High schools: Concord hockey holds off Exeter late in home opener

  • ABOVE: Concord defenseman Evan Makris (right) sends an Exeter forward flying during Saturday’s game at Everett Arena. BELOW: Concord goalie Parker Taylor keeps his eye on the puck as he makes a save. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Concord goalie Parker Taylor keeps his eye on the puck as he makes a save during the second period against Exeter at Everett Arena on Saturday, December 15, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Derek Kelleher (left) celebrates with Ryan Philbrick along with fans after Philbrick scored against Exeter during the second period at Everett Arena on Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord defenseman Ryan Philbrick (4) gets upended on a check by Exter forward Barry Owen during the second period at Everett Arena on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Philbrick went on to score the Crimson Tide’s first goal. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/15/2018 11:15:39 PM

The game should have been out of reach. The Concord boys’ hockey team had 23 more shots than Exeter as the clock ticked under five minutes at Everett Arena on Saturday night, and the Crimson Tide was on a five-minute major power play.

But the Blue Hawks were down by just a goal as they killed off the man advantage, and then all of a sudden junior Brendan Doyle, who looked like Exeter’s most dangerous player all night, was on a shorthanded breakaway. Tide goalie Parker Taylor was the only thing standing between Doyle and the goal that would have improbably tied the contest, and Taylor was enough.

“I actually know (Doyle), I played with him on a split-season team just before this season, and I know he likes to go glove side,” Taylor said. “So I tried to shade that way because I know he likes to shoot there, and it just tipped off my glove and I got the save.”

The tipped puck bounced off the post and went harmlessly wide, and Concord (2-0) skated out the remaining minutes in an entertaining 1-0 win.

“It was kind of scary with that breakaway we gave up on the shorthand,” Tide coach Dunc Walsh said. “It would have been nice if we could have put them away with a five-minute power play with eight to go, but we let them hang around … We played good D and our goalie was solid. They didn’t get a ton of chances, but (Taylor) looked confident, he looked good.”

Taylor finished with 17 saves for the shutout, while Exeter goalie Jude Rogles wound up with 43 stops.

“That’s a quality team, they beat BG (3-2) on Wednesday night. They play hard and I thought they were pretty quick, and their goalie played really well,” Walsh said of Exeter (1-1). “We had some good chances, but that’s the type of team we are. We could outshoot a team heavily and it’s 1-0, which is scary.”

Concord played sound in front of Taylor, especially the four defensemen – seniors Andrew Paquette and Evan Makris, junior Anders Norton and freshman Ryan Philbrick, who scored the game’s only goal.

Paquette started the scoring play with a pass that Philbrick carried into the left circle. The freshman stayed patient with the puck and then lifted a quick wrister that hit the underside of the crossbar and clanged down behind Rogles to give the Tide a 1-0 lead with 3:47 left in the second period.

“He’s a good player,” Walsh said of Philbrick. “I thought he was going to slide it over, but I think the goalie was cheating and Ryan just top-shelfed him.”

The goal was a fitting highlight for an exciting second period. Doyle and the Blue Hawks came out buzzing to start the period, but a nice poke check from Philbrick and then a save from Taylor in the first minute kept the game scoreless.

Taylor stopped a puck that came through traffic two minutes later, and then Exeter went on its only power play of the game 3:28 into the second. But it was the Tide who had the best bid during the next two minutes as Devin Philbrick, a senior forward, assistant captain and older brother of Ryan, had the puck in the crease and got off a shot that seemed ticketed for the net, but Rogles somehow came up with a glove save.

Exeter then took back-to-back penalties, and Concord pushed for another goal. Senior Shane Riley was doing the dirty work down low and looking ready to poke something in, but the Tide couldn’t find a finishing touch.

“The power play was okay,” Walsh said. “At times it was good and at times we tried to force it. But it’s still early.”

Tyler Coskren, another freshman who saw lots of ice time for the Tide, nearly doubled the lead with 11:33 left in the third. Coskren was on a breakaway and his shot went through Rogles, who was looking behind his own back for the rebound. But the puck trickled wide instead of into the goal.

Concord dominated from there, putting 10 shots on goal over the next seven minutes while Exeter didn’t have a single one ... until Doyle’s breakaway. But Taylor had the answer for that, and now Concord has a little momentum to start the winter campaign.

