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High Schools: Concord can’t make great start hold up, falls to Pinkerton in first round

  • Bradley Sargent of Concord pushes the puck past Dominic Corsetto of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Bradley Sargent of Concord pushes the puck past Dominic Corsetto of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • works to maintain control of the puck against Ryan Day of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    works to maintain control of the puck against Ryan Day of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Bradley Sargent of Concord pushes the puck past Dominic Corsetto of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • works to maintain control of the puck against Ryan Day of Pinkerton in the Division 1 boys' hockey first round; Wednesday; February 27, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

HOOKSETT – Adam Godbout streaked down the middle of the ice, collected a pass from Braden Smith as he crossed the blue line and broke in on Matt Marchman, beating the Pinkerton goalie low for his third goal just 76 seconds into the second period. Godbout’s hat trick gave Concord a 3-1 lead in yesterday’s Division I boys’ hockey first-round game at the Ice Den.

It couldn’t get much better for the upset-minded Tide.

It would, however, get much worse.

Concord, the No. 10 seed, outworked, outskated and outplayed the No. 7 Astros for most of the first two periods. But Pinkerton scored twice in the final 72 seconds of the middle frame to take a 4-3 lead, then added another 33 seconds into the third … and another five minutes later … and another a minute and a half after that for its sixth straight goal, turning the game into a runaway. The 8-4 final sends Pinkerton (11-8-0) into Saturday’s quarterfinals against No. 2 Manchester Central. Concord’s season comes to a disappointing end at 6-11-2.

“For two periods we played great. … We were playing smart, putting the puck in the right spots,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “It’s just how our season has gone. Too many breakdowns in front of the net.”

The Tide came out flying, winning nine of 11 faceoffs in the opening period, beating Pinkerton to the puck and playing with an urgency that had been missing at times this season.

The hard work paid off just 41∕2 minutes in, when defenseman Colin Stevens sent a long breakout pass from his own defensive zone to Godbout, who split the Pinkerton defense, broke in alone and beat Marchman (24 saves) to the bottom left corner of the net. The Astros responded just a minute later, however, on a nearly identical play, with Ryan Christie sending Dominic Corsetto in on a breakaway. Corsetto slipped the puck under Tide goalie Ben Nelson (15 saves) for a 1-1 game.

Concord owned the rest of the period, outshooting the Astros, 13-3, and grabbing the lead 17 seconds before the buzzer on Godbout’s second goal. Breaking in on a 2-on-1, Mitchell Hayes placed a perfect pass from the top of the right circle onto Godbout’s stick on the left, and Godbout flicked the puck in for a 2-1 lead. The Tide didn’t slow down after the break, either, with Godbout completing his hat trick just 1:16 into the second after Stevens worked the puck up ice to Smith, who found Godbout for the 3-1 lead.

“He can score,” Walsh said of the junior winger. “And he could have had more.”

Despite holding the Astros to just 10 shots through the first two periods, Pinkerton broke through with three goals in the final 6:10 of the second. Steve Leonard made it a one-goal game when his shot from the left point glanced off the inside of the far post and in. Devin Moore tied it with a backhanded flip from the slot, and with much havoc in front of the Tide crease, Connor Brady slid the puck through a sea of skates for a 4-3 Pinkerton lead seven seconds before the period ended.

“The first two periods were as good as we’ve played all year,” Walsh said. “At the end of the second, it felt like we should have been winning because of how well we played.”

Those good feelings didn’t last. Brady made it 5-3 just 33 seconds into the third, taking Leonard’s shot off the back boards and scoring from the far post. Ethan Landry made it 6-3 on a tough angled shot from the bottom of the left circle, and Corsetto scored on the power play, slicing past three defenders and roofing the puck for a 7-3 lead.

Harrison Murphy got one back for the Tide when he pounced on a rebound of his own shot with 5:56 to play, but Pinkerton went 2-for-2 on the power play when Ryan Day scored two minutes later for the final margin.

“It was a frustrating season,” Walsh said. “But we played hard today; I thought that was a positive. We just had too many breakdowns.”

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

D-III BOYS’ BASKETBALL

No. 16 Farmington 68,
No. 17 Winnisquam 62, OT

The Bears (7-12) trailed after every quarter before finally taking a late lead, only to see the Tigers (8-11) tie the game with nine seconds left to force overtime in a first-round game on Tuesday night. From there Farmington took charge, outscoring Winnisquam 14-8 in the extra period to advance to the second round against top-ranked Berlin.

Senior guard Tommy Mahoney was huge in his final game, scoring all 19 of his points after halftime to lead the Bears offense.

“He gave us a chance to win,” said Bears Coach Kevin Dame, whose team improved from two to seven wins in his second year at the helm.

Freshman Christian Serrano (15 points) and junior Sean Buxton (seven points) contributed offensively.

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