Photo by Matthew J. Lee, Globe StaffThere will be high fives and smiles on the public side of the endless public-versus-private debate in Massachusetts hockey today after Hingham knocked off Catholic Memorial 1-0 to win the Super 8.
“I got a lot of emails and phone calls and texts from other public school coaches and alums throughout the week,” Hingham head coach Tony Messina said. “There was a lot of sentiment behind us and we knew it.”
That sentiment spilled over at the Garden in the form of several thousand red clad specatators who cheered the Harbormen on to victory. More than 700 of whom had gathered for a pre game rally at the Harp across the street from the Garden.
But it wasn’t just a public school knocking off a Catholic school, this was Catholic Memorial. CM was the consensus top team in the state, defending Super 8 champions and owners of 12 of the previous 19 championship trophies.
“It really means a lot to us to beat CM,” Messina said. “They are a great team and we have a ton of respect for their program.”
Hingham’s victory was sealed by their man between the pipes, Derek McInnis. McInnis stopped all 19 shots he faced en route to a shutout. But it wasn’t so much the quantity of his saves, but the quality that made them remarkable.
“He had an unbelievable game,” Messina said. “He stopped pucks that I didn’t think he saw, he was just tremendous.”
For McInnis himself, this game was the fulfillment of a dream.
“Every night when I go to bed, I visualize playing CM in the Super 8,” McInnis said. “It's what you want.”
Hingham’s lone goal came halfway through the first period, on the only power play that the Harbormen would get, when Tim Driscoll tipped a Steven Bellew shot past Tommy Knox.
“It wasn’t a flashy goal, just a solid tip," Messina said. “Knox is really good and you have to make sure he doesn’t see them all.”
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