High schools: Stark-Hopkinton hockey continues D-III dominance with 8-0 win over Pembroke-Campbell

  • Pembroke Academy/Campbell forward Nathan Perry battles John Stark/Hopkinton defenseman Joe Sawitsky during the first period at Everett Arena on Saturday, January 12, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Teammates surround John Stark/Hopkinton forward Paul Molnar after the first goal against Pembroke Academy/Campbell during the first period at Everett Arena on Saturday, January 12, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bodies fly as John Stark-Hopkinton forward Benny Madden controls the puck behind the net on Saturday at Everett Arena. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Pembroke Academy/Campbell defensiveman Kaleb Pelletier (18) and John Stark/Hopkinton forward Brett Patnode collide during the first period on Saturday, January 12, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Skylar Hattendorf earned the Outstanding Wrestler award at the Nashua South Invitational on Saturday. Bow coach Brock Hoffman said he believes she’s the first girl in history to win Outstanding Wrestler at a New Hampshire tournament. Courtesy

  • Bow’s Skylar Hattendorf earned the Outstanding Wrestler award at the Nashua South Invitational on Saturday. Bow coach Brock Hoffman said he believes she’s the first girl in history to win Outstanding Wrestler at a New Hampshire tournament. Wyatt Reinhardt also took first at the event in Nashua. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 1/13/2019 12:22:56 AM

With 20 players returning from last year’s championship squad, the John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey team knew it would be good this year. But the General Hawks didn’t know they’d be this good.

Saturday afternoon’s 8-0 win against Pembroke-Campbell pushed John Stark-Hopkinton’s record to 8-0. The General Hawks have gotten there, and staked their flag to the top of the Division III standings, by outscoring their opponents, 56-4, with six shutouts in eight games.

“I didn’t expect to be this good,” said Denis Kolehmainen, who is in his seventh year as the JSH head coach. “These kids are just amazing. I tell them to do something and they just do it, they don’t complain about it, and their execution right now is almost perfect.”

The defending champs haven’t just beaten their D-III peers, they’ve also taken down some D-II teams. The General Hawks beat undefeated Dover, 4-1, in the final of the Peter Hall Christmas Classic. They downed Kingswood in the same tournament, 5-1, and they beat Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal, 4-0, during a regular-season meeting last week.

“I did not think we’d be this good,” said junior captain Brett Patnode, who had a goal and two assists against Pembroke-Campbell (3-3). “We’re destroying D-III and even beating some top D-II teams, like Dover and Lebanon.”

Asked about the key to all that success, Patnode said it wasn’t one thing. Saturday’s game proved that point. The General Hawks got goals from eight different players and assists from six different players. The defense gave up just 13 shots all game, and only one in the second period. Senior goalie Jameson Bourque, the MVP of the Hall Christmas Classic, stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first two periods and backup Caysen Alard finished the shutout with three saves in the third.

“So far that team is the best of the best that we’ve played,” PAC senior captain Nate Lamontagne said. “They’re well-rounded, and they’ve got a lot of size on their whole team, plus they’re quick and fast, so it’s hard to play with them. We did the best we could, and hopefully we get our stuff together before the playoffs.”

JSH’s size does jump off the ice. There are 12 players on the Stark-Hopkinton roster who stand 6-foot or taller, and three more listed at 5-foot-11. All that size isn’t just for show – the General Hawks like to use it.

“We preach physicality,” said the 6-3, 210-pound Patnode. “We like to almost intimidate the other team in a way, and it really gives us lanes to get good quality shots and good scoring opportunities.”

The physicality, depth and skill would be impressive on a D-I team, never mind D-III.

“We haven’t seen another D-III team like that, no,” PAC coach Marc Noel said. “As a matter of fact, it would be very interesting to watch these guys play some teams in D-I. They’re just a very good team. They move the puck well, they control the front of the net, they control the back of the net, and then when you’ve got guys as big as 6-3, 6-4, it’s tough.”

