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ESPN Boston MIAA All-State boys' hockey team

March, 24, 2011
First Team
F - Colin Blackwell, St. John’s Prep
The senior center and captain led the Eagles with 45 points (24 G, 21A) while earning MVP honors from the Catholic Conference. Playing on Prep’s top lines, in addition to power play and penalty kill units, the Harvard commit was a +42 this season for the Super Eight finalists.

F - Brendan Collier, Malden Catholic
Collier was perhaps the most versatile player in the state. The junior BU commit scored the game-winning goal in the Lancers’ Super Eight championship, but the winger was also a mainstay of MC’s penalty kill units, playing defense. The Charlestown native tallied 63 points (24 G, 39 A) during the regular season while guiding the Lancers to their first D1A title.

F - Mike Vecchione, Malden Catholic
The Lancers captain and UNH signee led their potent offense with 70 points (26G, 44A) during the regular season. The senior winger also broke the Catholic Conference’s all-time single-season scoring record during MC’s run in the Super Eight. The Saugus native is looking at playing in either the British Columbia Hockey League or the United State Hockey League next year.

D - Connor Evangelista, Malden Catholic
The junior blue liner was perhaps the most underrated element to the Lancers’ Super Eight title run. Whether it was through an outlet pass springing the rush or on the penalty kill, the Wakefield native did it all. Evangelista was among the state’s top-scoring defensemen and contributed 25 assists during the regular season for the D1A champion Lancers.

D - Marc Hetnik, Catholic Memorial
The Knights senior was like having a fourth forward out there, who also readily handled the opposing team’s top players night after night. The Chestnut Hill native is considering BU, Holy Cross and Merrimack among his college choices and is likely to play in the British Columbia Hockey League next year.

G - Kyle Williams, Central Catholic
The junior netminder spearheaded the Raiders’ run to the Super Eight. With Williams carrying a bulk of the load, Central Catholic surrendered just 43 goals this season while posting a goal differential of +45. He was also a driving force behind the Raiders’ Super Eight run and turned in a strong performance in a near upset bid against Malden Catholic.

“Line Change” Second Team
F - Tim Driscoll, Hingham
After scoring the winning goal in the Harbormen’s Super Eight championship in 2010, the Holy Cross commit captained Hingham to a D1A return in 2011. The senior winger led the Harbormen with 34 points (12 G, 22A) during the regular season and is exploring opportunities to play a prep postgraduate year of hockey before enrolling at Holy Cross.

F - Ryan Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic
The talented sophomore was the fulcrum the Lancers’ prolific top line, centering Collier and Vecchione. The BC recruit was MC’s second leading scorer during the regular season, netting 66 points (24 G, 42 A) for the Super Eight champions.

F - Tyler Piacentini, Weymouth
The senior captain was the sparkplug to the Wildcats’ Super Eight run. While he was often the smallest player on the ice, Piacentini was typically the most visible, letting his play to the talking. With a 61-point regular season (31 G, 30 A), he finished fourth in the state in scoring to MC’s dynamic first line.

D - Chris Joyce, Needham
The senior blue liner was the Rockets’ third leading scorer and a stalwart on defense who seldom left the ice. Joyce tallied 24 points in the regular season (7 G, 17 A) while leading Needham to yet another Super Eight appearance.

D - Alex Pompeo, Hingham
The senior was among the state’s leading point-getters among blue liners and finished second on the Harbormen in scoring to Driscoll. Pompeo was an integral part of the Harbormen’s Super Eight title run in 2010 and their repeat appearance in 2011.

G - Donald Hesse, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
The Spartans netminder was among the state’s leaders in all goaltending statistical categories, including a measly goals against average of 1.90 during the regular season. Hesse spurred St. Mary’s to its first Super Eight appearance this season. The Salem native is considering playing hockey at several postgraduate prep schools next season.

