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MIAA Central Mass. Division 3A Semifinal Recap: Top-Seed Northbridge Upset By Lunenburg

In the first game of the Central Mass. D3A semifinal doubleheader at the Wallace Civic Center on Sunday evening, second-seeded Hopedale got by third-seeded Grafton, 4-1.  Nick Patterson scored a goal in the first, before setting up P.J. Gray’s eventual game-winner in the third period.  John Tomaso made 24 saves to help seal the win for the Blue Raiders.

In the second semifinal of the evening at the Wallace, fifth-seeded Lunenburg/Ayer/Shirley pulled off the shocker, upsetting top-ranked Northbridge, 4-1.  The defending 3A state champion Rams entered with a 19-game winning streak, but the Blue Knights were up to the challenge.  Krystian Carter’s first period power play tally got the Blue Knights started, and Noah Razzetti, Gavin Cloutier and Nathan Handy would also score as Lunenburg built a 4-0 lead.  Ryan Couture had the lone Northbridge goal.  Nick Granger made 22 key stops for the Blue Knights.

Hopedale and Lunenburg will play for the Central Mass. D3A title on Wednesday back at the Wallace Civic Center starting at 5:30 p.m.  Hopedale beat Lunenburg, 5-1, in their lone regular season matchup in late January.

Chris Kyne

Chris Kyne

Chris Kyne is a hockey devotee who has spent most of his life playing, coaching, and writing about hockey. The 2019-2020 season is Chris' first year covering Central and Western Mass. hockey for Hockey Night in Boston. Chris has spent the past five years covering hockey and other sports for the Worcester Telegram. He is currently in his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Fitchburg State University Men's Ice Hockey team. Chris also is a Learn to Skate instructor for the Peak Performance program in Fitchburg. Chris grew up in Waterford, CT where he played youth hockey, before playing Jr. A hockey for the Connecticut Jr. Whalers. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut where earned a Communications degree, while also covering sports for the Daily Campus. Chris currently works at Leominster High School, where he has spent the past 12 years as a history teacher. Chris lives in Sterling, MA with his wife Gabrielle, and his two daughters, Quinn (7) and Delaney (4), who both play hockey.
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