The moment he put on a hockey uniform for the first time as a freshman in the mid-90s at St. John’s Prep, Derek Hines set the tone for the rest of the Eagles with enthusiasm, hustle, and effort.
On the day that the Eagles officially retired his No. 23 jersey in a somber pregame ceremony, tears flowing in memory of the former two-sport captain who was killed while deployed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan on Sept. 1, 2005, third-ranked Prep played with heart and vigor.
Behind a hat trick from sophomore Brian Carrabes, the Eagles rolled to a 5-0 nonleague win over once-beaten Newburyport on Saturday afternoon in the 10th edition of the Derek Hines ‘99 Memorial Game at the Essex Tech Sports Center in Middleton.
The ceremony included a guest appearance from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
“I just thought the whole day was just a tremendous day,” said Prep coach Kristian Hanson.
“[The players] went out and worked really hard today. Today was such an important game for us.”
A hard-hitting first period bout led to infractions, and the Eagles (9-3-3), first on the penalty kill, went with their instinct of attacking the puck first. Back at even strength, it led to the first goal.
With 7:13 left in the period, senior defensemen Evan Beers helped create a two-on-one and a goal for team captain Matty Tighe, who buried the puck past Newburyport senior Kenny Hodge (20 saves).
“In a game like this I know there’s a lot of emotions,” Hanson said.
“Some of those penalties were just guys trying to do too much physically. But killing those penalties was really important to our momentum the rest of the way.”
Carrabes then connected for his 11th of the season with 4:11 left in the period.
The Eagles, however, were assessed a five-minute major on a hit to the head of Robert Johnston.
Senior goalie Cam Ludwig (10 saves) kept Newburyport (10-2-5) off the board.
In the second period, sophomore David Sacco pushed the margin to 3-0, with Tim Usalis and Beers assisting.
Carrabes finished his three-goal performance with one tally in the second (4:24) and another with 5:14 left in third, on a slapper from the slot on the power play.
“It’s more of a teamwork, it’s not just me out there,” Carrabas said. “My teammates really helped me out a lot out there. So I couldn’t be more happier for them. I have to give all the credit to them.
“It’s a pretty big game for us. We talked about it in the locker room that this game is for the Hines Family. It’s a lot more than just a game for us.”
Oliver Ames 1, Canton 0— Matt McCormack scored the game’s lone goal in the first 30 seconds.
Attleboro 2, Southeastern 1— The Blue Bombardiers (6-7-1) received goals from junior Cam Littig and sophomore Ryan Morry.
Methuen 4, Haverhill 2 — Senior captain Justin Pitari registered his 100th career point with a third-period goal as the Rangers (8-5-1) moved 1 point away from qualifying for the tournament.
Rockland 2, Dennis-Yarmouth 2 — Junior Connor Medeiros recorded 29 saves for visiting D-Y (3-15-1).
Milton 4, Newton North 2 — Senios Garrett Allen and Nolan McManus both had two goals and two assists for the Wildcats (6-6-5).
Shawsheen 4, Northeast 2 — Senior RJ Page netted a pair of goals and classmate Matt Irwin had a goal and two assists for the visiting Rams (13-4).
Plymouth North 4, Duxbury 4— Aidan Luscko, Tanner Smith, Jake Brennan, and Ben Luscko potted goals for the visiting Dragons (9-5-5).
Quincy 2, Whitman-Hanson 1 — Senior captain Griffin Lynch buried the winner with five minutes remaining to send the host Presidents (10-7-2) to the state tourney.
Braintree 3, Norwood 1 — Kyle Roche scored twice for the Wamps (6-4-5).
Marshfield 2, Bridgewater-Raynham 1 — Senior Chris Sullivan scored the equalizer and sophomore Matt Mullaney potted the winner for the Rams (9-5-5).
Natick 3, Needham 2 — Junior Peter Manoli scored the winner in the third period and senior captain Dillon Arno had two goals to lift the Redhawks (11-4-2).
Wellesley 4, Weymouth 1 — Senior Joey Siemering sparked the Raiders (12-2-3) with two goals and an assist.
Hanover 8, North Quincy 0— Seniors Tyler Martin and Cam Murphy had two goals apiece for the Indians (16-0-1).
