Published DateBy Jean LeBlanc
BERLIN — Senior defenseman Trevor Leborgne scored five times, propelling the No. 1 ranked Mountaineers to an impressive 17-2 victory over the eighth ranked Portsmouth Clippers in Berlin Saturday. The loss ended the year for the 6-13 Seacoast team.
Berlin advances to the semifinal round to be played on Wednesday evening at the Everett Arena in Concord at 7:30. Berlin (19-0 and 21-1 overall) will face off against the fifth ranked Kennett Eagles (11-8). Kennett advanced to the semifinal round with a convincing 5-2 win over the fourth ranked Belmont-Gilford team.
In head-to-head competition this season, Berlin beat Kennett 4-0 in Berlin ending a streak of 105 games that the Eagles had scored at least one goal and most recently the Mountaineers won a thriller in Conway 4-3.
Berlin came out skating in the first period, unloading 35 shots on Portsmouth goaltender, Brady Marchewka. The Mounties lit the lamp five times in the opening period, getting goals from Trevor Labrecque, Brandon Poulin, Justin Vien, Leborgne, and Jeff O'Neil.
The Clippers got on the scoreboard with 2:18 remaining in the period on a great individual effort from No. 99 Aaron Rancourt making it a 5-1 contest after one period of play.
The roof caved in on the Clippers during the second period.
Berlin scored eight goals on just thirteen shots. Play became very choppy by both teams and Berlin was able to generate a pair of power-play goals and a short-handed goal.
Lighting the lamp in the second period for Berlin included; Vien, Mike Lemoine, Leborgne, Poulin, Leborgne, Connor Jewett, Leborgne, and Jewett.
Portsmouth's Andrew Trout scored the only goal for the Clippers in the second period to make it 13-2 after two periods.
The Mountaineers appeared to be content to skate through the remainder of the game. However, Portsmouth openly targeted anyone in front of the Clipper goal through the use of cross checks to move players and also the slashing in the ankle and wrist area. At one point, Jewett had the stick knocked out of his hands and then he was slashed again taking his glove right off while reaching down to pick up his stick.
Portsmouth continued to take foolish penalties trying to get Berlin to retaliate. It would have been nice to have a quiet third period, however, the Clippers refused to end their rough style and Berlin's only answer was to continue to put goals in the Portsmouth net. Leborgne. Labrecque, Vien, and O'Neil scored goals in the third period during running time, for a final score of 17-2.
For the game, Marchewka ended the night seeing 58 Berlin shots. Berlin's Shane Mailhot earned the playoff win making 11 saves for the contest.
BHS 5 8 4-17
PHS 1 1 0-2
Scoring (times listed are what is left in the period): First period- BHS @ 14:07 Trevor Labrecque (7th) from Trull, @ 9:30 Brandon Poulin (4th) from Leborgne and Labrecque, @ 7:54 Justin Vien (23rd) from Connor Jewett, @ 5:42 Leborgne (6th) unassisted, @ 3:39 Jeff O'Neil (7th) from Jewett, PHS @ 2:18 Aaron Rancourt unassisted. Second period- BHS @ 14:52 Vien (24th) from Jewett, @ 14:12 Mike Lemoine (11th) from O'Neil, @ 13:21 PP Leborgne (7th) from Trull and Labrecque, PHS @ 12:25 Andrew Trout unassisted, BHS @ 9:45 Poulin (5th) from Nick Lowe and Labrecque, @ 9:12 Leborgne (8th) from Trull, @ 7:05 SH Jewett (68th) from Cody Fauteux, @ 4:58 PP Leborgne (9th) from Jewett, @ 4:45 Jewett (69th) from Leborgne. Third period- BHS @ 11:40 PP Leborgne (10th) from Blanchette, @ 9:58 Labrecque (8th) from Fauteux, @ 4:32 PP Vien (25th) unassisted, @ :21 O'Neil (8th) from Labrecque.
Saves: PHS- Marchewka 41, BHS- Mailhot 11.