action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

December 12. 2012 10:09PM

NHIAA Boys' Hockey: Central skaters impress


Pinkerton goalie Nate Mitchell focuses on the puck as Central's Austin Sprague takes a shot. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

HOOKSETT - The Manchester Central High School boys' hockey team wants what Pinkerton Academy of Derry has and on Wednesday it proved it's got what it takes to do just that.

The Little Green opened the season on the Division I reigning champs' home ice and showed why they should be considered a serious contender this year with a 5-2 win at the Ice Den.

"It's huge," Central coach Brian Stone said. "They're going to be defending champs all year. That's what you want to do to start off the year right."

Central's top line of Austin Sprague, Mitchell Fortin and Trevor Malgrem accounted for four of the team's five goals and combined for seven points. Fortin had two goals and an assist, Malgrem had a goal and two assists and Sprague scored the game-winner after the Astros had tied it up in the third period.

"I thought Central controlled the game pretty much the whole time," Pinkerton coach Casey Kesselring said. "We were really lucky to be in it at the end of two. Our goalie played really good."

Central was busy on offense all day and outshot Pinkerton 35-21. Astro goalie Nate Mitchell finished with 30 saves and Little Green net minder Ian Beliveau had 19.

The Little Green (1-0) took control of the game early on with two goals in the first period from Andrew Kehas and Fortin. Then the Astros (0-1) chipped away to eventually tie it up.

Dominic Corsetto made it 2-1 when he scored with 5:48 left in the second period and Devin Moore made it 2-2 with his goal 44 seconds into the third.

After that it was all Central.

Sprague gave the Little Green the lead for good with a beautiful move to beat a defender and Pinkerton goalie Nate Mitchell. Sprague somehow got the puck around a defender then tucked it quickly to the near post to beat Mitchell and make it 3-2 with 10:54 remaining.

"I just put it through (the defender's) stick and shot it short side on (the goalie's) blocker," Sprague said. "That's about it."

Malgrem gave the Little Green a 4-2 edge when he streaked into the Astro zone and deked around Mitchell with 5:13 left and Fortin added an empty netter to round out the scoring.

Corsetto was robbed of two great scoring bids by Central goalie Ian Beliveau. The first came on a two-on-one in the second period when Beliveau seemed to be beat when Moore passed to Corsetto, but Beliveau dove across the crease and made a glove save.

The second was on a penalty shot in the third period. This time Beliveau got a piece of the shot by Corsetto with his glove and redirected it off the crossbar.

"I never like to think about the puck going in," Beliveau said. "I like to think about myself making the save and then I can hopefully do what I can to make the save."

- - - - - - - -


Mark Quirk may be reached at mquirk@unionleader.com.


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

Lawyers try to bar Patriots from paying Hernandez $3.2M bonus

Pease Golf Course celebrates opening of lower nine holes

NFL rule could signal end of Justin Tuck signature facemask and that's a good thing according to UNH findings

NH man almost wins first $500k winner-takes-all open basketball tournament

Blue Jays move Dalton Pompey up to New Hampshire

Field set for 110th anniversary ĎClimb to the Clouds' car race

Contractors volunteer to complete renovations for 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival

Dartmouth dismisses menís lacrosse coach

Jay Perrin looks to take his MMA career to the next level at Combat Zone 49

Dartmouth runner poised for long-term success on pro circuit

'Great Race' makes pit stop in Rochester

CHIP KELLY

Chip Kelly: Last practice not Fred Flintstone leaving work

Traffic jams expected with 30,000 fans at Epping dragway

Calgary Stampsí St. Pierre, complete with tattoos and plenty of brawn, not your typical NH wedding planner

Laconia man wins grueling 500-mile race in 9 days

NH native, famed NASCAR engine building, dead at 98

Dublin: Pesticides at golf club in question

10 school superintendents to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to benefit education

Locke returns to the Show and rocks in 1-0 loss

Franklinís Sylvester gets the call from L.A. Dodgers

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!