HBDS Warriors hit the Stark-Hopkinton wall
NASHUA – It’s been a feel-good season for the Hollis Brookline-Derryfield hockey team.
Until Saturday, that is.
What happened? The Generals-Hawks of John Stark-Hopkinton happened, as they stayed unbeaten (6-0) in Divison III with a 7-0 thrashing of the Warriors at Conway Arena.
“They’re defending champs for a reason,” HBDS coach Joel Sanborn said. “They’re a big, tough, strong team. You’ve got to take your hat off to them, they do a lot of things right.”
The Warriors (3-2) had only six shots total and were never in this one after the visitors scored four second period goals, two in the final minute, to zip out to a 5-0 lead.
And, to make matters worse, Warrior junior forward Aiden Chretien had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher just over five minutes into the final period after suffering a knee/leg injury. After a near half hour delay, while alert, he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
The Generals-Hawks were led by four goals and two assists by 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brett Patnode. Nolan Sauer had a goal and four assists, while other scorers for JSH were Ethan Molnar and Cabot Lineberry. Sauer and Patnode’s goals in the final minute of the second (52 and 27 seconds left, respectively) put things away as Warriors goalie Chris Slater (22 saves) was under siege.
“I was actually just looking to compete, I wanted to see the kids compete,” Sanborn said. “Then in the second period, the wheels (came off)…”
“We’re definitely a solid team,” Stark-Hopkinton coach Dennis Kolehmainen said. “We have depth, we can run three, four lines every game, and our top two lines are strong.”
Sanborn couldn’t quite see the play in which Chretien got hurt.
“You hate to see anybody go down like that,” Sanborn said. “But he’s in good hands.”