High schools: John Stark-Hopkinton hockey team moving on up with OT win
Hopkinton's Emma Oullette races down the slope in the Capital Cup Alpine Ski race on Wednesday afternoon, January 29, 2014 at Proctor Academy in Andover.
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Pembroke's Edward Miner skis down the course during the Capital Cup Alpine Ski race at Proctor Academy on Wednesday afternoon, January 29, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
A snap shot 3:06 into overtime moved the John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey team from sixth place in Division III into a tie for fifth and just one point out of fourth place.
It was a satisfying night for the defending champion Generals, who took a two-game losing skid into yesterday’s matchup with Portsmouth and ended it with a 5-4 overtime victory.
“This is a good win,” Stark-Hopkinton Coach Denis Kolehmainen said. “This puts us over the .500 mark, it’s a big win for us.”
Goals from Cal Loos and Peter Sawitsky gave the Generals (4-3-1) a 2-1 lead after the first period, but Portsmouth (4-3-1) came back to tie it, 3-3, after two. Then the Clippers snatched a 4-3 lead 6:53 into the third period.
It didn’t take long for Stark-Hopkinton to respond, however. Jake Blanchette, who scored the third goal, added his second of the game exactly a minute after Portsmouth had taken the lead, knotting the game at 4-4 and sending the teams to overtime for the second time this season. The Clippers and Generals had played to a 6-6 tie in the season opener.
This time, though, Kyle Kolehmainen made sure there would be a winner.
Taking a feed from Alex Lajeunesse, Kolehmainen snapped off a shot from the top of the right circle, glancing the puck off the post and in.
“It was a close game all the way through,” Coach Kolehmainen said.
It was a particularly strong effort from the Generals defense, which rotated just three players – Lajeunesse, Cooper Bourque and Justin Bowen – but limited the Clippers to 27 shots. Josh Gagne stopped 23 of those for the win in net.
Kolehmainen, Robbie Ferguson, Loos and Adrian McCarthy-Tiella had assists for the Generals.
BISHOP GUERTIN 8, BISHOP BRADY 1
Guertin outshot the Giants 49-16 en route to a one-sided affair. The Giants held tight after the first period, trailing just 2-1, but the wheels fell off after that.
Andrew Chorlian was the lone goal scorer for Brady (0-9), with assists coming from Byron Welch and Spenser Sloane. Goalie Andrew Yvars made 41 saves.
Belmont-Gilford 5, Kennett 2
Belmont-Gilford (10-0-0) struck early, saw Kennett (4-3-0) rally back within a goal, then answered quickly and decisively to remain undefeated with a solid road win.
Brogan Hurst gave the Bulldogs the lead on the first shot of the game, delivering a bomb that found its way past the Kennett keeper. Hurst scored again with 21 seconds left in the opening period, with assists from Jamie Gill and Daryll Cahill.
Dylan Treamer (from Will Mahoney and Christian Karagianis) boosted the lead to 3-0 early in the second period, but Kennett struck back, scoring twice in a span of 2 ½ minutes to pull within a goal.
“They didn’t have a shot in the period, then one little rush, they threw a bad-angle shot on net, and I think our goalie was sleeping because he didn’t have any action,” Bulldogs Coach Jay Londer said. “And Kennett’s a great team; they score in bunches. So they immediately start flying around, we took a penalty, and we go from dominating to being up by only a goal.”
But the Bulldogs took just 1:25 to answer, gaining a 5-on-3 and scoring twice in the final 70 seconds of the period to regain their three-goal cushion. Cahill got the first, on an assist from Gill, then Caleb Drouin found the back of the net with one second left. Mahoney assisted.
“To be able to rebound against a team like Kennett in the last minute and 10 seconds of the period is pretty huge,” Londer said. “It could have easily been 3-2 going into the third.”
Goalie Calvin Davis shut the door in the final frame, finishing with 15 saves for the Bulldogs.
KEARSARGE 2, CON-VAL 2, OT
In a back-and-forth game, the Cougars (1-5-1) and Con-Val (2-6-1) remained neck and neck at the end.
Kearsarge’s Ryan Beattie opened the scoring early in the second period, then Con-Val answered five minutes later to knot things up going into the third.
Caleb Cochran scored at the eight-minute mark, assisted by Jakob Arnold and Will Aufranc, to give the Cougars the lead in the third. Con-Val responded once again, scoring three minutes later to tie things up. The teams battled in overtime, but no one could end it. Goalie Cody Rowe was solid, making 34 saves.
“We were trading chances all game long,” Coach Michael Fisher said. “It was a good battle.”
Pelham-Windham 4, Laconia-Winnisquam 2
Playing up a division, Laconia-Winnisquam (2-6-0) hung tough with Pelham-Windham (7-3-0) but couldn’t quite pull off the upset. No details were reported.
BISHOP BRADY-TRINITY 5, BISHOP GUERTIN 4
Stephanie Snow scored with 43 seconds remaining to lift Bishop Brady-Trinity (4-4) over previously unbeaten Division I power Bishop Guertin.
“We played an all-around game tonight,” Coach Dan Earley said.
The game was tied 4-4 going into the third.
