Sunday, February 4, 2018

Successful Senior Day for BC High's Michael Grant as Eagles Top Pope Francis

By: Eamon Convey (@ConveyWEEI)

With ten straight wins under its belt, the Boston College High School Eagles (12-1-1) welcomed in the red-hot Pope Francis Cardinals (11-2-3) for a big time non-league matchup.

Before the contest, the Eagles honored nine seniors: Joe Dragon, Andrew McDonough, Mike Dunderdale, Timmy Kelly, Danny O’Connell, Owen Callow, Michael Grant, Sean Healy, and Maverick Woods, for their contributions to the team over the past four years.

“They are resources, they’re teachers they’re role models, they’re good leaders,” Eagles head coach John Flaherty said. “Today was just a microcosm of that. You look around on the scoresheet and seniors were all over the scoresheet in this one.”

One of those seniors, Michael Grant, stood above the rest as his hat-trick propelled BC High to a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at UMass Boston.

Grant put his team ahead less than 30 seconds into the game. After a failed clear by Cardinals goalie Victor Larssen, seniors Timmy Kelly and Maverick Woods combined to feed Grant who zipped the puck into the back of the net.

“Senior night is always a special night,” Grant said. “Just want to end the career with a blast. I remember last year it was an honor to play for the seniors on their night. So to play for our team on senior night is awesome.”

After a failed odd-man rush, the Eagles, courtesy of senior Owen Callow, again created a two-on-one breakout which saw freshman Peter Kramer walk in on goal from the left side and snipe a puck over the glove of Larssen for a 2-0 BC High lead.

“We knew we had to come out and jump on (Pope Francis) early,” Flaherty said. “They are a good team and we knew we wanted to establish our style of play first. I think we did that and we jumped on them early and I think we then hit our lull after that. We started doing some things that we probably shouldn’t have been doing.”

Despite the scoring advantage for the Eagles, the visiting Cardinals outshot the hosts 10-7 in the first period. All those shots were turned away or snared easily by the Eagles junior stud goaltender Luke Garrity.

“Particularly those first two periods, he is just a calming influence on the team, “Flaherty said. “He doesn’t look like he is doing much but that is because he is just in position, he is relaxed, and he is making the saves he needs to make.

During the second period the Cardinals were able to find a chink in the armor of the Eagles keeper on the power play, courtesy of a blistering slapshot by Makem Demers set up by teammates Jon Tavella and Max Cocchi.

After that lone tally by the visitors, Garrity returned to form and watched as the offense reignited in front of him, including another goal by Grant assisted by Kelly and Healy, good for a 3-1 Eagles lead midway through the middle period.

“He definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” Grant said of Garrity. “We know we can always rely on him, especially in those two-on-ones where the defenseman takes one player and he takes the other. I rely heavily on Garry back there but all three of our goalies are really good.”

From the beginning of the third period it was apparent that the Eagles were on a mission to close the game out and did just that thanks to a hat-trick goal from Grant assisted by Woods, which gave BC High a 4-1 lead early in the final stanza.

“Uh, yeah, getting a hat-trick on senior night felt really good,” Grant said with a chuckle and a smile. “I just go out there with the same mentality every time, try and play my best.”

When asked after the game for his Super Bowl prediction, Grant, a New England Patriots fan, noted that the, “Pats will win by seven.”


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