Friday, June 18th, 2021
   Irish American Ice Hockey Classic: Boston:Irish Hockey Classic 08


Dropkick Murphys defeats Boston University  Alumni in a shootout to capture title.

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The Irish American Hockey Association is proud to congratulate the TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS FOR the AHERN Division of the Irish American Ice Hockey Classic 2008: DROPKICK MURPHY’s HOCKEY TEAM. What a finals it was for the Division 1 Championship. Boston University Alumni stormed out to a 3-0 lead over tired and not so well rested Dropkick Murphys team Sunday afternoon before team Dropkicks shook things up a bit and started driving hard to the net. Dropkick Murphy’s offense had been led throughout the tournament by former BC standout Brian O'Hanley, Former Boston Bruin Bob Sweeney as well as Mike Sullivan, Brian Riley, former Norwich All American Paul Cocinos, Ken Cusack, Brian Ecklund and Doug Nolan. The boys were a bit rusty early Sunday and the BU Alumni were a bit more rested and it showed as the former Terriers’ were sitting pretty with a comfortable 3-0 cushion to start the second frame. It must have been one heck of a between period speech by team captain Bill Dailey of Dropkick Murphys as the DK’s popped a quick 2 in the second to bring it 3-2 game. With just over a minute and a half left in the game and the pressure all in the Terriers end, Paul Noonan popped in a quick wrister from high in the slot to send the game into overtime. The action was quick and fast paced in overtime with a couple of highlight reel saves by former BC star goalie Joe Pearce as the Terrier Alum’s peppered him throughout the overtime period. Still knotted at 3-3, the finals then went to a shootout where Pearce once again proved to be the difference with Dropkicks popping in 2 to Boston University Alumni’s 1 thus giving DROPKICK MURPHY’s HOCKEY TEAM the coveted Ahern Division Championship for 2008.
The Irish American Hockey Association is proud to congratulate the TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS FOR the Irish American Ice Hockey Classic 2008: Glacial Energy and Boston’s own Dropkick Murphy’s Hockey Teams.

Squaring off for the Cunniff Division championship Sunday were the respective division champions Intercontinental Development Corp. and Glacial Energy USA. Intercontinental came out of the gate flying with the likes of Billy Cleary, Bill McKenna. Tommy Ashe, Devin Sullivan and Steve Centrella buzzing all of the ice. Glacial Energy, led by Joel Finley, Craig Joyce, Dan O’Neill, Steve Noonan and Garrett Giblin proved to be too much for Intercontinental to handle in the long run with the final tally being Glacial Energy 6 Intercontinental 3.

Glacial Player and GM Joel Finley took the week-end pretty seriously both on and off the ice. “ We started prepping for the Classic back in January realizing it was going to be a pretty up tempo pace both on and off the ice for the boys” Finley recently said”. We went for speed and quickness in developing our roster and it paid off over the 4 game stretch run. We gave the boys a little breathing room off the ice as well over at Hurricane O’Reilly’s and it really brought the team together.

The Irish American Hockey Association congratulates Intercontinental as well as the Cunniff division champions Glacial Energy for a great Championship game.
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