BOSTON — Winning a championship only makes an athlete hungry for more.
That hunger, and a boat load of high-level talent, helped Malden Catholic become just the second school to win four consecutive Super 8 hockey championships. The Lancers did so by beating Austin Prep, 5-3, in the championship game of the state’s most prestigious high school tournament at TD Garden yesterday afternoon.
The Lancers’ Ara Nazarian, who is from Boxford, had a goal early in the second period and his line contributed three even strength tallies in the victory. A highly skilled and powerful junior with 54 points on the season, Nazarian is committed to play college hockey at the University of New Hampshire and tasted his third Super 8 title.
“It’s a feeling you never get sick of,” Nazarian said of being on top of Bay State high school hockey. “It’s a special feeling, especially to be able to send our seniors out with four titles. It’s truly been a special three years for me and I wouldn’t choose any other bunch of boys to be playing with.”
MC, which joins Catholic Memorial (91-95 and 97-2001) as the only four-peat Super 8 champs and finished 20-4-0, jumped out to a 4-0 lead with goals by Tyler Sifferlen, Nazarian, Nick Rolli and Matt Filipe. Austin Prep (16-5-4) got back in it with Cam Russo’s second period goal an a pair of third period tallies by Bobo Carpenter, but the Lancers held on.
Peabody’s J.J. Layton, a sophomore defensemen skating with AP on Garden ice in the Super 8 final for the second straight year, was disappointed his Cougars couldn’t break through.
“Last year we came in a little timid and this year we thought we could win. We didn’t play up to that level,” Layton said. “We made it a goal at the beginning of the season to make states, hopefully make the Super 8 and try to get to the final and win.