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Grafton/BVT Hockey Topped in District Final

The Grafton/Blackstone Valley Tech hockey co-op marched back to the district final for the second straight season, but this year the Indians came up short, falling to Lunenburg/Ayer-Shirley 5-1 in the title tilt for their first loss of the season.
"It wasn't the outcome we wanted, but our kids have nothing to hand their heads about," said head coach Mike Binkoski. "We had a great season and playing in back-to-back district finals is incredible hard for any high school program to do, any kid would love that opportunity."
The Indians finished the season 20-1-1 overall after rolling through the regular season unbeaten. The team earned a bye to the semifinals and a win over Northbridge/Nipmuc before falling last Sunday at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg.
"Lunenburg is a great team as well and they came ready to play," Binkoski said. "I have to tip my cap to them, I have been playing and coaching in Central Mass. for a long time and that is one of the best games I have seen them play."
Binkoski credited his three BVT seniors for helping to steer the program in a positive direction, co-captains Jameson Adee, Noah Charron, and fellow senior Noah Naworski.
"In the four years they have played, they had 58 wins which is about 14 wins per season, they played in back-to-back district finals, won one of them, and won a state title," Binkoski said. "As a class, they were one of the most successful in our program.
"It's always a good thing when you leave a program better than you found it," the coach added.
The co-op will look to remain strong next season as the team returns several BVT athletes. Seth Vartabedian, Trevor Thomas, who was one of the team's top scorers this winter, and Adam Shobe all return for their senior seasons. Valley Tech sophomores Cam Bern and Braden Levasseur will also play a bigger role next winter.
"The loss this year will drive them, it will make them better," Binkoski said. "It's always tough losing seniors, but we have guys who have played in big games and they should be focused and motivated. We don't like rebuilding, we want to reload and get back after it."




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