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Central Mass. Division 3A Final: Northbridge Gets It Done In Overtime

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.

Nick Locurto scored the game-winner  at 2 minutes 47 seconds of overtime.  His shot from the right point initially hit the post before it crossed the goal line.

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.

Fran Sypek

Fran Sypek

Fran has covered hockey at all levels, NHL, AHL, junior, college and high school for the Springfield Republican from 1978-2013. His column "Hockey Talk'' appeared in the Sunday Republican. The hockey beat took him from Maine to Arizona in the United States and from Newfoundland to Alberta in Canada. Fran was the recipient of the Matthew Ryan Award for Outstanding Coverage of High School Hockey and the Janet McCormick Award from the Springfield Olympics. He then shifted from pros to college when the University of Massachusetts restored its program and joined Hockey East. Later, he continued covering the Boston Bruins and the Springfield Falcons. Fran's covered future NHL players from Western Massachusetts in Paul Fenton, Bob Kudelski, Rick Bennett and Bill Guerin. He is a member of the Bessone Award committee, which helps select the top high school hockey player in Western Mass. Fran was a goalie for Holyoke Community College in 1973-74 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. Fran is currently a free lance writer living in Bondsville, Mass and grew up in Chicopee, Mass, has visited all 50 states, and is an avid photographer.