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.
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.