MANCHESTER — The Trinity boys’ hockey team wasted no time giving itself a healthy cushion once the third period began in its 8-6 victory over Manchester Central/West in the Manchester Monarchs Christmas Classic Thursday at JFK Coliseum.
The Pioneers, who had a 5-4 lead after the second period, tallied three goals, including two on the power play, over the opening 2:24 of the final frame.
Jimmy Kosiarski and Ryan Glass provided the third-period power-play tallies. Cadin Booth, who assisted on Glass’ goal, built an 8-4 Pioneers lead at the 2:24 mark of the third when he scored off a feed from Marc L’Heureux.
Central/West logged three goals in the second period but it was the Pioneers who took momentum into the second intermission.
Central/West erased a 3-1 Trinity advantage and took a 4-3 lead with 3:43 left in the middle frame when Sam Hebert, who finished with a hat trick, scored his second goal of the game.
The Pioneers did not give their opponent much time to enjoy being ahead.
Trinity sophomore Andrew Reed tied the game at 4-4 with 3:06 remaining in the second period. Senior Nate Arcand tallied his second goal of the contest with one minute left before the second intermission to break the deadlock.
“I think it’s good for a young team to have these challenges and kind of feel that little anxiousness … and get right back into it,” Trinity coach Mike Connell said. “That will carry us a little bit.”
Central/West tied the game at 3-3 after John McNichols, who finished with a hat trick, scored twice over the first 7:49 of the second period. The senior forward’s second goal came on penalty shot while Central/West was shorthanded to knot the score.
Trinity freshmen Anthony Dizillo and Brandon Boss scored 24 seconds apart to turn a 1-1 tie into a two-goal Pioneers advantage with 4:08 left in the first period.
Hebert opened the game’s scoring at the 5:29 mark with his power-play goal. Trinity answered less than two minutes later when Arcand went top shelf on Central/West goaltender Jordan Lamarre at 7:26 of the opening period.
Trinity kept Lamarre and Adam Richardson, who relieved Lamarre in the third period, busy throughout the contest. The Pioneers outshot Central/West 25-9 through two periods and 31-20 overall.
Hebert tallied his third goal on a five-on-three Central/West advantage 6:26 into the third period. McNicholas scored with 10 seconds remaining to earn his hat trick.
Pioneers sophomore netminder Ryan Brewitt made 14 saves.
Trinity finished 2-1 in the tournament. Central/West went 0-3 in tournament play.
Bedford 7, Manchester Memorial 0: For the third consecutive year, Bedford will play for the tournament title. Bedford will play Hanover for the crown in a rematch of last year’s title game tonight at 6.
The Bulldogs had six players score and received a 20-save shutout performance from Connor Laurendeau to improve to 3-0 in tournament play.
Bedford went undefeated en route to winning the tournament championship each of the last two years.
Zach Bayer recorded two goals and an assist and Parker Roberto tallied a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs. Nate Musgrave, Dominic Marlowe, Kyle Greer and Parker Joyce also scored for Bedford.
Chuck Degust and Matt Scott combined for eight saves for Memorial, which finished the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Hanover 4, Concord 2: Three second-period goals powered the Marauders to their second straight tournament title game.
David Lehmann broke a 1-1 tie just 1:04 into the middle frame. Matty Gardner (power play) and Cameron Woods added Marauders goals later in the period.
Concord’s Colin Kastle opened the game’s scoring at the 2:56 mark. Hanover answered with 5:19 left in the first period when Owen Stadheim scored off a feed from Lehmann.
Concord freshman Michael Stoddard capped the game’s scoring with 40.9 seconds left.
Parker Taylor made 25 saves for Concord, which went 2-1 in the classic. Harris LaRock made 19 stops for the Marauders, who improved to 3-0 in tournament play.
Goffstown 6, Bow 2: Grady Chretien, Colby Gamache, Sebastian Beal, Noah Charron, Brett Branscum and Max Lajeusse each scored for the Grizzlies in the win.
Ryan Tobeler and Jake Mielcarz scored for Bow, which also got 21 saves apiece from Jason Howe and Nate Carrier, who split time in goal.
Madeline Sage (12 saves) and Ethan Smith (four saves) split goaltending duties for the Grizzlies.