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Captain Jon-Luke Dee knows his team is for real. Goaltender John Richard is right there with him. Coach Dan Shine, in all his wisdom after three-plus decades at the helm, is hesitant to shoot as high as the players are — a Super 8 bid — but shares the sentiment nonetheless.
This Arlington Catholic boys’ hockey team firmly believes that it can compete with the best teams in the state and make a big jump after three generally unspectacular seasons.
The Cougars, at 5-0-1, are off to their best start since any of the players reached high school. The lone non-win came in a 3-3 tie Saturday against rival Austin Prep at Stoneham Arena — a game AC led most of the way.
The difference this year, Shine says, is the team’s depth.