MIAA Boys Tournament – Friday Night Recap: Belmont, Austin Prep Post Solid Wins In D1; Newburyport Advances In D2

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Division 1

– Seventh-seeded Belmont advanced to the Round of 16 with a 3-0 shutout win over Natick before a packed house at Skip Vigilrolo Rink. Matty Rowan and Cam Fici staked the Marauders to a 2-0 lead before defenseman Peter Grace sealed the victory with an empty-net tally. Belmont will now face the winner of Marshfield-Lincoln-Sudbury.

Noah Pineo scored a goal in each period and freshman Luke Pazzia added a pair of tallies as #5 Austin Prep took down Falmouth, 5-1, at Breakaway Ice Center. The Cougars now await the winner of the first round matchup between Reading and Archbishop Williams.

Division 2

– Jon Groth had a pair of goals, including a shorthanded tally in the second period, and Cam Tinkham scored the go-ahead goal in the first to lead 10th-seeded Newburyport to a 3-0 win over #23 Wilmington at Graf Rink. The Clippers will hit the road Tuesday to face #7 seed Norwood.

Kevin Norwood Plymouth North

– John Hobin snapped a tie in the third period, Josh Bates added an insurance goal and #14 Plymouth North rallied past #19 Concord-Carlisle, 3-1 at Armstrong Arena. After a scoreless first period, Stoddard Healy gave the visiting Patriots the lead before Kevin Norwood tied it for North just 45 seconds later. Plymouth North’s next game will be Wednesday against #3 Canton.

Sean Baker Longmeadow

– Longmeadow, the #16 seed, got a power play goal from Sean Baker, a shorthanded goal by Joe Mikaelian and an empty netter from Brendan McGreer to beat #17 Algonquin, 4-1, at Olympia Ice Center. Cameron Freeman added an even strength goal for the Lancers, who travel to #1 seed Tewksbury next. Ronan Cushman scored for the Titans to cut it to 2-1 with 1:07 left in the second period, but they couldn’t get closer in the third.

Division 3

– Jake Frohn had a goal and two assists, and Cam Collins a goal and assist as #5 Hopedale scored three times in the first period and then held off #28 Middleboro, 4-2, at Blackstone Valley IcePlex. Ryan Auger and Joe Butler also scored, and Brady Butler added two assists for the Raiders, who will host #12 West Springfield in a second-round matchup.

Caleb White’s two goals sparked #8 Danvers, which gradually pulled away to beat #25 Southeastern, 6-1, at Essex Sports Center. Jimmy Thibodeau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead after one period, and they built it to 3-0 after two. Jake Ryan, Liam Brooks and Nick Robinson also scored for the winners. Keagan Bunker pulled the Hawks within 4-1 midway through the third, but they couldn’t get any closer.

– Tommy Workman netted a natural hat trick and #14 Dracut/Tyngsboro scored five straight goals spanning the first and second periods to topple #19 Methuen, 6-3, at Tsongas Center. In the fourth meeting between the teams this season, Cam Katzenberger’s power play goal gave the Rangers the early lead, but Workman set up Colby Forestall’s goal with 1:54 left in the first, then he added his first goal with 37 seconds left in the period. Workman pushed it to 4-1 with goals at 44 seconds and 3:15, and Cam Caron added another. Colin Underwood added the final goal, and Andrew Kazanjian made 23 saves. Owen Kneeland and Pat Morris also scored for Methuen, and Owen O’Brien stopped 34 shots.

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