The St. Mary’s boys hockey team might not have won the Cardinal Classic, but it may have earned a way into the Super 8 after a strong performance at Olympia Ice Center.
The Spartans fell to Super 8 lock Pope Francis 3-2 in overtime in the final Thursday afternoon, but the game will go into each team’s record as a tie. That only bolsters the Spartans’ chances of getting into the Super 8, as they’ve been right on the bubble for the past couple weeks.
Brady Carpenter and Colin Reddy each had one goal for St. Mary’s. Carpenter scored on Christian Moran’s assist in the first period. Reddy scored unassisted in the third period.
Goalie Joe Purtell made 26 saves. Reddy and Purtell were named to the all-tournament team.
“It was up and down on both ends,” Spartans coach Mark Lee said. “Both goalie played well. To compete well with these guys in their tournament, I give my guys a lot of credit. It says a lot about where we’re at right now. Pope Francis and B.C. High are battling for No. 1 and No. 2 in the state. We accomplished a lot in this tournament.
“It was a total team effort,” Lee said. “To play that caliber of competition, it took all three lines. They all stepped their game up. It was very impressive to watch.”
With the regular season now over, the Spartans (16-5-1) will sit back and wait to see where they fall. The postseason pairings will be announced Saturday.
“We’re looking forward to the postseason,” Lee said. “It’s a group that has shown it’s ready to compete at the highest level. I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
Marblehead 12, East Longmeadow 2
Jacob Garfield had a hat trick to lead the way as the Magicians rolled in their regular season finale.
Charlie McGurrin and Paul Heffernan each had two goals, while Ben Gansenberg added one goal and one assist. Brendan Locke and Aidan Ryan each had one goal, while Ryan Hart had two assists. Tommy Woodfin, Loch Sheridan and Zach Piersol each had one assist in the win.
Marblehead (14-4-3) now waits for its seeding in the upcoming Division 2 North state tournament.
St. Mary’s 3, Reading 1
The Spartans closed out the regular season on a high note with a solid non-conference win at Pilgrim Arena in the Hingham Hockey Showcase. Kelsey Sullivan led the way with two goals, while Jenna Chaplain scored one. Mady Hentosh, Marina DiBiasio, Codi Butt and Sam Porazinski each logged one assist. Goalie Lauren Vaccaro had 25 saves.
“We’re very fortunate to win the game,” Spartans coach Frank Pagliuca said. “I thought we got outplayed for the majority of the game. We lacked effort and enthusiasm. We were very fortunate that Lauren and Kelsey showed up to play. We had an overall excellent regular season and look forward to the tournament.”
The Spartans swept the showcase for the first time in program history. Sullivan and Vaccaro were named showcase all-stars.
St. Mary’s (16-2-2), finished the regular season with the second fewest goals allowed in the state (16) and figures to be a high seed in the upcoming state tournament. The pairings will be announced Saturday.
KIPP Academy 46, Minuteman 26
With the win Wednesday, KIPP earned sole possession of first place in the CAC Division 3. The Panthers are 7-1 in conference play and 10-10 overall.
Senior Naudia Resnek led the Panthers on senior night with a game-high 13 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds, swiped four steals and dished three assists.
Nicole Uchendu scored 11 points. Tatiana Megie-Maddrey scored nine points with five steals and four assists.
The Panthers now await the state tournament pairings.