The Generals Hawks were putting on relentless pressure in the early minutes of the game when the PAC defense tried to ice the puck. Instead of letting it slide over the end line, Bourque came out of his goal, stopped the puck and fired a pass to the blue line that reinitiated the offense, caught PAC off guard and led to the opening goal from Tyler Scordo at 3:08 of the first. It was the third assist of the season for Bourque, and all of them came on plays just like that.

Less than two minutes later, Nolan Sauer came off the bench, immediately collected a pass from Patnode and then sniped a top corner to give JSH a 2-0 lead at 4:38 of the first.

Thanks to some outstanding goaltending from Mattieux Tremblay, who had 24 saves in the first period, PAC settled in after that. But just when it looked like the game might even out, JSH scored twice in the last five minutes of the first (Thayer Maughan and Patnode had the goals) to take a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.

“We’re a young team, so it’s kind of tough when you see another team score a couple quick ones, it’s difficult for (the younger players) to keep the right mindset,” PAC senior captain Jayden Lamy said. “So that was tough in between periods, trying to keep everyone positive and focused.”

It became even tougher when JSH scored twice in the first five minutes of the second, these two goals from freshman forward Ethan Molnar and senior defenseman Joe Sawitsky. The General Hawks added a third in the final minute of the second when they won a faceoff in their own end and executed a perfect 2-on-1 break with Paul Molnar (three assists) showing great speed, patience and passing touch on his assist to Benny Madden.

“That was great execution, it was one of our set plays,” Kolehmainen said. “It took seven seconds to get from that faceoff circle to the puck being in the net.”

Larsen Burack scored the only goal of the running-time third period, assisted by Matt Piscina. PAC goalie Adam Omundson played well in the final two periods and finished with 24 saves.

“I’ve got a good little hockey team,” Noel said. “As far as I’m concerned, these guys are going to make a little bit of noise and I’m expecting them to go farther in the playoffs than they have in the past, especially with the goaltenders I have.”

Saturday’s 8-0 result was the only lopsided loss of the season for Pembroke-Campbell, which was giving up 2.2 goals per game going into Saturday’s contest. The team’s two other losses came by a total of three goals, 4-2 and 3-2.

“We’ve definitely played close games with everyone else we played, and we could very well be right up there in the standings with everyone,” PAC’s Lamy said. “It’s just a matter of fixing the little mistakes and working on things in practice.”

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

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 5, Trinity 1

Key players: Concord – Matt Hauschild (2G, A), Derek Kelleher (G, 2A), Cam Larivierre (G, A), Kyle McKinnon (G), Anders Norton (2A), Shane Riley (2A), Devin Philbrick (A)

Highlights: The Tide jumped out to 2-1 lead after the first and tacked on two more goals in the second and one in the third to put away the Pioneers.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t come out with much energy but played better in second and third. We need to continue to get better.” – Concord’s Duncan Walsh

Records: Concord 6-1; Trinity 4-3

Bedford 6, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Nate Carrier (40 saves)

Highlights: The Falcons are still searching for their first D-I victory following a loss to the first-place Bulldogs.

Records: Bedford 6-0-1; Bow 0-7-1

Londonderry 4, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Kevin Anderson (G)

Highlights: Anderson scored a power-play goal early in the third period to cut Brady’s deficit to 3-1, but the Giants couldn’t close the gap any further on the Lancers.

Records: Londonderry 3-4-1; Bishop Brady 2-4-1

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 11, Pinkerton 1

Key players: Concord – Jaelyn Kelleher (5G), Abby Corbett (goalie)

Highlights: The Tide won its seventh straight game to start the season, maintaining its first-place position in the standings.

Coach’s quote: “This was a great team effort by all. We were able to move the puck well through the neutral zone and set ourselves up well for quality scoring opportunities. We are very happy with the team effort put in today. ” – Concord’s Pat McDonough

Records: Concord 7-0; Pinkerton 1-6

Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 6, Keene-Monadnock-Fall Mtn. 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Evelyn Irizarri (3G), Lauren Trippiedi (G) Rae Roberts (G), Courtney Ingham (G), Emily Senko (5 saves)

Highlights: Brady-Trinity-West took a quick 4-0 lead in the first period and tacked on two more in the third, keeping the puck in Keene’s zone most of the game in a decisive victory. Brady also showed its improvement in depth, with the third line of Ashley Brust, Halle Sullivan, Aubrianna Mendibles applying pressure offensively.

