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Needham’s depth proves too much

March 8, 2017 GMT

Even a strong two-line hockey team can get tired, but Needham showed no signs of wear and tear in the final period last night.

The top-seeded Rockets remained undefeated (21-0-1) as five different players scored goals in a 6-2 rout of No. 8 St. Mary’s of Lynn in the Division 1 girls quarterfinals at O’Brien Rink in Woburn.

The Rockets never trailed, and it was senior captain Elizabeth Hernberg who stole the show with two goals and two assists.

“When you have a senior captain who takes on the responsibility of scoring goals when we need them, she makes passes and is unselfish,” Needham coach Allisyn Furano-Foster said. “She makes the players around her better.”

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Her second goal came midway through the third period off a Grace Bruno assist to give Needham a 5-1 lead. Rose Evans scored off Hernberg’s second assist to make it 6-1 with 2:47 to go.

Needham dominated the second period with three tallies in the 15-minute frame. The first came off the stick of Hernberg to give the Rockets a 2-0 edge with 3:35 gone.

The Rockets kept their foot on the gas and scored two goals in a four-minute span as Elizabeth Phalen made it 3-0 at 8:17 and Meghan McQullen then sent Celia Blaszkowsky in on a breakaway to push the margin to 4-0 with 4:26 left.

In the other Div. 1 quarterfinal in Woburn, No. 18 Masconomet upset No. 7 Austin Prep, 3-1. Freshman Molly Elmore earned the victory with 37 saves including 22 in the third period.

The Chieftains (12-8-3) got on the board early in the second as Kate Irons scored on a 3-on-1 break off an assist from Abby Gendron.

A tally for Izzy Sara made it 2-0 soon after with assists from Riane Vatcher and Gendron.

The third score came just 34 seconds into the third as Madison Brooke rocketed one into the top-left corner to make it 3-0.

The lone tally for Austin Prep (14-4-2) was scored by Annie Richards on a rebound with 11:26 remaining in the game.

Boys

Ryan Norton scored the game-winning goal with 12.4 seconds remaining in double overtime as No. 2 Medway (18-2-3) advanced to the Div. 2 South final with a 1-0 victory against No. 6 Canton. . . . David Murray had a hat trick as No. 1 Scituate (21-2-1) defeated No. 5 Westwood, 5-1.

In the Div. 2 North semis, Conor Doherty pumped in four goals in the opening two periods as No. 1 Lowell Catholic (18-2-2) cruised to a 10-2 rout of No. 12 Saugus. .?.?. Nick Feliciano scored the game-winning goal with 3:35 left in overtime as No. 11 Stoneham (13-8-2) upset No.??2 North Reading, 2-1.