Minus junior goalie Mario Pizzeri , who has been sidelined with a hip injury, St. John’s has struggled to find consistency.
But Pizzeri returns next year, along with defenseman Bryan Nelson , a potential Division 1 prospect often called one of the better blue-liners in the state.
Concord-Carlisle girls focus on balance
First-year Concord-Carlisle girls’ hockey coach Barbara Southcote simply states her team’s playoff chances: “We’re not a one-player team. And we won’t get beat by a team with one player.”
The Patriots, who qualified for the postseason with an 8-7-4 record through Monday, took down Lincoln-Sudbury Regional, 3-0, last week as they’ve continued to build confidence at the right time of the year.
“One of the coaches last night at the MVC/DCL meeting paid my team a great compliment,” said Southcote. “He said he thinks we have the best overall team.
“We run five defensemen and three lines. It’s great. I’m very fortunate.”
Senior goalie Michaela Haller , who is going to Union College, where she’ll play soccer, is having another stellar season in net with a .931 save percentage, 1.56 goals-against average, and six shutouts. Freshman Carmen Braceras is leading the team with 11 goals and three assists.
The Newton South boys (8-8-3) enter Friday’s regular-season finale at first-place Lowell one point shy of earning the program’s first tourney berth since 1994.
Senior defenseman Peter Brock and sophomore Griffin Connolly have led the way for coach Chris Ryberg’s Lions.
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