The 2021-22 Matignon boys hockey season has been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. Even before the season started, fielding its own team was a victory for Matignon.
For the past two seasons, Matignon was unable to field its own team due to a lack of players and instead co-oped with Revere and Malden. This year however with fourteen players, many of them new faces and two coaches, Matignon was able to field its own team and was determined to do some damage.
The hopes would fall short however when the Warriors opened the season with a 6-4 loss to Lowell, and a 6-1 loss to North Reading in the Lowell Cobblestone Tournament. The Warriors would go 0-4 for the month of December until Covid developments led to a two-week hiatus in the final weeks of December.
With the start of January, the Warriors were back and rolling and secured a 2-0 win against Cardinal Spellman the first in the season. The Warriors would go on to win two more games for the month of January, the most significant being beating Saugus 4-3 in overtime.
The Warriors only suffered one loss in January with a 6-0 loss against Wilmington. By the end of January, the Warriors had a 3-5 overall record.
When February came the Warriors had proven themselves to be a tough team to play against and an even tougher team to beat. As Coach DJ Pinkham put it, the key to success is energy and effort both of which the Warriors had shown on the ice.
The month of February would be the busiest and most action-packed month for the Warriors. In the first game of February, the Warriors lost 6-2 to Haverhill. The following game was the Senior Night game which was a huge victory for the Warriors who beat East Boston 11-0 in a blowout win.
The Warriors would win three more games with the most significant being beating Concord-Carlisle 5-2 on their Senior Night. The Warriors lost five games with the last against Lowell Catholic with a score of 3-0. The Warriors got two more wins as a result of East Boston and Saint Joseph Prep forfeiting.
The Warriors ended their season with a 9-11 record and were one win short of making it to playoffs. Despite the setback Coach DJ Pinkham was pleased with the team and all of its achievements saying “I am very proud of the group we had this year and the hard work we put in all season and I am looking forward to having a lot of returning players next year and building off of what we started.”