They had to work a little bit harder for the victory, but the result was the same for the Boston Latin boys’ hockey team.
The 13th-seeded Wolfpack scored four unanswered goals and staved off a late Methuen rally to earn a 4-3 win in their Division 2 North quarterfinal Friday night at Chelmsford Forum in Billerica.
In recording their third win over the Indians (11-8-3) this season, Latin (12-7-3) advances to the North semifinals Tuesday night against North Andover at Tsongas Arena.
“Any time you play a team three times, it’s always hard,” said Boston Latin coach Frank Woods, whose squad started the tournament with a 3-2 overtime win over Lowell Catholic, the defending state champion.
“The key was to come back in the first quarter and take over. That was the best stretch we played all year in the second half of the game”
“It’s terrific for this group. We got contributions from the young and old players. We’re not a senior-laden group so it’s important to get contributions from our young players. To make a run like this is nice.”
Ryan Mackey handed Methuen a 1-0 lead at 4:21 of the first period. But Joe Bova netted the equalizer and Tommy DeRosa scored the go-ahead goal.
Sophomore Sam Hutchinson connected at the end of the second and then again at the start of the third for a 4-1 cushion.
Matt Horace cut the deficit to 4-2 with eight minutes left in the third period for the Rangers, and Brett Blackwell put one in the back of the net with an extra skater on the ice for a one-goal game with 39 seconds remaining.
But the Wolfpack killed off the rest of the clock to hold on.
North Andover 5, Danvers 2 —
Danvers scored on two of its first four shots on goal. Senior captain Nicholas DiSciullo poked home a puck on the doorstep just 2:32 into the game and junior Jared Mscisz sniped a shot from the high slot past North Andover netminder Jack Walsh (21 saves) just 35 seconds later to make it 2-0.
But Buonopane fired home a rebound off a Yegor Bublik save to get things started. Then Keating took over. The senior forward fed Matt Lucy a perfect pass for a one-timer to tie the game up with just 10.8 seconds left in the first. He kept at it in the second period, taking advantage of a defensive miscue for his second goal in the span of 84 seconds in the second period to give the Scarlet Knights a 4-2 advantage. Sophomore Keegan Hughes made it 5-2 with a third-period power play tally on a shot from the blue line to clinch it.
Stoneham 5, Pentucket 0 — The second-seeded Spartans (16-4-2) struck for three first-period goals in rolling to the quarterfinal win at O’Brien Rink in Woburn. Senior defenseman A.J. Sousa scored on the first shot of the game, and had the final strike at the beginning of the third period. Senior netminder Peter Barry earned the shutout with 22 saves. Pentucket finishes 12-8-2.
Wilmington 4, Winthrop 1 — The 14th seed Wildcats upset the sixth-seeded Vikings in the Division 2 North quarterfinals at Woburn, with junior forward Dan Woods turning in a natural hat trick as Wilmington continued its Cinderella run. Woods started the scoring off 5:53 into the contest, beating Ryan Skoczylas (18 saves). After Winthrop drew even on a Henry Brooks power-play goal, Woods scored short-handed with 28.5 left in the second. Woods completed his hat trick with 5:08 left in the third and Ryan Barrett rounded out the scoring with an empty netter. Senior Ryan St. Jean (34 saves) got the win. Wilmington will face Stoneham in the semifinals Tuesday night at Tsongas Center.Dave Souza reported from Woburn. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.