MANCHESTER - Judging by Saturday afternoon's effort against Manchester Memorial, the St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover boys' hockey team feels right at home at the JFK Memorial Colisseum.
The Saints are hoping to make another trip to the JFK next month for the Division I semifinals. St. Thomas' 7-0 win over Memorial on Saturday was a step in the right direction.
St. Thomas' Glenn Wiswell led the way for the Saints in Saturday's win with five goals, while junior goalie Zane Angelopoulos made 18 saves to record the shutout.
Wiswell scored once in the first period, three times in the second and once more in the third.
"He had a great night," St. Thomas coach Andrew Leach said of Wiswell. "When he shoots the puck and when he makes plays he's pretty hard to defend. He had it going."
Memorial coach Mark Putney agreed.
"Wiswell lit it up," Putney said. "He's a tough kid to stop."
Saturday's game was a rematch of a Feb. 1 meeting between the teams, a 6-2 St. Thomas victory in Dover.
Putney was impressed with St. Thomas' effort on Saturday.
"St. Thomas showed up to play," Putney said. "They beat us to the puck. They were more physical."St. Thomas scored three goals in each of the first two periods to take a commanding lead before adding one goal in the third for the 7-0 final.
St. Thomas improved its record to 10-2-1, while Memorial, the defending Division I champion, now stands at 6-4-2.
Memorial won't dwell on Saturday afternoon's setback.
"It's behind us," Putney said of the loss. "It's done. The season's a long way from over."
St. Thomas took a 3-0 lead after one period to seize control of the game.
Wiswell, a senior forward, made it 1-0 on an unassisted goal as he picked off a Memorial clearing attempt in front of goalie Aaron Shrum and made a 360-degree spin before slipping a backhand shot in for the goal at 4:27.
STA made it 2-0 less than four minutes later when the Saints won a faceoff in Memorial's zone. St. Thomas defenseman Luke Pepin slid the puck behind the net to forward Zach Leavitt, who fed Dakota Pidgeon in front. Pidgeon one-timed a shot past Shrum at 8:16 of the period to make it 2-0.
St. Thomas took a 3-0 lead at 10:57 of the first when forward Zeke Gumprecht fired a shot from the point with teammate Greg Proulx providing a screen in front. The puck skittered past Shrum to give the Saints a 3-0 advantage after one period.
"They played pretty well right from the start," Leach said of his team, "They're getting turnovers and capitalizing."
Penalties proved costly for Memorial in the second period as St. Thomas took advantage with three power-play goals to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
Wiswell found the back of the net on all three St. Thomas goals in the second, starting just 1:36 into the period as he came streaking down the left wing before cutting to the front of the net and sliding a shot past Shrum to make it 4-0 just 22 seconds into a power play.
Wiswell made it 5-0 at 6:26 of the second, scoring just eight seconds into another St. Thomas power play, with Niall Foster and Aaron Garrison assisting.
Wiswell and St. Thomas made it 6-0 on another power play, this time with Wiswell slamming home a shot in front with an assist from Foster.
Wiswell capped off his five-goal afternoon early in the third with a nice stickhandling effort in the slot before he fired a low wrist shot past McKenzie to make it 7-0.
Trinity 2, Hanover 1, OT: Some extra effort was required, but the Trinity of Manchester boys' hockey team extended its winning streak to three games and raised its Division I record to 9-3-0 by beating Hanover, 2-1, in overtime Saturday at Sullivan Arena.
Drew Merrick collected the game-winning goal with 5:06 left in overtime. The Pioneers trailed 1-0 until Patrick Swanson scored at 5:56 of the third. Trinity received 18 saves from goaltender Curis Wirbal.
Hanover (5-6-1) took a 1-0 lead when Gavin Ratcliffe scored on an assist from Andrew Huizenga at 2:11 of the opening period.
Bishop Guertin 2, Central 1: Jason Lutcza’s goal at 8:21 of the second period turned out to be the difference as the Bishop Guertin boys’ hockey team defeated Manchester Central 2-1 Saturday at Skate 3 Arena in Tyngsborough, Mass.
Evan Dalaker and Nick Atostolakes assisted on Lutcza’s goal. Connor Donahue also scored for BG, which improved its Division I record to 3-8-1. Devon Sprague scored for Central, which dropped to 6-6. All three goals came in the second period.
The teams combined for 17 penalties (nine for Central).
Souhegan 6, Kennett 2: At Conway, Joe Nutting and Mike Hayden each scored twice to help Souhegan raise its Division III record to 9-1-0. The Sabers scored thred power-play goals, and one empty-net goal.
Josh Kondrat made 39 saves for Kennett, which was within one goal with eight minutes to play. Souhegan goalie Connor McCall stopped 11 shots.
Portsmouth 4, Con-Val 1: At Winchendon, Mass., Jerry Witkowski scored twice and Andrew Trout collected a goal and an assist as Portsmouth improved its Division III record to 6-3-1. Reed Williamson also scored for the Clippers who led 2-0 after one period and 3-0 entering the third. ConVal fell to 2-9-1.
Salem 67, Memorial 63: At Salem, Michael Felix scored 21 points to help the Blue Devils earn the Division I win.
Matt Eartanian added 13 points, including 11 in the second half, and Brett Barnett added 10 for Salem, which improved to 4-7.
Trevon Maughn had 25 points for Memorial, which is now 5-6. Nick Philibert added 10 for the Crusaders.
Groveton 60, Colebrook 40: At Colebrook, sophomore center Abbey Pelletier scored a game-high 27 points to help Groveton raise its Division IV record to 13-1. Senior Becca Rogers added 11 for Groveton, which outscored Colebrook 33-19 in the second half, Megan Hamel led Colebrook (8-5) with 14.