The top two seeds in the MIAA Division 3 North sectional mean business in this postseason.
#1 Newton South (15-2-5) and #2 Lowell (15-5-2) advanced to the finals with a pair of wins, the latest coming in the semifinals.
And they were convincing.
Newton South topped #4 Dracut/Tyngsboro, 4-1, and Lowell dumped #3 Lynn, 6-1, to advance to a winner-take-all finals. The Merrimack Valley/Dual County League rivals will meet Sunday night, March 10, at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston (7:30 p.m.). Newton South swept Lowell in the regular season. The Lions beat the Red Raiders, 6-0, in Lowell Dec. 21 and 3-2 in Watertown Feb. 2. Newton South won the MVC/DCL Division 3 easily at 9-2-2 in the league.
* Newton South topped another league rival in the semis. Ed Tarmey had the game-winning goal for Newton South. Mike Collett had the lone Dracut-Tyngsboro goal. Junior Michael DeFranco scored on a power play to open things up for Newton South. Sophomore Tim Dobles also struck gold for Newton South, which added an empty-netter.
* Lowell rolled past Lynn for the second time this season. It was a game for a while until Lowell took off.
Lowell’s Benjamin Asselin (three assists) struck first before Lynn’s John DiFilippo tied it up at one. But Lowell’s Brendan DeMarco (two goals) sent the Red Raiders into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead. Ethan Polcari, Thomas Hassett (three assists) and Nicholas Mandeville scored for Lowell later to put the game out of reach.