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MIAA Boys D1 South Quarterfinal Highlights: Walpole Bounces Defending State Champ Duxbury

Upsets were the order of the day Saturday as the first-, second- and fourth-seeded teams were all eliminated.

No. 14 Archbishop Williams 2, No. 11 Wellesley 1

In Canton, the Bishops spotted the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead midway through the first period then rallied to keep their dream alive. Archies tied it with nine seconds left in the second period when Christian Koylion re-directed Jake LaMonica’s shot past Wellesley goalie Drew Hubbard. Tommy Paige scored the eventual game-winner in the early stages of the third period.

Archbishop Williams, the fourth-place finisher in the Catholic Central Large, improved to 10-8-4 and will meet Franklin in Wednesday’s semifinals (Gallo, 5:30). Wellesley, which finished third in the Bay State’s Carey Division, closes its season at 11-9-2.

No. 9 Falmouth 3, No. 1 Hingham 2

In Bourne, Falmouth packed all of its scoring into a span of roughly 14 minutes of the second and third periods to scuttle the Harbormen. Senior Jake McKenzie’s second of two goals in the third period gave the Clippers a 3-1 lead with 2:40 left in the game. Senior Tim Carroll gave Hingham a 1-0 lead at 4:05 of the second period but Falmouth drew even on sophomore Daren McDonald’s goal with 1:21 left in the middle frame. McKenzie followed with his two third-period strikes and Hingham senior Will Ham made it a one-goal came, netting a rebound with 34 seconds left, but that it for Hingham.

Cape & Islands Atlantic Division champion Falmouth, now 14-9-1, will face Walpole in Wednesday’s semifinal at Gallo (7:30). Independent Hingham finished with a 12-9-3 slate.

No. 10 Franklin 3, No. 2 Natick 1

In Framingham, the Hockomock Kelley-Rex champion Panthers (11-7-4) surprised the Redhawks. Senior defenseman Colin Hedvig blasted home the game-winner with 4:53 remaining then had the assist on junior Conor O’Neil’s empty-net dagger with a little more than a minute to play. Senior defenseman Joey LeBlanc gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the first period with a pinball shot that ricocheted into the net. Senior goalie Ray Ivers (22 saves) made that stand until early in the third period with his steady play until Natick’s Matt Haskell tied it with 13:40 left to play.

Next up for Franklin, the 2017 State Champion, is a semifinal date with Archbishop Williams Wednesday (Gallo, 5:30). Natick, runner-up in the Bay State Carey Division, finished 14-3-5.

No. 12 Walpole 3, No. 4 Duxbury 2

In Bourne, the Rebels continued to play giant-killers. After taking down No. 5 Braintree in the first round, they slayed the defending State Champion Green Dragons Saturday night. They opened a 3-0 lead through two periods, then held off a furious Duxbury push in third. Senior Tom Fruci’s first of two goals gave Walpole a 1-0 lead in the first period and his second at 12:46 of the second stood as the game-winner. In between senior defenseman Marc Hirshom added a power play tally. The Dragons closed to 3-2 on third-period goals by Friend Weiler and Nolan Roche.

Walpole, now 11-8-5, faces Falmouth, in Wednesday’s semifinal at Gallo (7:30). Duxbury finished 13-7-4, closing the book on the careers of 13 seniors.

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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