Best of the Rest
F Garrett Allen, Dartmouth
F Mike Cashman, BC High
F Liam Centrella, Andover
F Tom Coleman, Needham
F Ryan Connors, Marshfield
F Liam Coughlin, Catholic Memorial
F Joe Czarnota, Reading
F Ryan Dempsey, Marblehead
F Ryan Doherty, Tewksbury
F Terence Durkin, BC High
F Kevin Emmerling, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F Tommy Evangelista, Central Catholic
F Riley Flanagan, Weymouth
F Dan Graham, Arlington Catholic
F Anthony Hardy, Bridgewater-Raynham
F Mitch Hamor, Beverly
F Alex Holland, Woburn
F Jack Jenkins, Billerica
F Sam Kurker, St. John’s Prep
F Chris Leblanc, Winthrop
F Nick Leonard, Central Catholic
F Conal Lynch, Boston Latin
F Chris Maguire, Waltham
F Jim McGrath, Medfield
F Dan O’Hear, Catholic Memorial
F Ross Olsson, Billerica
F Cam Owens, Wilmington
F Drew Oxley, Saugus
F Kurt Roderigues, Saugus
F Nick Roberto, Malden Catholic
F Jason Salvaggio, Xaverian
F Joe Scarfo, Winthrop
F Casey Shea, Woburn
F Devin Smith, St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F Andrew Taylor, Oliver Ames
F Zach Wells, Barnstable
F Andrew White, BC High
F Garrett White, Malden Catholic
D Steven Bellew, Hingham
D Steven Bristol, Weymouth
D Sean Kavanagh, Springfield Cathedral
D Cam Kennedy, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
D Jake Kulevich, Marblehead
D Ryley MacEachern, Austin Prep
D Eric Muise, Peabody
D Alex Taddeo, Franklin
G Joe Cerulo, Wakefield
G James Cox, Braintree
G Peter Cronin, BC High
G Zac Rondeau, Springfield Cathedral
G Kyle Jacobs, Pembroke
G Chris Treon, Westwood

All Rookie Team (Top 5 to Watch for Next Year)
  1. Shane Eiserman, F, St. John’s Prep
  2. Tyler Sifferlen, F, Malden Catholic
  3. Tom Besinger, F, BC High
  4. Sean Cleary, G, Barnstable
  5. Nolan Redler, F, Winchester
Coach of the Year
John Flaherty, BC High
It took just one season for Flaherty, who took over for legend Joe McCabe, to get the Eagles back to the Super Eight after missing the playoffs in the previous two seasons. The BC High graduate guided the Eagles to a 15-6-3 record that included an appearance in the Super Eight crossover round. Flaherty also works at the school as its Director of the Fund.

Ice Hockey, BC High, St. John's Prep, Dartmouth, Arlington Catholic, Xaverian, Andover, Central Catholic, Billerica, Barnstable, Bridgewater-Raynham, Catholic Memorial, St. John's (Shrewsbury), Marshfield, Oliver Ames, Reading, Wakefield, Malden Catholic, Saugus, Westwood, Needham, Medfield, Tewksbury, Franklin, Weymouth, Braintree, Beverly, Winchester, Peabody, Pembroke, Boston Latin, Hingham, Springfield Cathedral, Ryan Fitzgerald, Austin Prep, St. Mary's (Lynn), Dan Graham, Chris Leblanc, Eric Muise, Dan O'Hear, Liam Coughlin, Marc Hetnik, Chris Joyce, Tom Coleman, Mike Vecchione, Brendan Collier, Sam Kurker, Steven Bellew, Alex Pompeo, Colin Blackwell, Nick Roberto, Connor Evangelista, Kurt Roderigues, Drew Oxley, Sean Kavanagh, Tim Driscoll, Marblehead, John Flaherty, Woburn, Casey Shea, Mike Cashman, Andrew White, Tyler Sifferlen, Garrett White, Zach Wells, Donald Hesse, Riley Flanagan, Tyler Piacentini, Zac Rondeau, Waltham, Jack Jenkins, Chris Maguire, Ross Olsson, Sean Cleary, Nolan Redler, Joe Czarnota, Cam Kennedy, Shane Eiserman, Kyle Williams, Tommy Evangelista, Terence Durkin, Tom Besinger, Nick Leonard, James Cox, Peter Cronin, Anthony Hardy, Ryan Connors, Wilmington, Cam Owens, Alex Holland, Ryan Doherty, Joe Cerulo, Ryan Dempsey, Kyle Jacobs, Jake Kulevich, Alex Taddeo, Garrett Allen, Liam Centrella, Kevin Emmerling, Mitch Hamor, Wintrhop, Conal Lynch, Jim McGrath, Jason Salvaggion, Joe Scarfo, Devin Smith, Andrew Taylor, Steven Bristol, Ryley MacEachern, Chris Treon

