High schools: Concord girls’ hockey wins 5th in a row with 9-0 victory over Pinkerton

  • Concord goalie Abby Corbett gets in position to make a save in Saturday’s 9-0 victory over Pinkerton Academy. Corbett made 12 saves to get the shutout, helping the Tide improve to 5-0-0. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 1/18/2020 7:12:06 PM

So far, things are pretty much going the way Concord girls’ hockey coach Patrick McDonough drew it up in the preseason.

The Crimson Tide displayed the depth and balance that McDonough predicted – getting goals from six different skaters representing all four classes, and both forwards and defenders – in Saturday’s 9-0 victory over Pinkerton to improve to 5-0-0.

“We roll out three solid lines pretty consistently,” McDonough said. “We’re in a situation where no matter who is out there we know they can get the job done.

Concord got the job done early, quickly scoring three first-period goals.

“We came out of the chute pretty hot,” McDonough said. “We were able to get some opportunities and jump on those to get second and third looks (at the net). We were able to settle in and maintain possession in the offensive zone.”

It took a while for that possession to translate into goals, with Concord only netting one in the second to take a 4-0 lead, but the Tide was rewarded for its patience and puck movement in the third, finding the back of net five times.

Junior forward Jaelyn Kelleher, freshman defenseman Emma LaRiviere and sophomore forward Amy Cohen (who is also an assistant captain) tallied two goals apiece to lead the scoring, while junior forward Joanna Dustin, senior forward and co-captain Nicole Jones, and freshman defenseman Katie Ripel each scored one.

With 12 returning players from last year’s 12-5-1 team that made a run to the Division I semifinals, McDonough didn’t expect offense to be a problem, but with five freshman making up the six-skater defensive unit there were some question marks there.

Those five freshman – LaRivier, Ripel, Sophia Branch, Lulu Leppard and Greta Norton – plus senior Lily Branch, were solid on both ends of ice, scoring goals and dishing out several assists. they also helped make senior netminder Abby Corbett’s job an easy one.

Corbett finished with 12 saves to earn the team’s third shutout of the season. The Tide defense has only surrendered six goals through five games.

“They’ve done a great job learning the system and have a lot of experience playing together,” McDonough said of his young ‘D’ core. “So it was more of a question of how well they would play together within our unit. They’ve been doing a great job of learning and growing with each other. The hard work has certainly paid off.”

The five straight wins Concord has to open this season is reminiscent of the first half of last season when the Tide won 10 straight to open.

Still, it’s early in the year, the Tide hasn’t seen some of the state’s best teams and McDonough expects there to be more parity in the 16-team league this time around.

“Just taking a look at some of the scores, everyone is playing each other pretty competitively,” McDonough said. “We want to be known as a competitive team that isn’t going to give you a night off. We have a one-game-at-a-time mindset. It’s been nice to see that culture change (over McDonough’s three years with the team) to know we will be competitive no matter who we are up against.”

Concord’s next game is on Monday when the Tide travel to second-place Berlin-Gorham (6-1-2), followed by another road game on Tuesday at Bishop Guertin (2-4).

The Tide has also yet to face Hanover (4-1-1), the winner of 11 of 12 state championships, and Exeter (3-3), the three-time runner-up.

Exeter is also the team responsible for snapping Concord’s 10-game winning streak and eliminating the team with a 6-1 victory in the semifinals last year.

“We’re excited to see what we do against (Berlin-Gorham),” McDonough said. “We know we’ve got a pretty good squad, but there’s team’s out there that are going to give us a run.”

Boys’ Basketball

Windham 70, Concord 60

Key players: Concord – Rylan Canabano (18 points, defense), Ivan Yen (14 points), Tyler Clark Toy (14 points)

Highlights: Concord and the tied-for-second Jaguars were knotted up 34-34 at halftime, but Windham pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Tide on Friday night.

Records: Windham 5-1; Concord 2-3

Hopkinton 38, Conant 35

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (12 points), Owen Milchick (10 points), Luke Reidy (8 points); Conant – Anthony Gauthier (14 points)

Highlights: Hopkinton held Conant to single digits in each of the final three quarters of play to secure the win on Friday night. The Hawks overcame a fast start by the Orioles, turning a 9-2 deficit early in the game to just 20-18 at halftime. Hopkinton is currently in second place in Division III, trailing only Gilford (6-0).

Coach’s quote: “After a slow start we dialed in our defense to allow our offense to get in sync. Hats off to Conant and their defense as they held us to our lowest offensive output of the season. I was happy to see our guys be able to pull out a close game as this will help down the stretch.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 7-1; Conant 4-3

Girls’ Basketball

Bow 50, Stevens 40

Key players: Bow – Taylor Burnham (12 points, 4 steals, 3 assists), Ellie Pingree (12 points), Bella LaPerle (8 points), Alex Larrabee (8 rebounds, 2 steals)

Highlights: The Falcons took a first-quarter lead and never trailed in Friday night’s victory over the Cardinals.

Records: Bow 4-3; Stevens 3-4




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