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February 26, 2013

Londonderry hockey may be team to beat


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Surging Londonderry could be the team to beat in the Division 1 hockey tournament, which gets underway with two first-round games tomorrow.

The Lancers (13-4-1) may only be the No. 3 seed, but they’ve won their last six games and they defeated both top-seed Manchester Memorial (5-4) and No. 2 seed Manchester Central (4-2) during the regular season. Eric Colburn, with 18 goals, leads a balanced attack for the Lancers.

Londonderry, however, will open Saturday at 4 p.m. against No. 6 Salem (10-6-2), which defeated it twice during the regular season. But the Blue Devils, who are led by Cody Soucy’s 21 goals, have struggled of late, losing five of their last eight games.

No. 7 Pinkerton (10-8), which is led by the Corsetto brothers (Dominic and Gio) will open tomorrow against Concord. The Astros have won six of their last nine games.

In Division 2, Windham-Pelham (9-7-1) is seeded ninth and opens tomorrow at No. 8 Goffstown. Merrimack (16-2) and Spaulding (15-2-1) are the top two seeds.

Division 1

SEEDINGS: 1. Manchester Memorial (14-4), 2. Manchester Central (14-4), 3. Londonderry (13-4-1), 4. St. Thomas (12-5-1), 5. Trinity (11-5-2), 6. Salem (10-6-2), 7. Pinkerton (10-8), 8. Bishop Guertin (9-9-1), 9. Hanover (6-8-4), 10. Concord (6-10-2)

First Round

Wednesday

Game 1: Hanover at Bishop Guertin, 6 p.m. Game 2: Concord at Pinkerton, 4 p.m. (at the Ice Den)

Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 2

Game 3: Game 1 winner at Memorial, TBA; Game 4: Trinity at St. Thomas, 4 p.m.; Game 5: Game 2 winner at Manchester Central, TBA; Game 6: Salem at Londonderry (Icenter), 4 p.m.

Semifinals

Wednesday, March 6, at JFK Coliseum

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.; Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, March 9

at Verizon Wireless Arena, 4:30 p.m.

Division 2

SEEDINGS: 1. Merrimack (16-2), 2. Spaulding (15-2-1), 3. Bedford (13-3-2), 4. Bow (11-3-4), 5. Dover (11-6-1), 6. Kingswood (11-7), 7. Oyster River (8-5-5), 8. Goffstown (10-7-1), 9. Windham-Pelham (9-7-1), 10. Pembroke (8-9-1)

First Round

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Game 1: Windham-Pelham at Goffstown; Game 2: Pembroke at Oyster River

Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 2

Game 3: Game 1 winner at Merrimack, TBA; Game 4: Dover at Bow, 4 p.m.; Game 5: Game 2 winner at Spaulding, TBA; Game 6: Kingswood at Bedford, 4 p.m.

Semifinals

Wednesday, March 6, at Exeter

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.; Game 10: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, March 9

at Verizon Wireless Arena, 2:30 p.m.