The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:
The Malden/East Boston Mites skated to a 3-2 overtime victory over Methuen in the Valley Championship in Haverhill.
MEB spotted Methuen the first two goals before mounting a great come from behind victory.
Jake Simpson had the first two goals with an assist to John Summers. Chris Cecca sent the boys home happy with a beautiful wrist shot 2 minutes into overtime that beat the Methuen goalie and sent the MEB skaters, coaches, and family members into a frenzy.
Chris Hanifan was spectacular in net making 20 saves and helped shut down Methuen for the final two periods and overtime.
The tone of the game changed on a Jonathan Monge checking penalty that seemed to send a message to Methuen that MEB should not be fooled with on this day. A strong defensive effort by Will Fosdick, Cristian Monge, Ryan Thomas, and Summers kept the Methuen forwards back. The backchecking and pressure of Anthony Messina, Ryan Jones, Joe Hurley, Lukas Deguire, and Chad Robertson kept Methuen on their toes all game.
The Super 8 trophy will take a familiar route home after Malden Catholic clinched its fourth-consecutive Div. 1A title with a 5-3 win over Austin Prep at TD Garden Sunday afternoon.
The game was a rematch of the 2013 Super 8 final that the Lancers claimed by a score of 3-2.
Austin Prep (16-5-4) put the Lancers on their heels with an aggressive, up-tempo style of play in the first period, but Malden Catholic (20-4-0) would not be denied. Senior Tyler Sifferlen netted his first of the afternoon with 51 seconds left in the first period when he streaked through the left circle and tucked an offering past Austin Prep netminder Elijah Harris (23 saves).
The floodgates opened on Austin Prep early in the second as the potent Malden Catholic offense potted three goals in the span of 2:50. Ara Nazarian got things started when he flicked a goal past Harris from between the hash marks 35 seconds into the middle frame.
Following an Austin Prep penalty, senior defenseman Nick Rolli sent a blistering slap shot from atop the left wing circle into the far corner of the net. A goal from Matt Filipe on a 2-on-1 50 seconds later put the Lancers up 4-0.
Austin Prep responded 14 seconds later as junior Cam Russo chipped a rebound past Lancer goaltender Alex Reissis (20 saves), cutting the deficit to three. However, Sifferlens second goal of the game at 13:04 of the second, reestablishing a four-goal lead heading into the final period.
Robert Carpenter helped carry Austin Prep back into contention in the third as he scored a pair of goals at 4:39 and 9:38 respectively, but Malden Catholic ensured that would be as close as the Cougars would get.
With the win, Malden Catholic became the first team to win four state titles in a row since Catholic Memorial won four-straight Super 8 crowns from 1998-2001.
Austin Prep (16-5-4) 0 1 2
Malden Catholic (20-4-0) 1 4 0
Tyler Sifferlen (Chris Hopkins, Ara Nazarian), 14:09
Ara Nazarian (Nick Rolli, Jake Witkowski), 0:35
Nick Rolli (John McLean, Jake Witkowski), PPG, 2:35
Matt Filipe (Brian Cameron), 3:25
Cam Russo (Anthony Cieri), 3:39
Tyler Sifferlen (Jake Witkowski, Ara Nazarian), 13:04
Robert Carpenter (Andrew Cross), PPG, 4:39
Robert Carpenter (Mike Eagan, Jake McKenelley), 9:38
Saves: Elijah Harris, Austin Prep (23); Alex Reissis, Malden Catholic (20).
The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School:
The Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade girls’ basketball team will be going for the “Threepeat” when they play in their league championship game Saturday, March 15th at Governor Drummer Academy in Byfield at 5:45. Their opponent will not be known until Wednesday night.
The girls made it to the finals with after a 33-18 win over Newburyport. The win was a very solid team effort as Newburyport did a very good job of taking Mystic Valley’s top scorer, Lauren Carlino, out of the game getting her into early foul trouble(3) in the first half and limiting her minutes. Adding to Mystic Valley’s troubles, guard Kate Story was hobbled by a sprained ankle and could only play in the first half.
The team really stepped up with point guard duties being covered by Deirdre Flanagan, Madison Sullivan and a great all- around game from Isabel Ospina. The Eagles’ defense was outstanding even with the foul trouble (Newburyport made 10 out of 23 foul shots to Mystic Valley’s 2 out of 4). The Eagles defense held Newburyport to only 4 points from the floor!
The Mystic Valley offense was spread out between 8 players: Camryn Ryan who had 7 points including her second straight game with a 3 point shot to rally her team; Heather DiGiovanni who scored 7 points despite being limited with foul trouble; Isabel Ospina (6) plus stellar ball handling when the team needed it; Ashley O’Rourke and Saige Brutus each had 4; Natalie LoRusso and Madison Sullivan had 2 each and Daniella D’Alleva had 1.
The Eagles defense and team speed gave Newburyport trouble all game long. Leading the way on defense was Daniella Weldon who fights for every ball on the court causing coach Brunelli to say “She gives such good solid minutes on both sides of the ball. Daniella plays her heart out every game and every practice, her work ethic is fantastic”. Coach Brunelli continued to praise her team “Mary Eileen d’Entremont was injured for this game but hopefully will be in top form for the championship game.
Emily Zibell was assigned to defend Newburyport’s best player and she did a great job. She was aggressive and really made the girl work hard. Jaden Granderson is so fast on the court, her defense has been great and she is becoming so much more confident in looking for her shot, more importantly she is taking shots. The player that was unstoppable for us was Camryn Ryan, her rebounding, offense and defense was remarkable, however her leadership on and off the court yesterday kept everyone together.
We have grown fundamentally and athletically since the start of the season, this team continues to impress me with their heart and desire. They are a great bunch of girls and enjoy being around each other. “