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2013 MIAA Hockey Championships


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#1 Dummy Hoy


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:03 PM

Super 8 tournament got off to a rousing start tonight with diametrically opposed play-in games. Central Catholic knocks off Hingham in OT 4-3, while two time defending champ Malden Catholic (who had an up and down season) crushed Archie 9-1. The match-ups are set for the Super 8 (starting Sunday), and they look great. You've got upstart Springfield Cathedral finally getting respect, only to draw MC. Austin Prep and Reading will play for the first time since the 1980s (go Public!). SJP looks for their first Super 8 title and appears to be the favorite to get there, although they play Central Catholic who gave the Prep one of their two losses. And CM is back in the tournament for the first time in 3 years, and who do they draw? Long time rival BC High.

 

They've switched to a best of 3 format for the first round, which is much, much better than the bizarre tie breaker format they had before.

 

Should be some great hockey elsewhere too...the boys D1 south bracket now adds ABW and Hingham to a field that already has Super 8 hopefuls Braintree, Duxbury, and Xaverian. D2 has some really top notch squads too- Wilmington almost made the 1A field, and Canton is fabulous again. And D3 is always a zoo.

 

The girls side is actually pretty interesting too, but I doubt too many here give a shit.


Edited by Dummy Hoy, 25 February 2013 - 10:09 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:14 AM

Normally I am all in for the Middlesex team in the Super 8, but I know one of the coaches for SJP and am pulling for him too.

With a daughter who will hopefully be playing varsity in a few years I am interested in the women's champ. Is anyone really that close to Woburn? Not many teams have good depth so maybe if you have a couple of great D and can get good matchups you can beat them, but it doesn't seem like anyone is that close.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:15 AM

Duxbury is the best girls team in the state, and a healthy Falmouth could be number 2, although they haven't been healthy for 6 weeks.

 

On the D1 side AC will make a good run again, and if Hingham gets past AP and their sick goalie in the first round, they could challenge. St. Mary's could certainly beat Woburn (and would likely be my pick to win it), but one of their best forwards has an upper body injury, and their best defenseman is nursing a bad hammy. Frank is a great coach, but I think the lack of depth may hurt him. Of course Woburn doesn't really have much depth either, but their best players are (AFAIK) healthy. Only two teams have held Woburn to less than 2 goals in a game (that top line of theirs is deadly), and Davis is one of the best goalies in the state....it will be tough to knock them off. Maybe their biggest weakness is that this talented group of players hasn't quite achieved what some thought they would together, but their coach has won it all before, and they sure have put it all together this year. Should be some great games.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

I was a little stunned by the margin of victory for MC yesterday.  I thought they were better than their record, but man that was a butt-kicking.

 

As an alum, I'm pulling for my St. John's Prep Eagles.  Since my father went to BCH, it's imperative that the correct Eagles win this thing.



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing Chelmsford in Div 1 North.  They went to the 1 North semis last year and lost in a shootout.  I watched them play Central Catholic close a couple weeks ago.  Chelmsford seemed like more of a finesse team and got pushed around late by CC.



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:53 AM

I haven't followed high school puck to closely this year, but you know it's been a good year if four of the Super Eight represent the Catholic Conference.

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#7 pedro1918

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:38 AM

Super 8 starts today.  All games at Tsongas Arena in Lowell.
 

Noon: No. 1 St. John’s Prep (17-2-1) vs. No. 8 Central Catholic (14-5-3)

2:15: No. 3 BC High (14-3-3) vs. No. 6 Catholic Memorial (12-6-2)

4:30: No. 2 Springfield Cathedral (16-1-4) vs. No. 7 Malden Catholic (12-6-3)

6:45: No. 4 Austin Prep (13-1-6) vs. No. 5 Reading (16-1-5)

 

GO SJP!

 


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:53 PM

CC up 3-1 over SJP after 2 periods.

 

Not the start I was looking for from the Eagles.



#9 pedro1918

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

Final, 4-1 CC. 



#10 Dummy Hoy


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:26 PM

It seems they match up well with Prep, which can make all the difference. Curious to hear what changes Prep makes before next game.



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

BC High takes a 3-1 lead with about 2 to play.

 

Jim Clark and Bruce Lerch (both great guys) run a live chat over at the Herald's website during this time of year for those who don't want to drive to Lowell.



#12 pedro1918

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

Sunday's Results:
 
Central Catholic 4, St. Johns Prep 1
BC High 3, Catholic Memorial 1
Malden Catholic 3, Springfield Cathedral 1
Austin Prep 2, Reading 1
 
Wednesday is game 2 for BCH-CM and AP-Reading
Thursday is game 2 for SJP-CC and MC-SC.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:22 PM

BCH and CM go to the shoot out in Game 2.  It would be a terrible way to end CM's season.

 

UPDATE: CM wins shoot, 3-2.  The Knights were down 2-0 after three shots apiece.  CM scored on their final two, while stoning BCH.  After BCH missed, CM converts the first sudden death shot. They play on Sunday to settle the series.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:39 PM

AP eliminates Reading, 1-0.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

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.



#16 pedro1918

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:15 PM

Is the CM/BC High game definitely on Sunday? Word last night was that no one was quite sure when/where they were playing.

