By Mike Stoller
There will be a little extra spice on tonight’s hockey menu when Somerville and host Medford square off in what has become a one-game, take-all tilt for the Greater Boston League title.
Both teams enter the battle with 4-0-1 league records. Two weeks ago, the Highlanders and Mustangs played to a 2-2 tie, essentially setting up the huge rematch for the GBL crown tonight.
Another tie will give the teams a share of the title.
Somerville, which enters the game with a 7-4-3 overall record, will be looking to capture its first GBL crown in more than two decades.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Highlanders head coach Chuck Allen said, after his squad defeated visiting Cambridge Rindge and Latin, 7-1, last week. “But, as you said, as coaches we don’t get ahead.”
It was acknowledged when Allen spoke, the Highlanders were still scheduled to play Northeast Regional before tonight’s matchup. Somerville lost that non-league contest on the road, 7-4, Saturday.
In the game against league foe Cambridge, the Highlanders outshot the Falcons, 30-10.
Somerville led, 2-0, after the first period on goals by senior Dan Camara and junior Miles Bain.
Senior Troy Martini scored in the second stanza to make it 3-0.
The Highlanders wrapped it up in the third frame on strikes by senior C.J. Albanese, Camara, and juniors Colin Hogan and Dan Matthews.
Camara finished the night with two goals and two assists. Martini had a goal and two helpers. Senior Matt Vogel and junior Jonathan Botelho contributed two assists. Junior Shane Lafee and freshman varsity Defenseman James Macrokanis each had one.
Sophomore Sergey Markorov played the first two periods in goal, before giving way to junior Tim Megnia.
Despite the lopsided score, Allen didn’t think his squad played particularly well, perhaps a letdown from the game against Medford.
“There was no flow to it,” he said about his team’s overall performance against the Falcons.
Still, Allen was happy to see some of the things the team worked on in practice come to fruition.
The coach particularly cited the goals by Bain and Martini as strong efforts in front of the net.
“We got to the net on a couple of rebounds, and got a couple of goals that way,” Allen said. “It’s good to see the work you do in practice develop in games. I was happy about that.”
In track and field, Somerville gave it a good battle against Cambridge last week, despite falling, 48-38.
“Cambridge is definitely the best team in the Greater Boston League right now, but I like how our team has improved and has been very competitive throughout the season,” Highlanders’ head coach Charlie O’Rourke said.
Somerville took first place in two events. Melina Garro-Duplisea won the mile in a time of 6 minutes, 6 seconds. And the relay team of Saragrace Magre, Garro-Duplisea, Laxmi Spearing, and Gelynne Berger won with a time of 5 minutes, 20 seconds.
Somerville will next compete in the Greater Boston League Championship meet on Feb. 9.