“It’s good to be 2-0, and like I said, Exeter is a quality team,” Walsh said. “It was a good game. I would have liked to get a couple power play goals to seal the deal, but we’ll take it.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20)

Boys’ Hockey

Pembroke-Campbell 4, Kearsarge-Plymouth 3, OT

Key players: Pembroke-Campbell – Jayden Lamy (2G, 2A), Andrew Durfee (2G), Nate Lamontagne (2A)

Highlights: Lamy scored with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime and also assisted on the game-winning goal by Durfee, helping Pembroke-Campbell complete a come-from-behind victory. Kearsarge-Plymouth led 2-0 after the first period and went up 3-1 in the third before allowing three consecutive goals.

Coach’s quote: “They played very well in the third period. After we scored our first goal at the end of the second period the game changed and they dominated the play moving forward.” – Pembroke-Campbell’s Marc Noel

Records: Pembroke-Campbell 2-0; Kearsarge-Plymouth 0-2

Hanover 6, Bow 1

Key players: Bow – Nate Carrier, Devin Perry, Jake Mielcarz, Ben Tobeler, Dillan D’Allesandro, Ben Wheeler

Coach’s quote: “We were able to hold Hanover to a 1-0 lead after the first period and 3-1 after two with a tight defense and a slow-the-game-down strategy. A short bench, due to injuries, but the kids played with discipline and fought hard until the end of the game against the state champions. We are taking the positives from this game and looking to our next game.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Hanover 2-0; Bow 0-2

John Stark-Hopkinton 6,
Berlin 0

Key players: John Stark-Hopkinton – Jameson Bourque (17 saves), Jake Cole (4A), Noah Chapman (2G, A; Brett Patnode (G, A), Nolan Sauer (G, A), Paul Molnar (G), Tyler Scordo (G), Benny Madden (A)

Highlights: The General Hawks jumped out to an early lead 51 seconds into the game and finished the opening period with a 4-0 lead. Stark-Hopkinton scored two third-period goals to ice the win.

Coach’s quote: “The team came out strong in the first period and notched four goals which allowed us to run four lines most of the rest of the game. Defensively we played well, limiting the scoring opportunities from the outside. Berlin’s Cam Reardon (21 saves) did a good job in the second period shutting down our attack making 12 saves.” – John Stark-Hopkinton’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: John Stark-Hopkinton 2-0; Berlin 1-1

Wrestling

Concord 67, Winnisquam 6
Concord 68, Exeter 6
Concord 61, Massabesic (Maine) 12

Key players: Concord – Anthony Fusco (3 wins at 113), Ethan Comeau (3 wins at 120), Trey Fortier (3 wins at 126), Jack Sargent (3 wins at 126), Nicholas Bunch (3 wins at 145), Tyler Simpson (3 wins at 170), Isaac Gladey (3 wins at 182), Cam Thompson (3 wins at 285), Evan Berube (2 wins at 138), Khan Amiri (2 wins at 152), Abbas Abdulrahman (2 wins at 192), Noah Giffard (2 wins at 220); Winnisquam – Ashley Gauthier (forfeit win at 106)

Highlights: The Tide only dropped four bouts in three duals, sweeping a quad meet at home.

Boys’ Indoor Track

Concord 1st, Merrimack Valley 3rd, Belmont 4th, Winnisquam 7th, Franklin 8th,
Bishop Brady 10th

Key players: Concord – Manny Feliz (1st 55 hurdles in 8.38 seconds, 3rd long jump), Eben Bragg (1st 1,000 in 2:48), Aidan O’Hern (1st 1,500 in 4:21), Forest MacKenzie (1st 3,000 in 9:08), Brayden Kearns (2nd 1,500), Rovanee Nickson (3rd 600), Eli Boesch-Dining (3rd 3,000), Jackson (4th 300), Aiden Gleason (4th 1,500), Nick Richards (4th 55 hurdles), David Cook (5th 3,000), John Murphy (6th 1,000), Zachary Hooper (6th 1,500), Johnathan McDonald (6th 3,000); MV – Camden Donovan (1st high jump at 5-8, 2nd long jump, 5th 55 hurdles), Christian Oglesby (1st 600 in 1:29), Seth Baylus (2nd high jump, 3rd 55 dash), Dylan Lessard (2nd 600, 3rd 55 hurdles), David Reynolds (2nd 3,000), Matt Reynolds (3rd 1,500); Belmont – Zack Duclos (3rd shot put), Brandon Robichaud (4th long jump), Nick Miles (4th 600), Micah Edgren (5th long jump, 6th 300), Brandon Kelley (6th shot put); Winnisquam – Dylan Robert (2nd 1,000), Riley Mann (3rd 1,000), Ryan Bellville (5th high jump); Franklin – Kyan Graves (2nd shot put); Bishop Brady – Mark Galvin (6th 55 hurdles, 6th long jump)

