MANCHESTER — The Trinity boys’ hockey team grabbed momentum early in the third period and never let go of it en route to a 4-2 victory over Manchester Memorial on the second day of the Manchester Monarchs Christmas Classic Wednesday night at JFK Coliseum.
After watching Memorial tie the game at 2-2 with two late second-period goals, Trinity broke the deadlock before the third frame was two minutes old.
Pioneers senior forward Matt Guman scored the go-ahead goal on a slap shot from the left point 1:13 into the final period.
“I thought it was important because of how (Memorial) pushed us in the second,” Trinity coach Mike Connell said of Guman’s early third-period tally. “It was important to get the momentum back a little bit.”
Anthony Dizillo, who assisted on Guman’s game-winner, scored a power-play goal with 2:27 left to give Trinity a two-goal cushion.
The Crusaders, who are 1-1 in tournament play, did not register their first shot on goal in the third period until the 6:46 mark. Memorial was on the power play for the final 1:59 of the contest but could not best Trinity sophomore goaltender Ryan Brewitt (19 saves).
Connell said Brewitt’s performance might be the best he has seen from the netminder.
“(Brewitt) had a lot of good (saves) and I thought we struggled a little bit in the offensive zone trying to support the puck and make a play,” Memorial coach Mark Putney said.
The Pioneers, who are 1-1 in tournament play, scored twice in the opening 6:31 of the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Memorial alternate captain Jared Chandonnet answered with two goals late in the frame.
Chandonnet put the Crusaders on the board with 3:19 left in the middle stanza when he scored from the right circle. The senior forward followed up with his second tally 2:02 later to knot the score at 2-2.
Memorial had just two shots on goal in the second period before Chandonnet logged his two goals.
Trinity sophomore Aidan Ross scored through a scrum in front of the Crusaders net to open the game’s scoring at 5:04 of the second period. Nate Arcand built a 2-0 Trinity lead at the 6:31 mark of the period when he put home a power-play goal.
Memorial outshot Trinity, 7-3, in the opening period but Brewitt kept the Crusaders at bay.
Matt Scott made 19 saves for Memorial.
Connell said he is happy with how his team has played so far in the tournament and noted some players have earned themselves more regular-season ice time.
“You’ve got the opportunity here and they’re proving themselves,” Connell said.
Hanover 5, Goffstown 1: The Marauders improved to 2-0 in tournament play behind two goals and an assist from junior Charlie Plottner. Hanover scored twice in both the first and second periods and added another tally in the third frame.
David Lehmann, Sylas Oberting and Braxton McNulty also scored for the Marauders. Hanover senior goaltender Harris LaRock made 22 saves.
Grady Chretien scored Goffstown’s lone goal 3:15 into the third period off an assist from Brett Lassonde. Madeline Sage and Ethan Smith made a combined 26 saves for the Grizzlies, who are 0-2 in the tournament.
Bedford 10, Manchester Central/West 5: Bedford coach Marty Myers was pleased to see his team has the ability to score 10 goals but he did not enjoy seeing the Bulldogs give up five defensively.
Bedford has allowed nine goals over its first two contests on its way to a 2-0 record in the tournament.
Myers said defense will be the primary focus for the Bulldogs through the rest of the tournament.
“A 10-5 hockey game, maybe it’s a spectator game but it certainly isn’t a player or coach’s game,” Myers said. “We want to keep pucks out of our net. It’s good that we can score 10 but it’s not so good that we let in five.”
The Bulldogs had a 4-2 advantage over Central/West after the opening period and led, 7-4, going into the second intermission.
Bedford received four goals from Parker Roberto, two more from Zach Bayer and one each from Zach Bayer, Joey Sanclemente, Nate Musgrave, Jake Sanclemente and Dominic Marlowe.
Eric Flynn registered five assists for the Bulldogs. Bedford netminders Ben Bernard and Conner Laurendeau combined for 27 saves.
John McNichols scored twice and George Gatzoulis logged two assists for Central/West. Teammates Will Hebert logged a goal and an assist and Brendan Courtney and Thomas Brauer each scored once. Adam Richardson and Jordan Lamarre combined for 27 saves for Central/West, which is 0-2 in tournament play.
Concord 7, Bow 3: Concord coach Dunc Walsh considers seniors Colin Kastle and Drew Livingston to be the team’s offensive leaders. Both Kastle and Livingston provided a snapshot as to why their coach feels that way in Concord’s win over the Falcons.
Kastle and Livingston each recorded two goals and two assists in the win.
The Crimson Tide led, 6-3, going into the third period after the two teams combined for seven goals in the middle frame. Livingston capped the game’s scoring when he tucked the puck inside the right post of the Bow goal 6:33 into the third period.
Concord logged three goals over the opening 4:01 of the second period. Kastle scored a short-handed goal eight seconds into the stanza to build a 3-0 Concord lead. Livingston and teammate Andrew Paquette also found the back of the net before the period reached the five-minute mark.
Shane Riley also registered a second-period goal for the Crimson Tide.
Bow junior forward Corey Shore scored twice and teammate Jake Mielcarz added a goal of his own the second period.
Nate Carrier made 38 saves for Bow.