The back-to-back Super 8 champion Malden Catholic Lancers will host the inaugural Christie Serino Christmas Classic this Thursday and Friday at Valley Forum II in Malden.
The event will feature four of the top boys hockey programs in a tournament to honor the memory of Malden Catholic coach Chris Serino, who passed away in the offseason after battling throat cancer.
Serino was the architect of a Malden Catholic program that captured consecutive Super 8 championships while sending numerous players to Division 1 college hockey careers.
He started something that no one thought that we could do, said former Serino assistant and current Malden Catholic head coach John McLean. He really accomplished a lot.
The puck drops at 4 p.m. on Thursday when No. 11 Austin Prep (1-0-1) takes to the ice against St. Marys of Lynn (1-1-2). The upstart Cougars are looking to cement themselves as a Super 8 contender and a solid showing in this tournament could go a long way. The Spartans may not have the firepower that had them as the second seed in the Super 8 a year ago, but they have retooled and are always a team to be feared.
In the 6 p.m. slot on Thursday No. 4 Hingham (2-1) gets their first crack at the top-ranked Lancers (2-0). Last season the Harbormen lost both of their matchups against M.C. by a combined score of 12-3. They return a ton of talent and will look to ensure those results are a thing of the past. Of course, its been a while since anybody took out the Lancers on their home ice and Malden Catholic will look to honor coach Serino the best way it can.
The consolation and championship games will be played on Friday at 4 and 6 p.m.