PEMBROKE — Going unbeaten is never easy. For Hingham, completing its regular season 11-0-0 required sound defensive structure and breaking the game against Marshfield open late, earning a 3-1 win Saturday at Hobomock Arena.
The Harbormen scored with 5:50 to go in the second period, when junior blueliner Bobby Falvey stepped into a wrist shot from 55 feet out, which found its way through a sea of bodies in front and past the glove of Marshfield goalie Aidan Healey (20 saves) to make it 1-0.
Just 37 seconds into the third, senior captain Paul Forbes found a rebound in the low slot, spun to his forehand and ripped a shot high to the short side, making it 2-0.
With 11:56 remaining, Hingham made it 3-0 as a Chase McKenna wrister was kicked out to the left circle where Falvey unloaded a slap shot, depositing the rebound.
“He played excellent, he’s been really gearing it up here in the last half of the season,” said Hingham head coach Tony Messina. “He has an offensive edge to him which is great.”
The Rams (7-2-2) got on the board with 2:25 remaining while on the power play, as a puck trickled to the slot for junior Dan Kane, who made no mistake.
Marshfield skated stride for stride with their unbeaten rivals, but even with solid offensive execution, the Hingham defense held firm, denying opportunities from high-risk areas and clearing out the front of their net, allowing senior goaltender Theo Jacobs (22 saves) a clean look at the puck for most of the night.
“We knew Marshfield will be coming strong at times,” said Messina. “We worked a lot on clearing the net and getting them out of the way so he can see the puck. We know if he can see it he can stop it.”
Marshfield had won six consecutive games.
“It’s a tossup every time against these guys,” Messina said. “You’ve gotta block shots, you’ve gotta back-check, you have to do all the little things to win these types of games. … It’s one game at a time, we had to work for it believe me, it’s a pretty good accomplishment.”