The Cathedral (Springfield)coach Brian Foley knew his team was going to face a challenge Saturday at No. 5 Hingham. But Foley's No. 1 Panthers stood strong during the first two periods - both scoreless -then got the opening goal 37 seconds into the third period and went on to beat the Harbormen, 3-1. ‘‘It was a big lift to get the lead in the third on the road,'' Foley said. Sophomore Peter Crinella had a chance at the second rebound of freshman defenseman Cam Griffin's initial and buried it. With six minutes left in the game, Panthers sophomore Nick Chaoush took a pass from senior defenseman Jack Williams and found the back of the net to make it 2-0. The Harbormen got one back with less than four minutes left on a power-play strike by junior Sam D'Antuono. The Panthers' backline played a strong game, with a rotation of five defensemen. Led by Williams and senior Matt Foley, the Panthers held the Harbormen to one goal, a 5-on-3 man-advantage. ‘‘They've had outstanding years,'' Foley said. ‘‘We have a young team, and they provide great leadership.'' Junior goaltender John Liquori made 22 saves, and freshman John Leonard ended the tension in the third with an empty-net goal in the last minute. The Panthers improved to 13-0-2. ‘‘Traditionally, (Cathedral-Hingham) games are defensive battles,'' Foley said. ‘‘There weren't going to be a lot of goals. We were fortunate to get a few by them in the third.'' Foley is pleased with the variety of scoring from the Panthers this season. ‘‘The key to our success is that we're getting key goals from different scorers,'' said Foley, noting that the Panthers had goals from three players. Despite his team's success in the first half of the season, Foley isn't letting a top-five road victory get the better of him. ‘‘Our next game is at (No. 3) BC High at UMass-Boston on Thursday,'' Foley said. ‘‘We have a really difficult schedule remaining.''
Cathedral (Springfield) 3, Hingham 1
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Hingham
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 1:08 p.m.