Bishop Guertin blanks Memorial

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Memorial freshman Demetri Alexander (#21) and Bishop Guertin sophomore Michael Schaaf (#15) seek the puck (credit – Andrew Sylvia)

TYNGSBORO, Mass. – A difficult season for Manchester Memorial continued with another difficult contest on Wednesday, as the Crusaders fell 7-0 to Bishop Guertin.

Junior Benjamin Young opened scoring, putting away a power play goal 4:33 into the first period. Fellow junior Aaron Pratt provided another goal three and a half minutes later to provide the Cardinals with a two-goal advantage heading into the first intermission.

Bishop Guertin was held to just one score in the second period, a power play goal from sophomore Michael Kiely, but the Cardinals could have inflicted much more damage, outshooting Memorial 16-2 between the intermissions. Both Memorial shots came off the stick of sophomore Brandon Murphy during the Crusaders’ fourth power play of the night, a power play that ended prematurely after Memorial junior Ray Custodio went to the box for elbowing with the Crusaders still on the advantage. Even with both squads with four skaters on the ice, Memorial entered a penalty kill mentality, and their inability to pose any serious offensive threat eventually opened the flood gates in the third period.

Just 1:05 into the third period, Pratt added his second goal, the first of three under two minutes as the Cardinals removed any doubt to the contest’s outcome. Pratt grabbed one last goal with 6:36 left in the game to seal the hat trick. Young also ended the night with three points, assisting two of Pratt’s goals, with sophomore Michael Schaaf also assisting on two of Pratt’s goals.

The shutout marked the second in a row for Memorial who now have scored just four goals in their first seven games. They’ll seek their first win at home on Saturday against Exeter (6:50 p.m.)