All eyes will be on the TD Garden Sunday as championships will be decided in six divisions of MIAA title games. We'll have you covered all day long, but until then, we provide to you a breakdown of each of the game and our predictions:

Division 2

No. 4 Fontbonne Academy (16-2-5) vs. No. 2 Duxbury (20-3-0), 9 a.m., TD Garden
The Breakdown: The Ducks’ Taylor Shepherd can hold her own against the very best the state has to offer and along with linemates Liz Coleman and Erin McLoughlin, they’ve created one of the state’s most potent pairings. Make no mistake, the Green Dragons can also score with the best of them — with prolific sister duo Brianna and Lily Connolly leading the way—but Duxbury is strong from the net out with freshman Rachel Myette turning in a strong first season between the pipes.
The Pick: While the Dragons might be the deeper team, Shepherd is perhaps the most dynamic player in the state, and talent goes a long way this deep in the tournament. We like the Ducks to win their second title in three seasons. Fontbonne, 3-2.

Division 1
No. 8 Hingham (19-4-2) vs. No. 3 Acton-Boxborough (19-3-1), 8:15 p.m.

The Breakdown: Jane Freda scored a rather historic goal during the Harborwomen’s overtime upset of top-seeded St. Mary’s. Not only did she catapult Hingham forward on its march to the finals, she also ended the Lady Spartans’ 100-game unbeaten streak. Katie Walsh and Sarah Schwenzfeier have contributed a consistent scoring punch all season for Tom Findley’s team, while Beth Findley has been stellar in nets with a 1.30 goals against average to go along with nine shutouts. While it might not have as historic, Kati Goguen’s third-period goal lifted the Colonials in their upset win over Woburn in the semifinals. A-B boasts a staunch defense led by one of the best in the state in Caleigh LaBossiere and seventh-grader Cali Loblundo (90.6 save percentage) has been a revelation in goal.
The Pick: Instant karma’s going to get you, and we feel that Hingham has it on their side after toppling the state’s undisputed No. 1 team. Hingham, 2-1.

Division 3
Westfield (15-5-4) vs. Marblehead (20-4-3), 11:15 a.m.

The Breakdown: Defenseman Colin Arnold and forward Matt Gagnon were just freshmen when the Bombers won their last state title in 2008. This year, the pair were a major driving force behind Westfield’s run to the state title game, which included an upset over Central champion Hudson in the state semifinals. Marblehead’s seniors are trying to win their first state title as a group, despite having won three of the last four North sectional titles. Forwards Chris McLeod and Ryan Dempsey lead a dynamic offense, while you’d be hard pressed to find a better blue-liner in all of D3 than captain Jake Kulevich.
The Pick: We’re going with the emotional pick here and siding with the Magicians, but it’s also a reflection of their skill. This is a very talented and deep hockey team. Marblehead, 4-2.

Division 2
Tewksbury (18-5-1) vs. Franklin (17-4-2), 1:30 p.m.

The Breakdown: The Redmen won their first D2 North title since 1995, while the Panthers haven’t won a state title since 1983 – that’s a year after somebody named Laviolette moved onto bigger and brighter things and when current head coach Chris Spillane was playing. Something has to give and one of the hockey-rich towns will come away with a long-awaited title. Tewksbury is led by explosive forward Ryan Doherty, who leads the Redmen in scoring, along with Frank Mazzei and Derek and Mark Petti. The Panthers are very strong on the back end with defensemen Alex Taddeo, who’s among the state’s best, and netminder Billy Spillane, who’s been solid all year.
The Pick: It’s usually a safe bet to take defense over offense this time of year and we’ve always been a fan of the Panthers’ team defensive philosophy. Franklin, 3-2.

