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Cabral grabs win No. 200 as Southeastern Regional boys hockey coach


Add it to the collection of memories Mark Cabral has as head coach of the Southeastern Regional boys hockey team.

Cabral secured his 200th career victory on Jan. 7 by overcoming Stoughton/Brockton, 5-1, as the Hawks improved to 3-2-1 on the season.

“I think it’s the kids’ work ethic more than anything,” Cabral said of the milestone. “Maybe that’s coming from a voke tech school where kids are taught to work at a young age. We stress that if you work hard, you’ll play.”

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Cabral, in his 16th season, said he first realized how close he was to No. 200 when looking through his file of team statistics toward the end of last season. He called it “a feat of longevity.”

Colin Wilbur (two goals, one assist), John Whalen (two goals) and Luke Martineau (one goal) led the charge in the win, as goaltender Dylan Quinn allowed just one goal – something he’s done in three of the team’s six games.

Southeastern hockey coach Mark Cabral watches his team during practice at Alexio Arena in Taunton.
Photo: Wicked Local)

“Playing our game and playing the way we want, we try to stress staying out of the penalty box, they seem to buy into it and they do great,” said Cabral. “I’ve had some great players over the years.”

And they tend to put on performances that age into unforgettably tall tales.

“The very first year I coached, we were down 4-2 late in the game against Carver,” Cabral recalled one of his favorite memories. “We pulled the goalie and all three of my seniors scored in the last minute and a half to win the game, 5-4 in regulation … We ended with a seven, eight-win season that year and that was a big win. We built on that. The next year, we had a nine-win season and the year after we qualified for the playoffs.”

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