Editor's note: Hingham High School senior and Holy Cross commit Tim Driscoll checks in with his second Player Diary installment of the hockey season with a look ahead at the Super 8 tournament.
The hockey season is coming very close to an end as the post-season seedings came out this past Saturday. It has been an amazing four years playing on the Hingham team, and my whole team is working extremely hard to end this season the way we all want it to. We were seeded fifth in the Super Eight, which puts us in the same bracket as Malden Catholic, Weymouth, and Central Catholic. It has been a very long season, but we reached our first goal in making the Super 8.
Now, our focus is on defending our title and winning the Super Eight again.
Last year was unbelievable because everyone on the team worked so hard and it all paid off in the end. We had about 10 players who played through the 2008 and 2009 Super Eights, both of which we did not have very much success in. So the core of the team knew what it would take to be successful and were all hungry because of the previous two years. It took everyone on the team to elevate their game and play together to win it all. Our goalie, Derek McInnis, got hot at the right time last year and played well in the playoffs, our defensemen were tremendous all year and were no different in the Super Eight, and our forwards scored a lot of crucial goals. Every team in the Super Eight last year would take advantage of any mistakes made by the opposing team, so give our coaches credit for making us play nearly flawless hockey. So it truly takes the whole team to come together to win in the playoffs. The title meant so much to our town and everyone involved with Hingham hockey because Hingham is a “hockey town” and there is a lot of support for the hockey teams.
But, that was last year, and this year is a whole new year. To be successful again we just have to play the way we know we can play, or even better. Just in our bracket we have Malden Catholic, a team like our team last year who is hungry for the title because of recent early knockouts in the Super Eight. They have loads of talent and are extremely good when they are on. Our victory over them earlier in the season will just make it that much harder to beat them again now, but our team is up for it. Our first game is against Weymouth, who are our rivals and who we split games with this year. They are a very good team and the atmosphere at the game will be incredible with all the people there and the tremendous rink Merrimack has. All the teams in the Super 8 are very good and there is a lot of parity amongst each other. The other bracket has St. John's Prep, BC High, and Needham, who are all teams that could make a deep run. We just have to play our game and outwork whoever we play and minimize our mistakes because that is Hingham's way of winning hockey.
For nearly all of the players in the Super 8, it will be one the best experiences of our lives regardless of their levels of success in the tournament. The games are always intense, the fans are always loud, and its just on another level from any other hockey that at least I have played in. I can't wait for the puck to drop next Saturday, and I am looking forward to enjoying the last couple (hopefully 5) games I will ever play for Hingham hockey.
Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs.