Despite wearing the target of a two-time defending Division II state champion and an undefeated season so far, Bedford just keeps plugging along.
The Bulldogs carried a 12-0-0 record into Wednesday night’s game at Dover. The Green Wave were 10-2-0 going into the contest, which came two days after Bedford survived a solid test from Bow (9-3-0) with a 4-1 win.
Bedford head coach Marty Myers said that his team doesn’t have to worry about pressure from outside forces. They put enough on themselves.
“The pressure that we have is playing well. Our goal is to go out every game and play well,” Myers said. “Our record is great, we’re happy with our record and we understand that certainly somebody would love to beat us. We don’t really focus on our record as much as we focus on playing well. We need to play well to keep our record.”
The tests, like Wednesday with Dover, won’t let up for the Bulldogs through the final two weeks of the season. Bedford is scheduled for tough games, including a visit to Spaulding of Rochester (11-2-0) next Wednesday and Goffstown (8-2-0 and winners of seven straight) on Feb. 26.
“We’re playing some very competitive teams and really, we’re trying to tell the kids this is our playoffs,” Myers said. “These teams we’re playing, they’re all going to be in the playoffs. We want to do well against them.”
Bedford is loaded with talent, including scoring threats Nate Boyd (11 goals, eight assists for 19 points) and Michael Dee (6-9-15 from the blue line) and top-notch goaltending from starter Stevan Tempesta and backup Alec Lindberg, who got the win Monday against Bow.
According to Dee, it’s a “defense first” mantra that has been a big key as well.
“Our defense, not just the defensemen on the team but also the forwards, they’re very defensive forwards,” Dee said. “We can put goals away offensively, but they come back and help on defense and that prevents a lot of goals against.”
With 12 seniors on the team, the Bulldogs know this is their final hurrah.
“They understand that this is, for most of them if not all of them, this is going to be their last experience on an organized team,” Myers said. “That’s really pulling them together and understanding that this is probably going to be their last experience together and they want to make it as memorable as they can. You’re getting a lot of team chemistry coming together.”
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Ones to Watch: On Saturday, two Division I contenders clash at Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm when Salem (10-1-1) visits Trinity (9-3-0) for a 6 p.m. battle. In another game between top teams, No. 1 Berlin (11-1-0) hosts No. 2 Souhegan of Amherst (9-1-0) in a Division III game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Notre Dame Arena.
Next Wednesday it’s Bedford at Spaulding at 8 p.m. at Rochester Arena.Big Comeback: The Bishop Brady-Trinity girls’ team scored a come-from-behind win over Exeter Saturday night, erasing a three-goal deficit in the third period to escape with a 7-6 win.
Ann Margaret Disciscio notched a hat trick and had two assists, including the game-winning goal with 42 seconds remaining off a feed from Melissa Houde (two goals, four assists). Stephanie Snow (two goals, two assists) also scored for Brady-Trinity (7-4-0) while Megan Woodfin and Stephanie Sloane each had an assist.
Ian Clark covers high school hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org