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March 8, 2014

Sports in a Minute: Super Siff

SUPER SIFF

There is simply no stopping North Andover’s Tyler Sifferlen.

The Malden Catholic senior and UMass Lowell recruit simply torched perennial power Catholic Memorial with four goals as the Lancers swept their opening round Super 8 series 2-0.

Sifferlen scored twice in the opening win, including the game-winner in the third, on Sunday at the TD Garden, and added two more goals in the clinching victory on Wednesday. He now has 18 goals for the season.

Three-time defending Super 8 champion MC advanced to face Springfield Cathedral on Wednesday in the Super 8 semifinals.

IN A HURRY

Former Concord (N.H.) hockey player Zach Guercia recently took a very unusual, and rather comical, route to becoming a goalie in the AHL, the NHL’s top farm league, for one day.

The Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of Los Angeles Kings, were in need of a backup goalie on short notice when their starter was called up to the NHL club near game time. Luckily, the Monarchs didn’t have to look far to fill the spot for that night.

Guercia, who is currently in his second season as the team’s assistant equipment manager, was signed to a one-day contract as backup in case the night’s starter, Mathias Niederberger, was injured.

The 25-year-old Guercia, who had not played serious organized hockey since high school, did not see playing time in the game and returned to his role as equipment manager the next night. But he is still down in the record books as an AHL player.

BREAKING THROUGH

Former Andover High star and current Saint Lawrence University freshman Alex Blake became the college’s first diver to qualify for NCAA Division 3 Regionals since 1986 when he competed on Feb. 28. Blake placed 12th overall in the 1-meter board. His regular season included a first-place finish against Utica.

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