NHIAA Roundup: St. Thomas skaters ice Memorial
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.
Wiswell scored once in the first period, three times in the second and once more in the third.
Memorial coach Mark Putney agreed.
"Wiswell lit it up," Putney said. "He's a tough kid to stop."
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.