Division 1
Wakefield (14-6-4) vs. Marshfield (18-3-5), 3:30 p.m.

The Breakdown: Both of these teams had to defeat the No. 1 seeds, who also happened to be Super Eight tournament participants to win their respective sectional tournaments. The Warriors slipped by St. Mary’s in a one-goal decision while the Rams took a hammer to Springfield Cathedral in the South. Wakefield (No. 7 seed in the North) has been led on its Cinderella run by goaltender Joe Centrella, who’s big and plays high (think Martin Brodeur) while playing his angles well. The potent Marshfield offense is led by 100-point scorer Ryan Connors and Chris Perry.
The Pick: This game might be the hardest of the day to forecast. We went back and forth on this one before settling with the Rams. Marshfield, 2-1.

Division 1A
No. 2 St. John’s Prep (18-5-1) vs. No. 1 Malden Catholic (20-2-2), 6 p.m.

The Breakdown: This is the matchup everyone’s been waiting for, simply put, they truly are the two best teams in the state this season. Both are skilled. Both play fast. Both have the type of talent that draws attention from scouts. The Lancers top line of Brendan Collier, Ryan Fitzgerald and Mike Vecchione hasn’t seen a parallel in this state in quite some time. MC’s second isn’t far behind with Mike Iovanna, Nick Roberto and Garrett White stepping up their play in the tournament. The Lancers have plenty of talent along the blue line as well with playmaker Connor Evangelista and rising star Colin MacGillivray. Pat Young is a stalwart in net. The Eagles have perhaps the best player in the state in center Colin Blackwell, who’s put on an offensive display along with linemates John Farrow and Shane Eiserman. Winger Sam Kurker provides a power-forward presence on the Eagles’ second line. Junior netminder David Letarte has been steady all season long.
The Pick: We wouldn’t be at all surprised if this one turns into a barnburner, however, the most encouraging thing the Lancers might have going for them is the defensive clinic they put on during the second period of their crossover round win over BC High. If the Lancers forecheck like they did against BC High, they will be very hard to beat. Malden Catholic, 5-3.

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Blitzkrieg.

In 1939, journalists adopted the term for “lightning war” characterizing the swift German invasion of Poland.

In 1976, the Ramones integrated the term into one of rock ‘n’ roll’s great anthems and dominated the airwaves.

In 2010 and into 2011, the same term could be applied to Malden Catholic hockey’s propensity to overwhelm and overpower their opponents.

During Tuesday night’s Super Eight matchup with No. 6 seed Hingham at Merrimack College’s Lawler Arena, the top-seeded Lancers once again showcased their speed and skill in a blazing offensive display in an 8-1 win over the Harbormen.

This time MC was propelled by its second line. Garrett White contributed a four-goal game while Mike Iovanna tallied a three-point effort and two goals and Nick Roberto picked up two assists. And MC once again showed why they’re not only the most talented team in the state, but also its deepest.

“Everybody says we’re a one-line team and we’re not,” Lancers head coach Chris Serino said. “The second line is very good as well. They’re not like a second line, they’re more like a 1A.”

Perhaps more importantly for MC, their effort came after a self-admittedly lackluster effort in their Super Eight opener against Central Catholic, a 4-3 win. Still, the Lancers improved to 2-0 in tournament play while the defending Division 1A champions fell to 0-2.

Both teams got off to quick starts, with two goals scored on the opening three shots of the contest. James Gordon paced the Harbormen to a 1-0 lead with a goal less than three minutes in. The lead was short-lived as White countered less than a minute later to tie the score off an offensive zone faceoff win. It would be as close as Hingham would get to making a game out of it.

