High schools: Concord girls’ hockey sets records, improves to 11-0 in style

Monitor staff
Published: 2/5/2020 11:13:29 PM

The Concord girls’ hockey team likes to take things one game at a time, but the 11th time was special.

The Crimson Tide set a pair of program records on Wednesday night on the road at ConVal-Conant (2-10) and they did it in style – not allowing a single shot on goal in a 10-0 rout.

The victory moves Concord’s record to 11-0, setting program milestones for the best ever record to open a season and for the most consecutive victories.

The previous mark was set last season, when the Tide opened the year with a 10-0 record.

The Tide matched its highest offensive production of the season with 10 goals – scoring four in the final 2:25 of the period to take a 4-0 lead heading into the break.

Jaelyn Kelleher netted two goals, Kaitlyn McKinnon scored one and Joanna Dustin added a fourth for good measure with :03 left in the period.

Sophia Branch, Dustin and Cohen assisted on the first-period goals.

The rest of the Tide’s scoring came in the second period, started by Cohen’s goal with 12:12 on the clock.

Dustin rattled off the next four goals off an assist from Alyssa Leppard, two from Kelleher, one from Nicole Jones and one from Branch to give the Tide a 9-0 lead.

Isabelle Sawyer scored her first career goal with :17 left in the second, off assists from McKinnon and Leah Beauregard.

Throughout the course of 11 games, the Tide are used to playing in all types and styles, something third-year head coach Patrick McDonough prides his team on.

“We’re just trying to support the puck wherever it may be,” McDonough said.

On Wednesday, it was in ConVal-Conant’s end most of the time.

Concord kept its ice clean in the onslaught, not allowing a single shot on net to earn its sixth shutout of the season.

Through 11 contests Concord has outscored its opponents 75-14.

“If we don’t have (the puck) we’re trying to swarm it with as many players as possible to get it back,” McDonough said. “When we have it we’re comfortable moving it around and setting up chances.”

That being said, Concord isn’t planning on stopping at 11-0 and has some long-term goals to work towards, including a deep run in the playoffs.

“We’ve been doing a pretty good job of that so far,” McDonough said. “We’re certainly still working towards perfection, but with every shift we’re working as a unit ... We know we can weather the storm. We’re proud of where we’ve come in the last three years.”

Boys’ Basketball

Hollis Brookline 66,
Merrimack Valley 52

Key players: MV – Griff Wheeler (14 points), Eli Gove (12 points)

Highlights: The Pride dropped its eighth straight, while the Cavaliers made it five victories in a row with a win in Penacook.

Records: Hollis Brookline 7-3; MV 2-10

Lebanon 88, Pembroke 70

Key players: Pembroke – Shea Shackford (30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), Preston Wallis (10 points), Alex Francoeur (10 points, 2 steals), Cooper Gilman (8 points, 6 rebounds), Shondell Hadley (great play off the bench), Cove Boucher (great play off the bench)

Highlights: The Raiders jumped out to a 32-19 first-quarter lead and a 54-30 lead at halftime. Lebanon was up 77-54 heading into the final frame, but the Spartans managed to close the gap a little bit in Tuesday night’s loss.

Coach’s quote: “We ran into a very good basketball team tonight. Lebanon is the best team that I have seen so far this year. A definite contender for Division II championship. In saying that, I was extremely proud of the way our kids fought all night. Shared the ball in the second half and competed until the final buzzer. A definite building block for our game against West on Friday night.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Lebanon 8-1; Pembroke 4-7

Hopkinton 70, Hillsboro-Deering 33

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (14 points), Shepyrd Murdough (10 points), Owen Milchick (8 points), Evan Jacobsen (7 points), Luke Reidy (6 points), Brendan Elrick (6 points); H-D – Sam Hatcher (15 points), Zack Coombs (13 points)

Highlights: Hopkinton locked things down in the second quarter, holding a strong 3-point shooting team from H-D to just two points. The Hawks came out strong offensively in the third quarter with 24 points and in the fourth quarter with 15 to come away with the victory on Tuesday night.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to see them bring the energy for four quarters after two tough road losses. The guys were doing the little things tonight that don’t show up in the scorebook which made all the difference.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 9-3; H-D 4-8

Girls’ Basketball

Bedford 65, Concord 59

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (21 points), Ava Woodman (20 points), Ky Buchholz (8 points)

Highlights: The Bulldogs led 18-13 after the first quarter, 31-24 at halftime and led 12 points heading into the fourth. With Ava Woodman dealing with a minor injury, the rest of the Tide squad stepped up, cutting Bedford’s lead to as little as five points, but the Bulldogs connected on their free throws down the stretch to secure the victory. Concord was bolsted by a big second half from Blinn on the offensive end, and Olivia Crawford and Rose Layton on the defensive side.

