Postseason: Gonk BHockey shoots its way to the finals after 16 years; Girls BBall out at semis; Cheer on to states; pride from other schools

Above: Gonk Hockey had the crowd (and twitter) going wild last night with an upset that’s sending them on to division finals. (Photo tweeted earlier this season)

Last night, 4th seed Algonquin Boys Hockey faced off against top seed Shrewsbury in the division semi-finals.

The game was a nailbiter – a 2-2 tie followed by two overtimes. In the final shootout, goalie Michael Tascione stopped all three of the Colonial’s shots. Three THawks players made their shots, earning the team a 3-2 win and a spot in the finals. (Scroll down for a THawk fan’s tweet of the final shootout and crowd/team reaction.)

According to the Telegram, the Boys haven’t made it this far in the tournaments since 2000. (Click here to read the Telegram’s full story with several videos.)

The Boys return to the Wallace Civic Center next Monday, March 14, at 7:30 pm. They’ll take on 2nd seed Groton-Dunstable.

(photo tweeted by Lions' coach @CarlCorazzini)Another Boys Hockey team had fans screaming over the weekend. St. Mark’s Lions won the New England prep school championships on Sunday.

Gonk Girls Basketball had their own exciting upset over the weekend. Unfortunately, the thrill only lasted two days.

The 7th seed Girls overcame 2nd seed Worcester North 66-47 in Friday’s quarter finals. But their journey ended at Sunday’s semi-finals, when 6th seed Natick bested them 52-42. (You can read more about their playoff run in the Telegram.)

That doesn’t mean Hockey is the last ARHS team standing in winter tournaments. Cheerleading is also still in the mix.

THawks Cheerleaders earned a place in the state cheer competitions this Sunday. They only placed 5th in their division at regionals, but outscored teams in several other divisions who didn’t qualify to move on. They’ll cheer in the 10:30 am competition at Wachusett.

(photo contributed by Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School)A team ARHS didn’t outscore was Assabet. The Aztecs earned top place in their regionals. Assabet will also compete in Sunday’s tourney. Their division’s competition starts at 3:00 pm.

One more Algonquin athlete deserves a shout out. Wrestling’s Jack Golden made it all the way to the New England Championships last Friday before this year’s journey ended.
(photo tweeted by Algonquin Wrestling @ARHSW
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Now for the promised tweet from last night’s big hockey game:

Warning: The enthusiasm in this video is contagious

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