"Franklin also overcame its demons last year, ending a 33-year championship drought with a double overtime win over St. Mary’s of Lynn, 4-3.
A state title had eluded Franklin in three straight finals appearances from 2011 to 2013. But head coach Chris Spillane is hoping that last year’s win was indicative of a consistent, high standard of hockey for the Panthers.
“We don’t want to be that team that goes and plays one year in the Garden, wins it, and then doesn’t get back there for 10, 15 years,” Spillane said. “Our goal is to consistently be one of the better programs in the area.”
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|Franklin head coach Chris Spillane (standing at left), watches a recent scrimmage against Medfield. (PHOTOS BY BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF)|