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New Hampshire Boys Division 2 Championship: Dover Edges SCB In OT, 2-1, To Claim Record Seventh Crown

With 45 minutes of intense play already logged, the overtime approach was simple – shoot for the quickest finish possible before legs grew heavier and reactions slowed by the shift. Dover’s Ceppetelli cousins were more than happy to oblige.

Dover players celebrate after Dante Ceppetulli’s OT goal clinched the NHIAA Division 2 state title for the Green Wave.

Junior Dante Ceppetelli’s goal at 2:30 of extra time gave the Green Wave (14-1-0) their record seventh NHIAA Division Two State Championship with a 2-1 decision against gritty Somersworth/Coe-Brown Saturday night – an accomplishment made even more memorable since it took place on their home ice at Dover Ice Arena.

“It was just a great game by both teams. I was excited for the boys to get the win and finish the job in this crazy season,” said Dover coach Mike Young.

On the game-winner, senior defenseman Dario Ceppetelli delivered a centering pass that his cousin deftly re-directed past the Bearcats’ sophomore goalie Rylye Coe (20 saves).

Jonny Pelletier of Somersworth/Coe Brown sent this game into overtime with a tying goal with 2:19 left in regulation.

SCB was determined to show it was a far better team than the one that was shut out by Dover twice, 5-0 and 7-0, in the span of a week during the regular season and the Bearcats certainly did just that.

After trailing, 1-0, for nearly 33 minutes SCB sophomore Jonny Pelletier forced extra time when he tied it with 2:19 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Calvin Lambert and junior Jake Pelletier had the assists.

To that point, Dover had zealously protected a 1-0 lead courtesy of sophomore Parker Fleury’s tally at 9:49 of the first period, assisted by senior Asa Forbes and sophomore Brady McDonough. Senior goalie Devon Lapierre turned in a strong 27-save performance for the win.

Dover tripped up Oyster River in the semifinals and closed with an 11-game winning streak. SCB (10-5-1) had its six-game winning streak snapped. The program’s only championship to date came in 2011 in Division Three as a stand-alone team, capping a 23-0-0 campaign.

 

 

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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