Hockey Roundup: St. John’s outlasts Austin Prep

The St. John’s Prep hockey team defeated Austin Prep, 7-3, Monday, but there were a few anxious moments in the second period.The Eagles launched their attack early, scoring four goals in the first period, but Austin Prep regrouped and not only shut down St. John’s explosive offense, but came back to cut the deficit in half.”When you build up a 4-0 lead in the first period, one of two things can happen. Either you come out with all the confidence in the world, or you get complacent. We got a little complacent,” Prep coach Kristian Hanson said.The Eagles came out flying in the first period with Daniel Haugh scoring back-to-back goals and Colin Prior assisting on both. They doubled the lead on goals by Stephen DiCarlo and Christian Cowles and when the buzzer sounded to end the period, the Eagles looked to be in control.Austin Prep coach Lou Finocchiaro made a few adjustments, including a change of goalies, and for a while, the strategy paid off. Cougar keeper Peter White of Lynn put the brakes on the St. John’s scoring machine. His first order of business was to thwart Cowles, who had two breakaways when the Eagles were shorthanded. White, in his first varsity game of the season, had 22 saves in the second and third periods.The Cougars also started to show signs of life on offense, with Dave McDonald and Nick Titcomb scoring to cut The Prep’s lead to 4-2.”He (White) did a real nice job,” Finocchiaro said. “He gave us a chance (to get back in the game).”The Prep recovered nicely in the third period, scoring three goals to put this one away for good. Daniel Lawton, Nicholas Riccio and DiCarlo (his second) found the net to put the Eagles up, 7-2. Austin Prep’s Mike Scola scored a power-play goal with 16 seconds remaining for the 7-3 final.Austin Prep (10-3-3) can win the Catholic Central League title with a victory over St. Bernard’s Wednesday. The Eagles are 10-5-3.Swampscott 2, Everett 2At Everett, the Big Blue (10-4-4, 7-3-3 Northeastern Conference South) scored both their goals in the final period with John Pelletier supplying the tying tally with 2:08 left in the game.Everett lit the lamp first on a Matt Post goal late in the second period. Swampscott’s Anthony DiPietro tied things up 3:03 into the third period, but Everett regained the lead with just over four minutes remaining. Pelletier’s goal came off an assist from Alex DiDonato. Conor Barton was in net for the Big Blue.Swampscott outshot the Crimson Tide by a robust 37-13 margin.”We ran into kind of a hot goalie,” Swampscott coach Gino Faia said.Fenwick 7, Shawsheen 4At Rockett Arena, Pat Doliber had two goals and two assists for the Crusaders (10-5-1, 5-1 Catholic Central League Div. 2). Fenwick led 3-1 after the first period on goals by Doliber, Joe Cannatella and Tyler Burgess. The Crusaders made it 4-1 on a Chris Renzulli score, but Shawsheen wasn’t ready to cash it in just year. Corey Bruckier, who scored the first goal for the Rams, made it 4-2 in the second period. Dale Crispin made it 5-2 a short time later; Shawsheen’s Rich DeVitto closed the gap to 5-3 heading into the final period.Fenwick finally put the Rams away on goals by Doliber and Crispin, although DeVitto struck again with 20 seconds left for the 7-3 final. Doliber’s final goal came with the Crusaders shorthanded.”Shawsheen’s a very strong team,” Fenwick coach Bob Tierney said. “They won the Commonwealth Conference and they beat Northeast twice. We lost to Northeast.”Fenwick still has a shot at winning the CCL Div. 2 if it can win its final two league games against Trinity Catholic and Pope John. Fenwick hasn’t won a league title since 1996.

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