Wednesday, December 20, 2017

St. John's (Shrewsbury) Hockey Handles Rival St. Peter-Marian

By Nick Beaudoin (@beaudoin91_)

WORCESTER - The Guardians of St. Peter Marian hosted the Pioneers of St. John’s in a Central Mass matchup Wednesday afternoon, and it wasn’t pretty for the purple and black.

Coming off of a 10-1 loss to Pope Francis last week, the Guardians looked to make some noise against their rivals across the lake. However, it didn’t go as planned. Some early penalties, four of which were assessed to Charlie McDonald, didn’t promise a good start for SPM.

Early power play goals from Griffin Burns and Tim Farley had SJ up two entering the first intermission, and from there on it was a sea of red.

St. John’s posted 8 goals in the second period. The Pioneers found their legs and were beating SPM in all areas. They tacked on another three in the third and that put the game away. The Pioneers were led by junior forward Tim Farley who recorded a hat trick and senior forward Nick Palermo, who found his way on the score sheet with three goals and a helper of his own for four points. Sophomore’s Dhillion Wilde and Matt Myers each had a goal and an assist to help lead the charge for St. John’s.

Corey Splaine made 3 saves before being replaced mid-way through the second by sophomore Dan Laursen, who stopped the only shot he saw on the evening.

St. John’s will rely heavily on their top four on the back end as well as their first line who really carried the pace of play tonight. Both teams are young and have some growing pains to work out, but promise to put the puck in the back of the net the next time they both meet. St. John’s looks ahead to a tournament over the holiday break and then ahead to cross-town rival, and defending state champion Shrewsbury on January 3 to welcome in the new year.

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