 

 

That's what I heard yesterday, but I'm not sure.   The fact that tonight's games have been pushed to Friday might have them re-thinking the schedule anyway.

 

Friday in Stoneham:

 

Central Catholic v. St. Johns Prep at  8:00 pm.
Malden Catholic v. Springfield Cathedral at
5:30 pm.

 

http://www.miaa.net/...2013Bracket.pdf


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:23 AM

http://www.masshshoc...urnament09.html

Burlington vs winchester in the North final Saturday. Burlington blanked the Sachems 3-0 in their only meeting this season. The Sachems top line has been scoring a ton the last cople of weeks.

#18 pedro1918

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

While tonight's Division 3 games have been postponed, the Super 8 games will be played.

 

I don't really understand that one.



#19 Dummy Hoy


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Even stranger, only one of the D3 games got postponed.



#20 pedro1918

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:27 PM

Final: Malden Catholic 4, Springfield Cathedral 0



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

Final: SJP 3, CC 1

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

DIVISION 1A ICE HOCKEY - SUNDAY, March 10 at Stoneham

4:00 PM  --  Boston College High School vs Catholic Memorial
6:00 PM  --  St. John's Prep vs Central Catholic


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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:51 PM

CM upsets BCH, 3-2. CM scored with 22 left to eliminate BCH.

SJP eliminates CC, 4-2, in the nightcap.

Catholic Memorial plays Malden Catholic and St. John's plays Austin Prep on Wednesday at Tsongas Arena.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

D1N championship tonight in Lowell. (2) Winchester vs (5) Burlington. Burlington won their earlier meeting 3-0. Should be a great game. At 16-5-3, Winchester came in 2nd to Reading in the Middlesex/Liberty division, with GF/GA of 87/51. At 12-6-5, Burlington came in 2nd to Wilmington in the Middlesex/Freedom division, with GF/GA of 61/39. Winchester has a relatively young team, only a couple of seniors get meaningful ice time, and they are both D. Starting goalie is a Sophomore. The D1S final is tomorrow, (2)Hingham vs. (5) Marshfield.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 11:30 AM

Times for Wednesday's Super 8 semifinals at Tsongas Arena.

 

Catholic Memorial v. Malden Catholic at 6:00 PM

St. John's v. Austin Prep at 7:45 PM

 

The winners meet in the finals on Sunday at the Garden.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

scoreless after 1 in the D1N final.  Burlington outshooting the Sachems.

1-1 headed to OT. Burlington hit a post with 11 seconds to go

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#27 Dummy Hoy


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:10 PM

Red Devils in a Shoot out, will play Hingham/Marshfield winner.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

It will be (5) on (5), as Marshfield runs over Hingham 6-3. Marshfield has scored 111 goals this season, so this could be a very intesresting matchup vs. Burlington's 39 GA for the season.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:27 AM

Oh wow...great stats. Will be fascinating to see.

 

I don't know which games I'll catch on Sunday...I'd love to see them all, but I can't afford to stay in that building all day and pay 500% markup on food and drink. That one may have to be on the list though.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:31 PM

BHS trying to repeat as the 1 champion, good for them. They started slow this year but have really picked it up. DeCastro (G) has been sharp all year, as BTP mentioned. I coached a few of these kids in baseball as Freshman. Good to see them having success on the ice again this year.

 

Hoping to get there for the 1 and 1A final, we'll see.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:44 PM

MC beats CM, 5-3, in the opener.

 

An SJP defender put the puck in his own net with just over 2 minutes to play to give Austin Prep a 2-1 victory in the night cap.

 

MC v. Austin Prep on Sunday.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:53 AM

The MC win doesn't surprise me as much as the AP win. SJP blows another opportunity to take home their 1st Super 8 title- they are graduating 15 seniors including their leading scorer and their goalie. I'm sure they'll be good again next season, but this really felt like their year.

 

Last couple of years has seen MC rise to the top...looking at AP's young roster and hearing rumors of them getting some nice recruits, sorry, incoming students, next season makes me wonder if they won't be the hot team over the next few seasons. 



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

Skrub and I will be in the house for the D1 final. Go BHS...leave the bats at home.

 

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#34 GLOSS

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:29 PM

My cousin will be playing in the D3 finals at the Garden tomorrow, so I'll most likely be there somewhere rooting on Westfield.



#35 pedro1918

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

MC Threepeats, 3-2 over Austin Prep.

 

SJP blows another opportunity to take home their 1st Super 8 title- they are graduating 15 seniors including their leading scorer and their goalie. I'm sure they'll be good again next season, but this really felt like their year.

 

I thought it was their year too.  It's disappointing to this alum.  Well, as much as a high school hockey game can be disappointing!

 

On to baseball!

 

Go Eagles.


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:29 AM

Skrub and I will be in the house for the D1 final. Go BHS...leave the bats at home.

 

http://boston.cbsloc...ry-hockey-game/

 

Repeat!



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:55 AM

Good time, Burlington dominated the 2nd period scoring 3 goals in about 5 minutes to break it open 4-1.  Combine that with solid goaltending along with me and Skrub cheering them on front center ice behind the student body, and you have the recipe for success.  Repeat indeed!






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