Four goals on eight shots.
That was all Manchester Memorial needed to post a 4-2 victory over Goffstown on the third day of the Manchester Monarchs Christmas Hockey Classic at the JFK Coliseum Wednesday.
In other action, Bedford defeated Manchester Central 8-0, Trinity beat Bow 6-2 and, Hanover edged Concord, 1-0.
Because of Thursday’s pending snowstorm statewide, tournament officials announced the championship game will be played Friday at 5 p.m at JFK Coliseum. Bedford will meet Hanover for the title.
The final standings in the round-robin format had Bedford (3-0) winning the Wally Tafe Division followed by Goffstown (1-2), Central (1-2) and Memorial (1-2). The Hubie McDonough Division had Hanover (3-0) as the top team ahead of Concord (1-2), Bow (1-2) and Trinity (1-2).
Memorial made the most of their eight shots against the Grizzlies. The Crusaders took one shot on net in the first period and scored on a wrister from defensive captain Eric Langley at 13:21.
Memorial managed five shots on net in the second period, scoring three times. The Crusaders built a 3-0 cushion on goals from Matt Guzzetta and Rickie Beauparlant 58 seconds apart just 1:27 into the frame.
Goffstown mounted a comeback bid, getting scores from Griffin Cook and Nick Nault, but Memorial took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play late in the period for a 4-2 lead. Defenseman Eric Langley’s slap shot from the blue line found its way past Goffstown goalie Kyle LaSella, who never saw the puck coming at him in traffic.
Memorial sophomore goalie Matthew Scott was peppered 29 times for 27 saves, but held Goffstown scoreless in the third period.
“We had quality shots on net, but we couldn’t come up with any Christmas bounces today,” said Goffstown coach Ben Slocum. “We talked during the breaks about shooting high because their goalie is very good down low, but we just couldn’t find enough openings. Give Memorial credit. We didn’t give them many shots on net, but they waited for us to make a mistake and when we did, they took advantage of it.”
Memorial coach Mark Putney wasn’t happy with his offense, but saw some good things in the win.
“Our passing wasn’t the greatest today and we definitely didn’t get many pucks to the net,” said Putney. “As a team we have a long way to go, but we’re getting better in the defensive zone and on the offensive zone, we were able to get at least two guys on the puck. Now we need to work on getting more shots on net.”
Bedford 8, Central 0: Colin Voloshin scored a hat trick and teammates Griffin Gagne, Shannon Lambert, Jack Sylvain, Jacob Rioux and Parker Roberto each tallied once for the Bulldogs.Gagne and Rioux each had three assists.
Bedford goalies Ryan Lee and David Guimont each had 11 saves while Central netminder Keenan Alnahas turned back 37 shots. Bedford earned a championship berth and will get an opportunity to defend its tournament title Friday.
Trinity 6, Bow 2: Three goals in the first three minutes of the second period allowed Trinity to take a commanding 5-0 lead. The Pioneers won the game despite getting outshot 31-18.
Tyler Chipman and Aiden Ross each tallied two goals while Eric Favreau and John McNichols (two assists) each scored once for the Pioneers. T.J. Fell had two assists for Trinity and Jake Cole and Marc L’Heureux each had one.
Bow goals came off the sticks of Doug Champagne and Dominique Biron. Bow goalie Jason Howe had 12 saves and Trinity netminder Ryan Brewitt turned back 29 shots.
Hanover 1, Concord 0: Braxton McNulty’s first period goal at 9:42 turned out to be the game-winner in a defensive contest. Elias Zinman had the assist.
Hanover goalie Gabe Loud notched the shutout with 15 saves and Concord goalie Griffin Gilbert turned away 22 shots.