March 19, 2012

Malden Catholic defends Super 8 title

By Jesse Connolly

Yesterday was championship Sunday for high school hockey teams throughout Massachusetts. Here’s a rundown of who reigned supreme:

Malden Catholic defends Super 8 title

Malden Catholic became just the third squad to win back-to-back Super 8 championships, as they defeated BC High by a score of 3-1. The Lancers initially fell behind 1-0 after Sam Topham beat netminder Connor Maloney before storming back.

MC captain Brendan Collier tied things up in the second period and Mike Iovanna buried the game-winner in the third. The Lancers finished their season by going 20-0-4 over the final 24 tilts.

Duxbury girls win second-straight championship

Captain Martha Findlay and the Green Dragons completed their undefeated season, defeating Falmouth by a score of 3-1 in the girls Division 2 state championship.

Sophomore goaltender Rachel Myette needed to make just 14 stops in the win against the Clippers, as Duxbury won the title for the second year running.

Arlington Catholic wins girls’ Division 1 crown

Despite having nearly identical records coming into their clash, Arlington Catholic was undoubtedly the underdog against St. Mary’s in the girls’ Division 1 state championship game at TD Garden on Sunday. The Cougars came in riding a six-game losing streak against the opposition, during which they’d been outscored by a whopping 33-10 margin.

Those numbers got thrown out the window with the title on the line, as Arlington Catholic reeled off a 3-1 victory. Adrieanna Rossini and Allyson Cunningham each tallied in the second period to put Arlington up by three. Megan Messuri made 25 saves in the win.

Owens’ hat trick leads Wilmington over Franklin

There’s carrying your club, and then there’s doing what Cam Owens pulled of Sunday. The Wilmington forward scored three times, including the game-winning with 7:33 remaining in regulation to give his squad a 3-2 victory over Franklin.

For the Wildcats, it’s their first Division 2 state title in school history. Netminder Luke Foley made 19 saves to earn the victory.

Boys’ Division 3 title goes to Hudson

After falling behind 1-0 to Medway, Hudson took off in the second period and never looked back, claiming a 5-1 victory in the Division 3 championship game. Bryan Carter scored what proved to be the game-winner in the second period for Hudson, who tacked on three third-period strikes to put the game away.

For the Hawks, it was their first-ever Division 3 title.