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March 17, 2014

Boxford's Nazarian helps MC four-peat as Super 8 champs

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“It was great to have the opportunity to get here again as underdogs. Losing again stinks, but it’s alright.”

Layton, an emerging two-way force who is joined on the AP blue line by Danvers’ Mike Disciullo, had a huge hand in sending his team to the Super 8 final. In the 8th round of a semi-final shootout with BC High, Layton came over the boards and scored the clinching goal.

“That was amazing. I had no idea I was going in to shoot, usually in shootouts I’m not getting on the ice,” Layton said. “Getting in there and scoring was insane. It’s still crazy to think about.”

Sifferlen, who had a goal in the Super 8 final win over St. John’s Prep as a freshman in 2011 and is committed to UMass Lowell, scored his second of the game yesterday to make it 5-1 early in the third.

His chemistry with Nazarian, and linemate Jake Witkowski, has given Lancer opponents fits all season. They helped MC get a fast start yesterday, which was the team’s main focus.

“Last year in the final we gave up a goal on the first shift and we didn’t want to allow that again,” said Nazarian. “I’ve been playing with Siff since I was a freshman, and Jake’s fit right in with us. His hands are ridiculous. We work hard in practice and it translates to the ice.”

MC scored late in the first to lead 1-0, and Nazarian’s goal came early in the second.

“The puck jumped out of the middle of the ice, and the coaches always tell us take one, maybe two stickhandles and get the shot on net,” Nazarian said. “That’s what I did and it found its way in.”

Despite Carpenter’s two third period goals and some late pressure by the Cougars, MC’s second period barrage was too much to overcome.

“There’s something about our team, in the third periods we come out flying. We don’t in the first or the second,” Layton said.

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