Green Knights Clobbered by Bedford

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Central/West’s John McNichols and Bedford’s Zach Bayer prepare for a face-off.

MANCHESTER, NH – Schoolboy hockey has returned to New Hampshire and the Manchester Central/Manchester West Co-Operative Green Knights began their 2017-’18 campaign with a 7-1 defeat to defending state champion Bedford at St. Anselm’s on Monday night.

John Giroux netted Bedford’s first goal of the evening just 95 seconds into the contest, followed just over two minutes later by Jake Sanclemente. Before the end of the first period, the Bulldogs received another goal from Sanclemente, who would also assist a goal by Kambal Vaidya.

Bedford also obtained a pair of goals from Eric Flynn during the first period, outshooting the Green Knights 14-4 before the period came to a close.

The Bulldogs refrained from taking additional shots in the second period, although Central/West could not muster a shot of their own until seven minutes after the first intermission.

John McNichols would spoil Bedford’s shutout 6:12 into the third period, finding the back of the net with assists by Nate Duplesis and Wil Hebert.

Following the Green Knights goal, Bedford went back on the attack, with Kyle Greer recording the contest’s final score with two minutes left in regulation.

Bedford and Central/West return to the ice on Wednesday, with the Bulldogs hosting Concord and the Green Knights traveling to Exeter. Here are some other scores from Manchester’s high school varsity teams during the first few days of the 2017-’18 NHIAA Winter Season.

Boys’ Basketball

Dec. 8

Derryfield 61, Profile 32

Girls’ Basketball

Dec. 4

Epping 56, Derryfield 28

Dec. 8

Central 44, Salem 41

Memorial 63, Londonderry 40

Bedford 71, Bedford 26

Souhegan 67, West 21

Derryfield 45, Profile 36

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