Div. III Hockey Championship: Souhegan rallies to claim crown
Souhegan's bench clears as they celerate their win over John Stark-Hopkinton during NHIAA Division III hockey championship at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Joe Nutting won a clean draw back to Alex Maresco in an offensive zone draw late in the Division III high school boys' hockey championship on Saturday.
"It was a pretty clean win to Alex Maresco," Nutting said. "It was a great, low shot and I just got lucky and got a tip on it."
John Stark-Hopkinton nearly tied the game up with 1:20 remaining when Alex Lajeunesse beat Souhegan goalie Connor McCall (14 saves) with a shot from the blue line, but the goal was not allowed because the Generals were whistled for a penalty before the shot.
The Generals held the lead three times. The first was on a goal by Peter Sawitsky just 21 seconds into the game, then on goals by Ryan Hawkes and Jacob Blanchette in the second. Hawkes made it 2-1 and Blanchette made it 3-2.
"I like to look for that, the tips in front," Maresco said. "I don't know if it's a set play but it worked."