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.