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Masotta Tourney MVP

February 22, 2019
North Middlesex's Ryan Lavery gets a stride on Fitchburg's Jake Thibeault during NM's 5-1 boys hockey victory Tuesday. SUN/JOHN LOVE Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

Led by Julia Masotta, the Methuen/Tewksbury girls hockey team captured the Newburyport Bank Classic title Thursday with a 3-0 win over Masconomet/Newburyport at Graf Rink.

High schools

Masotta earned tournament MVP honors by figuring in all of the goals with two goals and an assist.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Newburyport Bank Classic

Championship game

Methuen/Tewksbury 3, Masco/Newburyport 0

Cassidy Gruning opened the scoring in the first period following a Masotta pass.

Masotta took over the game in the second period, making it 2-0 after passes from Gruning and Lydia Pendleton. Masotta, a Tewksbury High student, then capped the scoring later in the second with an unassisted tally. Kaia Hollingsworth posted the shutout.

Being named to the all-tournament team were Gruning and Ryan Quinn.

Consolation game

Shrewsbury 2, Billerica/Chelmsford 1

The local co-op team peppered Shrewsbury with 42 shots, but Riley MacCausland stopped 41 of them as Billerica/Chelmsford fell in Newburyport.

BOYS HOCKEY

Bishop Guertin 7, Salem 5

The Cardinals received a goal and 2 assists from Pelham, N.H., resident Ben Young in the win.

Bishop Guertin (10-10, 10-7 state) will likely enter the NHIAA Division 1 playoffs as the seventh seed. Groton’s Aidan Wilkie tallied a goal and assist, while Mike Schaaf dished out a pair of assists.

Burlington 4, Chelmsford 0

Despite a strong performance from goaltender Drew Blodgett, the Lions ended the regular season with a road loss.

Blodgett, a senior, turned aside 28 shots for Chelmsford (9-8-4) during the non-league clash in Burlington. Burlington recently won the Middlesex League Freedom Division championship.

Groton-Dunstable 6, Auburn 3

Jake Figueroa scored all 3 of his goals in the final period, including an empty-netter which put the game on ice, as the Crusaders soared at Horgan Rink in Auburn.

Nate Glengross added a goal and assist for G-D (11-8-1). Cam Hardy also scored and Hunter Woolfrey notched 3 assists. The Crusaders outscored their hosts 4-1 in the final period.

Littleton 1, Grafton 1

Ben Canfield made 20 saves to backbone Littleton to a tie with a strong Grafton (13-3-4) team. Danny Angell scored the lone goal for the Tigers (8-8-4).

BOYS BASKETBALL

State Vocational Large Division

Semifinal

Assabet Valley 97, Gr. Lowell 84

In a high-scoring affair, the host Aztecs got past Greater Lowell.

Leading GLT (15-6) were Luis Huertas (25 points), Luis Mota (23 points) and Devonte Mutandwa (20 points). The Gryphons were 25 of 28 from the line.

Assabet will play the winner of Friday’s game between Shawsheen Tech and Worcester Tech in Saturday’s final.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Middlesex 59, Doherty 27

Erin Bourgeois netted 17 points to fuel the Patriots to the win.

Katie Kleeman and Rae Callahan added 9 and 8 points, respectively.