SUPER 8 PLAY-IN GAMES
First period: The early play took on a physical tone, with both teams throwing their weight around. Burlington held a 5-3 shots advantage midway through the period. Play took a frenetic pitch in the final two minutes, with the teams trading chances. First, Burlington captain Brett Romkey was unable to bury a back-hander over the reach of Central goaltender Kyle Williams. Then, on the rush up-ice, Raiders' top-scorer Mike Kelleher was denied by a sprawling Derek DeCastro on a chance off a 3-on-2 break. The Red Devils were held to just one shot on a late power play opportunity. Burlington held a 9-8 shots advantage.
Second period: Kelleher provided the Raiders with the first lead of the game at 1:06 of the period, with assists from Corey Webber and Ryan Daigle. Kelleher then notched the natural hat trick with two goals in just more than two minutes. He potted No. 2 at 6:15 then pocketed No. 3 on partial breakaway at 8:34. Brian Diffley put Burlington on the board with a power-play goal at 10:52, with assists from Joe Berardi and Brian Hood. Less than a minute later, Red Devils defenseman Steve Mattos got his team within a goal with a wicked slap shot. Then, C.J. Grinell tied the score, 3-3, at 11:48 with assists from Berardi and Hood. The Raiders reclaimed the lead with 16.7 seconds remaining as Mike Havnanian unleashed a one-timer from the slot. Assists went to Christian Smith and Christian Thompson. Central outshot Burlington 13-8 in the period.
Third period: Little to say of offensive chances, but boy, did the hits keep on coming, as both teams' blue-liners continued to step up at the blue line and take the body. At 12:14, Smith added an insurance marker for Centra, shifting back to the middle and drawing DeCastro out of position with a deke. Gorski added his second assist of the game on the play. Trevor Cimino made it a one-goal game against with 1:19 remaining with an assist by Diffley. Despite a couple of offensive zone face-off wins by Cimino, Burlington was unable to find the equalizer, while Gorski added an empty-netter with 0.3 seconds remaining to move the Raiders on to the Super 8.
First period: Vin D'Amato had Pioneers to a nearly instant 1-0 lead, with a goal 44 seconds in assisted by senior forwards Kevin Emmerling and Jay Duquette. It was Duquette's 10th of the season. After some back-and-forth play confined to the neutral zone, Bryan Nelson had St. John's to a 2-0 lead at 6:07 with assists from Emmerling and Duquette. Nelson's back-hander found the 5-hole after Rockets netminder Connor Murray lost his stick. Duquette picked up his third point of the game at 10:31, setting up Mike Brown's tally. The Pioneers kept sending the rubber at Murray, taking a 4-0 lead at 11:12. Emmerling picked up his third point of the game on his 25th goal of the season, with an assist to Nick Rutigliano. Shots were 12-7 in favor of the Pioneers.
Second period: The period open with a good pace of up-and-down skating, but little by way of quality scoring chances. Duquette picked up his fourth point of the night at 10:10 with a shot from slot with assists going to Emmerling and D'Amato. Needham got on the board with 4.1 seconds remaining with D.J. Walsh collecting a loose puck in the slot. Assists went to Timmy Parlato and James Fisher. Shots were 8-6 in Pioneers' favor.
Third period: Shrewsbury opened the period on a power play after a tripping penalty was assessed to Parlato; the Pioneers failed to get a shot off. After the penalty kill, Needham went back on the offensive with Brendan Joyce (Chris Lambert, Jeff Rosata) shooting through a thicket at traffic in front of St. John's netminder Mario Pizzeri to cut the lead to three at 3:31. That lead was then cut down to two scores on Lucas Davis' one-timer set up by Joe Parsons. Jamie Arnao then cut the lead to a goal on a back-line feed from Walsh. The Needham net was emptied with 50 seconds left for an extra attacker. The Rockets had several crats at the net, including an offensive zone face-off with three seconds remaining, but couldn't find the equalizer. St. John's finished the game with a 23-22 shots advantage.
DIVISION 2 NORTH
Boston Latin 8, Watertown 1
Wilmington 6, Newburyport 2
DIVISION 3 SOUTH
Abington 5, Diman 3
Blue Hills 7, East Bridgewater 2
Dover-Sherborn 6, Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk 2
Somerset-Berkley 4, Bishop Stang 1
Braintree 2, Arlington 1
Canton 5, Ursuline 3
Notre Dame (H) 6, Stoneham 4