Boston High School: Buddy Ferreira Classic

Recap: No. 17 Duxbury 5, No. 2 BC High 2

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21

FALMOUTH, Mass. – Earlier this season, Duxbury hockey head coach John Blake mused about when his team might get its due as the best public school in Massachusetts this year.

For those who might have doubted the Dragons previously, that certainly changed Thursday night.

Duxbury – hungry to earn a berth in the Super 8 tournament – dispatched No. 2 BC High, 5-2, with a concerted attention to team defense, playing the body and an MVP-worthy performance from senior forward Shayne O’Brien in the championship game at the Buddy Ferreira Classic.

“To beat a club like BC High, you almost have to have a perfect game,” Blake said. “I thought we were about as close to perfect as we could be.”

The Dragons (15-2-3) scored on three of their first six shots on goal and frustrated the Eagles’ slick-skating transition game through center ice throughout.

As important to Duxbury’s opportunistic nature in the attack zone, the Dragons were able to limit BC High’s scoring chances on other half of the ice sheet. Through two periods, the Eagles (14-2-4) could muster just four shots on Dragons netminder Tucker Kelly.

“We knew they’re defensive is active, they like to stay in control of the puck,” O’Brien said. “We knew we had to get on them right away on the forecheck and our first guy was always in there as fast as he could, banging in the corner, getting in there fast to pick up the puck.”

With Duxbury’s tight-checking style, the Dragons met and exceeded the Eagles’ physical play in the early going, setting a tone for a 45-minute battle.

As BC High was continually rebuffed attempting to gain Duxbury’s blue line, the Dragons’ momentum swelled as they broke through for a power-play goal at 12:02 of the first. Trevor O’Brien beat Brandon Payzant stick side with a wrist shot from the slot.

Duxbury struck again before the period was out, as Shayne O’Brien tallied his first of two goals on the game. Shayne O’Brien, who was named the tournament’s MVP, showed a nose for the goal with wraparound shot at 13:58, sending Duxbury to the room with a two-goal cushion.

Shayne O’Brien scored his fifth goal of the tournament at the 9-minute mark of the second, with an assist from defenseman Shawn Errasti.

However, the stage was set for the Eagles to climb back into the game at the start of the third. Two minor penalties were assessed to Duxbury at the 15-minute mark of the second – a roughing penalty and an unsportsmanlike penalty given to the Dragons’ bench.

BC High immediately capitalized on its minute and 30 seconds of 5-on-3 advantage. Chris LaLiberte directed in a cross-ice pass from Jake Lemanski 25 seconds into the third.

The power play factored again when Duxbury reestablished its 3-goal lead at 7:26. Defenseman Tyler Powers’ slap from the point clanged in off the post to beat Payzant on an extended power play off a 4-minute major checking-from-behind penalty.

The Eagles were still alive, however, striking for a short-handed tally off the ensuing faceoff. Eight seconds following Powers’ strike, Lemanski scored, the beneficiary of a Steve DeForge neutral-zone takeaway, making it 4-2.

BC High had its best chance to add another with less than three minutes remaining, as the Eagles unloaded five shots on Kelly during their sixth power play of the game. Much of the power play was played 6-on-4, as BC High head coach John Flaherty lifted Payzant for an extra attacker with a little more than two minutes remaining.

Kelly made nine of his 13 saves in the third period.

“The third period was probably his best period of the year,” Blake said of his junior goaltender. “He knows in big games that he has to make big saves for us. He’s a kid that’s gotten more and more confident all year long, he’s played in big games all year long. He’s battle-tested and, today, he rose to the occasion.”

While the Duxbury penalty kill (Eagles were 1-for-6 on the PP) held, Powers capped a strong game – offensively and defensively – with an empty-net goal, his second.

Tighten your chin strap: Duxbury entered the game looking to play the body early and often.

“We thought to have chance tonight, we’d have to be the more physical team,” Blake said.

