High schools: Brady-Trinity-West ties Exeter in girls’ hockey showdown

Monitor staff
Thursday, February 01, 2018

When they met on Sunday, the Exeter and Bishop Brady-Trinity-West girls’ hockey teams needed overtime. They needed it again in Wednesday’s rematch.

“It is amazing how close we are,” Brady coach Dan Earley said.

That first meeting with Exeter led to the first loss of the season for the Giant Pioneers. Wednesday’s meeting ended in a 3-3 draw at The Rinks at Exeter, which was the first tie for both the Blue Hawks (8-0-1) and Brady (8-1-1).

That’s obviously a better result for the Giant Pioneers, but it doesn’t show how much better they performed on Wednesday compared to Sunday.

“We were ahead for almost the whole game tonight,” Earley said. “On Sunday, we were overrun at times, so it feels like we got better in just two days of practice.”

That kind of improvement has been the key to Brady’s success so far this season.

“I think we’ve been better than expected, and it’s because we’ve gotten great effort from everybody,” Earley said. “We’re productive at every practice. Everyone comes to learn and everyone comes to get better.”

The Giant Pioneers worked on some specific improvements during the last two days of practice to counter Exeter’s transition attack. The extra work paid off as Brady slowed down the Blue Hawks, thanks in large part to the efforts of the first defense pairing of Kate Shoemaker and Rae Roberts.

Those two were also effective on the other end of the ice. Sydney Herrington, who had both of Brady’s goals in Sunday’s 3-2 loss, opened the scoring with 4:45 left in the first period on assists from Lauren Trippiedi and Shoemaker. Trippiedi, assisted by Roberts, doubled that lead when she scored about three minutes later.

The Blue Hawks cut the lead in half when they scored with just :34 to go in the first, and they pulled the same trick at the end of the second period. Mary Anne Wiley, assisted by Herrington, gave the Giant Pioneers a 3-1 lead in the middle period, but that became 3-2 when Exeter found the back of the net with only :12 left in the second.

After Exeter tied things in the middle of the third, it looked like Brady had regained the lead with about five minutes remaining, but the goal was called back. Both teams had their chances in overtime, but the Giant Pioneers couldn’t beat Chloe Becht (12 saves) and the Blue Hawks couldn’t beat Emily Senko (18 saves).

Although Brady’s first line of Herrington, Trippiedi and Wiley scored all three goals, Earley said the play of Brady-Trinity-West’s second line – Malena Miller, Emma Nyangwara and McKenzie Asprey – was also critical.


Concord 5, Lebanon-Stevens 3

Key players: Concord – Emily Forward (2 goals), Nicole Jones (2 goals), Lily Vezina (goal)

Coach’s quote: “Incredible team win for the Tide to get back to .500. (Goalie) Abby Corbett saved us a few too many times, but our team locked down on defense when we needed to. Probably our best team game to date. We’re looking to carry this momentum going forward.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 6-6; Lebanon-Stevens 4-4


Concord 6, Nashua North-Souhegan 1

Key players: Concord – Derek Kelleher (2 goals), Matt Hauschild (goal, assist), Colin Kastle (3 assists), Cam Lariviere (goal, assist), Andrew Paquette (goal), Anders Norton (1st career goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and cruised to the road win.

Coach’s quote: “We are going to need to play better in February as the schedule gets much tougher.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 9-1; North-Souhegan 0-12

Bishop Guertin 7, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Brady – Thomas Scott (goalie), Ben Marceau (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Scott played well in his first start of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight we competed against a great team. Kudos to Thomas Scott on his focus and play between the pipes tonight, making some solid saves.” – Brady’s Ed Seney

Records: Bishop Brady 3-9-0; Bishop Guertin 6-3-1

Goffstown 10, Bow 2

Key players: Bow – Aiden Roy (goal), Corey Shore (goal), Devin Perry (2 assists), Jason Howe (30 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Goffstown came out fast and took control with a 6-1 lead after one.

Coach’s quote: “We came out very flat and were not picking up their guys around the net. Jason played really well in the loss in net. It could have been a much wider margin of defeat if he didn’t play as well as he did.” – Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 3-10; Goffstown 10-2

Belmont-Gilford 5,
Somersworth-Coe-Brown 2

Key players:Belmont-Gilford – Harrison Parent (3 goals), Joey Blake (goal); Somersworth-Coe-Brown – Jack Percy (goal), Matt Kelly (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Parent scored the first two goals of the game to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Records: Belmont-Gilford 5-5-1; Somersworth-Coe-Brown 6-5


Concord first, Hopkinton second

Key players:Concord – Kevin McDonough (2nd overall for boys), Shane Hyland (3rd boys), Neil Shea (8th boys), Aidan MacWhinnie (10th boys), Ella Fabozzi (6th girls), Grace Devanny (9th girls), Mayanna Llewelyn (10th girls); Hopkinton – Zach Berliner (4th boys), Kyle Pellerin (6th boys), Addie Locke (2nd girls), Elizabeth Berliner (3rd girls); Bow – Jonathan Cook (5th boys), Anthony Sampo (7th boys), Megan Lavigne (8th girls); Bishop Brady – Olivia Crainich (1st girls), Kamryn Compton (5th girls), Sara LoPresti (7th girls); Pembroke Academy – Jackson Frazier (9th boys); John Stark – Aiden Moser (1st boys), Samantha Innerfield (4th girls)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide won its second straight Capital Cup with 749 points. The two-run slalom event combines team scores for the boys’ and girls’ teams. Hopkinton finished with 733 points to take second, followed by Bow (699), Brady (681), Pembroke (641) and John Stark (286).

