DOVER, N.H. — Even down three goals with under 10 minutes to play, Brunswick senior center Jack St. Pierre liked what he saw.

“I didn’t see one guy who didn’t think we could win that game,” St. Pierre said.

When St. Pierre scored twice from just outside the crease in 15 seconds at 6:00 and 6:15 of the third period, Brunswick really believed. Three more unanswered goals followed and the No. 6 Dragons shocked No. 3 York – which had controlled large swaths of the first two periods behind their dynamic top line – for a 6-4 Class B South quarterfinal win at York’s home ice in the Dover Arena.

Brunswick (10-9) will play Friday in a semifinal at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston against the winner of the No. 2 Cape Elizabeth/No. 7 Yarmouth game on Wednesday. No. 3 York, trying for its third straight semifinal, finished 13-6.

Both of St. Pierre’s goals – and the tying goal by Isaac Burtis at 10:03 – came in tight on York goalie Domenic Carlson (19 saves) after Brunswick had possession of the puck behind the net.

Scout Masse’s game-winner, with 2:24 to play, was a shot from just inside the blue line. But it was helped by the Dragons crashing the net, and with numerous bodies, standing and prone, Carlson’s vision was blocked as the puck came free to the uncovered Masse.

“I got the easy part because all my guys are grinding down in front of the net. I’d like to say I saw a spot but all I know is we had a bunch of guys in front of the net and you learn, get the puck low, get the puck on net and it works out,” Masse said.

Defenseman Henry Burnham finished the scoring with a drive from the left point with 1:16 to play.

Michael Eno gave Brunswick a 1-0 lead, converting a quick rush by Masse with 6:19 left in the first period.

York responded with four straight goals – the first three from Dalton McCann.

McCann ripped home a power-play wrist shot with 18 seconds left in the first period. He made it 2-1 on what York Coach Jim Powers termed a “Herculean goal,” churning and stick-handling through Brunswick players and finishing with a back-hander past the right pad of Brunswick’s Spencer Marquis (24 saves). McCann’s third goal on a rebound, closed the second-period scoring.

Jake Nelson put York ahead 4-1 with a hard shot from the high slot with 10:40 to play in the game. Nelson, McCann and Andrew Bertolini combined this season to form a prolific stop line. McCann led Class B in points (60), Bertolini led in goals (28) and Nelson was top seven in both categories.

York beat Brunswick, 6-2, five days ago, scoring two short-handed goals in 27 seconds early in the third.

“We lost 6-2 and we played a horrible game. We felt if we played our game we were going to give them a run for their money tonight,” said Brunswick Coach Mike Misner.

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