DOVER - St. Thomas of Dover broke open a close game with three third-period goals en route to a 6-2 win over Manchester Memorial in NHIAA boys' ice hockey action at Dover Arena Saturday.
The Saints improved to 9-2-1 on the season, playing in front of a large crowd for their fifth annual "Pink Game." The Saints wore pink jerseys and proceeds from the game and auction went to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Memorial fell to 5-3-2.
"We've always had pretty good success with this game," said St. Thomas head coach Andrew Leach. "The kids love it and it brings some people into the building and it's for a good cause. The kids always rise up, especially in the third period, they put the pedal down and it was good to see."
St. Thomas led 3-2 heading into the third period and quickly added to that lead. Glenn Wiswell stickhandled his way to the front of the net and then slipped the puck five-hole on Memorial goalie Brendan McKenzie to make it 4-2 at 1:49.
The Saints made it 5-2 at 5:43, moving the puck well in the Memorial zone before Mike Strabone finished with a shot inside the near post from the right circle. Greg Proulx closed the scoring with 19 seconds remaining, banging home a rebound shot.
"We didn't match the work ethic they were showing," said Memorial head coach Mark Putney. "We were losing the one-on-one puck battles and we weren't aggressive on loose pucks in the corner. We stood around and watched too much and they took it to us in the third period. Those little things will cost you games and this one did."
Memorial trailed 1-0 after one period but tied the game just 1:04 into the second stanza. Andrew Putney made a pass from behind the net to Nick Burgess in the slot for a one-timer past goalie Zane Angelopolous.
The Saints scored the next two goals to pull ahead 3-1. Niall Foster chased down a loose puck on the left wing side and raced in to send a wrist shot past McKenzie at 1:42. Five minutes later, Ryan Benedetto sent a shot toward the net from the left wing boards that Liam Ross redirected into the net from the slot.
Memorial was able to cut the lead to 3-2 at 9:11 of the second, striking on the power play. Brady Sufat's shot hit traffic in front and trickled past Angelopolous.
St. Thomas scored the only goal of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead with just 6.3 seconds remaining in the frame. Benedetto passed the puck from the right corner to Aaron Garrison all alone on the doorstep for a one-timer past McKenzie.
The teams will meet again on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at JFK Coliseum.
"They work hard, especially in their rink," Leach said of playing the Crusaders in Manchester. "It's a whole different element there with the small neutral zone."
Trinity 7, Nashua South 1: Alec Robitaille and Pual Wiley each scored two goals to help the Trinity High School boys' hockey team defeat Nashua South 7-1 Saturday at Conway Arena in Nashua.
Trinity, which raised its Division I record to 8-3, led 2-0 after one and 5-0 entering the third. Thomas Stone added two assists for the Pioneers, who received a 15-save performance from goaltender Neil McCarthy. The loss dropped South's record to 1-8-2.
Exeter 4, Concord 2: At Exeter, Evan Royer and Ty Mezquita each scored twice as the Blue Hawks improved their Division I record to 2-7-1. The game was tied, 2-2, until Mezquita scored his second goal with 4:55 to play. Senior defenseman Tim Weinhold and freshman forward Connor Beatty scored for the Crimson Tide (3-8-0).
Alvirne 7, Pembroke-Campbell 1: At Tyngsborough, Mass., Trevor Perron scored three goals to help Alvirne raise its Division II record to 3-7-0. Christian Garnst added two goals for the Broncos, who also received goals from Ryan Garnst and Matt Lubinski. Kyle Rainville scored for Pembroke-Campbell (0-11).