LOWELL -- Austin Prep senior captain Nolan Vesey scored twice off rebound chances, including the game-winner with 2:11 left in the third period, as the Cougars knocked off St. Johnís Prep, 2-1, to advance to the Super 8 final 6 p.m. Sunday at TD Garden.
Austin Prep will play Malden Catholic, the two-time defending champion, for the Division 1A title.
Vesey opened the scoring in the second period when a Eric MacAdams shot bounced off the pads of St. Johnís Prep goalie Billy Price and landed right on Vesseyís tape for the put-away. Tyler Bird tied it for the Eagles midway through the third, but Vesey scored his second on a power play opportunity minutes later to seal it for the Cougars.
Austin Prep, in its fifth Super 8 tournament appearance, has never won the title.
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