Lowell High Out to Pass Semifinal Test
LOWELL -- The Lowell High boys hockey team has captured the Division 3 North Sectional championship for the second time in three seasons.
Now the Red Raiders are looking to take the next step and advance to a berth in the state championship game.
Lowell (16-5-2) will play Hopkinton (16-6-2) in a Division 3 state semifinal at the Tsongas Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The winner will claim a spot in the Division 3 state final, which will be played at the TD Garden on Sunday.
The Red Raiders defeated Newton South, 5-2, in the Division 3 North title game. Brendan DeMarco netted two goals, while Andrew Kotsifas, Thomas Hassett and Ben Asselin tallied one each.
Hopkinton claimed its first-ever South crown with a 6-2 win over Ashland.
“Our goal this year was just to play as long as we can,” Lowell coach Brian Akashian said after the win over Newton South. “We’re lucky we get to play at Tsongas on Wednesday, our goal is to play at the Garden on St. Patrick’s Day. (Winning the D3 North title) is a great accomplishment, but it’s not where we want to be.”
Lowell’s tourney run began with wins over Hamilton-Wenham, 8-1, and Lynn, 6-1.
The Red Raiders possess plenty of firepower on the forward lines. DeMarco (42 points, 23 goals), Hassett (40 points, 15 goals) and Ben Asselin (29 points, 12 goals) are threats to score any time they have the puck.
Owen Goulette (25 points, 11 goals, Matt Asselin (18 points, 7 goals) and Andrew Kotsifas (16 points, 5 goals) are big-time contributors on offense.
Shawn Spring (25 points) and Keegan Cote (17 points) are excellent puck-moving defensemen who also get the job done defensively in the Red Raiders’ zone.
Patrick Cote has been in rock-solid in goal for Lowell. Cote has a 2.34 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
Hopkinton has outscored its opponents 20-2 in the tourney. Goalie Cole Thomas posted shutouts in wins over Bishop Stang, 4-0, North Quincy, 3-0, and Coyle-Cassidy, 7-0.
Sean Walsh, Stephen Simoes, Tommy Hamblet, Will Quintan and Kyle Rogers have sparked Hopkinton’s offense in the state tournament.