The Governor’s Academy hockey team traveled to Concord, NH on Wednesday night to face a strong St. Paul’s team. Governor’s had six skaters who were making their first appearance in a Varsity hockey game. Michael DuCharme, Zachary Mirageas, and Teddy Zimmerman were all newcomers to Govs this fall, while Justin Chin Wong, Colton Lafata, and Nick Nonis skated for the JV team at Governor’s last season.
The two teams skated well throughout the first period. Brendan McMenimen earned the start and was strong between the pipes with 12 saves to end the first. SPS would draw first blood at the 6:49 mark of the first period and Governor’s went into the locker room down a goal after one.
The second period start resembled the first period; with back and forth play between the two teams. St. Paul’s would get going again first and took a two goal lead midway through the second. Junior, Ryan Scarfo brought the Governors back on a smooth power play tally. Seniors Bryan Sullivan and Alex Minter would collect assists on the play. With 5 minutes left in the second the Academy was in great position to comeback, but St. Paul’s was able to net another second period goal to lead Governor’s by two goals heading into the third period.
The Academy came out with good jump in the third period; however things quickly unraveled for the boys from Byfield. After a solid five minutes of play, St. Paul’s erupted for four straight goals. A stunned Govs squad was able to regroup and play a strong final five minutes. Justin Chin Wong scored his first Varsity goal with three minutes remaining and gave the squad something to build on as the Academy’s focus quickly moves forward to Saturday’s home opener with another strong Keller Division rival, Thayer Academy.