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UPDATED Feb. 17: Arlington's hockey-town tradition shines brightly this winter -- the AHS girls' and boys' team and both top ranked in the state, and the Ed Burns Hockey Classic is providing ongoing thrills on ice.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, the AHS girls (13-1-1 and ranked third in the Globe top 20) beat Reading, 4-1, for its 12th straight win.

The AHS boys (15-3-2 and sixth in Globe top 20) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, edged Woburn, 1-0, after playing Braintree to a 2-2 tie in OT at Walter Brown Arena on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Named for the legendary coach, the tourney, at the Summer Street rink and other locations, served up these memories:

After scoring the winning shot in a sudden 3-on-3 double overtime, Marshfield sophomore Cam McGettrick skated over to Hingham freshman goaltender Keagin Wilson and gave him a hug, BostonGlobe.com reported.

McGettrick’s heroics lifted 10th-ranked Marshfield past No. 1 Hingham, 6-5, to win the Peter Doherty Division of the Ed Burns Hockey Classic Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Canton Ice House.

The game was recorded as a tie for MIAA tournament qualification since the first overtime, played 4-on-4, ended 5-5.

As BostonGlobe.com reports: "McGettrick picked up the puck in the neutral zone from junior captain Jake Hemingway and cruised into the zone with a head of steam. When McGettrick reached the face-off dot of the right circle, he uncorked a wrist shot that buzzed over Wilson’s glove and just under the crossbar before being mobbed by teammates in celebration.

"With the winning goal and an assist, the 5-foot-9 winger raised his point total to 29 (13 goals, 16 assists) in 19 games and was awarded the tournament MVP trophy. Despite the gravity of the moment, McGettrick still wanted to give his due to Wilson, his teammate on the U15 River Rats club team."

For the story and photos, click here >> 

In other Burns tourney action, in Arlington, it took overtime, but the Canton Bulldogs (15-2-1) captured the Brinn Division title on a goal by tournament MVP Eamon Kelly in the final minute of the extra frame. Canton nearly won in regulation, but with Reading pulling its goalie for an extra attacker, Evan Pennucci scored the tying goal with 27.4 seconds left after the Rockets (9-7-2) killed off a five-minute boarding major, BostonGlobe.com reported Feb. 14.  

Marshfield stuns AHS in Burns hockey tournament

A blizzard did not stop the first Ed Burns “Coffee Pot” Hockey Classic, underway Sunday, Jan. 30, at the rink named after the legendary Arlington coach. But Marshfield has stopped top-ranked Arlington.

The AHS Spy Ponders (11-2-1) drew the top seed, but its game against Marshfield (9-3-1), postponed to Jan. 31, was a shocker.

In a back-and-forth matchup, Marshfield remained focused on defense, and it paid off late in overtime. With less than a minute remaining, defenseman Connor Merrick intercepted the puck and found Will Doherty after skating into the offensive zone, drawing the opposing defender just far enough that Doherty could use a screen to fire a shot into the back of the net and send Marshfield to the semifinals with a 3-2 win.

Read the summary at BostonGlobe.com >>

Read about seven players who stood out in that game >>

Scores Jan. 30:

Tewksbury stays perfect, beating Waltham, 4-1, in the 2 p.m. game (story >>);

Reading topped Framingham, 4-1, in the 4 p.m. game (story >>);

Hingham edged Winchester, 2-1, in OT in the 6 p.m. game (story >>).

The cost is $10 for three games.

The Summer Street recreation center was closed Friday and Saturday because of snow, but the Burns rink will be open this afternoon, Bob Bartholomew, longtime AHS supporter, told YourArlington.

Seedings and match-ups were announced Thursday, Jan. 27, HNIB News reported. The teams from eastern Massachusetts were predetermined, given the need for each school to leave three dates open in their schedules.

A committee of participating coaches worked for much of the last year to develop the tournament concept, which is designed as a showcase event for MIAA high school hockey. Teams were seeded based on rankings according to two power ratings formulas – a modified version of college hockey’s KRACH model that includes game scores, and the new MIAA power ratings system modified to take only wins-losses-ties into consideration.

Once the rankings were established, teams were divided into two divisions of eight teams. The winners’ brackets are single-elimination, but each team is guaranteed three games.

Here are the seedings:

PETER DOHERTY DIVISION (named for longtime Reading coach)

Arlington (11-1-1)
Hingham (10-3-0)
Braintree (8-2-1)
Tewksbury (9-0-0)
Waltham (6-2-2)
Wellesley (7-1-2)
Winchester (8-2-2)
Marshfield (8-3-1)

WALTER BRINN DIVISION (named for longtime Waltham coach)

Canton (9-2-1)
Franklin (10-5-0)
Reading (5-5-1)
Natick (6-4-0)
Walpole (5-4-0)
Framingham (4-5-0)
Weymouth (4-7-0)
Burlington (2-8-1)


March 26, 2021: SUPER 8 CHAMPS: In first title match, AHS hockey wins in OT, tops Globe ranking


This news summary was published Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, and updated Feb. 17.