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New Hampshire Boys Division 3 State Championship: Berlin/Gorham Contains HBD, 5-1, For Its 12th Overall NHIAA Crown

Berlin/Gorham captured its third NHIAA Division 3 title, and 12th overall, after a 5-1 win over Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield

Make that an even dozen and counting. Berlin/Gorham (14-2-1), buzzing from the start, captured its 12th State Title and third as a member of NHIAA Division 3 as it skated away from Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield, 5-1, Saturday night at Everett Arena in Concord.

Coach Mike Poulin said the Mountaineers’ quick start was an extension of the five-goal third period that propelled them past Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal in the semifinals and into the title match.

“That was a great first period. Our goal was to start the game the way we finished the last one. We did not want to get in a hole right off the bat,” he noted. Now, after a 39-season title drought, Berlin/Gorham has won three of the last six D3 titles.

BG pressured HBD’s senior goalie Rylan Morgan (32 saves) right from the start, piling up a 37-14 advantage in shots on goal Senior Tyler Rousseau drove the offense with a hat trick and senior Carter Poulin contributed four assists. Meanwhile freshman goalie Kolin Melanson turned in a steady 13-save performance.

“We had good speed entering their zone and some great drive to the net,” Coach Poulin said.

“This is a great group of players, many who were supposed to play in a final last year. They were playing for more than the team here; they were playing for last year’s seniors and also for our fall teams who did not get a chance to complete their playoffs. Our field hockey team was in the finals and they could not play the game and had to take a loss,” he added.

Rousseau opened the scoring at 5:25 of the first period, re-directing Carter Poulin’s shot from the point past Morgan. Sophomore Brody Duquette doubled the margin to 2-0 with about five minutes left in the period, scoring from a scramble. Rousseau’s PPG at 11:25 of the second period put the Mountaineers in complete control. Poulin and junior Ben Estrella drew the assists.

The Mountaineers kept coming in the third period and expanded the lead to 5-0 on goals from freshman Jamison Walsh and Rousseau. HBD senior Sal Vella broke Melanson’s shutout bid in the final two minutes.

The Mountaineers, 16-1-2 last year as a declared co-champion, are now 30-3-3 over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, what wasn’t much of a season for HBD (5-2-1) in terms of number of games played became ground-breaking as they played in the program’s first State title game.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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