Regardless of the outcome of St. John’s Prep’s game against BC High at Ristuccia Arena, Saturday would have been a special day.
The occasion was the fifth annual Derek Hines Memorial Game, honoring the four-year Prep player who was killed in 2005 during a tour of Afghanistan.
The game began with a surprise for Derek’s parents, Sue and Steve Hines, who saw Prep take the ice for warm-ups in star-spangled uniforms in their son’s honor.
“[They were] so amazing,” Sue said of the patriotic sweaters.
Sue and Steve were then presented with a framed No. 23 St. John’s jersey with their son’s name on the back, as well as a star-spangled Hines jersey of their own. The parents took their picture with the current Prep team, and then the patriotic Hines jersey was hung behind the St. John’s bench before the puck dropped for the first period.
Prep, the Globe’s No. 3-ranked team, was able to make what was already a special day that much more so, defeating top-ranked BC High, 3-2.
Coach Kristian Hanson’s team came out with a noticeable fire that was missing at times in the first meeting on Jan. 9, when BC High won, 2-0.
It wasn’t long before St. John’s began to dictate the pace of the game, highlighted by senior forward Cam Sheehan’s off-balance goal in the eighth minute.
BC High answered three minutes later, taking advantage of a power play as freshman defenseman Ryan Shea tied the game.
In the second period, the Prep was able to maintain its intensity, but BC High was able to take the lead. Junior captain Tom Besinger scored after St. John’s goalie Billy Price made a save but failed to cover the loose puck.
James Currier scored twice in the period as St. John’s took the lead that would stand the remainder of the contest.
“They just capitalized on our mistakes,” said coach John Flaherty after the loss.
Flaherty’s offense would try its best to get the best of Price throughout the final period, but the score would remain in favor of Price’s team. BC High bombarded the goalie the final half of the period.
As for the importance of Saturday’s game beyond the rink, Hanson said, “This whole week has been about Derek’s mission. Days like today help people become aware of how they can give back. It’s really become something pretty special.”
Malden Catholic 4, Catholic Memorial 3 — Ara Nazarian, Brian Cameron, Cam Ferry, and Michael Iovanna scored for the No. 12 Lancers in downing the No. 5 Knights.
Archbishop Williams 7, Arlington Catholic 2 — Mike Sorenti, Mike Jeffman, and Nick Mendel each scored two goals as the No. 17 Bishops (7-2-3) made a statement against the No. 8 Cougars.
Lowell 6, Weston 3 — Brent Sullivan led the No. 6 Red Raiders (9-1-2) with two goals and three assists.
Cathedral (Springfield) 5, Minnechaug 0 — Artie Potter had a pair of power-play goals and two assists to lead the state’s second-ranked team (11-0-2).
Duxbury 3, Scituate 1 — Juniors Matt Saia, Shayne O'Brien, and Matt Murphy scored as the Green Dragons (9-1-4) qualified for the Division 1 tournament.
Wilmington 1, Winchester 0 — Cam Owens scored at 6:58 in the third period to lift the No. 15 Wildcats (11-2-0) over the No. 10 Sachems (9-2-2). Drew Foley made 16 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
Falmouth 2, Whitman-Hanson 2 — The Panthers (6-7-1), propelled by a tying goal from junior Jane Morrisette with six minutes remaining, ruined a perfect season for the No. 2 Clippers (13-0-1).
Woburn 7, Wakefield 0 — Junior Courtney Davis recorded her fourth straight shutout to back the No. 1 Tanners (12-0-1).
Governor’s Academy 5, Tilton 0 — Maggie Salmon registered her ninth shutout of the season for the Governors (9-1-1).
BC High 58, La Salle (R.I.) 48 — Senior guard Jameilen Jones had 23 points as the No. 7 Eagles improved to 9-3.
Lowell Catholic 70, Cristo Rey 66 — Mustapha Koroma led the Fighting Crusaders with 33 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
Westford has named Adam Gagne its coach. Gagne is a Haverhill High and Bentley graduate and last fall was head coach at Salem (N.H.) High School.