NHIAA Sports Roundup: Londonderry skaters stun Memorial
Londonderry's Brett Evangelista is tripped up in front of Manchester Memorial goalie Aaron Shrum in the second period of their game Saturday at JFK Coliseum in Manchester. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Ryan Griffin's penalty-shot goal six minutes into overtime lifted the Londonderry boys hockey team past previously unbeaten Manchester Memorial, 5-4, Saturday at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester.
The Lancers victory left both teams sporting 3-1 records in Division I.
Londonderry's Eric Coburn scored his second goal of the game with less than two minutes to play in the third period to tie the game at 4-4 and force the extra session.
Both teams had several chances to win the game before a Lancer skater stole the puck and broke in on Memorial goalie Aaron Shrum. A tripping penalty prevented the goal, but only momentarily as Griffin beat Shrum with the penalty shot moments later.
"Londonderry won a lot of the little battles in the game and outworked us," Memorial coach Mark Putney said. "We had our opportunities, but didn't capitalize on them."
After a scoreless first period, Londonderry used successive goals by Nick Donnelly, John Gomes and Coburn to take a 3-0 lead.
Memorial answered with two strikes less than 10 seconds apart by Bryan Cyrene and Ethan Pollock (14:35 and 14:44) to whittle the Lancers lead to one, 3-2.
Skating with momentum, Memorial's Jacob Boylan and Andrew Putney scored third-period goals to put the Crusaders ahead, 4-3, but Coburn tied the game at 13:15 of the frame to set up Griffin's overtime winner.
Shrum finished with 24 saves. Londonderry goalie Joe McGrath made 42 stops.
Bishop Guertin 2, Trinity 1: At Goffstown, Ben Hadley's goal with 6:31 to play capped the scoring and helped BG raise its Division I record to 3-1. Matt Blais had a goal and an assist for the Cardinals, who trailed 1-0 late in the second period.
Drew Merrick scored for Trinity, which received 28 saves from goaltender Ryan Slatky. BG goalie Griffin Scanlon stopped 32 shots. The loss dropped Trinity's record to 2-2.
Salem 3, Hanover 3: At Salem, Cody Soucy scored as time expired to force overtime and then teammate Jake Pappalardo collected the game-winning goal 1:30 into OT as Salem improved its Division I record to 2-1-1.
Alex Ring also scored for the Blue Devils, who received 19 saves from goaltender Sam MacDonald.
Hanover, which led 2-0 after two periods, dropped to 1-2-1.
Merrimack 5, Oyster River 0: At Durham, the Tomahawks scored two power-play goals and another when they had two skaters in the penalty box to improve their Division II record to 4-0.
Josh Roy and Ryan Downie scored Merrimack's power-play goals. Downie's goal was the first of his varsity career. Merrimack also received two goals from Connor Powell, the second of which came while Oyster River had a five-on-three advantage. Dom Valluzzi collected the game's other goal.
Senior goaltender Brett Glendye made 20 saves to collect his second shutout of the season. Oyster Rover goalie John-Mac Mroczka made 28 saves,
The loss dropped Oyster River's record to 2-2.
Pinkerton 6, Exeter 0: At Exeter, Tyler Poole and Devin Moore each scored twice as the Astros raised their Division I record to 2-2. Poole's second goal came while Pinkerton was short-handed.
Dominic Corsetto collected a goal and two assists for the Astros, who led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 entering the third. Pinkerton goalie Nate Mitchell stopped 16 shots. Willie Arlen made 23 saves for Exeter, which fell to 1-3.
Souhegan 6, Hollis/Brookline 3: At Nashua, the Sabers scored five second-period goals and improved their Division III record to 3-0.
Joe Nutting had three goals and an assist for Souhegan, which received two goals from Mike Hayden and 31 saves from goaltender Ryan Peterson. Ian Rowe had two goals and an assist for the Cavaliers, who fell to 0-4.
Concord 3, Bishop Brady 1: At Concord, the Crimson Tide built a 2-1 lead though two periods and added to it in the third. The victory raised Concord's Division I record to 2-0-1.
Bishop Brady fell to 0-5. The Green Giants have been outscored 27-7 this season.
Nashua North 4, Nashua South 2: At Nashua, Bill Lorranger collected a hat trick to help North (1-3) pick up its first Division I victory of the season.
North also received goal from Robert Lavine, and two assists from Adam Murphy. Steve Saucier and Alex Radin scored for South, now 0-4.
South goaltender AJ Bender stopped 30 shots. North goalie Jake Genest made 13 saves.
Kennett 5, Belmont-Gilford 3: At Conway, junior wing Brad Canavari scored three goals, including a power-play goal and a short-handed goal, as Kennett raised its Division III record to 3-1.
Anthony LaRusso and Connor Todd also scored for the Eagles, who received 17 saves from Josh Kondrat. Caleb Drouin (two) and Brogan Hurst collected the Belmont-Gilford goals. Belmont-Gilford goaltender Calvin Davis made 24 saves.
Pembroke-Campbell 6, Winnacunnet 5: At Exeter, Pembroke-Campbell scored five first-period goals and held off a Winnacunnet rally to improve its Division II record to 2-2.
Cam King and Cade Lecroix each scored twice for Pembroke-Campbell, which led 6-1 early in the second period. Mike Millerick and Ryan Sullivan each scored two goals for Winnacunnet, which slipped to 0-4.
Pembroke-Campbell got 40 saves from Nick Berube.