High schools: Bearcats claw out overtime win over Keene
With three of its four losses coming against the top three teams in Division II, the Somersworth/Coe-Brown boys’ hockey team welcomed a game against a team below it in the standings.
And though the Bearcats nearly gave the game away yesterday – their three-goal lead disappearing in the final eight minutes of regulation – they came through when it mattered most, using an overtime goal from Cole Gagne to beat Keene, 6-5.
“It was a little scary at the end,” Coach Ron Siering said. “It was absolutely crazy, but we were able to pull it off. We had a little bit of luck on our side.”
With his first line a little gassed after a long shift, Siering opted for a last-second faceoff change, inserting Ben Bailey to take the draw in the Bearcats’ offensive zone. The senior won the faceoff and Somersworth/Coe-Brown kept possession, eventually snapping off a shot that the Keene keeper saved but left a juicy rebound for Gagne to deposit for the game-winner and his second goal of the game at 3:20 of sudden death.
“The boys were able to stay positive, they kept trying to win the loose pucks, and I had a good feeling even though we were going to OT,” said Siering, whose team improved to 3-4-0.
The Bearcats never trailed, scoring 2:04 into the game when William Ohrenberger connected on an assist from Ryan Cordeiro. Keene (1-4-1) tied it at 1-1 by the end of the first, but the Bearcats scored the next two to take control.
Ryan Bailey set up Gagne for his first goal 3:25 into the second period, then Felix Nyqvist scored a shorthanded goal less than two minutes later for a 3-1 lead. Keene then sandwiched a pair of goals around one from Cordeiro (Nyqvist assist) to make it 4-2 after two periods.
Dakotta Hippern boosted the advantage to 5-2 midway through the third before Keene’s late rally. All five of the Blackbird goals came on the power play, including a pair of 5-on-3s.
“We had a hard time staying out of the box,” Siering said. “We were trying to reel everybody back in to focus on what we were here to do.”
So the Bearcats bore down and went to work in overtime, with Joel Boulanger (29 saves) keeping Keene out of the net before Gagne’s winner.
“Part of our game that we’ve been working on is to try to control the neutral zone, and we were doing that a lot better tonight than in the past,” Siering said. “And despite the score, we did play very well defensively. The thing that hurt a lot was the penalty box. Every time we took a penalty, Keene took advantage. … Fortunately we had a little luck on our side.”
Londonderry 6, Concord 2
Concord (2-6-0) hung tough with one of the top teams in the state, but eventually succumbed to the Lancers.
“They’re probably as good as anybody,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said of Londonderry, which won its sixth straight to improve to 7-2-0.
Concord trailed just 1-0 until late in the second period, when the Lancers scored twice for a 3-0 lead.
Adam Godbout gave the Tide new life 3:52 into the third period with a power-play goal, assisted by Connor Beatty and Matt Norris. Then on the next shift, the Tide failed to connect right in front of a half-empty net, and on the same shift Londonderry came down and scored, all but ending the game. Concord scored its final goal when Norris converted on the power play with an assist from Matt Chorlian. Ben Nelson finished with 30 saves for the Tide.
St. Thomas 6, Bishop Brady 3
Bryon Welch had a hand in all three of the Green Giants’ goals, but Brady (0-7-0) couldn’t pull off the upset of St. Thomas (6-1-1).
Welch scored twice and assisted on Spenser Sloane’s goal. Shelby Herrington had two assists and Sloane also notched an assist for the Giants. Kyle Jalbert made 25 saves in net. No further details were reported.
Belmont-Gilford 3, John Stark-Hopkinton 2
After beating the Generals, 5-2, in their first meeting, Belmont-Gilford had a stiffer challenge this time around, but still prevailed to stay undefeated at 7-0-0. John Stark-Hopkinton dropped to 3-2-1. No details were reported.
Kennett 5, Laconia-Winnisquam 4
Kennett (3-2-0) scored the lone goal of the third period to pull out the win over the Wolfpack (1-5-0) in Laconia. No details were reported.
Pittsfield 51, Newmarket 46
Pittsfield (6-2) trailed by 10 points at halftime, pulled within one after three quarters, then took the lead for good when Cam Darrah drained a 3-pointer from the wing with 2:40 to play.
“The second half we had was better than the first half they had,” Pittsfield Coach Jay Darrah said. “Anytime you can win at Newmarket is good. We persevered and stayed composed.”
Trailing 29-19 at the half, Pittsfield got a boost from defensive specialist Max Tuttle, who drew three charges early in the third quarter to set the tone.
“He does a lot of things that aren’t in the scorebook that coaches see but fans might not notice,” Darrah said of Tuttle.
With Tuttle igniting the defense, Xenthios Cyr lit up the offense, scoring nine of his team-high 18 points in the third quarter, when the Panthers pulled to within 38-37 of the Mules (3-4). Gabe Anthony sank two quick buckets in the fourth to keep it close before Darrah’s go-ahead trey.
Darrah finished with 13 points, Cyr added six assists and Tuttle grabbed eight rebounds to go with his four points as Pittsfield pulled together with leader Kris Perkins (six points) saddled with foul trouble.