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Concord beats Brady, but it isn’t pretty

  • Concord players celebrate after Mitchell Hayes scored the first goal for the team in the game against Bishop Brady on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Concord players celebrate after Mitchell Hayes scored the first goal for the team in the game against Bishop Brady on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.

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  • Bishop Brady's Zach Frament slides the puck away from Concord in the game between the schools on December 22, 2012 at Everett Arena. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Bishop Brady's Zach Frament slides the puck away from Concord in the game between the schools on December 22, 2012 at Everett Arena. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.

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  • Bishop Brady's Brandon Brack has his shot at the goal deflected by Concord defenders between the schools on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Bishop Brady's Brandon Brack has his shot at the goal deflected by Concord defenders between the schools on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.

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  • Concord players celebrate after Mitchell Hayes scored the first goal for the team in the game against Bishop Brady on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Bishop Brady's Zach Frament slides the puck away from Concord in the game between the schools on December 22, 2012 at Everett Arena. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Bishop Brady's Brandon Brack has his shot at the goal deflected by Concord defenders between the schools on December 22, 2012. Concord defeated Brady 3-1.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

It was close enough to throw a scare into Concord. It was lopsided enough not to have.

The Crimson Tide (2-0-1) dominated last night’s annual pre-Christmas showdown with crosstown rival Bishop Brady, outshooting the Green Giants, 42-10. But Brady (0-5-0) hung around and used an inspired effort from goalie Chandler Peterson (39 saves) to keep the game within reach before falling, 3-1.

Despite the victory, Concord Coach Dunc Walsh was none too pleased.

“We were so sloppy. I don’t care if we had 40 shots,” said Walsh, whose team ended Brady’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry and improved its lead in series to 56-19-2. “We can’t take anybody lightly. If we don’t work our hardest, we’re not going to win many games. We were nonchalant, and our power play was dreadful.”

The Tide made good on just one of nine man advantages, but the one was a big one, with Mitchell Hayes scoring the go-ahead and eventual winning goal on a 5-on-3 advantage.

On the other bench, Brady Coach Randy Manni was quite happy with his squad, despite the loss.

“I’m really proud of the team, the way they stepped up in this type of game, a big rivalry,” Manni said. “… We really got on them in practice this week and told them to make it a street fight. And they played hard.”

They may have taken the coach’s words a bit too literally, however. The Giants took seven penalties in the first period alone and finished the game with more penalties (14) than shots (10).

But the Tide had trouble converting its chances. Concord’s first goal came four seconds after a power play had expired, when Hayes scored the first of his two goals at 10:05 of the opening period. After Adam Godbout stickhandled through the defense and behind the net, he found Hayes near the crease, and Hayes tucked the puck low to the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead. Concord outshot Brady, 21-4, in the opening period, but came away with just a one-goal lead.

“When they give you that many power plays, you should put the game away,” said Walsh, whose team clanged the post three times in the second period.

A Tide power play resulted in Brady’s lone goal on the shorthand late in the second. Brendan Brack intercepted an errant pass near center ice, carried the puck into the Concord zone with a Tide player hanging at his heels, drew goalie Ben Nelson (nine saves) to his stick side, then deposited the puck to the far side to tie the game at 10:44.

Less than three minutes later, however, Concord regained the lead for good. Six seconds into a two-man advantage, Colin Stevens swung a point-to-point pass to Godbout, who fired a shot on goal. Peterson made the initial save, but Hayes popped in the rebound for a 2-1 lead.

In the third period, with Brady forced to shorten its bench due to injuries, Concord took control. Braden Smith worked the puck to Harrison Murphy for a shot high in the slot. Peterson again made the initial save, but this time Austin Erickson stuffed the rebound 5-hole for an insurance goal with 9:13 to play.

“You can’t get a ton of shots when you’re on the PK that much,” Manni said. “But our goalie kept us in the game. He played very well. With that shot differential, it could have been a lot different score.”

(Sandy Smith can be reached at 369-3339 or ssmith@cmonitor.com.)

Concord 3, Bishop Brady 1

Brady (0-5-0) 0 1 0 – 1

Concord (2-0-1) 1 1 1 – 3

First period – 1, Concord, Mitchell Hayes (Adam Godbout), 10:05. Penalties – Mike St. Pierre, Bra (holding), 4:08; Tim Weinhold, Con (roughing), 7:37; Zach Frament, Bra (roughing), 7:37; Harrison Murphy, Con (roughing), 7:37; Craig Hering, Bra (roughing), 7:37; Thomas Palangas, Bra (high-sticking), 8:01; Casey Anderson, Bra (tripping), 10:25; Palangas, Bra (tripping), 13:20; Frament, Bra (roughing), 14:58; Hayes, Con (roughing), 14:58.

Second period – 2, Brady, Brendan Brack (unassisted), 10:44 (sh). 3, Concord, Hayes (Godbout, Colin Stevens), 13:26 (5-on-3). Penalties – Michael Shea, Con (tripping), 0:52; Stevens, Con (roughing), 8:53; Shelby Herrington, Bra (roughing), 8:53; Spenser Sloane, Bra (charging), 8:53; Anderson, Bra (tripping), 12:03; St. Pierre, Bra (cross-checking), 13:03.

Third period – 4, Concord, Austin Erickson (Murphy, Braden Smith), 5:47. Penalties – St. Pierre, Bra (charging), 6:13; Erickson, Con (high-sticking), 6:48; Stevens, Con (charging), 8:04; Stevens, Con (tripping), 11:02; Hering, Bra (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:02; Brandon Starkweather, Bra (tripping), 13:53; Hayes, Con (roughing), 14:31.

Shots on goal – Brady 4-4-2–10. Concord, 21-11-10–42.

Power-play opportunities – Brady 0 of 3; Concord 1 of 9.

Goalies – Brady, Chandler Peterson (42 shots, 39 saves). Concord, Ben Nelson (10-9).

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