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UPDATED March 17: The Spy Ponder boys' hockey scored three goals in the last three minutes of the final period to tie Xaverian, but lost in double overtime, 5-4, on Tuesday, March 15.

BostonGlobe.com provided this account of the action: Jack Silva took the puck from Arlington junior Ryan Gilbert on a ferocious back check and charged up ice. Senior Braden O’Hara drove to the net, pulling Arlington goaltender Jake Davies off his line and setting up a wide-open net for the senior captain.

Silva’s tally in double overtime lifted No. 2 Xaverian over No. 6 Arlington in the Division 1 semifinal at Loring Arena, Framingham.

The top two seeds will clash Sunday at TD Garden in the final, as the Hawks (20-3-1) will meet Catholic Conference rival No. 1 St. John’s Prep (21-3). The teams split their two-game season series.

The Arlington girls' hockey team plays Austin Prep (26-0) at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at TD Garden. AP beat Acton-Boxborough, 5-1, March 15. Tickets here >>

3 goals in 1:43

Junior Drew Fecteau (two goals) and Gilbert (goal, assist) provided the offense for the Spy Ponders (19-5-2), accounting for three goals in a 1:43 stretch in the final three minutes of regulation, sending the contest to overtime.

“We let them crawl back into it,” Xaverian coach Dave Spinale told the Globe. “We went into a 1-2-2 and had one bounce off a skate and guess what? That’s hockey. We knew that we’d be able to keep coming back and get our chances. They weren’t upset, they weren’t pointing fingers, just really proud of how they lifted each other up the whole way.”

“[I was thinking], drive the back post,” Silva said. “I knew the goalie would come out for the shot, so I was just hoping for the pass. He gave me the pass and I buried it.”

Spinale told the Globe that Silva is "a role model at school; he’s a role model for these younger guys. He continues to score the big goals. He plays in all three zones.”

Cole LeBlanc scored 15 seconds into the contest to put the Hawks ahead. Junior Joe DiMartino scored twice and Max Lockwood added a goal for the Hawks.

See also this summary from HNIB News >>

AHS girls advance

With her 19th and final save at the buzzer, senior captain Elise Rodd denied a desperation shot by Shrewsbury freshman defender Yasmine McKenzie, preserving a 2-1 Division 1 semifinal for Arlington High School girls’ hockey team at Gallo Arena in Bourne on Monday, March 14.

The thrilling victory vaulted the second-seeded Spy Ponders (22-1-1) into a state Division 1 final, BostonGlobe.com reported. 

The Globe reported that the win meant the first state final for the girl Ponder, but it was the second time in school history. YourArlington is seeking the details about the first time.

The boys were down 3-1 in the final period, but scored three to send the game into overtime. Then No. 2 Xaverian Brothers prevailed in the Final Four semifinal, 5-4, on Tuesday, March 15, at Loring Arena.

32 goals for Krepelka

Junior Maddie Krepelka scored both goals, raising her season total to 32, and an even 50 points. She opened with a rip at 14:42 of the first period and scored again just 1:48 of the third period, which stood as the winner after Taylor Ryder scored at 4:30 for the sixth-seeded Colonials (16-7-1).

In a game with no penalties and thus no power-play opportunities for either team, Krepelka’s goal late in the first period carried a fair amount of weight for the Ponders in a game deprived of any momentum swings.

“It’s pretty amazing, but I couldn’t do it without my line mates and the rest of my team,” said Maddie Krepelka, who plays on Arlington’s top line with her sister Julia, a freshman with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) and senior co-captain Gabby Russo, the team’s second-leading scorer with 13-23—36 totals. Julia assisted on Maddie’s second goal.

Freshman Risa Montoya made 19 saves for Shrewsbury.

“We’ve been working our way up to this point all year, it’s an achievement we’ve been working towards the entire time,” Krepelka told the Globe. “It’s an amazing opportunity we have to play at the Garden.”

Austin Prep dealt Arlington its only loss of the season.

The girls beat Bishop Feehan, 5-1, behind junior Krepelka, and the boys topped Hingham, 4-2, as Drew Fecteau came through.

The girls beat No. 6 Shrewsbury in the Final Four on Monday, March 14, at Gallo Arena. The score was 2-1.

For the No. 2 Spy Ponder girls (21-1-1) Krepelka scored two goals and added two assists in the quarterfinal win at Ed Burns Arena. Also scoring were Gabby Russo, Molly Conneely and Jennifer Bannon.

