PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick boys hockey team rose to the occasion Monday, cruising to a 9-1 win in the annual Carlin Cup against rival Peabody at McVann/O’Keefe Rink. The win qualified the Crusaders for the state tournament, who closed out the regular season with five straight wins while outscoring their opponents 32-3.
“The last two years we haven’t been in the tournament,” Crusaders coach Jim Quinlan said. “We have just gotten better and better over the years. We were down and then we won five in a row. It shows so much character for these guys because their back were to the wall and they knew they wanted to get in the tournament. They practiced hard and fought hard to get here.”
Junior forward Ian Worthely led the way with with a hat trick earning him the Carlin Cup Robert “Bo” Tierney Most Valuable Player award. Defenseman Alec Michalec scored twice while Derek DelVecchio, Kinnery Muniz, Nick Sasso and Patrick Roach each had one goal.
Quinlan had high praise for Fenwick’s first line (Worthely, Nick Muzi and Ethan Belt).
“That line is buzzing right now with Ian, Nick and Ethan” Quinlan said. “(Belt) works so hard and is so respectful and so discipline. He just wants to win for the program. He cares about the program more than himself. If you watch him he’ll sacrifice himself, block shots, and do anything I ask of him.”
Nick Capillo scored the lone goal on a disappointing senior day for Peabody. The Tanners committed several penalties in the third period and ended the game with a pair of ejections.
The game was called with 1:39 to play.
“It was disappointing,” Peabody coach Mark Leonard said. “You don’t want it to go that way. There was a lot of frustration coming out. It was a physical, rough game. The last six penalties are on us and I don’t think that helped calm the kids down at all. It’s unfortunate. We had a couple kids that lost their cool and it just snowballed into a pretty embarrassing thing.
“We’ll have practice Tuesday and try to get back,” Leonard added. “I think the kids played pretty hard today. Unfortunately we needed a few saves here or there and we didn’t get them early. That really hurt us and the frustration just built up. We’ll rebound Wednesday against a Revere team that’s been struggling like us. Hopefully we can close it out the right way.”
The Crusaders got off to a fast start, controlling possession in the Peabody zone for the first few minutes. Belt eventually dished a nice pass to Worthely out front who put Fenwick ahead 1-0.
The Tanners evened things up less than a minute later, when Capillo slipped by a defender for a breakaway and scored on a wrist shot to tie the game a 1-1.
Worthely responded just a few minutes later, scoring on a wrist shot to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead after the first period.
In the second period Fenwick started to pile on the offense. Michalec scored twice, once on a shot from the point on a power play and then again a minute later after chipping a puck into the Peabody zone that slipped through the legs of Ryan Fera, to put the Crusaders ahead 4-1.
DelVecchio added a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the period to extend the lead to 5-1.
A flurry of penalties in the third period left Peabody a man down for the last several minutes. Fenwick took full advantage, with Worthely finishing his hat trick and Muniz, Sasso and Roach each finding the back of the net to finish the scoring.
After grabbing a tournament spot with the Crusaders’ 10th win of the season, and the Carlin Cup in the same game, Quinlan hopes the Crusaders can continue to improve heading into the postseason.
“In the beginning of the year we lost games because we couldn’t score,” Quinlan said. “We would out-shoot teams and still lose in the last minute. We just weren’t getting any bounces. Then all of the sudden we started getting bounces. We scored 32 goals and only have let in two or three. We are getting it from all three lines right now.”