High schools: Concord hockey shoots down Astros, 5-1
Concord exacted a bit of revenge for last year’s tournament ouster by Pinkerton, but more importantly, the Crimson Tide boys’ hockey team put together a complete game at both ends of the ice to beat the Astros, 5-1, yesterday and pick up its second victory of the season.
“Any win is a big win with a young team,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said.
The Tide (2-3-0) fell behind early when Pinkerton’s Bailey Walsh snuck the puck between the pads of goalie Ben Nelson (21 saves), but the sophomore keeper atoned for that in the opening minute of the second period, flashing his glove to snare a breakaway bid by Walsh, who had stolen the puck at the blue line and walked in alone on Nelson.
The save seemed to revitalize the Tide defense, which after giving up numerous odd-man rushes and 12 shots in the opening period allowed only 10 shots combined over the final two periods. Senior Hagan Otto played the best game of his career, according to Coach Walsh, to anchor that defensive unit along with Michael Shea, Matt Chorlian and Tim Weinhold.
And it was Weinhold who broke through first for Concord’s offense, which scored more than two goals for the first time this season.
Skating on the power play, Connor Beatty and Adam Godbout worked the puck up the left side to Weinhold at the point. The senior ripped off a shot that hit the Astros goalie and slid past him to tie the game.
Then, just 61 seconds later, Matt Norris scored his first varsity goal, finding an opening by the right post and flipping the puck in for the lead and the eventual game-winner. Beatty and Ethan Cole assisted.
Weinhold was at it again just 40 seconds into the final period, scoring his second power-play goal of the game. Weinhold dug the puck out along the right half-boards, sent a self-pass off the back dasher and scored on a wrap-around.
“He’s gritty,” Walsh said of Weinhold. “He just plays hard.”
Alex Orcutt scored the final two goals, the first on a well-placed top-shelf wrister (with assists from Chorlian and Andy Cole) and the second into an empty net with 1:42 to play to ice the game.
Bow 3, Merrimack 0
Robbie Margeson made 13 saves for his fourth shutout in seven games as Bow improved to 4-0-0 in division.
Though Bow’s defense kept down Merrimack’s (0-3-0) shot total, the ones Margeson faced were quality, including one on a breakaway midway through the third period that Bow turned into a goal at the other end of the ice to put the game away.
Chris Fournier scored 11:48 into the game and added the insurance marker at the end. Jake Rand, who assisted on both of Fournier’s goals, scored one of his own 1:16 into the second, with an assist from Steve Panella. Devin Barker provided a boost of energy up front and had a strong, physical presence on the penalty kill for the Falcons.
Kearsarge 5, Con-Val 2
Steven Ricker scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead Kearsarge (1-2-0) to its first victory of the season.
“It’s huge for a young and inexperienced team,” Coach Michael Fisher said. “It’s good to get that first one out of the way.”
Con-Val (1-3-0) led 1-0 after the first period, but Kearsarge grabbed a 2-1 lead after two. The Cougars extended their lead to 3-1 before Con-Val got one back, then iced the game with the final two goals.
Will Aufranc added a goal and two assists for Kearsarge, Elliot Tucker and Duncan MacIntyre each scored a goal, and freshman Cody Rowe earned his first win in net, making 22 saves.
Goffstown 9, Pembroke-Campbell 0
Pembroke-Campbell fell to 0-5-0 with a loss to Goffstown (2-2-0). No details were reported.
Dover 7, Somersworth/Coe-Brown 1
Somersworth/Coe-Brown dipped to 2-2 following a loss to Dover (4-1-0). No details were reported.
ST. THOMAS 9, CONCORD 2
In a lopsided effort, the Tide (0-3) struggled in a showdown of winless teams.
Annie Mullen and Aelin Shea scored for Concord, with Delana Erickson and Sam Schecter notching assists. Goalie Amandaline Tibbals made 21 saves.
Nashua South 71, Concord 60
The Crimson Tide took too many poor shots against a good Nashua South team (3-0) and dropped to 2-2 with the road loss. Garrett Jewell led Concord with 15 points, Jacob Szulc added 11 and Seimou Smith had nine.