But there was a flip side to that.

“We had to take some penalties by playing physical,” Blake added.

To the point that it put the Dragons at a greater disadvantage, as top-pairing blue-liner Shawn Errasti was lost for a portion of the third period, after taking his fourth minor penalty of the game.

Down one of its top penalty killers and a minutes leader among defensemen, Duxbury’s blue-line corps passed their test in gut-check time.

But, greater than that, the Dragons’ defensive brilliance was to a man, as the defenseman created a wall along their own blue line, with the forwards hustling back to slow down the transition game from BC High’s fleet-footed defensemen.

“They knew they have to control their gaps and play them as fast they could so [BC High] couldn’t get their speed going,” Shayne O’Brien said of Duxbury’s defensemen. “We knew they had to control their and our backcheckers bust [it] back.”

A bigger loss?: While BC High wasn’t fighting for its Super 8 life on Thursday, a greater concern to the Eagles’ greater chances developed in the first period of play.

Sophomore forward and Merrimack commit Patrick Kramer (12-21-33) left the game after a late-first period shift, following an awkward looking hip check in the corner and another spill in front of the Eagles bench. He did not return.

Striding to the finish line: No team in the state improved its Super 8 chances in the final week-plus of the regular season more than the Dragons.

Coming away with three wins on the Cape virtually assures that the tournament’s field will host at least one public, after the Dragons ran the table.

“We want to be playing our best hockey, so we just put it together in the end,” Shayne O’Brien said.

Meanwhile, the Eagles ended their regular season with a negative thud. Vying for the top overall seed in the Super 8 tournament, BC High had a chance to sew up No. 1, particularly after Malden Catholic lost to Springfield Cathedral on Thursday at the Panthers’ annual tournament in West Springfield.

While the Catholic Conference champions still have an inside track to claiming the top seed at Saturday’s selection meeting, the Eagles missed an opportunity to leave no shadow of a doubt.

One for the publics: Aside the playoff-like atmosphere and a huge boost to the Dragons’ Super 8 hopes, Blake reflected on his team’s accomplishment as the champions of Falmouth’s vacation week tournament, now named after the Clippers’ longtime and recently retired bench boss. It also was Duxbury's first championship win at the event, formerly known as the Cape Cod Classic.

As a revered figure in state hockey circles, Buddy Ferreira served as leading figure to many young coaches, including Blake.

“I think it’s fitting that the first year the tournament’s named after Buddy Ferreira that a public school wins this,” Blake said. “Buddy was a mentor of mine when I first started coaching in Duxbury, having him and [Hingham’s] Garrett Reagan, rest his soul, they kind of took me under their wings and taught me about coaching, a lot about kids, a lot about the game of hockey. We wanted to win this one for Buddy Ferreira, too.”

Recap: No. 11 Archies 3, Waltham 1

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
FALMOUTH, Mass. – With the Super 8 tournament selection meeting set for Saturday, teams are looking to leave a lasting impression.

In the consolation game at the Buddy Ferreira Classic on Thursday, Archbishop Williams was looking to a final stamp on its season with a 3-1 win over Waltham.

It was a performance that Bishops head coach Derackk Curtis found to be a little uneven.

“We were never really able to get on track, but we’ll take the win,” he said. “We just had way too many penalties and there was just no momentum.”

Archies (12-5-3) never trailed, but never found its rhythm either, giving the Hawks (8-8-5) the benefit of seven power-play chances.

All-tournament team selection Mike Jessman opened scoring at 9:05 of the first, with assists from Mike Sorrenti.

Ryan Dunn netted his first of two goals on the evening at 11:07 of the second on a beautiful end-to-end rush.

Waltham interrupted Steve Jenner’s shut-out bid at 6:04 of the third on a Ben Macewen goal.

Now, all the Bishops can do is wait and see which tournament they will enter next week.

