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March 15, 2014

It's Title Time

Beverly, Medfield ready to battle for state hockey title

You might recall hearing about the 2012-13 high school hockey team that had an 18-1-1 regular season, earned the top seed in the playoffs — and was promptly upset in their first playoff game by a team that went on a wild run to the sectional final.

Actually, it happened to two different schools.

Who just happen to be playing each other tomorrow night for the Division 2 state championship.

A year removed from painful early postseason defeats, both Beverly High (21-1-1) and the South champions from Medfield (18-3-3) will play in the last of six title games at the TD Garden in Boston (7:45 p.m.) tomorrow night, each looking for their program’s first state hockey crown.

“We had the same thing happen to us in Division 3 South last year that Beverly had happen to them in Division 2 North,” said Medfield’s 36-year-old Toby Carlow, who has been the Warriors’ head coach for seven seasons. “We have a lot of kids back from that team this year; same with them. And like Beverly, this is the first time our school has made the final.

“Beverly’s gotten a lot of press all season and rightfully so; they’re a very good team, have earned their spot and worked hard. And they have to know we didn’t get here by accident, either. We’re going to the Garden to hopefully play our best game.”

In its first season competing at the Division 2 level, Carlow’s team has defeated, in order, Quincy (6-2), Martha’s Vineyard (3-1), Oliver Ames (3-0) and Canton (3-2) to capture the South.

Seeded third coming into the playoffs, the Warriors have now scored 94 goals on the year while surrendering just 38 and are 10-1-2 in their last 13 games.

“Being new to Division 2, if you can sneak up on anybody in this day and age with all the information that’s out there, I guess that might be us,” said Carlow, who played high school hockey in Burrillville, R.I. before matriculating to UMass-Boston, where he continued his career before having a cup of coffee in the minor leagues.

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