Assabet boys hockey advances to state quarterfinals with win over Ashland

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Assabet boys hockey advances to state quarterfinals with win over Ashland
Assabet struck early in its game against Ashland, taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission after a flurry of scoring. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

REGION – A storybook season for the Assabet Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School boys hockey team continued on Tuesday night in Framingham with a playoff win over Ashland.

The victory now sets the squad up for a quarterfinals clash with Norwell on Saturday.

Assabet entered the playoffs ranked ninth overall in Division IV. The Aztecs then promptly ground through double overtime against Saugus in their playoff opener, seizing a 6-5 win in front of their home crowd in Marlborough.

That triumph punched a ticket to the Round of 16 on Tuesday against Ashland.

The scoring came fast and furious particularly in the first period of that game, with Assabet opening a 1-0 lead, only to see Ashland tie the game.

Assabet answered, though, then adding a third goal for a 3-1 lead at the first intermission.

The Cockers rumbled in the second period, eventually sending the game into its final frame knotted 3-3.

But that’s where the Aztecs managed to pull away, securing their win.

All this has already snapped a lengthy playoff drought that saw Assabet go more than a decade without a boys hockey playoff victory.

Now, the squad is looking to continue its run.

Saturday’s game is set for 7:40 p.m. at the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, Massachusetts.

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