Franklin 63, Newfound 49
Newfound (1-3) scored the first seven points of the game, but the Golden Tornadoes (2-2) responded with a 12-0 run to close the first quarter and held a 31-13 halftime lead on their way to the home win.
“The defensive intensity was very good in the first half,” Franklin Coach Jim Cilley said.
Sophomore guard Kenny Torres had an outstanding all-around night for the Tornadoes - 27 points, seven steals, four assists and four rebounds. Center Dana Bean played just three quarters, but he wound up with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks and was at the heart of Franklin’s defensive effort. Bruce Carey added seven points and helped Torres with the ballhandling duties, and freshman Ray Girtman scored his first varsity points.
Gilford 61, Winnisquam 42
Winnisquam (1-2) kept things close in the first half, trailing just 31-25, but Gilford (3-0) dominated the glass in the second half against the undermanned Bears. Winnisquam was already down a starter to begin the game and then lost point guard Christian Serrano to injury for the second half, and it proved to be too much to overcome.
Serrano, Tim Harmon and Mike Buxton all finished with 10 points for the Bears, who host another Lakes Region rival, Franklin, tomorrow night.
Sunapee 92, Pittsfield 62
The Panthers normally want to play up-tempo, but they knew they had to slow things down against a Sunapee team that thrives on a faster pace. Unfortunately for Pittsfield, there was no slowing the Lakers (3-1), who raced out to a 48-27 halftime lead on their way to the win in Pittsfield.
Kris Perkins led the Panthers with 27 points, Xenthios Cyr finished with 14 points and eight assists, Cam Darrah added 10 points and Derek Pike had eight points and eight rebounds.
PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 64, CONCORD CHRISTIAN 43
The Kingsmen (0-4) committed 26 turnovers in a tough loss. They were down throughout the entirety of the game, and were never able to mount a comeback.
Jeremiah Boulter had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Concord Christian, while Jonathan Taylor added 11 points and five rebounds. Tim Fisher and Dylan Duhaime provided solid defense.
Somersworth 43, Bow 42
The Falcons lost a heart-breaker at Somersworth (3-0) to fall to 1-4. No details were reported.
Concord 50, Nashua South 45
A big third-quarter surge put the Tide up by 13, then Concord (1-3) held off a late Nashua South (0-4) rally with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to pick up its first division victory.
A pair of Janessa Luciano 3-pointers helped Concord to a 14-12 lead after one quarter and the Tide maintained that edge into halftime, leading 22-20.
That’s when Cassidy Emerson took over. With half-court pressure upping the tempo, Concord went on a 9-0 run and outscored the Panthers, 16-5, in the third quarter, with Emerson scoring 12 of her team-high 18 points in the period. South drained a trio of treys midway through the fourth quarter, but behind Deb Morrill and Luciano, Concord went 7-for-8 from the line to put the game away.
Along with her 18 points, Emerson grabbed 11 rebounds. Luciano added 17 points, including three 3s, Morrill sparked the defense with five steals to go with her eight points, and Peyton Osgood was a force on the boards with 11 rebounds. Sydney McClellan and Nicole Jarry also turned in strong defensive efforts.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 53, WINDHAM 44
By the time the Pride (4-1) jumped out to 22-5 first-quarter lead, the game was over. MV coasted to a 36-21 halftime lead before eventually closing out the game in the second half.
Mary Mullen led the way with 20 points. Mayson Kimball and Cassidy Huckins provided solid secondary scoring with 16 and seven points, respectively. Emily Mulleavey, Olivia Thurber and Erin Frost played well defensively.
“After a loss our last game, I’m glad we bounced back,” Coach David Huckins said. “We showed good character tonight.”
Bow 49, Somersworth 44
Bow (4-3) turned a five-point halftime deficit into a five-point victory over Somersworth (3-2).
Kirsten Bresson got hot in the second half for the Falcons, hitting a trio of 3-pointers and scoring 15 of her game-high 23 points after the break. She also had six rebounds and three steals.
Bow also bore down defensively to turn loose ball opportunities into offense.
