Concord boys’ hockey skates to 6-0 win vs. Brady in opener

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  • Concord forward Parker Frederickson (right) and Joey Ala (left) celebrate a goal in the second period against Bishop Brady on Saturday. Ala finished with a goal and an assist and Frederickson had a goal in Concord’s 6-0 season-opening win.

  • Concord forward Ryan Philbrick (4) and Brady forward Bejamin Marceau battle for the puck in the second period on Saturday, January 16, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Brady goalie William Pegnam reaches out for the puck as he scrambles on the ice during the first period against Concord on Saturday, January 16, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord forward Camden McGonigle (right) checks Bishop Brady forward Jacob Tash in front of the Brady bench during Saturday’s season-opener at Tri-Town Ice Arena. Concord claimed a 6-0 win. GEOFF FORESTER photographs / Monitor staff

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Published: 1/17/2021 2:25:36 PM

The preseason was cut short and limited by health guidelines, and the first game was thrown on the schedule last week. So, it was no surprise that the Concord High boys’ hockey team looked a little rusty in the first period of the Saturday’s opener against Bishop Brady.

It was also no surprise to see the Crimson Tide turn things up after that and skate to a 6-0 win at Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett.

“We came out a little slow, but we got better as the game went along,” Concord coach Dunc Walsh said. “It was sloppy early, but the kids started to move the puck and played much better in the second and third. It was great just to be able to play.”

The Tide finished last season 19-1 and had advanced to the Division I final before the season was canceled. Brady, on the other hand, went 2-15-1 last season and missed the playoffs, which is why Concord’s surge in the second and third periods of Saturday’s game was to be expected.

Concord did take a 1-0 in the lead in the first period on a goal from defenseman Ryan Philbrick (goal, assist). The Tide got three pucks past Brady goalie Owen Currier (39 saves) in the second period as Joey Ala (goal, assist), Parker Fredrickson and Zach Drew all scored to make it 4-0 after two.

Tyler Coskren (goal, assist) and Brooks Craigue (goal, assist) scored in the third. Alex Forward and Noah Drew both finished with two assists and Kevin Jones made eight saves for the Tide.

Concord has a quick turnaround with a 1:30 game on Monday against Hanover at Everett Arena. Brady returns to action on Wednesday against Goffstown.

JV results

The Merrimack Valley JV boys’ basketball team has started its season 3-0. The Pride opened with a 51-40 win against Pembroke Academy as Andrew Surprenant scored 12 points while Buddy Eddy, Owen Bernier and Brandon Dukette each had nine. MV then took a pair of games from Concord, including a 41-32 win on Friday that saw Surprenant score and Dukette score nine apiece and Logan Gabour chip in with nine points. Concord’s Steve Kapulumba and Shaun Fifield both had 10 points in that one while Elia Bahuma played well off the bench and had seven points.

■ The Merrimack Valley JV girls’ basketball team has also started the season 3-0 after wins against Pembroke Academy and Concord. The Pride opened with a 26-18 win against PA as Annika Horne and Sarah Naovoy scored eight points each and Victoria Leak had three steals. MV then took a pair from Concord, 41-30 on Friday and 34-30 on Saturday. Concord’s Jaylyn Jefferson scored a team-high 16 points in Saturday’s game.

Middle school results

The Hopkinton and Bow Middle School girls’ basketball teams split a pair of games to start their seasons. Sydney Westover (21 points in the two games), Shaylee Murdough, Annie Morrall and Bella Correa have paced the Hopkinton offense in the two contests while Ella Trefethan and Bryana Szefan helped lead the way for Bow.

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