For the second time this season, two-time defending Division 2 champion Wilmington laced up against two-time Division 1 champion Burlington for bragging rights.
And for the second time this season, the Middlesex Freedom Division rivals showed just how evenly matched they are.
Wilmington freshman Justin Collins had a goal and an assist and Drew Foley made 22 saves as the No. 19-ranked Wildcats twice came back from third-period deficits to tie No. 11 Burlington, 3-3, at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Saturday.
Staring at a 2-1 deficit to start the third period, Wilmington (7-2-6, 5-1-4) wasted little time getting the equalizer. Senior Cody McGowan received a pass in the left wing circle, sized up Michael Guleserian (21 saves), and beat the netminder near post just 40 seconds into the period.
Burlington (8-1-6, 5-1-6) reclaimed the lead less than a minute later when junior Nick Carlino circled around the net before throwing the puck through the slot to an unmanned Tom Hanafin at the far post. The sophomore gathered the puck and chipped it into the open net for the 3-2 advantage.
Both teams traded chances before the Wildcats cashed in to tie the game for good. Collins took a feed from fellow freshman Domenic Malatesta in the slot and tucked a slap shot over Guleserian’s shoulder with 5:19 left in regulation.
Delbarton (N.J.) 3, Catholic Memorial 0— The No. 4 Knights (8-2-2) and Delbarton (N.J.) battled through two scoreless periods at Yankee Stadium before Delbarton’s Tyler Kobryn scored with 10:34 remaining. Harrison Newman of Delbarton scored an insurance goal with under four minutes remaining in the third before Will McCarthy put the game away.
Wareham 8, Greater New Bedford 5 — Craig Lauzon (three goals, three assists) and Stephen Toal (two goals, three assists) powered the Vikings.
Malden Catholic 5, St. John’s Prep 3 — Junior center Ara Nazarian (two goals, one assist) and senior left wing Tyler Sifferlen (three assists) led the second-ranked Lancers (10-3).
Pembroke 2, Rockland 0 — Senior Jackson Wainwright made 20 saves in his first varsity shutout, while Adam Tripp provided both goals for the Titans.
Bedford 9, Weston 1 — Junior center Brendan Flynn recorded three goals and two assists to power the Buccaneers (8-5-1).
Duxbury 3, Whitman-Hanson 0 — Senior Matt Saia scored as the 13th-ranked Green Dragons (10-1-3) captured the Patriot League championship.
Westford 5, Acton-Boxborough 0 — Sophomore Kyle Martin made 27 saves for the shutout, while Cam MacDonald had two goals and one assist.
Natick 1, Walpole 0 — Junior Chris Bellomo made 16 saves to register his first varsity shutout for the Red Hawks (6-9-1).
Northeast 7, St. Joseph’s Prep 1 — Freshman Zach Sheehy had a hat trick for the Golden Knights (11-3-1).
North Quincy 3, Scituate 0 — The Red Raiders (7-4-2) got an excellent performance from senior Nolan Greene (25 saves), while sophomore Timmy Glynn added a goal and an assist.
Dennis-Yarmouth 5, Bourne 4 — Senior Jess Benoit scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal, helping to improve the Dolphins’ record to 7-1-1.
Acton-Boxborough 7, Chelmsford 3 — Sophomore forward Megan Barrett scored three goals for the Colonials (12-2).
Beverly 5, Marblehead 1 — Eighth-grader Julia Nearis scored a hat trick for the No. 7 Panthers (11-2-1).
Burlington 3, Wilmington 0 — Senior forward Krista Toscano netted two goals to power the Red Devils (8-4-1).
Methuen 9, Central Catholic 3 — Senior Taylor Lirakis recorded 36 saves to lead the 16th-ranked Rangers (11-1).
Winchester 2, Arlington 1 — Sophomore defenseman Elizabeth Wilson lead the Sachems (9-3-1) with a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Jena Pantano shut down Arlington (6-8-1) with 30 saves.
Woburn 3, Lexington 0 — Senior Courtney Davis registered her second straight shutout as the Tanners (10-3-1) qualified for the state tournament.
Wellesley 1, Dedham 0 — Raiders goalie Meghan King made 23 saves for the shutout.
Braintree 4, Newton North 1 — The Wamps improved their record to 10-2-2 with the help of sophomore Meg Gilbride, who had two goals and an assist.
Beaver Country Day 56, Rivers 52 — The visiting Beavers (13-1) came out of a lengthy delay following a dispute over the score with 5:32 left in the second half with a 14-4 game-ending run. The Beavers were led by 6-foot-10-inch senior center Jacquil Taylor, who committed to Purdue in November. After Taylor had just 6 points at the half, he scored 15 in the second half on 9-of-12 shooting from the line. Rivers (12-2) was led by Steve Carangelo (15 points) and Jermaine Samuels (14).
Governor’s Academy 52, Pingree 46 — Junior Matt Peart, a 6-8 center, had 15 points, 18 rebounds, and 12 blocks for the Governors (4-10).
Somerville 56, Burke 44 — Senior Rayoni Matos’s 23 points paced the Highlanders (8-5).
Middlesex 69, Milton Academy 68 — Aaron Swenson scored 38 points and Hamza Usman hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left for the Zebras.