BOSTON — Latin Academy faced off against East Boston Monday afternoon at Fenway Park, kicking off a two week bonanza of high school and college games at the venerable park. Eastie battled tough, tying the game on two occasions, but Latin Academy won 4-3 behind a hat trick from senior captain, center Kevin Moran.
“It was amazing to skate out here,” said Moran after the game. “I can’t believe it. It was such a privelege. I am really amped. Senior year, to have this kind of experience…to get three, it’s awesome.”
Moran’s first goal broke a 1-1 tie with 1:54 left in the second period. Eastie answered less than a minute later when forward Danny Auch intercepted a pass and broke away for the score.
In the third, Moran scored twice to put the Dragons up 4-2. The hat trick goal was a wrister in open space with 5:15 left in the game.
Nothing came easily for the Dragons against Jets’ goaltender, captain Sean O’Halloran. O’Halloran stopped 50 shots on the day, and did everything possible to keep Eastie close.
“Our goaltender (O’Halloran) was M.V.P.” said East Boston Head Coach Bob Anthony after the game. “It was a great game for both team…great atmosphere to play a game. I think this shows that hockey is back in Boston. Yeah, our numbers are a little low, but this can be a spark for our program.”
“Our thanks go out to the Red Sox and Mayor Menino,” added Anthony. “It was a great opportunity and a great, great game.”
Evan Freedman is a freelance writer based on the North Shore. He also teaches at Catholic Charities North. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org