For the second consecutive season, Wellesley’s road to the Division 2 state final has included a quarterfinal victory over Norwell. The defending state champions are one step closer to a repeat after defeating the fourth-seeded Clippers, 6-1, Thursday night at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton.
Five skaters contributed to the offensive push for the Raiders (15-4-3).
“We’re proud of, when people talk about Wellesley, they don’t talk about individual players,” said Wellesley coach PT Donato.“Five different goal scorers against Canton [in a 5-0 first-round win], five different scorers tonight. It shows that our girls are committed to the team.”
Wellesley junior Emily Rourke fought back one minute into even strength after a fruitless five-on-three to net one for the fifth-seeded Raiders with eight minutes gone in the first. Classmate Erin Fleming scored to make it 2-0 at the first-period buzzer.
Freshman Lulu Rourke added a short-handed strike, taking the puck 200 feet and past a wall of Norwell defenders in the second period. She added an empty-netter between third-period points from senior Isabelle Kressy and sophomore Michelle Bourden.
Norwell senior Chloe Hohmann made 32 saves in net for the Clippers (15-5-2), 15 of which came in the first period. Senior Casey Messina scored the lone goal for Norwell 5:48 into the third period.
The Raiders will face Bay State Conference opponent Walpole in the semifinals.
Walpole 4, Matignon 1 – Freshman Liv Brooks had two goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Rebels (18-3-1) to a Division 2 quarterfinal win at O’Brien Rink in Woburn.
The Rebels came out firing against ninth-seeded Matignon (15-6-2), as sophomore Emily Desimone scored the opening goal 2:29 into the game. Senior Meghan Hamilton scored late in the period. Brooks scored her two goals in the third, one shorthanded 2:09 into the period, and the other on the power play with 2:06 remaining.
“We got out the gate fast today, we put a couple pucks in the net. That was huge for us,” said Walpole coach Joe Verderber. “We have a lot of opportunities to score, we create a lot of opportunities but we have a hard time putting them home.”
Methuen/Tewksbury 7, Peabody 1 — In a dominant performance, senior Julia Masotta racked up four goals and assisted on another as third-seeded Methuen/Tewksbury (20-1-1) rolled to a Division 1 quarterfinal win against Peabody at O’Brien Rink in Woburn.
Just 5:20 into the first period, Masotta opened the scoring on the power play with a wrister from the slot, assisted by junior defenseman Breanna Greene (1 goal, 3 assists). Masotta added a shorthanded strike and another power-play goal in the second period, and an even-strength goal in the third.
Slick passing was key for the Red Rangers, with Greene and senior Cassidy Gruning (1 goal, 2 assists) setting up the action.
“Every goal we score, the chemistry we have is just unbelievable,’’ said Masotta,who raised his season goal total to 48, with six in the tournament. “On all of our goals we feed off of one another. The passes and the breakouts. Every goal involves the team and I feel like that helps us build momentum.”
Junior Sammie Mirasolo scored the lone goal for 11th-seeded Peabody (16-5-2).Jenna Ciccotelli reported from Brighton. Lenny Rowe from Woburn.