NORTH ANDOVER -- St. Mary’s of Lynn notched their program’s first Super 8 victory, 3-2, over Springfield Cathedral with captain Brendan Magaery’s scoring the game winning goal in the shootout at Lawler Arena Wednesday night.
“It’s a funny sport because last game we played great and lost in a shootout and today we played lousy and won in the shootout,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee.
At 2:09 in the first period, the Spartans notched the first goal of the night as Cam O’Neill picked up the deflection from Drew DiMaiti, and floated in front of Cathedral’s John Liquori for the back handed wrap around on the left side of the net.
A little over three minutes later, Bobby Mullins dropped another for the Spartans at 5:35 when the junior forward received the pass from teammate Tim Aylward behind Cathedral’s net and drove it home at the left circle with a wrister above the pads of Liquori.
Cathedral’s Peter Crinella continued his Super 8 hot streak (2 goals, 2 assists), pulling the Panthers within one at 9:14, after the freshman forward won the offensive face-off on the left circle, and wristed it home above the shoulders of MacBurnie.
Springfield Cathedral scored the only goal in the second period at 6:08 to tie the game at 2-2, off of their second power play of the night. Cullen Geary wristed a blue line shot that got a friendly tip from a Panther stick to float by MacBurnie.
“Things just weren’t going our way and we just kept fighting and fighting,” Lee said. “We played good enough defense to keep us in it but I give a lot of credit to Springfield, they’re a great team.”
It was 2-2 at the end of regulation, a place where both teams had been before.
“They came out of the gate strong and we got off to a slow start, second game in a row in a 2-0 hole,” Springfield Cathedral coach Brian Foley said. “But we fought back and were confident in our goal scorers and goaltenders going into overtime and the shootout.”
Scoreless in overtime, both teams sent out five skaters to break the tie in a shootout.
Cathedral’s Matt Foley and Frank Crinella and St. Mary’s Bobby Mullins and Jarrod Fitzpatrick notched shootout goals leaving Magaery with the chance to win the game for the Spartans.
Magaery flew down the ice from the right ride, deked twice and snuck the puck left, under the pads of Cathedral’s Liquori.
“I had no plan going in, I felt like coming down I’d find my spot and go for it,” Magaery said. “I came down, he was coming more to the left so I wanted to deked back hand real quick, go left and luckily snuck it through. Its an unreal feeling.”
“I just want everybody to know, the guy who scored isn’t one of our biggest goal scorers,” Lee said. “He was our water boy when he was 6 years old, watching his older cousin play and go up through the ranks and now as a senior captain scoring the game-winning goal, that’s a sweet story right there.”
The No. 2 seed Spartans will have a tough uphill climb going 1-1 and facing St. John’s Prep on Sunday. Springfield Cathedral, now 0-2, will need to defeat Central Catholic Sunday for any chance of making it to the crossover round.
Brendan Mageary puts the nail in the coffin as St. Mary's beats Springfield Cathedral 3-2 in a shootout.
Here's the rundown of the shootout:
Rd 1. SC Jeff Deloria shot wide
Rd. 1 SM Bobby Mullins SCORES
Rd. 2 SC Matt Foley SCORES
Rd. 2 SM Eric McAdams misses
Rd. 3 SC Peter Crinella is stopped
Rd. 3 SM Jarrod Fitzpatrick SCORES
Rd. 4 SC Jack Williams is stopped
Rd. 4 SM Cam O'Neill hits post
Rd. 5 SC Frank Crinella SCORES
Rd. 5 SM Brendan Mageary SCORES
15:00: St. Mary's 2, Springfield Cathedral 2 -- Twelve extra minutes were not enough to decide a winner so we get a shootout.
15:00: St. Mary's 2, Springfield Cathedral 2 -- For the second straight game these two teams will need extra time to decide their fates. The Panthers lost in sudden-death overtime to St. John's Prep on Sunday while the Spartans went even further, into a shootout, before losing to Central Catholic.
15:00: St. Mary's 2 Springfield Cathedral 2-- A strong showing by the Panthers in the second period has the teams even heading into the second intermission. Total shots on goal still favor the Spartans, 16-14.
6:08: St. Mary's 2 Springfield Cathedral 2 --The Panthers pull even on a power play goal from Cullen Geary. Frank Crinella and Matt Foley pick up assists on the play.
15:00: St. Mary's 2 Springfield Cathedral 1-- The Spartans hold a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal and will start the second period with 1:03 remaining on a power play opportunity.
9:14: St. Mary's 2 Springfield Cathedral 1 -- Peter Crinella wins the draw in the left circle, pushes the puck forward, then wrists it home to get the Panthers on the board.
5:35: St. Mary's 2, Springfield Cathedral 0 -- Bobby Mullins wrists one home from the slot to give the Spartans a two-goal advantage.
2:09: St. Mary;s 1, Springfield Cathedral 0 -- Cam O'Neill catches goalie John Liquori out of position and deposits the puck in the wide-open left side of the net for an early Spartans goal.
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