ST. JOHN’S PREP (21-3-0) vs. XAVERIAN (20-3-1), 7:45 p.m
Trainer: Kristian Hanson, Season 15 (St. John’s Prep); Dave Spinale, Season 21 (Xaverian).
Player to be seen/St. John’s preparation: F Tommy Sarni (Sr.) — The Eagles captain has a team-high with 16 goals, including the game-winner in the 5-2 win over Xaverian on Jan. 8.
Player to Watch/Xaverian: D Nolan Dion (Sr.) – His 15 assists are second to the Hawks, but more importantly, he anchors the first pair of defenses from the left.
The facts: After splitting two regular-season encounters in the Catholic Conference, both teams needed double overtime in their state semifinal victories. Xaverian makes his first appearance in a state title game while the No. 1 Eagles are looking for their first championship since the 2015 Super 8.
In the web: Senior Payton Palladino (St. John’s Prep; 1.51 GAA, 0.916 savings percentage); Senior Brendan Flanagan (Xaverian; 1.52 GAA, 0.932 savings percentage).
Class 2 boys
TEWKSBURY (21-2-0) v CANTON (22-2-1), 15:15
Trainer – Derek Doherty, Season 21 (Tewksbury); Brian Shuman, Season 17 (Canton).
Player to Watch/Tewksbury: D Caden Connors (Sr.) – The DCL/MVC 2 Player of the Year anchors the blue line and also drives offense from the back end (21-27-48).
Player/Canton to be seen: F AJ Thomas (Jr.) – His 15 goals lead the Bulldogs and his 21 points are the first on a balanced team with an incredible 16 players in double figures.
The facts: It’s a repeat of the last D2 State Finals played at TD Garden in 2019, a 6-2 Canton win but this time Tewksbury are No. 1. The Redmen’s two losses went to D1 teams (Marshfield, Wellesley) . Canton has a 22-game winning streak from a 0-2-1 start (losses to D1 Lincoln-Sudbury and Franklin, ties to Barnstable).
In the web: Junior Ben O’Keefe (Tewksbury, 1.31 GAA, 0.924 savings percentage); Freshman Colin Davis (Canton; 0.82 GAA, 0.940 savings percentage).
Class 3 boys
MARLBOROUGH (1/21/1) vs. HANNOVER (7/17/1), 11 a.m
Trainer: Mike O’Brien, Season 11 (Marlborough); Jonny Abban, Season 11 (Hanover).
Player to watch/Marlborough: F Marcus Chrisafideis (Sr.) – With two goals in the semi-final win over Lynnfield, Chrisafideis has seven in three tournament games and a best 37 this season.
Player to watch/Hanover: F Robbie Hanna (Sr.) – Hanna has become the focal point of the Hawks’ offense this season, leading the team in all three scoring categories (18-27-45).
The facts: The teams narrowly missed their season-opening Jim Gormley Cup clash when the top-seeded Panthers lost to D4 finalist Sandwich in a shootout. Marlborough followed up with a couple of easy tournament wins with one-goal dread, but the No. 3 Hawks conceded just one goal in four tournament wins in their attempt to get to the Garden after their 2020 final was canceled.
In the web: Junior Dan Esteves (Marlborough, 2.20 GAA); Senior Liam Monahan (Hanover; 1.59 GAA, 0.912 savings percentage).
Class 4 boys
WATERTOWN (14-9-1) vs. SANDWICH (17-4-3), 9 a.m
Trainer: John Vlachos, Season 5 (Watertown); Jordan Mohre, Season 14 (Sandwich).
Player to Watch/Watertown: F. Alec Banosian (Sun.) – The runner-up (15-10-25) has increased his goals in the postseason with six goals and four assists in four tournament wins.
Player/sandwich to watch: F Colin McIver (Jr.) – The center in the Blue Knights top line (17-19-36) scored a big goal to equalize against Norwell and has four goals and five assists in four postseason wins.
The facts: The Raiders have 26 goals in four tournament victories but Vlachos still maintains defense is key to their success and Jared Norton and Casey Williams have been a goalkeeping rotation. Sandwich will look to carry the momentum from their last-minute double OT win over Norwell in the semis.
In the web: Senior Jared Norton (Watertown, 1.74 GAA, 0.935 savings percentage) or Junior Casey Williams (Watertown, 1.53 GAA, 0.933 savings percentage); Junior Mitchell Norkevicius (sandwich; 1.59 GAA, 0.926 savings percentage).
1st grade girl
AUSTIN PREP (26-0) vs. ARLINGTON (21-1-1), 5:45 p.m
Trainer: Stephanie Wood, Season 9 (Austin Prep); Jeff Mead, Season 16 (Arlington)
Player to watch/Austin Prep: F. Kathryn Karo (Sr.) – The Stonehill signing surpassed the 200 career point mark in a 4-0 win over HPNA in the quarterfinals. The Hingham transfer has accumulated 38 goals and 30 assists.
Player to watch/Arlington: F. Maddie Krepelka (Jr.) – An offensive juggernaut for the Spy Ponders, the junior produced a 30-18-48 line in the regular season and contributed six goals and three assists to the tournament.
The facts: The Cougars still have work to do after completing the 2019-20 season as co-champions. The year before, the Cougars lost to Methuen/Tewksbury at the Garden. AP defeated the Spy Ponders 6-1 when the teams met at Ed Burns Arena on January 10th.
The Cougars outscored their rivals by a margin of 152-10. Their relentless pace is tough to play against, and Catholic Central League co-MVP Maeve Carey, a Stonehill conscript from Gloucester, is anchoring the defense with 16 goals and 24 assists.
Middlesex League champions, the Spy Ponders boast a stingy defense that has conceded 30 goals, led by senior captain Grace Corsetti (21 points). Maddie Krepelka, senior captain Gabby Russo (15 goals, 30 assists) and freshman Julia Krepelka (12 goals, 22 assists) form a high-flying front row.
In the web: Senior Captain Lauryn Hanifin (Austin Prep, 26 wins, 19 shutouts, .38 goals against average); Captain Elise Rodd (Arlington, 15 wins, four shutouts, 1.18 goals against average).
Class 2 girls
CANTON (18-6) vs. ALGONQUIN (18-3-2)
Trainer: Dennis Aldrich, Season 10 (Canton); Mike Hodge, Season 5 (Algonquin)
Player/Canton to be observed:D. Allie McCabe (Sr.) — The Hockomock League MVP anchors a stingy defense that has only surrendered 37 goals. The senior captain-defender has accumulated six goals and 11 assists to go alongside a +13 rating.
Player to Watch/Algonquin: F. Mallory Farrell (Sun.) ― The Marlborough resident leads the Titans with an impressive 32 goals and 17 assists in just 23 games.
The facts: Algonquin is in the final for the first time. Canton was a 2020 co-champion, losing in 2016-17 and 2017-18 in championship play. The Bulldogs have wiped out three top-10 seedings and conceded two goals in their last three tournament wins. The Titans have scored 99 goals in the regular season and conceded just two in the tournament.
Leading the Titans alongside Farrell are Emily Johns (26 goals, 12 assists) and Bryn Domolky (15 goals, 17 assists). Senior captain Tess Khoury (12 goals, 11 assists) and junior captain Audrey Koen (13 goals, 13 assists) ensure the Bulldogs have a balanced attack.
In the web: Junior Carolyn Durand (Canton, 17 wins, 0.96 GAA, 0.95 save percentage, six shutouts); Senior Lana Pacific (Algonquin, 17 wins, 1.15 GAA, 0.95 percent save).
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