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Kennett boys book another trip to finals

Hockey Eagles heading to fourth-straight title tilt

COACH MIKE LANE instructs his troops during semifinal action at Concord's Everett Arena on Wednesday night. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 09, 2011
CONCORD — The Kennett hockey team used its extensive playoff experience to push past the Alvirne Broncos in the Division III semifinals on Wednesday, March 9, earning the Eagles their fourth-straight trip to the Division III finals and a chance to earn their third-straight title.

"It never fails in this building that there's always one game like this," said Kennett coach Mike Lane after his team drilled the Broncos 6-3. "Teams with less experience get swallowed up here."

The Eagles scored four times in the first period to take a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes. Kevin Murphy started the scoring with 8:33 to go and Nick Massa made it 2-0 just more than a minute later by knocking a shot from Justin Munck out of the air and into the net. Murphy scored again on a great feed from Dillon Smith with 3:53 to go for a 3-0 lead and Smith fed Cody Richard with another great pass to set up goal four of the period with 2:39 to go.

Alvirne scored once in the final minute of the quarter to cut the lead to 4-1.

The Broncos cut the lead to 4-2 early in the second, but Smith scored his first of the night and added another one after a fantastic play by Murphy with 5:54 to play in the period. Murphy caught a clearing pass by the Alvirne goalie and tapped it to Smith for a 6-2 lead.

Alvirne added a goal late in the third period for the final tally.

No matter which team they face in the finals (top-seeded Somersworth and fifth-seeded Pelham-Windham faced off in the second semifinal game after the Eagles' win), Kennett will go into the finals with much more experience in the championship atmosphere, as neither the 'Toppers or Wolf Pack have finals experience.

"We have to take advantage of that," Lane said. "It's a really fun day, I am happy the kids get to go down there again."

The Division III finals are Sunday, March 13, at 12:15 p.m. at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena.

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