NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Brendan Mageary has a long history with St. Mary's of Lynn hockey, but on Wednesday the senior certainly boosted his legacy.
The forward, who grew up a waterboy for the No. 2 Spartans, became a hero for St. Mary's (19‐2‐3) in its second Super 8 match at Merrimack's Lawler Arena on Wednesday. Netting his program a shootout winner to give them a must-needed 3-2 triumph over sixth-seeded Springfield Cathedral (10‐8‐6), the senior upped his team's chances of advancing from the group stages.
“One my coaches is my cousin Doug [Surrette],” said Mageary. “Back when he played in the early 2000s is when I started as a waterboy. It is an unreal feeling.”
The senior used a double deke to open space on his effort, chipping the puck past Cathedral netminder John Liquori for the win. Mageary's shot came immediately after a wrist shot by Cathedral senior Frank Crinella, forcing a 2-2 shootout tie.
“He had his stick down covering [the 5-hole] well,” Mageary said of Liquori. “I figured I would go up top a little higher.”
Junior Bobby Mullins netted the first score for St. Mary's in the shootout, followed by a tally from Panthers junior Matt Foley that left sophomore keeper Bailey MacBurnie diving the opposite direction.
In what was a close battle of scoring chances, MacBurnie made 24 saves, while Liquori had 21 stops.
Lee noted his team's inability to 'get that many bounces' in their first game. The Spartans eliminated chance in the first period by scoring in open space and outshooting Cathedral, 10-6.
Junior Cam O'Neill caught the defense off guard early, motioning an open one-on-one with the keeper from the backline for a notch at 2:09. Skating aside the crease, Mullins chipped the rubber opposite corner off a assist from senior Tim Aylward to give the Spartans their second goal within four minutes.
“In all aspects of the game it was probably a 'C' game,” Lee said. “We did not seem to have the timing and we seemed fatigued at times. We just played good enough defense to keep us in it until the end.”
The Panthers fell behind with an early two-goal deficit. But Cathedral head coach Brian Foley encouraged his group to keep skating hard.
“It wasn't a big preach,” Foley said of his second period speech. “Once the kids feel their way through a period they get confidence. We know we can come back, (because) we have done it a lot of the year.”
As was the case with its 4-3 loss to St. John's Prep in its first match, Cathedral responded with a pair of goals of their own. Freshman Peter Crinella buried the puck from a draw at 9:14 in the first to bring the Panthers within one. Cullen Geary knocked a rip by teammate Matt Foley -- both juniors -- out off the air and into the top post to even the margin at 2-2 with 8:52 left in the second period.