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New England College Notebook: WNE Starts Women’s Ice Hockey, Nichols Names Linton Men’s Basketball Coach

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Just hours before the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues squared-off in the seventh game of the 2019 Stanley Cup FinalsWestern New England announced some exciting news that they would be adding women’s ice hockey, the school’s 20th varsity sport, during the 2020-21 school year.

The exciting news of the school adding women’s ice hockey was shared by Matt LaBranche, Western New England’s Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education, who looking forward to seeing the team compete in 2020.

“Interest at the high school and youth levels has never been higher, and we are proud to be providing a new opportunity for those young women to pursue their passion in a highly competitive collegiate program,” said LaBranche in Wednesday’s press release about the women’s ice hockey team.

LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie Zimmerman, who becomes the first head coach in the program’s history. Zimmerman previously served as an assistant at nearby Amherst College and has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Zimmerman also played Division III hockey for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

According to Wednesday’s release, Western New England will join 66 other colleges that sponsor women’s ice hockey at the Division III level.

Nichols College announced on Thursday that Brandon Linton has been named the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Linton replaces Scott Faucher, who guided the Bison to 28-3 record this past winter, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals (elite eight).

Faucher was recently named the new men’s basketball coach at Assumption College.

Linton arrives in Dudley after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he “was responsible for the development of scouting reports on opponents and managing the scout team,” along with additional duties, as well.

“Nichols College is a special institution that offers a world-class experience for our student-athletes both on and off of the court,” said Linton in Thursday’s release. “I cannot wait to begin the process of getting to know our current players and continuing to build on the foundation they have created.”

Linton is no stranger to Division III basketball as he played for Clarkson University in the Liberty League (LL) and spent time as an assistant under coach Tim Gilbride at Bowdoin College.

Finally, congratulations to former Babson College men’s ice hockey assistant coach Chris Zimmerman, who recently celebrated a Stanley Cup championship on Wednesday evening with the St. Louis Blues.

Zimmerman, who President and CEO of Business Operations for the Blues, played hockey at the University of Vermont in the Hockey East before pursuing his MBA at Babson.


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Noontime’s Take: The Bruins Provided Us With Some Entertaining Hockey This Spring

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

By now last night’s Stanley Cup game seven setback to the St. Louis Blues has officially set in for all of us. And it is a tough pill to swallow.

Waking up this morning was not as easy as it was yesterday – we were all excited for a seventh game, as well as the post-game celebration that would extend deep into the night and early this morning.

But instead, myself, along with other devoted Boston Bruins fans, were treated to a sight we may have not expected, a Blues victory, which included players, coaches, and various personnel skating around the TD Garden late last night celebrating the franchise’s initial championship.

And while St. Louis is certainly not singing the blues today, Boston is mourning a loss for a team that struggled to convey to reporters what exactly this setback means to both them and their fanbase.

Hearing stories from the locker room of players weeping to those that struggled to string together enough sentences for reporters certainly made me sympathize for them, but also made me realize how lucky we were as a fanbase to cheer on a dedicated group of hockey players for the past two months.

The Bruins captivated our attention every day by scoring impressive wins over the Toronto Maple LeafsColumbus Blue Jackets, and Carolina Hurricanes. We also celebrated some exciting wins against the Blues, as well, including a 7-2 thrashing in the third game, which provided Boston with a 2-1 advantage.

But our hometown team’s five-goal route was quickly forgotten a few days later when St. Louis rallied to win both games four and five, which ignited an early celebration for numerous Blues fans this past weekend. And while St. Louis was eager to begin a long-awaited celebration on Sunday, they were instead forced to wait an additional 72 hours before popping champaign due to Boston’s game six victory.

St. Louis will celebrate this win every day this summer, as well as think about it when they reconvene for the start of the National Hockey League‘s (NHL) 2019-20 season.

The loss to the Blues will resonate with us all for days, weeks and months, but the good news is another season will be here before we know it.

In the meantime, we have the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots to help us cope with a disappointing finish, along with with Anthony Davis trade talk, too – hello, Boston Celtics fans. And of course, there is the World Cup, as well, but we will certainly miss our mid-week and weekend hockey games that meant something.

We will have games that mean something again soon, Boston Bruins fans. And when they do mean something, you, I and others will gather around the television eager to cheer on our beloved hockey team to victory.

No matter how you cope with this particular loss, just know one thing, it was a heck of a run and a fun season. And despite the outcome, I am eager for more hockey.


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Re-introducing Noontime Hockey On Twitter

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Noontime Sports is excited to relaunch (and welcome back) @NoontimeHockey to our social media family.

@NoontimeHockey, which fans can follow on Twitter, will be your new source for New England hockey coverage, ranging from the Boston Bruins to college, high school and prep. Additionally, we also hope to provide some junior hockey coverage, as well, so stay tuned.

Similar to our other sports-related accounts – basketball, football, and lacrosse – this will be your go-to for scores, in-game updates, and stories, as well as some videos, too.

