Play-Off Central

The Division III Play-Offs begin on Wednesday March 1st. Previews of all games will be posted beginning next Tuesday.

2017 Division III Play-Off Schedule

Prelims – Wednesday March 1st

(9) TBD @ (8) TBD, Time TBD

Quarter-Finals – Saturday March 4th

Site of home seed

Frozen Four – Wednesday March 8th (5:30 & 7:30 p.m.)

Plymouth State University

State Championship – Saturday March 11th (12:15 p.m.) 

SNHU Arena

PLAY-OFF CENTRAL

Division III – Prelims

(9) Conval-Conant Griffins versus (8) Pembroke-Campbell PAC

Wednesday March 1st, 7:30 p.m. Everett Arena

Season Series- Conval-Conant won (1-0) February 25th Conval-Conant 10 Pembroke-Campbell 5

Conval-Conant makes the post season in their first season as a co-op team. The Griffins went 4-2 in their final six games to earn the final division III play-off spot. They are led by goaltender Chance Kirby and forward Cam Tracey who had 26 points.

Pembroke-Campbell comes into the play-offs losing 6 of their final 7 games, however the PAC played one of the most difficult stretches down the stretch. They are led by a group of top defenders in Sean Moore, Nate Lamontagne & Jake Tremblay along with forwards Dylan Fisher and Matthew Tremblay.

RESULT- Pembroke-Campbell 5                 Conval-Conant 4

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Division III – Quarter-Finals

(8)  Pembroke-Campbell PAC vs (1) Kennett Eagles

Saturday March 4th, 6:00 p.m. Ham Arena

Season Series- Kennett won (1-0) February 22nd Kennett 10 Pembroke-Campbell 2

Pembroke-Campbell comes into the quarter-finals fresh off a dramatic 5-4 come from behind win over Conval-Conant Wednesday in Concord.  Matthew Tremblay led the comeback which was a total team effort. Pembroke-Campbell continues to show no quit and is one of the most gritty teams in this years field.

Kennett is the top seed in the division III play-offs for the first time since 2012. The Eagles led the league in scoring defense, allowing just 31 goals in 18 games. Mackenzie Murphy anchors the defense which features 2 juniors, 2 sophomores and a freshmen. On offense the Eagles count on balanced scoring.

RESULT- Kennett 8 Pembroke-Campbell 2

Division III – Quarter-Finals

(7)  Monadnock Huskies vs (2) Belmont-Gilford Bull Dogs

Saturday March 4th, 1:25 p.m. Fay Arena

Season Series- Belmont-Gilford won (1-0) February 4th Belmont-Gilford 9 Monadnock 0

Monadnock returns to the play-offs in their first season back as a varsity program. Monadnock is one of just two teams in the nine team division III field that is not a co-op team (the other Kennett). The Huskies are led by Caleb Dow and his team leading 19 points.

Belmont-Gilford comes in as the number 2 seed and is looking to get back to the finals for their 3rd straight season. Senior Bailey Defosie has had one of the most underrated seasons for a goaltender this year. On offense the Bull Dogs can score a lot of different ways. They have five players with 20 points or more including Harrison Parent who had a team leading 38 points.

RESULT- Belmont-Gilford 6 Monadnock 0

Division III – Quarter-Finals

(6)  Moultonborough-Inter Lakes Renegades vs (3) Berlin-Gorham Mountaineers

Saturday March 4th, 6:00 p.m. Notre Dame Arena

Season Series- Berlin-Gorham won (2-0) January 4th Berlin-Gorham 7 Moultonborough-Inter Lakes 1 & February 22nd Berlin-Gorham 5 Moultonborough-Inter Lakes 1

Moultonborough-Inter Lakes enters the play-offs winners of 4 of their final 5 games. Mike Dalzell leads the offense with 30 points along with senior Colin Sheehan with 25 points. Hunter Sanders has emerged as the starting goalie and was key to the Renegades success down the stretch.