East Bridgewater 6, South Shore Voc-Tech 4 — Senior Cole Bagley’s hat trick lifted the Vikings (8-9-0).
Marlborough 4, Watertown 0 — Joe Landry scored twice in the first period to pace the Panthers (7-8-1). Owen O'Brien earned the shutout by making 23 saves.
Shrewsbury 6, Acton-Boxborough 2 — Liam Quinlivan collected three goals and one assist, and Anthony Quinlivan had two goals and two assists to lift top-ranked Shrewsbury (12-1-2) at home.
Hingham 4, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 0— Junior Will Kenney potted a pair of goals and senior goalie Robbie Kornack collected the shutout to power the fifth-ranked Harbormen (9-3-5).
Auburn 3, Hudson 1 — Anthony List, Caleb Mackin and Drew Darger tallied to propel the Rockets (10-5-3, 4-3-2 Quinn). Nick Werner scored off a pass from Tim Cabral in the first period for the Hawks (5-5-4, 3-2-4).
Austin Prep 4, Notre Dame (Hingham) 0 — Senior captain Kendra Currier recorded a goal and an assist to power the top-ranked Cougars (16-0-1) to their 10th straight win, shutting out No. 5 NDA (8-6-1) in Stoneham. In the second period, Currier assisted on Felicia Zuccola’s goal less than 30 seconds in. Then she scored unassisted with 3:02 left in the frame. Prep fired 45 shots on sophomore goalie Erin Murray.
Canton 2, Mansfield 1— Senior captain Kendra Farrelly had both goals for the Bulldogs (11-2-3).
Duxbury 2, Falmouth 0 — Jackie Hayden found the back of the net twice and Erin Matthews registered the shutout for the visiting Dragons (13-2-1).
Cape Cod Tech 3, Bishop Stang 2— Lauren Monger netted the winner with seven seconds remaining.
Whitman-Hanson 3, Plymouth North 2— Sophomore Meagan Elwood potted the winner with 6:02 remaining for WHSL (2-14).
Duxbury 2, Falmouth 0— Jackie Hayden found the back of the net twice and Erin Matthews registered the shutout for the visiting Dragons (13-2-1).
Nobles 2, Westminster 0 — Juniors Steph Nomicos and Maddie Bayard scored 15 seconds apart in the final frame to lift the visiting Bulldogs (18-2-3).
Braintree 3, Norwood 0 — Sophomore Delia Lee registered a pair of goals and Ellie Foley made 15 saves for the Wamps (12-4).
Milton 6, Newton North 0 — Senior center Julia Scannell tallied four goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats (11-4-3).
Shrewsbury 8, Beverly 1 — Lauren Moran notched a hat trick, while Delaney Couture and Dolly Herlihy both scored twice as the Colonials (15-0-1) scored eight unanswered goals to defeat the visiting Panthers (4-12-1).
Peabody 3, Oakmont 0— Bridgette Martin made 32 saves, but the Spartans (3-9-2) fell in Peabody.
Roxbury Latin 58, St. George’s 42 — Senior forward Charlie Weitzel paced the Foxes (11-6) with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Marshfield 62, Nauset 58 — Seniors A.J. Conn and Joe Waisgerber had 15 points apiece the host Rams (11-2).
Case 59, Bishop Connolly 42— Senior Drew Plante put up 19 points for the visiting Cardinals (13-4).
St. Mary’s 53, Nauset 52 — Sophomore guard Gabby Torres stole an inbound pass with 8.7 seconds left and converted the lay-in as the host Spartans (13-6) handed Nauset (14-2) its second loss. Senior Olivia Nazaire delivered 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals and Christina Nowick added 10 points and six assists.
Mt. Alvernia 65, Cristo Rey 29 — Senior Dakota O'Brien paced the Mustangs (9-8) with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Pingree 50, Phillips Andover 47 — Senior Emily O'Sullivan converted a free throw with four seconds left to secure the win for visiting Pingree (13-5).
Worcester Academy 69, Phillips Exeter 24— Aliyah Boston had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, and teammate Kiera Fernandes added 16 points and Adara Groman had 12 points and five assists to pace the visiting Hilltoppers (18-1).Lenny Rowe reported from Stoneham. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.