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MIAA boys’ and girls’ hockey finals Sunday at TD Garden

What to look for in Sunday’s high school hockey finals at TD Garden

Framingham, MA - 3/13/2019 - BC High's Thomas Kramer's short handed goal in the third period past Xaverian goalie James Herring sealed the deal giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead over Xaverian in a Super 8 elimination game at Loring Arena. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matthew Doherty, Topic: 14schboyshoc, LOID: 8.5.688743961.
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Thomas Kramer scored shorthanded in BC High’s victory over Xaverian in a Super 8 elimination game.

The MIAA boys’ and girls’ hockey finals are scheduled for Sunday at TD Garden. Here’s a look at all the matchups.

Division 1A final

BC HIGH (19-3-2) vs. Pope Francis (18-1-3), 5:45 p.m.

Coaches: John Flaherty, ninth season (BC High); Brian Foley, 15th season (Pope Francis)


Player to watch/BC High: F Thomas Kramer (Sr.) — As he prepares for the final game of his illustrious career, Kramer is coming off a 4-point night (two goals, two assists) in a semifinal win over Xaverian.

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Players to watch/Pope Francis: F Jon Tavella (Jr.) — Tavella has 8 points (four goals) in three games — including two goals vs. BC High.

The lowdown: The consensus top two teams in the state all season long, the game is a rematch of last year’s final, which the Eagles won in overtime, 2-1. The teams have played three times since (1-1-1). BC High has trailed in each of its first four games of the Super 8 and has given up the first goal in three contests. The Cardinals are looking for their first Super 8 title.

In net: Senior Chase Congdon (BC High) has a 1.78 GAA, with four shutouts; sophomore Ben Zaranek (Pope Francis) has a 1.58 GAA, and a .924 save percentage with two shutouts.

Division 1 boys’ final

DUXBURY (21-4) vs. WINCHESTER (17-7), 7:45 p.m.


Coaches: John Blake, 16th season (Duxbury); Bill Burns, third season (Winchester)

Player to watch/Duxbury: D Jack Venturelli (Sr.) — The captain netted the winner in the Dragons’ 3-2 double OT win over Barnstable in the South semis, one of his two goals this postseason. He also anchors the top line for a stout defensive unit.

Player to watch/Winchester: F Mike Drew (Sr.) — The talented forward scored a pair of goals in the 4-1 win over St. John’s Prep in the North finals.

The lowdown: The Dragons won three straight to reach the state final. The top seed in the South, Duxbury is disciplined and physical. Winchester escaped a quarterfinal shootout with Bishop Fenwick before scoring eight goals in a pair of wins over Billerica and Prep.

Drew and fellow line mate Ryan McCarthy lead a potent and experienced offensive unit out of the Middlesex League.


In net: Junior Steve Pisani (Duxbury) has recorded two shutouts in his last three games. Sophomore Robert DiVicenzo (Winchester) made 27 saves in Monday’s victory.

Division 2 boys’ final

Canton (24-0-1) vs. Tewksbury (17-4-3), 3:15 p.m.

Coaches: Brian Shuman, 14th season (Canton); Derek Doherty, 18th season (Tewksbury)

Player to watch/Canton: G Michael Staffiere (Sr.) — After posting a 1.00 GAA in the regular season, Staffiere has allowed just one goal in Canton’s four postseason games.

Player to watch/Tewksbury: F William O’Keefe (So.) — With 23 goals in 24 games, O’Keefe has been one of the most consistent and prolific goal scorers in the state.

The lowdown: Canton has outscored its opponents, 23-1, in the postseason. Tewksbury has been battle-tested in the postseason, eliminating rival Lincoln-Sudbury before outlasting Boston Latin to punch its ticket to the Garden.

In net: Senior Michael Staffiere (Canton; 0.84 GAA, .950 save percentage, 12 shutouts); junior Patrick Letourneau (Tewksbury; 1.68 GAA, .896 save percentage)

Division 3 boys’ final

HOPKINTON (17-6-2) vs. WACHUSETT (17-4-2), 11 a.m.

