In the first game of the Central Mass. Division 3 semifinal doubleheader at the Wallace Civic Center on Saturday evening, second-seeded Nashoba Regional came from behind late to stun third-seeded Hudson, 2-1 in OT. Ryan Maki potted the game-winner with 5:23 left in the first overtime. Following a Dan Lemanski shot, Maki got to a loose puck in front before hammering it home to touch off a wild celebration for the Chieftains.
Joe Scanlon tied it for Nashoba with just over two minutes remaining in the third when he buried a chance off an odd-man rush. Hudson scored early in the third period to go up 1-0 on an Anthony Carlman tally.
In the second semifinal of the evening at the Wallace, the defending D3 state champion and top overall seed Wachusett Mountaineers withstood a huge upset bid by fourth-seeded Marlboro, taking a 1-0 win. The game went scoreless through regulation and both overtime periods before going to a shootout. Prior to the shootout, both goaltenders were perfect.
Billy McCarthy made 32 stops for the Panthers while Donovan Alfama turned away 15 shots for the Mountaineers. In the shootout, after the Mountaineers got goals from Kevin Skagerlind and Grant Gardula and the Panthers got goals from Kyle Carroll and Matt Farrell, Peyton Marshall’s backhander into the top left corner clinched it for the Mountaineers in the seventh round.
The Mountaineers will play the Chieftains in the Central Mass. Division 3 championship game on Wednesday, March 4th at Wallace Civic Center (7:30pm). The Mountaineers won both of their regular season matchups against the Chieftains.