“We should have beat HIngham, but we won the next two games,” Curtis said of his team’s performance on the Cape this week. “That’s the way it can be sometimes, but I’m happy.”

Recap: No. 2 BC High 6, No. 4 AP 2

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18

FALMOUTH, Mass. – If there was a need for any further proof that this year’s Buddy Ferreria Classic at Falmouth Ice Arena could be a preview of Super 8 action to come, Monday’s matinee tilt between No. 2 BC High and No. 4 Austin Prep would satisfy.

The Eagles and Cougars came out of the starting blocks fast, pacing each other up and down the ice sheet.

But it was in the second period when BC High emerged, scoring three goals in a span of less than five minutes, while taking a 6-2 victory and advancing to Thursday’s championship game against Duxbury.

"The first period was a little bit more of a track meet,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “The second period was a little bit more indicative of what we're capable of doing as a hockey team, with speed, passing, finding the guy that's open. When we did that, we were able to put three by them."

BC High (14-1-4) opened scoring at 6:26 of the first, as Tim Larocque snuck a wrister under the crossbar.

The Cougars (12-4-4) drew even on a power play from defenseman Andrew Cross, who was pinching up in the offensive zone and threw one in from the wing off the skate of an Eagles defenseman at 10:29.

"It was a heavyweight bout, there was a little bit of feeling out and it was a 1-1 hockey game,” AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro said. “Then, the second period, for whatever reason all season, the second period's been when we've fallen apart."

The Eagles’ onslaught began at 7:37, when Sam Topham skated up the point to the right wing circle and got Cougars netminder Elijah Harris sliding one way. The puck didn’t come off Topham’s stick cleanly after the dish from Chris LaLiberte (1 G, 1A) and the misdirection fooled Harris, who was playing the percentages.

Then, at 9:39, the Eagles put on a passing clinic. Defenseman Alec Flynn made a nice touch pass at the red line to set up BC High’s transition through the neutral zone. Jake Lemanski then skated the wing and skittered a pass over to Patrick Kramer (1 G, 1 A), who buried it on the back-hand after a single deke.

Just a minute and 41 seconds later, Kramer was in on the act again, this time providing a highlight reel assist. From below AP’s goal line, the Merrimack commit sent a saucer pass back into the slot, skipping over the outstretched stick of a Cougars defenseman and onto the tape of Kayser Raei for the goal.

"Not many kids can make that play, and having the ability to see that and make that pass,” Flaherty said.

It was an example of the Eagles’ concerted effort to set up shop deep in AP’s zone.

"We tried to use our speed and get past their defensemen,” Kramer said. “We had to get Elijah [Harris] moving side to side because he's a good goalie and that's the only way we were going to beat him."

The Cougars attempted to lodge yet another third-period comeback, behind an early Mike Egan goal, but the Eagles distanced themselves.

Larocque added his second point of the game with an assist on a goal from LaLiberte, before Trevor Davis closed out the victory with an empty-netter.

"When we're on and are playing good hockey, we're tough to beat,” Finocchiaro said. “We've talked about it, our coaching staff, we've talked about it, we've tried to drill it into their heads, but we just haven't been able to play 45 minutes of hockey."

Recap: No. 17 Duxbury 2, No. 21 Hingham 1

February, 17, 2014
Feb 17
FALMOUTH, Mass. – As Tyler Powers’ second-period slap shot trickled across the goal line, you could feel Hingham’s postseason chances slipping away.

The Harbormen needed to win their final three games of their regular season to qualify for the postseason, a tall task in itself when you take a glance at their remaining schedule. It started with Duxbury and includes an impending date with No. 7 Central Catholic.

But after their 2-1 loss at the hands of the Dragons in the Buddy Ferreira Classic semifinals, those hopes have vanished and, for the first time since 1998, the MIAA tournaments will be without the Harbormen.

As for Duxbury, the Dragons earn a date with BC High in the Buddy Ferreira Classic Championship game on Thursday at 7 p.m.

