Rowe’s scoring outburst does the trick
Forward’s 3 goals help Kearsarge to first win
After three straight losses by a combined score of 27-5, the Kearsarge boys’ hockey team needed a lift in a big way.
Enter Tristan Rowe.
The sophomore forward netted a hat trick last night as the Cougars beat Portsmouth, 4-2, for their first win of the season. Both teams are now 1-3.
Portsmouth jumped to a 1-0 lead early in the first period to set the tone in the home team’s favor, but Kearsarge retaliated minutes later when Rowe scored his first of the game. Junior Will AuFranc assisted on the goal, and the Cougars never trailed again.
Kearsarge then took the lead early in the second period on a goal by AuFranc.
Despite the strong play of freshman defenseman Elliot Tucker, sophomore goaltender Nathan Thompson and the rest of the Kearsarge defense, Portsmouth was able to sneak in a goal to end the second period in a tie.
Kearsarge took control for good when a Portsmouth player was sent to the penalty box and Rowe and AuFranc went to work on the power play. Rowe finished things off to make it 3-2, then added an insurance tally for the 4-2 final.
Thompson finished the game with a 34 saves for the Cougars, who return to the ice for their next regular-season game on Jan. 2 against Con-Val.
After jumping to a huge lead, Pembroke-Campbell (2-2) survived a scare to defeat Winnacunnet, keeping the Warriors winless at 0-4.
With 6:09 left in the first period, the Warriors scored to go up, 1-0, but soon after that Pembroke-Campbell went on a five-goal spree to take a 5-1 lead after the first period.
Casey Gut, assisted by Kyle Rainville, opened the floodgates for Pembroke-Campbell at 6:00. Gutt then assisted Jon Donaghey at 5:36 to make it 2-1. Donaghey then assisted Cade LaCroix at 5:00 for a 3-1 lead. At 4:08, Donaghey and Mike White assisted Cam King, who scored again at 2:09. LaCroix and Troy Wallace assisted King’s second goal.
Winnacunnet allowed another Pembroke-Campbell goal before rallying. The Bears scored goals at 8:35, 5:54 and 3:57 of the second period and the score stood at 6-4 at the end of the period.
Winnacunnet scored once more with 7:56 left in the third, but couldn’t string together any more offense to overcome Pembroke-Campbell’s early lead.
Nick Berube made 40 saves for Pembroke-Campbell, while Morgan McGirl recorded 34 saves for Winnacunnet.
Bow 2, Dover 2, OT
The Falcons fought a close game to tie the Green Wave (3-1-0), putting their record at 2-1-0.
Dover scored first with 8:33 left in the first period, but Nate Corriveau tied it for Bow at 1-1 with 2:44 remaining, assisted by Derek Tillotson and Michael Fanaras.
Tillotson, assisted by Josh Lacasse, then put the Falcons on top with 3:37 left in the second period. Dover scored to tie the game at 2-2 with 5:05 left in regulation, and overtime proved scoreless for both teams.
For Bow, Connor Simpson made 31 saves in net.
Concord 4, Berlin-Gorham 3, OT
Annie Mullen completed her hat trick 1:13 into overtime to give Concord (1-1) its first victory of the season and hand Berlin-Gorham (3-1) its first loss.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest wins we’ll have all year, just for morale after that BG game,” Concord Coach Stacy Boudrias said, referring to the Tide’s 6-2 season-opening loss a week ago to Bishop Guertin.
Berlin-Gorham broke a scoreless deadlock with a pair of goals in the second period, but Mullen got one back with 32 seconds to play in the middle frame.
Midway through the third period, Meg Ficarra found Sarah Ek for a one-timer and her first varsity goal to tie it, but Berlin-Gorham went back on top 1:10 later.
Mullen was even quicker to respond for Concord, however, scoring the equalizer 12 seconds later. Mullen won the faceoff at center ice, picked up her own puck and snapped off a goal from the top of the circles. Concord went on the power play in overtime, and Mullen popped home the rebound of an Isabel Stoddard shot from the point for the winner.
Arielle Berger made 25 saves in net for the win.
The Crimson Tide had six wrestlers take first place in their respective weight class on its way to a first-place finish among the five-team field at the Keene Minckeillo Tournament.
