High schools: Stark-Hopkinton hockey improves to 6-1 with dominant win over Monadnock

  • John Stark-Hopkinton's Paul Molnar (24) watches the puck fly by during Wednesday's hockey game at New England College in Henniker on Jan. 10, 2018. John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1, during Wednesday's hockey game at New England College in Henniker on Jan. 10, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • John Stark-Hopkinton goalie Jameson Bourque (30) makes a save during Wednesday’s hockey game at New England College in Henniker. John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • John Stark-Hopkinton's Benny Madden (32) weaves through the opposition during Wednesday's hockey game at New England College in Henniker on Jan. 10, 2018. John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • John Stark-Hopkinton celebrates one of their first-period goals during Wednesday's hockey game at New England College in Henniker on Jan. 10, 2018. John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • John Stark-Hopkinton's Lane Crowley (44) congratulates Noah Chapman (14) on his goal during Wednesday's hockey game at New England College in Henniker on Jan. 10, 2018. John Stark-Hopkinton defeated Monadnock, 7-1. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018

HENNIKER – As far as anyone on the John Stark-Hopkinton hockey team is concerned, the game starts several minutes before puck drop.

Junior forward Noah Chapman said it was a good warmup before the game that led to his team scoring three goals in the first period on its way to a 7-1 win over Monadnock in Division III action Wednesday night at New England College.

“Coach (Denis Kolehmainen) was talking about getting a good warmup, and we did that,” Chapman said. “Got the legs moving, we were all clicking, and that was important. I felt like we got an advantage out of that.”

Chapman scored the first goal of the night and earned assists on the next two in the opening period, building a 3-0 lead for the General Hawks (6-1) heading into the first intermission.

Nolan Sauer scored later in the period, and Noah Lewis, a sophomore, struck for his first career goal on a power play with 5:36 left in the period. Brett Patnode assisted on Lewis’s goal.

Stark-Hopkinton set the pace early, winning six of the first eight faceoffs and placing five shots on net before Monadnock (3-2) managed its first.

“We jumped on them early … and didn’t look back from there,” Kolehmainen said.

The General Hawks pushed their lead to four goals in the second period. With Chapman in the penalty box tagged for interference, Benny Madden scored a short-handed goal off a nice pass from Paul Molnar behind the net.

Tyler Scordo scored 3:03 into the third period, pushing the General Hawks out to a 5-0 lead. Cabot Lineberry started the play in the General Hawks’ end, pushing the puck out to Madden near the right-side boards. Madden fired off into a full sprint down the ice with a Monadnock skater on his hip. Somehow, Madden was able to send a pass across the ice while breaking into the zone and Scordo streaked in toward the net to score.

Lane Crowley made it a 6-0 game with a power-play goal, the first of his career, tipping in a shot from the blue line by Joe Sawitsky.

Cushioned by a heavy advantage on the scoreboard, Kolehmainen began rotating more players off the bench.

“We had them on their heels,” Kolehmainen said. “We were able to get some of our less experienced lines out there, which helps. It gives guys some rest and gives these guys some experience.”

Defensively, Kolehmainen was pleased to see his skaters limit Monadnock’s shots from close range. The Huskies scored with 8:30 left in the game on a shot by Dom Dow taken from just inside the blue line. Stark-Hopkinton netminder Jameson Bourque (20 saves) made the stop initially, but the puck dropped between his legs and rolled into the net.

With the game in running time, Patnode scored a power-play goal with 20 seconds left. Jake Cole earned the assist after taking a hit, still managing to get the puck to Patnode.

The decisive win adds to the hot start the General Hawks have set for themselves in the early weeks of the season. After winning their first five, Stark-Hopkinton took its first loss Monday against Lebanon. In all, the General Hawks have outscored their opponents, 46-10.

Kolehmainen attributed his team’s strength offensively to the cohesiveness of the players and their willingness to set each other up for goals.

“These kids are unselfish, they’re passing the puck, and that’s key,” he said. “I’ve had other teams probably with better talent but they didn’t pass the puck as well as this team has, especially this early in the season. They’re dishing it off and getting assists. A point’s a point in our book.”

Chapman feels the chemistry on the ice, particularly with his linemates, Patnode and Sauer.

“I grew up playing with Brett, and Nolan just came onto the team and there was that instant chemistry between us,” Chapman said. “We’re all a really close-knit group and it’s awesome.”

The momentum from a good warmup carried into the first period of this game. The General Hawks will keep that in mind when they’re back on the ice Saturday at Sanborn (4-1).

Playoffs are more than a month away, but an early surge such as this has Chapman confident his team can make a push at the end of the season.

“I feel like we can take it all the way,” he said. “We have a lot of role players, everybody on our team has a part on this team. We haven’t had that in a few years.”

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


Concord 4, Trinity 3, OT

Key players: Concord – Matt Hauschild (goal), Colin Kastle (goal), Evan Makris (goal), Derek Kelleher (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Concord carried a 3-1 lead into the third before Trinity converted on a power-play goal with 3:05 remaining to tie the game. It wasn’t until the final minutes of overtime that Kelleher knocked home the game-winning goal off a rebound. Cam Lariviere and Devin Philbrick assisted on the goal and Spencer Burgess finished with 26 saves.