“We really wanted to get to that championship game down here,” Duxbury coach John Blake said. “We have 11 seniors that want to play in meaningful games in February and we were going to do everything on our end we had to do.”

At 11:26 of the second period, with the Dragons on the man-advantage, the puck found its way to Powers at the right point. He took a few steps in and unleashed a shot that deflected off the helmet of a Harborman and slowly trickled and painfully over the goal line for what would be the game winning goal.

“Something we were emphasizing all game was getting pucks to the net,” said Blake. We were just trying to get anything to the net we could and there it goes it bounces off a helmet and goes in. It certainly wasn’t pretty.”

The Harbormen started off the third period with 1:10 on the power play and as Duxbury was prepared to weather the storm that Hingham was about to throw at them.

But rather it was the Dragons that controlled the puck in the final stanza, outshooting the Harbormen, 10-7.

“I saw we had a lot of chances to get the puck out of the zone we didn’t really execute and had a little trouble with our wings along the board.” Hingham coach Tony Messina said. “We were just panicking a little bit.”

Hingham goalie Alex Bonn did everything he could to keep his squad in the postseason hunt, but was on the wrong end of a couple unlucky bounces.

Just 1:46 into the first period, Duxbury’s Kevin Corcoran got off a backhander in the slot through the legs of a defender and right through Bonn’s pads.

“I thought the first goal was painful,” said Messina. “It went through the goalies pad and I don’t even know if it reached the back of the net.”

Hingham responded well to the early deficit and outshot the Dragons 8-4 in the opening period. 8:09 into the period, Patrick Colpoys got the equalizer when his long wrister from the right boards beat Tucker Kelly and snuck inside the far post.

Rhythm-less offense: As expected when fighting for your playoff lives, emotions ran high in Monday afternoon’s game. Eleven minors were called in the game, seven alone in the second period to go along with two misconducts. It kept both offenses from establishing any consistency on offense.

“Absolutely disrupted the whole flow of the game I think on both sides not just for us,” said Blake. “I think Hingham had trouble too establishing any type of flow, we did too. It felt like a ping pong match.”

Ferriera finale: The Buddy Ferreira Classic features some of the best teams in the state year in and year out, which means the championship game features the best of the best. This year is no different as the Dragons square off with BC High, Thursday night.

It will be a tall task, but win or lose, the Dragons will get a dose of what their competition will be come tournament time.

“We saw them today, we have to figure out how to sow them down,” said Blake. “They look like a well-oiled machine. We are a heavy underdog going into Thursday night.“

Recap: No. 2 BC High 6, Falmouth 0

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16
FALMOUTH, Mass. – Speed kills.

That was apparent on Sunday night as No. 2 BC High showcased an intensity that couldn’t be matched by Falmouth on their way to a 6-0 opening round victory in the Buddy Ferreira Classic.

The Eagles dominated possession of the puck all game long with a fluid offense while their fore check kept the Clippers on the defensive.

Their advantage on time on attack can be seen in their shots, as the Eagles (13-1-4) outshot the host team 46-3 in the game.

“Just possession, you don’t want to give up the puck when you have it but also you want to make the puck dangerous,” BC High coach John Flaherty said. “Sometimes guys can get complacent and try to do too much with the puck but at the end of the day unless you get it to the net you are not going to score.”

After seven minutes of flirting with the game’s first goal, the Eagles finally got on the board. Their offensive unit peppered Jake Beaton with three consecutive shots, which concluded with Kayser Raei’s put back goal. Ryan Shea, who was named player of the game for BC High, was credited with one of his three assists.

Three minutes later, Steve DeForge drew a tripping penalty and scored the power-play goal on a backhander from the slot and 27 seconds after than, Justin Fein was the beneficiary of Tim Larocque’s feed on a 2-on-0 breakaway.

