New Hampshire HS Hockey – Division 1 Quarterfinal Recap: Top Four Seeds Advance To Wednesday’s Semifinals

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– #1 Concord handled eighth-seeded Salem and skated away with a 5-1 win behind Tyler Coskren’s (2G 2A) 4-point night.  Brooks Craigue (1G 2A) got things rolling for Concord early in the second when he put home a rebound to make it 1-0.  Coskren’s first goal of the night gave Concord a two-goal lead but Brady Ferreira would answer back and tighten things up at 2-1. 

Tyler Coskren Concord

Coskren struck again in the second period and the Blue Devils were looking at a 3-1 deficit heading to the third period after being outshot 23-5 in the second.  Just 26 seconds into the third, Concord’s Cam McGonigle scored a power play goal from Colin Nelson (2 A) and Coskren.  AJ Fennelly from Craigue finished the scoring for Concord.  Kevin Jones made 17 saves for the Tide while the Blue Devils Colby Savageau made 44 saves in defeat.  Concord will lock horns with #4 Hanover in the semifinals Wednesday night at JFK.

– #4 Hanover took it to #5 Londonderry in a 7-2 win after exploding for 5 goals in the third period.  Matt Walsh and Wyatt Seelig each had two goals while Nick Lee and Alex Rockmore each netted one.  Curtis Rice had a strong game with a goal and three assists. 

Curtis Rice
Hanover

Hanover and Londonderry traded first period goals with Londonderry’s Michael Maloney scoring on the power play from Noah Malcolm and Hanover’s Lee putting the home team on the board. Walsh scored the only second period goal Hanover held a 2-1 lead.  Jack Bierne would score in the third period for the Lancers but Hanover was too much pouring in five goals in the third to take the decisive win.  Senior Luke Ives had 27 saves in the win.

– #2 Bedford trailed early but roared back to defeat #7 Bishop Guertin 5-2.  BG’s Brian Jenkins and Logan Vogel staked their team to an early 2-0 lead but that’s where the Cardinals scoring would end.  Bedford would go on to score five straight goals.  Ethan LaRochelle scored late in the first to close the gap and then Domenic Tagliaferro’s 2 goals would propel the Bulldogs into the lead that they wouldn’t surrender. 

Brendan Thornton Bedford

Harry Dermody and Andrew Johnson registered assists on Tagliferro’s goals and Johnson would later add a goal of his own on a breakaway.  Brendan Thornton iced the game with an empty netter.  Bedford Bulldogs’ Matt Desmond stood tall making 23 saves for the win while PJ Benites stopped 16 in the loss.  Bedford will take on Exeter in a semifinal matchup on Wednesday.

Keegan Knight Exeter

– In a tight matchup, #3 Exeter hung on to defeat #6 Trinity, 4-3 behind Keegan Knight’s hat trick. Knight and Roger Davis put Exeter out front with two first period goals and the lead at the end of the first.  Trinity was able to capitalize on a power play early in the second when Cooper Gaudio got the Pioneers on the board and closed the gap to 2-1.  Knight’s second goal of the game gave the Blue Hawks a 2-goal lead but Aidan Palmetere’s (2G 1A) back-to-back goals knotted the game at 3 apiece. 

Ty Robinson Exeter

With a 5-on-3 advantage, Knight’s third goal put Exeter up for good and Goalie Henry Fraser would do the rest stopping 23 shots.  Brendan Heppler had 37 saves in the loss.  Ty Robinson had a pair of assists and Cam Keaveney also had one.

** Report compiled by Brett Ricci

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