FALMOUTH — As if the raucous student sections and the packed house wasn’t enough to tip off BC High senior Terence Durkin about the importance of yesterday’s game between his No. 5 Eagles and No. 3 Hingham, a bit of mid-week reading certainly did the job.
The Eagles (11-4-3) headed into the game as a likely Super 8 squad. But backed by two goals from Durkin, BC High took a decisive 5-0 win from the Harbormen (11-5-4) in first-round Cape Cod Classic opening round action.
In the process, the Eagles moved from contender to team-to-beat status in the state’s ultimate high school hockey tournament.
“I read a couple newspapers talking about how this is the game of the week, that it would kind of tell who would be in the Super 8 and where we would be and all that,” Durkin said. “It was big for seeding or for us getting in.”
BC High jumped on the Harbormen right out of the gate. Senior Jake Tenaglia put the Eagles on the board less than four minutes in, scooping up a rebound off Sean Talbot’s shot and depositing the puck into a wide-open cage.
The goal was the first of three straight rebound goals for the Eagles. Tom Besinger netted goal No. 2, crashing the net and lifting the puck over downed Hingham netminder Derek McInnis with 4:06 to play in the first.
Midway through the second, Durkin extended the lead to 3-0 in similar fashion, stuffing home a loose puck that Hingham goalie Derek McInnis failed to control with the glove.
Hingham got its best chance at a comeback about four minutes later. Within seconds of each other, BC High’s Talbot and Tenaglia took penalties, giving Hingham a full 1:30 of five-on-three time.
The Harbormen moved the puck effectively on the man-up try, but managed just one shot on net — a relatively easy save for netminder Peter Cronin (24 saves).
“We’ve been good on five-on-three all year,” Hingham coach Tony Messina said. “We got some good chances on diagonal passes. It would’ve really changed the momentum for us, or at least made us feel a bit better about the game.”
Senior Andrew White’s early third-period tally extended the lead to four, and then Durkin struck again with a mesmerizing forehand-to-backhand breakaway score.
“Terence Durkin can fly,” BC High coach John Flaherty said. “When he’s moving his feet, there aren’t many defensemen who can keep up with him. He has a gift, and he uses it and you saw that tonight”
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