Girls’ hockey: Bishop Brady-Trinity edges past Concord

  • Bishop Brady’s Courtney Ingham (8) celebrates with teammate Maggie Berleth (4) after scoring a late-game goal against Concord on Wednesday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Tess Mulkerron (10) cuts toward the middle of her offensive zone and tries to evade the defender, Bishop Brady’s Maggie Berleth (4). Brady-Trinity defeated Concord, 5-4, on Wednesday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 1/13/2022 12:35:29 PM

The sound of hockey sticks banging against the boards rang out from the Bishop Brady-Trinity girls’ hockey team bench often.

In the celebratory moments, whether it being a goal, clearing out the zone or the occasional good check, the skaters clad in green sweaters with blue and red detailing had plenty of reason for the stick taps as BBT defeated Concord, 5-4, in a tireless back-and-forth Wednesday afternoon game.

After two late goals in the second period by the Crimson Tide tied things up, 3-3, the third period was set to be the definitive 15 minutes for either team to create permanent separation. Within the first five minutes, Concord peppered goalie Kacey Yorston with shot after shot until Leah Beauregard scored with 10:52 left in the period to give the Tide the one-goal lead.

Much like it had done all game, the self-nicknamed Brinity squad continued to press defensively and generated three-on-two rushes. When those opportunities failed, the advantage still was with BBT as it displayed a strong forecheck that was established in the first period and maintained throughout the game.

With the game clock shrinking minute by minute, the offense got to work as winger Maggie Berleth scored with 5:48 left in the game after she sent a shot past Concord goalie Lily Hilsgrove’s stick side. Two minutes and 30 seconds later, Berleth scored the game-winner and completed her hat trick.

“I told them, ‘Guys, if you want to make a statement to the rest of this league, let’s get out there and bring this home,’ ” BBT coach Dan Earley said. “They played as hard as they could. That was all they had.”

BBT set the tone early in the game with an aggressive forecheck that saw the Tide struggling to formulate anything offensively. As a result, the puck stayed mostly in Concord’s zone and allowed for BBT to generate chances without having to travel the entire ice to make it happen.

BBT got on the board first when Courtney Ingham scored from the low slot on Hilsgrove’s glove side as Ingham fired the puck quickly after passes from Ashley Brust and Meghan Schmidt.

With adjustments made in the first intermission, the Tide scored three of their four goals in the middle period as their penalty-killing unit got things started with a shorthanded goal from Tess Mulkerron.

While the penalty kill did its job, shortly after – when the game was back to full strength – Berleth scored her first goal to make it 2-1.

Another goal followed as Ingham scored her second, but then back-to-back goals from the Tide’s Mulkerron and Greta Norton showcased the pace between the two teams.

Ultimately, it was a younger BBT team that came away with the win, and a win that feels better than most merely because it was against a rival.

Concord coach Tim Herbert gave credit to the victors while looking inward at what the next step is for his program.

“This is a team (Brady-Trinity) that’s putting pressure on you, and the way you succeed in these situations is doing the simple things right,” he said. “We’ve got to get back to the basics.”

Matt Parker bio photo

Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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