Only one Rams player scored in the shootout of the boys’ North Division 3 semifinals between Shawsheen and Wayland.
Only one goal was all that was necessary to win.
Junior Joe Sodergren was the first shooter for the Rams and the only player from either team to put the puck in the back of the net, lifting Shawsheen to a 3-2 victory and its second finals appearance in three years.
“He’s a hard-nosed player and he was all over the place tonight,” Rams coach Chuck Baker said. “That whole line — him, Mike DiGiorgio and Tom Price — they were all fantastic.”
Sodergren and DiGiorgio both scored in regulation to give the Rams a 2-1 lead in regulation. Warriors’ Zach Bastarache scored the equalizer from about 40 feet out with just under five minutes remaining in the third-period.
Also stepping up with a big performance for Shawsheen was senior goalie Ryan Maskell, who made 32 saves and stopped all five shots in the shootout.
“Maskell was outstanding. He’s the All-Star goalie out of the conference and he played like an all-star tonight,” Baker said. “For the most part we [played hard], but when they did slip up Maskell was there to bail them out.”
Shawsheen will face Marblehead, last year’s champion — who beat Dracut 5-1 — in the championship game on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.
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