Coach’s quote: “We need to do a better job in the third period with a 3-1 lead but our guys kept pushing and got the win.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 5-1; Trinity 3-2

Exeter 4, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Brady – Nathaniel Pushee (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants were shutout for the fourth straight game and have now been outscored, 22-0, during that stretch.

Coach’s quote: “We had opportunities to score early but couldn’t capitalize on our chances. After they scored two goals, our energy was deflated and we couldn’t bounce back.” – Brady’s Ed Seney

Records: Exeter 2-5; Brady 1-5

Kearsarge-Plymouth 6,
Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield 4

Key players: Kearsarge-Plymouth – Alex Nangle (3 goals), Tony Velez (defense), Josh Johnston (defense), Sammy Johnson (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge-Plymouth turned up the pressure in the third period, scoring three times to pull of the comeback.

Records: Kearsarge-Plymouth 1-3; Hollis-Brookline-Derryfield 1-5

Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 7,
Laconia-Winnisquam 1

Key players: Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes – Blake Dunlap (2 goals, assist), Keagan Bickford (2 goals), Alex Sorokin (goal), Carter Rumery (goal), Garrett McCarthy (goal), Andrew Spicuzza (2 assists); Laconia-Winnisquam – Hannah Max (goal), Nick Luther (assist), Cole Champoux (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Renegades got off to a 2-0 start after the first period and only kept the pressure up, increasing the lead to five goals following the second period.

Records: Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 2-5; Laconia-Winnisquam 0-5


Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 11,
Bedford 3

Key players: Brady-Trinty-West – Sydney Herrington (6 goals, 4 assists), Mary Anne Wiley (2 goals, 3 assists), Lauren Trippiedi (2 goals, 2 assists), Kate Shoemaker (goal), Malena Miller (assist)

Highlights/key moments: It was a comfortable win for the Giant Pioneers, who were led by Herrington’s six-goal effort to stay unbeaten on the year. Marie Barrioz kept Bedford in check with 13 saves in goal.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good thing because I was able to play everybody and we made a lot of progress with a full team effort.” – Brady-Trinity-West’s Dan Earley

Records: Brady-Trinity-West 4-0; Bedford 1-5

Souhegan 6, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Emily Forward (goal), Sarah Morin (assist), Madelyn Farrelly (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Concord found itself trailing by two goals entering the third period but allowed Souhegan to open the game up with three more scores in the frame. Abby Corbett finished with 12 saves in goal for the Tide.

Coach’s quote: “We’ll have to go through some tough games before the hockey gods shine upon us. I loved the way our team competed through the final whistle. They continue to battle, determined to get the next goal. Unfortunately we didn’t get the bounces we wanted, but our mindset has us in good position going forward.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 3-3; Souhegan 4-1


Pittsfield 61,
Portsmouth Christian 37

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (22 points, 5 assists), Josh Whittier (13 points, 12 rebounds), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (11 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield turned its sluggish start into a distant memory by ending the first quarter on a 9-2 run to keep the score close. The Panthers completely dominated the second half, outscoring PCA, 40-19.

Coach’s quote: “Garrett was great for us tonight. He penetrated when he found seams and distributed the ball very well.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 6-1; Portsmouth Christian 1-5


Pittsfield 38,
Portsmouth Christian 29

Key players: Pittsfield – Haylee Gilleney (20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Katie Rollins (8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), Cora Lemay (6 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The two sides played an even first quarter before the Panthers offense started to heat up. Led by Gilleney’s scoring outburst, Pittsfield grabbed an 18-14 lead at the half and carried that momentum over into the third quarter where Gilleney scored eight of Pittsfield’s 13 points.

Coach’s quote: “This was a great team effort, especially on defense. We were able to contain their drives and we rebounded very well. I was very pleased with how we handled their pressure, too, and Gilleney had a great scoring game to lift us to the win.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Pittsfield 2-6; Portsmouth Christian 2-6

Gilford 41, Sanborn 28

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (22 points, 5 assists), Shelby Cole (11 points, 6 assists)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford raced out to a 17-12 first-quarter lead and never let up in beating a quality opponent. Beaudet caught fire from deep, connecting on six 3-pointers in the victory.

Records: Gilford 4-2; Sanborn 6-2


Concord 50, Pinkerton 12

Key players: Concord – Ghana Darjee (6-4 win at 106), Ethan Comeau (4-2 win at 120), Cam Cate (16-0 win at 126), Isaac Gladey (5-3 win at 170), Alex Buteau (3-1 win at 220), Ian Schafer (5-0 win at 285).

Coach’s quote: “We wrestled great tonight. The kids are really improving. Still a long way to go.” – Concord’s Ham Munnell

Bow 60, Newport 21

Key players: Bow – Andrew Bliss (win by pin at 138), Benjamin Boufford (win by pin at 145), Mark Borak (win by pin at 152), Alex Boufford (win by pin at 172), Will Zachistal (win by pin at 285), Alex Schultz (win by pin at 132)

Highlights/key moments: It was a big day for Alex Boufford, who wrestled up a weight class and still helped the Falcons to victory with a pin. Bow also received forfeit wins at 195, 220, 106 and 113.

Coach’s quote: “We’re on the right track and we get stronger every week.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman