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NHIAA Roundup: Central earns critical win in Division I boys hockey playoff race


Manchester Central helped its cause toward a possible first-round playoff bye Wednesday.

Ian Beliveau turned back 33 saves to lead the Little Green to a 3-0 Division I ice hockey win against host Hanover at Campion Rink. The win evens Central’s record to 7-7, good for seventh place behind Nashua North at 7-7-1. The top six teams at the end of the regular season gain a first-round bye.

Ian Low broke the scoreless tie late in the second period, beating Hanover goalie Mike Stinson, who turned back 19 shots. Noah Duplessis and Tim Tetrault each had an assist.

Third period goals from Cody Lappas and Jon Mathieu allowed Central to snap its four-game losing streak. Hanover dropped to 5-9-1. Devon Sprague and Parker Anderson each had an assist for Central which will host Exeter Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at JFK Coliseum.

Boys’ basketball

Bishop Guertin 78, Pinkerton 77 (ot): In Nashua, Kyle Gavin tallied 25 points including a winning jumper in overtime with 30 seconds left. BG (12-3) was also led by Jack Zimmerman, John Noon and Andrew Williams with 12 points apiece. Pinkerton (8-7) was paced by Brennan Morris and Dave Faulks, each with 17 points. Matt Rizzo netted 13 and Luke Rosinski amassed 11 points.

Trinity 60, Winnacunnet 47: In Hampton, Carmen Giampetruzzi (20 points), Wenyin Gabriel (15 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks) and Ryan Otis (11 points) led the way for the Pioneers (14-1). Mitch Ruffin scored 15 points for Winnacunnet (10-5). Trinity plays at Londonderry (13-2) Friday at 7 p.m.

Bedford 55, Londonderry 50: At Londonderry, Bedford improved to 8-7 with an upset win over the host Lancers (13-3). Bedford was led by Ryan Brown with 16 points. Sam Stanton added 11 points, nine of them in the fourth quarter, and Taylor Grande had 10. Londonderry was paced by Marc Corey 23 points.

Nashua South 74, Dover 56: At Nashua, Dover led 25-22 after one period but could not hang on. South was led by Vinny Ortolano with 13 points. Malik Langa added 12 points. Overall, nine players scored for the Panthers.

Dover was led on offense by Karim Winn with 13 points and Kylani Lafluer with 12. South improved to 9-6 and Dover dropped to 3-13.

Girls’ basketball

Trinity 69, Winnacunnet 49: In Manchester, sophomore Amanda Torres tallied a game-high 25 points to lead the Pioneers (8-5) to their fourth win in five games. Lizzy Meehan tallied 18 points, Ashley Hill netted 12 and Hope Willard added nine. Hill and Meehan combined for 16 points in the second quarter when Trinity outscored the Warriors, 26-11 for a 41-27 halftime lead. Meghan Knollmeyer scored 14 points for the 9-6 Warriors.

Pinkerton 63, Bishop Guertin 50: Brandi Bonneau led the Astros (12-3) with 14, followed by Valerie Martin with 12. BG fell to 12-4.

Make-up games

Division I: Manchester Central will travel to Nashua North today for a 6 p.m. contest.

Division II: ConVal of Peterborough has announced make-up games for Saturday: The girls’ varsity will host Hollis/Brookline on Senior Night at 4 p.m.; The boys’ varsity will host Pelham at 6 p.m.

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