“We were very happy with our first period,” Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said. “We went up and down with them. But once the horses were out of the barn, when they come, they come.”

The Lancers again went on one of their tears, scoring five times in the second, including three in a three-minute stretch of the period.

White started off the hit parade with his second of the game with 10:43 remaining. Ryan Fitzgerald followed about a minute later with the third MC goal on a one-timer set up by Mike Vecchione. Vecchione, the UNH commit, broke the Catholic Conference’s single-season scoring record with the helper, notching his 74th point.

Iovanna put the Lancers out to a three-goal advantage with 8:22 remaining, with assists from White and Roberto. White netted his hat trick goal with 3:53 to play in the second before Iovanna finished the floury with his second of the game to cap off the second.

“We’re not finesse, we just get pucks to the net,” White said about the play of his linemates. “That’s how we score our goals.

“They were going hard to the corners, playing the body and then we try to hit each other in open space.”

Brendan Collier added MC’s seventh tally on the power play midway through the third before White netted his fourth of the night with 3:43 remaining with assists from Iovanna and Brendan White.

Malden Catholic holds on against Central Catholic

March, 5, 2011

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Malden Catholic head coach Chris Serino didn’t sound happy with much of anything following his team’s Super Eight tournament game against Central Catholic on Saturday night, but he had to be satisfied with the final score.

Serino’s Lancers overcame some sloppy play in their own end to post a 4-3 victory.

“We gave up too many shots – way too many shots,” Serino said. “We skated by too many pucks. We didn’t utilize our speed. We were trying to make plays on soft ice you can’t make.

“We were slow in our decision making and we were slow in our passing. I’m mad because I don’t think we played sharp.”

Malden Catholic seemed to take control of a 2-2 game by scoring twice during a 25-second span in the third period. Sophomore forward Ryan Fitzgerald broke the tie by scoring on a breakaway at 4:32, and junior forward Brendan Collier collected his second goal of the contest to make it 4-2 at 4:57.

Central Catholic still had some fight left, however, and trimmed its deficit to one goal when senior forward Nick Leonard beat goaltender Patrick Young with 4:54 to play.

The Raiders’ best chance to tie the game came after it pulled goaltender Kyle Williams with 22.6 seconds to play. Central Catholic tried to jam the puck past Young while there was heavy traffic in front of the Malden Catholic goal, but the Lancers were able to preserve the one-goal lead.

“Every kid poured their heart and soul into this game,” Central Catholic head coach Mike Jankowski said. “They laid it all out there. There was no quit in them and all game it was like that. They stuck with their game plan and they stuck together.”

Senior forward Garrett White also scored for top-seeded Malden Catholic, which raised its record to 17-2-2. Senior forward Mike Vecchione, who has committed to play at the University of New Hampshire, was credited with three assists.

Fitzgerald (Boston College) and Collier (Boston University) have also committed to Division I schools. That line has accounted for 77 goals and 205 points this season.

“We didn’t play our best game today, but it was good we got out with a win,” Vecchione said. “We definitely need to play a lot better in the defensive zone in the next couple of games.

“We had our opportunities. For the most part our team was calm [in the third period]. We kept playing our game and wearing them down. They’re a hard-working team. They made us turn the puck over a lot in the defensive zone, and when we did turn it over they ended up capitalizing.”

Sophomore forward Mike Kelleher and freshman forward Alex Lester provided the other goals for eighth-seeded Central Catholic, which earned a spot in the field of eight by beating St. Mary’s of Lynn 3-1 in a play-in game. The loss dropped Central Catholic’s record to 17-6-1.

Malden Catholic will play Hingham in each team’s second tournament game, which will be played Tuesday at Merrimack College. Central Catholic will face Weymouth in Tuesday’s other game.

Each team scored twice in the opening period. Collier opened the scoring, but Central Catholic took a 2-1 lead on goals by Kelleher and Lester. White’s goal made it a 2-2 contest, and it remained 2-2 after 30 minutes.

“Not happy with the numbers,” Jankowski said. “It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but happy with the effort and happy with what they gave.”

