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NHIAA hockey: Bedford boys burst past Exeter

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 14. 2018 11:49PM

EXETER — The Exeter High School boys’ hockey team played Bedford even for about 40 minutes Wednesday, but the other five minutes proved to be a problem.

Bedford did all of its scoring in a span of just over five minutes that began late in the first period and spilled into the second, and skated to a 4-1 victory at The Rinks at Exeter.

Bedford collected two goals in the final 1:40 of the opening period, and added two more in the first 3:24 of the second.

“We talk about pushing,” Bedford coach Marty Myers said. “We try to push all period long, but we want to push early in the period and late in every period. I was happy to see that they did that.

“It was back-and-forth hockey, and that’s what usually happens until a goal gets scored and then momentum sometimes switches. And then we got another one at the end of the period. Going into the second period up two gave us a little life.”

Senior forwards Eric Flynn and Zach Bayer scored first-period goals for the Bulldogs, who beat Exeter 7-5 earlier this season. Bayer assisted on Flynn’s goal, which opened with scoring with 1:40 to play in the first.

Junior forward Jake Sanclemente was credited with a goal that Exeter scored into its own net to make it 3-0, and junior forward Lucas DeBonneville capped the Bedford scoring 3:34 into the second.

The Bulldogs, who raised their Division I record to 13-3, received 22 saves from Conner Laurendeau.

“Once we settled in we played pretty well, but you gotta finish a period,” Exeter coach Jim Tufts said. “Gotta finish a period. We had chances. We have to create some goals.”

Senior forward Tommy Civello scored for Exeter, which fell to 5-9. Civello’s goal came at 5:52 of the third. The assist went to freshman defenseman Jake Mantell.

“We’re in a stretch where we’re playing solid, solid clubs and we’re getting no puck luck whatsoever,” Tufts said. “They got a couple bounces and they ended up in the back of the net. Either one of those (Bedford’s first two goals) could have stayed out, but you create your own luck. They did create their luck and they had something to show for it.”

Exeter, which will play at Londonderry today, received a 26-save performance from sophomore goaltender Jude Rogles. The Blue Hawks will likely need at least one more victory to finish in the top nine and earn a postseason game.

“They hung with us and defensively they kept us out of the net for the most part,” Myers said. “We’ve played them twice and both times it took a full game to beat them. They don’t quit.”

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