New Hampshire D1 Boys HS Tournament Highlights: Bedford, NNS Survive In OT; Guertin, Exeter Roll

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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Eight first round games acros four regions took place Wednesday in the New Hampshire Division 1 state tournament. State Quarterfinals (region finals) are scheduled for Saturday. Here is a look at Wednesday’s action:


Salem 4, Windham 1

Ryan Pappalardo had two goals and an assist, Ryan Allard added a goal and two assists and Ryan Demers also scored as the Blue Devils (11-1-0) advanced to the quarterfinals. Spencer Deane finished with 14 saves. It was a rugged season for Windham, which wound up winless at 0-12-0.

Pinkerton 7, Londonderry 4

Nick Plaza (assist) broke a 4-4 tie with three minutes to play and Hunter Drouin sealed the deal with 1:37 remaining before adding an ENG as the Astros (4-5-0) moved on, anchored by goalie Paul Lescovitz’s 36-save effort. Ethan Burgess netted Pinkerton’s first two goals. Lorenzo Cosetto (2 assists) and Aidan Price (assist) also scored. Londonderry got goals from Drew Nutter, Brandon Savage, Connor Paiton and Sam Neville. The Lancers finished 4-9-0.


Tyler Coskren

Concord 5, Hanover 1

Ryan Philbrick’s natural hat trick in the second period carried the Crimson Tide (13-2-0) into the quarterfinals. Alex Forward scored in the first period and Tyler Coskren connected in the third while Brooks Craigue dished out a pair of assists and Will Pegnam picked up the win in goal for the defending co-champions. Hanover wound up 3-10-0.

Bow 4, Bishop Brady 3 (OT)

Sophomore Josh Billows buried the game-winner at 1:32 of extra time as the Falcons (4-7-0) came all the way back from a 3-1 deficit to pull off the upset. Bow drew even on third-period goals by freshmen Billy Smethurst and Aiden LaBrecque. Sophomore Dominic Jurcins scored in the first period and freshman goalie Mason Marque played well throughout. Bp. Brady closed at 8-7-0.


Exeter 8, Manchester Central/West 0

The Blue Hawks (12-3-0) rode a seven-goal first half past Central/West, setting up Saturday’s quarterfinal date with a Bedford squad sure to have a chip on its shoulder after Exeter swept three regular-season games from the Bulldogs in the space of a week. Central/West finished 0-13-0.

Shea Guimont

Bedford 3, Trinity 2 (OT)

The defending co-champion Bulldogs (9-5-0) advanced on Owen Roberto’s strike 22 seconds into the extra session, set up by Derek Greer. Dalton Roberto gave Bedford a 1-0 lead early in the first period and Quinlan Kerr doubled the margin with a PPG late in the second. Trinity (2-9-0) tied it on third-period goals by Anthony DiZillo (PPG) early and by Quinn Booth with less than a minute to play. Bulldogs’ goalie Shea Guimont stopped 21 shots.


Cam Avery
Bishop Guertin

Bishop Guertin 11, Nashua South/Pelham 0

The Cardinals (11-2-0) cruised in this one as 10 players scored, led by two Hayden Shattuck goals. Sean Kelley, Avery Abbott, Quinn Cepiel, Derek Amaral (SHG), Cam Avery, Mike Kiely, Ryan Kelley, Colin Ferguson and Cosmo Siano also scored. NSP wound up its abbreviated season at 0-4-0.

Nashua North/Souhegan 4, Keene 3 (OT)

Will Dodge’s goal lifted NNS (5-4-0) past the Blackbirds in a moderate upset and into Saturday’s quarterfinal against Bp. Guertin. Junior Colin Duckless stopped 31 shots for NNS. Keene’s Joel Beard forced OT when he tied it with just over three minutes left in regulation. Peter Haas finished with a goal and an assist for the Blackbirds, who completed their first D1 campaign at 6-5-0.

Quarterfinal Round, Saturday, March 6


Salem (11-1-0) winner vs. Pinkerton (4-5-0), 4 pm


Concord (13-2-0) vs. Bow (4-7-0), 6:15 pm


Exeter (12-3-0) vs. Bedford (9-5-0), 5 pm


Bp. Guertin (11-2-0) vs. NNS (5-4-0), 4 pm

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