Last season, on the brink of its first 20-win season since 1991, the Milton Academy boys' hockey team lost a shot at its first ISL Keller League championship in 45 years by 2 points to Nobles and wound up finishing the year at 19-6-2.
This time around, there will be no such heartbreak.
The Mustangs received two goals from senior forward Woody Hudson and a trio of assists by senior captain Pat McNally en route to a 4-1 victory over visiting Belmont Hill, which clinched Milton Academy (20-3-1) its first Keller League title since 1965.
“You’re certainly always happy when the kids are happy,” Milton Academy coach Paul Cannata said. “I’ve been coaching for a long time, and you realize that winning championships isn’t too common, no matter where you are, so you always appreciate it, especially in a league like the ISL.”
Milton Academy kicked off the scoring with 53 seconds remaining in the first period, then opened up a four-goal lead by the end of the second period, hanging on to reach 20 wins.
“It was good, but at the same time measured,” said Cannata, in his eighth season with the Mustangs and 21st overall as a coach. “They were certainly a happy bunch, happy to get this part of it done. But at the same time they were realistic that we have three weeks of hockey left, and still another trophy to play for.”
With 12 seniors, including McNally, a fourth-round draft pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2010 NHL draft who will attend Harvard in the fall, the time is now for the Mustangs to continue making history.
So far, they’re off to a good start.
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