EMass D3 North First Round Action: Swampscott, Lynn, Wayland advance to quarterfinals

Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro
Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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Swampscott 4, Revere/Malden 2

The No. 8 Big Blue (10-5-6) picked up a big win in the North first round: the first for this year’s crew in their career in the playoffs. It’s Swampscott’s first postseason win since the state-championship appearance run in 2013, and they now get a crack at top-seed No. 1 Lowell (15-3-2), which beat Swampscott last year when the Big Blue was a No. 1 seed. That game is slated for Sunday at Stoneham Arena (8 p.m.). Brett Benoit led the way for Swampscott with a pair of goals, each coming in the second period as the Big Blue took a 4-1 lead. Linemates Thomas O’Keefe (goal, assist) and Stevie Santanello (goal, two assists) had fine nights, and goalie Dan Johnson got the win in net and faced less than 15 shots. Drew Olivieri, Tim Farley and Jack Poska earned assists.  Wayne Cintolo and Mike Goroshko scored for Revere/Malden.

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Lynn 5, Latin Academy 4

Lynn earned a date with Shawsheen Sunday at Stoneham Arena (6 p.m.). John DeFilippo had two goals and one assist for Lynn. Brothers Sean and Matt Devin each scored one goal, and Mike Clougherty and John MacDonald each had one assist. Brian Clougherty added a goal and an assist and now has 96 points. Aaron Mulligan, Sam DiMento and Tyler Prendergast were standouts on offense for Latin Academy.

Wayland 1, Northeast Regional 0 (OT)

Mike Jones’s game-winner with 50 seconds left in overtime gave the Warriors the win and a date with No. 3 Cambridge (13-6-1). Wayland improved to 10-8-3 and is the No. 11 seed in the tourney. They meet Cambridge Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ryan Rink in Watertown. Wayland goalie Ryan Nolan earned the shutout.

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