It was the first word that came to mind of St. John’s Prep head hockey coach Kristian Hanson, after his team poured 36 shots on host Springfield Cathedral and allowed a mere five, but still had to settle for a 1-1 tie Saturday in Springfield against the state’s top ranked team.
“We controlled play as much as you could possibly control it,” said Hanson, whose team is now 15-2-1 on the season. “It’s the best we played all season. It’s just two bad we couldn’t leave with two points.”
Senior left wing Cam Shaheen’s eighth goal of the season, with linemates Paul Crehan and Justin Longo assisting, gave the Eagles a 1-0 midway through the second period. They coninuted to dominate until the Panthers (15-0-4) tied it up with 2:27 to play. Goalie John Liquori (35 saves) made sure the hosts escaped with a point.
“We played great team defense, especially in the neutral zone limiting their speed,” said Hanson, whose team outshot the Panthers 17-1 in the second period. “We were never out of position and didn’t allow any odd-man rushes.”
PEABODY 6, SAUGUS 2: Captain Matt McIsaac had a hat trick as the Tanners (5-11-3) scored five times in the third period to prevail on the road. Mike Vadala and defenseman Cam Smullen both chipped in with a goal and two assists while Derek Demild scored once and assisted on another. Andrew Bisconti, Chris Minter and Pat Ruotolo each finished with two assists to help Stephen Ferrante (19 saves) earn the win in goal.
DANVERS 3, WINTHROP 3: The visiting Falcons (9-5-4) battled back from a one-goal deficit on three seperate occasions as sophomore defenseman Steve Ganley’s second career goal, coming with 3:44 to play, knotted things up for good. Jay Calcagno (his 6th) and Adam Merry (his 5th) also lit the lamp while captain Kevin Hodgkins dished out a pair of assists. Alex Taylor had a dozen stops in net.