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High School Hockey: Riviere's OT goal lifts Astros over Lancers

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 12. 2018 11:21PM

HOOKSETT — Although the Pinkerton Academy and Londonderry High School hockey teams have records with little in common, Londonderry coach Peter Bedford said, in terms of ability, very little separates his Lancers from the Astros.

The difference Friday night was an overtime goal by Pinkerton Academy’s Ty Riviere. The goal came 26 seconds into the eight-minute overtime period and allowed the Astros to celebrate a 3-2 victory at the Ice Den.

Riviere scored from point-blank range after receiving a pass from behind the Londonderry goal. It was his second goal of the contest.

“We were being aggressive on the forecheck, which is what we were trying to do all night, and that allowed us to set up in their end,” Pinkerton coach Sam Littlefield said. “I would definitely describe (Riviere) as a clutch player. He comes through in tight spots. He’s always in the right place at the right time.”

The win raised Pinkerton’s Division I record to 6-0. The Astros have outscored their opponents 35-7 this season, and haven’t allowed more than two goals in a game. Pinkerton goaltender Dakota Robinson, a junior, made 18 saves in the victory.

The loss dropped Londonderry’s record to 3-4. The Lancers have scored 22 goals in their three wins, and six goals in their four losses.

“I understand our record is 3-4 and their record is 6-0, but I don’t think we’re a great deal different class-wise,” Bedford said. “When we play the tougher teams we’re getting a good showing, but we’re not getting good results, so we have to work harder about putting pucks to the net.”

Junior forward Patrick Murphy and sophomore forward Nicholas Pitarys scored for the Lancers, who have lost three in a row. Pitarys’ goal tied the game, 2-2, with 11:53 to play in the third.

Londonderry failed to score during a four-minute power play after Pinkerton was called for a double-minor midway through the third.

“Gotta capitalize there,” Bedford said.

Pinkerton’s Patrick Hare opened the scoring at 9:27 of the first period. Murphy’s goal made it a 1-1 contest with 9:01 to play in the second before Riviere scored on a breakaway with 6:42 remaining in the second.

“Londonderry played a great game,” Littlefield said. “They packed it in defensively, which made it tough for us. They kept us on the perimeter and we had to be sneaky.”

Junior goaltender Cameron Donovan made 17 saves for the Lancers. Riviere’s goal was the only shot in overtime.

“I’m not disappointed in their effort,” Bedford said. “We were there, I just wish the outcome were different.”

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