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Boys’ hockey Players of the Week

Tim Birarelli, Beverly — The Panthers are two games away from an unbeaten regular season thanks in large part to the play of their junior netminder, who collected his eighth shutout of the season Wednesday night as Beverly traveled to Mansfield and took care of the Hornets, 4-0.

David Cataldo, Marshfield – The Rams began the week by extending their Atlantic Coast lead over Plymouth South with a 6-3 victory as the senior forward skated his way to a hat trick and an assist.

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Matt Filipe, Malden Catholic — The three-time defending Super 8 champion Lancers are in postseason form, and so is their sophomore forward. A second-line center for Malden Catholic, Filipe collected a goal and a pair of assists in a 6-0 shutout of Wilmington, the two-time defending Div. 2 champions. Four nights later, Filipe potted a “natural hat trick” in the first period as the top-ranked Lancers jumped all over No. 7 Catholic Memorial, 11-0.

Quinn Indio, New Bedford — One of the top-five goal scorers in the state, the Whalers’ senior captain continued to build on his impressive senior campaign as he registered five goals and three assists in a 9-6 victory over Apponequet/Connolly.

Ethan LeBlanc, Peabody — In his first game up from the junior varsity team, the freshman forward tallied his first career goal and assist as the Tanners took care of the reigning Division 3 finalists in Swampscott, 7-2.

Matt Murphy, Duxbury — A pair of goals from the senior forward — including an empty-net goal with 38 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach — helped boost the Dragons’ postseason credentials as No. 9 Duxbury took care of No. 8 Arlington Catholic, 5-3, in the first round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic in Falmouth.

Stephen Toal, Wareham — The sophomore had a hot stick Wednesday night, scoring six goals to go with a pair of assists as the Vikings won a shootout over Apponequet/Connolly, 10-9.

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