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December 3, 2013

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Freeman’s fast start

It’s safe to say former Newburyport High state-champion hockey player Derek Freeman will never forget his first collegiate goal.

The Colgate University freshman scored for the first time in college Nov. 22 against defending national champion Yale in a 5-2 loss in Hamilton, N.Y. Freeman, who led the Newburyport hockey team to back-to-back appearances in the TD Garden for state-championship games in 2009 and 2010, has appeared in seven of Colgate’s 15 games so far. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman capitalized on a puck that deflected off the official’s skate to the front of the net in the second period.

Freeman was there for the sliding shot that beat Yale goaltender Alex Lyon to the goal line closing Yale’s lead to 2-1. Yale is ranked in the top 10 of just about every ranking system for hockey publications.

Freeman, who played for the New Hampshire Monarchs in the EJHL last year in preparation for Division 1 collegiate hockey, tallied 122 points over his career at Newburyport.

Daily News All-Stars

The Daily News All-Star series will make its return this week as we recognize the best local student-athletes from each of the fall sports teams. The first team will appear in Thursday’s section, and we will run an All-Star team per sport for each successive day until the series is complete.

A smaller sample?

All of the MIAA Super Bowl games Saturday at Gillette Stadium being limited to 10-minute quarters. The thought here is that the usual 11-minute quarters should actually be expanded to 12, as is the case in New Hampshire. For the final game of the season, why not play more football to determine the state champions?

North Shore soccer

Soccer north of Boston doesn’t usually get a lot of credit, but it should have gotten a lot this year. We all know Newburyport (21-0-2) won the Division 3 girls championship, coming out of a Cape Ann League-laden Division 3 North bracket.

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