action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

January 29. 2014 10:21PM

Trinity wins

Trinity grinds out win over Central


Central's Tim Tetrault is sent flying by Trinity's Jack Collins during their Division I hockey clash at JFK Coliseum on Wednesday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — Trinity coach Mike Connell said his team isn't playing its best hockey right now.

"We're not, but right now we're finding ways to win," said Connell after the Pioneers, behind goals from Colby Fortin, Drew Merrick and Mitch Myers, defeated Manchester Central 3-2 in a Division I encounter Wednesday at JFK Coliseum.

The Pioneers (7-3) have won four of their last five games. Central, which received power play goals from Jon Mathieu and Colin Pacheco, fell to 6-4.

It was a game of two halves. The Little Green controlled the tempo and momentum until the final 2:33 of the second period, when Trinity scored twice in a span of a minute and two seconds.Fortin, skating across the crease, gained a loose puck and flipped a backhander over Central goalie Ian Beliveau (20 saves) for the 1-1 tie.

Central head coach Brian Stone has said his team wouldn't be a top six-team in the division had it not been for Beliveau's brilliant play to this point in the season. But even the top-notch goalies have their off days. A minute after Fortin's goal, Merrick wristed a high 20-foot shot toward Beliveau, who misplayed it. The shot deflected off his glove and landed in the cage for a 2-1 Trinity lead.

In the third period, Myers, who entered the game as the top goal scorer in Division I, got a gift from Beliveau. Myers took a high shot from the right side that Beliveau handled but didn't control. The puck fell to the ice and Myers pounced on the rebound for an easy open-net tally, his 15th of the season.

Central closed the gap to 3-2 on Pacheco's power play goal with 6:39 left but couldn't convert on two more Trinity penalties in the final 3:34 of regulation.

Trinity freshman goalie Curtis Wirbal stood tall, turning back 24 shots including a point blank shot from Central's Jake Clark with 2.7 seconds left."We played well, battled to the end, but we lost the momentum and lead when they scored twice late in the second period," said Stone. "To that point in the game, I thought we played well. But they ended up scoring one more goal."

Connell said his team was fortunate not to be on the losing end. Trinity was whistled for seven penalties.

"We're not playing smart hockey right now," said Connell. "I liked how we rallied in the second period and how we were winning those battles along the board in the third period. Curtis was also aggressive and came up with some solid saves. But we're taking too many penalties and sooner or later they're going to catch up with us. You're not going to win many more close games taking seven penalties."

Moments after the game Trinity forward Tyler Tambouris was called for hitting from behind and faces a one-game suspension. "It'll be up to the NHIAA to make that decision," said one referee as he skated off the ice.


  • Which NH high school football team will remain unbeaten longest?
  • Bedford
  • 25%
  • Bow
  • 11%
  • Kennett
  • 10%
  • Pinkerton
  • 44%
  • Windham
  • 10%
  • Total Votes: 532
 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

24 Hours of LeMons New England: The winners!

Kings use emergency-roster exemption before facing Penguins

NH man beat out 75,000 competitors to win $1M in fantasy football contest

Video: Exact moment NH man wins a million dollars on DraftKings

That 70s Line continues to work magic as L.A. Kings win sixth straight

N.H. Motor Speedway to become home of North East Motor Sports Museum

Keene pumpkin riot probe turns to technology inspired by Boston Marathon bombing

Riverside Speedway in Groveton on auction block Nov. 1

Former Monarch suspended from NHL after domestic violence arrest 58min

UNH research behind NFL crackdown on non-standard facemasks

Kings sign former Monarch to $20M extension

UNH's McDonnell seen as prospect to replace fired Buffalo coach

Republican candidate Scott Brown mobbed at UNH homecoming tailgate

Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls owner NH native Meghan Tarmey to be featured on ABCs Shark Tank

At Dartmouth, sidelines robot could be key to quickly diagnosing football concussions

Portland named best minor league baseball town in nation; Manchester #25

Hampton police: Motorist exposed himself to jogger

More than a decade in the making, motorsports-themed country club to open next September

Hampstead driver closing in on Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship

N.H. husband, wife coordinate, run Army 10-Miler Shadow Run

Seabrook's Charles Rosa steps up fighting game, signs with UFC

Nashua boxing pilot program for Hollis Brookline students this fall

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!