Coach’s quote: “Ashley Brust, Halle Sullivan and Aubrianna Mendibles, our third line, stepped up. They’re going to the net hard and getting shots. They’re giving 110 percent.” – Brady’s Dan Earley

Records: Brady-Trinity-West 5-3; Keene-Monadnock 1-6


Concord 1st

Key players: Concord – Tyler Simpson (1st 170), Isaac Gladey (1st 182), Noah Giffard (1st 220), Ethan Comeau (2nd 120), Trey Fortier (2nd 132), James Bonnell (3rd 138), Nick Bunch (3rd 152), Abbas Abdulrahman (3rd 195), Jack Sargent (4th 126), Cam Thompson (4th 285), Khan Amiri (5th 145), Dan Rosales (5th 160), Keith McFetrdige (6th 113)

Highlights: The Tide won three weight classes and had 13 wrestlers place to win the 15-team Weymouth (Mass.) Invitational by a comfortable margin. Concord scored 232.5 points, well ahead of second-place Braintree, Mass. (164.5) and Brookline, Mass. (161).

Bow 7th

Key players: Bow – Wyatt Reinhardt (1st 106), Skylar Hattendorf (1st 120), Alex Boufford (4th 160), Alec Schultz (6th 132)

Highlights: The Falcons finished seventh in the 17-team Nashua South Invitational against mostly D-I and out-of-state schools and Hattendorf came away with the Oustanding Wrestler award. Essex (Vt.) won with 163.5 points, while Salem (159) and Bishop Guertin (135) finished second and third. Bow scored 105 points, led by Hattendorf and Reinhardt’s victories.

Concord “B” 4th,
Kearsarge 7th, Winnisquam 8th, Belmont 16th

Key players: Concord – GJ Gimaranzi (1st 195), Hunter Jeffers (2nd 285), Evan Berube (3rd 138), Peter Sargent (3rd 182), Anthony Fusco (4th 113), Anthony Rosales (4th 160), Kody Rashed (5th 170), Jaycee Haskell (5th 182), Edward Kalukiewicz (6th 152); Kearsarge – Brady Lombard (1st 170), Gabe Benedict (2nd 145), Nolan Haley (2nd 195), Reilly Moskalenko (2nd 220); Winnisquam – Chaz Hibbert (3rd 220), Cameron Roberts (4th 145), Kobe Briand (4th 152), Hunter Finemore (5th 126), Ashley Gauthier (6th 106), Quintin McDaniels (6th 113), Tyler Remillard (6th 170)

Highlights: The Tide sent some wrestlers to compete at the Winnisquam Winter Classic and Concord come away in fourth place with 132.5 points, behind perennial Division I powerhouse Timberlane (198), defending Division III champion Plymouth (172) and Keene (138). Souhegan (121) and Pinkerton (98.5) finished fifth and sixth, ahead of Kearsarge (93.5) and Winnisquam (93). With just two wrestlers, Belmont finished 16th (9) in the tournament.

Boys’ indoor track

Concord, Coe-Brown
at Dartmouth Relays

Key players: Coe-Brown – Dawson Dubois, Porter Heigis, Wyatt Mackey and Luke Tkaczyk (1st-place distance medley relay; Concord – Manny Feliz (7th 55 hurdles), Eli Boesch-Dining (12th 2 mile), Forest MacKenzie (15th 2 mile), Aiden O’Hern (16th mile), David Cook (19th 2 mile), Jackson Wilkes (21st 600), Brayden Kearns (23rd mile), Eben Bragg (24th 1,000)

Highlights: Concord and Coe-Brown had a handful of athletes compete in the Dartmouth Relays against more than 60 schools from across New England. Coe-Brown’s distance medley relay was the only local scoring performance, helping the Bears tie for 42nd place, although the Tide had a number of quality performances as well.

