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February 12. 2014 11:39PM

NHIAA Roundup: Salem skaters edge Central

Salem's Cody Soucy celebrates a late goal against Central goalie Ian Beliveau at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester on Wednesday. (/Union Leader)

NHIAA Scores, Schedule

Wednesday's scores
Boys’ Basketball

Groveton 54, Profile 51
Hopkinton 57, Kearsarge 50
Littleton 63, Woodsville 61
Hinsdale at Monadnock
Pembroke 77, Oyster River 27
Bishop Brady 66, Coe-Brown 60
Prospect Mountain 55, Sanborn 53

Girls’ Basketball
Littleton 61, Woodsville 43
Windsor, Vt., 57, Stevens 31
Groveton 55, Profile 16
Hanover 40, Lebanon 39
Hinsdale 54, Monadnock 32
Fall Mountain at Bellows Falls
Milford 59, ConVal 19

Boys’ Hockey
Bishop Guertin 2, Hanover 1
Man Memorial 4, Bishop Brady 3, OT
Berlin 6, Kennett 4
Belmont-Gilford 6, Laconia-Winn. 0
Souhegan at ConVal
Bedford 6, Dover 4
Trinity 7, Exeter 3
Somersworth Coe-Brown
Keene 5, Timberlane 4
Oyster River at Kingswood
Bow 8, Goffstown 0
J Stark/Hopk. 11, Moultonboro-ILakes 4
Salem 2, Manchester Central 1
Alvirne at Spaulding
Pelham-Windham at Winnacunnet
Merrimack 8, Pembroke-Campbell 0
Pinkerton at Nashua North
Portsmouth 10, Manchester West 2
Concord at St. Thomas

Girls’ Hockey
Berlin/Gorham 3, St.Thomas-Dover 0
Souhegan at Lebanon
Concord 8, ConVal 0

Concord 40, Timberlane 27
Spaulding at ConVal
Bow 42, Newport 27
Winnisquam 60, Bow 24
Franklin 36, White Mountains 23
Londonderry at Exeter
Campbell 43, John Stark 21
Bedford 43, Hollis/Brookline 30
Bishop Guertin at Keene
Nashua North at Manchester Memorial
Merrimack 53, Manchester West 24
Merrimack 39, Man. Memorial 35
Man. Memorial 41, Pelham 30
Nashua South at Manchester Central
Milford 54, Goffstown 26
Pinkerton at Salem
Winnisquam 57, Newport 18
Pelham 57, Kearsarge 12
Windham at Plymouth
Winnacunnet 57, Alvirne 9

Thursday's games
Boys’ Basketball

Inter-Lakes at Berlin, Somersworth at Gilford, Canaan-Pittsburg at Lin-Wood, Newmarket at Nute, Epping at Pittsfield.

Girls’ Basketball
Canaan-Pittsburg at Lin-Wood, Trinity at Merrimack, Nute at Newmarket, Berlin at Inter-Lakes, Sanborn at Campbell.

Boys’ Hockey
Pinkerton at Bishop Brady at Everett Arena, 2:15 p.m.; Windham-Pelham at Winnacunnet at the Rinks at Exeter, 4 p.m.

Girls’ Hockey
Bishop Brady-Trinity at Hanover

MANCHESTER — Salem remained atop the NHIAA Division I boys' ice hockey standings with a 2-1 win over Manchester Central at JFK Coliseum Wednesday night. The Blue Devils scored 7:26 into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and then held on to win, improving to 11-1-1.
Central (6-7-0) surged in the third to tie the game, but came up short.
"We didn't play bad for three periods. We had a little lull and they started picking the hitting up and got some momentum going," said Salem head coach Mark McGinn. "Somehow, we found a way to win and that's what it's all about."

Junior Kyle Nagri scored the winning goal for Salem, popping home a rebound when Central goalie Ian Beliveau was unable to control a shot from Paul Antkowiak.

"You've just got to get there (on rebounds). That's the difference," McGinn said. "We were losing these last year, those one-goal games and the tough ones. A little more maturity now and we found a way to win."

Trailing 1-0 to open the third period, Central came out strong and began to pressure.

The push paid off at 5:00 when Devon Sprague scored a power-play goal, wristing a wobbling shot past the glove of Salem goalie Sam McDonald.

Even after falling behind 2-1, Central continued to press but could not tie the game up again.
"We came out hard in the third to tie it and I liked the momentum shift, but that's the story of the year. We just can't put them home, can't find goals," said Central head coach Brian Stone. "They're a quality team and that's why they're No. 1 and we're struggling for a playoff spot."Salem held a 1-0 lead after one period, getting on the board with 42 seconds remaining in the first frame.

Kyle Svenson scored the power-play goal, converting a pass from Cody Soucy on the right boards with a shot from the slot to beat Beliveau high glove-side for the 1-0 lead.

Trinity 7, Exeter 3: Neil McCarthy turned back 23 shots and seven different players scored a goal to lead Trinity of Manchester over host Exeter Wednesday. Alec Robitaille, Tyler Chipman, Colby Fortin, Jack Collins, Mitch Myers, Drew Merrick and Tyler Tambouris each scored for the Pioneers. Trinity has now four straight games and are winners in seven of their last eight games.

Tom Stone, Tambouris and Cam Brown each had two assists. Jake Vadeboncoeur, Ty Mezquita and Cam Johansson each scored for Exeter (3-8-1). Exeter goalie Tyler Lucchini amassed 23 saves. Trinity (10-3) will host Salem Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Rink at St. Anselm College.

Memorial 4, Bishop Brady 3 (OT): In Concord, Bishop Brady (0-12-0) came just shy of winning its first game of the season before Memorial came back to steal the win.

Brady Sufat scored the game-winning goal 21 seconds into overtime off a Zach Pelletier feed.

Bishop Brady led 3-1 in the third period before Memorial came back on goals from Bryce Jacob and Andrew Putney, whose tying goal came with just 10 seconds remaining in the third period. Jeff Simpson had the other Memorial (7-4-2) goal.

Girls' basketball

Milford 59, ConVal 19: In Peterborough Tuesday, the 12-1 Spartans were led by Adelle Pitsas (13 points), Taylor Steinbrecher (12 points) and Jess Ryan with 10. Brianna Hoffman had nine points. Jordan Mills collected six points for 4-9 ConVal.

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