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High schools: Herrington leads Brady-Trinity-West girls’ hockey to 7-5 win



Monitor staff
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

HOOKSETT – The only thing that could slow down Sydney Herrington on Tuesday was herself.

The senior forward for the Bishop Brady-Trinity-West girls’ hockey team was a force. Herrington barely came off the ice, scored four goals – three of which gave the Giant Pioneers the lead – and showed off her play-making skills with a pair of timely assists in Tuesday’s 7-5 win over Oyster River-Portsmouth.

But with 3:14 to play at Tri-Town Ice Arena, Herrington took an unwanted breather. A checking call sent her to the penalty box and shorthanded Brady was left to defend a one-goal lead with its star player sitting on the bench.

That’s where the rest of the team stepped up.

Playing in her first full varsity game, goalie Emily Senko refused to allow anything past her in the closing minutes and Lauren Trippiedi made sure there would be no comeback when she clanked an empty-net goal off the post and in with 1:15 to go.

“That was huge. That’s the type of muster we need to have,” Brady coach Dan Earley said.

“We really had to instill in the girls like ‘You’re playing defense right now. You have to be confident, hold the puck and don’t throw it away,’ ” Giant Pioneers assistant coach Megan Servaes said. “And they did. They did a really good job of picking up sticks in front of the net and really just got down to the basics.”

Keeping it simple at the end helped Brady capture its third straight win to open the season, while also providing a confidence boost in beating an opponent the caliber of Oyster River-Portsmouth.

“This is my seventh year and every year we play each other it’s a one-goal battle like this,” Earley said. “So that was good. That was the best thing that could happen to our team because we hadn’t played at that level.”

Coming off a 20-0 victory over ConVal-Conant, the Giant Pioneers received a wake-up call in the first period.

The Bobcats scored three times from three different players (Laura Dreher, Anna Mazza, Lilli Poitras) before the period was even halfway through and the Giant Pioneers’ defensive lines were having a hard time keeping up.

But Brady was able to stay in it thanks to its offensive firepower. Trippiedi (two goals) and Herrington each notched a goal to pull within one, and the defense bounced back over the next two periods to allow the Giant Pioneers to get back to even in a flash.

“We’re trying to get the second and third lines and second defensive line up to speed where they can play against first lines and it’s tough,” Earley said. “If you have a defense that’s mainly freshmen and they’ve never seen speed like that, those girls are fast.”

The Giant Pioneers are fortunate to have two quality goalies to clean things up when defense breaks down, and that’s exactly what Senko was able to do.

Senko piled up 30 saves, snuffed out breakaway after breakaway and limited the Bobcats to a single goal in a critical third period that the teams entered tied, 4-4.

“She had a ton of 2-on-0’s, not even breakaways, and she got unlucky on a couple of them but she stopped like three of them and that’s pretty impressive,” Servaes said.

With Senko doing her thing in goal, the trio of Trippiedi, Herrington and Mary Anne Wiley (goal, three assists) took over for Brady in the final period.

Herrington opened the period with a breakaway goal, taking a pass from Wiley and skating right down the middle of the ice before depositing it in the net past Sallie Squire (27 saves) for a 5-4 lead. The Bobcats responded moments later when Tory Liebel made a defender miss and turned a 1-on-1 chance into the equalizer, but it was again Herrington making things happen late.

With 4:56 remaining, Herrington poked the puck loose near the red line, raced down the ice and put a nifty move on Squire before wristing in the eventual game-winning goal.

It was the top three players on their last legs coming through late in the clutch. Nothing new for the Giant Pioneers.

“Their endurance and athleticism is unreal,” Servaes said. “I couldn’t even imagine playing a whole game like that, but they want it and they want to stay out there.”

The contest was the first of a three-game homestand for Brady-Trinity-West, which hosts Manchester Central on Jan. 9 before welcoming Bedford the following day.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

BOYS’ HOCKEY

St. Thomas 9, Bow 2

Key players: Bow – Jason Howe (38 saves), Ben Tobeler (goal), Ryan Tobeler (assist), Corey Shore (goal), Devin Perry (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The game was tied at 2-2 late in the second period, and then the Saints scored to take a 3-2 lead, and all the momentum, into the third period.

Coach’s quote: “We played our best two periods in the first and second tonight, but in the third period we ran out of gas and St. Thomas took advantage of the mistakes we made and we had no answer for it. Jason Howe played his tail off and kept us in the game as long as he could. I know 9-2 doesn’t look like it, but our goalie played very well tonight.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: St. Thomas 4-0; Bow 1-4

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Kennett 50, Coe-Brown 33

Key players: Coe-Brown – Ahna McCusker (7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists in 2 quarters), Val White (15 points)

Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown held an eight-point lead in the second quarter when McCusker went down with an injury and had to leave the game. After that, the Bears were out of sync and Kennett’s experience took over.

