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High schools: Concord boys’ hockey beats Trinity, 3-2, in return to game action

  • Concord forward Brooks Craigue gets pushed to the ice by Trinity forward Quinn Booth during the second half at Everett Arena on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord goalie Kevin Jones sweeps a goal attempt by Trinity forward Cooper Gaudio during the second period at Everett Arena in Concord on Wednesday. GEOFF FORESTER — Monitor staff

  • Trinity forward Quinn Booth (left) and Cocord forward Alex Forward battle for the puck during the second period at Everett Arena on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/11/2021 3:23:52 PM

They fell behind twice and they had skated together as a team just once in the last two weeks. That didn’t bother the Concord High boys’ hockey team on Wednesday night at Everett Arena.

“We definitely didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but we battled through adversity, so that was good,” Crimson Tide junior defenseman Ryan Philbrick said. “It was a good win for us.”

Concord senior Alex Forward scored two power play goals in the last four minutes of the first period to help the Tide erase Trinity’s second one-goal lead of the game and go on to a 3-2 win. It was Concord’s first game back since its season was paused for two weeks on Jan. 27, due to COVID-19 concerns.

“I thought we were okay,” Tide coach Dunc Walsh said. “We didn’t manage the puck great at times, we threw it around too much, but some of that might have been fatigue. We tried to keep the shifts short and we played as many kids as we could. It was a good effort. I thought tonight was more about go out there and play hard, and we did that and got a win out of it, so that’s good.”

Concord’s record improves to 6-1-0 with the win. Trinity drops to 1-5-0, but that record is deceiving.

“The schedule is so weird this year, and (Trinity) has played a lot of good teams, and they were in the semifinals last year,” Walsh said. “They are a good team.”

A nice tip from Anthony Dizillo gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead at 3:41 into the game. A goal from Concord’s Cam McGonigle, assisted by Forward and Brooks Craigue (two assists), tied things up at 6:03 of the first. Dizillo then scored on a breakaway at 9:49 to put Trinity back on top, 2-1.

The Pioneers were playing physical, and they took a penalty about a minute after taking the lead. The Tide capitalized quickly when a shot from Craigue was blocked, but the deflection went to Philbrick. He smoothly slipped it over to Forward, who sniped a shot to the top of the net for the equalizing goal.

The game-winner was another power play for the highlight clips. Joey Ala started the play with a sharp pass to Zach Drew at the goal line. Drew then hit a cutting Forward in stride, and the senior scored his second goal to give his team a 3-2 lead with 3:23 left in the opening period.

“The power play was good, we were really moving it around,” Forward said. “Those goals were big. It seemed like every time Trinity scored, we would score a minute later.”

Concord had chances to increase its lead in the second and third, but it stayed a one-goal game until the end. Trinity was even on a power play with four minutes left on the clock, but Craigue drew a penalty from Dizillo to erase the man advantage.

Kevin Jones finished with 18 saves for the Tide, which has a 35-20 advantage in total shots.

“We had to hang on a little bit there at the end, but our kids did that and we managed to get a pretty good win,” Walsh said.


Girls’ Hockey

Concord 7, Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 0

Key players: Concord — Sophia Branch (2 goals, 1 assist), Maria Armaganian (2 goals), Kaitlyn McKinnon (goal, assist), Jaelyn Kelleher (2 assists), Ayva Walsh (goal), Elizabeth Brown (goal), Joanna Dustin (assist), Julia Kirrane (assist), Leah Beauregard (assist), Taylor Lamb (shutout); BTW — Emily Senko (52 saves)

Highlights: Concord’s Walsh, a freshman, opened the scoring with a shot from the point that began a four-goal first period of the Tide. Lamb made some key saves early to keep BTW off the board and kept up the solid play throughout the contest.

Coach’s quote: “The score of this game does not tell the full story. The Concord girls worked hard and every player contributed to this win. Brady-Trinity-West had a tough first period, but they made us work for every goal and scoring opportunity during the second and third period. Their goaltender, Emily Senko, had a tremendous game despite the score. We will not take them lightly going into Saturday’s game.” — Concord’s Tim Herbert

Records: Concord High School 4-4-0; Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 0-6-0

Boys’ Basketball

Lebanon 45, Kearsarge 36

Key players: Lebanon — Karsten Hansen (13 points), Calvin Bates (12 points); Kearsarge — Chris Stanchfield (13 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds), Adam Reeve (7 points), Nolan Grant (5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists)

Highlights: Kearsarge struggled with its shooting, and the defense and athleticism from Lebanon, in this game on Monday. Still, the Division III Cougars hung in there with one of the top programs in D-II.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of our hustle, energy and effort defensively. If we keep Lebanon in the mid to low 40’s we need to win that game. Our shots weren’t falling, so we need to find ways to score against a well-coached and talented team. This will help us grow and get better as we get closer to tournament time.” — Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Lebanon 5-0;  Kearsarge 6-2

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