High schools: Bulldogs, Bearcats skate to 3-3 draw

  • Belmont-Gilford’s Troy Gallagher carries the puck away from his net as Harrison Parent (15) looks Wednesday. NICK STOICO / Monitor staff

  • Belmont-Gilford’s Ethan Becker looks up ice while posessing the puck during Wednesday’s game against Somersworth/Coe-Brown in Rochester.  NICK STOICO / Monitor staff 

Monitor staff
Thursday, January 12, 2017

ROCHESTER – After two periods, it looked like Somersworth/Coe-Brown was on its way to its second loss of the season.

They scored the first goal of the night, but Belmont-Gilford answered back quickly and then took a lead in the second period. The Bulldogs were in control through the first two periods, outlasting the Bearcats in possession and shots.

But Somersworth/Coe-Brown refused to back away on its home ice. Two goals in the third period tied the game 3-3 and that was all as the Bearcats and Bulldogs skated to a draw Wednesday night at Rochester Ice Arena.

“For us to do what we just did against a team like that with most of our team sick is a wholehearted effort,” Somersworth/Coe-Brown Coach Shane Maurice said. Illness kept eight players from suiting up, leaving Maurice with two lines of forwards.

Both teams added tallies to the tie column for the first time this season, and each saw a four-game win streak snapped. The Bearcats and Bulldogs are jockeying for third place in Division III behind undefeated Kennett and Berlin-Gorham.

Somersworth/Coe-Brown (4-1-1) had three close chances to win in the 10-minute overtime period. One came on a two-man breakaway across the sheet, but Belmont-Gilford netminder Bailey Defosie anticipated the shooter’s spot selection and knocked the shot down with 3:38 on the clock. The Bearcats also missed twice on two-on-one chances in the extra time.

Later, Coe-Brown’s Griffin Bono was set up with a one-time shot near the slot, but that was stopped as well with eight seconds on the clock.

“In overtime we had two two-on-ones and a two-on-(nothing), we need to finish the game,” Maurice said. “So I’m disappointed in that. We clearly should have won. … Their goalie stood up and made saves when he needed to make saves. He did a heck of a job.”

Belmont-Gilford (4-1-1) took a 2-1 lead in the second period on an unassisted goal from sophomore forward Alex Muthersbaugh (2 goals).

The Bearcats tied it in the third period after the teams traded penalties and were skating four-on-four. Dale Smith fired a shot from the blue line that bounced off Defosie. Bono was there to clean up and punched the puck through to knot the score at two goals apiece.

The celebration didn’t last long as Miles Defosses scored from 10 feet out to return Belmont-Gilford to a one-goal lead. Becker and James Buckley were credited with assists.

Less than five minutes later, Joel Boulanger (2 goals) gave the Bearcats a lift with a rebound goal on a scrum in front of the net to tie the game 3-3 with 4:36 left in the third.

Belmont-Gilford Coach Dave Saball didn’t think his team was outskated in the final period, but put the onus on his skaters for giving the Bearcats chances to tie the game.

“I thought second period we really took it to them,” he said. “Third period, we just made foolish mistakes ourselves. They didn’t outplay us. We made mistakes and they took advantage of them. … Foolish mistakes that ended up in our net.”

Boulanger was disappointed the team missed its chance to win, but he wouldn’t hang is head over a tie either.

“We definitely don’t give up,” Boulanger said. “I’d be scared of us if we had to play us. I think we’ve got big heart on this team.”

Boulanger gave Somersworth/Coe-Brown a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power-play goal 6:28 into the game. Muthersbaugh tied it with a power-play goal of his own 1:27 later. 

Belmont-Gilford will wait a week before its next game when it hosts Kennett in Laconia on Wednesday. Somersworth/Coe-Brown plays at Kearsarge/Plymouth on Saturday.


(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3339, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 6,
Laconia-Winnisquam 1

Key players: Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes – Blake Dunlap (2 goals), Mike Dalzell (2 goals, assist), Garrett McCarthy (goal, assist), Brett Burns (goal, assist), Drew Dunlap (2 assists), Nick Spicuzza (24 saves). Laconia-Winnisquam – Nick Luther (goal), Noah Smith (assist), Josh Shevlin (assist), Derek Derynioski (35 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Dunlap gave Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes a 1-0 lead in the second period with his first career goal, and then scored what proved to be the game-winner two minutes later.

Records: Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 4-3; Laconia-Winnisquam 0-4

Bow 4, Dover 2

Key players: Bow – Doug Champagne (2 goals, assist), Dominique Biron (goal), Chris Mead (goal), Ryan Tobeler (two assists)

Highlights/key moments: Champagne’s short-handed goal in the second period, giving the Falcons a 3-1 lead, was key to this road win on Tuesday.