“One of the things we’re blessed with is depth,” said Flaherty. “We have depth and guys that play different roles for us. We are pretty comfortable with the balance that we have.”

The Eagles got a pair of goals in the second period from Patrick Kramer, Falmouth native Connor Noonan and a last-minute, third-period goal from Larocque.

“We want to play teams like that,” Falmouth coach Paul Moore said. “That is part of Buddy Ferreira’s legacy’s too, is Buddy always went after the tough teams. Win loose or draw you left it out there and the kids did. I’m proud of them for that.”

Busy day in net: Arguably the best player on the ice was Falmouth’s (11-6-2) net minder. Beaton faced 46 saves on the afternoon and made countless head turning saves and was named player of the game for Falmouth.

“Jake Beaton stood on his head. He’s been doing that all season,” said Moore. “We wont see a better team no matter how far we go in the state tournament.”

Flaherty is familiar with Beaton as Beaton started his high school career playing with BC High before leaving after one year.

“Those guys battled hard, Jake Beaton played a heck of a game,” Flaherty said.

Setting the stage: The Eagles will kick off the second day of the Buddy Ferreira Classic. BC High starts Monday’s slate of games with Austin Prep, which beat Waltham, 5-1, earlier in the afternoon.

“They are a very good team,” Flaherty said of AP. “A lot of guys up front and a good goalie. At the moment I think we match up well, we have a lot of different guys but so do they.”

Falmouth gets the late game, dropping the puck with Waltham at 7 p.m.

Recap: No. 4 Austin Prep 5, Waltham 1

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16
FALMOUTH, Mass. – “We should have just stayed on the Bourne Bridge.”

Waltham head coach John Maguire was not enthused about his team’s first few shifts against No. 4 Austin Prep (12-3-4), Sunday at the Buddy Ferreira Classic. The Cougars established their dominance right out of the gate, scoring three times over a span of just under three minutes early in the first period and never looked back as they rolled to an easy 5-1 victory in the opening round of the annual Cape Cod tournament.

“For us to hand them three goals like that. We didn’t really show up, that was depressing,” Maguire said. “They’re probably three or four goals better than us, but I didn’t like the way we played early. After that we settled in okay.”

AP’s bunched first period goals started just 84 seconds into the contest when Jake McKenelley broke the seal, cutting across the middle and wristing a quick one past starting goalie Brendan Develin.

At 3:55 the Cougars went up by a pair with a power-play goal from Mike Egan, who collected a rebound in the left wing corner and bounded in a Plinko chip from there. Eighteen seconds later Ryan McDonough broke with speed up the seam and beat Develin with a nifty crossover move to make it 3-0.

AP head coach Louis Finocchiaro liked the early hop that his club had.

“We came out strongly. After that I thought we were a little complacent,” the coach said. “In any tournament, the most important game is the first one and I thought we had had good puck movement and puck possession.”

Waltham (7-7-5) had a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game in the first period. AP outshot the Hawks 13-1 for the frame, with the first bid to reach the net coming with just 15 seconds left in the first, off the stick of Jake Miller.

The Hawks got their skates under themselves in the second and played a much better frame. A Brendan Hopkins power play goal at 5:08 cut the deficit to two goals, as the forward jammed in a rebound of a Kevin Snow shot.

AP got that one back late in the period, regaining their three-goal lead when Bob Carpenter floated a wrister from the high slot. Cam Russo, camped in front with his back to the net, redirected it past Waltham goalie Shamus Egan, beating the relief netminder to the stick side to make it a 4-1 game. Carpenter later capped the scoring, with seven seconds left to play, with a power play goal sniped from high in the zone.

AP squares off with No. 2 BC High Monday at 1 p.m., in what promises to be the game of the tournament at the Classic.

The Hawks are back at it tomorrow against Falmouth. They need to pick up three points in their last three games to qualify for the MIAA tournament.

On Tuesday, Waltha squares off with Westford Academy and will have one more Buddy Ferreira Classic contest later in the week.

