Local Roundup: Leominster Tops Fitchburg in Overtime
FITCHBURG -- Alex Helenius was the hero, scoring in overtime on Thursday to lift the Leominster boys’ hockey team to a 2-1 win over rival Fitchburg/ Monty Tech in the opening round of the Mark Bushnoe Memorial tournament at the Wallace Civic Center.
Leominster (0-4-1) advances to face Assabet Valley in Friday’s 6:30 p.m. championship game. Fitchburg (3-0-1) will play host Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley in Friday’s 4:30 p.m. consolation game. Though Leominster won Thursday’s contest, the result counts as a tie for the MIAA standings because the game advanced to overtime.
Matthew Healy also scored for Leominster, assisted by Maliq Munoz-Preko, while Fitchburg’s Max Beaulac scored on a pass from Jake Leblanc. Both goalies -- Brett Jeffrey (26 saves) for Leominster and Garrett Johnson (22 saves) for Fitchburg -- played well in the hard-fought contest.
In the day’s later semifinal, Assabet defeated Lunenburg, 3-2.
Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley 2
Aaron O’Connor and Sean Simpson each scored one goal for Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley in the first-round defeat in the Mark Bushnoe Memorial tournament, hosted by Lunenburg at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg. Declan Fitzpatrick and Connor Viviano had one assist apiece for Lunenburg (1-2), while goalie Ian Keene made 29 saves.
Worcester South 69
Edwin Rivera and Carlos Figueroa led Fitchburg (1-4) in the road loss, scoring 10 points each.
Skylar Finnegan had 11 points, Haley Mondville scored eight and Faith Akoachere added seven points for Leominster (3-1) in the tough road loss.
Rachel Romero scored seven points to lead Fitchburg (0-4), while teammates Mia Cavins and Diandra Boddie chipped in with three points apiece.
Monty Tech 33
Erica Regan and Kelsey Dowd scored seven points each as Monty Tech (3-1) lost for the first time this season.
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