QUINCY — In its final tuneup before the Cape Cod Classic starts this weekend, the 13th-ranked Duxbury boys’ hockey team topped North Quincy, 4-0, thanks to four goal-scorers at Quincy Youth Arena.
Senior goaltender Chris Johnson posted his third shutout in a row, dipping his goals-against average to under one.
The teams remained scoreless despite numerous Dragon chances throughout the first period, but Duxbury (14-1-4) finally broke through four minutes into the second. Senior forward Bobby O’Brien capitalized on a Red Raider (8-6-4) turnover in the slot by one-timing it by North Quincy goalie Nolan Greene.
Duxbury had three more goals in the final frame. First junior forward Matt Murphy tapped one in on the doorstep off an assist from linemate Matt Saia, then Murphy returned the favor a minute and a half later by helping on Saia’s tally to make it 3-0.
Junior forward Shayne O’Brien also assisted on both goals.
“We think that the white line with Murphy, Saia and Shayne O’Brien is as good a line as any on our team,” said Duxbury coach John Blake. “Some people call it the third unit, but we just keep putting them out there. We think we’re pretty deep and we can wear teams down like we did tonight.”
Sophomore forward Luke Stevens capped the scoring with an unassisted goal with less than five minutes left.
The Red Raiders had several scoring chances late in the third, but Johnson continued to shut the door.
When two Dragon penalties with about seven minutes to go meant 43 seconds of a North Quincy 5-on-3, senior defenseman Zack Snelling came up with a pair big blocks in the slot to save Johnson from seeing another shot.
“We talk about it — you can’t play on the PK unless you’re willing to block shots,” Blake said. “No matter what the score is, they’re going to be sacrificing their bodies for [Johnson] to get the shutout.”
Duxbury will play Boston College High at 1 p.m. Saturday in Falmouth in the opening round of the Cape Cod Classic.
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