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Mass. D1 South Boys Semifinals: Bay State Carey clubs Braintree, Framingham advance

This much is certain – the Bay State Conference’s Carey Division will claim the 2017 South Sectional championship. Division kingpin Braintree (14-6-2) and runner-up Framingham (15-6-4) will play for the crown Sunday (Gallo, 5:30) following shutout wins in Thursday night’s semifinals. The teams split regular-season games with Braintree prevailing, 3-1, on Jan. 4 and Framingham winning, 3-0, on Feb. 1.

Ben Stefanini

No. 5 Framingham 2, No. 9 Xaverian 0

The Flyers duplicated their 2-0 regular-season decision of the Hawks, in no small part due to the 33-save performance of junior goaltender Alex Moore, who notched his second post-season shutout. Xaverian of the Catholic Conference controlled territorial play throughout, as evidenced by its 33-14 shot margin, to no avail.

Senior Ben Stefanini’s unassisted shorthanded goal with 11:38 remaining in the second period stood as the game-winner. The Hawks had a 6-on-4 power play with goalie Cam Dutra out in the final minute but junior Dylan Carafiello delivered the sealing empty-netter for Framingham.

Brett Lockhart

Framingham is in the South finals for the first time since 2007. Its last South title came in 2004. The Flyers’ two State titles came in 1992 and 1961. Xaverian finished 12-8-3.

No. 3 Braintree 1, No. 2 Wellesley 0

A crossover of Bay State Conference opponents saw the Carey Division champion Wamps advance by the slimmest of margins against the Herget Division’s runner-up. Braintree goalie Owen Cuddyer turned back 16 shots for the shutout, his fifth of the season. Braintree won the regular-season meeting, 4-1, in mid-January.

The game’s lone goal came midway through the second period with Wellesley on the power play. Braintree senior Liam Sage intercepted a pass and triggered an odd-man rush that sophomore Brett Lockhart converted for the shorthanded game-winner. Braintree finished with a 25-16 edge in shots.

Braintree defeated Barnstable for the 2014 South title but fell to Reading in the D1 State Championship game. Wellesley wound up 15-6-1.

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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