Coach’s quote: “I am proud of the kids for the way the rose to the challenge. We had quite a few players needing to step up and log more minutes than they normally do and some playing different positions because of numerous players being out. Winning at Dover is never easy and this was a good win for us.” Bow’s Tim Walsh

Records: Bow 5-1; Dover 2-3


Concord 1, Souhegan 0, OT

Key players: Concord – Lilly Vezina (goal), Maddy Audet (24 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Vezina ended the extra session with an unassisted goal for the Crimson Tide.

Records: Concord 2-2; Souhegan 3-2


Concord 59, Pinkerton 15

Key players: Concord – Sam Wagner (106 pounds, win by pin), Jacob Linquata (113, 9-2 decision), Cameron Cate (126, 22-6 tech. fall), Ben Widmann (win by foreit), Liddon Ling (138, win by forfeit), Jacob Pickard (152, win by pin), Chris Munnell (160, win by pin), Jayson McDonald (182, win by pin), Noah Giffard (195, win by pin), Al Buteau (220, 9-7 decision)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide took care of business on its home mats by winning eight of 11 matches against a tough Pinkerton team.

Coach’s quote: “We weren’t the cleverest, we made some funny decisions, but we wrestled tough, wrestled hard. All the things I’m looking for were out there.” – Concord’s Ham Munnell

Records: Concord 7-0

Winnisquam 54, Kearsarge 30

Key players: Winnisquam – Hunter Finemore (106, win by pin), Tyler Langill (170, win by pin), Tyler Moran (285, win by pin). The following wrestlers won by forfeit: Michael Mitchell (106, win by forfeit), Caleb Mulleavey (126, win by forfeit), Andrew McKinnon (160, win by forfeit), Damian Donahou (182, win by forfeit)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “Both teams wrestled tough tonight. We still have a lot to work on to prepare for the state tournament, but the team is getting better step by step. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.” –Winnisquam’s Paul Hrycuna

Records: Winnisquam 2-3

Campbell 45, Bow 36

Key players: Bow – Jack Olsen (195 pounds, win by pin), Chris Wheeler (220, win by pin), Michael York (113, win by forfeit), Zach Anderson (126, win by pin), Alex Boufford (160, win by pin), Alex Schultz (182, win by forfeit)

Highlights/key moments: Wheeler, just a freshman, was bumped a weight class but still managed to record his first varsity pin.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good match for us, a good loss.” Bow’s Brock Hoffman


Pittsfield 51,
Portsmouth Christian 40

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (19 points, 9 rebounds, five assists), Casey Clark (13 points, 4 steals) Josh Whittier (6 points, 10 rebounds); Portsmouth Christian – Paul Staude (18 points), Joe Yoon (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: Portsmouth opened the game with a 10-2 run, but the Panthers responded with a 10-2 run of their own to tie things at 12-12 at the end of one. After an even second quarter, Pittsfield’s defense asserted itself in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We could have easily gone into the locker room with our heads down. Instead, they remained focused and made the adjustments on the defensive end holding PCA to just 12 second half points. Credit Matt St. George for his defensive spark and Gabe Anthony for his presence on Staude, holding him to just one second-half field goal.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 7-1; Portsmouth Christian 3-3


Newfound 47, Berlin 35

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (25 points, 11 rebounds, 12 steals, 4 blocks), Amanda Johnston (10 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals); Berlin – Myra Arsenalt (13 points), Emily Theriault (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears gave up just 17 points through the first three quarters against a tough Berlin team.

Coach’s quote: “We definitely struggled from the field this evening and our defense kept us in the game. We need to put together a full 32-minute defensive effort.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 8-0; Berlin 7-2

Concord Christian 46, Mascenic 37

Key players: Concord Christian – Kara Jarvis (20 points), Becca Johnson (8 points), Jasmine Bell (8 points, 16 rebounds) Jade Bell (6 points), Rachel Simmons (4 points)

Highlights/key moments: After taking a 17-9 lead after the first quarter, Concord Christian saw its lead trimmed to just two by the fourth quarter. But the Lady Kingsmen adjusted and earned the win on the road.

Coach’s quote: “We started strong in this game, which was one of our goals. A strong performance by Kara Jarvis gave us the boost we needed to rally after a weak third quarter and get the win.” – Concord Christian’s Shelby Purtell

Records: Concord Christian 4-2; Mascenic

Pittsfield 28,
Portsmouth Christian 27

Key players: Pittsfield – Lindsey Massey (12 points, 3 rebounds), Katie Rollins (9 points, 10 rebounds); Portsmouth Christian – Lindsay Towle (7 points)

Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield trailed 27-20 going into the fourth, but the Panthers didn’t give up another point as they found a way to their first win.

Coach’s quote: “We came out a little flat in the first half and were behind for most of the game. I am so proud of how the girls never gave up and really dug in in the forth quarter to get the win. Alyssa Sullivan was our defensive star today holding there top scorer to seven points and playing a great overall game.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Pittsfield 1-7; Portsmouth Christian 4-3