Is the CM/BC High game definitely on Sunday? Word last night was that no one was quite sure when/where they were playing.
BTW- this is a very young CM squad, so they may not have the intangible confidence that the Knights always seemed to have in the past, but doesn't that seem like a very CM thing to do? Be down to your last strike and then come back? Game three is going to be awesome.
Too bad about Reading- not only do I hate that they got eliminated as the last Public, but they really played an outstanding game and just couldn't solve a dialed in Elijah Harris. BTW- I forgot the Carpenter kid skated for AP...he can move.
In D1 South, Hingham crushed Barnstable 8-1 and now waits for the winner of Marshfield and Archie (which should be a great game). You've got to think whoever comes out of the south will be favorite in the Garden, although Winchester and Burlington are both very good.
In D2 south Oliver Ames pulled an upset over Canton 2-1 and await the winner of Franklin and Mansfield out of an all Hockomock final four. Upsets galore in the D2 North have upstart Danvers playing Wilmington in the final...hard not to look at Wilmington for the win as they almost made the Super 8 field.
D3 North has another upstart in Bedford (who upset 1 seed Lowell in a SO in round one) playing a rolling Swampscott squad for the title, while the D3 south remains the war of attrition it is every year with a 25 team bracket. 6 of the final 8 were either Tri Valley League or Patriot League teams. Pembroke and Scituate battle on one side while defending E. Mass champs Medway play Holliston. While the Panthers didn't beat Medway this year, they tied them 3-3 and lost 2-1, so they match up well. I'm considering heading to Gallo on Friday, as those two games should be blood baths.
On the girls side there’s potential for two finals rematches from last season. In D1 Woburn and St. Mary’s go head to head with
defending champ Arlington Catholic meeting a red hot Westford Academy team on the other side of the bracket. This is Woburn’s
year, but St. Mary’s is a tough out, even with some major injuries. I thought AC and Woburn would be in the finals, so it’s tough to go against that, but I won’t be shocked by the result in either of these games.
In D2, two time defending champ Duxbury plays first year program Tewksbury/Methuen, who has made a surprising run. They have the state’s leading goal scorer (52!) and a very good goaltender, but Duxbury is another animal. The other side is a rematch from last year’s semi as Falmouth and Westwood go head to head. Falmouth might be the best team in the state, but Westwood has been rolling through easily the toughest bracket in the division.
A quick thought on the evolution of girls game that the D2 final four illustrates nicely. For years you could win with 1-2 really good
players and a good goalie…that’s been changing in recent years. Duxbury has gone 63-4-3 over the last three seasons, but they’ve done it rolling three lines and 4-6 D. Falmouth has been one of the best teams in the state the last two seasons, playing 8-10 forwards and 5 D regularly. Westwood rolled 3 lines and 5-6 D all year and returns all but two players next year. The top girls teams now all have at least two good lines…the pool of players is expanding rapidly and the talent is making giant strides.
Tewksbury/Methuen seems to be a throwback in that regard, but it is the program’s first year. The last 5 years have seen an explosion of talent, and it’s made the top girls teams pretty fun to watch.