Central skaters defeat Concord
Concord's Connor Beatty (12) and Manchester Central's William Lyons try to collect the puck during the second period of their game at JFK Coliseum in Manchester Monday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Central improved to 9-7-0 with a 4-1 win over Concord at JFK Coliseum, dropping the Crimson Tide to 6-11-0 for 11th place in Division I. The top 10 teams will make the playoffs.
Concord will close out the season with a home game against cross-town rival Bishop Brady at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Everett Arena. Brady is winless at 0-15-0. Concord won 2-1 in an earlier meeting.
Manchester Central, meanwhile, now has a solid hold on the fifth-place seed and will finish up against Nashua South (2-11-2) Thursday and then sixth-place Manchester Memorial (7-7-3) Saturday.
The Little Green came out strong to start the game, taking a 3-0 lead after one period and never looking back.
Freshman Cody Lappas made it 2-0 at 10:26, chipping a shot over Nelson's glove after Devon Sprague drove the net and then passed it back to the low slot.
"We usually don't get up on teams. It was good to come out and get on top," Stone said. "I was happy with the performance."
"We got down early and they're a good team. We're not a team that's good coming from behind. We just don't score a lot of goals or generate a lot of offense," Walsh said. "We beat them in Concord three or four weeks ago, but they looked like a different team this time."