Marlboro, MA- Four different players scored in the third period to lift the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs past the Jersey Hitmen to the EJHL Dineen Cup Championship.
The Monarchs fought through the stingy Hitmen defense to score a shorthanded goal 15:34 into the game. Steve Miller sent a pass to Connor Gorman, who fired a shot at Hitmen goaltender Eric Rohrkemper, who made the save. Jacob Bolton gathered the rebound and chipped it in to net the only tally of the first period.
Mike Jamieson put the Monarchs up 2-0 when he took a pass from Steve Miller and one-timed it past Rohrkemper 1:34 into the second period. Derek Stahl also assisted.
The Hitmen found a crack in Monarchs goaltender Zach Andrews when Jesse Petito and Collin MacDonald set up Jason Stephanik in the right circle and he ripped the puck past Andrews for a power play goal at 4:08.
Cameron Brown restored the two-goal lead 3:08 into the third period when he scored a power play goal from Brian Morgan and Kyle Williams.
The Monarchs made it 4-1 with 1:14 to play when Alex Quinn set up Steve McKenna, whose shot was saved by Rohrkemper. However, Charlie Ackerman swooped in and buried the rebound.
Rohrkemper skated to the bench when the Monarchs took a penalty with 1:03 on the clock, but Connor Gorman and Steve McKenna sealed the victory with empty net goals. Andrews turned away 21 shots in the win and Rohrkemper made 19 saves.
The win gives the Monarchs their third consecutive EJHL Title and their seventh overall. The Eastern Junior Hockey League congratulates the Monarchs and the Hitmen on their excellent seasons.
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