New Hampshire HS Highlights: Pinkerton Halts Concord’s Drive For Perfection, 3-0; D2 #1 Keene Also Falls

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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Division One

* So we were bold last week and asked the question in the headline of our New Hampshire Division I rankings: “Can undefeated #1 Concord be stopped?” Seemed a reasonable query given that the Crimson Tide had outscored opponents, 73-7, en route to an 11-0-0 record.

Matt Gilliland
Pinkerton Acad.

Well, so much for perfection. No. 8 Pinkerton – which had been blasted by Concord, 7-1, on Jan. 8 – provided an alternate story line Wednesday night, stemming the Tide, 3-0, behind the 38-save performance of senior goalie Matt Gilliland. Ethan Burgess, Jack Normand and Hunter Drouin scored for Pinkerton, the first team to score more than two goals against Concord this year.

* It was the second straight shutout for Pinkerton, which blanked Nashua North/Pelham Monday night, 5-0. Mason Drouin had a hat trick in the one while Matt Gilliland stopped 18 shots. Brett Levesque and Ethan Burgess also scored.

* Nashua North/Souhegan edged Division 2 Alvirne/Milford, 5-4. Chris Weeden’s second goal, an empty-netter with 1:02 to play, proved to be the game-winner as Alvirne/Milford’s Matt Ryan scored his second in the final minute. It was the second straight win for NNS.

*On Monday, NNS rolled over Manchester Central West, 10-2, behind two goals each from Jack Belter and Michael Dodge. The Saber-Titans’ Cam Gagne and Ryan Ducharme connected for their first career goals.

Division Two

Matt Barnes
St. Thomas

* Defending State Champion No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas created chaos in the division race with its 4-3 upset of No. 1 Keene Wednesday night in the Blackbirds’ home barn. Matt Barnes (2 assists) delivered the game-winner for the Saints while Will Maclean scored twice, Dan Debutts scored once, and Britton Dunbar had 22 saves. It was the second straight loss for Keene, which opened the season on a six-game unbeaten streak.

* No. 4 Merrimack won its seventh straight, a 7-2 decision of Spaulding. Evan Roy’s natural hat trick spanning the first and second periods broke the game open for the Tomahawks. He added two assists. Zach Stimeling continued to sizzle as he scored two goals and assisted on four. Dom Carozza added a goal and two assists.

Noah Foster

* Kingswood turned back Winnacunnet, 5-4, in OT. The Knights scored late in the third period to force extra time. Chaz Ziolkowski’s second goal gave Winnacunnet a 4-3 lead in the third. Joe Larrabee and Tyler Place also scored for the Warriors. 

* Portsmouth/Newmarket stopped Winnacunnet, 4-2, as Luke Suhesky and Jack Suhesky scored power play goals in the third period. David Blodgett and Noah Foster also scored for the ClipperMules and Jack Bussiere had 20 saves. Chaz Ziolkowski and Carter Renaud scored for the Warriors. Jack Ellis stopped 29 shots.

Division Three

*Paul Vachon potted the game-winner while Cole Giersch and Nick Dapolito deposited putaway goals in the third period of No. 2 Hollis-Brookline/Derryfield’s 5-0 win against No. 6 ConVal/Conant. The Warriors have now won six straight.


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