No. 2 Springfield Cathedral (6-1-4)
Star player: Sophomore forward Peter Crinella—The East Longmeadow native posted 37 points in the regular season on a team full of talented underclassmen like freshman Johnny Leonard and defenseman Bryce Peritz. Leonard and Peritz combined for 34 points, three less than Crinella.
Starting goalie: Junior John Liquori – When you average just fewer than two goals a game and have saved 315 shots on the year, chances are you’ve been a big part of your teams’ success like Liquori has. He’s a fine goalie and deserves to be mentioned among the top in the tournament.
Prediction: There’s no doubting that the Panthers are a legit contender for the title but the slip up against Malden Catholic and some really close calls with BC High among others is worth noting. BC High drew to a 2-2 tie with Cathedral in the two teams’ second meeting after the Panthers edged out a 3-2 victory at home on Jan. 12. Central Catholic also drew to a 3-3 tie with Cathedral in a game where the Raiders controlled the first two periods. There’s a very good chance Cathedral makes the finals, but the Panthers won’t take home the title.