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New Hampshire D2 Semifinals: The Battle of Dover Is On For Title

SEMIFINALS

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.

Aidan McDonough
Dover

No.  2 Dover 8, No. 6 Merrimack 1

Jameson Goodridge
Dover

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.

Mathis Savard
St. Thomas Aquinas

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, March 9

At SNHU Arena

No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas vs. No. 2 Dover, 2:45 pm

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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