CHELMSFORD — Top-seeded Newton South broke open a tight 1-1 game after two periods with two goals in just 30 seconds at the start of the third period and prevailed 4-1 over Dracut/Tyngsboro on Wednesday night.
The Lions (15-2-5) advanced to the Division 3 North title game against the winner of Thursday’s 7 p.m. semifinal between Lynn and Lowell at the Chelmsford Forum.
Ironically, fourth-seeded Dracut/Tyngsboro had not lost in the regular season against Newton South, a fellow MVC/Dual County League rival. The teams tied 2-2 and D/T skated to a 5-2 win.
Newton South got the only first-period goal on the power play. With forward A.J. Ciszek sent off for holding at 6:56, it took the Lions just 12 seconds to break the scoreless deadlock.
A shot by forward Edward Tarmey was stopped by veteran netminder Preston Wilson. The puck eluded his grasp and defenseman Michael DeFranco pushed the puck through for the score. D/T (12-8-3) had a slim 12-11 edge in shots for the period.
The middle period turned into a tough defensive contest played at mid ice.
At 9:53, Newton South goalie Lucas Maregni stopped two breakaway shots by forward Patrick Crowley.
Newton South forward John Baker was sent off for interference at 13:50.
The forwards of D/T turned on the jets and had eight shots to start the man advantage. The equalizer came at 14:55. Defenseman and captain Kyle McManus threw a shot on net from the blue line. The uncovered rebound was shot by Patrick Crowley, which was stopped, but forward Michael Collett lit the lamp with a shot that went behind the Lions goalie.
D/T had a 26-18 lead in shots that led to the 1-1 deadlock.
The third period started with both teams cautious.
The Lions would break the tie 2:47 into the third when forward Edward Tarmey knocked a rebound of his own shot into the net.
In 15 seconds the Lions got an insurance goal. Defenseman Timothy Dobles rushed the net and took a shot that slipped behind Wilson for a 3-1 lead at 3:17.
Newton South killed a penalty at 10:42 with a mid-ice defensive game, allowing just one shot.
Dracut/Tyngsboro pulled its goaltender for a sixth skater, but Dobles scored his second of the night into an empty net with 1:42 remaining.