Merrimack 5, Manchester Memorial 1
The Tomahawks (8-4-0) opened a 3-0 lead en route to ending previously undefeated Memorial’s bid for perfection in its first D2 campaign. Merrimack now faces Somersworth/Coe-Brown in Wedmesday’s early State Semifinal at Dover Ice Arena.
The Tomahawks grabbed a 1-0 lead on sophomore Evan Roy’s goal just 3:39 into the game. Senior Dom Carozza (ENG) and freshman Eliot Medlock followed with two goals each while senior goalie Ben Hardy finished with 18 saves and an assist on Medlock’s GWG in the second period. When Memorial closed to 3-1 on senior Kody Boyce’s goal late in the second period, Medlock blunted the Crusaders’ momentum on the next shift, converting Roy’s feed on a 2-on-1 break.
Merrimack and Somersworth/Coe-Brown did not meet in the regular season. Memorial finished 11-1-0.
Dover 7, Winnacunnet 1
Dover (12-1-0) made quick work of the Warriors, exploding out of the gates with a five-goal first period, including three goals in the first five minutes. Senior Colby Roy scored two goals for the Green Wave while sophomores Jackson Carroll, Brady McDonough and Parker Fleury, junior Dario Ceppetelli, and senior Ollie Stevens had one each.
Senior Jack Ellis stopped 30 shots and senior Carter Renaud scored for the Warriors.
Dover advances to face sizzling Region Four winner Oyster River in Wednesday’s second semifinal at Dover Ice Arena. The teams split a pair of one-goal decisions in the regular season. Winnacunnet wound up a 6-8-1 campaign.
Somersworth/Coe-Brown 2, St. Thomas Aquinas 1 (OT)
Junior Aaron Bono delivered the OT game-winner and sophomore goalie Rylye Coe was outstanding with 31 saves as the Bearcats (9-4-1) advanced to Wednesday’s State Semifinals.
Sophomore Calvin Lambert’s power play strike provided SCB with a 1-0 lead in the first period. STA sophomore Brendan Chrisom matched that with a PPG late in the second period. The Saints held a 32-25 edge in shots.
SCB squares off with Merrimack in the semifinals. STA finished up at 9-4-0.
Oyster River 7, Goffstown 2
A four-goal first-period salvo by Oyster River (11-2-0) carried the Bobcats into Wednesday’s semifinal round. Jack Poitras netted a hat trick and Claden Daubney stopped 29 shots for the win. Corum Nichols and Andy Carlson (2 assists) also scored and Jack Caldicott contributed three assists for OR.
Senior Grady Chretien scored both Goffstown goals, bringing the curtain down on a magnificent career that saw him finish with a 28-12-40 stat line this season and 107 goals and 151 career points in 81 games.
OR squares off with Dover in what projects to be a compelling semifinal on Wednesday. Goffstown closed out at 6-8-0.
Wednesday, March 10, Dover Ice
Region 1 winner vs. Region 3 Winner, 4:15 pm
Region 2 winner vs. Region 4 winner, 7:45 pm