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Springfield’s Cathedral High Panthers Remain MA’s Top Hockey Team

CathedralHockey2WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB)– For a team ranked number one in the Bay State, Springfield’s Cathedral High School Panthers are awfully humble. “It’s unbelievable, it’s awesome. I didn’t expect it to happen,” smiled Right Wing Dominic Blad. “It’s a great feeling, not something we necessarily wanted to do,” Center Artie Potter admitted.

Before a crowd at the Olympia in West Springfield, the Panthers entered Saturday’s game against The Guardians from Worcester’s St. Peter Marian High School with a record of 8-0-1. With the energy high at The Olympia in West Springfield the Guardians quickly learned why the panthers have been sitting so comfortably at the top. The Panthers have made it to the top 10 before, but have never been number 1, and it didn’t come easy. “The beginning of the year, there were a lot of question marks, a lot of new faces, but a lot of the young guys have stepped up real well. Upperclassmen such as myself, have been taking leadership, showing them the ropes and they’ve been doing real well,” Captain Matt Foley said.

The rankings also come as a morale boost, since the June 2011 tornado destroyed Cathedral’s school building; students have been using the empty Memorial Elementary School in Wilbraham.

Coach Brian Foley says it’s nice for students to root for something that’s completely theirs. “I think it’s great for the school to get some good publicity the fan support’s been great for the team, not just the students, but the community,” he said.

After Saturday’s virtual hockeylesson, the Panthers thumped the Guardians 11-1, their record improves to 9-0-1.

The team’s still remaining cool, with one thing on their mind. “It’s just another stepping stone to be at our goal at the garden at the end of the year,” Potter added.

Before then they’ll have to get through BC High School first, which they feel will be the toughest to beat on their turf in Boston.

The Panther’s next home game is at the Olympia against the Acton-Boxborough High School Colonials on Thursday January 24th.

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