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Bow hockey dominant in opening win over Pembroke-Campbell

Concord's Clay Spencer puts Keene's Quintin Watson in a headlock during the 145-pound match between the schools at a meet at Concord High on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Concord's Clay Spencer puts Keene's Quintin Watson in a headlock during the 145-pound match between the schools at a meet at Concord High on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

The Bow High School hockey team dominated time spent on attack. It dominated in shots on goal. It had an overwhelming advantage in offensive possession, as Falcons players spent nearly all of yesterday’s game with the puck on their sticks, never giving Pembroke-Campbell a chance to even get started on offense.

For roughly half the game, the score was the only statistic to stay relatively neutral, but even that eventually gave in. A Jake Rand hat trick helped the Falcons put the game away late and come away with a season-opening 7-0 win at Everett Arena.

“I thought tonight, we were kind of relentless on the puck,” Bow Coach Tim Walsh said. “We were relentless on the forecheck. … It’s a good first start, but we’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

The game was a mismatch from the opening faceoff. Bow outshot Pembroke-Campbell 66-7, and hardly ever let the action even into its own zone, let alone close enough to threaten goalie Robbie Margeson and the Falcons defense.

Still, while the Falcons were firing at will in the Pembroke-Campbell end, hardly anything was going in. Midway through the second period Bow had a 42-2 advantage in shots on goal, but led only 1-0 on Chris Fournier’s first-period goal as standout goalie Nick Berube (49 saves on 53 shots) kept his team in it by lunging, sprawling and diving to stop the frustrated Falcons from finding the net and breaking the game open.

“Nick is definitely one of our team leaders,” Pembroke-Campbell Coach Marc Noel said. “He can’t get enough pucks at practice. It shows. He was all over the place tonight.”

On the bench, Walsh told his team to change up the attack. Berube was too good to beat by snipes and slap shots. Instead, the Falcons had to make him work to find the puck.

“We didn’t really make their goalie move. We didn’t put traffic in front of him, we didn’t make him move at all, so he made the first save. Then he made some incredible saves to keep them in the game early,” Walsh said. “We were doing a lot of standing around and watching, and after we got kids moving and kept supporting the guy with the puck, that was the big thing.”

Just over halfway through the second period, the strategy kicked in, and it did so during an unusual circumstance. Pembroke-Campbell went on the power play at 7:52, but Jake Rand quickly got hold of a puck, raced shorthanded into the other end, darted through the crease and beat Berube for a 2-0 lead at 8:24.

“Jake’s goal on the shorthand, he got him moving,” Walsh said. “(The team) listened to the coaching after the first period and they did what we said.”

With the switch flipped, there was no keeping the Falcons shots out of the net. Bow scored two shots later when Devin Barker took a pass in the crease and finished it off at 10:48, and took a 4-0 lead when Rand scored off a rebound in the crease with 58.6 seconds to go.

The scoring continued in the third, with Rand finishing off a hat trick after skating through the defense 41 seconds in, Doug Champagne scoring on a second effort at 7:27 and Austin Beaudette putting in a backhand at 10:59.

“We knew we ought to take it to them in the second period, and we really broke out there,” Rand said. “In between periods we had to change a few things to give us more opportunities, and I think we did a good job doing that.”

The loss gave Pembroke-Campbell a rough start to the season, but not one it isn’t used to dealing with. The team started last year with a 5-1 defeat to Bow, and rallied to make the Division II playoffs with an 8-9-1 record. Noel said he’s hoping to see that sort of progress again from a team that has seven freshmen on the roster and will need to work out youth mistakes going forward.

“They’ve got a lot of learning to do this year,” he said. “There’s a lot of confidence-building. They were a lot timid (tonight). … There’s a lot of work to be done between now and (the end of the season), but hopefully these guys can get it together.”

(Drew Bonifant can be reached at 369-3340 or at abonifant@cmonitor.com or via Twitter @dbonifant.)

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