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John Stark-Hopkinton upsets Berlin in OT to claim hockey championship

John Stark-Hopinton's goalie Connor McDonald gets a hug from his teammate Thomas Zervos after they won the Division III boys' hockey championship, March 9, 2013 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

John Stark-Hopinton's goalie Connor McDonald gets a hug from his teammate Thomas Zervos after they won the Division III boys' hockey championship, March 9, 2013 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

MANCHESTER – Simon Hunter picked off a pass, took a couple of strides and sent the puck crashing into the top of the net, popping the goalie’s water bottle into the air and popping off a wild celebration behind the net.

The senior’s goal with 3:30 remaining in overtime gave the John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey team a 3-2 victory over top-ranked and previously undefeated Berlin in the Division III title game yesterday and brought the Generals the first hockey championship in the program’s history.

Come back later for more, and check out the Sunday Monitor sports section for complete coverage.

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