No. 8 Newton North 3, No. 1 Braintree 2 (2 OT)
It is said that defeating an opponent three times in one season is one of the toughest things to do. Newton North proved that once against in its upset of Bay State Carey mate Braintree after having lost to the Wamps twice during the regular season. Junior Pat Mullowney’s second goal of the game ended it with the teams skating four aside. Junior Zach Gordon also scored for the Tigers, who continue to get stellar play in goal from their senior captain Thomas Joyce. The Wamps finished 14-3-3, well short of their desired goal.
No. 2 Natick 1, No. 7 Duxbury 0 (2 OT/SO)
Add another chapter to the legend of Joe Sharib. Neither Sharib (40 saves) nor fellow freshman Luke Garrity (28 saves) of Duxbury blinked during a 57-minute stare-down. That left it to be settled in a shootout – loved by fans, reviled by coaches – and senior captain Matt Murphy delivered, sending the Bay State Herget champion Redhawks to the semifinals. The shutout was Sharib’s 10th of the season. Duxbury, winner of the Patriot League’s Keenan Division, finished 14-7-3.
No. 6 Marshfield 5, No. 3 Framingham 0
The Atlantic Coast kingpin Rams jumped on the Bay State Carey champion Flyers in the first period and they never recovered. First-period goals by Andrew Fithian, Derek McDermott and Eddie Everett put Marshfield in complete control. Neil Shea and Aidan Connolly also scored and Nick Young had the shutout with 17 saves. Framingham finished 15-4-5.
No. 4 Franklin 1, No. 5 Walpole 0
One year after graduating 21 players from a 1A team, the Hockomock Kelley-Rex Division champion’s new bunch keeps chugging along. Luke Downie scored the game’s only goal and Nick Jasinski (17 saves) made it stand, offsetting a stellar performance by the Rebels’ goalie James Corcoran. Walpole, of the Bay State Herget, wound up 14-6-4.
(at Gallo Arena)
No. 2 Natick (17-4-2) vs. No. 6 Marshfield (15-5-4) – Tuesday, March 8
No. 4 Franklin (15-4-5) vs. No. 8 Newton North (13-6-3) – Wednesday, March 9