Twelve teams and their fans will descend on Causeway Street Sunday for the MIAA’s six boys’ and girls’ championship games at TD Garden.
Puck drop for Game 1 is 9 a.m. for the Division 2 girls’ final between second-seeded Duxbury and No. 4 Canton. Top-seeded St. Mary’s and No. 3 Shrewsbury will close out the day at 7:30 p.m. for the girls’ Division 1 championship.
Four teams return to the Garden from a season ago.
No. 2 Sandwich, which won the 2022 Division 4 title in a double-overtime thriller over Watertown, 3-2, shoots for a repeat against top-seeded Norwell (3 p.m.). No. 7 Xaverian, denied by Catholic Conference rival St. John’s Prep a year ago, takes on Pope Francis in the Division 1 championship (1 p.m.). The Canton boys’ and girls’ teams both earned the right to play for their respective Division 2 championships and will play back-to-back games, similar to last year’s schedule.
Tickets ($15) will be available through TD Garden via TicketMaster on Monday.
Boys’ state hockey finals
Sunday at TD Garden
Pope Francis (20-2-3) vs. Xaverian (16-8-0), 1 p.m.
▪ The Hawks return to the Garden with a roster listing 10 underclassmen, hoping to change their fortune from last season’s final against a potent Cardinals team that dethroned defending champion and top-seeded St. John’s Prep in the semis.
Canton (21-3-0) vs. Hopkinton (20-4-0), 11 a.m.
▪ The Hillers are back in the final for the first time since 2019, which resulted in a 3-2 defeat to Wachusett in the Division 3 title game. Canton has played its way into its fourth straight championship game.
Nashoba (14-5-5) vs. Scituate (20-4-2), 5:30 p.m.
▪ On a prolific run defeating three higher seeds, Nashoba is making its first appearance at the Garden against a Sailors team brimming with talent, in search of the program’s first title since 2007.
Norwell (24-1-0) vs. Sandwich (19-4-1), 3 p.m.
▪ The Blue Knights seek back-to-back championships. But the top-seeded Clippers will be highly motivated — they were eliminated by Sandwich in a 3-2 double-overtime loss in the semifinals last year.
Girls’ state finals
Sunday at TD Garden
Shrewsbury (20-2-2) vs. St. Mary’s (25-1-0), 7:30 p.m.
▪ The Spartans are making their first appearance since their 2013 D1 state championship, while Shrewsbury is playing in the state final for the first time in program history.
Canton (19-2-4) vs. Duxbury (23-1-2), 9 a.m.
▪ Looking to reverse their fortunes after an overtime loss on the Garden ice to Algonquin last March, the Bulldogs meet the Dragons, a program which won three Division 2 championships and a Division 1 crown from 2011-14.
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