Eagles skate into semifinals


Kennett hockey boys hold on to defeat Hollis-Brookline in playoff opener



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DILLON SMITH has his eyes on the puck as it bounces off the Hollis-Brookline goalie during playoff action Saturday in Conway. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 05, 2011
CONWAY — The Kennett High School hockey team did what no third seed in Division III hockey had done in a couple of years: Advanced to the semifinals.

The Kennett boys got out to a quick 2-0 lead after one period and led 3-0 with less than three minutes to play, but the Hollis-Brookline Cavaliers roared back and scored two goals to cut the lead to one with just 60 seconds on the clock.

The Cavaliers pulled their goalie with 35 seconds on the game clock and Eagle captain Logan Spoor added an empty net tally to finish off the quarterfinal win.

Kevin Murphy and Dillon Smith lit the lamp in the first period for the Eagles and Nick Massa added a goal in the third period. Jonny Parkhurst made 26 saves to pick up the win in net.

"We've got to be stronger with the lead than we were tonight," said coach Mike Lane. "We let them dictate the play."

The Eagles controlled the game for the first two periods, but the Cavaliers picked up their game in the third period.

"It's a good win and we'll see what we can do against Alvirne," Lane said.

The Eagles will take on second-seeded Alvirne at the Everett Arena in Concord in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles beat the Broncos earlier this season in Tyngsboro, Mass. The Broncos shut out Kearsarge in their first-round game. Top-seeded Somersworth bested John Stark and fifth-seeded Pelham-Windham upset Belmont-Gilford to advance to the Final Four in their first season.

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