeremy Flibotte’s glove to put the game away for good.
Pinho had two other shots make it into the back of the net-one in the first period and one in the third, but both were waved off due to quick whistles from the officials.
“I thought Brian (Pinho) was the best player on the ice for both teams. He’s a Providence College commit; we kind of expect that,” Hanson said. “Sometimes maybe he tries to do a little too much, but clearly he’s a tremendously gifted player. It was nice to see that last one go in and give us a little cushion there with under a minute to go (in the game). It just takes one shot to tie it, so it was a big goal for us.”