No. 1 Concord and No. 2 Bedford, the defending champion, will meet for the 2020 NHIAA championship at SNHU Arena Saturday at 5 p.m. following their semifinal victories at JFK Arena Wednesday night.
No. 1 Concord 6, No. 4 Trinity 1
The Crimson Tide controlled this one from the outset. Goals by Brooks Craigue and Ryan Doherty 20 seconds apart gave them a 2-0 lead after one period. Matt Hauschild’s first of two goals made it 3-0 early in the second period and Alex Forward and Doherty delivered power play strikes later in the period. A.J. True had the lone response for the Pioneers. Doherty and Hauschild both added a pair of assists for four-point nights.
Trinity finished the season 14-5-1.
No. 2 Bedford 5, No. 6 Bishop Guertin 2
The Bulldogs broke open a 2-all tie with three third-period goals. Cam Wasylak’s second of the game with 12:55 to play stood as the game-winner. Brett Niland made it 4-2 three and one-half minutes later and Brady Burke – who gave Bedford a 1-0 lead on the game’s first shift – added an empty-netter. Burke also had a pair of assists. Sam Cronin and Avery Abbott scored for Bishop Guertin.
Guertin concluded a 14-7-0 season.
Concord (19-1-0) is seeking its first championship since 2010 and carries an eight-game winning streak into the title game. The Crimson Tide won the regular-season meeting between the teams on Jan. 10, 4-0, which was Bedford’s last loss. The defending champs have won 12 straight since.
(Saturday, March 14)
SNHU Arena, 5 p.m.
No. 1 Concord vs. No. 2 Bedford, 5 p.m.