Coach’s quote: “We aren’t use to playing without Ahna. When she went down that was a pretty big shock to our system. I did like what I saw from all our players as they still fought for the win.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 1-4; Kennett 4-1

Lebanon 63, Kearsarge 34

Key players: Kearsarge – Livia Hernon (8 points), Meg Roy (6 points), Madi Courser (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: Lebanon set a quick pace early and led the Cougars by 13 at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “They (Lebanon) make you play so fast and that’s not our comfort zone.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Lebanon 5-1; Kearsarge 2-2

Goffstown 53, Pembroke 43

Key players: Pembroke – Ciera Clark (8 points, 7 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans got a spark from their bench in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback on the road.

Coach’s quote: “We need to clean up our offense. The looks are there and now we need to finish them. Our bench provided a spark at the end of the game that we need to carry into next week.” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 2-3; Goffstown 2-4

Mascoma 66, Hillsboro-Deering 23

Key players: H-D – Halie Hurd (11 points), Morgan Racine (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats hung close in the first quarter, trailing 13-7 after one. but Mascoma scored 25 in the second quarter to create a cushion it would not relinquish.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to score the ball again tonight. We put in a lot of work over break and unfortunately it didn’t transfer over to the game today.” H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: H-D 0-7; Mascoma 2-5

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 60, Kennett 49

Key players: Coe-Brown – Luke McCusker (17 points), Scott Spenard (14 points, 6 deflections), Kyshaun Rowell (10 points, 4 assists), Brendan Eaton (8 points, 10 rebounds), Albert Lapiejko (2 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: McCusker and Spenard combined to score 13 points in the first quarter as the Bears raced out to a 23-11 lead after one on their home court. The Eagles cut the lead to 31-23 by halftime, but they never got much closer than that in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We had a solid night rebounding, good balance on offense and our defense was good at times.” – Coe-Brown’s David Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 2-0; Kennett 0-3

John Stark 54, ConVal 51

Key players: John Stark – Chase Patterson (11 points), Christian Barr (11 points), Parker McQuarrie (9 points, 14 rebounds), Kyle Hagman (8 points, 4 assists), Aaron Bergeron (7 points, 11 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals held a 36-31 lead going into the fourth quarter and pushed that lead up to 11 points in the final frame, but they missed some free throws down the stretch and ConVal hit four 3-pointers in the fourth to make things interesting. Barr hit a big 3 late in the game and Bergeron added an important bucket as well as Stark held on for the road win.

Coach’s quote: “Credit to our kids, they had the character to hang in there even though they missed some free throws and made some questionable decisions with the ball. ... ConVal is a tough team, they move the ball well and play hard, but we were able to capitalize inside against them.” – Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: John Stark 2-1; ConVal 1-2

Pembroke Academy 54,
Goffstown 52

Key players: Pembroke – Jake Sherman (21 points), Noah Cummings (13 points, solid all-around game), Sean Menard (10 points), Shae Shackford (6 points, rebounding), Jack Lehoullier (defense, rebounding), Tyler Smith (defense, rebounding)

Highlights/key moments: After a late-arriving bus and a sluggish start, Pembroke held a 25-22 lead at halftime and pushed that lead to as many as 11 points in the third quarter. But the gritty and physical Grizzlies got to within four, 39-35, by the end of the third and things stayed tight throughout the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “We did a good job responding to their run and ran some good offense in the fourth quarter, but we’ve got to work on our delay game.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 2-1; Goffstown 0-3

Lebanon 54, Kearsarge 50

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Tremblay (33 points), Ben Call (6 points), Kyle Hernon (4 points, 14 rebounds), Joe Storozuk (5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists), Nolan Grant (valuable minutes off the bench)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge was playing without senior stars Tayler Mattos and Tommy Johnson, who were suspended from the team for 10 days for violating team policies, and the Cougars trailed the visiting Raiders by 12, 40-28, heading into the fourth. But Tremblay poured in 18 of his 33 in the final quarter to lead an inspired comeback that fell just short.

Coach’s quote: “I was so proud of our guys because they battled all night.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 3-1; Lebanon 4-0

Monadnock 79, Franklin 44

Key players: Franklin – Jayden Torres (23 points); Monadnock – Joe Minson (25 points)

Highlights/key moments: Monadnock opened a 25-7 first quarter lead with Torres on the bench (coach’s decision) and a 41-18 lead by halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play very well all around. Fifteen turnovers in the first half and bad shot selections didn’t help, either. I thought the boys gave a better effort in the second half, but the game was out of hand early. Monadnock was really effective with their size and took advantage of our mistakes.” – Franklin’s Mike Donnell

Records: Franklin 0-4; Monadnock 4-2