WINTHROP — In a matter of 10 seconds Thursday, the Bishop Fenwick boys hockey team saw its game go from a potential comeback win to a tough last-second loss. After tying the game up with just five minutes to go in the game, Fenwick gave up a goal with 23 seconds remaining and ended up falling to Winthrop, 2-1, at Lawrence Larsen Rink.
Fast-forward to the end of the third period, and the score is tied at 1-1 with just over 30 seconds to go in the game. Fenwick had tied the game a few minutes earlier and held all the momentum. Junior Alex Michalec sent a blistering shot from the blue line that got past Winthrop senior goalie Ryan Skoczylas, but it hit the post and ricocheted out. The puck then made its way to center ice, where Winthrop senior captain Chris Finn picked it up. He sent a pass over to senior captain Sam Yarrow, who buried a wrist shot with 23 seconds left to give the Vikings the eventual game-winning goal.
“Our team worked so hard the whole game like they always do, and it just came down to a couple of bounces here and there tonight,” said Fenwick coach Jim Quinlan. “We had so many chances out there but we couldn’t get the puck to go in, and that’s been our season this year unfortunately.”
Senior captain Trey Deloury scored the lone goal for the Crusaders in the loss, while senior captain Derek DelVecchio and junior Nick Muzi each had one assist. Senior captain goalie Jake Moniz had six saves in the loss, but they all came in big moments.
“Jake has been playing so well lately, and that continued tonight,” said Quinlan. “He kept us in it for most of the game and made a couple of big saves in each period to keep us down only 1-0. I feel bad for the way it ended, but that’s hockey sometimes.”
For Winthrop, Yarrow led the way with one goal and one assist. Senior Andrew DiMento added one goal, while Finn and junior Noah Evangelista each had one assist. Skoczylas had 24 saves in the win.
Quinlan pointed out that when you outshoot a team by such a wide margin (25-9 in favor of Fenwick), it’s a disappointment when you can only net one goal.
“We’ve only got 10 goals in nine games, and that’s just not going to get it done,” said Quinlan. “We’re only giving up about two goals a game on defense, but that doesn’t matter much when you’re only scoring one. That’s our biggest problem right now.”
Winthrop was able to draw first blood early in the opening period. After Fenwick opened the game by peppering Skoczylas with several shots over the first couple minutes of action, Winthrop turned the tables and got some offense going the other way. The first shot of the game for the Vikings came off the stick of Evangelista, who let go a shot from the blue line that was redirected into the net by DiMento to give Winthrop a 1-0 lead.
Fenwick had a couple chances on a power play later in the period, but Skoczylas stood tall in net for Winthrop and the score remained at 1-0.
In the second period, Fenwick kept the pressure up. In addition to getting the only power play of the period, the Crusaders outshot Winthrop 13-4 in the frame. But once again, Skoczylas was a rock in net and the Vikings held onto their slim lead going into the third period.
Fenwick was able to tie the game up with five minutes to go in the game on a power play goal from Deloury. The Crusaders had the momentum from that point on, until the final sequence that led to the tough loss.
Winthrop (8-3-0) hosts Saugus Saturday back at Larsen (1:30).
Fenwick (3-6-0) will try to rebound when it hosts Notre Dame (Conn.) Saturday afternoon at McVann/O’Keefe Memorial Rink (12).
Peabody 66, Malden 20
The Tanners got wins from Gabriel Carvalho in the shot put (44 feet, 4 1/2 inches), Kemani Jackson in the 55-meter hurdles (8.3 seconds), Jacob Hawthorne in the 55 dash (6.6), Jared Ridley in the 300 (39.6), Cameron Rich in the 600 (1:30.4), Claudio Rocha in the one-mile (4:40.2) and Matthew Davidson in the two-mile (11:54.3).
Swampscott 74, Saugus 8
Swampscott swept the field in the win behind double-winner Joe Varghese, who won the high jump (6-0) and the 55 hurdles (8.4). Other winners for the Big Blue were Anton Vasquez in the shot put (43-6), Zackias Palmer in the 55 dash (6.6), Cole Hamernick in the 300 (41.2), Michael Ferragamo in the 600 (1:38.0), Reece Klusza in the 1000 (3:04.0), Dylan Brawley in the one-mile (5:11.2) and Miles Benson in the two-mile (13:55.3).
Peabody 62, Malden 20
Peabody’s winners were Alexa Flewelling in the high jump (4-10), Fadima Kaba in the 55 hurdles (9.5), Ava D’Ambrosio in the 55 dash (7.7), Victoria Lombardi in the 600 (1:54.3), Bridget O’Connell in the 1000 (3:28.2), Shannon O’Connell in the one-mile (6:25.9) and Alexandra Barrett in the two-mile (13:23.1).
Swampscott 56, Saugus 29
Swampscott’s wins came from Charlotte Andrews in the high jump (4-10), Clara Espaillat in the shot put (34-4 1/2), Meredith Zimmer in the 55 hurdles (9.6), Paige Kennedy in the 55 dash (7.9), Genevieve Dishman in the 1000 (3:50.0), Ashley Marton in the one-mile (5:51.0) and Leonie Flackie in the two-mile (14:40.9).
Saugus got wins from Jenni Costa in the 300 (47.4) and Ava Fiorino in the 600 (1:53.7).