Recap: No. 17 Duxbury 5, No. 9 AC 3

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16
FALMOUTH, Mass. – In the words of Arlington Catholic head coach Dan Shine, the postseason started Saturday.

Every year, Falmouth hockey hosts its February vacation tournament – formerly known as the Cape Cod Classic and now known as the Buddy Ferreira Classic in honor of the Clippers’ recently retired head coach – and each year there are playoff implications.

That extended to the opening game of this year’s tournament, featuring a couple of Super 8 tournament hopefuls in No. 9 Arlington Catholic and No. 17 Duxbury.

Yet, in the early going, only one team answered the bell to start the prelude to the postseason, as the Dragons ran out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. While AC woke up to mount a comeback at the midpoint, Duxbury endured with a 5-3 win.

With it, the Dragons – a Super 8 Watch List team – turned in a critical victory in enhancing their resume ahead of next Saturday’s selection meeting.

“One of the goals we set every year is to play meaningful games in February,” Dragons head coach John Blake said, “and there’s no better tournament than here to get you ready for the postseason than here. And I thought the guys came out today and played one of our best games of the year.”

Shayne O’Brien contributed to the Dragons’ fast start, as part of a three-point game (1 G, 2 A).

O’Brien had Duxbury (13-2-3) on the board at 3:27 with an unassisted goal, before adding an assist on Matt Murphy’s first of two goals on the day at 13:06 of the second.

Senior forward Scott Whear extended the Dragons’ lead to three at 2:10 of the second period. After an AC defensive zone turnover, Whear collected a loose puck at the top of the circles, walked in and finished through the 5-hole.

The Cougars (12-5-1) began their climb back at 4:45, when Ryan Tierney put back the rebound of his own shot. AC then closed the period with a modicum of momentum as Ryan Smith guided in a perfectly laid pass from the point by defenseman Brian Goggin at 13:27.

However, the Cougars’ swing in play didn’t carry over to the third.

“After being down 3-0, I was pleased we were able to get back in the game,” Shine said. “But when we got it to 3-2, we didn’t take it to the next level. But then we got bit by the bear. Giving up that goal 30 seconds into the third, that’s a killer – the air comes out of the tires.”

Just 32 seconds into the third, Dragons blue-liner Shawn Errasti pinched down low behind the AC net and placed a feed to the slot on the stick of Nick Marrocco, who buried the one-timer.

The Cougars kicked back once more a minute and 10 seconds later on an Aaron Cook goal.

But AC was never able to draw even against Dragons netminder Tucker Kelly (19 saves), as Duxbury added a last-minute, empty-net goal by Murphy.

“This tournament always answers a lot of questions, who’s on the bubble, who’s in, who’s out,” Blake said. “We just want to be playing our best hockey right now.”

Which is why Saturday was that much more frustrating for the Cougars.

“Everybody’s fighting for a spot somewhere,” Shine said. “Whether it’s a seed in the D1 tournament, or a bubble team trying to get into the 1A tournament, or the top six, wherever you are, every shift is critical.”

A game-changing stop: Duxbury advances to meet South Shore rival Hingham in a second-round game on Monday – and it should be another classic as the Harbormen need to win out to qualify for the Division 1 South tournament.

But Saturday’s win could have come down to one momentous stop from Duxbury’s senior netminder.

With AC threatening to even the score in the second period, Kelly shut the door on one of AC’s snipers in the final minute. Tierney raced in alone on Kelly, trying to stuff a back-hander short side. But Kelly got just enough of his pad on the shot to slow it short of the goal line.

It was one of his biggest saves of the year, which have increased as the season has progressed.

“He’s gotten better as the year’s gone along and he’s gotten more and more confident,” Blake said of Kelly.

Recap: No. 21 Hingham 4, No. 11 Archies 4

February, 16, 2014
Feb 16

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Hope is still alive for the Hingham Harbormen.

