Bishop Stang boys hockey loses in playoff game
Bishop Stang’s bid to advance in the postseason was ended on March 5 with a Div. 3 South quarterfinal loss to the Hanover Indians.
It was Hanover’s game early on, as the team dominated scoring in the first and second periods. When the third period rolled around, Hanover held a 2-0 lead.
Hanover player Tyler Martin, with an assist from Ben Fein and Zac Stone, scored in the first period at the 7:45 mark. In the second period, Hanover player Zach Taylor with assists from Drew Cratty and Connor Morris scored their second and final goal.
In the third, the Spartans tried to make a comeback with a goal from Jack Martin with an assist from Caleb Ikkela, but that was the only goal the Spartans were able to score, resulting in a 2-1 loss.
Head Coach Ken Gouveia was frustrated with the loss and the officiating during the game.
“We played great," Gouveia said. "The difference in the game was when they called the two back-to-back penalties on us. You give that team four minutes on the power play and that was the difference in the game. Unfortunately we had a kid hit from behind here. We had a kid cross-checked here, no calls and so it’s tough when you get that type of officiating and hit a one goal game, it cost us a one goal game."
Bishop Stang ended its season with a 13-8-1 record. The team has previously defeated Norwell in the first round of the playoffs. The win came off a tough end to the regular season where the Spartans lost four straight games.
“We probably played our best game of the year,” Gouveia previously said of the Norwell game. “Norwell was a very tough draw. It was a very good back and forth battle and the difference in the game was the special teams.”