High Schools: Concord hockey team rallies for overtime victory
After two periods, the Concord boys’ hockey team was staring at a two-goal deficit and another loss. But the Crimson Tide exploded in the third period for three goals to force overtime and then Braden Smith scored the game-winner during the extra session to give Concord a key 4-3 win over Exeter yesterday.
“This was a huge win for us,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “We have been inconsistent all year and this win will certainly help us with the playoffs approaching.”
The win improves the Tide to 6-7-2 and inches it ahead in the Division I standings as teams jockey for postseason position.
Smith led the late-game Tide charge and finished with two goals and an assist. The game-winner came on a wrist shot from the slot, assisted by Adam Godbout and Mitchell Hayes.
Hayes netted Concord’s first goal 1:49 into the third period on an assist from Godbout, but the Blue Devils (4-11) answered less than four minutes later to regain the two-goal advantage. Smith narrowed the margin with 2:48 left on a feed from Harrison Murphy and Godbout.
Murphy netted the game-tying goal with 27 seconds (assisted by Smith and Colin Stevens) as the Tide employed an extra attacker with the goalie pulled. Murphy was able to control the loose puck in front of the net just long enough to sneak it in.
Concord controlled the third period and outshot Exeter, 19-3. Ben Nelson posted 11 saves for Concord, which returns to action on Saturday against Pinkerton.
BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY
Londonderry 6, Bishop Brady 2
The Lancers (10-4-1) took a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back to claim the win on home ice.
Casey Anderson scored an unassisted goal in the first period for the Green Giants (1-13). Freshman Byron Welch scored in the third, assisted by Zach Frament and Brendan Brack. Sophomore goalie Andrew Yvars finished with 25 saves.
Bow 4, Oyster river 4, OT
The Falcons (9-3-3) held a 4-1 lead entering the third period, but the Bobcats (5-4-5) netted three goals during a five-minute major to eventually earn the draw.
Derek Tillotson led the Falcons offensively with a goal and assist. Josh Lacasse, Matt Murray and Hunter Berke also added goals. Nate Corriveau, Jake Rand, Mike Fanaras and Tyler Herrick added assists.
Connor Simposon finished with 22 saves for the Falcons.
Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes 8, Kearsarge 5
The Cougars (3-11) gave up four goals to Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes (9-5-1) in the third period to break a 4-4 tie. Moultonborough/I-L led 4-2 after the opening period before Kearsarge tied it in the second.
Matt Pickman scored two goals to lead Kearsarge, while Will AuFranc (goal, two assists), Shayne Cashin (goal, assist) and Steven Ricker (goal, assist) added offense. Tristan Rowe and Ally Folcik had assists.
Ryan Beattie made 28 saves in net for the Cougars.
John stark-hopkinton 6,
John Stark-Hopkinton (12-1-1) used six different scorers to narrowly edge the Cavaliers (8-7). Jake Blanchette, Alex Lajeunesse, Callahan Loos, Hunter Goss, Garrett Thomas and Kyle Kolehmainen all got involved in netting goals.
Connor McDonald finished with 16 saves for John Stark-Hopkinton, which faces Con-Val on Saturday.
GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY
Concord 7, Exeter 3
Annie Mullen and Isabel Stoddard each had a hat trick and Kate Dasey had three assists to lead the Crimson Tide (4-9-1) to its second straight win.
Concord goalie Arielle Berger finished with 15 saves and the Tide had a 44-18 advantage in shots. Jess Carroll and Aelin Shea also added assists for Concord.
Oyster River 2,
Bishop Brady-Trinity 0
Bishop Brady-Trinity (5-9) gave up a goal in the second period, another in the third and got shut out on the road by a strong Oyster River team (10-3-1).
Freshman goaltender Sarah Plourde made 21 saves for Brady-Trinity, while Kerry Twomey and Stephanie Snow did well offensively.
Concord Christian 51,
The Kingsmen (9-6) avenged its season-opening four-point loss by upsetting Pittsfield (12-3) on its home court.
Concord Christian trailed by five points at halftime, but made some defensive adjustments in the second half and held one of the Panthers’ top scorers, Tyler Booth, to nine points and held Pittsfield to 0 -for- 9 shooting from beyond the arc in the final frame.
Nick Peters was the top scorer for Concord Christian with 18 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double. Jeremiah Boulter played an all around solid game with 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Jesse Kelley had seven points and six rebounds while Matt Johnson added eight points.
Pittsfield was led by Kris Perkins with 21 points, Booth with nine and Xenthios Cyr with seven.
Bow 53, hopkinton 26
Lindsey Nerbonne netted 13 points, including the 1,000th of her career, to help the Falcons improve to 16-1. Bow trailed by two at halftime, 18-16, but turned it on in the second half to outscore the Hawks 37-8. Nerbonne added 10 assists and seven steals.
Suzanne Berry (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Ashlie Tucker (16 points) also played well for the Falcons.
Brittany Marshall led the Hawks with eight points, and Callie Chase and Sabrey Montore chipped in seven and five, respectively.
bishop brady 41,
The Green Giants controlled the game from the start and improved to 15-2 with the win over the Hillcats (4-14).
Taylor Ong led an impressive team scoring effort with 14 points, followed by Natasha Velez with eight points and many other players chipping in.
Hannah Pepper paced Hillsboro-Deering with eight points. The Hillcats also honored their three seniors on senior night: Erin DeLacy, Miranda Dyer and Jocelyn Butler.
Newport 54, Kearsarge 38
Kearsarge (1-16) was held to single-digit point totals in three of the four periods by a Newport team (5-12) that keyed in defensively on the Cougars’ most consistent scorer, Anna Cahill, who was held to seven points. Newport led 26-14 at halftime, but let the Cougars creep within eight points during the third quarter before closing it out in the fourth.
Eleanor Angus (10 points), Lily Huntoon (eight points) and Sydney Bryk (eight) all achieved season-highs in scoring for Kearsarge.
Pittsfield 48, Concord Christian 12
Pittsfield (14-4) ended its season with a four-game winning streak by holding the Lady Kingsmen (5-13) to single-digit scoring in all four quarters. The Panthers, who will have a No. 4 or No. 5 seed depending on future results in the upcoming D-IV tournament, led 27-1 at halftime.
Brooke Vien led the scoring for Pittsfield with 17 points. Seniors Sage Anthony (14 points) and Bekah Adams (six) enjoyed Pittsfield’s senior night with solid efforts.
Lauren McLaughlin scored eight points for Concord Christian.