The third-period dramatics from last February were not necessary, but the end result was the same.
The Latin Academy boys’ hockey team once again is the Boston City League champion. Andrew Sahatjian and Dakota Herman-Krauss combined for an 11-save shutout as the Dragons dominated from the puck drop, skating to a 5-0 victory over O’Bryant at Matthews Arena Wednesday afternoon.
“Great team win,” said Latin Academy coach Patrick Mudie.
“I’m really proud of the seniors and the captains. It’s been a great year. We’ve got a lot of young guys, and [the seniors] have been great leaders. Congratulations to O’Bryant on getting here, as well.”
The Dragons (10-10) netted three first-period goals en route to their third straight City title, a stark contrast to their 4-3 win over East Boston a year ago, in which Latin Academy struck for three goals in the final three minutes to force overtime.
“We worked hard all year, battled against the City League teams for six years now as a senior, and it feels good to get another City championship,” said Latin Academy senior captain Donovan LaMonica, named the game’s Most Outstanding Player for his presence on the blue line, as well as scoring the game’s final goal.
“Last year was a battle, and it was good to win. We learned the importance of winning the City championship, so coming in this year, we really knew it was something we needed to have done.”
Just four minutes in, senior forward Tim Guerard collected his own rebound and fired the puck top shelf for a 1-0 lead. Freshman defenseman Zach Maffeo doubled the lead 45 seconds later, slotting another rebound past O’Bryant goalie Evan Stegeman (18 saves) . Brendan Butler potted another rebound chance with 8:35 left in the period to hand the Dragons a 3-0 cushion heading to the locker room.
“We do a lot of battle drills,” said Mudie of his team’s ability to capitalize on rebound opportunities.
“We pride ourselves on being a greasy, grinding team in the corners and in front of the net. Any goals in the blue paint are good goals for us.”
Joe Loewen made it 4-0 just two minutes into the second period, firing home a feed from Butler behind the net. With 6:35 left, LaMonica added the final tally on a 5-on-3 power play bid, putting the puck past Stegeman’s younger brother, Dylan (19 saves), who took the crease after the fourth LA goal.
The Dragons now move on to the Division 3 North tournament next week. The pairings will be announced on Saturday. O’Bryant finished 1-17.Dan McLoone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.