St. John's High scored two power-play goals in the first period to beat archrival St. Peter-Marian, 4-2, at the DCU Center on Saturday. The win moved the Pioneers (6-7-3, 2-1 Catholic West) closer to a Division 1 playoff berth, while the Guardians fell to 4-8-2, 0-4. SPM was whistled for eight penalties, including four in the first period. We talked about getting a lead early and being smart with it when we got it,'' St. John's coach Brian Murphy said. I thought we played well and smart because this is always an emotional game and a big rivalry for both teams.'' The Pioneers are 4-1-1 in their last six games and need seven points in their final six games to qualify for the postseason. St. John's scored its first goal while on a 5-on-3 power play and added a second with a man advantage. Kevin Quinlivan helped make it 1-0 when he gained control of the puck off the faceoff and tipped a pass to junior defenseman Bryan Nelson, who blistered a shot from the blue line past Ryan Carey (23 saves) at 4:48. Nearly a minute later, with an SPM player still in the box, Pat Storer gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Chris Adams, who charged down the right side.
St. John's (Shrewsbury) 4, St. Peter-Marian 2
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Shrewsbury
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 1:08 p.m.