action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

March 13. 2014 10:15PM

Div. I Boys' Hockey: Central pulls the semifinal upset

MANCHESTER — Manchester Central avenged one loss and earned a chance to vindicate another with a 4-1 win over top-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday night in the Division I state hockey semifinals.

Noah Duplessis scored twice in the second period and added a late empty-net for Central and goalie Ian Beliveau shut down the Saints with 28 saves for the No. 4 seed Little Green (12-7-0), runners-up a year ago after a 3-2 loss to Manchester Memorial in the final.

"It just feels great to get another shot. Last year was a pretty big disappointment but we have a chance right now to redeem ourselves," Beliveau said. "It feels great."

Jake Clark added a goal and an assist for Central, which will play Londonderry (16-4-0) for the state title Saturday. The third-seeded Lancers advanced to the finals for the first time in school history with a 5-1 win over Pinkerton in the earlier semifinal.

Niall Foster scored the only goal for St. Thomas (16-3-1), which had 29 shots but only one got through.

"We didn't really get much puck luck tonight. It seemed like everything was bouncing or going into his chest or over the net. We just couldn't really buy a goal," St. Thomas coach Andrew Leach said. "It seemed like we just didn't hit our corners. Everything we did was either over the net or wide or in the guy's belly. For some reason tonight it just didn't go our way."

Beliveau was pulled early in a 9-3 loss to the Saints in January, but was sharp all 45 minutes on Thursday. After making 12 saves in the second period, Beliveau stopped four shots in the first minute of the third with the Saints trying to cut the gap on a power play.

"He's been our backbone all year. What do you say? One goal off a team like this," Central coach Brian Stone said.

Foster tied it at 1-all with a goal for St. Thomas 3:56 into the second, but the Little Green regained the lead just 16 seconds later on a goal by Duplessis. Duplessis scored again on a backhand from the slot that slipped under Zane Angelopoulos' pads with 2:21 left in the period.


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Chowder Potís entertainment halted by bloody baseball rivalry and liquor liability

Heavyweight great 'Gentleman' Gerry Cooney on dramatic career and the hardest comeback of all

NASCAR: Logano interview makes UNH writerís dream come true

Nashua's Fayne moves from Devils to Oilers

Granite State Pro Stock Series to make debut at Lee Speedway

BRIAN McCLOSKEY

Ex-UNH hockey coach indicted on four charges

Growing up a hazard to golf: Real world claims talent from NHGA

Concord man wins National Javelin Championship at 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Championship

Conway's Locke happy with first half, believes best yet to come for Pirates

Court filing details prosecution's perjury allegations against Aaron Hernandez girlfriend

Is N.H. really home to longest mini golf hole on the planet?

Professional hockey coming to Berlin

van Riemsdyk setting high expectations for pro career

Life changes in an instant: Travis Roy shares story at Frank Monahan Foundation event

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!