NHIAA Hockey Finals Notebook: Bedford goalie Tempesta again rises to occasion
Last year he stymied Dover as a sophomore as the Bulldogs picked up their first title. And this year he held the high-powered Merrimack offense to just two goals at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, leading Bedford to a second straight Division II championship.
Tempesta finished with 23 saves in the game, including two crucial ones on Div. II scoring leader Connor Powell late in the third period.
"A lot of times you see pressure break kids," Tempesta said. "I like playing on the big stage. The more people in the stands, the better I play."
He's a big reason why the Bulldogs finished the season on a seven-game winning streak and why they have another trophy.
"If anything, it showed us what we needed to do," Mithoefer said. "The first and third period, we did what we needed to do. The second period, we got away from it a little."
"I don't want to say it's the most dominant," Dodds said. "What we have is maybe a more balanced team than we've ever had. We have three lines, and there's not too many teams in the state that can skate three lines."
Hanover scored in double digits in four of its games and didn't allow more than two goals in any of its 20 contests.
Senior tri-captain Simon Hunter became the hero in the final when he intercepted a pass, broke in alone and scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 left in overtime.
"Like each of our captains, he provides a lot of leadership," John Stark/Hopkinton coach Denis Kolehmainen said. "If we were ever going to a shootout, he'd be in it."
It was the team's second trip to the title game. The Generals lost to Souhegan of Amherst, 3-1, in 2007.
The final was the 28th appearance in a title game for Berlin. The other 27 came when the Mountaineers were in Division I. They haven't won a title since 1976.