St. John's (Shrewsbury) 4, St. Peter-Marian 2

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Shrewsbury

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.

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 1:08 p.m.

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