Snow and Melissa Houde led Brady-Trinity with two goals apiece, while Arianna Harris tallied one goal. Snow (two), Ann Margaret Disciscio and Athena Sirois provided assists. Goalie Sarah Plourde made 15 saves. Sirois and Stephanie Sloane played well defensively, while Megan Woodfin and Sophia Palangas were solid offensively.
The two teams play again Saturday.
Concord 44, Nashua South 19
Concord turned in a solid outing at Nashua, winning six matches by fall to improve to 14-3 overall, 10-1 in-state.
Freshman Jake Pickard got the start at 132 and won by fall, as did classmate Tyshawn Roberts at 220. Mitch Comeau took a loss at 170, but wrestled tough in a higher weight class than usual.
Other winners for the Tide were Mark Hoyt (fall at 113), Connor Stadnicki (5-0 at 126), Alex Kamau (fall at 138), Dan Lawrence (fall at 145), Ian Wagner (fall at 152) and George Tarwo (forfeit at 182).
Pelham 45, Bow 30
Though forfeits hurt the Falcons in the overall score, Bow won half of the matches that were contested on the mats.
Tony Roberts won the match of the night at 195 pounds, notching a pair of takedowns and an escape to beat a tough Pelham opponent, 5-2.
Brendan Mooney won a 5-4 decision at 126; Peter LaRiviere wrestled up a weight class and won by pin at 145; Eric Scott won by pin at 160; and Carl Frisbee won by forfeit at 138.
WINNISQUAM 61, FRANKLIN 12
It was a decisive performance for the Bears as they took control against the Golden Tornadoes.
For the Bears, Blake Duval, Christian Duquette, Richey Mills, DJ Aldridge, Tyler Field and Tristan Mulleavey each pinned their opponent. Kyle Bolduc, David Mclelland and Logan Patten won by forfeit, while Dakota Vantassel (major decision, 9-1) and Billy Chavanelle (decision) also won.
Danny Cummings and Patch Kaplan were the lone bright spots for the Tornadoes, each winning by pin.
Manchester Central 59, Concord 57, 2OT
Concord (1-8) was seconds away from its second victory of the season, but Central (5-5) drained a 3-pointer with time running out to force overtime.
After nothing was decided in the first OT, Central hit another trey with 30 seconds left. The Tide hit a free throw to pull within two, then got the rebound, but a desperation shot wouldn’t fall.
It was a tough ending after Concord scrapped its way back from an early 14-3 deficit. With a tightened defense and six points from Deb Morrill, Concord trimmed Central’s lead to six points at the half. Peyton Osgood canned a pair of 3-pointers and Janessa Luciano added one in the third quarter to pull the Tide within one, 33-32.
Cassidy Emerson led Concord with a double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds), while Morrill (eight rebounds) and Luciano (12 points) also scored in double figures. Nicole Jarry and Sydney McClellan provided strong defense inside for the Tide, while Roni Daniels and Steph Lazott provided valuable minutes off the bench.
Portsmouth 53, Pembroke 50
In a back-and-forth game between two of the top teams in Division II, Portsmouth (8-1) knocked down three late free throws to pull out the home victory over Pembroke (7-4).
The Spartans put together a strong first half, leading 27-21, but the Clippers turned things around after the break, grabbing their own six-point lead in the third quarter. Pembroke trailed by six with two minutes to play, but battled back to tie it, 50-50, with less than a minute to play before Portsmouth won it from the free throw line.
DERRYFIELD 33, PITTSFIELD 31, OT
The Panthers led 31-28 with 10 seconds left, but Derryfield hit a game-tying 3-pointer and then proceeded to shut out the Panthers in overtime.
Pittsfield led for the duration of the game until the last 10 seconds.
“Frustrating. Just frustrating,” Coach Steve Langevin said.
Brooke Vien led the offense with 12 points, while Katie Steeves added eight points.
MANCHESTER CENTRAL 88, CONCORD 49
The Tide (3-5) trailed 38-19 at halftime and couldn’t climb back into the game against undefeated Division I power Manchester Central (10-0).
Jacob Szulc led the Tide with 13 points, and Garrett Jewell added 10 points.
Winnisquam 66, Sanborn 52
Christian Serrano scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as Winnisquam (8-3) turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 14-point victory at Sanborn (4-5).
The Bears fell behind 21-19 after a quarter and 33-28 at the break, but a combination of stops and turnovers allowed them to get running in transition, and some easy looks gave them a 45-41 lead after three quarters.
Tucker Normand and Torrey Martinez each added 15 points in a balanced attack for Winnisquam. Sean Buxton added eight points, and Greg Hunt provided a spark off the bench in the second-half turnaround.
DERRYFIELD 75, PITTSFIELD 40
The Panthers (7-4) led 13-12 after the first quarter, but the remaining three quarters were ugly as the defense struggled in allowing 44 second-half points.
“Derryfield’s zone and size gave us fits,” Coach Jay Darrah said. “We turned into a jump-shooting team.”
Kris Perkins led the Panthers with 21 points and six rebounds. Cam Darrah and Xenthios Cyr added nine and eight points, respectively.