Frozen Finals

We’re starting to wind down winter championship season here in Massachusetts. This year, it seemed like I was on hockey duty for the Boston Herald, covering the opening of the Super 8, and a few weeks later, finishing it up with the final Sunday at the TD Garden. The final was a pretty exciting game, matching No. 1 seed Malden Catholic with No. 2 St. John’s Prep. It was a high scoring game, 4-3, but it didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of clean action from whatever photo spot I happened to be shooting from. Sometimes, those are the breaks.

I piggybacked the girls’ Division 1 final into my night as well, covering Hingham as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over Acton-Boxborough to take the state championship. Most of the game, I was filing on deadline, right up to the last minute, so that meant I was chained to my laptop and shooting upstairs. No through-the-hole shots for me that close to deadline!

Here are some selects from the two games.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John‘s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John’s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. Johns Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. John‘s Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

And from the girls’ final.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

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