Bruins Top Maple Leafs In Dramatic Game Seven, Advance To Tampa Bay

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Jake DeBrusk recorded two goals in Boston’s Game 7 win over Toronto on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sporting News)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Jake DeBrusk netted a pair of goals, including the go-ahead strike early in the third period as the Boston Bruins erased a one-goal deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-4, in the final game of their opening round playoff series.

With the win, Boston advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they will face the Tampa Bay Lighting, which won its opening round series against the New Jersey Devils in five games.

Boston and Tampa Bay last met in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, which the Bruins won in seven games. Boston would then advance to the Stanley Cup and defeat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.

Boston trailed Toronto, 4-3, after two periods, but evened the game 70 seconds into the final session with a goal from Torey Krug. Boston would push ahead minutes later with a goal from DeBrusk before David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand sealed the win by netting the Bruins’ sixth and seventh goals, respectively.

Pastrnak’s goal halfway through the final session helped the Bruins clinch the series and halt a two-game postseason losing streak. The Bruins led the best-of-seven game series, 3-1, but fell to Toronto in back-to-back games, including Game 5, which occurred last weekend at the T.D. Garden.

Both teams swapped goals throughout the opening frame before Patrice Bergeron provided the hosts with a 3-2 advantage heading into the first intermission. Toronto erased the deficit in the second period and pushed ahead with back-to-back goals from Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen to secure a 4-3 lead after two periods.

Boston and Tampa Bay met four times this season with the Bruins winning three meetings, including two games last month.

The second round series between the two teams is scheduled to commence on Saturday, April 28th at 3 p.m. in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Boston Cannons Announce High School Rivalry Series

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Boston Cannons Helmet. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Boston Cannons announced this morning their High School Rivalry Series, which will take place before select home games later this season.

The High School Rivalry series is presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Catholic Memorial and Malden Catholic will be the first two teams to compete in the series – the two squads will face-off at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 p.m. before Boston entertains the Dallas Rattlers at 6 p.m.

Governor’s Academy will square-off against St. Sebastian’s one week later on Saturday, May 12th at Harvard Stadium with the game scheduled to commence at 3 p.m.

The final two matchups with take place in Hingham on Saturday, May 19th with the girls team hosting Braintree at 12 p.m. followed by the boy’s team entertaining Needham at 2 p.m. Boston and the Chesapeake Bayhawks will also compete in Hingham that same day with face-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

For more information on the upcoming High School Rivalry Series – HOP HERE!

Rob Gronkowski Will Compete For The New England Patriots In 2018

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Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram this evening that he will be returning to the gridiron this fall with the New England Patriots. (PHOTO CREDIT: WCVB.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Rob Gronkowski announced this evening on Instagram that he will return to the gridiron this fall to compete for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski wrote the following on Instagram: “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.
#bandsamakeherdance.

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath – yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. However, today’s post squashes any rumors or thoughts that Gronkowski won’t be back for another season with New England.

Gronkowski concluded the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in all three postseason games, too, hauling in 16 of 27 targets for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, he scored two touchdowns, while recording 116 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Bloggers Wanted: Come Join The Noontime Sports Team!

Bloggers Wanted

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Greetings, Noontime Sports Friends and Fans!

We are excited to announce that we are looking to add some additional bodies to our blogging team, so if you’re interested in guesting blogging, writing about Boston or national sports topics to covering the big college or high school game, we want to hear from Y-O-U!

Send us a note TODAY to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com and tell us why you want to join our blog, as well as what sort of content you would like to produce for our site!

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Boston Cannons Select Five Players In 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft

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Trevor Baptiste, who is a current senior at the University of Denver, was selected first overall by the Boston Cannons in the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft. (PHOTO COURTESY: US Lacrosse Magazine/Trevor Brown)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

With the number one pick in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft last night, the Boston Cannons selected Trevor Baptiste from the University of Denver.

Baptiste becomes the first-ever face-off specialist to be taken first overall in the collegiate draft – he is also the first top-three selection for the Pioneers, according to yesterday’s press release from the University of Denver.

“He’s a dominant face-off guy,” Boston Cannons coach Sean Quirk said via Matt McGuirk of BostonCannons.com.

“We’ve certainly been watching him closely,” Quirk added.

Considered one of the best face-off specialist in the collegiate game, Baptiste enters his team’s second-to-last weekend second in NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse history in face-off wins (1,076) and ground balls (594). He needs 41 face-off wins to match Kevin Massa (Bryant University), who currently holds the record of 1,117 face-off wins. Massa also holds the record for ground balls in a career with 753.

This season, Baptiste has won 197 of 254 face-offs, while scooping a team-high 113 ground balls.

In addition to Baptiste, Boston also selected Will Sands (Bucknell University), Tom Kennedy (Bryan University), Kevin McGeary (University of Pennsylvania) and Anthony Johnson (Bryant University).

All five selections will certainly be counted on when they join the Cannons later this season – Boston officially begins it 2018 campaign this Saturday, April 21st when they visit the Charlotte Hounds. Face-off between the Cannons and Hounds is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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