With four male skiers in the top 10, Concord had the best score on the boys’ side with 381 points. The Bow and Hopkinton boys’ teams each finished with 365. On the girls’ side, Brady turned in the best score with 377 while the Concord and Hopkinton girls’ teams each finished with 368.

Coach’s quote: “It was a total team effort from both the girls and boys to give Concord the ‘cup’ for the second straight year.” – Concord’s George Golden


Salem 59, Concord 41

Key players: Concord – Kasie Maloney (9 points), Caroline Clark (8 points), Gabby Evans (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: In a game of runs, Salem had more of them to claim the win on its home court.

Coach’s quote: “This one was tough. We just need consistency. Our effort is always there, but sometimes we overthink situations and simple decisions. There is still a lot of basketball to be played this year and there will be no giving up.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 2-8; Salem 6-7

Hanover 67, Pembroke Academy 62

Key players: Pembroke – Brooklyn Zanis (21 points, 7 steals), Morgan Allen (13 points, 6 rebounds), Ciera Clark (10 points, 7 rebounds), Olivia Langevin (10 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans held a lead in the fourth quarter, but Hanover’s free throw shooting and defense proved to be the difference down the stretch.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight was 32 minutes of competitive basketball. Hanover is a top team in our division and I’m so proud of our team for how we played against them. We need to bring this intensity into another tough game against Bow (on Thursday).” – Pembroke’s Michaela Champlin

Records: Pembroke 6-5; Hanover 9-2

Newfound 53, Monadnock 44

Key players: Newfound – Jasmine Peterson (14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks), Madi Dalphonse (10 points), Leah Bunnell (10 points), Ashlee Dukette (9 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks), Savanna Bony (8 points)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound used a balanced, consistent offensive attack with 11 points each in the first, second and fourth quarters. Dalphonse scored all 10 of her points in the third frame, while Bunnell added six during the 20-point third quarter.

Coach’s quote: “I am proud of the girls for finishing out the game strong. They started to panic at one point and I told them to take a breath and relax, take care of the ball and finish out the game.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 12-2; Monadnock 12-2

Fall Mountain 54, Hillsboro-Deering 9

Key players: H-D – Halie Hurd (10 rebounds), Erin Dean (10 rebounds), Morgan Racine (5 steals)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats passed the ball well, but struggled to hit shots against a strong Fall Mountain squad.

Coach’s quote: “We have five games left this season and we are going to continue to stay positive and make improvements. We are a very young team that so far this season has come a long way.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 0-13; Fall Mountain 10-3

Portsmouth Christian 35, Pittsfield 28

Key players: Pittsfield – Haylee Gilleney (12 points), Katie Rollins (6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: After trailing by six at the half, Pittsfield took a 23-21 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the final frame belonged to PCA.

Coach’s quote: “We did a good job overcoming a slow start and coming back in the third, but PCA was stronger than us in the fourth and that was the difference.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Pittsfield 2-11; Portsmouth Christian 5-10


Kearsarge 77, Goffstown 60

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Tremblay (19 points, 5 assists), Tayler Mattos (18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks), Tom Johnson (12 points, 7 assists, 6 steals), Jordan Bryk (10 points, 2 rebounds), Kyle Hernon (6 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars pulled off their second win in as many nights. Joe Storozuk, Tyler Skidmore, Will Chadwick and Scott Bassi also chipped in for Kearsarge.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight was tough because it was a back-to-back, but everyone played and everyone contributed. It was a total-team win.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 7-4; Goffstown 2-7

Bow 60, Hanover 55

Key players: Bow – Ben Guertin (16 points), Shaun Lover (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons had fast starts in both halves, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 17 in the third.

Coach’s quote: “We had different guys step up on offense tonight and our defense continues to get better.” – Bow’s Frank Moreno

Records: Bow 4-5; Hanover 4-5

Pittsfield 71, Portsmouth Christian 43

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (17 points, 5 assists), Casey Clark (14 points), Matt St. George (10 points)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield came out slow but responded at the end of the first quarter with a buzzer-beater from St. George. The Panthers extended their lead in each quarter en route to the win.

Coach’s quote: “Casey and Matt did great tonight getting open and knocking down outside shots.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 11-1; PCA 2-10

Belmont 71, Franklin 63

Key players:Belmont – Matt Pluskis (16 points), Aidan Rupp (16 points), Dylan Gansert (11 points, 15 rebounds), Matt Thurber (10 points), Nate Sottak (5 points, 7 assists), Mikey Sprague (defense); Franklin – Jayden Torres (27 points), Harrison Clark (18 points), Zach Dunham (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: On Tuesday, Franklin kept things close early as Torres scored 14 of his 27 in the first quarter and Clark hit five 3-pointer in the first half. But Belmont increased the defensive pressure in the third quarter and took a 16-point lead into the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “Good to get a road win but our defensive effort was not what we would like for most of the game ... (Sprague’s) defensive effort on Torres proved to be the difference.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

“Being 0-10 is not a very good feeling but was so proud of my boys who continue to fight to the end and played their best game of the year.” – Franklin’s Mike Donnell

Records: Belmont 6-4; Franklin 0-10


Bow 54, Mascoma 18

Key players: Bow – Wyatt Rheinhardt (win by pin at 106 pounds), Colby Rousseau (pin at 113), Zack Anderson (win by forfeit at 126), Alex Schultz (win by forfeit at 132), AJ Bliss (win by forfeit at 138), Mark Borak (12-4 major decision at 145), Ben Bouffard (pin at 152), Alex Bouffard (win by forfeit at 160), Jon Sutera (17-0 technical fall at 182), Chris Wheeler (7-2 win at 220)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons are fighting a team-wide illness, but they still pulled off this road win. The tech fall was a career first for Sutera.