Concord finished with 235.5 points to place ahead of Milford (224 points). Timberlane B (185), Exeter (169.5) and Keene (116) made up the rest of the pack.
The first-place wrestlers on the day for the Tide consisted of Connor Stadnicki (106 pounds), Brennan Haywood (126), Ben Nawn (145), Vinny Benincasa (152), Walters Ndi (195) and Travis Reyes (220).
Also placing for Concord were Sean Hall (113, second place), Dan Losacano (120, third), Austin Lavoy (285, third), Nate Engel (126, fourth), Nua Toy-Giles (152, fourth) and Merrick VanHoesen (182, fourth).
BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK
B.J. Smith had an impressive day for the Crimson Tide, winning both the 3,000- and 1,500-meter runs to lead Concord to 18 points, good for fifth behind Pinkerton (72.5), Manchester Memorial (36), Mt. Anthony (33) and Bishop Guertin (26) at Dartmouth. Merrimack Valley was 13th with seven points.
Smith took the 3,000 at 9:05.2 and the 1,500 at 4:15.4. George Feliz was third in the 55 hurdles at 8.1 seconds, while the 4x200 team of Feliz, Thomas O’Brien, Angel Feliz and Seimou Smith finished sixth.
Colin Phillips was sixth in the 3,000, Brendan Polichronopoulos was sixth in the 300 and Brandon McCoo was sixth in the 1,500 for the Pride.
Afternoon MEET at UNH
Winnacunnet (69), Portsmouth (65), Dover (32.5), Manchester West (28) and Hopkinton (23.5) finished in the top five at the afternoon session at UNh. Bishop Brady (19) finished seventh and Hillsboro-Deering (one) came in 13th.
For Hopkinton, Dom Repucci (10:02.20) placed second in the 3,000-meter run and Alex Bostic (1:34.40) took third in the 600 and fourth (5-2) in the high jump. Declan Campbell took fourth in the 1,5000 with a time of 4:45.70, and the 4x400 relay team placed second with a time of 3:42.7.
Brady’s Conor Harrison had stellar performances in the 300 (first, 39.0), 55 (third, 6.70) and long jump (fourth, 18-7). The 4x160 relay team of Harrison, Devon Sheehan, Nick Feltham and Chandler Robinson placed fourth with a time of 1:21.5.
Tyler Merrill was the lone scorer for Hillsboro-Deering, throwing the shot put 38-41∕4 for sixth place. Steven Whitney set a personal record in the shot put, and Sid Livingston ran well in both the 55 and the 300.
GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK
Smita Boesch-Dining’s personal best time in the 1,500 was good for second and helped lift the Crimson Tide to 25 points and fourth place behind Bishop Guertin (67.5), Mt. Anthony (42.5) and Hanover (32) at Dartmouth. Winnisquam was tied for eighth with 13, while Merrimack Valley tied for 10th with nine.
Boesch-Dining finished the 1,500 in 4:58.8, while Rebecca Massah was fourth in the 55 hurdles, Fredica Weah was fourth in the 55, Katharine Tebbits was fifth in the 1,000 and Hannah Orzechowski was sixth in the 600. The 4x400 relay team of Amanda Schoenfeld, Tebbits, Orzechowski and Boesch-Dining was third at 4:20.9.
Jaila Remillard won the high jump at 5 feet for Winnisquam, and she was also third in the long jump at 14-8.75 and fourth in the 300.
Mary Mullen led MV with a second-place finish in the shot put (28-3.5), while Cindy Fanny was fifth in the 600 and the 4x200 team of Heidi Gooch, Morgan Walton, Jess Currier and Fanny was sixth.
afternoon meet at unh
Winnacunnet (104), Portsmouth (85), St. Thomas Aquinas (31), Dover (19), and Conant (12) were the top five finishers at the afternoon session at UNH. Hillsboro-Deering (11) took sixth.
For Hillsboro-Deering, Katie White threw the shot put 32-31∕2 to take second and Dominique Vaillancourt placed seventh in the 600 with a time of 1:54.50. The 4x160 relay team of Vaillancourt, White, Morgan Winters and Darimar Jimenez placed fourth at 1:42.1. Ainsley Bruno (600) and Aspen Dubuque (1,000) both set personal bests in their events.