High schools: Concord boys’ hockey comes back to beat Bedford in OT, 4-3

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  • Concord’s Colin Kastle (24) battles with Bedford’s Jonathan Giroux (22) to get a shot off during the Crimson Tide’s win on Wednesday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

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  • Concord’s Drew Livingston celebrates his late goal, which tied the game during the Tide’s overtime win over Bedford on Wednesday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

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Monitor staff
Thursday, December 14, 2017

GOFFSTOWN – The Concord High boys’ hockey team has had a hard time forgetting last season’s shutout loss to Bedford in the Division I championship. Senior forward Colin Kastle said that game has been hanging over his head since last March.

One game into the new season, the Tide has put those feelings to rest.

Concord erased a two-goal deficit late in the third period and Kastle scored the game-winner 45 seconds into overtime, lifting the Tide to a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs at Saint Anselm’s Sullivan Arena Wednesday night.

“There’s always been tension between us and Bedford,” Kastle said. “That loss last season, Bedford has been in our heads all summer, all year long, and now to beat them feels great.”

Freshman forward Michael Stoddard cut Concord’s deficit to one goal with 1:05 left, and Drew Livingston tied it up with 13.7 seconds on the clock.

With all the momentum on its side, Concord won the opening faceoff of overtime and quickly set up in the offensive end. Their first shot missed, but the Tide picked off Bedford’s clearing attempt and Devin Philbrick cut a pass to Kastle streaking toward the net. Kastle gathered the pass with command and sent a shot past Bedford goaltender Conner Laurendeau (28 saves).

It was an uplifting finish especially for Kastle, who missed on a breakaway chance and a penalty shot earlier in the game. 

“It was very frustrating in the beginning obviously with missing those two, but we never stopped and kept going as a team and we ended up winning,” he said.

There was concern on Concord’s bench after Bedford broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of goals in the third period by Zachary Bayer. His second, scored off a rebound during a two-on-one rush, came with just under six minutes to play. 

“There was a little bit of doubt on our team but our captains cheered us up and kept us going and we ended fighting and it paid off,” Kastle said.

After Stoddard brought the Tide within one, Concord coach Dunc Walsh called a timeout to regroup. Concord won the ensuing faceoff and pulled netminder Spencer Burgess (29 saves) for an extra skater.

“We just wanted to get the puck deep and start putting it on net,” Walsh said.

Cycling around the zone, the puck finally hit the stick of senior defenseman Liam O’Brien. O’Brien lined up a shot but saw heavy traffic in front of the crease. He fired the puck just wide to left, banging it off the end boards and directly to Livingston at the right dot. Livingston didn’t wait and sent his shot into the net before Laurendeau could recover.

With half a tick under 14 seconds left, the game seemed destined for overtime and Concord was confident it would finish the job.

“There was no doubt at that point,” Kastle said. “Especially against Bedford, we hate Bedford. And especially in overtime, that would be devastating to lose that way. We weren’t going to lose that game.”

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead 4:03 into the first period on a goal by Kyle Greer. Concord tied it midway through the second on a backhand goal by Andrew Paquette.

Bedford lost a good chunk of players to graduation after securing the D-I title last year. Concord returns a strong core of forwards from last year’s team but had to reload at defense. Led by O’Brien, who played significant minutes last season, the defense has added some youth with freshmen Alex Forward and Jake Sullivan, both of whom impressed Walsh in the preseason.

Walsh pointed out that this isn’t the same Bedford team that defeated Concord 7-0 in the championship round, but nevertheless expects the Bulldogs will be contenders again in March.

“That’s not the same Bedford team as last year but we’re not the same team as last year either, so that was a good win,” Walsh said. “They’ll still be one of the top teams in the league, so we’re certainly happy.”


(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3339, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Concord 7, Bedford 2

Key players: Concord – Lilly Vezina (4 goals), Jaelyn Kelleher (first varsity goal), Abby Corbet (win in goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide outshot Bedford, 49-11, and rode the scoring of Vezina to victory in the opener.

Records: Concord 1-0; Bedford 0-1


Spaulding 46, Concord 44

Key players: Concord – Ashley Kelley (16 points), Gabby Evans (14 points), Brighid Weeden (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: In coach Tim LaTorra’s debut for Concord, the Tide entered the fourth quarter tied at 31-all, but some late “reckless turnovers” proved to be the difference maker as Spaulding pulled out a tight victory.

