The march to the TD Garden continues for the defending Division 1 champion Woburn girls’ hockey team. The second-ranked Tanners combined a stifling defensive effort with a four-goal effort from Georgie Santullo to claim a 6-1 win over 10th-ranked Braintree in a quarterfinal at O’Brien Rink on Tuesday night.
“We did a good job,” said Woburn head coach Bob MacCurtain. “They’re a real, real physical team and we knew that coming in. We knew we were going to have to fight through a lot of sticks and bodies and get pucks to the net, and they did a good job with it.”
Senior forward Marissa Gregory opened the scoring for the Tanners (22-0-2), putting home a wraparound attempt eight minutes into the game. Santullo then lit the lamp twice in the second period, once with 10 minutes remaining, and again with 2:27 left on a snipe from the blue line to make it 3-0.
The Wamps (17-5-1) had a chance to claw their way back with 1:10 of 5-on-3 power-play time to start the third period, but goalie Amanda Essigmann and her defense held them to just two shots on net in a successful kill.
“We did a good job of keeping them to the outside and we blocked a couple of shots,” said MacCurtain. “You get a little momentum there. And then as soon as we killed it off, I felt like we got a little bit stronger.”
Cassidy Connolly made it 4-0 on a power play before Santullo scored her final two goals. Abby Holland scored with 2:36 left to prevent the shutout, but it was too late for the Wamps.
Division 1 State
Austin Prep 3, Andover 0 — The third-seeded Cougars (21-0-2) continued their dominant run through the Division 1 tournament with a quarterfinal win at O'Brien Rink, as junior goalie Hannah Aveni logged her third straight shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Andover Golden Warriors (12-6-5). Austin Prep dominated from the puck drop, holding Andover to two shots on goal in the first period while Samantha Taber scored on the other end to make it 1-0. Junior Maeve Crehan added a goal in both the second and third periods to round out the scoring and Aveni made 14 saves in the shutout. Sean D'Urso made 29 saves in net for the Golden Warriors to keep them in it. The Cougars, who have outscored opponents 13-0 in the playoffs, advance to the semifinals against Woburn on Monday.
Methuen 3, Barnstable 1 — Senior captain Kelly Golini recorded two goals and set up the other in leading the Red Rangers (20-1-2) to the quarterfinal win at Warrior Ice Arena. Golini sent a cross-ice pass to junior Cassidy Gruning, who opened the scoring from the slot with 5:45 left in the first period. Rachel Dwyer scored the tying goal three minutes later, but Golini answered quickly for a 2-1 lead. The Red Raiders (17-2-4) almost netted the equalizer, but sophomore goalie Kaia Hollingsworth flashed her pads to deny a bid by eighth grader Bridget Everett. Golini converted an empty-netter with 35.4 seconds left.
Division 2 State
Canton 5, Notre Dame (Hingham) 2 — Junior Maggie Malloy led the Bulldogs (17-3-3) with two goals and two assists. Canton advances to the semifinals on Wednesday at Warrior Arena and will play the winner of the Archbishop Williams/Natick game.
Division 2 North
Boston Latin 2, North Andover 0 — Latin captain Nick O'Connell pounced on an errant centering pass out of the North Andover zone midway through a scoreless game and blasted a slapper from the high slot past the blocker side of goalie Jack Walsh (23 saves), propelling the 13th-seeded Wolfpack (13-7-3) to the semifinal win at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The senior’s 17th goal of the season held up as the winner. Joe Bova found the empty net with 33.6 seconds remaining to round out the scoring. Goaltender Dan Sebo made 5 saves for the win.
Stoneham 4, Wilmington 1 — Senior forward Joe Carroll’s empty-net goal with 35 seconds left sealed the win for the Spartans (17-4-2), who have advanced to play Boston Latin (13-7-3) for the Division 2 North championship on Monday at the Tsongas Center.For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.