“Overall, if we keep playing our way and we get a lead, we’re a tough team to beat,” Arlington coach Jeff Mead told the Boston Globe.

Globe summary

BostonGlobe.com reported that Krepelka got things started with a fantastic individual rush up ice, capped with a backhand for a 1-0 lead 6:36 in. Just 1:08 later, Gabriella Russo potted a goal (assists to Julia Krepelka and Maddie Krepelka) for a 2-0 advantage.

Russo had a chance on a shorthanded breakaway in the final seconds of the period, but Feehan goalie Avery Blanchard (30 saves) made the stop. Molly Conneely stuffed home a power-play goal on a loose puck in front with 9:42 left in the second.

A bit later with 3:59 to go, Brooke Borges raced up the left wing and eventually dished a pass over to Julia Tamul who put it home to get the Shamrocks on the board. But less than two minutes later, Krepelka stuffed a backhand wrap around in to make it 4-1 after two.

“This year, we’ve got a lot of sisters on the team and I think the chemistry is just incredible,” Krepelka told the Globe. “It’s just a great group of girls. I think if there’s a team to get to the Garden, it’s this one.”

Report of boys' game

The report about the AHS boys led that section of March 13 Globe hockey results

It didn’t matter, the report says, that Fecteau had a clear view of a portion of the net sitting empty, the Arlington junior forward was still shocked to see the puck fly off his stick and into Hingham’s goal.

After sixth-seeded Arlington and third-seeded Hingham traded two power-play goals apiece during the first 42 minutes of action, Fecteau became the first player to score a five-on-five goal when he put home a rebound that broke a tie and gave the Spy Ponders a crucial one-goal lead with 2:31 remaining in Saturday’s Division 1 quarterfinal at Gallo Ice Arena.

With a little more than a minute to play, senior captain Reid Malatesta netted an empty-net goal to seal a 4-2 victory for Arlington (19-4-2). The Harbormen finish with a 20-4-1 record. Hingham had been 12-0-1 in its last 13 games.

“I was shocked when I buried it,” Fecteau told the Globe. He corralled the rebound in the low slot after Jake Russell’s shot from the top of the face-off circle ricocheted off Hingham senior goaltender Luke Merian’s right leg pad.

Reported earlier

 The No. 2 AHS girls edged No. 15 Peabody in the second round of Division 1 at Burns Arena on Wednesday, March 9. Krepelka scored the winner in the third period to propel the Ponders  to a victory. Senior captain Gabby Russo added a goal.

The No. 6-ranked boys (18-4-2) topped Malden Catholic, 4-2, on Tuesday, March 8, in the second round of Division 1 at the Ed Burns Arena.

In the second round of Division 3, the Arlington Catholic boys' basketball team fell to TechBoston at Madison Park. AHS logo 3916

A strong performance on special teams made the difference for the No. 2-seeded Spy Ponder girls in their first-round win at Ed Burns Arena, as they topped No. 31 Marblehead, 4-1, on Friday. March 4. Watch the ACMi video above.

Grace Corsetti scored a crucial power-play goal for a 3-1 lead, and goaltender Elise Rodd denied a penalty shot to advance and face No. 15 seed Peabody in the next round.

AHS faces No. 15 Peabody at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Burns Arena.

Boys beat Fenwick

In the boys' Division 1, No. 6 Arlington beat No. 27 Bishop Fenwick on Saturday, March 5, at Ed Burns Arena. The score was 6-0.

Brendan Hirsch scored a pair of goals, and the Spy Ponders (17-4-2) cruised to the first-round win.

Molly Braga (two goals) opened the scoring at 12:40 in the first period, and Chloe Bryda (two goals) followed up a minute later to set the tone for the No. 7 seed Shamrocks (12-6-3) in their first-round win for Bishop Feehan over the Arlington Catholic girls, 8-2, at New England Sports Village in Attleboro.

Bishop Feehan faces No. 23 Newton in the next round, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the New England Sports Village. The winner plays the winner of AHS-Peabody.

No. 29 Arlington Catholic lost to No. 4 Catholic Memorial on March 5, at Warrior Arena in the second round.  The score was 5-0.

Tyler Hamilton broke the ice with 1:50 left in the second period for the No. 4 Knights (15-5-1), who added four goals in the third period for the first-round win. Tommy Goonan, Ty Magliozzi, Joey Borelli and Dylan LaMonica rounded out the scoring for CM, which got a shutout from Dom Walecka.


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This news summary was published Saturday, March 5, 2022. Game summaries are from BostonGlobe.com. It was updated March 17.