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High schools: Saturday wins for both Concord hockey teams

  • Concord goalie Lily Hillsgrove (left) reaches out for the puck as Concord's Julia Kirrane (8) battles Hanover's Gail Morse in front of the goal during the first period on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 2/14/2021 5:24:35 PM

The Concord girls’ hockey team scored four goals in the first period and seven different players recorded points in a 7-1 win against Bishop Brady-Trinity-West on Saturday night at Everett Arena.

“The girls are working hard and every player contributed to this win,” Crimson Tide coach Tim Herbert said. “We’ll build on the gains we’ve made as we head into the final two weeks of the season.”

Concord’s Joanna Dustin and Jaelyn Kelleher were aggressive from the start. They set a tone for Concord, combined for three goals in the opening period and helped the Tide (5-4) take a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.

Dustin finished with three goals and an assist while Kelleher had a goal and an assist. Maria Armaganian (two goals, assist) and Kaitlyn McKinnon (goal) also scored for Concord.

Julia Kirrane, Greta Norton and Libby Brown all tallied assists for the Crimson Tide. Concord goalie Lily Hillsgrove made some key saves early to keep Bishop Brady from reversing any of the Tide’s momentum and finished the game for the win.

This was the second win in four days for the Tide against BBTW. Concord beat the Giant Pioneers, 7-0, on Feb. 10. The Tide now has four games left on its schedule –– two this week against Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge and then the following week at Pinkerton and home for Oyster River-Portsmouth.

After making 52 stops against Concord on Wednesday, BBTW goalie Emily Senko finished with 64 saves on Saturday, and it could have been more if not for the sacrifices of some of her teammates.

“We played tough, but we were just overmatched,” Brady coach Dane Earley said. “We did block 18 shots, though, so that was a really good thing that I saw.”

Bella Payne scored the lone goal for the Giant Pioneers, assisted by Courtney Ingham.

Things won’t get any easier for the Giant Pioneers, who have to games this week against Hanover, the team that had won 10 straight state championships before losing to Concord in the semifinals last year.

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 4, Trinity 2

Key players: Concord — Ryan Philbrick (goal, two assists), Brooks Craigue (goal, assist), Jack Shoemaker (first career goal), Tyler Coskren (assist), Noah Drew (assist), Kevin Jones 18 saves

Highlights: This was Concord’s third game in four days, and the Tide started sharp, building a 2-0 lead through the first two periods. The Pioneers scored two quick goals to start the third before Philbrick found the game winner on the power play on a blast from the point, with help from Craigue, with six minutes left. Friday night’s game against Exeter began in similar fashion as Concord held a 1-0 lead after two periods before the goals got wide in the third period and the Blue Hawks (7-1-0) pulled out a 4-3 win. Dawson Francher, Noah Drew and Philbrick scored in that one for the Tide. Now Concord has a quick breather before Wednesday’s game at Pinkerton.

Coach’s quote: “We’re happy with the win against Trinity and our power play came through again, but we almost let it slip away. We need to be better in the third period and we need to generate more offense from all the lines.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 7-2-0; Trinity 2-7-0

Bow 1, Pembroke Academy-Campbell 0

Key players: Bow — Josh Billow (goal), Billy Smethurst (assist), Mason Marquis (18 saves, shutout)

Highlights: Billow scored in the third period for the game’s only goal. It’s the second time this year Division I Bow has beaten D-III PAC.

Records: Bow 2-5-0; Pembroke Academy-Campbell 4-2-0

Tilton School results

Jayden Brown scored 21 points and Justin O’Neill had 20 as the Tilton School boys’ varsity basketball team beat Proctor Academy, 80-65. Torran Bosworth added 14 points for the Rams and Brandon Lawrence had 10.




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