Londonderry owned the first and third periods, emerging with a 3-2 win over Manchester Central in Division I boys' hockey action at JFK Coliseum Wednesday night.
"I'd like to see more first periods (like that) but at the same time, you take your hat off because Central obviously stepped up the second period," said Lancers head coach Peter Bedford. "They changed it. They figured out 'you know, we can't do what we're doing.' They got their legs back, which I knew they would, and had us on our heels a little bit."
A freshman, Maloney found himself playing on the first line with Curtis Harper out of action with a wrist injury.
Brett Evangelista netted the game-winner at 4:40 of the third, taking a pass from Matthew Moriarty off the left wing boards and snapping home a wrist shot stick-side from the slot.
"The first five or six minutes of the third, we didn't come out the way I expected," said Central head coach Brian Stone. "We had a little lull there and you've got to play 45 minutes. They banged in two and we had to try and crawl back. We had some chances, but just couldn't bury it."
Central stormed back in the second stanza, tying the game at 1-1 just 91 seconds into the period when Devon Sprague banked the puck off Schirch's stick and in. The Little Green took a 2-1 lead at 8:41 on another Sprague tally, this curling into the slot and firing a wrist shot past Schirch's glove hand.