For the first time in program history, the Swampscott boys’ hockey team is the Division 3 North champion. Big Blue and Bedford went back and forth Saturday night but Swampscott won the battle on a last-second goal by Nunzio Morretti for a 3-2 victory at Stoneham Arena.
Swampscott controlled the first half of the first period, but a late power play gave Bedford momentum.
“I thought we started out OK,’’ Swampscott coach Gino Faia said. “We got flat in the middle there and didn’t really get our legs going until late. I give credit to the team, the guys fought hard.”
Bedford found its rhythm after falling behind in the second period. Senior defenseman Trevor Massey put Swampscott on the board a little more than three minutes into the period.
It took Bedford nearly the entire period to convert one of its six shots. Brendan Flynn scored a dirty goal in front of the Swampscott net with just more than three minutes left.
Bedford netted another goal, off the stick of Anthony Lespasio, halfway through the third period. But with Bedford fans chanting, “I believe that we will win,” Swampscott rose to the challenge.
Defenseman Chris Carman scored on a breakaway between the pads of Bedford goalie Abe Grainger.
Bedford had a chance to answer, but defenseman Robert Serino sprawled out and blocked a scoring bid.
“We call him our warrior, he just throws his body around all the time,’’ Faia said. “Our offense starts with defense.”
Morretti scored the winner with six seconds left. The junior forward found a loose puck in front of the net and banged it in.
“It’s a dream, this is indescribable,” Morretti said.
“It would have been a disappointment if we didn’t get anything less than the North title,’’ Faia said. “I’m just so happy for the kids and for our program. It’s never happened for Swampscott. This means a lot to the program.”
Medway 2, Holliston 0 — The Mustangs (18-2-3) blanked the Panthers to advance to Monday’s sectional final against Pembroke. In three tournament wins, Medway has yet to give up a goal.
Nashoba 56, Tyngsboro 52 — Erin Cressman (19 points) and Cecilia Burke each had layups and Kelly Poole and Nicole Boucher each added a foul shot as the No. 2 Chieftains (21-2) shocked the top-seeded and undefeated Tigers (22-1) in overtime. Nashoba faces Hoosac (19-5) at 6 p.m. Monday at the DCU Center in a Division 2 state semifinal. It was the first championship in school history for the Chieftains, who lost to Tyngsboro, 40-33, in last year’s final and dropped a 66-27 game to the Tigers in January.
Duxbury 8, Methuen 0 — The Green Dragons will play for a third straight Division 2 title after getting two goals each from Peyton Donato, Jacqui Nolan, and Liz Collins. Duxbury (21-1-2) jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first period. Meredity Wright and Marissa Fichter also scored.
Falmouth 3, Westwood 1 — Maggie Macdonald’s goal broke a 1-1 tie and the Clippers advanced to the state final and a rematch with Duxbury. Alexa Scriber and Madison Haberl also scored for Falmouth (19-1-2).
New England championships — Beverly’s Heather Gomes took second place in the all-around and was the top Massachusetts finisher at the New England meet held at Algonquin Regional in Northboro. Barnstable won the team title.