Coaches: Chris MacPherson, eighth season (Hopkinton); Matt Lane, (Wachusett)

Player to watch/Hopkinton: F Sean Walsh (Jr.) - The high flying forward set the season scoring record, recording three goals and two assists in a state semifinal win over Lowell.

Player to watch/Wachusett: F Grant Gardula (Jr.) — The junior (17 goals, 16 assists) tallied a goal and scored the shootout winner, helping the Mountaineers reach the state final.

The lowdown: Seeded 11th in the D3 South sectional, the Hillers have outscored opponents, 28-5, during its five-game win streak. Wachusett defeated Longmeadow, 4-3, in a shootout in the state semifinal.

In net: Senior Cole Thomas (Hopkinton) has posted three shutouts in the postseason. Junior Jackson King (Wachusett) allows 1.64 goals per game and has a .913 save percentage.

Division 1 girls’ final

AUSTIN PREP (23-0) vs. METHUEN/TEWKSBURY (21-1-1), 1 p.m.

Coaches: Stephanie Wood, seventh season (Austin Prep); Sarah Oteri, fourth season (Methuen/Tewksbury)

Player to watch/Austin Prep: Aylah Cioffi (Fr.) – The transfer from St. Mary’s has enjoyed a four-goal tournament.

Player to watch/Methuen/Tewksbury: Cassidy Gruning (Sr.) – She is riding a six-game goal streak and has scored at least once every game since Feb. 9, totaling 12 goals, with a game-high four in a D1 semifinal.

The lowdown: Red Rangers senior Julia Masotta emerged as the leading scorer in the state in her first year of high school hockey (49 goals, 30 assists); Cougars eighth-grader Sam Taber enjoyed a breakout year, more than doubling her 21 points from last year with 48.

For AP, Aveni broke the school’s shutout record this season, picking up the 31st of her career, and Hollingsworth stopped her 2,000th career shot in January.

After falling to Woburn in last year’s state final, the Red Rangers booked a return trip to the D1 state final by outscoring opponents, 22-4, in three tournament games to bookend the best regular-season (18-1-1) under coach Sarah Oteri. The Cougars, who also fell to Woburn last season, are searching for their first state championship since 2016.

In net: Senior Hannah Aveni (Austin Prep), 0.50 GAA, 15 shutouts; Junior Kaia Hollingsworth (Methuen/Tewksbury), 1.08 GAA, five shutouts.

Division 2 girls’ final

Matchup: WELLESLEY (16-4-3) vs. NOTRE DAME HINGHAM (16-5-2), 9 a.m.

Coaches: PT Donato, third season (Wellesley); John Findlay, first season (Notre Dame-Hingham)

Player to watch/Wellesley: D/F. LuLu Rourke (Fr.) — She is second only to her older sister, Emily, in scoring on the Raiders with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). Emily has 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists). The younger Rourke has scored twice and picked up two assists in tournament play.

Player to watch/Notre Dame Hingham: D. Kelsey Stewart (Jr.) — The blue liner helped stave off any game-changing Dedham attack during a 3-2 first-round win and scored against Falmouth in the quarterfinals.

The lowdown: A rematch of the 2016 D2 final, which NDA took 3-1, pits a young Wellesley squad against first-year NDA coach John Findley for the third time this season. The teams tied 1-1 Jan. 28 and NDA won, 3-2, Feb. 1.

Findley admits his team, paced by senior scoring leader Alexa Graziano (29 goals, 13 assists) does better in later periods, so the key for the Raiders will be to jump in on the attack immediately. For the offensive power, Wellesley has no shortage of options, with five differents scorers netting points in the D2 quarterfinals and semifinals.

In net: Junior Liddy Schultz (Wellesley), 1.39 GAA, nine shutouts; eighth-grader Lily Prendergast (Notre Dame Hingham), 1.81 GAA, five shutouts.