By Kevin Devlin
Last weekend, the Mass Bay Columbus Day Shamrock Classic was held at the Murphy DCR Rink in South Boston. Overall, four teams in the Under 16 midget division and four teams in the Under 18 midget division age brackets competed in this tournament. The four teams in the Under 16 midget division were the Junior Bruins, Canton, South Shore Conquistadors, and the Mass Bay Shamrocks. The four teams in the Under 18 midget division were the Junior Bruins, the Eastern Mass. Senators, the South Shore Conquistadors, and the Mass Bay Shamrocks. All the teams are Tier II National Bound select teams.
The two Mass Bay Shamrock teams are comprised of players from South Boston and Greater Boston high schools. The Under 16 Mass Bay Shamrock team is coached by Tommy McGrath, Teddie Cunniff, and J.R. Butler. The Under 18 Mass Bay Shamrock team is coached by Arthur Fritch and Danny Lynch.
The Under 16 Mass Bay Shamrock squad lost in the championship finale, 2-1, in nail-biting shootout against the Junior Bruins from Brighton.
Pictured at the rink is the Under 18 team battling on the ice during the tournament. Also pictured at the game is Coach Danny Lynch taking charge of the line changes as Coach Arthur Fritch looks on pensively at the end of the bench.