Kings rule at JFK Coliseum, 10-3 over Central-West

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua South's Matt Diprizio is congratulated by teammates Nollan Foss (16), Joe Moore) and Johnny Pinksten (17) after his second goal in Wednesday's Divison I clash with Manchester Central-West at JFK Coliseum.

MANCHESTER – The skate was on the other foot for once.

Nashua High School South hockey, whether alone or co-opping with Pelham, has known the feeling of one-sided losses.

But for the South-Pelham Kings to have enjoyed a blowout win such as the 10-3 beatdown of Manchester Central-West on Wednesday at JFK Coliseum, well, that’s something they really haven’t experienced.

“It’s great, obviously I don’t want to be losing 10-3,” South-Pelham coach Shawn Connors said. “But because I know the side I’ve been on, you kind of feel a little tough. If they had really strong goaltending, it might have been a different game.

“Honestly in the first period we were a little worried, trying to figure where we were at, their heads and what was going on. But we came through in the second period.”

The 3-6 Kings put up six second period goals to break open a tight 2-1 game against that seemingly limited Central-West goaltending. Matt Diprizio and Nolan Harvey each had five point days with four goals and an assist each. Diprizio had four of the team’s first five goals while Harvey had the final four.

“It feels good, the last four years have been tough, a lot of losing games,” said Diprizio, who is from Pelham and played his first two years on the co-op team with Alvirne. “But this is probably one of the best teams I’ve been on. Everybody grinds.”

To that end, the Kings bombarded CW netminders Adam Richardson and Jordan Lamarre with 32 shots, and hit iron three times. Joe Moore had a goal and two assists, while Johnny Pinksten had a goal and an assist. Nolan Foss had two assists. Josh Kinghorn and Riley Nutter had single assists. Kings goalies Nate Serrentino and Adam Gagnon combined for 17 stops.

Diprizio’s first goal was actually an own goal by Central-West, as appeared caught off guard by an errant puck off a teammate’s stick.

Diprizio scored again during a flurry in front of Richardson at 14:03 of the first, assisted by Foss and Pinksten.

Central-West’s Sam Hebert scored on a breakaway with just seven seconds left in the period to cut things to 2-1.

The 1-8 hosts, following a Diprizio shorthanded goal just 48 seconds into the second period, made it 3-2 on the power play (John McNichols) nearly a minute later. Things were still in the balance.

But then it was all South-Pelham after that as the Kings scored six unanswered goals, five to finish the period and take an 8-2 lead into the running time third.

What changed?

“We told the kids they had to start skating,” Connors said. “They weren’t skating, they weren’t attacking. … You want to win a hockey game, you have to take away time and space.”

“That’s kind of the state of things for us,” Central-West coach Eric Fischer said of the collapse. “Most of the time it’s in the first period. We’ve just got to get better and play defensively.”

The Kings, with two straight wins, now have their sights set on turning their season around. They next host Manchester Memorial on Saturday night at Conway Arena.

“We’ve lost some tough games,” Connors said. “But right now we’re focused on trying to make playoffs.”

And that would be an even bigger change.