High schools: Concord hockey finishes regular season undefeated, Bow puck clinches home ice for upcoming tourney

Published: 02-26-2023 12:16 PM

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 3, Hanover 1

Key players: Concord  – Brooks Craigue (2 goals), Carter Doherty (goal), Trevor Craigue (assist), Rowan Arndt (assist), Joey Tarbell (assist), Dawson Fancher (assist), Luukas Mayer (10 saves, first career win)

Highlights: Doherty and Craigue scored late in the second period to make it 2-0. Hanover scored in the third with four minutes to go, but Craigue scored an empty-net goal to ice the win.

Coach’s quote: “We played well, but struggled to finish. I have to give our team so much credit to go 18-0. We lost nine seniors last year, but these kids played so hard all year. I think people take us for granted. It’s not easy to win every game. Our guys work their butts off. You don’t get anything for finishing first in the regular season, but credit our guys for a great regular season. It’s not going to be easy in the tournament, but we will give it our best. We have great kids.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 18-0; Hanover 8-10

Bow 5, Salem 1

Key players: Bow – Billy Smethurst (3 assists), Owen Webber (2 goals, assist), Dom Jurcins (2 assists), Julian Lerch (goal), Brodie O’Neil (goal, defense), Finn Benoit (goal, assist), Patrik Jurcins (defense), Mason Marquis (29 saves)

Highlights: Bow was able to capitalize on two early Salem penalties, with Webber scoring quickly from the point on both to take a 2-0 lead. The Falcons had a smothering forecheck for the rest of the game that didn’t allow Salem to get anything going. The Falcons ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak, securing home ice for the preliminary round of the D-I tournament for the first time in program history.

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Coach’s quote “The boys really played well tonight. This has been very rewarding for these seniors to finish their career regular season the way we have, 9-2 in our last 11 and hosting a playoff game as the No. 6 seed. The kids have earned this and we look forward to the second season.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 10-8; Salem 7-11