LYNN — The St. Mary’s boys hockey team started the season with a bang Wednesday night, scoring early and often in a 6-1 victory over Catholic Central League foe Matignon at William P. Connery Rink.
“We’ve been working hard at practice and had a lot of energy over the past couple weeks, but we still had plenty of issues out there tonight,” said Spartans assistant coach Jason Bullock. “We had some sloppy play in both zones, so we need to clean that up.”
The Spartans got a great performance from freshman defenseman Davis Kinne, who finished the game with two goals.
“He’s a very strong skater and he’s got great instincts,” said Bullock. “He’s the real deal for a kid his age and it was great to see him play well out there tonight.”
Colby Magliozzi, Damon Maribito, Nick Napolitano and Brady Carpenter each scored one goal. Goalie Joe Purtell recorded 9 saves in the win.
A big part of the Spartans’ win came down to time of possession, which St. Mary’s thoroughly dominated. Despite that, Surette noted the team still has plenty of issues to work through in the coming days.
“We worked hard in the offensive end, but at the same time they blocked a lot of shots and it didn’t feel like we were in control much despite holding onto the puck,” Bullock said. “We can certainly be better.”
The Spartans got off to a fast start in the first period, peppering Matignon goalie Nick Fabrizio with shots from the opening faceoff. Less than six minutes into the game, Magliozzi found the back of the net with a wrist shot from the left circle to put St. Mary’s up 1-0.
Matignon was able to respond just before the end of the first period when Michael Lynch broke into the St. Mary’s zone and fired a shot from the circle that ricocheted off a Spartans defender and into the back of the net to make it 1-1 with 30 seconds to go.
The second period belonged entirely to the Spartans. St. Mary’s outshot the Warriors 15-1 in the frame, finding the back of the net three times. The first goal came less than two minutes in, when Maribito cleaned up a rebound in front of the net after a shot from Kinne. Just 1:23 later, Kinne got in on the action himself by scoring on a rebound from a shot off the stick of Alex Nazarian. Things settled down from there until there was a minute left in the period, when Kinne took control of the puck at center ice, stick-handled around a defender and fired a shot from the right circle to make it 4-1.
The third period was largely uneventful until the final five minutes, when Carpenter and Napolitano netted goals within three minutes of each other to stretch out the lead and seal the victory.
St. Mary’s (1-0-0) hosts Winchester in a rematch of last year’s Division 1 state tournament game at Connery Saturday night (7:20).