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School hockey roundup

Governor’s rolls on

Rivers in way of 4th straight title

By Liz Torres
Globe Correspondent / March 6, 2011

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Defending champion Governor’s Academy moved one step closer to its fourth straight NEPSAC Division 2 girls’ hockey championship by beating Southfield, 3-1, in yesterday’s semifinal at Phillips Andover.

Governor’s will face Rivers this morning for the title. For Southfield, it was another bitter loss to its North Shore rival. The Brookline school lost in January, 5-1, and in overtime to the Govs in the NEPSAC final last season.

“We’re a team with great speed and I think that we’re just very persistent,’’ said Governor’s coach Babe Ceglarski. “Ultimately, in the end, we didn’t make that many defensive mistakes.’’

A Governor’s double penalty in the last two minutes, combined with Southfield (18-6) pulling goalie Jessica Thulin, gave Southfield a three-man advantage. But Govs’ ISL MVP Alex Carpenter and senior goalie Jill Conway were too much for Southfield to overcome.

After a scoreless first period, Governor’s (15-1-1) broke through when Carpenter stole the puck and scored an unassisted goal at 13:13.

“Everybody knows she’s an offensive threat. She’s here and everybody else is catching up,’’ said Ceglarski.

With the score still 1-0 in the third, senior forward Alanna McDonough made it 2-0 at 12:15. Southfield senior forward Casey Stathopoulos scored from a scramble in front of the net with 5:38 to close the gap to 2-1. With 3:08 left, McDonough scored an insurance goal.

NEPSAC Division 2

Rivers 3, Canterbury 0 — Elizabeth Hitti scored two goals and Janelle Ferrara one as Rivers outshot Canterbury, 27-11.

MIAA State Division 1

St. Mary’s 8, Shrewsbury 0 — Junior forward Genevieve Benoit scored twice as the Spartans pushed their unbeaten streak to 100 games in the squad’s final home game.

Acton-Boxborough 3, Franklin 0 — Senior defenseman Caleigh LaBossiere scored two goals and seventh-grader Cali Loblundo stopped 12 shots for her eighth shutout of the season.

Boys’ hockey NEPSAC Martin/Earl

Governor’s Academy 4, Albany Academy 2 — With 9.3 seconds to play, Alex Minter scored to break a 2-2 tie and send Governor’s into the NEPSAC title game.

NEPSAC Piatelli/Simmons

New Hampton 5, Gunnery 4 — Senior forward T.J. Bond scored with 3:56 left in the third period and senior goalie Max Schwan had 48 saves as the Huskies earned a NEPSAC final berth against Dexter Academy.

MIAA North Division 1

Winchester 2, St. John’s (S) 1 — The Sachems scored a pair of second-period goals, then made it stand, holding off St. John’s of Shrewsbury in a quarterfinals game.

After a somewhat listless first period by the Sachems, in which they trailed 1-0, they opened things up dramatically in the middle frame. Taking the play to St. John’s and shadowing any Pioneer with the puck on his stick, Winchester was able to convert that into goals — registering 15 shots in the period. Dan Donovan tied the score after Pioneers goalie Connor Burdick couldn’t tie up an off-the-mark shot to his left.

St. John’s spent much of the period in the penalty box. However, both of the Sachems goals came at even strength. With just 11 seconds left in the period, Winchester freshman Brendan Greene put his club ahead to stay, taking a behind-the-net feed from Peter Troiano and one-timing a shot past Burdick.

Wakefield 1, Reading 0 — Kevin Doherty scored in the second period as the Warriors (12-6-4) knocked the No. 2 seed out of the tournament.

MIAA South Division 1

Duxbury 4, Wellesley 3 — Junior left wing Will Siefert had two goals, senior goalie Jim Matthews made 32 saves, and sophomore center Bob O’Brien scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Dragons earned a semifinal berth against Springfield Cathedral.

MIAA North Division 2

Wilmington 4, Masconomet 3 — Dalton Rolli scored at 5:05 of overtime to salvage the Wildcats’ night, after Masconomet tied the score with .3 seconds remaining in regulation. Junior goalie Joe Aucoin made 16 saves, including one on a breakaway in overtime.

MIAA South Division 2

Oliver Ames 2, Canton 1 — Hockomock MVP Andrew Taylor powered the Tigers into the semifinals with two goals.

Globe correspondent John McGuirk contributed to this report.