At Everett Arena
A year’s worth of bragging rights will be on the table Saturday afternoon at SNHU Arena (2:45 pm) when city rivals No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (18-2-0) and No. 2 Dover (17-3-0) square off. The teams split regular-season meetings – STA prevailed on Feb. 4, 3-1, and Dover won on Feb. 9, 5-2.
No. 2 Dover 8, No. 6 Merrimack 1
There was no stopping the Green Wave in this one. Aidan McDonough (goal, 2 assists) had a hand in three first-period goals as Dover essentially seized control from the outset to earn a spot in the finals for the first time since winning the 2015 title.
Asa Forbes (assist) scored twice for Dover and Jameson Goodridge (goal, 2 assists also enjoyed a multi-point performance. Nick Marchuk, Colby Roy, Axel Post and Doug Gnall added single goals and Austin Gibert had 13 saves. Dylan Sadowski scored on Merrimack’s first shot and Ben Hardy piled up 36 saves.
Merrimack finishes 10-8-2.
No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas 4, No. 4 Keene 0
Senior goalie Hannes Demegard (17 saves) posted his second post-season shutout to propel the Saints past the defending champs and into the title game. STA is seeking the program’s first championship, having lost to Keene in OT last year and in the 1992 and 2002 D1 finals.
Chase Anderson’s goal midway through the first period proved to be the game-winner. Mathis Savard (assist) and Will McLean broke the game open with goals 21 seconds apart in the second period. Senior Keegan Youngclaus tacked on the final goal with 6:39 to play.
Keene finishes up 11-7-1.
Saturday, March 9
At SNHU Arena
No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas vs. No. 2 Dover, 2:45 pm