No. 9 Pinkerton 7, No. 8 Hanover 0
In West Lebanon, the Astros dominated the hosts after having lost a 3-2 regular-season decision to the Marauders in January. Aidan Price staked the Astros to a 1-0 lead with the only goal they needed in the first period. Ethan Burgess took over from there with a hat trick, including a goal that made it 4-0 just 10 seconds into the third period and quelled any Hanover hopes of a comeback. Matt Gilliland notched the shutout and Joe Marra, Brett Levesque and Mason Drouin also scored.
Pinkerton advances to a fascinating quarterfinal showdown with No. 1 Concord on Saturday (Everett Arena, 6). Pinkerton handed Concord its only loss of the year on Jan. 29, 3-0. Hanover wraps up a 10-9-0 campaign.
No. 7 Windham 2, No. 10 Nashua North/Souhegan 1
In Salem, the Jaguars repelled a determined effort by NNS to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday. Bobby DiCicco gave the Jags a 1-0 lead in the first period. Windham’s Michael Montanile and Nashua North/Souhegan’s Jordan Joyal matched second-period tallies and that was the extent of the offense.
Next up for Windham is a date with No. 2 Bedford on Saturday (Sullivan Arena, 1pm). The Jags took the measure of Bedford in their regular-season finale this past Saturday. NNS finishes a 6-10-2 season.
No. 6 Bishop Guertin 6, No. 11 Bow 2
In Tyngsboro, the Cardinals exploded for five second-period goals to put away the Falcons. Ben Young tied the game, 1-1, and six players in all scored for BG, among them Sean Wilson, Pat Madden, Aaron Pratt and Derek Amaral. Bow took a 1-0 lead through one period on senior Aiden Roy’s tally. Senior Devin Perry pulled the Falcons to within a goal late in the second period.
Bishop Guertin heads to Exeter Saturday for a quarterfinal date with Exeter (Phillips Exeter, 1pm). The Blue Hawks prevailed in the season opener, 3-2. Bow wrapped up a 7-12-0 season.
No. 8 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal 3, No. 9 Portsmouth/Newmarket 2
In West Lebanon, the Raiders came from behind twice to advance to the quarterfinal round. Griffin Auch (assist) scored the game-winner with six minutes to play. Andrew Duany and Will McGee also scored for the winners. Brian Daly added an assist.
LSMR, now 8-9-1, takes on No. 1 Keene Saturday (Keene Ice, 7). LSMR stunned the Blackbirds last weekend, 5-0. Portsmouth winds up 7-12-0.