With a 4-4 tie against Archbishop Williams in the first round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic on Saturday, Hingham remains in the hunt for an MIAA postseason berth, by the skin of their teeth.

Hingham rallied back from two goals at the start of the third period to tie the game up late in the third period. They advanced into the winner’s bracket of the tourney when Matt Demelis popped in a rebound at 3:26 of overtime.

The MIAA does not sanction regular season overtime, so the game goes into the record books as a draw for Hingham. It doesn’t make things any easier though. The Harbormen must run the table going forward, starting with a Classic semifinal battle against rival Duxbury on Monday.

“I think the kids showed a lot in the third period,” Tony Messina said. “They knew what they were up against and sometimes when you play with desperation it works.”

Youngster Luke McInnis scored the biggest goal of his high school career to bring the Harbormen all the way back at 12:02 of the third period. The sophomore defenseman collected his fourth of the season to square the game at 4-4.

McInnis started the play in the defensive end. With his team looking low on gas, and chasing around the Bishops and the puck in their own end, McInnis came up with the puck and worked it through the middle of the ice, unloading a slapper just a stride over the blue line. His rising blast glanced off goalie Steve Jenner’s outstretched glove and chimed in off the bottom of the crossbar.

McInnis said he wasn’t trying to be a hero, he was just trying to get the puck into the Bishops’ zone and good things happened.

“I just got it out of the zone and skated it up the ice and took a shot and it ended up going in, got kind of lucky, I was trying to get it on net, get a rebound,” McInnis said. “It felt great, a great relief that we finally tied. Our whole team was battling, our goalie was playing good and it felt great to get a tie and a win in OT."

Early on it looked like the two teams were going to wear out the scorekeeper as they combined for five first period goals. Mike Sorrenti struck first for the Bishops just 70 seconds into the game with a one-timer from Mike Jessman. Less than three minutes later the Harbormen tied it up with a floater from the top of the left wing circle by Billy McNally that Matt McCaughey misjudged.

Hingham gained its only lead of the night, until overtime, at 6:52, when Pat Colpoys poked a pass from behind the cage inside the near post. That goal chased McCaughey from the game and brought Steve Jenner out of the bullpen for the Bishops. Jenner calmed things down and did not give up a goal until the third.

The Bishops rallied to tie it up at 2-2 a tad over a minute later. Jessman shoveled a pass from Kyle Leonard under the crossbar. Then, at 13:08, the Bishops went out front, 3-2, on a goal by Ryan Dunn, who also scored early in the third to make it 4-2.

Hingham dodged a bullet late in the second when Dunn had a bid for a hat trick. With just four seconds left in the period, Dunn broke in clean against Alex Bonn, off of a steal, but his backhander hit the crossbar.

McInnis said the players knew what they were up against.

“You could feel it in the room. Everybody was real uptight and everything. We just came out ready to play in the third and came back from 4-2,” he said.

Colpoys agreed, and had a big hand in doing something about the deficit.

“The captains were yelling, trying to get everyone fired up. Seventeen seconds later, we get on the ice and pop one,” Colpoys said.

It was Colpoys that made it a one-goal game. With his team opening the period with a power play, they won a draw in the leftwing circle. Colpoys switched spots with a teammate and went for the far post, where he camped out and jammed in a nice feed through traffic by Joe Personeni.

“We just reminded them that this was the end of the road for us for the tournament,” Messina said. “They knew that and they came out and played with a lot of heart. I’m very proud of them.”

Next up for the Harbormen is a do-or-die affair with their biggest rival, Duxbury. The Dragons, who won earlier in the day against Arlington Catholic, won the only meeting between the clubs back in late January, 5-3.

Hingham’s players said that they’re looking forward to getting another shot at the Dragons, and did not soft sell its importance.

“That’ll be an absolute war, I’m so happy for that game,” Colpoys said with a smile. “That’s going to be a good one.”