No. 1 Berlin/Gorham avoided an upset by No. 4 John Stark/Hopkinton, prevailing in OT; and No. 6 Kennett continued its post-season surge as it flattened No. 7 ConVal/Conant, 8-0, in Wednesday night’s semifinal games at Plymouth State University. Berlin/Gorham and Kennett meet for the title Saturday at SNHU Arena (12:15 p.m.)
No. 1 Berlin/Gorham 3, No. 4 John Stark/Hopkinton 2 (OT)
There will be no three-peat for JSH, although the General Hawks certainly gave it their best shot. The Mountaineers’ Ben Estrella notched the game-winner at 4:36 of the extra session. Trevor Breault and Brayden Riendeau also scored for B/G and goalie Anthony Pizzuto authored a stout 20-save performance. Brett Patnode scored both JSH goals and Caysen Allard made 21 saves.
John Stark/Hopkinton concluded a 13-6-1 year.
No. 6 Kennett 8, No. 7 ConVal/Conant 0
The Eagles absolutely went off, powered by senior Miles Woodbury’s four goals. Trevor LaRusso, John Trapela, Jack Robinson and Connor Tofflemoyer added a goal each while Colby Hall and Brady Shaw contributed multiple assists. Junior Bryson Wrobleski stopped 12 shots for the shutout.
ConVal/Conant closed at 7-10-1.
Berlin/Gorham (16-1-2) hits the title game on an 18-game unbeaten run with its lone loss coming on opening night. On the other hand, Kennett (9-10-1) squeezed into the field but can boast of a 3-3 tie against B/G on Feb. 5 after an earlier 5-2 loss. Kennett defeated B/G in the 2017 title game, 4-0. The Eagles are seeking their fifth D3 crown. The Mountaineers’ most recent of 10 State titles came in 2016. The first nine were in Division One from 1963-76.
(Saturday March 14)
SNHU Arena, 12:15 pm