MANCHESTER — Who plays on Sunday and who goes home early?
Saturday's final round of pool play in the Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic at JFK Coliseum will decide. In Friday's action, Hanover beat Manchester Memorial 10-1, Bedford topped Concord 5-1, Goffstown blanked Trinity 4-0 and Manchester Central defeated Merrimack 5-1.
Saturday's top contest is a battle of 2-0 teams in Hanover and Bedford at 4 p.m. in the McDonough Division. Goffstown (1-1) and Central (1-1) are still alive in the 2 p.m. game in the Tafe Division and Merrimack (1-1) takes on Trinity (1-1) at 4 p.m. In the nightcap, Concord (0-2) plays Memorial (0-2) in the final game of the weekend for the two already eliminated schools from the McDonough group.
The consolation game between the second place teams in each pool is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The championship game between the two first place teams will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The winner of the Hanover/Bedford game plays for the championship while the loser will play for third place.
"Looking at Hanover, they look strong and it's going to be a tough game. I'm looking forward to it," said Bedford coach Marty Myers. "It's a Christmas tournament we look forward to playing in and it's a competitive tournament, but our goal for the tournament is to play well. If we win, even better."
While the McDonough pool is easy to figure out, the Tafe group has some math to work out since all four teams enter today at 1-1. The winners of the Tafe games Saturday will be the top two seeds. That much is easy.
It's working out which one will be No. 1 and which will be No. 2 that's tricky. Goffstown has the tiebreaker over Trinity, but not Merrimack. Central has the tiebreaker over Merrimack but not Trinity.
Bedford 5, Concord 1: Senior Nate Boyd scored a goal and assisted on the other four to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Senior Neil Soucy chipped in two goals and added an assist as Bedford poured shot after shot on the Concord net. Crimson Tide sophomore goalie Ben Nelson made 40 saves in the game.
Soucy got the scoring started for Bedford at the 6:08 mark of the first period. Harrison Voloshin made it 2-0 at 11:37 with a rebound put-back. Concord cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal at 4:30 of the second period. Senior captain Adam Godbout made a nice pass from the right boards to Alex Marceau all alone on the doorstep for a tip-in. But Bedford locked the game down with goals from Soucy, Boyd and Mike Dee. Bulldogs goalie Alec Lindberg made 21 saves in the win.
Goffstown 4, Trinity 0: Senior goalie Ben Genest made 15 saves to earn the shutout and Goffstown got goals from four different players.
Sophomore Mason Mable gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 1:33 of the second period. Jeff Paradis made it 2-0 at 8:29 with a shot that found its way through Neil McCarthy's gear at the right post. Sam Greenwood made it 3-0 at 9:40, tucking a rebound in from the left side. Cory Kasiaras closed the scoring with a slap shot goal from the left circle at 3:43 of the third period.
Central 5, Merrimack 1: In the most physical game of the day, the Little Green broke open a close game with three third-period goals.
William Lyons gave Central a 1-0 lead at 2:11 of the first period with a shot from the left circle to beat Devin Gillis. The Little Green extended it to a 2-0 edge four minutes later when Jon Mathieu made a nice pass from the left side to Devon Sprague on the right for a one-timer into the cage.
Merrimack made it 2-1 with the only goal of the second period. John Tiano made a nice pass from the right corner to Aaron Tupper camped on the left post for a jam-in at 2:48. But Central got goals from Sprague and Patrick Barry (on the power play and another at even strength) in the third to close out the win.
Hanover 10, Memorial 1: The opening game of Friday's action was close early, but Hanover exploded for six third period goals to win in a rout. In all, 16 different Marauders registered a point on the scoresheet.Memorial led 1-0 on a power-play goal from Brady Sufat at the 3:29 mark of the first period. But it was all Hanover after that. The Marauders led 3-1 after one and 4-1 after two. Hanover was led by Kordell Lindsay (two goals, two assists), Jonathan Goff (goal, two assists) and Tom Peters (goal, two assists).