Dan McNamara scored the winning goal with 1:17 left in the game as the No. 1 Patriots (16-3-2) rallied for three goals in the third period to top the No. 8 Rams (9-10-2) at Wallace Civic Center. Moments after Mike Ferraro scored to give Northbridge a 3-2 lead with just over two minutes left, the Patriots surged when Justin Estrella tied it up with 1:42 remaining. McNamara's winner came just over 30 seconds left when P.J. Dupre forced a turnover in the neutral zone and McNamara corralled it while streaking down the left hand side and burying a shot in the top corner to make it 4-3. North Middlesex will face either Oakmont or Nashoba in a Division 3A semifinal on Wednesday at a time and place to be determined. Brendan Barry also scored for North Middlesex, while Ryan Twomey made 14 saves. Ferraro scored twice for Northbridge, while Dominik Chlebovec added a goal for the Rams.
North Middlesex 4, Northbridge 3
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Townsend
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:08 p.m.