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January 18. 2014 8:53PM

NHIAA Sports Roundup: Special teams lead Trinity to victory in hockey

Trinity players celebrate Mitch Myers' goal vs. Pinkerton Academy in the first period of their game at the Ice Den Arena in Hooksett Saturday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

HOOKSETT - Trinity's special team units made the difference in a 2-1 win over Pinkerton Academy of Derry at the Ice Den Saturday.

The Pioneers improved to 6-2-0 by scoring a pair of power-play goals and limiting the Astros (2-4-1) to just one power-play goal in seven chances.

"I thought our guys played hard. Unfortunately, I thought we took way too many penalties that disrupted our flow," said Trinity head coach Mike Connell. "It seemed like it was a penalty laden game on both sides, so it disrupted their flow as well. Our effort down the stretch was good."

Trailing 2-0 in the third period, Pinkerton began to push back and eventually pulled within a goal at 5:20 when Giovanni Corsetto cut from the left circle and stuffed a shot past Curtis Wirbal on the power play.

The Astros continued to apply pressure and had some chances in the final minute with several faceoffs in the Trinity end and goaltender Brendan Murphy on the bench for an extra attacker. But Trinity held on.

"They had some good pressure. I thought the guys played poised with that pressure on them," Connell said. "Curtis did a good job and we kept them outside with shots and we had a couple blocked shots by (Drew) Merrick and that certainly helped. He got out there and sacrificed."

Pinkerton head coach Joe Lee wasn't happy with his team's first period, where Trinity built its 2-0 lead.

Jack Collins scored the first Pioneers goal on the power play, one-timing a Mitch Myers pass five-hole on Murphy at 4:31 of the first.

Myers made it 2-0 at 13:03, popping a rebound chance inside the right post on the power play.

"We took the first 15 minutes off, I thought. We watched them play, didn't move our feet and were lucky to get out of it only down two," Lee said. "The second was much better than the first. We had two, three pucks just over the crossbar. We were waiting for that one bounce. We came out in the third. Played our game, had scoring chances and just couldn't find the back of the net to tie it up today."

Exeter 3, Hanover 3 (OT): At Hanover, neither team led by more than a goal and the game was tied three different times.

Sam Carey gave Hanover (2-4-1) a 1-0 lead at 8:55 of the first on a power-play goal. Exeter (1-5-1) tied the game at :59 of the second on a Brian Mello goal. Hanover reclaimed the lead at 3:08 on a Tom Peters tally.

Peter O'Leary scored a shorthanded goal to give Hanover a 3-2 lead at 11:37 of the third period. Mello tied the game at 12:53 and the ensuing overtime could not solve the tie.

Luke Ratliff made 26 saves in the Hanover net and Exeter's Tyler Lucchini stopped 32.

Girls' basketball

Milford 42, ConVal 32: At Peterborough, strong first and fourth quarters powered Milford to the win. Milford (6-1) got 11 points from Rebecca Cleary and eight from Jess Ryan. ConVal (2-4) was led by Jess Nerz and her 14 points.


Due to the weather, many of Saturday's games were postponed.

Hockey games postponed included Manchester Memorial at Bishop Guertin, Manchester Central at St. Thomas, Laconia-Winnisquam at Manchester West and Salem at Nashua South. Makeup dates were not yet available.

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