The New Hampshire Girls State Tournament semifinals saw a pair of one-goal games, whose outcomes set up a state final for the ages – a battle of two undefeated and untied teams.
That would be Bishop Guertin and St. Thomas/Winnacunnet/Dover, who will face each other with a state title on the line on Saturday, March 13th at 1:30pm at Dover Ice Arena. Bishop Guertin (16-0-0) got past Hanover, 5-4, in overtime, while St. Thomas/Dover/Winnacunnet (18-0-0) held off Pinkerton Academy, 2-1.
The Cardinals met Hanover in the final game of the regular season and took a 7-4 win behind a six-goal third period explosion. In the semifinal rematch, the Marauders rallied four times from one-goal deficits to send the game into overtime, where Kate Simpson notched the game-winning goal from in close to send BG to the title game. It was her second goal of the night.
Julie McLaughlin, Brooke Yabroudy and Jenna Lynch also had goals, Lynch’s tally giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead heading into the third period.
It stayed that way until Hanover’s Natalie Morthun send the game into extra time, scoring with 30 seconds left and the goalie pulled for a sixth attacker.
Lily Seelig, Danielle Rudd and Maeve Lee also scored for Hanover, which finished its season at 12-2-0.
Brown’s second tally snapped a 1-1 third period tie just seconds after Riley Dunn had scored to pull the Astros even.
Brown’s first goal gave STA/WNC/Dover a 1-0 advantage early in the second period.