Brian Gould was proud of his Alvirne High School boys hockey team for not giving after getting down in the first period of Saturday’s game against Bedford.
But the Broncos head coach knew exactly what his team was in for in the final two.
“We went into the locker room and told them this is probably just going to get them mad and they’re probably going to come out even harder,” Gould said. “It proved true. At least we played with them for a period or two.”
After Bedford took an early 3-0 lead, Alvirne scored twice late in the first to make it a one-goal game, but it was all Bulldogs the rest of the way, as they won 9-2 at Sullivan Arena at Saint Anselm’s College. Bedford now sits at 10-0 atop Division II, with its next game on Monday at Timberlane.
Nate Boyd had a hat trick for Bedford, along with an assist, while Jeremy Myers had two goals and Todd Glynn, Chris Viola, Neil Soucy and Benjamin Desrosiers also had a goal each.
The Bulldogs scored their first two goals in the first 4:16 and made it 3-0 with 8:02 left in the opening period, but Alvirne’s Devin Herling and Patrick DeVito both scored in the final 1:05 to make it 3-2 at the first intermission.
“That was at the tail end of the period, which is not how we want to end it,” Bedford coach Marty Myers said. “We talked about it a little bit in the locker room, about changing up some things we thought we could do. We came out and played a solid 15 minutes. Alvirne, to its credit, played us well.”
For Alvirne, being in the game after one period was a bit of a surprise.
“It was a turnaround that we didn’t expect,” Gould said. “We expected to get blownout of the game. They’re probably the best team in the state, regardless of division.”
Even after winning back-to-back division championships, Myers has a lineup loaded with seniors who have a lot of experience going through the battles. This year’s team may be one Bedford’s deepest and the coach likes how his group has meshed together.
“A lot of these kids, they’re very talented, but they come from different programs,” Myers said. “They like each other and they get along, which is helpful. We try to keep them playing together. As long as they have fun and keep playing together, they’ll work well. They’re a great group of kids.”
After Monday’s game at Timberlane (1-8), the Bulldogs go another week without playing, as they host Bow (7-2) on Feb. 10. Following that is a trip to Dover (8-2) on Feb. 12, a home date with Merrimack (2-5) on Feb. 15 and a trip to Spaulding (8-0) on Feb. 19.
In Saturday’s win, Andrew Connelly and Daniel Gregson each had two assists while goalie Alec Lindberg made 12 saves.