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What They Were Thinking

What they were thinking: Playing hockey at Fenway

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: BC High captain Matt Sullivan (far right) carries the puck up ice with Catholic Memorial’s Aaron Marcel (far left) and Jack O'Hear in pursuit during their game at Fenway Park, Jan. 14, 2012:

Sullivan: “I was coming up ice with my linemate Steve DeForge and I was just trying to get past their forwards. I saw Steve kind of make a move and he was beating their defenseman, and I was trying to get the puck to him to see if he could slide in the back door. For probably most of the first period, we were pretty much in awe of the park, but as the game went on, we got more focused on the game and the task at hand. I just knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. The ice was a lot better than I thought it would be. I skate on the bogs just down the street from my house in Duxbury and it was just like that, even better.’’

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Marcel: “We actually prepared for the outdoors before. We skated outside the day before at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. The sun in the first period was a factor for us. It was shining in our eyes and in our goalie’s eyes. Matt Sullivan, I played in a youth hockey league with him for a little bit. He’s gotten a lot bigger. He’s really developed now.’’

O’Hear: “My heart was pounding hard. It was the first shift of the game. I was trying to backtrack hard and set the tempo for the game, not give up an odd-man rush. I though it was pretty cool to be on the same spot as the Red Sox players. We got there an hour before and looked around. Got up to the Green Monster up close, but when the game starts, you just forget about everything and just block out the fact of where we were.’’

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