Highlights: The Tide loaded up on points in the long distance events and finished in the top two in both relays to win a season-opening 10-team meet at Plymouth State. Concord’s 77 points topped Windham (71), MV (64), Belmont (20) and Manchester Central (19). Winnisquam (15), Franklin (5) and Bishop Brady (2) finished seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively. Bragg, Wilkes, Fisto Ndayishimiye and O’Hern formed the winning 4x400, while Feliz, Richards, Eaton Tarbell and Zackary Jenks ran on the second-place 4x200. For MV, Oglesby, Lessard and Cameron Butt ran on both the second-place 4x400 and third-place 4x200 relays. Baylus ran on the 4x200 and David Reynolds rounded out the 4x400.

Pembroke 3rd

Key players: Pembroke – Christian Army (1st 55 hurdles in 9.04 seconds, 2nd long jump), Jacob Marden (2nd 55 hurdles, 3rd 300), Elija St. Pierre (4th 55 hurdles), Michael Harris (5th 55 hurdles), D’Andre Mitchell (6th 55 dash)

Highlights: The Spartans opened the season by finishing third in a 10-team meet at UNH. Oyster River dominated the meet to win with 93 points. Campbell (35), Pembroke (34), Newmarket (32) and Kingswood (30) rounded battled it out for the rest of the top five spots. The Spartans scored nearly half of their points in the hurdles, with Army leading a 1-2-4-5 finish for Pembroke in the event. Army also ran on the fourth-place 4x400 relay with James Dupuis, Harris and Shawn Tremblay. Mitchell, Devin Bourget, St. Pierre and Joshua Tremblay formed the sixth-place 4x160 relay.

Bow 7th

Key players: Bow – Gabe Neff (5th 600), Colin Bayer (6th 55 hurdles)

Highlights: The Falcons opened the season with a meet at Phillips Exeter Academy. Phillips Exeter scored 95 points, easily outdistancing the eight-team field. Merrimack (57) and Dover (44) rounded out the top three, while Bow picked up five points to finish seventh. The Falcons just missed out on additional points. Jonathan Routhier qualified for the 55 dash finals and finished eighth, just two spots away from scoring, while Andrew Ralson (seventh 300) and Colin Lessard (eighth 1,000) also narrowly missing out on scoring. Lessard, Neff, Luke Berube and Aiden Lipsey formed the sixth-place 4x400.

Girls’ Indoor Track

Concord 2nd, Merrimack Valley 3rd, Belmont 4th, Bishop Brady 8th, Winnisquam 10th

Key players: Concord – Sarah Waite (1st 55 dash in 7.64 seconds), Grace Devanny (1st 300 in 41.09), Sarah Zarakotas (2nd 1,000), Morgane Orcutt (2nd 3,000), Julie Kye (4th high jump), Brianna Malette (6th high jump), Alexis Adams (6th shot put); MV – Sophia Reynolds (1st 1,500 in 4:57), Madison Palmer (2nd long jump), Nicole Considine (3rd 55 hurdles), Rebecca Williams (3rd long jump), Noelle Colarusso (3rd high jump, 5th long jump), Madisyn Garrity (4th 600), Elizabeth LaRoche (5th shot put); Belmont – Alice Riley (1st 3,000 in 11:08), Sana Syed (1st 55 hurdles in 9.80), Skylar Ruelke (5th high jump), Jada Edgren (6th 55 dash); Bishop Brady – Ashlyn Toupin (1st long jump in 12-7½, 6th 55 hurdles), Abigail Shagena (5th 1,000, 6th 600); Winnisquam– Joy Roberts (2nd high jump), Faith Gosselin (4th 1,500), Jasmine Piper (6th 1,500); Franklin – Emma Dunlap (17th 55 hurdles)

Highlights: Several local teams competed in a season-opening meet held at Plymouth State. Manchester Central (57 points) topped the 12-team field that included Concnord (49), MV (46), Belmont (29) and Windham (29) in the top five. Bishop Brady (14) and Winnisquam (9) finished eighth and 10th, respectively, while Franklin only had one competitor and did not score. Concord won the 4x400 with Malette, Zarakotas, Orcutt and Devanny, while Hannah Barton, Faith Hatcher, Samantha Ossoff and Waite formed the runner-up 4x200. MV also did well in the relays, finishing third in both events. Williams, Tabitha Nugent, Palmer and Cassidy Considine ran on the 4x200 and Reynolds, Cassidy Considine, Nicole Considine and Williams formed the 4x400. Gabrielle Day, Ruelke, Syed and Edgren won the 4x200 for Belmont.

