NHIAA Roundup: Shorthanded Memorial overcomes Exeter
Exeter goaltender Colin Seeley played the best game of his young varsity career Saturday, but it wasn't enough to derail the Manchester Memorial boys' hockey team.
Memorial, which was without four players due to illness or injury, put 37 shots on Seeley and skated to a 3-1 victory at The Rinks and Exeter.
"Their goalie played outstanding," Memorial coach Mark Putney said. "We're still without some people, so we've been calling upon some other guys who have to step up - and they have been."
Junior forward Kyle Chalifoux, senior forward Kyle Broussard and senior forward Ethan Pollock scored for the Crusaders, who led 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 entering the third.
Memorial stretched its winning streak to six games, and improved its Division I record to 8-1-0. The Crusaders are in sole possession of first place.
The loss dropped Exeter's record to 2-6-0.
Memorial jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Exeter made things interesting when Michael Cashman scored a breakaway goal with 3:42 remaining in the second period. Memorial regained a two-goal lead when Pollock capped the scoring with 2:39 left in the second.
Memorial received 17 saves from Josh Jacob.
Chalifoux opened the scoring with 9:01 left in the opening period, and Broussard made it a 2-0 game 2:14 into the second.
Seeley, a freshman, made 17 of his 34 saves in the third period. It was Seeley's third start in goal this season.
Pinkerton 3, St. Thomas 2: In Hooksett, the Astros rebounded from a quick goal by the Saints and picked up their second win in a row for the first time this season.
Pinkerton (5-4) score three unanswered goals after Joe Richard of St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover (5-3-1) netted one 12 seconds into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead. Giovanni Corsetto tied things up 1-1 in the first period, Jake Veilleux gave his team a 2-1 lead in the second and Connor Brady scored in the third to put the Astros up 3-1.
TJ Boulanger had the other goal for St. Thomas. The goal came with 27 seconds to play.
It was the second win in a row for Pinkerton, which beat Bishop Guertin of Nashua on Jan. 12.
Nate Mitchell made 32 saves in the winning effort.
Central 3, Nashua North 2: In Manchester, Andrew Kehas, playing in his first game since suffering an injury before the Christmas break, scored the game-winning goal for Central, which improved to 6-2 in Division I.
Austin Sprague scored the two other goals for Central, which got 28 saves from Ian Beliveau to snap a two-game losing skid. Jake Lathan and Adam Murphy each scored a goal for Nashua North (1-8).
Kennett 13, West 2: In Conway, Connor Todd recorded his 100th career point as the Eagles (6-3) downed the Blue Knights (2-8) in Division III action. Danny Deblois had a goal and an assist for West.
Souhegan 6, Laconia/Winnisquam 1: At Laconia, Mike Hayden scored three goals and Ryan Peterson stopped 19 shots to propel the Sabers to this Division III victory.
Alex Maresco, Mike Belanger and Joe Nutting added goals for Souhegan, which scored four times in the third period.
Berlin 8, John Stark/Hopkinton 2: At Berlin, Justin Vien collected three goals and an assist as Berlin raised its Division III record to 9-0.
Connor Jewett added two goals and four assists. Berlin received 27 saves from Shane Mailhot. The loss dropped John Stark/Hopkinton's record to 8-1-1.
Salem 8, Bishop Brady 0: At Concord, Matt Survilas and Cody Soucy each scored two goals, and Kyle Svenson, Jake Pappalardo, Paul Antkowiak and Jake Ring tallied once helping the Blue Devils improved to 8-1-1 in Division I. Green Giants keeper Andrew Yvars made 33 saves as his club dropped to 1-8. Nick Phair made 14 stops in the shutout.
Bedford 6, Alvirne 2: At Tyngsborough, Mass., Bedford scored two goals in each period and raised its Division II record to 7-1-1. Kurt Mitchell scored twice for the Bulldogs, who received 17 saves from Steve Tempesta. The loss dropped Alvirne's record to 1-7-0.
Trinity 3, Londonderry 1: At Salem, Kyle Valliere, Justin Sirois and Mitch Meyers provided the Pioneers' offense, rallying their team from a 1-0 first period deficit at the Salem Icenter. Trinity goalie Ryan Slatky finished with 28 saves, surrendering a single goal to the Lancers Ryan Griffin. Joe McGrath made 20 stops for Londonderry. Trinity is 5-3-1 and Londonderry is 6-2-1.
Pembroke/Campbell 3, Dover 2 (OT): At Dover, Pembroke/Campbell goaltender Nick Berube saved a career-high 53 shots as his club improved to 4-4-1 with the win. John Donaghey scored the game-winner, his second of the game and 14th of the season, in the second minute of overtime. Anthony Nicolella and Riley Gowen scored for Dover (6-2-1).
Merrimack 5, Keene 1: At Keene, Mark Feeney and Dom Valluzzi each scored twice to help Merrimack raise its Division II record to 9-0-0. Connor Powell added a goal and two assists for the Tomahawks, who received 16 saves from Brett Glendye.
Berlin/Gorham 2, Bishop Brady/Trinity 1: At Concord, Jenna Arguin scored twice in the first period and the defense held the lead as Berlin/Gorham improved to 6-3. A second-period goal from Arianna Harris cut the lead in half and Brady/Trinity (4-6) outshot Berlin/Gorham in the third period, but Chelsey Caron (16 saves) turned every shot away.
Nashua North 62, Winnacunnet 53: At Nashua, sophomore guard Taylor Choate scored 13 of her career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the Titans remain unbeaten after nine Division I games. Choate made six 3-pointers in the victory. It was the first time North has ever beaten Winnacunnet.