High schools: Bow hockey wins OT thriller over Brady; Concord hockey sweeps games

  • Bow’s Blake Scarinza (center) carries the puck up the ice while Bishop Brady’s Darren Earley pursues in Monday’s game at Everett Arena in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Dom Jurcins turns toward a loose puck in Monday’s game against Bishop Brady at Everett Arena in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Darren Earley passes the puck out of his zone during Monday’s game at Everett Arena in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Ben Marceau celebrates after scoring the game-tying goal with 1:28 left in regulation. Bow won in overtime, 2-1. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Cooper Joscelyn (4) embraces CJ Smethurst (15) after Smethurst scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Bishop Brady. The Falcons defeated the Giants 2-1. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s CJ Smethurst (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a power-play goal 15 seconds into overtime to lift the Falcons to a 2-1 victory over Bishop Brady on Monday at Everett Arena in Concord. The Giants tied the game with 1:28 left in regulation. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Dylan Garvin (3) passes the puck up ice to teammate Nathan Smith (15) in Monday’s game against Bow. Courtesy of Cyndi Currier

  • Bishop Brady’s Owen Currier makes one of his 31 saves in Monday’s game against Bow on Monday at Everett Arena. Courtesy of Cyndi Currier

  • Bishop Brady celebrates Ben Marceau’s goal with 1:28 left in regulation to force overtime in Monday’s game against Bow at Everett Arena in Concord. Courtesy of Cyndi Currier

For the Monitor
Published: 1/20/2020 9:21:00 PM

CONCORD – With just one win in its previous six games, the Bow boys’ ice hockey team needed an advantage. Luckily for the Falcons, when Monday’s game went into overtime, Bow had one.

The Falcons had 1:19 remaining on a power play to start extra time, but Bow senior C.J. Smethurst only needed 15 seconds, scoring from the slot to lift the Falcons (3-5-0) to a 2-1 victory over Bishop Brady (0-5-1) at Everett Arena.

“We had the man-advantage going into overtime.” Bow coach Tim Walsh said, “It’s something we’ve put a lot of time into recently.”

Falcons’ freshman Dom Jurcins picked the puck in the neutral zone and fed it up-ice as Smethurst and fellow senior Cooper Joscelyn were behind the Giants’ defense. Joscelyn gifted a pass to the tape of Smethurst who snuck a shot under the glove of Bishop Brady’s sophomore goalie Owen Currier. 

Currier stopped 31 shots in the loss, shutting down the Falcons on several great attempts. In the first 10 minutes of the game, Bow captain Jake Mielcarz had a one-on-one breakaway against Currier. A bluff to Mielcarz’ backhand sent Currier to the wrong goalpost. In spread eagle desperation, Currier pushed backwards, using the blade of his skate to deny the Mielcarz the goal. In the second period alone, Currier made 14 saves. In the third, Mielcarz led two odd-man rushes against Brady’s net, but the Giants’ netminder turned those away too.

“Owen kept us in it,” said Bishop Brady head coach Josh Vega, “he did more than we can ask of him today.”

The opportunities that did manage to get by Currier – were both by special teams.

Bow’s constant forechecking pressure finally paid off near the middle of the second period. A tripping call against Ethan Tobeler put the Falcons down a man and on the penalty kill. Bow freshman Blake Scarinza cut off a breakout pass, and, with senior Devin Perry on his wing, the two belted behind Brady’s defense, burying the shorthanded goal that put the Falcons up 1-0 with 10:28 left in the period.

The Falcons were firmly in control, outshooting the Giants 22-6 heading into the third, but things evened up in the final period.

Bishop Brady forced Bow goalie Ethan Berrigan (17 saves) to make some big stops in traffic, but couldn’t find the tying goal until late when Vega opted to pull Currier from the ice in favor of an extra skater.

Sophomore defenseman Peyton Vachon kept firing shots from the point on Bow’s net, and junior Darren Earley scooped up one of the rebounds and sent it across the ice, catching Berrigan out of position, to junior Ben Marceau who scored on an open net with 1:28 to go.

The momentum he built was brief. With 41.5 seconds remain, Marceau was boxed two minutes for elbowing.

Entering overtime, the Falcons had one thing on their minds.

“Overtime is always a new game,” Mielcarz said. “After they tied it up late we weren’t deflated. When we the opportunity on the power play came, coach Walsh told us to take advantage, execute and make it short. This game against Brady was one we knew would test us.”

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak, and the strong play from Bow’s young players was another highlight.

“Our freshmen came up big today. Assisting both goals on the offensive end, and defensively,” Walso said. “Finnegan Benoit, another freshman, blocked three shots and created a breakaway for us. His speed was impressive today.”

As for Bishop Brady, “We need to work on staying out of the box and giving ourselves the best chance to win,” Vega said. “Teams struggle scoring on us five-on-five, so we have to stay disciplined through three periods.”

The Falcons have a bit of a breather and don’t play again until Jan. 30, when Bow hosts one of Division I’s best – Bishop Guertin (6-1).

The Giants host Nashua South-Pelham (1-4) on Jan. 29.

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 9, Nashua North-Souhegan 0

Key players: Concord – Alex Forward (2 goals, assist), Ryan Philbrick (goal, 2 assists), Matt Hauschild (goal, assist), Noah Drew (goal, assist), Joey Ala (goal), Colin Nelson (goal), Cam McGonigle (goal, 2 assists), Tyler Coskren (goal, assist), Anders Norton (2 assists), Will Pegnam (6 saves)

Highlights: The Tide jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first period, led 9-0 through two and recorded its fourth shutout in the last five games.

Coach’s quote: “I thought our team was very unselfish tonight and really moved the puck well. Big game Wednesday at (second place) Bishop Guertin.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 9-0-0; Nashua North-Souhegan 1-5-1

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 1, Berlin-Gorham 0, OT

Key players: Concord – Abby Corbett (shutout), Sophia Branch (goal)

Highlights: The first-place Tide won a thrilling game in overtime over second-place Berlin-Gorham to maintain Concord’s stop at the top of the standings.

Coach’s quote: “We knew going into the game that Berlin would be one of our toughest tests. Our team showed a lot of heart and grit taking the game to overtime. It feels great to leave that rink with a win.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 6-0-0; Berlin-Gorham 6-2-2

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