Considering Beverly’s and Swampscott’s boys’ hockey teams were a combined 19-1-1 coming into Saturday’s game, a close contest was expected. The game was close — for the first five minutes — before Beverly took over and defeated the Big Blue, 4-1, at Salem State University.
Swampscott scored first after a turnover, junior forward Griffin Hunt in perfect position for the tally.
Beverly’s Graham Doherty tied the score, getting the puck past Swampscott goalie Trent Gallagher.
“[Doherty’s] really turned into a dominant player,’’ said Beverly coach Bob Gilligan.
Beverly’s Jack Morency scored before the first period concluded for a 2-1 lead. Swampscott (9-2) had just four shots on goal in the first period.
“They played well as a team, but we didn’t give them a lot. [Swampscott] has a good record so far but I don’t think they’ve played a caliber team like us,’’ said Gilligan.
The second and third periods were dictated by Beverly (11-0-1). Nick Albano scored on a power play in the second and
Connor Irving completed the scoring with three minutes left in the game.
“Our first line can dominate at times. I don’t think it was our best game but we boxed them into their end,’’ Gilligan said.
BC High 4, Malden Catholic 3 — Sophomore Jake Lemanski’s two goals lifted the No. 1 Eagles (8-1-2) over the No. 7 Lancers.
St. John’s Prep 5, Austin Prep 1 — Senior Justin Longo led the No. 3 Eagles (9-2) with two goals, and Evan Leclerc added another goal in defeating the No. 12 Cougars.
Boston Latin 4, Haverhill 2 — Senior defenseman Brian Forgione and sophomore blue liner Dan McGlaughlin netted a pair of goals to lead the Wolfpack.
Wakefield 4, Reading 4 — Senior Mike Weaver netted a hat trick and tallied an assist to help the Warriors forge a tie.
Cathedral (Springfield) 11, St. Peter-Marian 1 — Johnny Leonard led the No. 4 Panthers (12-1) with a hat trick and two assists. Eight players found the back of the net against the Guardians (4-7-1); Artie Potter and Zac Prattson scored two goals apiece.
Masconomet 4, Everett 0 — The Chieftains (6-3) peppered the net with 56 shots as Dana Valletti scored two goals and Kylie Currier had two assists.
Westford 4, Newton South 1 — Junior Lindsay MacDonald scored two goals for the sixth-ranked Wolverines (8-1).
Tilton 55, St. Andrew’s (R.I.) 53 — Wayne Selden scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds left, to lift the Rams in the BABC Prep Classic tournament.
Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg) 61, New Hampton 59 — A 6-0 run by Notre Dame over the final 1:02 propelled the Crusaders past New Hampton (10-5). Haverhill product and Indiana University recruit Noah Vonleh scored 8 points for the Huskies. and fouled out in the final minute.
Vermont Academy 55, Redemption Christian (N.Y) 47 — Florida International-bound Daquien McNeil led Vermont (7-6) to victory with 18 points. Boston native Michael Rodriguez had 10 points in the loss.
Cathedral 70, Cristo Rey 12 — Sophomore Jade Moore had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead the Panthers.