by Joseph Kuykendall
BOSTON, Mass—When people grow up and talk to their kids and grandkids about their high school playing days, usually the big state championship game, senior night, and their best game come up in that conversation. But BC High and Catholic Memorial hockey players have something else special to add to the list of conversation talking points.
The Eagles and the Knights took part in the Sun Life Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park. Started two years ago, Frozen Fenway found its way to Boston as part of the NHL’s Winter Classic in which the Bruins hosted the Flyers. Also Boston College and BU utilized the rink at Fenway to play a rivalry game of their own.
Anyway, this year Fenway Sports Group brought Frozen Fenway back to Fenway Park, with a bigger slate of games than just an NHL and a hockey game. This year there was a series of both men and women’s high school and college hockey games spanning from January 2nd to January 14th with some public skates squeezed in between.
BC High and CM were chosen to be one of the high school games as the two Catholic Conference rivals is one of, if not the biggest rivalry in Massachusetts High School sports. To make it even better, entering the contest, BC High and CM were ranked 3rd and 6th respectively in ESPN Boston’s Top 25 Poll.
After a scoreless first period, BC High put up 3 goals in the second and 1 in the third to seal the shutout win over CM.
In Massachusetts high school hockey, periods are only 15 minutes long and nothing of importance (Penalty or goal) happened for either team until 4:33 into the first period. And all it was…a power play for the Knights thanks to a penalty committed by Connor Noonan of the Eagles.
Shortly after the penalty, BC High Goalie Peter Cronin, a Norwell native, had an incredible set of saves. He made an initial save from a CM player but didn’t initially secure the puck on a rebound shot from CM, Cronin goes back to his left and made an incredible glove extension save. This was it for exciting plays in the first period as the teams would head into the first intermission in a 0-0 deadlock.
Whatever BC High coach John Flaherty did to inspire his team during the second break did the job.
BC High quickly broke the scoreless game 39 seconds into the 2nd period on a goal from the Senior Assistant Captain Bartley Regan. Regan is also the BC High football quarterback. Regan captained the team to a Massachusetts Super Bowl Championship.
Less than six minutes later, Sophomore Adam Foley gave the Eagles some separation with a goal of his own to extend the BC High lead to 2-0. Foley’s goal was assisted by Tom Besinger.
BC High would add one more goal later on in the second period to all but seal the win against their cross-town rival.
BC High would get one final goal in the third period from Captain Matt Sullivan and would once again hold the Knights scoreless.
The 4-0 win by the Eagles extended their record to 6-1-0 and is a good sign as it was the Eagles first game after their first loss on the season last Saturday to (1) Malden Catholic. Cronin got credit for the shutout and he also got credit from Regan,“I give all the credit to Peter Cronin,” said the captain.
Despite a compliment from his captain and a shutout against his school’s rival, Cronin was quick to not take all the credit, “Everybody, all the way through [played great]. We have six defenseman, they all played great; big credit goes to them the shutout’s for them too.”
That right there is what wins championships; unselfishness among a team.
CM is now 4-3-0 and has only scored 13 goals through those seven games. They will need a quick turnaround to forget things especially a loss like Saturday’s and gain momentum back.
KUYKENDALL CAN BE FOLLWED ON TWITTER @JOEKBSU18 AND CONTACTED AT [email protected]