Prep earns a point with BC High in the annual Pete Frates Winter Classic | Sports
MIDDLETON – Before hitting the ice on Friday afternoon to face the defending two-time Super 8 champions from BC High, the St. John’s Prep hockey team gave two very special visitors a tour of their locker room.
Father and brother of the late Pete Frates, John and Andrew Frates, respectively, were invited to the Eagles’ locker room at Essex Sports Center to deliver a pre-game speech to the players. This was the sixth annual Pete Frates Winter Classic, held in honor of the former St. John’s football, hockey and baseball captain, but the first to be played since his courageous battle. eight and a half years against amyotrophic lateral disease. (ALS) ended on December 9.
“They came over and talked about continuing Pete’s legacy. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for them to come and talk to us, but it was great for them to do so,” he said. Prep head coach Kristian Hanson, whose team won a 1-1 stalemate with their Catholic Conference counterparts.
“It’s great that St. John’s Prep allows us at the forum to do things like this, whether it’s for (former SJP hockey captain and US Army 1st Lt) Derek Hines or, in this case, Pete. It’s good to have the story on your side, and I’m trying to make our kids understand that it really means something to wear these jerseys.
“When Mr. Frates and Pete’s brother walked into the locker room to talk to us,” Hanson added, “it means more than any hockey result.
To determine which team qualified for Saturday’s tournament final to face Central Catholic (2-1 winner over Pope Francis earlier in the day), the teams went to a 5-minute overtime and then a shootout. . BC High has scored twice in four shootout attempts against that of preparing to advance, but the contest will be officially recognized as a tie.
A large crowd was in attendance for the festivities, during which John and Andrew Frates met with all four tournament teams for a puck handover ceremony ahead of the St. John’s / BC High competition. They also received a specially designed St. John’s Prep hockey jersey with Pete’s name and number 3 on the back.
In keeping with the tradition of this contest, all Eagles players wore jerseys with “Frates” sewn onto the nameplates.
Delayed by one goal after a period, St. John’s Prep secured the equalizer quickly in the center stanza as Ned Malolepszy followed the rebound of a float from Patrick Moran on goal and blocked a one-handed rebound in front of the BC High Dalton Neelon goaltender. Senior defenseman Josiah Brown also got an assist on the game.
“We preach that all the time: go to the net, put the puck at the goaltender’s feet, shoot with a goal, attack the net and look for a rebound,” said Hanson. “All of those things came into play on that goal.”
Noah Dorsey-Sorofman made sure his Eagles would score a point that day, making 26 saves. His counterpart, Neelon, was also busy in a 28-save outing.
Hanson was also pleased with the way his team killed the only regulatory penalty midway through the third period. The visitors’ Matt Keohane threw a shot on a reception from the top crossbar just outside the lunge, but otherwise St. John’s kept the net clear in front of Dorsey-Sorofman and cleared the area twice.
“I was happy with the way we played and reacted after falling behind early,” said Hanson, his team now 1-1-1 ahead of Saturday’s consolation game against Pope Francis at noon.
“Noah (who got the team’s Army helmet for player of the game) followed the puck really well. (Senior defenseman) Andrew Cole, (second-year frontline center) Cole Lopilato, (junior right winger) Zach McKennelley, (front row center) Cam Russo competed for the pucks, (junior right winger) Jake DiNapoli was a buzzsaw there… we had a lot of guys playing well.
St. John’s Prep, who started their season six days earlier with a 9-1 loss to Hingham, played their best game of the young season against the Dorchester Eagles on Friday afternoon. Hanson hopes this is a step in the right direction for his team.
“It’s about taking small steps,” he said. “After that very difficult start last Saturday, it was a small step, and we hope to be able to take another against Pope Francis, then another against Xaverian (on New Years Day). Playing a difficult schedule as we do. will make us a better team. “
St. John’s Prep 1, BC High 1
(BC High wins in shootout, 2-1)
6th Annual Pete Frates Winter Classic
BC High 1 0 0 0 – 1
Preparation for Midsummer Day 0 1 0 0 – 1
First period: BCH, Brian Bulger (Colin Norton), 8:26 a.m.
Second period: SJP, Ned Malolepszy (Patrick Moran, Josiah Brown),: 13.
Third period: No rating.
Overtime: No rating.
Shootout goals: BCH, Norton, Aidan Carey; SJP, Cam Russo.
Checked in: BCH, Dalton Neelon 28; SJP, Noah Dorsey-Sorofam 26.
Recordings: SJP, 1-1-1; BCH, 2-0-1.