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Mass. D-1 North first-round recap: 5 Middlesex League teams move on

Spectacular goaltending, the ouster of the two-time defending State Champion, and close games – four of the eight were decided by one goal – highlighted first-round play in the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Wednesday night. Five Middlesex League teams advanced.

 

AC Goalie John Richard thwarts this scoring attempt by Reading's  James Donaghey, but the Rockets prevailed, 3-1

AC Goalie John Richard thwarts this scoring attempt by Reading’s James Donaghey, but the Rockets prevailed, 3-1

No. 12 Reading 3, No. 5 Arlington Catholic 1

Freshman Matt Thomson’s power play goal at 6:31 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Middlesex League Liberty champion Rockets into the quarterfinals. Jake Barbera had a power play goal in the game’s first minute and freshman Kevin Tobin sealed it with an empty-netter in the final minute. Ryan Smith notched the Cougars’ goal in the first period. AC finished 13-7-1.

 

No. 8 Winchester 3, No. 9 Newburyport 2

Junior goalie James Offner was the difference for the Sachems with 31 saves. Brendan Greene scored twice, including the game-winner in the early stages of the third period. Nolan Redler added two assists. Seniors Tim Brennan and Travis Wile scored for the Clippers, who made history by becoming the first Cape Ann League team to play in the D-1 Tournament. Newburyport finished 12-8-2.

ARLINGTON CATHOLIC's Ryan Smith celebrates first period goal. It would be AC's only goal of the night, though as Reading won this one, 3-1

ARLINGTON CATHOLIC’s Ryan Smith celebrates first period goal. It would be AC’s only goal of the night, though as Reading won this one, 3-1

 

No. 10 Saint John’s (S) 4, No. 7 Burlington 0

The Pioneers ended the Red Devils’ two-year reign as State Champion on the strength of a three-goal third period and Mario Pizzeri’s 31-save performance. Chris Stalmok scored the game-winner at 52 seconds of the second period, then added a power play strike at 7:38 of the third. He also assisted on goals by Patrick Storer and Chris Adams to complete a four-point night.  Burlington finished  10-4-8.

 

 

No. 3 Wilmington 3, No. 14 Matignon 2

The two-time defending D-2 State Champion Wildcats made a positive D-1 post-season debut. Senior center Cody McGowan (2 goals, assist) led the way, and scored the game-winner at 7:00 of the third period. Luke Foley added a goal and an assist. Trailing, 2-0, Matignon pulled even on a pair of Mike McPherson goals within the first five minutes of the third period. The Warriors finished the season at 10-10-1.

 

No. 6 Medford 4, No. 11 Acton-Boxboro 2

The Mustangs scored the game’s final three goals to secure the win. A-B got second-period goals from seniors Hunter Arnold and Ben Barton for a 2-1 lead.  Paul Zizzo, Sean Allen, Luke Melendez and Ross Watson had goals for Medford. A-B finished the year at 10-7-4.

 

ARLINGTON's Seth Coiley moves in for shorthanded scoring attempt in first period on St. John's goalie Zach Laramie as Dylan Lemieux defends. Arlington held on for 1-0 win.

ARLINGTON’s Seth Coiley moves in for shorthanded scoring attempt in first period on St. John’s goalie Zach Laramie as Dylan Lemieux defends. Arlington held on for 1-0 win.

No. 2 Arlington 1, No. 15 St. John’s Prep 0

St. John’s Prep, a perennial D-1A participant from the State’s premier power league, began post-season as a Sectional favorite and exited shaking their collective heads after the combined 40-save shutout of the goalie tandem of Ryan Cote and Mike Schiller, who split time every game. Schiller was immense with 28 saves, 20 in the third period. Matt Shea had the lone goal with 13:43 to play. SJP finished at 9-10-2.

 

No. 1 St. Mary’s 2, No. 16 Waltham 1

The top-seeded Spartans fought through the 35-save performance of the Hawks’ Shamus Egan. Connor Foley’s rebound finish of Jordan Manthorne’s initial shot was the game-winner with 3:40 left in regulation. St. Mary’s Dante Maribito and Waltham’s Kevin Snow matched earlier goals. It was a light night for St. Mary’s goalie Bailey MacBurnie (9 saves). Waltham finished 9-9-5.

 

No. 4 Melrose 4, No. 13 Chelmsford 0

Melrose got 16 saves from Tyler Brown and reversed a late regular-season loss to the Lions. Jack Hickey (goal, assist) and Conlin Healy (goal, assist) led the offense. Jake Karelas and Mike DiRaffaele also scored. Chelmsford finished up at 9-7-6.

 

 

 

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, March 1

St. Mary’s vs. Winchester, at Woburn, 3

Melrose vs. Reading, at Woburn, 1

Arlington vs. St. John’s (S), at Chelmsford, 7:40

Wilmington vs. Medford, at Chelmsford, 5:40

 

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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