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High School Notes: Scoring difficult as Concord hockey falls to Hanover, 2-1

  • Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian attempts to score on a rebound in their game against Wilton-Lyndeborough; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian attempts to score on a rebound in their game against Wilton-Lyndeborough; Monday, January 14, 2013.
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  • Lauren McLaughlin of Concord Christianlooks to pass the ball  past Deanna Davidson of Wilton-Lyndeborough on defense; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Lauren McLaughlin of Concord Christianlooks to pass the ball past Deanna Davidson of Wilton-Lyndeborough on defense; Monday, January 14, 2013.
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  • Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian charges past Jenna Boagdon of Wilton-Lyndeborough in an attempt to score; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian charges past Jenna Boagdon of Wilton-Lyndeborough in an attempt to score; Monday, January 14, 2013.
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  • Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian attempts to score on a rebound in their game against Wilton-Lyndeborough; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Lauren McLaughlin of Concord Christianlooks to pass the ball  past Deanna Davidson of Wilton-Lyndeborough on defense; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Kendra Jarvis of Concord Christian charges past Jenna Boagdon of Wilton-Lyndeborough in an attempt to score; Monday, January 14, 2013.<br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Dunc Walsh likes what he’s seen out of his Concord High hockey team the last two games. The effort is there, the defense is solid, and the Tide has acquitted itself well on the road on back-to-back days. The only thing missing is goals.

“The goals are coming so hard,” Walsh said yesterday after Concord fell at Hanover, 2-1.

With freshman Ben Nelson in goal and a steadily improving defense anchored by Colin Stevens, forward-turned-defenseman Tim Weinhold, John Clary and Hagen Otto, Concord has allowed more than two goals in division play only twice all season. But with its own dearth of goals, the Tide also has just two wins to show for it.

“A bunch of times the puck was sitting in front for a rebound, but we either missed the net or didn’t get there,” Walsh said. “I don’t know what the answer is, but we deserved better.”

Though the Tide (2-3-2) carried play in the opening period, Hanover (4-3-2) came away with a 1-0 lead after scoring 6:41 in. The Tide, however, came out flying in the second period, outshooting the Marauders, 14-6, and tying the game at 13:35. Skating on the power play, Stevens lugged the puck through center ice and over the blue line before firing it to the top corner for a 1-1 game.

The score stayed that way until the final three minutes, when Hanover scored on a rebound after an odd-man rush. Concord pulled Nelson and had a couple of opportunities in the waning moments, but the scoring struggles continued.

Nelson finished with 17 saves as the Tide outshot Hanover, 29-19.

“It’s so frustrating. We played good yesterday (in a 2-2 tie with Trinity) and we played good today,” Walsh said. “We’re playing a lot better than we were a couple weeks ago. We’ve got to keep that going and stay positive.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Merrimack Valley 58, Kingswood 42

The Pride (3-4) sustained the lead throughout the game due to balanced scoring and fresh legs, over Kingswood (1-4).

MV had 11 players contributing on offense, with Andrew Alicea (18 points, six assists) and Dylan Baer (15 points, four assists) leading the way. Cole Remillard (nine points), JT Driscoll (four points) and Adam Presutti (four points) also chipped in offensively.

Joey Brochu, Bruce Barton and Ryan Head all gave great efforts in the win.

Concord Christian 68, Wilton-Lyndeborough 52

The Kingsmen improved to 5-4 and got their team back on track after defeating the Warriors (0-8) at home.

Nick Peters (22 points, five rebounds, three steals) and Jesse Kelley (23 points, six rebounds, nine assists) dominated the floor, while Adam Slyvester chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. Slyvester also played great defensively with Matt Johnson playing strong off the bench.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Wilton-Lyndeborough 40, Concord Christian 35

Concord Christian Academy fought a tough battle against the Warriors (5-5) but fell just short to dip to 2-8.

Kendra Jarvis added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Revitsky and Lauren McLaughlin each scored eight points, while Nastassja Martel and Kaity Purtell played well.

SWIMMING

At Goffstown

The John Stark Swim team recently competed in a meet held in Goffstown.

Laura Anderson and Madeline Ishak both qualified for the state meet in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 freestyle, respectively. Victoria Bumford earned a new personal-best, dropping eight seconds in the 50 free. The 400 freestyle relay team of Ishak, Hazel Johnstone, Hailey Nase and Anderson took first place over six other teams. Jane Koski swam well in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The Generals will compete next on Sunday at UNH.

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