those of you who saw the Super 8 Title game (sorry it’s now the
Division 1A game – but will always be Super 8 to us purists) you’ll have
to agree that it was one for the ages.
In the 20 year history of the tourney only one other public school has
won the championship and that was Reading two years ago. Every other
champ has been a Catholic school including Catholic Memorial an
astonishing 13 times.
So how did Hingham do it?
Well their coach Tony Messina had a slogan from day won, “the theme this
year was 3-14, meaning our mindset was to be playing on March 14 which
was the night of the title game,” beamed Co-captain Conor Coveny.
Thirteen seniors who had played in the Super 8 tourney since their
freshmen year added a little “know how” to Hingham’s title run. They had
to beat Malden Catholic in the crossover game to get to the Garden
where they played the game of their lives. The only goal was a power
play blast early in the first period and then Hingham put the shackles
on CM. “in the second period I started to think we could win this thing
1-0. We played our most complete game of the year,” Eric Sherman proudly
And how is this for irony? Hingham’s goalie Derek Mcinnis, who stopped
all 20 shots for the shutout, is a transfer from……you guessed it,
The Garden was a sea of red that night and even thought it was pouring
outside, hundreds greeted the victors when the bus pulled back into
Impossible, as well as possible, dreams do come true.