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December 20, 2012

Depth gives St. John's Prep quality win over Hingham

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“We put that second power play unit out there and they responded nicely,” said head coach Kristian Hanson. “To go from a 2-1 game back to a two-goal game was huge for us.

“We were talking as a coaching staff recently and saying how this might be the deepest team we’ve had in our six seasons here. We feel comfortable throwing any one of our four lines out there; our fourth liners went against their first line a number of times (last night) and more than held their own. Those guys are all very interchangable.”

Billy Price, the senior goaltender from Danvers, earned his second win in as many starts after making 18 saves. He was at his best in the latter stages of the second period when the visiting Harbormen turned up the pressure by making several solid stops.

Providence College-bound captain Brian Pinho also scored for the Eagles, who jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never trailed.

“We know whether it’s us going down there or them coming up here to play us that it’s a long bus ride, and if you’re the home team getting off to a fast start can be a big advantage,” said Hanson, whose team is 2-2-2 in six regular season meetings with the Harbormen over the last half-dozen seasons. “Getting up two goals didn’t mean we had the game won, but it was big in terms of momentum being in our favor early on.

“This was a good barometer for us; you play Hingham and you know it’s going to be a battle, and our guys responded. We’ve got a lot of seniors and juniors, veterans who know what’s expected of them. We got the result we wanted.”

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