Coach’s quote: “This was the first time in 2020 that we have been at full strength. This was an area of the season where I was hoping to find out who we were against some of the top teams in the division. Tonight we were fully healthy and I learned a lot about our group. A competitive spirit, unselfishness and composure are what will fuel us moving forward. To play another top-three team to a single digit game, shows me that when we are 13 strong, we can compete with anyone.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Bedford 9-2; Concord 6-6

Hopkinton 39, Campbell 37

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (15 points, defense), Maurgan McGrath (10 points, 2 steals)

Highlights: Kally Murdough came up with a huge steal late in the fourth quarter, and McGrath and Meserve sealed the game on the free throw line for the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “This game had a playoff feel to it. Hats off to Campbell for a great effort. I was pleased with our play down the stretch as multiple players made key plays.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 12-3; Campbell 7-7

Portsmouth Christian 63, Pittsfield 30

Key players: Pittsfield – Nel Boguszewska (8 points, 12 rebounds), Haylee Gilleney (10 points, 4 steals)

Highlights: Pittsfield had a hard time stopping Portsmouth Christian’s top two scorers, who combined to score 29 of the Eagles’ 39 points in the first half, and took a 39-20 halftime lead that the Panthers couldn’t close on Tuesday night.

Coach’s quote: “Once we settled into the game the girls played well. PCA just didn’t miss many shots.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Portsmouth Christian 6-8; Pittsfield 1-13


Bow 48, Newport 18

Key players: Bow – Wyatt Rheinhardt (win by pin at 126), Alec Schultz (win by decision at 138), AJ Bliss (win by decision at 160), Daniel Scott (win by pin at 182), Andrew Krause (win by forfeit at 120), Ethan Krueger (win by forfeit at 195), Ryan Nicholls (win by forfeit at 220), Will Zachistal (win by forfeit at 285)

Highlights: The Falcons won eight bouts over the Tigers in Tuesday’s dual held at the Newport Opera House.

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Concord 2nd, Hopkinton 5th, Bow 7th

Key players: Concord – Gavin Graham (1st), Ryan Devine (9th), Eben Bragg (13th), Brady Rice (36th); Hopkinton – Theodore Mollano (4th), Michael Eggers-Emerson (19th), ; Bow – Michael Pelletier (tied 24th), Oliver Dolcino (tied 24th), Riley King (31st), Konrad Kremzner (35th), Parker Wuellenweber (37th), Will Chapin (38th)

Highlights: Graham won the 1.4K sprint skate race at Proctor Academy on Tuesday, but Hanover (424 points) came away with the team victory. The Tide (400) finished second, while Fall Mountain (390), Kennett (379), Hopkinton (365.5), Kearsarge (362), Bow (346.5), White Mountains (329), Keene (327.5), Manchester Memorial (279), Sunapee (267.5) and Gilford (232) were the other teams competing in the 12-team field. Hanover also leads Concord in the N.H. Coaches Series Race. The team results of Race 1, Saturday’s classic race, were released earlier this week. Hanover’s low score (63 points) leads Concord (131) by a comfortable margin heading into Race 2, a skate race that will be held on Feb. 22. Hopkinton (223) is currently in 11th and Bow (258) is in 14th.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Hopkinton 1st, Concord 2nd, Bow 5th

Key players: Hopkinton – Emma Rothe (5th), Lily Sabol (8th), Ava Rothe (11th), Francie Trafton (12th); Concord – Katie Watt (1st), Johanne Nichols (9th), Graham Mathea (14th), Maggie Cooper (15th); Bow – Tessa Thomas (13th), Natalia Rivera (25th), Evelyn Hatem (29th), Annaleise Kaufman (32nd)

Highlights: The Hawks showed their talent and their depth, winning a 12-team skate race at Proctor Academy on Tuesday. The Hawks skied well in the 1.4K sprint and mixed relay, finishing with a combined score of 415.5 points, just half a point ahead of Concord (415). Watt had the individual victory on the sprint loop, leading the Tide to second place. Kennett (405.5), Hanover (368), Bow (367.5), Fall Mountain (360), Kearsarge (356.5), Manchester Memorial (340), Sunapee (291.5), Keene (285.5), White Mountains (255) and Gilford (143) were the other team scores. The team scores of the N.H. Coaches Series were also released earlier this week. Through race one of two, Holderness leads with a low score of 42 points. Kennett (78) is the top public school program with Kearsarge (81) and Hopkinton (82) close behind. Concord (106) is in fifth. Bow is 11th with 270 points.

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