LYNN – In a nonleague matchup between a young St. Mary’s of Lynn squad and a veteran Hingham team, it was only fitting the contest ended in a draw.
The Spartans scored 15 seconds into the first period and the Harbormen notched a power play tally to equalize it later in the frame as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie at Connery Rink Monday afternoon.
“I am extremely proud,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee. “I know that is a very veteran team over there with juniors and seniors. They are a big, strong physical team and are one of the best in the state. We are very young and I was just so proud of the entire team. They really played without fear and worked hard.”
Before anyone had time to settle senior captain Brady Bullock sniped home a shot at the 14:45 mark of the opening period to give St. Mary’s (9-0-2) the quick 1-0 advantage.
Hingham (5-1-4) controlled the offensive tempo for much of the first period and led 11-5 in the shot advantage after the first. The Harbormen came up with a game-tying goal on the first man advantage for the team as senior Billy Jacobus made it 1-1 off assists from Travis Rugg and senior captain Chase McKenna with 4:36 left in the first.
“I thought we had a good bounce-back game,” said Hingham coach Tony Messina. “I didn’t like the way we came out Saturday night, so to come back today with good energy and good forecheck while establishing a physical game is important.”
St. Mary’s settled down from there as Hingham outshot the Spartans 39-15 overall. Anthony Palmer made 38 saves, including several big saves in the final minutes of regulation and the 4-on-4 overtime period.
“It’s great when you have a freshman make 38 saves,” Lee said about his goaltender. “Kudos to him. Just a tremendous game between the pipes, but it took a good outing from our defensemen and forwards. It was a well-earned tie.”
Senior Luke McLellan came up with timely saves in the overtime period as he knocked away 14 shots while in net.
“Especially in overtime, that save (McLellan) made was very timely,” Messina said about the first-year goalie. “I kind of got on him about the first goal that went in. It seemed like he wasn’t ready to play. He stepped up and he has been great for us all year.”