Coach’s quote: “While I thought we played hard in spurts, we need to continue to learn how to put forth that type of effort for 32 minutes. ... I saw a few players really try to step up throughout the game and play with some pride. We need that from everyone.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 0-1; Spaulding 1-0

Coe-Brown 52, Timberlane 27

Key players: Coe-Brown – Ahna McCusker (10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists), Valentina White (14 points, 7 rebounds), Lauren Curtin (10 points, 5 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears experienced a tough first half of play, clinging to a 19-16 lead before upping the intensity in the final two quarters with 33 points. Coe-Brown’s defensive effort in the third quarter held Timberlane to just two points.

Coach’s quote: “I saw a lot of good and bad things tonight. We need to be more consistent, believing in ourselves and teammates and not panic when it doesn’t go right at first.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; Timberlane 0-1

Sanborn 59, Hillsboro-Deering 31

Key players: H-D – Fayth Grimes (15 points, 10 rebounds), Zoe Kemp (5 points), Halie Hurd (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: It was the first double-double of the season for Grimes, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the second quarter.

Coach’s quote: “Once we started to move the ball a little better things started to open up. We have a lot to continue to work on, but I am happy with how we played tonight.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Sanborn 3-0; H-D 0-3

Inter-Lakes 62, Franklin 26

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Mollie Durand (16 points), Emma Wheeler (11 points, 12 rebounds), Jordan Durand (12 points, 9 rebounds), Julia Gintoff (12 points); Franklin – Lauren Marsh (6 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers had four players score in double figures and cruised to the win over the Golden Tornadoes.

Records: Inter-Lakes 2-0; Franklin 2-2

Prospect Mountain 44, Belmont 29

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (16 points), Elaina Hoey (8 points), Lizzie Fleming (defense), Katie Galambos (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders trailed by only one point after the first quarter, but Prospect Mountain built a 30-23 cushion by halftime and pulled away for the win.

Records: Belmont 1-3; Prospect Mountain 4-0


Winnisquam 57, Newfound 39

Key players: Winnisquam – Kyle Mann (20 points), Phil Nichols (15 points)

Highlights/key moments: Winnisquam relied on Mann and Nichols to build a 10-point lead at halftime before scoring 14 in the third quarter to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We certainly needed the win and it’s nice to get one with a young team early.” – Winnisquam’s Kevin Dame

Records: Winnisquam 1-1; Newfound 0-2

Inter-Lakes 68, Franklin 54

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Eli Swanson (16 points), Tommy DeTolla (15 points); Franklin – Jayden Torres (33 points), Ben Lafrance (7 points, 3 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: Swanson has picked up where his brother Zach left off last season, scoring a team-high 16 points against the Golden Tornadoes one game after going for 38. Torres was the focal point of Franklin’s offense, which had a lot of chances but missed too many shots to pull off the win.

Coach’s quote: “We went into the game with a plan of shutting down Eli Swanson, who scored 38 points the other night but we held him to 16.” – Franklin’s Michael Donnell.

Records: Inter-Lakes 2-0; Franklin 0-1

Hopkinton 60, Mascoma Valley 25

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (19 points), Caleb Yianakopolos (8 points), Tyler Allen (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: While Newton-Delgado went off for 19 points, it was the Hopkinton defense that led the way. The Hawks held Mascoma to single-digit point totals in every quarter.

Coach’s quote: “I was very happy with how well we played defensively tonight creating turnovers leading to fast-break points.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Mascoma 1-1


Concord 72, Manchester Central 4

Key players: Concord – Sam Wagner (win by fall at 113), Ethan Comeau (win by fall at 126), Cameron Cate (win by fall at 132), Alexander Buteau (win by fall at 220)

Highlights/key moments: It was a dominating performance from the Tide, which picked up wins in 13 matches, including four victories by forfeit. William Woods, Hugh Gunnison, Tyler Simpson, Isaac Habimana, Daniel Rosalez and Ben Widmann all helped the cause with wins on the mat.

Bow 60, John Stark 12

Key players: Bow – Wyatt Rheinhardt (win at 113), Anna Krause (win at 132), Andrew Bliss (win at 138), Mark Borak (win at 145), Aiden Hyslop (win at 170); Stark – Jeffrey Johnston (win by pin)

Highlights/key moments: For the Falcons, it was another encouraging showing from the freshmen with Rheindhardt, Krause and Bliss all picking up victories by pin. Borak continued his strong season and Bow also had wins in the match from Ben and Alex Bufford.

Coach’s quote: “They were a young team but our freshmen continue to step up and put points on the board for us and Borak just continues to do his job.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman

“The kids are getting better every day. We are a very young team with mostly freshmen in the varsity lineup.” – Stark’s Tim Capen