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.
MARBLEHEAD 13, SALEM 1: It was a big night for the Koopman family as junior captain Tom Koopman had a hat trick and one assist while his freshmen twin brothers, Matt (2 goals, 2 assists) and Kyle (4 assists) also had big offensive contributions as the Headers (15-4) rolled. Trip Franzese contributed a pair of goals; Ty Bates had a goal and two assists; Owen Picariello, Trevor Gelineau, Tim Kalinowski and Can Rowe all had a goal and an assist; Will Hughes also scored; Ian Maag had three assists and Dean Fader had two.
Salem got Danny Heck’s eighth goal of the season in the second period, with linemates Sam Petri and Spencer Bergholtz earning the assists.
SWAMPSCOTT 4, NORTH READING 0: Corey Carmody finished with three goals and Nunzio Morretti added three apples as the Big Blue (15-4) secured a shutout win over a Division 2 foe. Trent Gallagher earned his second shutout of the season, stopping 18 shots, while Noah Maercklein also scored and Robert Serino had two assists.
MASCONOMET 6, NORTH ANDOVER 1: Anthony Anzalone and Jared Brann both had two goals and an assist as the Chieftains (8-8-1) won their fourth straight, climbing to the .500 mark in the process. Tyler Costello added to the offense with a goal and two helpers while Jake Esposito also scored and captain Alec DiGiorgio had a pair of assists. Matt Cardillo stood tall in net, stopping 14 shots.
LOWELL CATHOLIC 2, BISHOP FENWICK 1: The Crusaders (3-16-1) took an early lead on Drew Thibodeau’s eighth goal of the season, but couldn’t make it stand up as the visitors scored twice to leave with a victory. Pat O’Leary had 21 saves for Fenwick.
Cambridge 5, Beverly 3: Rachel McKay and Brittany Smith both had a goal and an assist as Marblehead (8-10-1) scored all three of its goals in the final period, but visiting Cambridge held on for the win. Meg Gray also had a goal for the Lady Headers, who put 41 shots on the Falcons’ goal. Abby Dimare and Brittany Lydon also earned assists.