Memorial skaters impressive in six-team jamboree
Memorial goalie Joshua Jacob stops the puck as Bedford's Brian Collins moves on during the high school hockey jamboree held at Saint Anselm College on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
MANCHESTER - Six local teams had one last chance to test some things out during the high school hockey jamboree hosted by Bedford at St. Anselm College on Saturday.
Some of the top contenders in both divisions I and II were there including Manchester Memorial, Manchester Central, Trinity of Manchester, Bedford, Goffstown and Londonderry.
It was the second day of the jamboree, which opened with a round robin format on Friday night.
On Saturday the teams were playing full games against each other.
Maybe the most interesting matchup of the day was Memorial against Bedford. The Crusaders are considered by many to be the favorite in Division I, and the same goes for the Bulldogs in Division II.
Memorial set itself apart from the pack with a convincing 5-0 win over Bedford. Five different players scored for the Crusaders, but more importantly they didn't give up a goal, which is an area of concern. The team, which was Division I runner-up a year ago, lost starting goalie Tyler Fay and is looking for someone to fill his shoes.
Surprisingly, none of the goals came from Colin Williamson or Ethan Pollock, who were two of the team's top three scorers last year. Patrick Barry, Kyle Broussard, Bryce Jacob, Andrew Putney and Brady Sufat all had one each.
Central beat Goffstown 3-1 in the second game and showed why some Div. I coaches are considering them a contender.
The Little Green have two solid lines. One is made up of Austin Sprague, Mitchell Fortin and Trevor Malgrem, while the other consists of Noah Duplessis, Devon Sprague and Cole Anderson.
Andrew Kehas and Anderson each had a goal in the second period and Malgrem put the game away with one in the third. Andrew Chretien scored a power-play goal for the Grizzlies, who got good goaltending and solid defensive play but were limited on their scoring chances.
Two Division I heavyweights went at it when Trinity and Londonderry tangled in the late game. In the end, it was the Pioneers who made a statement with a 6-2 win over the Lancers.
It was tied 1-1 after one period with goals by Kyle Valliere for Trinity and Eric Coburn for Londonderry. Then the Pioneers, whose major concern entering the season is offense, pulled away with five more goals.