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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Passing thoughts: AC vs. Archies

By Scott Barboza

ARLINGTON, Mass. -- For a while, it looked as though No. 10 Archbishop Williams would have the last laugh over No. 4 Arlington Catholic, holding the Cougars scoreless over two-plus periods. Before Saturday night's game at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, Arlington Catholic hoisted to the rafters a banner commemorating last year's Division 1 state title win, which also came over the Bishops.

So was a little revenge in the cards? Not so.

The Cougars had to battle back from two one-goal deficits and didn't hold the lead until the final two minutes of play, with Dan Graham's marker making the difference in a 3-2 win over their Catholic Central rival.

The Bishops (0-1-0, 0-1-0) took an early lead on Ryan Dunn's power-play goal assisted by Mike Thiesing in the first period. Sophomore Brian Nazzaro made Dunn's goal stand up, keeping the Cougars (1-0-0, 1-0-0) off the board through the first 30 minutes of play.

Arlington Catholic finally got on the board 2:38 into the third on Christopher Sadler's strike set up by Brendon O'Connell and William Cooke. The Bishops quickly regained the lead on Mike Sorenti's tally with their second goal of the evening on the power play.

However, some undisciplined play would have the Bishops shorthanded less than a minute later and the Cougars broke through on the man-advantage. Jon Byrne redirected Brian McCoff's blast from the point to tie the score, 2-2. Cooke also added his second assist on the play.

Arlington Catholic seized the momentum, with Graham tallying the game-winner on a pretty set up from Shaun Teeven. Graham buried the one-timer top shelf on the play that was set in motion by a good outlet pass by defenseman Matthew Dee.

Here's a couple of passing thoughts from the rematch between old rivals: