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Concord-Carlisle’s Carmen Braceras plays in Shriners hockey game

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Concord Carlisle's Carmen Braceras, in white, swings around the South net as she plays for the North team in the Aleppo Shriners annual 2016 Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All Star Classic at the Loring Arena in Framingham Saturday, March 26, 2016.
By Stephen Tobey
stobey@wickedlocal.com

Posted Mar. 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM

CONCORD

Less than a month after she played her final game for the Concord-Carlisle girls hockey team, Carmen Braceras took the ice one more time.

Braceras, played for the North team in the Aleppo Shriners MSHCA High School All-Star Classic at the Loring Arena in Framingham on Saturday, March 26.

The North team defeated the South, 2-1, with Arlington Catholic’s Michaela McLaughlin scoring the winning goal with 45 seconds left in the third period.

“It was an honor,” said Braceras. “I knew most of these people. I’d played with or against everyone here.”

This is the seventh year the Shriners and the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association sponsored all-star games and the fourth year a girls game has been played as part of a doubleheader. The previous games were played at the DCU Center in Worcester. The games moved to Framingham this year because the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks, a sponsor for the first six years, moved, and an NCAA regional tournament was at the DCU Center last weekend.

The games benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“I received a lot of support from my friends and Concord-Carlisle,” Braceras said. “I raised more than $1,000.”

This past winter, Braceras scored 38 goals and 18 assists. In a loss to Westford Academy, she scored her 75th career goal. She helped the Patriots qualify for the postseason for the first time in four years. C-C finished the season with a 7-3 loss to Burlington in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 2 state tournament.

In her career at C-C, Braceras scored 89 goals and 40 assists. She was a captain as a senior and an alternate captain as a junior. She made the Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual County League All-League team for three years and was a league all-star as a freshman.

This fall, Braceras will play field hockey for Dartmouth College. She hopes to continue to play ice hockey.

“I’d like to play for the club team at Dartmouth,” she said. “I’ll have to ask permission from the field hockey coach.”