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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Recap: No. 3 BC High 4, No. 16 Winchester 1

By Tom Layman

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Tom Besinger's two-point game and Peter Cronin's 18 saves lifted No. 3 BC High over No. 16 Winchester on Saturday.
BOSTON -- Third-ranked BC High stayed red hot with a balanced attack in a 4-1 victory against No. 16 Winchester (2-3-1) Saturday afternoon at Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass-Boston.

Tom Besinger scored a goal and added an assist, while seven of his other teammates recorded a point to push the Eagles record to 4-0 before the calendar changes. The Eagles have scored 23 goals in their first four games, while only surrendering three thanks to the efforts of netminder Peter Cronin (18 saves).

The Eagles main problem last year as a young team was scoring goals in bunches, but with a year under their belts and a little more seasoning after a trip to the Super Eight last season, the goals are coming much more steady so to date.

“This year we have been fortunate to do that,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “We are also now heading into a league schedule, so I don’t expect it to come that easy. I think we are going to have to work for it, but the good news is that we’ve got kind of a stroke going right now.”

The shots didn’t come in bunches yesterday for the Eagles in the first two periods — as they only peppered Winchester goalies 12 times — but the results came with four tallies in that span.

Besinger got the hosts on the board first at 8:47 of the first period when he snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Sachems goalie just as a power play expired and before the Sachems player could get back into position.

Brian Furey sent a low drive towards the net later in the period and it looked to ricochet off the skate of a Winchester player in traffic and into the net with 2:14 left in the period. Bartley Regan and Ryan McDonough were credited with the assists.

“It’s tough to dig out of that hole,” Sachems head coach Matt Spang said. “We made it a little harder on ourselves.”

Tim Larocque kept the momentum going in the second period at 2:32 when he picked up a puck after Besinger carried it into the zone, moved towards the left circle and fired it into the net for the 3-0 lead, forcing a goalie change from the Winchester bench.

Winchester was credited with three power plays in the second period — one that carried over into the third period — but came up empty on each try. Matt Sullivan and Steve DeForge did a good job on the forecheck to limit the Sachems’ attempts in the Eagles’ zone, while Furey and company made sure to clear pucks and neutralize any threat once the Sachems did come over the blue line.

“We had to kill a few too many penalties to my liking,” Flaherty said. “You give a team like Winchester a man-up situation you are going to have to kill it. The guys up front did a good job. They applied some pressure when needed and kind of hemmed them in a couple times and we were able to clear it.”

Alex Sharp scored the lone goal of the third period to disallow Cronin from grabbing the shutout.