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Concord boys, Brady-Trinity girls prevail in hockey rivalry

  • Concord's Adam Godbout looks for an opening as Bishop Brady forward Andrew Chorlian defends during the Crimson Tide's 2-1 victory over their intra-city rivals last night. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Adam Godbout looks for an opening as Bishop Brady forward Andrew Chorlian defends during the Crimson Tide's 2-1 victory over their intra-city rivals last night.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's senior forward Adam Godbout was responsible for both of his team's goals as Bishop Brady boys' hockey hosted Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Concord beat Bishop Brady 2–1.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord's senior forward Adam Godbout was responsible for both of his team's goals as Bishop Brady boys' hockey hosted Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Concord beat Bishop Brady 2–1.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Brady-Trinity's Stephanie Snow charges to the net in the third period to score one of multiple goals for her team as Brady-Trinity girls' hockey hosts Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Brady-Trinity's Stephanie Snow charges to the net in the third period to score one of multiple goals for her team as Brady-Trinity girls' hockey hosts Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • The Concord girls' hockey team ends the game with a cheer despite losing to Brady-Trinity at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    The Concord girls' hockey team ends the game with a cheer despite losing to Brady-Trinity at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Adam Godbout looks for an opening as Bishop Brady forward Andrew Chorlian defends during the Crimson Tide's 2-1 victory over their intra-city rivals last night. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's senior forward Adam Godbout was responsible for both of his team's goals as Bishop Brady boys' hockey hosted Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Concord beat Bishop Brady 2–1.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Brady-Trinity's Stephanie Snow charges to the net in the third period to score one of multiple goals for her team as Brady-Trinity girls' hockey hosts Concord at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • The Concord girls' hockey team ends the game with a cheer despite losing to Brady-Trinity at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, December 21, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

It was a win-win, despite there being a winner and loser.

Both the Concord High and Bishop Brady boys’ hockey teams came into last night’s annual holiday showdown desperate for a win. And while Concord (1-2) got its Christmas wish – a 2-1 victory over its crosstown rival – Brady (0-2) left Everett Arena not overly disappointed despite the loss.

“We made it interesting,” said Brady Coach Randy Manni, whose team pulled within a goal late in the game and nearly sent it to overtime. “… We can use this as a good way to go into the break. It gives us some momentum.”

It was as much about momentum as relief for Concord.

“We needed a win big time, whether it was pretty or not,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “And we played better tonight. We played smarter.”

The Concord win gave the schools a split last night in the girls-boys doubleheader. Bishop Brady-Trinity beat Concord, 6-3, in the girls’ game.

As plentiful as goals were in the girls’ opener of the hockey twinbill, they were scarce in the nightcap, thanks to some solid defense from Concord’s Tim Weinhold, Hagan Otto and Michael Shea and Brady’s Spenser Sloane and Derek Drouin, as well as outstanding goaltending from Concord’s Ben Nelson (21 saves) and Brady’s Kyle Jalbert (38 saves).

Five minutes into the game, Bradley Murphy sent in Adam Godbout on a mini-breakaway, but Jalbert made the save. Two minutes later, Godbout worked a give-and-go with Sam Tardiff on a 2-on-1, but Tardiff’s return pass skimmed just out of Godbout’s reach. And two minutes after that, Godbout once again broke in alone on a feed from Murphy, but Jalbert got just a piece of the puck to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

“There’s frustration, but you’ve got to keep going after that. There’s plenty more opportunities,” Godbout said.

And the next opportunity followed quickly, and this time Godbout made it count.

The Tide senior worked the puck down low to Murphy, continued toward goal and received the pass back in the slot before roofing the puck for a 1-0 lead with 3:53 to play in the opening period.

“You kind of loosen up after that,” Godbout said. “We were working the puck around pretty well.”

Godbout kept the momentum on the Tide’s side in the second period, scoring just 17 seconds in. Conner Beatty found Godbout entering the offensive zone with speed, and Godbout flipped the puck over Jalbert for a 2-0 lead.

“I think our team did a great job not letting down mentally,” Manni said. “It’s an emotional game, and we tell them not to get too high and not to get too low. It was good that we were able to keep them to no goals after that one.”

The Green Giants, sparked by Andrew Chorlian and Byron Welch, nearly cut their deficit in half early in the third period, but Nelson made a pair of back-to-back saves under heavy pressure in front. Then, with Nelson holding the post to his left, the puck bounded through the crease with an open back side of the net, but no one was there to connect.

Brady did break through with 3:55 to play. Welch collected a pass from Richie Rosato, beat one defender, then curled through the left circle and scored top shelf to make it 2-1. And in the final minute, with Jalbert pulled for an extra skater, Sloane pinged one off the crossbar, and Brandon Starkweather had a point-blank shot by the left post, but Nelson smothered it to preserve the win.

“He looked pretty comfortable,” Walsh said of Nelson, who was making his first start of the season. “And we played much better with the puck in our own end.

“To not win tonight would have been tough.”

GIRLS

Bishop Brady-Trinity 6, Concord 3

A blizzard of offense from Bishop Brady-Trinity’s Stephanie Snow changed the complexion of the game in a hurry.

Concord had taken a 1-0 lead late in the first, but Snow and Co. turned that around in a hurry after the break.

“It was just don’t let them get the momentum going, shut them down,” Snow said of the talk in the Brady-Trinity locker room between periods.

So with the middle frame less than a minute old, Snow corralled the puck, curled through the left circle past a Concord defender, cut through the slot and stuffed the puck between Concord goalie Amandaline Tibbals and the right post to tie the game at 1-1. Colleen Earley and Ann Margaret Disciscio assisted.

Just more than three minutes later, with the Giant Pioneers on the power play, Snow was at it again, this time scoring on a deflection in front with Earley once again assisting for the go-ahead goal.

Another four minutes went by, and this time Snow and Disciscio set up Arianna Harris, who saucered the puck under the blocker of a diving Tibbals. Harris scored her second goal with one second left in the period, again assisted by Snow, and Brady-Trinity turned a one-goal deficit to start the frame into a three-goal lead entering the final period en route to its first win of the season.

“We’re definitely looking to push it offensively,” said Snow, who had a part in every Brady-Trinity score with four goals and two assists. “We want to always get shots on net, pressure the goalie.”

It took Snow all of 1:46 into the third to complete her hat trick, with Disciscio notching her third assist. This time Concord responded, with Aelin Shea stuffing a point shot from Elizabeth Donlon under goalie Sarah Plourde (19 saves) to make it 5-2.

Annie Mullen beat a Brady defender 1-on-1 then flicked in a backhander to pull the Tide within two goals, 5-3, with 3:37 to play, but Snow concluded her career game with a goal less than a minute later, with Disciscio lending her fourth assist.

Emily Scheer (from Samantha Schecter) scored the Tide’s first goal, and Tibbals kept the game within reach for Concord, making 29 saves.

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

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