No. 1 Malden Catholic turns on the jets

February, 4, 2011

MALDEN, Mass. –- Is No. 1 Malden Catholic hockey just hitting its stride now?

It’s hard to judge by a team that has averaged over six goals per game through 14 games this season. You might not be able to tell such a difference in the Lancers’ prolific 9-0 blanking of No. 11 Xaverian at Valley Forum on Thursday. It might just seem like more of the same from a talented offensive squad, but there was a marked difference. That was in the way MC started.

“I think we played pretty good hockey today overall,” Lancers head coach Chris Serino said, alluding to his team’s full 45-minute effort.

MC (10-2-2, 4-0-2 Catholic Conference) in recent weeks has made it a habit — a bad one at that — of falling behind early before kicking it into high gear to beat teams in the third period. The Lancers bucked that trend on Thursday, systematically deconstructing the Hawks (7-4-1, 2-3-0) for three periods.

Seven players scored goals for the Lancers led by sophomore center Ryan Fitzgerald’s hat trick. Eleven players cracked the scoresheet for MC and five players had multi-point games, including Brendan Collier, Nick Roberto, Mike Vecchione, Brendan White along with Fitzgerald.

“We know what’s at stake in this game, we’re just one step closer to winning the division and [Xaverian has] played well this season,” Fitzgerald said. “We came out firing on all cylinders and it worked out good.”

“We’re definitely a talented group, but I think we’re starting to find our work ethic right now. With those two qualities, we should be good.”

Garrett White got the Lancers going with a blazing wrist shot from the slot for a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the first. Collier netted another with 11 seconds remaining in the first.

The damage could have been worse if not for Hawks goaltender Austin Miller. MC placed 20 shots on goal in the first period alone and Miller made 34 saves in just two periods of duty.

The Lancers’ barrage continued in the second with three goals from Fitzgerald, the last of which was scored short-handed.

Vecchione, Bob Keough, Brendan White and Roberto rounded up scoring with tallies of their own in the third when play turned increasingly chippy.

Several players had to be separated following the postgame handshake when jawing turned into a shoving match. The skirmish was broken up by referees and the teams' coaching staffs.

No. 5 CM ties up No. 2 Malden Catholic

January, 29, 2011
BOSTON -- In their first meeting of the season, No. 2 Malden Catholic put up a lop-sided 7-3 win over Catholic Conference rival Catholic Memorial.

In Saturday’s rematch at Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University, the goaltenders ruled the day as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie. The Lancers’ Pat Young stopped 25 shots, including some clutch saves in the third period. Meanwhile, sophomore Shane Starrett turned in a tremendous 36-save performance between the pipes for the fifth-ranked Knights.

“If that was a tie, it should have been 7-7, not 1-1,” MC head coach Chris Serino said. “There wasn’t a lot of defense being played. That’s something we’re going to need to work on.”

CM was out-shot in the first period, 15-8, but sophomore goaltender Shane Starrett weathered the storm, making a number of saves on point-blank opportunities. No stop was finer than Starrett’s kick-out of Garrett White’s one-timer from the faceoff dot with 6:20 remaining.

However, White would pay Starrett back for his theft, finding the back of the net with 2:01 remaining in the first for a 1-0 MC lead.

After a penalty-free first period, both teams had a couple chances with the man-advantage in the second.

The Lancers (8-2-2, 3-0-2) were given a 5-on-3 power play after a CM cross checking penalty with 5:18 remaining. MC put four shots on goal during the two-man advantage (all of which were kicked aside by Starrett), but most of the chances were limited to the periphery, thanks to some dogged work by Knights forward Kevin McCarthy at the top of the triangle.

“He gives himself up out there all the time,” Knights head coach Bill Hanson said of McCarthy’s efforts on the PK. “It’s because of his athleticism, too.”

CM (7-5-1, 2-2-1) also saw two power-play opportunities go by the boards in the second with only one shot to show for them.

