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Hurst, Cahill highlight hockey All-Staters

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Belmont-Gilford's Brogan Hurst (22) was named to the First Team All-State squad after leading the Bulldogs to the Division III semifinals this winter. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
April 07, 2014
REGION For the second time in three years, the Belmont-Gilford hockey team reached the Division III semifinals this winter. The Bulldogs put together one of their best seasons in program history, compiling a final record of 16-4 before falling to Souhegan in the Frozen Four in Concord.

With the success came recognition for several players as Division III All-State performers, when the New Hampshire Hockey Coaches Association released their list late last month.

Leading the way in D-III was the Player of the Year award, given to Berlin forward Connor Jewett. The senior sniper scored 51 goals and dished out 26 assists for a whopping 77 points. Kennett High School's Mike Lane was the Coach of the Year, and his Eagles nearly pulled an upset over B-G in the quarterfinals before falling in overtime.

Junior defenseman Brogan Hurst led the way for the Bulldogs, as he was named to the First Team All-State squad after a fine season where he impressed D-III coaches despite missing several games due to injury. Hurst scored seven goals and added 10 assists for 17 points while also playing a stout defensive role.

Teammate and fellow blue liner Daryll Cahill was a Second Team All-State selection, as the bruising junior was a one man wrecking machine at times throughout the season. Cahill scored 14 goals and added 13 assists, and his 14 goals put him second on the team behind leading scorer Caleb Drouin (21 goals, 10 assists). Cahill was particularly dangerous at the point on the power play, as he scored four goals with the man advantage.

B-G had a pair of honorable mention picks, as junior forward Andrew D'Amour and senior goalkeeper Calvin Davis were tapped for selections. D'Amour was one of B-G's top scoring threats on the first line, and he finished the year tied for second in points with 27 (11 goals, 16 assists). Davis had a stellar season between the pipes in leading the 'Dogs to the 16 victories.

Locally, Laconia-Winnisquam junior goalkeeper Brayden Harriman was named to the Second Team All-State squad, as the busy netminder singlehandedly won several games for the Wolfpack this winter. As a result, the team reached the postseason for the first time in some time.

While Hurst was the lone local player to earn First Team status, the squad was rounded out by Jewett, Souhegan's Mike Hayden, Kennett's Brad Canavari and Josh Kondrat and Portsmouth's Aaron Rancourt.

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