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Revere blanked by Beverly in season finale

Revere's Zach Rufo (left) and Beverly's Andrew Shea (right) battle for the puck. (Item Photo by Owen O'Rourke)

REVERE — The season ended on a tough note for the Revere boys hockey team Friday night at Paul Cronin Rink. Revere surrendered four goals in the third period and watched visiting Beverly skate away with an 8-0 win in the season finale for both teams.

Panthers captain Steve Hallinan finished his Beverly career on a memorable note with three goals scored. Andrew Shea scored two goals, while Shane Cassidy, Brayden Clark and Jaxon Thomas scored one goal each. Andrew Mezza dished four assists.

Revere goalie JT Bowridge made 30 saves.

“It got away from us at the end,” Revere coach Joe Ciccarello said. “We were down a few guys. Two of our top six forwards weren’t playing. We were down 33 percent of our top line. It was tough to compete against Beverly, who’s a good team, without two of our top guys. But we tried hard. We were in the game for a bit and then it got away from us in the 5-on-3 (in the third period).”

The Patriots celebrated their annual senior night during Friday’s game. Revere honored its seven seniors: Rickie Briana, Andres Cardona, Wayne Cintolo, Matt Cravotta, Marc Giordano, Cam Mazza and Zach Rufo.

“They were awesome,” Ciccarello said. “They committed themselves to this team and the program for four years. They gave me everything they had. It’s unfortunate we didn’t make the tournament their senior year. I know they had a lot of high hopes coming in. We just couldn’t get going early on in the season and once we fell behind, it was tough to get going again. It felt like we were chasing all year long. They cared and work hard. I definitely want to thank them for their commitment.”

After seven minutes of scoreless play, Hallinan put Beverly on the scoreboard with a shorthanded goal midway through the first period. Shea followed suit four minutes later and Beverly led 2-0 at the first intermission.

The Panthers added two more goals to their lead in the second period. Cassidy lit the lamp on a slapshot just 18 seconds into the frame. Hallinan scored his second goal of the night with 2:03 on the clock, padding Beverly’s lead to 4-0.

Revere weathered the storm for the next few minutes but a 5-minute major penalty doomed the Patriots in the closing stages. Beverly made the most of the advantage, scoring four goals (Clark, Thomas, Hallinan, Shea) within a three-minute stretch to close its 8-0 win.

The Patriots finished the season at 4-13-3.

“We’re hoping they learn and recognize how bad these seniors wanted to go to the tournament,” Ciccarello said. “They didn’t get it done. Now they know what it’ll take in the offseason, that’s for sure.”

Ciccarello, who lost his Melrose home to a fire Sunday, offered gratitude to those who’ve supported him over the past week. A GoFundMe page was created to support Ciccarello and his family, and has raised nearly $60,000 this week.

“I want to thank everybody for the support,” Ciccarello said. “The hockey community’s been great, the officials, the Mass. Coaches Association. The league, Beverly, Winthrop and a bunch of other teams have reached out. I want to give them a heartfelt thank you. The response has been overwhelming.”

BOYS HOCKEY

Lynn 4, Methuen 1

The Jets closed the regular season at 12-4-4. Goals were scored by Andrew Patrie (two), John DiFilippo (one) and Brian Clougherty (one). DiFilippo logged two assists, while Clougherty and Owen Downey each had one.

Goalie Jack Gallant made 35 saves.

“It was a good team win,” Lynn coach Mike Roberts said. “The boys fought hard all game long and ended the season on a much-needed positive note to get back on track.”

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