However, the Knights best chance to score in the second came at even strength. Lancers goaltender made a toe save on a Liam Coughlin shot with 30 seconds remaining, but the rebound stalled at the top of the goalmouth with winger Jack O’Hear perched on the doorstep. The quick put back by O’Hear was nabbed by the glove of Young, who made a jaw-dropping sprawling recovery.

CM finally cracked through for the equalizer with 6:41 remaining in the game. Knights defenseman Marc Hetnik pushed the play up ice as MC was slow coming off a defensive pairing change. The smooth-skating 6-foot-3 blue-liner made his charge up the left wing boards and fired a wrister on Young from inside the dot. The shot squeaked through Young’s right arm and near side post.

“What defensemen are supposed to do when they’re on a change is just to get the puck to their goaltender,” Hanson said. “It just happened to get by him.”

After a hard-fought battle, the teams gathered on their respective blue lines after the game and Hanson took a moment to send best wishes to assistant coach Bob Dwan, who will be deployed to Afghanistan on Monday. A Lt. Col. in the National Guard, Dwan is a Gulf War veteran who has spent the last four years as an assistant to Hanson. Also CM graduate, Dwan (’83) also played under the Knights’ bench boss as a four-year varsity player before going on to play at Providence College.

No. 1 Malden Catholic finishes No. 2 CM

January, 12, 2011

MALDEN, Mass. – They sure do finish with flair.

For the second straight game against a Catholic Conference foe, No. 1 Malden Catholic trailed in the third period. The Lancers clawed out of a 2-0 hole to come back and beat No. 3 St. John’s Prep last week, but, once again, MC found itself trailing late Tuesday night against No. 2 Catholic Memorial.

The Knights took a 2-1 lead 2:36 into the third on Liam Coughlin’s goal. That’s when the Lancers clicked into another gear, scoring three goals in a span of 1:12. MC netting six goals on 12 shots overall in the third period to finish in a flurry and a 7-3 victory over CM.

“In that five-minute stretch, we did everything right,” MC head coach Chris Serino said. “We handled the puck and we were moving it like that the whole game, we just weren’t finishing.’

The Lancers (7-1-0, 2-0-0) dominated play for long stretches of the first period and out-shot the Knights, 12-5. However, MC only mustered to sneak one goal past CM goaltender Tommy Knox in the first with Ryan Fitzgerald tallying his 11th of the season on a give-and-go.

The Knights (5-4-0, 1-1-0) evened the score 15 seconds into the second period when Dan O’Hear knocked in a rebound off Marc Hetnik’s shot.

“We played hard, we created turnovers, we generated some offense off of our forecheck,” CM head coach Bill Hanson said of his team’s effort in the second stanza.

The Knights hard work paid off again early in the third period on Coughlin’s marker assisted by Jack O’Hear – his second.

Yet, MC drew even with an unexpected lift from freshman Tyler Sifferlen. Defenseman Connor Evangelista sprung Sifferlen on a breakaway. He beat Knox top-shelf for the first of his two goals in the period.

“That really turned things around,” Lancers assistant captain Brendan Collier said of Sifferlen’s goal. “From there, we were able to keep getting the puck deep, forecheck their D and just wear them down.”

Collier kept the pressure on netting his 10th of the season 42 seconds later with assists from Fitzgerald and Paul Wrenn. Mike Iovanna added his seventh goal of the year on a two-on-one break for a 4-2 MC lead. Garrett White tallied his second point of night (1 G, 1A) with a power play goal set up by Mike Vecchione to give the Lancers a three-goal cushion.

Fitzgerald later added his second goal of the night, thanks to some gritty work in the corner by Vecchione who fed the puck into the slot from his knees.

Sifferlen rounded out scoring with his second of the night with 8.3 seconds remaining. Chris Stathopoulous also scored late for CM.

Serino credited the work of his third line, comprised of Sifferlen, Bob Keough and Jake Porazzo, in helping to keep the Lancers’ legs fresh throughout.

“We run three lines out there and we’re able to wear them down,” Serino added. “It helps us tremendously because we’re able to wear them down and we were able to bury the puck in the third period.”