Sam Lulka chipped in with 10 points for Bow, while Taylor Marston threw in eight points and Ashlie Tucker had four points, four assists and four steals.
GILFORD 40, WINNISQUAM 32
In a back-and-forth affair, the Bears (2-3) came out disappointed.
“We beat ourselves with turnovers.” Winnisquam Coach Amy Dutton said. “We never really got into the flow of the game.”
Hannah Chapin led the Bears with eight points, followed by Rachel Willcutt and Kaylee Howard with seven apiece. Kendra Lonergan played well defensively.
The Bears look to bounce back when they travel to Franklin on Friday.
Hopkinton 39, Conant 20
The Hawks didn’t play their cleanest offensive game, but they still won comfortably and improved to 6-1 with the home win.
Sabrey Montore finished with nine points, seven steals, seven rebounds and four assists for the Hawks. Madison Clark also had nine points to go along with three rebounds and two assists, Callie Chase added eight points, three rebounds and two steals, and Sloane White had four points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Pittsfield 37, Newmarket 19
Pittsfield (4-1) scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, turning a too-close 22-17 lead into a comfortable 31-17 margin to win at Newmarket (2-2).
“We had been kind of stagnant, but then we started moving better, we got clicking,” Pittsfield Coach Steve Langevin said.
Stefani Gauthier scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter to help spark the charge. Katie Small drained three 3-pointers for a team-high nine points, while Kylee Morel and Brooke Vien added six points each.
Portsmouth Christian 38, Concord Christian 31
The Lady Kingsmen held a lead going into the fourth quarter, but they ran out of steam against Portsmouth Christian (1-5) and fell to 1-4 with the loss at home.
Kendra Jarvis finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds for Concord Christian, Becca Johnson added eight points and Suzanne Kleinburg had four points.
Hanover 46, Coe-Brown 40
Coe-Brown came up short at Hanover (3-0) to fall to 2-2. No details were reported.
Newfound 46, Franklin 41
Franklin (2-4) threatened, but couldn’t quite topple undefeated Newfound (7-0). No details were reported.
GIRLS’ NORDIC SKIING
Concord swept the first seven places and landed eight skiers in the top nine to breeze to victory at Legacy Park in Bedford. The Tide posted 394 points to beat Keene (356), Central (355), Bishop Guertin (347), Bedford (333), West (232) and Memorial (95).
Kate Andy covered the classic-style course in 10:57 to take first place, with teammate Erin Waters just five seconds behind in second.
Michealla Conery, Sabrina Lawrence, Jessica Nelson, Meaghan Connor and Jacqueline Bengtson rounded out the top seven, with Olivia Cattabriga (ninth) also notching a top-10 finish.
Lilly Naimie (13:29) and Naomi Kramer (13:37) finished first and second, respectively, to help Bow pull out a one-point win in a seven-team at Waterville Valley. The Falcons finished with 379 points to edge the 378 from White Mountains. Kearsarge finished third with 350 and Belmont was sixth with 164.
Madison Duffy (eighth overall) and Christine Mitchell (13th) also scored for Bow. Maggie Lee (sixth) was the top finisher for Kearsarge, followed by Kaileigh Davis (12th), Maddie Cook (18th) and Emily Kelly (23rd). Belmont’s points came from Talia Sperduto (19th) and Carol Lipschultz (32nd).
BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING
Concord placed all three of its skiers in the top five, but was missing a couple skiers and wound up in fourth place. Keene won the meet at Legacy Park in Bedford with 381 points, followed by Bedford (370), Bishop Guertin (339), Concord (294), Memorial (172) and Central (85).
The Tide’s Nate Latourette blew away the field in the classic-style race, winning in 8:21, with his closest competitor more than two minutes behind him. Josh Pifer took third and Jamie Nelson fifth for Concord.