Kearsarge 9th

Key players: Kearsarge – Mya Dube (1st 600 in 1:40.55), Ruth Anderson (44th 55 dash)

Highlights: The Cougars only had two competitors in a season-opening meet held at Dartmouth College, but Dube won the 600, topping the 26-runner field in a school-record and Division II state meet qualifying time. St. Johnsbury, Vt. (63), Milford (51) and Keene (41) were the top three out of the 12-team field. Dube’s victory accounted for all six of Kearsarge’s points.

Pembroke 5th

Key players: Pembroke – Cassidy Rondeau (5th 55 dash), Lilly Curtis (5th high jump), Madison Bennett (6th 55 dash, 6th 300), Amanda Montminy (6th 55 hurdles)

Highlights: The Spartans opened the season with a fifth-place finish in a nine-team meet held at UNH. Oyster River (75.5) and Sanborn (73.5) fought for a tightly-contest team title, while Kingswood (47), Campbell (22) and Pembroke (21) rounded out the top five. Pembroke picked up most of its points in the sprints and relays. Rondeau and Alison Corriveau ran on both the third-place 4x400 and fourth-place 4x160 relays. Bennett and Curtis completed the 4x160, while Montminy and Molly Keyes rounded out the 4x400 squad.

Bow 7th

Key players: Bow – Addy Trefethen (3rd 55 dash)

Highlights: The Falcons opened the season with a seventh-place finish in an eight-team meet at Phillips Exeter Academy. The hosts won with 66 points, topping Salem (54) and Merrimack (53). Bow scored 14 points. Freshman Trefethen opened her indoor track career with a third-place finish in the 55 dash and also ran on the third-place 4x200 with Amy Eweka, Kelly Harris and Sage Landers. Meridith Krause, Phi Krone, Paydge Landers and Eve Anderson ran on the sixth-place 4x400. Autumn Boisvert (3,000) and Eweka (55 hurdles) finished seventh, just missing out on scoring in their events.

Boys’ Basketball

Hillsboro-Deering 53,
Newport 34

Key players: H-D – Charles Veitch (14 points), Sam Hatcher (9 points), Elijah Winters (9 points), Ben Ketterer (7 points)

Highlights: The Hillcats jumped out to a 14-7 lead through the first quarter and extended it to 30-17 at halftime, giving H-D its second win of the season on Friday night. The Hillcats already have more wins this season than they’ve had in any campaign since the 2013-14 season.

Records: H-D 2-1; Newport 0-3

Boys’ Swimming

Concord 1st,
Bishop Brady 3rd, Bow 4th

Key players: Concord – Jay Blasko (1st 50 free, 3rd 100 back), Joshua Mueller (1st 200 IM, 1st 500 free), James LeMahieu (2nd 200 free, 3rd 100 fly), Ethan Case (3rd 200 free, 3rd 100 free); Bishop Brady – Charlie Miller (1st 100 breast), Johann Klassen (2nd 200 IM, 2nd 100 fly), David Wei (2nd 100 free, 2nd 100 back), Oscar Miller (2nd 500 free, 3rd 100 breast); Bow – Ethan Rychwalski (2nd 50 free, 2nd 100 breast)

Highlights: The Tide opened its season by winning a five-team meet at the Concord YMCA on Friday night. The Tide scored 56 points to top Goffstown (40), Bishop Brady (38), Bow (13) and Hollis Brookline (2). LeMahieu, Blasko, Mueller and Case formed the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays for Concord.

Girls’ Swimming

Hopkinton 1st, Concord 2nd, Bow 4th, John Stark 6th,
Bishop Brady 7th

Key players: Hopkinton – Cailey Stockwell (1st 200 IM, 1st 50 free), Emma Hall (1st 100 free, 1st 100 breast), Sydney Stockwell (2nd 200 free, 3rd 100 back); Concord – Abby O’Brien (2nd 50 free, 2nd 100 free), Raaya Burns (2nd 200 IM), Lexi Quinn (2nd 500 free); Bow – Sarah Guerrette (1st 100 fly, 1st 500 free) John Stark – Maeve Hunt (1st 200 free, 1st 100 back); Bishop Brady – Roisin Lawlor (5th 100 free)

Highlights: The Hawks swam to a season-opening victory in a seven-team meet at the Concord YMCA on Friday night. Hopkinton’s 47 points topped Concord (28), Goffstown (27), Bow (26), Hollis Brookline (22), John Stark (16), Bishop Brady (1). Cailey Stockwell and Hall both had two individual victories and also swam on both the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays with Sydney Stockwell and Sophia Staples-Roy.




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