MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- The unofficial start to the Massachusetts high school hockey season was Sunday with 64 boys’ and girls’ teams participating in the third annual Garret Reagan Hockey Summit at the New England Sports Center.
The jamboree honors the memory of the late legendary Hingham High hockey coach who died in 2008. Fresh off their dramatic victory over Catholic Memorial in last year’s Super 8, the Harbormen returned to the ice. But it was a rough start to the 2010-11 preseason as Hingham went down, 4-0, to Burlington.
“Last year, we had 13 seniors, so we had a strong leadership group,” Harbormen head coach Tony Messina said. “But they graduated, so now the struggle is trying to get the new guys who haven’t been in the wars to understand what they need to do.
“Today was kind of a dress rehearsal for that and we didn’t pass.”
While Hingham has work cut out for itself, Messina reflected on the day’s true message.
“This is just about getting all the teams together and showing the spirit of high school hockey in the state and displaying the skill level that we do have on a lot of these teams. If Garrett [Reagan] knew about this thing, he would be very happy with the way all these teams come together from all over the place.”
In perhaps the day’s most anticipated matchup, Malden Catholic made easy work of Springfield Cathedral, 4-0. Ryan Fitzgerald netted three points (2 G, 1A) in the abbreviated game – teams played two, 12-minute periods – including a very impressive tally to start scoring. The sophomore showed off his quick release and zip on his wrist shot, sneaking one over the shoulder and under the crossbar from an extreme angle inside the right side faceoff dot.
Defending Division III state champion Longmeadow looked like they picked up where they left off last year with an offensive explosion, 5-1, against Falmouth.