New Hampshire D2 Quarters: Top four seeds advance

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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No. 1 Spaulding 3, No. 8 Keene 2

The undefeated Red Raiders trailed, 1-0, after one period and were tied at 2-2 through two before Zander Allen netted the game-winner early in the third period, his second goal of the game. Justin Jewell drew the assist.

After Gaetano DeLonge gave Keene that 1-0 lead with an unassisted power play strike, Spaulding’s Kyle Carignan matched that with a power play goal in the first minute of the second period. Allen’s first made it 2-1 before the Blackbirds tied it again. Keene goalie Peter Brown finished with 36 saves.

The Blackbirds finished at 11-9-0.

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No. 2 Merrimack 3, No. 7 Kingswood 2

Goaltending ruled in this wide-open affair as the teams launched a combined 77 shots. The Tomahawks’ Matt Brewster turned back 36 bids and Kingswood’s Alex McKenna matched that total.

Merrimack built a 3-0 lead with single goals in each period from Ryan Downie (first), Shane Foye (second) and John Tiano (third), who also assisted on the first two scores. Kingswood made it interesting with an unrelenting third-period push, closing to a goal on strikes from Andy Contrada and Josh Grasso.

Keene wound up 11-9-0.

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No. 3 Dover 8, No. 6 Lebanon 1

The Green Wave swamped Lebanon, seemingly motivated by a mid-season loss to the Raiders. This one was never close as Dover’s senior forward Cam Crowley went off for five goals and the Wave rolled to a 3-0 lead after one.

Crowley connected for two goals in each of the first two periods and finished with three unassisted strikes. Senior defenseman Robert Markusic added a goal and an assist and Kieran Lombard and Connor Gaffney also scored.

Lebanon’s lone goal came from Nate Damren. The Raiders finished 10-7-2.

No. 4 Windham 5, No. 5 Bow 3

Windham picked up its first post-season win as a standalone program. Chad Desautels had a pair of goals for the Jaguars, including the game-winner and a sealing empty-netter.

Defenseman Jack Crowley had a goal and an assist. Nolan Cunningham and Patrick Higgins had goals, Vinny Forgione contributed two assists and Christian Bassi finished with 20 saves. Bow goals came from Brandon Tibbets, Chris Mead and Doug Champagne.

The Falcons finished 11-8-0.

Semifinals

Wednesday, March 11

(Rinks at Exeter)

Merrimack vs. Dover, 5:30 p.m.

Spaulding vs. Windham, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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