NHIAA tournament teams determined
The final standings show St. Thomas (15-2-1) edged out Salem (15-2-1) for first place. The Saints beat the Blue Devils 4-1 in their only meeting on Jan. 11 at the ICEnter in Salem.
The NHIAA will have to determine the tie-breaker between Bishop Guertin of Nashua (8-8-2), Pinkerton Academy of Derry (8-8-2) and Nashua North (8-8-1), which all finished with a 2.00 rating.
Pinkerton would end up seventh and North eighth. Unofficially Pinkerton would host Hanover Wednesday at the Ice Den in Hooksett and North would host ninth-ranked Memorial (7-8-3) at Conway Arena on Wednesday.
“It was a great win for our team on Senior Night in front of our biggest crowd of the season,” said Hanover coach Dick Dodds. Hanover freshman goalie Luke Ratliff (32 saves) set the early tone when he stopped a penalty shot from Mitch Myers in the first period. The Marauders took a 2-0 second-period lead when Gus Lyons scored two goals a minute apart, the first one on a power play. Trinity answered with a later second period tally from Colby Fortin.
Drew Merrick of Trinity made it a one-goal game with three minutes to play, but Ratliff held the fort when Trinity pulled Wirbal for the extra skater in the final minutes.
First-period goals by Gio Corsetto, Bailey Walsh, Ethan Landry, Tim Cronin and John Polichetti gave the Astros a commanding 5-0 lead. Ryan Monte made it 6-0 before Brady got goals from Bryon Welch and Shelby Harrington.
before Brady scored its third goal in the final minute of the second stanza from Harrington. Walsh and Landry each scored for Pinkerton in the last frame. Brendan Brack tallied for Brady to end their season scoring.