On the shoulders of sophomore Ara Nazarian, Malden Catholic defeated Catholic Memorial, 5-3, Wednesday to advance to the Super 8 final. The Lancers forward had a hat trick, sealing the game with an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left.
Nazarian also netted his fourth shorthanded goal of the tournament.
Mike Iovanna, the captain for Malden Catholic and one of only three seniors in the lineup, puts the Lancers ahead with 2:52 remaining before Catholic Memorial pulled its goalie.
The game marked the third meeting this season between the Catholic Conference rivals, and Malden Catholic's 10th straight victory overall, counting its two wins over Springfield Cathedral in the first round of the Super 8. MC will defend its back-to-back Super 8 titles against Austin Prep or St. John's Prep.
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