The Massachusetts Division 3 boys hockey bracket is down to the final eight – with all eight top seeds making it through to the quarterfinals. But that doesn’t mean it was a perfect, conventional route to get there.
Take #2 Scituate’s 5-3 win Wednesday night over Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk at Gallo Ice Arena. Many believe the Falcons were underseeded in the MIAA’s power ratings at #18 after playing through a 20-1 regular season. D-R/S also was coming off a solid road win over Cambridge to open the tournament.
But the Sailors were able to take care of business, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and holding on from there. Teagan Pratt and Brendan Boyle had a pair of goals each for Scituate to help counter a Noah Bastis hat trick for the Falcons.
Pratt scored just 41 seconds into the game and Will Chatterton doubled the lead midway through the period. Boyle’s first goal made it 3-0 with 5:01 left in the first, but Bastis started the comeback attempt for D-R/S 27 seconds later. His second goal early in the second cut the Scituate lead to 3-2.
But that was as close as it got. Boyle’s second pushed it to 4-2 after two, and Pratt added another before Bastis wrapped up his hat trick to close the scoring.
Lynnfield 7, Nauset 1
Drew Damiani had a hat trick and assist, and Aidan Burke added two goals and two assists as the #4 Pioneers continued their hot starts and cruised past the #13 Warriors at McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink.
Damiani started the scoring just 2:52 into the game, and the Pioneers scored four times in the opening 15 minutes, giving them 11 first-period goals in their two tournament wins. Joe Raffa also scored and Burke added his pair to counter a late Nauset goal by Pete Murphy.
Damiani added his second in the middle period, and finished his hat trick in the third, with Tyler Scoppettuolo also scoring for the Pioneers. Chase Carney finished with four assists.
Hopedale 4, West Springfield 2
Cam Collins had a hat trick and assist and the #5 Raiders became the third Central Mass. team into the quarterfinals – joining Marlboro and Nashoba – while eliminating the #12 Terriers, who were the last remaining team from Western Mass.
Brody Goding got Hopedale going with a goal just 1:21 into the game at the New England Sports Center, but West Side responded with a tally from Michael Torres to even things up heading into the first intermission.
Then it was Collins’ turn to take over. He scored the go-ahead goal with 8:17 left in the second period, and added another 1:40 later for a 3-1 lead after two.
But the Terriers weren’t done, and Liam Pouliot scored just 17 seconds into the third to cut the deficit in half. Collins added a big insurance goal and capped his hat trick with 2:44 to go.
Pouliot finished with a goal and assist for West Side. Tyler Lane added a pair of assists for Hopedale.
Medway 5, Medfield 2
The #6 Mustangs relied on a similar formula from the regular season – balanced scoring, and the strong goaltending of Evan Monaghan – to eliminate their Tri-Valley League rivals at Sgt. Pirelli Veterans Arena.
Monaghan finished with 41 saves for Medway, which had five players light the lamp. Four of the goals came in the second period as the Mustangs erased an early one-goal deficit.
Nathan Van Saun, Henry Eaton, Jack Carr and Ryan Gagnon scored in succession to give Medway a 4-1 lead before Max Sherman got a big goal for the #11 Warriors with 20 seconds left when his shot the blue line found its way through.
But Monaghan and the Mustangs wouldn’t let it get any closer, and Pari Lykourinos put a sweet finishing touch on things when he was sprung on a breakaway, did a little toe drag and then a between-the-legs flip for the final goal.
James Tyer had the other goal for Medfield.