Despite a roster filled with underclassmen, the BC High hockey team has survived an early brutal schedule that has seen the Eagles face off against four Globe Top 10 teams in their last five outings.
The ninth-ranked Eagles (7-3-3) put in a full night’s work again Monday, taking out No. 10 Reading, 3-1, at UMass Boston’s Clark Center.
“The team gave a complete effort from start to finish,” BC High coach John Flaherty said.
The Eagles controlled the play early in the game and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman defenseman Matt Doherty.
Reading gained some momentum as the period wore on, eventually tying the score at 1-1, but Eagles sophomore goalie Peter Cronin came up with some big saves near the end of the period to tilt things back in BC High's favor.
During the first intermission the Eagles coaching staffed stressed that the game was going to be a dogfight. BC High responded in the second period when senior defenseman Brendan O’Malley scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Freshman forward Chris LaLiberte added a goal in the third period and the defense did the rest, holding the Rockets (9-3-1) to only 20 total shots.
“We have some young kids but they are really starting to come along and work well together,” said Eagles assistant coach Joe McCabe. “It’s a great thing to see.”
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- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
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- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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