St. Sebastian's Wins Kevin Mutch Game
Arrows defeat Catholic Memorial, 6-0, in game honoring late alumnus and coach.
St. Sebastian's Arrows hockey captains Don McGuirl and Desmond Bergin skated to center ice and were handed the Kevin Mutch Memorial Cup by the father of the cup's namesake, Tom Mutch.
The Arrows had just completed a 6-0 drubbing of the Catholic Memorial Knights at Harvard University's Bright Hockey Center in the 17th annual game played in honor of the former St. Sebastian's coach and 1980 alumni. Mutch, who after graduating from St. Sebastian's played hockey at Boston University, was killed in a 1992 automobile accident after one year of coaching.
St. Sebastian's head coach Sean McCann said his team always gets up for the game.
"Every year as we get closer and closer to the game, [the players] get really excited about coming here and playing at Harvard and playing against CM," he said.
St. Sebastian's is now 8-6-3 in the annual contest.
The Arrows (3-2) found themselves ahead quickly, collecting a pair of goals in the game's eighth minute, the first off the stick of sophomore forward Tom Kelley and the second from junior forward and Needham resident Danny O'Regan, who would finish with two goals.
The first two goals - and five of St. Sebastian's six on the night - were born of hard crashes to the net that set up easy scoring opportunities; four of the goals, including the first two, came off of rebounds and tip-ins.
"We really emphasize our guys getting shots on the net, driving the net, whether it's getting rebounds or tips," McCann said after the game.
Catholic Memorial head coach Bill Hanson thought his team could have prevented such easy scoring opportunities with more spirit.
"When you have a team that's that much better than you and that much more talented than you, what you have to do to respond to it is play physical and play with an awful lot of energy," he said. "And we didn't."
O'Regan scored again with 14 seconds remaining in the third period and three seconds remaining on an Arrows power play, collecting a fantastic pass from forward Joe Prescott right in front of the net, easily depositing the puck past Knights senior goalie Tommy Doyle.
St. Sebastian's collected its second set of three in the second period. Sophomore John Doherty scored 2:30 into the period, and senior forward Gerard McEleney collected one of his own after picking off a pass near the CM blue line and easily navigating the space to the goal before completing the individual effort.
With 16 seconds remaining in the period, eighth grade defenseman Noah Hanifan collected his first varsity goal on a hard slap shot from the point, set up by a fantastic Kelley assist.
Junior Gordon Donnelly posted the shutout in net for St. Sebastian's, his second in a row.
"I think any time a goaltender can post a shut-out, it's a confidence-booster," McCann said.
All money raised by the game this year was donated to the Jimmy Fund.