Bow 6th, Bishop Brady 9th

Key players: Bow – Colin Lessard (1st 3,000 in 10:01, 2nd 1,500), Gabe Neff (3rd 600), Joe Rychwalski (4th 300); Bishop Brady – Mark Galvin (4th 55 hurdles

Highlights: Lessard scored 11 of Bow’s 20 points, leading the Falcons to sixth place out of 10 teams in a meet at UNH. Bow’s 4x160 of Aiden Westenberg, Andrew Ralston, Rychwalksi and Jonathan Routhier finished sixth. Spaulding (56 points) narrowly topped Pelham (55.5) and Alvirne (51) for the team win. Bishop Brady scored three points.

Girls’ indoor track

Concord, Coe-Brown
at Dartmouth Relays

Key players: Concord – Grace Devanny (2nd 300, 7th 55 dash), Hannah Barton (8th pole vault), Morgane Orcutt (15th 2 mile), Sarah Zarakotas (16th 1,000); Coe-Brown – Addison Cox, Sophie Laird, Ella Malone and Abby O’Connor (4th distance medley relay)

Highlights: Devanny finished second in the 300 in a field of 99 runners and seventh in a field of over 120 runners in the 55 dash at the Dartmouth Relays, a meet featuring more than 60 schools from across New England. Devanny scored all eight of the Tide’s points, helping Concord tie for 23rd. Coe-Brown tied for 41st with four points from the distance medley relay.

Bow 7th, Bishop Brady 8th

Key players: Bow – Addy Trefethen (2nd 300), Tory Burke (4th 3,000), Autumn Boisvert (5th 1,000); Bishop Brady – Abby Shagena (3rd 600, 4th high jump), Ashlyn Toupin (3rd long jump, 4th 55 hurdles)

Highlights: The Falcons scored 20 points and the Giants scored 14 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively, in a 12-team meet at UNH. Bow’s 4x160 relay of Amy Eweka, Kelly Harris, Paydge Landers and Trefethen finished third and the sixth-place 4x400 (Eve Anderson, Amelia Coe, Meridith Krause, Sage Landers) also contributed to the scoring. Winnacunnet (66), Alvirne (40) and Spaulding (36.5) topped the standings.

Boys’ swimming

Concord 1st, Bishop Brady 2nd, Belmont 3rd, Bow 4th,
Gilford 5th

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

Highlights: Bishop Brady won a pair of relays, with Wei, Charlie Miller, Oscar Miller and Klassen winning the 200 medley, and Wei, Paul Cunningham, Oscar Miller and Andy Li winning the 200 freestyle relay, but it was Concord that won Friday night’s meet with 53 points. LeMahieu, Jace Castellano, Blasko and Mueller formed the winning 400 freestyle relay for the Tide. Bishop Brady (49), Belmont (15), Bow (12) and Gilford (8) rounded out the team scores.

Girls’ swimming

Hopkinton 1st, Concord 2nd, Bow 3rd, Gilford 4th,
Belmont 5th, Bishop Brady 6th

Key players: Hopkinton – Cailey Stockwell (1st 200 back, 1st 500 free), Emma Hall (1st 50 free, 1st 100 breast), Sydney Stockwell (1st 200 IM); Concord – Raaya Burns (2nd 100 fly), Lexi Quinn (2nd 500 free); Bow – Sarah Guerrette (1st 100 fly); Belmont – Chloe Wineriter (1st 200 free, 2nd 100 back)

Highlights: Hopkinton won seven events, including a pair of victories in the relays. The Stockwell sisters, Hall and Sophia Staples-Roy formed the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Abby O’Brien, Lauren Dusavitch, Quinn and Burns formed the winning 400 free relay for Concord. Hopkinton won Friday night’s meet with 54 points, followed by Concord (31), Bow (28), Gilford (22), Belmont (14) and Bishop Brady (4).

Boys’ basketball

Concord 46, Windham 35

Key players: Concord – Scott Lampron (14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Max Van Fleet (12 points), Rylan Canabano (7 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, Jon Shamash (6 points, 6 rebounds), Tyler Bruns (defense)

Highlights: The Tide snapped a two-game skid with a victory on Friday night over the Jaguars.

Records: Concord 3-2; Windham 1-5

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