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Concord girls’ hockey team loses season opener to Bishop Guertin

  • Jess Carroll of Concord attempts a goal against Chloe Aiken of Bishop Guertin in the girls' hockey season opener.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Jess Carroll of Concord girls' hockey defends the puck from Chloe Aiken (left) and Grace Linnehan in their season opener against Bishop Guertin.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Isabel Stoddard of Concord races Brittany Lavasseur of  Bishop Guertin to the puck in the girls' hockey season opener.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

It wasn’t the start the Concord High girls’ hockey team was hoping for.

Before the Tide could get on the board, Bishop Guertin’s Brianna Bermingham had a natural hat trick. And before the game was over, the Cardinals’ Vickey Shaw added a hat trick of her own.

In the end, BG avenged last year’s quarterfinal overtime loss to Concord, winning last night’s season opener, 7-2.

“I told (goalie) Arielle (Berger) she played well. It’s tough when you have defensemen who’ve never played D. It’s tough to get upset,” Concord Coach Stacy Boudrias said. “We need to learn from our mistakes and try to correct them in practice.”

Forced to use forwards on defense because of a lack of numbers, Concord got caught out of position several times in the early going, and each time Bermingham made the Tide play. Twice in the first period and again 23 seconds into the second, Brooke Person set up Bermingham for a 3-0 lead. BG scored twice more in the first five minutes of the middle frame and just like that it was 5-0, even though Concord was outshooting the Cardinals at the time.

“I’m happy with the 23 shots,” Boudrias said. “I told them that’s a good goalie. We’ll get the first shot, she’ll stop it, but we need to be there for the second shot.”

Those second efforts finally paid dividends at 8:31 of the second period when Annie Mullen poked in the rebound after initial attempts from Jess Carroll and Kate Dasey. With Meg Ficarra, Isabel Stoddard and Elizabeth Donlon pushing the play, Concord tried to scrap its way back in.

The Tide pulled within 5-2 in the opening minutes of the third period when Carroll converted on the power play after a nice pass from Charly Hoadley.

But when Guertin tacked on two final goals, it was too much to overcome.

Boys’ hockey

Concord 3, Nashua North 2

Braden Smith’s two-goal effort lifted the Tide (1-0) over the Titans (0-1) in the season opener.

Smith’s first goal came 5:49 into the second period off assists from Harrison Murphy and Tim Weinhold. Smith then scored the game-winner with an unassisted goal with 3:30 remaining in the game. Murphy sandwiched in a goal early in the third period off an Adam Godbout pass.

Austin Judd turned aside 26 shots in net for the win.

Concord will take on Salem in its home opener on Wednesday.

Bow 5, Pembroke-Campbell 1

Chris Fournier and Derek Tillotson each scored two goals, including one each in the first period, to give Bow (1-0) a quick start and the win in its season opener against Pembroke-Campbell (0-1).

Bow scored three goals in the first period and led 5-0 before Jonathan Donaghey put Pembroke-Campbell on the board with six minutes left in the game.

Tillotson tallied an assist to go with his two goals, while Michael Fanaras (goal, assist), Jake Rand (two assists), Griffin Connor (two assists) and Matt Murray (one assist) also contributed to the Falcons’ scoring. Connor Simpson made 14 saves in net.

Despite allowing five goals, netminder Nick Berube made 37 saves for a great effort, while Marcus Bessette assisted on the lone Pembroke-Campbell goal.

Boys’ basketball

concord christian 42,
Moultonborough 35

Down by one point at halftime, the Kingsmen (2-1) buckled down on defense and caused numerous turnovers and came up with several steals en route to their second win of the season.

Nick Peters (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Jeremiah Boulter (16 points, five steals) paced the Kingsmen offense. Jesse Kelley (five points, seven assists) controlled the tempo at the point guard position.

Matt Johnson was a force on defense, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots.

Raymond 72,
Hillsboro-Deering 47

The Hillcats fell to 0-2 after a road loss at Raymond (1-2). No other details were reported.

