Mass. Boys Tournament – Division 2-3 Recap: Norwood Stuns Newburyport in 2 OTs; Hanover, Nashoba, Danvers Cruise Into Quarterfinals

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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The Norwood boys hockey team was down to its last gasp in Wednesday’s Division 2 Round of 16 game against Newburyport at The Skating Club of Boston. But the #7 Mustangs were given an opening and Kevin Broderick took advantage, then Sean Dittmeier sealed the deal.

Broderick scored his second goal of the game on a 6-on-4 advantage with 21.6 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for Dittmeier’s double-overtime winner to give Norwood a stirring 3-2 win over the #10 Clippers.

In a game in which none of the goals were scored at 5-on-5, it took until late in the 3-on-3 session of overtime before Norwood found the winner. Dittmeier took a drop pass from George Tolman in the high slot and slid one low along the ice past Clippers goalie Jamie Brooks, sending the Mustangs into a quarterfinal matchup Friday at #2 Gloucester.

See Sean Dittmeier’s GWG video here:

On Broderick’s tying goal, the Mustangs were on the late power play and also pulled goalie Ethan Barrows for the extra attacker. Taking the puck on the right boards, Broderick made a move that caused a Newburyport defender to fall, giving him extra room to skate into the right circle and beat Brooks with a tight wrist shot.

Zachary McHugh gave Newburyport a 1-0 lead with a power play goal in the first, but Broderick responded with an extra-man tally of his own.

Norwood got a power play late in the second looking for the lead, but instead it was Newburyport that struck. Cam Tinkham aggressively jumped a crossing pass at the blue line and skated in alone down the right wing, beating Barrows with just 4.4 ticks left in the second for a 2-1 Clippers lead.

It stayed that way until a late penalty gave the Mustangs a power play inside the final two minutes, and Broderick made it count.

Division 3

Hanover 8, Dracut/Tyngsboro 0

The #3 Hawks got contributions from across the lineup as seven players had goals, led by freshman Mikey Munroe with a pair, in the dominant victory over #14 D/T at Gallo Ice Arena.

Nate Curtis gave Hanover the only goal it needed 3:54 into the game, and Munroe doubled the lead with his first goal at 8:10.

Robbie Hanna Hanover

Quinn Brown struck 3:40 into the second to push the lead to 3-0, and then the floodgates opened with five more goals in the third. 3 13 4 12 25 Max Dasilva, Tyler MacDermott, Munroe again, Robbie Hanna and Billy Radzik all lit the lamp in the final 15 minutes.

Hanna finished with three assists for the Hawks, and Dasilva and Munroe each added one.

Nashoba 6, North Reading 3

Joe Panarelli scored the go-ahead goal 1:19 into the second period and Adam Balewicz netted a big insurance tally with 6 ticks left in the frame as the #7 Wolves held off the #10 Hornets at the New England Sports Center.

Jack Peterson Nashoba

Marcus DiBello started the scoring for Nashoba with 2:58 left in the first, but North Reading appeared to get a big momentum-changing goal from Dean Rooney with 10 seconds to go. The Wolves changed that with their pair in the second, and then Ryan Ruggiero (13:55) and Joe Quinn (9:38) pushed the lead out to 5-1. North Reading never got closer than three, with goals from Matthew Ryan and Duncan Gulino sandwiching one final tally by Nashoba’s Kameron Pierce.

Ruggiero, DiBello and Billy Johns had two assists each for Nashoba, and Jack Peterson made 26 saves. For the Hornets, Luke Baker had a pair of assists and Blake McMeniman made 31 saves.

Danvers 5, North Quincy 1

Trevor McNeill scored twice and added a pair of assists, and the #8 Falcons ended the short Cinderella run of the #25 Red Raiders at Essex Sports Center.

McNeill buried a feed from Brady Plaza on the power play to give Danvers the lead after one period. Connor Horn doubled the lead off a deflection 24 seconds into the second before John Lynch – who scored four times in North Quincy’s upset of Bishop Stang, including the double-OT winner – continued his hot play to make it 2-1.

But it was all Falcons from there. Caleb White made it 3-1 after two, and Danvers added goals from Mike DeLisio and finally McNeill into an empty net.

Brayden Holt made 17 saves for the Falcons, who had a 39-18 advantage in shots. Aidan McGuinness stopped 34 shots for the Raiders.

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