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ConVal-Conant boys knocked out of postseason

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal-Conant boys' ice hockey team played at Monadnock-Fall Mountain in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, March 04, 2018

The ConVal-Conant boys dominated the puck for much of Saturday’s playoff matchup against Monadnock-Fall Mountain, but try as they might, the Griffins just couldn’t break through. 

“We outplayed and outhustled them,” said ConVal-Conant head coach Mark Leger.

The No. 6 Griffins showed a marked improvement over their two regular-season losses to No. 3 Monadnock, keeping the puck in the offensive zone nearly the entire first period. But when Monadnock got the puck past the blue line, they struck quickly, netting their first goal a minute into the first period and then striking again with a minute remaining. 

“We had most of the pressure but could not capitalize and get the goal when we needed it,” Leger said.

ConVal-Conant turned the tide at the end of the second period, when Evan Turner beat his Monadnock defender with a deke left in front of the net and then whipped back to his right to flick the puck past the keeper. Just 30 seconds into the third, the Griffins scored again, with Trevor Johnson taking a nice pass from Aidan Kirby and slamming it home. The game was tied and the momentum was all ConVal-Conant’s way.

“I thought for sure it was our game when we tied it in the third,” Leger said.

The celebration didn’t last long. Monadnock’s Greg Chase took the puck end-to-end just 25 seconds later to take the lead back, and once Dom Thornton added the insurance tally, it was all over, a 4-2 Monadnock win.

“All in all we had a great season, a great group of boys,” Leger said. “I appreciate their effort, especially in the last 6-7 weeks of the season.”

ConVal-Conant finished the season with a 8-8-1 record.