The Winthrop High boys hockey team will embark on its Journey to the Tourney against Lincoln Sudbury this evening (Thursday) in Watertown. Face off time is 7:30.
The Northeastern Conference champion Vikings garnered the number two seed in the Division 2 North bracket thanks to their fine 14-2-4 record. Lincoln Sudbury, the number 15 seed with a 10-7-3 record, earned the right to meet Winthrop with a 4-0 shutout of No. 18 seed North Reading Monday evening.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round Saturday against Beverly, a 3-1 winner over Concord Carlisle in a contest that was played Tuesday night. The time and place of that game have not been announced.
For Coach Dale Dunbar and his Vikings, the bye they earned through the preliminary round has them itching to lace on the skates for real after what will be more than a week’s layoff since they wrapped up their season and clinched the second seed with a 4-1 win over Melrose in a non league encounter last Wednesday. Northeastern Conference scoring co-champions Joe Scarfo and Chris LeBlanc each scored a goal in the win.
However, the time off gave Dunbar an opportunity to scout Lincoln Sudbury, whom he termed “a formidable opponent that works hard. But if we play our game, as we’ve been doing for most of the season, we should do well.
“We’ve had some good practices and some of the team is recovering from sickness or minor bumps and bruises, so we should be ready,” added the coach.
If the Vikings do advance to meet Beverly, they’ll be taking on a familiar opponent from their own North Division of the NEC. Winthrop defeated Beverly 5-1 two weeks ago to overtake Beverly for the North crown and bragging rights as the best team in the NEC. The teams had tied 3-3 in their initial encounter this season.