When the Arlington Catholic and Archbishop Williams boys hockey teams took to the ice at Veteran's Memorial Skating Rink, it wasn't surprising that the Catholic Central rivals saw some familiar faces.
That's because Saturday night's season opener for both teams was a rematch of last year's Division 1 state championship, which the Cougars took by a 5-0 score. And once again, the Arlington Catholic Cougars would emerge from its season opener victorious over their foes, this time by a 3-2 decision.
The Cougars (14-7-4 last year), were tied with the Bishops at two apiece, until senior Dan Graham, one of AC's captains, broke the draw when he scored with 2:07 remaining in the third period. Sophomore blueliner William Cook also added two assists.
No. 10-ranked AC will hope to continue to add to their early 1-0 record when they resume play on Wednesday against St. Marys in Lynn.