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Nolan Vesey did his best to upend Malden Catholic’s bid for a third consecutive Super 8 title in March. Fourteen seconds into the game, the senior captain gave Austin Prep a 1-0 lead, and then added score as Prep rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
MC hung on for a 3-2 victory, but Vesey had no time to dwell on the loss.
The next day, the North Reading teen made the drive to the Foxboro Sports Center for practice with the Neponset River Rats. His focus, a national championship.
Last month, Vesey and the River Rats capped a 33-4-2 season with a 4-3 win against the St. Louis AAA Blues at Robert Morris University, capturing the USA Hockey Tier 1 18-and-under national title, the best season in the program’s six-year history.