High schools: Bow hockey finishes regular season on a roll
Bow's Brendan Ulrich takes the puck down the ice pursued by Somersworth-Coe-Brown's Cole Gagne during the game at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Bow won 6-1.
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Bow's Christopher Fournier, left and Nathan Corriveau keep the puck away from Somersworth-Coe-Brown's Ryan Bailey during the game at Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Bow won 6-1.
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Although the playoffs are right around the corner, the Bow boys’ hockey team (14-3-1) didn’t look past a Somersworth/Coe-Brown (6-12-0) team that was below it in the standings.
“We knew that they had something to play for,” Bow Coach Tim Walsh said after his team posted a 6-1 victory last night, eliminating Somersworth/Coe-Brown (6-12-0) from playoff contention. “They came out flying.”
The Falcons exploded for three first-period goals to take a commanding 3-0 lead into the second. The Bearcats fought back, cutting the lead to 3-1. The Falcons then scored two more in the second before eventually adding another in the third to ice the game.
“Moving without the puck has been the key to our season,” Walsh said. “We did that tonight and I’m happy with the result.”
Goals were provided by Jake Rand (two), Doug Champagne, Chris Fournier, Jeremy Duhamel and Chris Mead. Assists came from Fournier (two), Josh Lacasse (two), Duhamel, Nate Corriveau and Steve Panella. Tyler Herrick played well defensively. Goalie Robbie Margeson made 10 saves.
“Tonight we had a balanced scoring attack,” Walsh said. “That’s something we’ve been working at achieving.”
Bow, which has wrapped up the No. 3 seed, will have to wait six days before playing its first playoff game, when it hosts Goffstown in the Division II quarterfinals.
“We know we have a long break before the start of playoffs,” Walsh said. “I made sure the boys approached this game similar to a playoff game.”
John Stark-Hopkinton 2, Pembroke-Campbell 1, OT
Pembroke-Campbell goalies Shane Mailhot and Nick Berube combined for 37 saves as PAC (0-18-0) put together its most competitive game in its season finale.
“They were standing on their heads,” John Stark-Hopkinton Coach Denis Kolehmainen said. “They kept them in the game, that’s for sure.”
Adrian McCarthy-Tiella put the Generals on the board first, with an assist from Garrett Thomas, but Pembroke-Campbell came back to tie it before the end of the opening frame on an unassisted goal by Casey Gut.
The score remained deadlocked until three minutes remained in overtime, when McCarthy-Tiella scored his second of the game with assists from Robbie Ferguson and Peter Sawitsky. The Generals worked the puck out of the corner and back up to the point to McCarthy-Tiella – normally a forward but playing defense in the second half of the game because of an injury. McCarthy-Tiella skated the puck toward goal and sent a shot along the ice and into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Cooper Bourque and Justin Bowen turned in solid games on defense for John Stark-Hopkinton to back the goaltending of Josh Gagne (24 saves). The Generals (10-6-1) begin defense of their Division III title as the No. 5 seed and will play at No. 4 Portsmouth on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
KEARSARGE 3, MOULTONBOROUGH/INTER-LAKES 3
Will Aufranc had a hat trick to lead the Cougars (2-10-2) in their final game of the season. After two periods, the score was knotted at one. Aufranc scored two goals a minute apart to begin the third. The Cougars held the 3-1 lead through most of the period, until the MAILers scored two goals in the last four minutes to force overtime.
“We dominated overtime,” Kearsarge Coach Michael Fisher said. “We just couldn’t finish.”
Aufranc was assisted by Kelsie Dalton, Duncan MacIntyre and Bryson Barthol throughout the night. Cody Rowe made 25 saves in net.
Belmont-Gilford 4, Souhegan 2
The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 15-3-0 following a victory over Souhegan (15-2-0). Ranked second and third in Division III, the teams are on a collision course to potentially meet again in the semifinals.
No details were reported.
Kennett 5, Laconia-Winnisquam 2
Kennett (8-10-0) earned the No. 6 seed for the Division III playoffs, dropping the Wolfpack (7-11-0) to No. 7. No details were reported.
Pinkerton 10, Bishop Brady 4
The Green Giants finished a winless season at 0-18-0 following a loss to Pinkerton (8-8-2). No details were reported.
HANOVER 6, BISHOP BRADY-TRINITY 1
The contest was scoreless after one, but Bishop Brady-Trinity (9-9-0) couldn’t contain the high-powered Marauders (17-1-0) after that.
Hanover poured in three second-period goals as the contest became out of reach.
“They’re so talented,” Brady-Trinity Coach Dan Earley said. “They’re probably one of the best teams in New England.”
Ann Margaret Disciscio had the Giants’ lone goal, assisted by Colleen Earley. Stephanie Sloane and Stephanie Snow also played well. Lauren Owsowitz played well in net, making 34 saves.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
New England championships
Merrimack Valley’s Nancy Taban followed up her Division II championship in the high hurdles by placing fourth at the New England championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass. Taban finished in 8.52 seconds.
Teammate Kristie Schoffield, a freshman, won her heat in the mile and finished ninth overall.