Adding hockey coverage is something we have been pondering here in the Noontime Sports office as we know how much this sport means to our region. As many New Englanders know, hockey is woven into the six New England states, and we certainly look forward to telling stories from numerous rinks soon.

So, make sure to toss @NoontimeHockey a follow today and let us know why you love hockey!

Noontime’s Take: There’s Nothing Like A Game Seven In Boston

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Game seven. The two best words in sports.

In a few hours, we will be treated to a seventh game of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Stanley Cup Finals when the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues collide on Causeway Street.

Are you excited?

It feels like its been years since the Bruins last skated in a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it actually occurred eight years ago when the Bruins clinched the series with a convincing 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The four-goal win over the Canucks is the Bruins’ lone game seven victory in franchise history. The Blues have never skated in a game seven, so the arrow should favor the Bruins, not the team from St. Louis, once the puck is dropped.

Game seven is not new to the Boston Celtics, who have won this particular contest seven times in franchise history, including the final game of the 1984 National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Final, which happened to occur on the same date as this evening’s series finale. Boston defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-102, to clinch the series – it was the last time a professional team in this city captured their league’s respective crown in the Bay State.

The Boston Red Sox have also competed in the seventh game of the World Series, but haven’t been as successful as the Bruins and Celtics. Since 1986, the Red Sox are 1-5 in the seventh game of a World Series, including 1912 when they lost to the New York Giants before clinching the championship one day later in the eighth game. Yes, some World Series needed eight games to decide a winner.

Boston’s lone seventh game win in a World Series occurred in 1903 when they were called the Boston Americans. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3, before clinching the franchise’s initial championship one day later with a 3-0 victory.

Excluding 1903 and 1912, game seven has not been kind to the hometown ballclub as they lost the series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. Two of those series happened to be against the St. Louis Cardinals. But luckily, those series are in the past as Boston has beaten the Cardinals twice in the current century.

The New England Patriots have never experienced as a seventh game because the National Football League (NFL) is all about one-game playoff series, not three, five or seven. But if the Patriots played a seven-game series, I would pick New England to win.

Game seven is often a contest many sports fans remember. And I bet there will be some amazing moments (and memories) this evening between the Bruins and Blues that will be discussed for years to come.

I am excited – why not have a seventh game to decide this particular series? – but also nervous at the same time. I believe the Bruins can win this evening but also think the Blues could steal this one.

Boston has won six Stanley Cups. St. Louis has never won a Stanley Cup, so winning the series against the Bruins, who beat them in 1970, would certainly be satisfying for those decked out in Blue and Gold this evening.

We want the cup, we want a game seven victory, so here’s to hoping game seven will result in another win for a Boston winter team, which is accustomed to celebrating a championship once this contest concludes.


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Mass. High Schools Lax Notebook: Get Ready For The Sectional Finals

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The final few days of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse season are upon us with sectional finals set to begin tomorrow for some teams, while others will compete on Friday and Saturday.

Below are the sectional final schedules, including dates, times and locations. As always, make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeLax on Twitter for in-game updates, scores, and news from the 2019 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.


Boy’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule 

MIAA D1 North: No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury at No. 1 St. John’s Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.

MIAA D2 North: No. 6 Billerica at No. 1 Winchester | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.

MIAA D3 North: No. 4 Dracut at No. 2 Austin Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.

MIAA D1 South: No. 6 Duxbury at No. 1 Hingham | Saturday, June 15th at 4 p.m.

MIAA D2 South: No. 2 Sandwich vs. No. 1 Hanover | Thursday, June 13th at 5 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).

MIAA D3 South: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 1 Norwell | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).

MIAA D2 Central/East: No. 1 Medfield vs. No. 2 Concord-Carlisle | Thursday, June 13th at 4:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)

MIAA D3 Central/East: No. 1 Dover-Sherborn vs. No. Littleton | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)

MIAA D2 Central/West: No. 2 St. John’s vs. No. 5 Longmeadow | Friday, June 14th at 5:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)

MIAA D3 Central/West: No. 1 Grafton vs. No. 3 St. Bernard’s | Friday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)


Girl’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule

East Division 1: No. 3 Concord-Carlisle at No. 1 Walpole | Friday, June 14th at 4:30 p.m.

East Division 2: No. 3 Medway vs. No. 4 Foxborough | Friday, June 14th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Walpole High School)

North Division 1: No. 2 Chelmsford vs. No. 4 Marblehead | Friday, June 14th

North Division 2:  No. 4 Manchester-Essex at No. 3 Newburyport| Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.

South Division 1: No. 1 Westwood vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Academy | Friday, June 14th at 6:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)

South Division 2: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 4 Hanover | Friday, June 14th at 4 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)

Central/West D1: No. 1 Longmeadow vs. No. 2 Minnechaug | Thursday, June 13th

Central/West D2: No. 1 Bromfield vs. No. 10 Mount Greylock | Thursday, June 13th

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