Mitch Blair finished sixth overall to lead the Falcons in a nine-team meet at Waterville Valley. White Mountains was first with 385 team points, Gilford took second with 369 and Bow had 360 for third. Kearsarge (327) was fifth with 327, the two-man team from Belmont (156) took sixth and the one-man teams from Merrimack Valley (98) and Bishop Brady (91) were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Aidan Irish (11th), David Merchan (14th) and Nick Benoit (15th) were the other point scorers for Bow. Kearsarge was led by Keatton Hansen (20th), Tim Cunningham (27th), Brandon Butcher (31st) and Karver Bosela (32nd). The two Belmont skiers were Riley Woods (38th) and Brennan Malone (53rd). MV was well represented by Matt Doyle (third), and Warren Bartlett (10th) did the same for Bishop Brady.
Meet at Wolfeboro
Matt Doyle of Merrimack Valley finished in sixth place and Warren Bartlett of Bishop Brady took 13th in a freestyle meet at Abenaki Golf Course in Wolfeboro on Tuesday.
Doyle’s time of 14:59 was 48 seconds of the winning pace of Kennett’s Donovan Spaulding. Bartlett crossed the line in 16:54.
Hopkinton fourth, Concord fifth
James McCluskey jumped a meet-best 16 meters and finished in third place to lead Hopkinton to a fourth-place finish at Proctor. Hanover won the meet with 386.5 points, followed by Plymouth (364.5), Sunapee (361.5), Hopkinton (354.5), Concord (335) and Kennett (322).
Other top jumpers for the Hawks were Jake Hemmerlein (seventh, 14.5 meters), Tim Jones (25th, 12.5) and Meg Hemmerlein (tied for 27th, 12.0).
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
In the giant slalom, the Falcons narrowly edged Bishop Brady, 387-383. Hillsboro-Deering finished third with a score of 357 in the five-team meet at Pats Peak.
Bow’s Phillip Rizzi and Logan Whalley finished first and second overall with combined two-run times of 45.66 and 45.7, respectively. Other top finishers for the Falcons were Patrick Hughes (fifth) and Chris Percy (10th).
Brady’s Brendan Bryck finished third, with a combined two-run time of 45.84, closely behind the top two of Bow. Other top finishers for the Giants were Sam Marshall (fourth), Garrett Cahill (sixth) and Danny Bryck (eighth).
The Hillcats were led by Danny Egner who placed seventh, as well as Paul Mooney (14th), Arthur Tuttle (18th) and Logan Snow (26th).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
BISHOP BRADY FIRST
The Giants won the giant slalom with a total of 386 points, 18 points more than any other school in the six-team meet at Pats Peak. Hillsboro-Deering finished third with 346 points, Bow fourth with 280 and Merrimack Valley sixth with 92 points.
Brady’s Jill Thomas finished first with a two-run combined time of 47.18. Gabby Eaton (fourth), Jill Durkin (sixth) and Nadia Crainich (seventh) were some of Brady’s other top finishers.
Hillsboro-Deering was led by Molly Wilson placing 13th, followed by Emma Moore (21st), Jordan Goodliff (22nd) and Hannah Anderson (23rd).
Danielle Gould of Bow placed third to lead the team. Other top Bow finishers were Meredith Howe (ninth) and Sarah Davis (15th).
Merrimack Valley’s Rachel Demers was the only skier for the Pride, finishing 10th.
Plymouth 57, Bow 19
The Falcons had a tough time against Division-III power Plymouth.
Although the score was lopsided, Coach Brock Hoffman took a different angle. “With the skill level of Plymouth, I’m actually proud of my guys,” he said.
The Falcons did have some winners. Michael York (106 pounds), Brendan Mooney (126), Peter LaRiviere (145) and Tony Roberts (195) each won matches in their respective weight classes.
JOHN STARK 50, Franklin 24
The Generals took control of their match against Franklin, winning five matches on pins.
Deric Faris (106), Matthew Hewey (120), Nick Widmann (126), Andy Hewey (160) and Kellen Brien (182) all won by fall, Colton Millette earned a 12-9 decision at 145, and Zach Feudner (220) won by technical fall, 25-10. Josh Miller (145) and Terry Zervos (152) picked up forfeit wins.
For Franklin, Frank Cummings (170) and Alex Hildreth (195) won by pin, while Jacob Gagnon (120) and Patrick Kaplan (285) won on forfeits.