Published DateThe Belmont-Gilford hockey team was knocked out of title contention on Saturday night by visitors from Kennett. The Eagles scored first, often and last, beating the Bulldogs by the score of 5-2.
The fifth-seeded Kennett will next face top-seeded Berlin in the semi-final round. That game will be held on Wednesday night at the Everett Arena in Concord.
Kennett's first goal, scored by Nick Ansaldi, came less than two minutes into the first period. Anthony LaRusso gave the Eagles a two-goal lead with about nine minutes left in the first. Ansaldi scored his second and Kennett's third on a breakaway at the beginning of the second period. With 1:59 remaining in the second, Bryan Baker put Kennett up by four.
The Bulldogs resorted to pulling the goalkeeper halfway through the final period, a strategy which paid off as Belmont-Gilford's Dylan Treamer put his team on the board with 3:17 remaining. Tom Kuntz pulled the Bulldogs within two with 1:43 left in the game. The resurging Bulldogs fell short, though. Kennett earned the final goal, when a clearing shot from behind Kennett's blue line outpaced Belmont-Gilford's racing defenders on its way toward an empty net.