Merrimack High’s Mike Grover was on top of his game from start to finish on the way to capturing the NHIAA Individual Bowling title on Saturday at Merrimack Ten Pin. Grover defended his home turf with a 236-227 triumph over Spaulding of Rochester’s Xavier Bamford, last year’s champion, in the finale of the stepladder final.
Grover needed to win one match in the stepladder after securing the tournament’s top seed with an average score of 228 after three preliminary games and then winning his two head-to-head matches in the championship flight bracket. Spaulding’s Matt Pomerleau and Stevens of Claremont’s Ian Fitzpatrick rounded out the four-person stepladder with Grover and Bamford.
In the medal flight stepladder, Spaulding’s James Gannon bested teammate Cam McIsaac 171-161 for the title.
Goffstown 8, Alvirne-Milford 3: At Skate 3 in Tyngsborough, Mass., the Grizzlies capitalized on a five-minute major penalty early in the third period with a trio of goals, helping them run away from the Admirals. Griffin Cook and Colby Gamache scored twice apiece for Goffstown (14-3-1) while Colin Burke and Sebastian Beal posted two-point efforts. Bobby Pace and Damien Barahona found the net for Alvirne-Milford (8-9-1).
Bishop Guertin 4, Londonderry 1: At Skate 3 in Tyngsborough, Mass., four players scored to lead the Cardinals (11-7), who ended the regular season winning three of their last four. Mike Schaaf, Pat Madden, Aiden Wilkie and Derek Amaral provided the scoring for BG while Chris Sullivan made 15 saves. Londonderry (8-9-1) got its goal from Noah Malcolm.
Merrimack 2, Oyster River 1: At West Side Arena in Manchester, Dylan Sadowski scored with 1:19 left in regulation to help the Tomahawks (9-7-2) sneak past the Bobcats (8-8-2). Drew Lemire scored the tying goal for Merrimack with 13 minutes to play. Declan Dautney had Oyster River’s tally.
Bedford 10, Manchester Central/West 1: At JFK Coliseum in Manchester, Kambal Vaidya highlighted Bedford’s thrashing in its regular-season finale. Will Scott and Quinn Hutchins added two goals apiece for the Bulldogs (14-3-1) while goalie Matt Desmond got the win in net. Central/West finishes at 1-17.
Pembroke/Campbell 6, Sanborn 4: At Valley Forum II in Malden, Mass. on Friday, Jayden Lamy scored twice and Nate Lamontagne, Tyler Girard, Kaleb Pelletier and Brandon Jawidzik scored for Pembroke/Campbell.
Bishop Guertin 5, Bishop Brady/Trinity 4: At Tri-Town Arena in Hooksett, Lindsey Hult capped her hat trick with BG’s game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the third period. Brooke Yabroudy had the other two strikes for the Cardinals (9-9) while Mackenzie Husson had two assists. Lauren Trippiedi and Chevy Irizarri scored twice apiece for Brady/Trinity (11-7).
Kennett 44, Bow 36: In Conway on Friday night, Lauren Goyette scored 12 and Megan Remick added 10 for Bow, which finished 8-10. Jessica Champlain grabbed seven rebounds and Lauren Goyette snared five for the Falcons.
Kennett finished 17-1 and in a three-way tie for first in Division II.