---- — BOSTON -- Four up, four down.
“It just all went by so fast,” said North Andover’s Tyler Sifferlen after he and his Malden Catholic teammates made it four MIAA Super 8 Hockey championships in four seasons with a 5-3 title win over Austin Prep here at the TD Garden yesterday.
“It just never gets old winning championship games,” said Sifferlen, who’ll next await a possible selection in the upcoming draft before heading off to a year of junior hockey in either the USHL or BCHL. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget, holding that trophy up in Garden.”
Sifferlen was up to his old tricks one last time, netting two goals -- including the all-important first of the game -- as MC finished off the year at 20-4.
In the final minute of the opening period -- one in which Austin had carried the play -- Sifferlen tilted the ice with an amazingly athletic outside move.
“I took a nice pass and beat the defense wide,” said Sifferlen. “Then I just took it hard to the net and tucked it by (Haverhill’s Elijah Harris). It’s always great to score there.”
MC built a 5-1 advantage through two as linemate Ara Nazarian added a goal of his own and two assists.
Only some acrobatic work by Haverhill’s Harris, who finished with 23 saves, kept things tight.
In the third, Austin’s Bobo Carpenter of North Reading made things interesting with a pair of goals but the runner-up Cougars, who finish at 16-5-4, simply ran out of time.
“It’s unbelievable, words can’t describe the feeling,” said the UMass Lowell-bound Sifferlen, who feasted afterward with teammates and alumni at MC’s traditional championship post-game celebration at the Kow Loon Restaurant.
“This is something I’ll never forget. It’s always a dream to play here at the Garden, and to defend the title and make it four straight like this is just amazing.”