At JFK Coliseum
No. 3 Bedford (16-3-1) will square off with No. 5 Trinity (14-5-1) for the NHIAA Division One championship Saturday at SNHU Arena at 5 pm. Trinity won the regular-season meeting between the teams on Feb. 16, 5-4.
No. 3 Bedford 2, vs. No. 2 Concord 1(OT)
For the seventh time in eight years, Bedford will play for an NHIAA title. The Bulldogs won consecutive D2 crowns from 2012-14 and claimed D1 titles in 2016 and 2017. Sophomore Owen Roberto’s second goal in overtime delivered the dagger to Concord. Alex Lobdell and Will Scott had the assists on the game-winner.
Roberto gave Bedford a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. That stood until the final minute of the second period when Concord’s Derek Kelleher converted a Matt Hauschild set-up to tie it. Both goalies excelled – Bedford’s Shea Guimont turned back 25 shots and Concord’s Parker Taylor made 26 saves.
Concord finishes at 15-4-1.
No. 5 Trinity 4 vs. No. 9 Salem 3
Trinity is the hottest team in the draw, having extended its winning streak to eight games. Senior Jimmy Kosiarski’s game-winning goal early in the third period ensured that the Pioneers would appear in their first D1 final since defeating Hanover in the 2011 title match.
The Blue Devils closed to 4-3 on Austin Salvetti’s power play goal with 6:27 to play but Trinity keeper Ryan Brewitt (30 saves) held firm the rest of the way. Trinity also got goals from Ryan Glass, Anthony DiZillo (2 assists) and Jack Hutchins. Ryan Pappalardo and Ryan Martin also scored for Salem.
The Blue Devils Cinderella season ends at 11-10-1.
Saturday, March 9
At SNHU Arena
No. 3 Bedford vs. No. 5 Trinity, 5 pm