Berlin-Gorham  has not lost a game since February 4th and finished tied with Belmont-Gilford for the best record in the league(they lost the tie breaker to BG). Cam Cochran led all Berlin-Gorham players with 43 points good for 2nd in the league. Goaltender Trent Labrecque emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the league down the stretch. Berlin-Gorham holds arguably the greatest home ice advantage in the entire state in Notre Dame Arena.

RESULT- Berlin-Gorham 4 Moultonborough-Inter Lakes 2

Division III – Quarter-Finals

(5)  John Stark-Hopkinton General Hawks vs (4) Somersworth-Coe Brown Bear Cats

Saturday March 4th, 7:00 p.m. Roy Rink @ Rochester Arena

Season Series- Somersworth-Coe Brown won (1-0) February 22nd Somersworth-Coe Brown 5 John Stark-Hopkinton 3

John Stark-Hopkinton is looking to get back to the Division III Frozen Four for the 5th straight year. Experience will be relied on heavily by the General Hawks. In addition they will need a big game out of goaltender Jameson Bourque who went under the radar but had a very strong season. Bret Patnode and Noah Chapman lead the offensive attack for the General Hawks.

Somersworth-Coe Brown led Division III in scoring including four players with 38 points or more. Casey Pridham led the league in scoring with 49 points. In goal the Bear Cats are led by foreign exchange student Casper Marott. Don’t expect play-off experience to be an issue for the Bear Cats as they are led by a group of strong upper classmen.

RESULT- Somersworth-Coe Brown 6 John Stark-Hopkinton 0

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Division III – Frozen Four

Wednesday March 8th, 5:30 p.m. Hanaway Rink (PSU)

(3) Berlin-Gorham vs (2) Belmont-Gilford

Season Series-  Tied, 1-1. December 14th Berlin-Gorham 6 Belmont-Gilford 2 & January 25th Belmont-Gilford 5 Berlin-Gorham 1 

Preview- The first semi-final Wednesday evening at Hanaway Rink will feature a re-match of the last two State Championships (each team has won once). Both teams earned four goal wins in their home buildings this season so its only fitting that they meet in at a nuetral site to earn the right to play Saturday for the state title. Look to see if Berlin-Gorham can slow down the high powered Belmont-Gilford offense early on and look to see if experience means anything. 

RESULT- Berlin-Gorham 4 Belmont-Gilford 2

Division III – Frozen Four

Wednesday March 8th, 7:30 p.m. Hanaway Rink (PSU)

(4) Somersworth-Coe Brown Bear Cats vs (1) Kennett Eagles

Season Series-  Tied, 1-1. December 14th Kennett 4 Somersworth-Coe Brown 3 & February 18th Somersworth-Coe Brown 6 Kennett 2  

Preview- After four years in division II Somersworth-Coe Brown and the Eagles meet again in the play-offs. This rivalry grew into one of the best in division III from 2008-2012 where the Eagles and the then Somersworth Hilltoppers played three times in the play-offs. The names have changed but the rivalry and respect continues. These two teams met three times this year with the two teams splitting the two regular season match-ups and the Eagles beating the Bear Cats in the Christmas Tournament Championship. The Bear Cats feature the top offense in division III while the Eagles have the top defense. Something has to give Wednesday night, it should be a good one. 

RESULT- Kennett 3 Somersworth-Coe Brown 0

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Division III – State Championship

Saturday March 11th, 12:15 p.m. SNHU Arena

(3) Berlin-Gorham Mountaineers vs (1) Kennett Eagles

Season Series-  Tied, 1-1. January 18th Kennett 6 Berlin-Gorham 1 & February 8th Berlin-Gorham 3 Kennett 1  

Preview- The two most northern hockey schools in New Hampshire meet for the Division III State Championship Saturday. This is the 3rd time in history that the two schools have met in the play-offs. Berlin has one the previous two (both in the semifinals). Berlin comes in as the number 3 seed after a 4-2 win over Belmont-Gilford Wednesday while the Eagles shut out Somersworth-Coe Brown 3-0. One this is for certain, this is going to be a goo one. 

RESULT- Kennett 4 Berlin-Gorham 0