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In Dominant Fashion, Red Rangers Skate into State Final

March 12, 2019

WOBURN -- State semifinals aren’t supposed to be easy, but the Methuen/Tewksbury girls hockey team sure made it look that way on Monday night.

M/T 9, Longmeadow 1

The third-seeded Red Rangers put forth an absolutely dominant performance in a 9-1 victory over No. 7 Longmeadow in a Division 1 state semi at O’Brien Arena. With the victory, Methuen/Tewksbury (21-1-1) moved on to the state final against unbeaten and top-seeded Austin Prep (23-0-0) on Sunday at TD Garden (time to be determined).

“We definitely didn’t expect this,” said Red Rangers head coach Sarah Oteri. “They have a great goalie and some really talented forwards. But we had a great game plan and the girls really executed it.”

Senior Cassidy Gruning scored the first four goals of the game to get M/T rolling early. She netted two in the first period and two more in the second, including one within the first 10 seconds of the second frame. Gruning also had an assist on the night.

Senior captain Carolyn Curley had two goals for the Red Rangers, while senior Julia Masotta had a goal and three assists, and junior Lydia Pendleton dished out three assists.

The Red Rangers outshot Longmeadow, 33-13. The score was 8-1 going into the third period.

Through three state tournament wins. Methuen/Tewksbury has outscored its opponents, 22-4.

Sunday’s matchup against Austin Prep figures to be a good one.