Tomahawks will get Dover in Divsion II semis

Telegraph file photo by TOM KING Merrimack goalie Ben Hardy, shown making a save earlier in the season vs. Spaulding, was fabulous in goal in the Division II quarterfinals earning the shutout Saturday over Goffstown with 36 stops.

And then there was one.

The Merrimack High School boys hockey team was the lone local high school hockey team to surivive Saturday’s quarterfinals, and the Tomahawks are now one win away from their first Division II finals appearance since 2013.

The No. 6 Tomahawks (10-7-2) upset No. 3 Goffstown 3-0 in the Division II quarterfinals late Saturday night at Saint Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena.

The Tomahawks will now face No. 2 Dover (15-3) in the semifinals on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Concord’s Everett Arena. Top seed St. Thomas takes on No. 4 Keene in the 7:30 semi.

On Saturday night, Kai Schimp scored the only goal the Tomahawks would need, assisted by Dylan Sadowski, at 5:03 of the first period. The score remained that way until the ‘Hawks got two unassisted empty netters by Andrew Frothingham and Zach Stimeling in the final minute. Remarkably, the Tomahawks had just one penalty in the game.

But the real hero of the game for Merrimack had to be goalie Ben Hardy who came up with 36 stops to earn the shutout. Goffstown came into the game 14-3-1 but had split with Merrimack during the regular season, winning 10-5 but losing 4-2.

The Tomahawks and Green Wave did not face each other during the regular season. Dover just got by Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal 3-2 in the quarters.

The Green Wave’s three losses this year were during a late January-early February stretch to Keene (4-3), Oyster River (4-2) and St. Thomas (3-1).