It took a dramatic comeback, but the Acton-Boxborough girls hockey team's state championship hopes are still alive.
The top-seeded Colonials trailed No. 8 Barnstable by a 4-2 margin in the second period of the Division 1 quarterfinal round on Tuesday night, but came storming back to force overtime.
It was during that extra session that senior Eleana Cardarelli scored the game-winning goal just over one minute in to help the locals advance.
“I know when I was in front of the net, the puck just kind of popped out and I just hit it,” Cardarelli told the Boston Herald.
Thanks to the victory, Acton-Boxborough advanced to the Division 1 semifinal game. That contest is slated for Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on the ice of Stoneham Arena against either Watertown/Belmont or Duxbury.
The winner of that tilt will advance to the state championship game, which will be held on the ice of TD Garden.