Souhegan upends Berlin 5-3
NASHUA - Souhegan's power play prowess helped the Sabers hand Berlin its first loss of the season, 5-3, in NHIAA Division III boys' hockey action at Conway Arena Saturday.
Souhegan (4-1-0) scored two power-play goals in the second period and held off a late Berlin threat to emerge with a 5-3 win. The Mountaineers fell to 3-1-0.
"We've been working on our power play a lot because we realize when you get into these close games with these tougher teams in our division, special teams are important," said Souhegan head coach Dan Belliveau. "We were pretty happy with the way they played."
With the game tied 1-1, the Sabers took their first lead of the game at 4:57 of the second when Alek Medic passed the puck out of the left corner to Riley Connor for the point-blank goal.
Berlin tied the game at 2-2 at 6:24 with a power-play goal of its own. Dominic Morse tallied, scoring off a wrist shot from the left circle to beat Connor McCall stick-side inside the near post.
A series of Berlin penalties late in the second stanza gave Souhegan extended five-on-three power play time and the Sabers took advantage. Souhegan went on top 3-2 at 11:36 when Joseph Nutting's pass from the high slot to Matthew Wilson in the left circle resulted in a shot and score.
Just over one minute later, Souhegan added to the lead with another five-on-three goal. This time Nutting sent a slap-pass into the same area of the left circle and senior captain Michael Hayden finished with a shot to beat Brenden Williams.
"We've been working a lot on the power play lately and the majority of that second period was on the power play and we knew we had to cash in on those and get a big lead on Berlin," Hayden said. "That's what we did and it worked out."
The Mountaineers weren't ready to head home yet. Berlin cut the lead to 4-3 with a power-play goal at 5:30 of the third period. Nathan Trull's shot from the right point slid through McCall's five-hole for the score.
"It shows character," Berlin coach Mike Poulin said of his team fighting back. "We'll use this to build on our season. We'll get back to work Monday and try to get a little better each day."
Souhegan added an insurance goal at 10:43. Williams made two saves on stuff-in attempts at the right post, but the third shot was the charm as Wilson banged a rebound home from the top of the crease to account for the 5-3 final.
Berlin had held a 1-0 lead 6:13 into the game on a Connor Jewett goal. Jewett skated down the left wing and cut in on net, putting a backhand shot under McCall's right pad and in. Souhegan tied the game at 1-1 at 12:44 of the first when Hayden scored on a one-timer slap shot all alone in the slot off a Wilson feed from the right boards.