Afterward, Burke said Medfield coach Molly Norton told her that a Franklin player had left the ice without shaking hands. Unaware initially, Burke later reprimanded that player.
Burke said she has benched top players, even in big games, if they suffer any lapse when it came to sportsmanship.
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, whose daughter, Gabby Schilling , plays for Medfield, took to his 50,000-plus Twitter followers Saturday night to air his feelings on the matter. His posting: Franklin HS Girls hockey coach should be ashamed. Poorest display of sportsmanship I’ve ever seen in amateur sports #proudwarriorparent.
Tough loss at buzzer for Arlington Catholic
Right before the final buzzer sounded in a hard-fought game between the Arlington Catholic and Andover boys’ hockey teams, the Cougars suffered a crushing blow.
With a 3-2 lead in the Ed Burns Holiday Classic consolation game, Arlington Catholic won a faceoff in its own zone but turned it over, and Andover’s Markie Campbell found the net right before the horn.
The day before, the Cougars surrendered a 2-1 third-period lead to Billerica when the Indians scored twice in seven minutes to finish a 3-2 win.
“That’s just experience, as far as late in the game, being able to protect that lead,” said coach Dan Shine . “It takes experience, and a lot of practice. We have to work on that.”
Seniors Zach Blanch (two goals, two assists) and Brendon O’Connell (one goal, two assists) played well in the two tournament games, though the Cougars’ top line is still looking to fill the void of senior Steve Kehoe , who has been out with an injury.
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