High schools: Concord boys’ hockey team wins a close one
Concord’s stingy defensive ways continued, and this time the offense came through, as well, leading the Tide to a 3-1 victory over Bishop Guertin yesterday at Skate3 Arena.
“The other game I said I thought we deserved better,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said of his team’s 2-1 loss at Hanover on Monday. “But sooner or later you’re going to win a close one.”
Making that long-awaited close win even sweeter was that it came against one of Concord’s most storied rivals, a Cardinals (4-5-0) team hovering around the middle of the Division I pack along with the Tide (3-3-2).
After a scoreless first period, BG broke on top 6:45 into the middle frame, but Concord pulled back even before the period ended when defenseman Hagan Otto delivered a wrister through a crowd and past the goalie for his first varsity goal at 12:06.
Adam Godbout put the Tide ahead to stay with a shorthanded goal just 3:30 into the third, skating down the right side after a BG turnover and burying his shot. Godbout and Colin Stevens then teamed up to set up Braden Smith’s power-play goal from the high slot midway through the final period.
“You expect if you have four power plays you’ll get a couple of goals, but the shortie is a bonus,” Walsh said. “Adam’s a skilled player. He used his speed and took a good shot.”
The Tide’s defense, meanwhile, limited the Cardinals to just 21 shots, with Ben Nelson notching 20 saves.
Salem 8, Bishop Brady 0
The Blue Devils (8-1-1) scored four goals in the first period to run away from the Green Giants (1-8) early.
Brady’s Andrew Yvars made 33 saves as Salem outshot the Giants 41-14.
Bow 2, Windham-Pelham 1
The Falcons (4-3-2) opened up a 2-0 first period lead, which they carried through the second period, and a late third period goal by Windham-Pelham wasn’t enough to keep Bow from victory.
Nate Corriveau tallied Bow’s first goal, assisted by Jake Rand. Later in the period, Matt Murray scored from Chris Fournier and Derek Gallagher. Devin Barker played a great game at right wing, using his speed to provide a spark to the offense.
Connor Simpson recorded 25 saves in net for the Falcons.
Dover 2, OT
Pembroke-Campbell outlasted the Green Wave and pulled out the overtime victory.
Cade Lacroix opened the scoring on a pass from Danny Sanders just 1:40 into the first period to give Pembroke-Campbell (4-4-1) the early lead. It would extend its lead in the second period when Jonathan Donaghey scored from Mike White.
Dover (6-2-1) scored two quick goals in the second period to tie the game. After a scoreless third, Donaghey knocked in the winning goal 1:35 into overtime.
Pembroke-Campbell’s Nick Berube was outstanding in net, making 53 saves.
Belmont-Gilford 7, Kearsarge 1
Belmont-Gilford (6-3) came out hard from the start, jumping to a 3-0 lead after the first period, and injury-depleted Kearsarge couldn’t keep up.
Sam Tucker scored the lone goal for the Cougars (2-7), with Ryan Beattie tallying the assist. Lauren Adie and Shane Cashin played hard on defense.
Bishop Guertin 6, Concord 2
Concord outshot the host Cardinals, 32-30, but couldn’t keep up on the scoreboard, falling to 2-7. Bishop Guertin improved to 7-3.
Jess Carroll broke through for the Tide in the third period, assisted by Meg Ficarra. And Emily Scheer followed that up with an assist from Annie Mullen. Arielle Berger stopped 24 shots in the Tide nets.
Berlin 2, Bishop Brady-Trinity 1
Bishop Brady-Trinity (4-6) surrendered two goals early in the first period and couldn’t climb back to even the score against Berlin (6-3).
Arianna Harris notched the lone goal in the second period with assists from Steph Snow and Ann Margaret Disciscio. Sarah Plourde (14 saves) played extremely well in net.
Concord 45, Woburn, Mass. 9
Lowell, Mass. 42, Concord 38
Bishop Hendricken 49, Concord 15
Walters Ndi was a force for Concord in its meet at Lowell, Mass., coming away with three victories, two by way of pin. Ndi (182 pounds) pinned opponents from Woburn and Lowell and picked up a 7-2 decision against Bishop Hendricken.
Also winning for the Tide in its victory over Woburn were Sean Hall (by forfeit at 113), Alex Kamau (by forfeit at 120), Dan Losacano (3-2 at 132), Ian Wagner (by pin at 138), Ben Nawn (by pin at 145), Travis Reyes (by pin at 220) and Auston Lavoy (by pin at 285).
Picking up wins against Lowell were Connor Stadnicki (7-1 at 106), Brandon Simpson (by forfeit at 120), Losacano (by pin), Wagner (by forfeit), Nawn (by pin) and Vinny Benincasa (by pin at 152).
Benincasa won by pin at 160 against Bishop Hendricken and Kamau won by forfeit.
Bow 42, Con-Val 39
Bishop Guertin 56, Bow 6
Freshman Max Johnson pinned his opponent in the 170-pound match in what Coach Brock Hoffman called the best match of the day, leading the Falcons (4-8) to the narrow win against the Cougars.
Brendan Mooney (120 pounds) and Tony Roberts (182) also came up with pins for Bow. Four wrestlers won by forfeit – Chris Forrest (113), Eric Scott (152), Brandon Sawyer (220) and Kyle Litchfield (285).
Bow’s lone victory in the match against BG was a pin by Peter LaRiviere at 138 pounds.
Windham 42, John Stark 24
John Stark 66, Pelham 17
John Stark (12-2) opened a three-team dual meet with a loss against undefeated Windham, but rallied for a staggering win over Pelham.
Against Windham, Codi Gaudreau (120 pounds) and Nick Widmann (126) won by pin, while Josh Vaillancourt (132, 3-2), Brad Vaillancourt (145, 8-1), Andy Hewey (152, 4-0) and Alex Lavalliere (170, 8-3) won by decision.
Against Pelham, Gaudreau (120), Brad Vaillancourt (145), Hewey (152), Jacob Bumford (160) and Lavalliere (170) won by pin, while Deric Farris (106), John Wilcox (113), Widmann (126), Josh Vaillancourt (132), Al Long (195) and Travis Pelletier all won by forfeit.
Pinkerton 56, Concord 23
On Friday, Concord got doubled up by top-ranked Pinkerton (8-0). Deb Morrill led Concord’s offense with nine points and Peyton Osgood added eight. Liz Sinotte provided good defense to go along with her nine rebounds.