LOWELL — The chances mounted for Springfield Cathedral in the third period as they chased a one-goal deficit with the help of three power play opportunities.
But Malden Catholic goaltender Connor Maloney stood tall and turned away nine shots in the final period to help the Lancers secure a 3-2 win against Springfield Cathedral Sunday at Tsongas Arena in the first game of the best-of-three Super 8 quarterfinals.
It appeared as if Springfield Cathedral was going to steal the game after scoring two goals early in the second period. Sophomore forward Peter Crinella scored to tie the game, 1-1, and then two minutes later Artie Potter landed a one-timer from Nick Chaoush to give the Panthers a 2-1 advantage.
However, MC was sparked to life after Casey Fitzgerald’s elbowing penalty put the Panthers on the power play. The Panthers struggled to take advantage and Malden Catholic sophomore Ara Nazarian scored a pair of short-handed goals 26 seconds apart to give his team a 3-2 lead.
The first slipped over Liquori’s shoulder, but Cathedral’s goalie had no chance on the second one as Malden Catholic charged on a 3-on-1 breakaway. Tyler Sifferlen and Mike Iovanna assisted the second score. Iovanna also assisted Nazarian’s first score.
In the first period, Sifferlen gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead when he tipped in a shot from Nazarian. Maloney made 16 saves, while Liquori made 21.
The next game in the series will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Stoneham Arena.
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