ALLSTON, Mass. – One of Woody Allen’s finer films was 2005’s thriller “Match Point”. In it, the film’s protagonist Chris Wilton claims that, in life, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”
After pitching an opening night shutout against New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, BC High senior goaltender Peter Cronin riffed on that sentiment remarking, “You gotta’ be lucky to be good sometimes.”
The thing Cronin omitted from his evaluation of his play Saturday at Harvard’s Bright Rink was that he was plain, ole fashioned good. As has become custom during his time in the Eagles’ net, Cronin was the backbone to his team’s success. Kicking out, smothering and snatching up 27 Ironmen shots in a 1-0 victory.
“That’s what we’ve come to expect from Peter Cronin, and he’s delivered for us,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said.
BC High (1-0-0) received all the offense it would need at 4:09 of the second period. Steve DeForge’s drive to the net set Tim Larocque’s game-winning goal in motion. It’s an encouraging sign for the Eagles, who will look to the combined line of DeForge, Larocque and Connor Noonan (also credited with an assist on the goal) to shoulder a great part of the offensive load this season.
“Stevie DeForge was flying around all day, he had a lot of jump in his skates,” Flaherty said. “Stevie just simply beat a guy wide and he followed everything that we’re preaching, which is to get everything to the net.”
Cronin was awarded the Detective Edward T. Ryan Player of the Game Award for his efforts. It was the first time the award was presented in what Flaherty hopes is a newfound tradition.
The award is named after Flaherty’s brother-in-law, a Quincy Police Department detective who died in June. Ryan was a former goaltender at the shuttered Don Bosco Technical High School.
Don Bosco, which is already six-games deep into its Garden State schedule, is playing this season with a commemorative Army patch on its jerseys. The patch honors the memory of U.S. Army Major Thomas E. Kennedy, a former Ironmen hockey standout who was killed by a suicide bomber last August in Afghanistan.
Kennedy is the second former member of the Army hockey team to be killed in action in Afghanistan. Former St. John’s Prep standout 1st Lt. Derek Hines was killed in action in 2005.