Friday, March 9
(at The Rinks at Exeter)
No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas 2, No. 7 Kingswood 0
The Saints (17-3-0) earned the shot at their first-ever State title, overcoming a spectacular 44-save performance by Knights’ goalie Robbie Fuller to do so. STA’s Zach Talbot broke a scoreless tie late in the second period with the eventual game-winner and Alex Anderson added an insurance tally early in the third. Chris Eno made 10 saves for the shutout. Kingswood concluded a 12-8-1 season.
STA meets No. 1 Keene for the championship this evening at SNHU (5 p.m.) The Saints dealt the Blackbirds their lone loss in December’s season opener.
No. 1 Keene 3, No. 5 Dover 2
The Blackbirds (16-1-1) rallied from two goals down to earn their second straight title shot. Freshman Joe Walsh poked home a rebound with 2:05 to play to win it. Dimitri Seger started Keene’s comeback with a shorthanded goal late in the second period and Zach Mooers tied it early in the third. Myles Ditkoff finished with 23 saves for the win. Jared Turgeon had both goals for the Green Wave and goalie Devon Lapierre was stellar with 30 saves. Dover finished 14-5-1.
The Blackbirds will look to avenge their lone loss and claim the State crown tonight against STA.