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St. Mary’s senior trio savors return to Garden

Almost a year ago to the day — March 20, 2016 — Dante Maribito, Mike Zampanti, and Andrew LoRusso left the TD Garden ice defeated when the St. Mary’s boys’ hockey team was dealt a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Franklin in the Division 1 state final.

On Sunday, the three seniors skated off the Garden ice as champions after St. Mary’s knocked off Framingham, 4-2, for the program’s first state crown.

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“To have my last game be a state championship win is unbelievable,” Maribito said.

“Fifteen minutes ago, we were still out there battling for the game and now we’re state champions, it’s gonna take some time to set in.”

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Maribito and Zampanti each scored two goals and LoRusso stopped 16 shots to keep the Flyers at bay.

After his second goal, the team’s third and eventual winner, Maribito skated toward the Spartans fan section and lifted his hands in the air in celebration.

“I don’t even know what I was thinking, I was just enjoying the moment and taking it all in,” he said.

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For the Spartans’ senior class, last season’s heartbreaking loss served as a lesson of what it would take to win this season.

“Last year we were focused a little too much on where we were playing,” Maribito said.

“This year we were focused on the game and what we needed to do to win the game.”

James Duffy can be reached at james.duffy@globe.com
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