Dylan DiNatale scored a hat trick for No. 15 Wilmington, but the effort was not enough as seventh-ranked Malden Catholic squeezed out a 4-3 win Monday at Valley Forum in Malden.
Jared Silva scored the winner for Malden Catholic (4-2-3) at 12:31 of the third period when John McLean took a shot from the point and Silva worked for the rebound to earn a hard-fought goal.
Sophomore goalie Alex Reissis picked up his first varsity win for the Lancers.
It was Malden Catholic’s first win since Dec. 27; the Lancers were 0-2-3 in their previous five games.
“We will take anything at this point. We were sick of losing, sick of tying and it was a huge win for us. We will take the two points,” said MC coach John McLean.
It was a back-and-forth contest as the Wildcats (8-2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Luke Foley got an outlet pass from Cody McGowan and on a two-on-one Foley found DiNatale for the score.
Just 3:29 into the second period Austin Goldstein tied the game, with an assist by Aza Nazarian. Less than two minutes later DiNatale claimed the lead back for the Wildcats when he converted off another feed from McGowan for a score.
MC then tied the game at 2 on a power play when Nazarian struck again, with assists going to John McLean and Will Lawrence.
The Lancers took their first lead when Tyler Sifferlen scored a shorthanded goal, unassisted late in the third period.
“In the second period we got the puck in deep and created some turnovers and did the hard stuff,” said the elder McLean.
Five minutes into the third period DiNatale finished his hat trick to tie the game but the Lancers were able to hold on for the win after Silva’s goal seven minutes later.
Winchester 4, Medford 0 — Pete Olsen picked up his first shutout of the season as the No. 8 Sachems moved to 7-0-2.
O’Bryant 85, Fenway 65 — The Tigers (6-3) were led by senior center Jared Butler’s seventh double-double of the season, 17 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Ian Jaffier added 16 points.
South Boston 58, Boston English 49 — The Knights (7-1) were led by Jocelyn Harris, who scored 16 points, and Destinee Morris, who added 15. Ashley Louis-Jean (24 points) and Trayana Mair (22 points) played well for the Blue & Blue in the loss.
Pope John 48, Matignon 31 — Junior Linda Perry led the Tigers (7-2) with 21 points.
Nantucket 48, Cape Cod Academy 13 — Led by Mackenzie Holdgate’s 14 points, the Whalers picked up their sixth win.
St. Mary’s 56, Austin Prep 21 — Junior guard Brianna Rudolph led the way for the No. 19 Spartans (9-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Sharell Sanders contributed 12 points, 8 assists, and 6 steals.
Randolph 47, Blackstone-Millville 39 — Donae Reed led the Blue Devils with 19 points.