Wildcats Skate Past Wakefield
Senior Ryan Barrett and junior Joe Hill each had 2 goals and an assist to power No. 16 Wilmington to a 5-2 win over No. 17 Wakefield in a Division 2 North preliminary boys hockey contest on Monday.
The Wildcats (9-11-1) advanced to a first round matchup against top-seeded Masconomet on Wednesday.
Andrew Sullivan also had a goal for Wilmington, while Jared Venezia and Conlin Duffy had 2 assists each.
Goalie Alex Fitzler made 25 saves for the Wildcats, who outshot Wakefield 42-27. The two Middlesex League teams split a pair of regular season meetings.
Division 1 North
Sydney Sartell had 8 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter to help No. 11 Billerica (12-9) grab the lead and take a 22-16 advantage into the half.
Sixth-seeded Masco pushed hard to begin the 3rd quarter and tied the game at 23-23 midway through the frame. But Billerica closed the quarter well and took a 5-point lead into the 4th.
Billerica got great defense from Sartell and overall great effort from Madison Bonvie, Haley Reinold and Erin Cann. Next up is a quarterfinal matchup against No. 3 Central Catholic.
Central Catholic 63
Senior Chelmsford native Kaylee Thomas had a career-high 25 points for the 3rd-seeded Raiders.
Claire Finney had 13.
Division 2 North
Lynn Classical 46
Olivia Almeida drained a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining to put No. 8 Wilmington (13-8) ahead 49-46 and the Wildcats went on to earn the dramatic win.
Wilmington will travel to top-seeded Pentucket on Thursday (7 p.m.).
Division 3 Central
The 7th-seeded Tigers got a balanced effort, led by senior guard Sara Anselmo’s 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Sam Fagundes had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, and Katie Hurynowicz had 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Tyngsboro (17-4) will travel to No. 2 Millbury on Thursday for a quarterfinal game.
NDA Worcester 84
Sarah Milne led 9th-seeded Innovation with 10 points.
Innovation finished the season with a record of 15-6.
Division 3 North
The 12th-seeded Middies hit the road and took out 5th-seeded Minuteman.
Dracut (11-10) saw a halftime lead of 43-34 shrink to a 3rd quarter lead of 49-45, but closed out the game on an 18-6 run.
Freshman Adrian Torres had 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Middies. Mitchell Monette added 13 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds, while Farai Zuvaradoka had 9 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
Dracut will face No. 4 Newburyport in the quarterfinals.
N.H. regular season
Merrimack Valley 52
Pelham (14-3) was short-handed without the starting backcourt of Derek Crowley and Blake Woekel, but battled all night. It was a tie game going into the 4th quarter.
The Pythons were led by a career-high 18 points from senior Cam Loring. Jake Dumont chipped in with 8 points.