East Boston and Latin Academy are set to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at
Matthews Arena for the Boston City League boys’ hockey championships.
While Latin Academy (8-10-1) will move on to the state tournament, the city championship is the last game of the season for East Boston (3-12-2).
“Your ultimate goal is to get to the big dance and get into the state tournament, but if you can’t get that far because you just don’t have talent or numbers, the next goal is to play in city championship so you don’t come back with nothing,” said East Boston coach Robert Anthony.
“I don’t consider the city championships a consolation prize. The city championship is a superb game. It’s a good chance to get out on the ice and fight each other and the best man wins.”
The Dragons have won the city championships for eight consecutive seasons and this season are led by top scorers Mark Guerard, Paul O’Keefe, Pat Owens, and Daniel O’Connell.
“We hope that we can do our best to win and be successful in the tournament,” said Latin Academy defenseman Peter O’Donnell. “I think our strengths are our readiness to work with each other as a team. We have our own specific talents and use it as a team to do our best.”
Anthony took over East Boston’s program in 2001 and so far he has beaten Latin Academy in the city championships twice. When they met during the regular season, Latin Academy won the first game, 7-2, and the second game, 5-4.
Anthony is still optimistic that his team can win.
“Hopefully my goaltending will be there, and I have a couple kids who are good scorers,” Anthony said. “If we can put the puck in the net and play superb defense and keep them off the boards, we can come back with a W and that’s what I’m hoping.”
East Boston goalie Sean O’Halloran has saved 304 shots this year out 376 attempts.
“My goaltender, when he’s on his game, it’s hard to beat him,” Anthony said.
The top scorers for East Boston are Steven Considine (16 goals and 11 assists), Brennis Scales, and Donnell Dunn.
“Here’s a kid with potential to break 100 points by the time he reaches the top level and gets up to be a senior.” Anthony said about Considine. “He’s got 63 points and I can’t see him not reaching 100 points.”
Eliza Mauro is a junior at Latin Academy.
Globe Correspondent Justin A. Rice contributed to this report
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