BOURNE -- When Archbishop Williams lost one of its top forwards Jim Perron with a torn ACL, it forced coach Derackk Curtis to adjust his team’s power play.
Curtis’ “adjustments” overcame Perron’s loss as the Bishops beat Weymouth, 4-1, in the Division 1 South finals yesterday at Gallo Arena.
James Boyle and Dan Cotton each scored power-play goals in the second period while the Bishops killed off all five Weymouth power plays en route to a third clash with Arlington Catholic in the Division 1 finals on March 14 at TD BankNorth Garden.
“We’ve been working on the power play because we lost one of our top guys, Jim Perron, during the last game of the Cape Classic so we had to adjust it accordingly,” Curtis said. “He’s a good playmaker. We weren't having a lot of success so I changed it up a couple of days ago.
“You know what? We thought it might be a difference maker.”
Boyle scored at the 14:16 mark of the second period when he buried the rebound of a shot by Tom Haskins, who won a draw in Weymouth’s end.
Cotton upped the lead to 2-0 at 8:20 when he blasted a slap shot past a screened Brian Brady (25 saves).
“I simplified it,” Curtis said of his adjustments. “We came with two different units and tried to put pucks to the net and keep more traffic in front - and not have as many set plays. Just get back to basics.”
The Bishops (16-5-2) also stuck to the basics on their penalty kill.
“I thought our penalty killing was huge, too,” Curtis said. “We didn’t allow them to have too many opportunities.”
As much as anything, the Bishops’ success on special teams gave them momentum.
“These kids have worked hard all year,” Curtis said. “They haven’t been here. They’re nervous and up-tight. I think once they realized they could play with (Weymouth) maybe they could get it going a little bit better and build on their confidence.”
The Bishops built on their lead at 2:42 of the third when Just Lawless’ wrist shot beat Brady who was screened by James Nazzaro.
Matt Previte made it 4-0 at 11:04 when he back-handed the rebound of an Eric Covell shot.
Weymouth’s Sean Murphy spoiled a shutout bid by Nick Commesso (29 saves) when he scored in a traffic jam with 1:26 remaining.
“Nick’s been good all year,” Curtis said. “I thought he made the big stops when he had to. I thought he played really composed and didn’t look nervous at all.
“He’s been rock-solid all winter long. You have to ride a hot goalie sometimes.”
In retrospect, Commesso was as “hot” as the Bishops’ special teams.
“(Perron) is a big part of the team but we worked our way around (his injury),” Nazzaro said. “Anyone on our team is capable of playing on the power play. We worked hard. We won the game because we came ready to play.”
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