Archive - Feb 23, 2011 - Sports Article
Over the years, the final weekend of the high school hockey regular season had always featured plenty of drama and storylines. Regular-season titles on the line. Teams pursuing higher seeds. Others fighting for late playoff berths.
Unfortunately for local fans, there wonâ€™t be much suspense this weekend.
A big reason is because only five boysâ€™ teams from the area qualified for their respective tournaments. Four of the five teams that didnâ€™t make it were long eliminated from postseason consideration, while a fifth, Lincoln, saw its run at a playoff berth come to an end last weekend.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- A very difficult season for Lincoln High came to a rough end on Wednesday afternoon at the hands of a tough non-tough team -- St. Johnâ€™s High of Shrewsbury, Mass.
The 12th-ranked team in the Eastern Mass. polls showed the small gathering at the Rhode Island Sports Center why they are among the teams vying for a berth in their stateâ€™s Division IA â€˜Super Eightâ€™ tournament by skating to a 6-1 victory over the Lions.