Pittsfield 67, Hinsdale 47

Tyler Booth put together an excellent all-around game with 20 points and 14 rebounds as he led Pittsfield (2-0) to a dominating victory over Hinsdale (1-1). Elias Doucette had an equally impressive showing as he dropped 16 points and led the team with nine assists.

The Panthers went up by eight points after the first quarter, but Hinsdale stayed close heading into halftime by drilling five 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Pittsfield continued strong play in the second half and pulled away early in the fourth and cruised to the victory.

Girls’ Basketball

hillsboro-Deering 46,
Raymond 32

The Hillcats (2-2) responded to Raymond’s second-quarter rally by outscoring the Rams (0-4) 18-6 in the third quarter to secure the win.

After falling behind 16-6 to start the game, Raymond went on a 10-0 run to end the first half, capped by 45-50 foot heave by leading scorer Amanda McGee (game-high 18 points) at the buzzer to tie it at 16.

The Hillcats started the second half with a 6-0 run and went on to control the third quarter. Hannah Pepper (14 points) and Miranda Dyer (eight points) each scored six points in the third to lead the charge. Pepper and Mary Grace Bartoldus each had eight boards, while Erin DeLacy (six points) was also key in applying defensive pressure on the Rams.

Coach Bill Warnken also credited his team with its best free-throw shooting of the season.

Moultonborough 46,
concord christian 30

The Lady Kingsmen (1-4) had a strong first half but was outscored in the third quarter to fall to undefeated Moultonborough (3-0).

Lauren McLaughlin led the team with 15 points. Kendra Jarvis had 11 points, while Hannah Revitsky added two points and 10 rebounds. Kaity Purtell (two points) and Emily Purtell played well off the bench.

hinsdale 30, PITTSFIELD 21

The Panthers (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season after scoring only five points in the second half. The Pacers improved to 5-0.

Brooke Vien led Pittsfield with eight points, while Sage Anthony chipped in with six points.

Wrestling

concord 57, keene 12

Freshman Austin Lavoy won his first career varsity start against last year’s D-I 285-pound fifth-place finisher as the Crimson Tide (2-0) defeated Keene.

Lavoy, Ian Wagner (138), Vinny Benincasa (152), Nick Engel (160), Merrick VanHoesen (182) and Travis Reyes (220) all won by pin. Connor Stadnicki (106), Darren Gero (132) and Ben Nawn (145) all won by decision. Sean Hall (113) and Dan Losacano (126) won by forfeit.

John Stark 61, Newport 17

John Stark 9, Kearsarge 6

Nick Widmann won two bouts, one by major decision and one by decision, to lead John Stark over Newport, Kearsarge and Fall Mountain.

Against Newport, Deric Farris (106, forfeit), John Wilcox (113, pin), Codi Gaudreau (120, pin), Josh Vaillancourt (126, decision), Widmann (132, major decision), Greg LoFaro (138, pin), Andy Hewey (152, forfeit), Jacob Bumford (160, pin), Tyler Willey (170, pin), Alex Lavalliere (182, pin) and Kellan Brien (195, pin) were all victorious.

Kearsarge had only two wrestlers, but had a win from Robert Smith, who pinned Brien in the 195 bout. Widmann beat Lucas Beltz of Kearsarge by decision in the 132 bout. Terry Zervos (145, forfeit) was credited with a win.

Fall Mountain only had a single wrestler, but Lavailliere and Brien won by forfeit.

Coach Bill Walton was pleased with his senior-laden team’s win, but also stated that “we’ve got our work cut out for us and have things to fix before we face Plymouth.”

Winnisquam 39, Souhegan 36

In a match that came down to literally the biggest bout of the night, Tyler Labonte came up huge for Winnisquam (1-1), winning the heavyweight match by a score of 5-2 to give the Bears the victory over Souhegan (0-2).

Winnisquam wrestled hard all night, and it worked out in the end as the Bears won seven bouts, five of them by forfeit. Logan Patten won his bout in the 106-pound division by pin. The winners by forfeit were Christian Duquette, Jesse Duquette, Riley Campbell, Rich Mills and Tyler Swain.

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