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  Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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By Kevin Devlin

     On Saturday afternoon, November 12, the Midget AA 18 and under squad, defeated Woburn 8-2, to win the state championship and thereby advancing to the National Tier Two Championships to be held in Pittsburgh from March 29 through April 2.

      The Midget AA 16 and under team lost a heart, wrenching, nail biting, say-it-ain't-so game to Quincy 4-3.
The 18 and under squad scored two goals in the opening period, three times in the middle stanza, and twice in the final frame to run away with the game, pounding Woburn 8-2.

      Paul Golden scored two goals and one assist, while Michael Sabin, Andrew Hillson, Peter Barnaby, and Luke Hella (two assists) had a goal apiece. Brian Yanovitch registered two goals and three assists. James Ennis had three assists, Dennis Linehan, Michael Sheehan, and Chris Miller each had an assist.

     "We only have two players back from last year," said head coach Teddie Cunniff. "They are the team captains, Chris Miller and Paul Golden. It's a mixed bag of players, they seem to get along and when we won the coveted Rhode Island Saints Tournament in October, it all seemed to come together.

     "This is a young team led by goaltender Doug Carr," added Cunniff. "We have a solid defense with very consistent forwards with good speed. The team should get better once they finish the high school season. We bring them back together at that time, have five practices and three games, and then head to Pittsburgh for the games."

      This will be the sixth straight year that the Midget AA 18 and under team will compete in the national tournament. And, Southie has already captured the national title four times (three consecutive championships) in the new millennium.

      The 16 and under game was one that will remembered for a long time. Neither team scored in the opening period. Then, Southie scored three quick goals during the first seven minutes of the second stanza to take what seemed to be comfortable 3-0 advantage. Southie was dominating and Quincy seemed flat. But Quincy wasn't ready to panic, and scored a goal with 3:38 remaining in the second period to cut the deficit to 3-1.

      From that point on, momentum turned 180 degrees, as Quincy out-skated and out-hustled Southie, beating them to the puck at every turn. Quincy scored two more goals early in the third to tie it up, 3-3. And, with .24 seconds left on the game clock, Quincy silenced the jittery home crowd with a devastating goal, to take a 4-3 lead and a victory home with them across the Neponset Bridge. Quincy played a great game and it seemed that Southie just ran out of gas.

     For Southie, Teddie Downs, Colin Devine, and Brian Hickey (one assist) each had a goal, while Ryan Urso, John Cole, and Danny Leary had an assist apiece.

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