DEDHAM, Mass -- No. 8 Needham boys' hockey outshot and outskated Xaverian for most of Wednesday night's matchup, and came away with a 3-0 win, the Rockets' 10th of the season.
But the best player on the ice was Xaverian (3-7-1) goalie Dave Michaels. The senior netminder stopped 36 shots in a losing effort, but still earned high praise from his coach.
“Dave was outstanding,” Xaverian head coach Dave Spinale. “He was the difference maker, it could have been six or seven nothing, he was fabulous.”
The Rockets (10-2) finally were able to put one past Michaels at 4:45 in the second period when Timmy Parlato connected with Lucas Davis to finish off an odd man break for Needham.
“I just got a good awareness where Lucas is,” Parlato said. “He just finishes every pass I give him.”
In the third period Needham’s third line combined for the second goal when freshmen forward Danny Jacobs played a perfect pass to Chris Lambert who one timed the shot home.
“Jeff Rosata, Danny [Jacobs] and Chris [Lambert] were really going all night long, doing a great job in their D-zone and putting a lot of pressure on their defense.” said Needham head coach Bill Guisti about his third line.
Davis would add his tenth goal of the season on a late empty netter for a 3-0 final.
Both teams will return to conference play next week, with the Hawks hosting St. John’s Prep and Catholic Memorial while the Rockets take on Milton and Norwood in their next two games.