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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Recap: No. 13 St. Mary's 5, No. 9 Hingham 1

By Bruce Lerch

LYNN, Mass. -- St. Mary's put together about as complete an effort as a hockey team can expect in its fourth game of the season. In the process, they also made a rather loud statement that they are ready, willing and able to lock horns with the upper echelon programs around the state.

Junior defenseman Andrew Markham scored twice, the first two goals of his career, and the 13th-ranked Spartans hit on three of seven power play chances to take a 5-1 decision over No. 9 Hingham Wednesday night at Connery Rink.

"What this game did for us as a team is it gave us a lot of confidence and proved that we can play with the best teams," Spartans head coach Mark Lee said. "Three complete periods of hockey. We did a great job on special teams, killing penalties, and our power play was pretty nice too. It really feels good to see the team progressing the way they're progressing."

Penalties doomed the Harbormen (1-2) all night and St. Mary's (3-1) showed right off the bat that were ready to pounce. Markham got things going during a first period, extra man situation, blasting a slap shot from the point that was initially stopped but trickled through the pads of Hingham goalie John Grenier.

Patrick Mannion got it back just 1:11 into the second, taking a feed from John Carlson on the goal line and scoring from a tough angle on a shot that tucked in front of the far post.

A 5-on-3 situation, one of two in the second, led to St. Mary's retaining the lead just over two minuets later. Hingham got it back to just a man down, but Markham was able to score on another shot from the blue line, with assists from Cam O'Neill and Jarrod Fitzpatrick.

The floodgates opened from there, as the Spartans got goals from Frank Moreschi, Nikko Markham and Eric MacAdams (first career score for the eight-grade forward) over the final five minutes of the period.

Cam O'Neill finished with three assists for St. Mary's, while Bobby Mullins added two. Sophomore goalie Bailey MacBurnie turned in a solid effort with 14 saves.

"Beating a team like this is going speak volumes for our confidence," Lee said. "Make no mistake about it, this was a total team effort. I thought our goaltender played a great game. he made big stops when we needed them. Our defensive corps and offensive lines...it was just a complete team effort. That's the only way you're going to beat a team like that."