No one gave Northbridge much of a chance after it started the season 2-5-1.
But No. 4 Northbridge played its best hockey down the stretch and earned a 2-1 overtime win over No. 3 Lunenburg/Ayer in the Central Mass. Division 3A title game Sunday. The teams had split two regular season games.
Northbridge (15-7-1 )advances to Wednesday’s Division 3A state final against Western Mass champion Easthampton at Holy Cross (7 pm)
Reigning state champion Lunenburg closed at 15-7-1.
Following a scoreless first period, Lunenburg took an early second period lead, after Joey Robinson set up Connor Viviano.
Northbridge got the equalizer 51 seconds into the third period during a power play on a goal by Liam Gill after Alex Smith won a clutch faceoff.