STONEHAM, Mass. — Austin Prep opened its 2018-19 season with a 3-1 win over Catholic Central Large rival Arlington Catholic on Wednesday night.
Sophomore center Joe Solimine, sophomore right wing Joe Thibodeau, and senior right Max Pineo scored for Austin Prep, a program still rebuilding after longtime head coach Louis Finocchiaro retired following the 2016-17 season.
After a scoreless first period, Solimine got the scoring started at the 12:08 mark of the second period. The Middleton, Mass., native stole a puck in the neutral zone, made a couple of nice jukes on his way to the net, and fired a low shot just inside the post for the score.
The score would stay that way heading to the third period. Just 38 seconds into the final period, Thibodeau collected a loose puck around his blue line and rushed the other way. He cut into the middle from the left side of the ice before beating Arlington Catholic goaltender Nicholas Pazzia high glove with a wrist shot.