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Hardly a Rebuild in Hanover: Marauders Crush Concord

  • Hanover High co-captain Cate Wagner, left, watches teammate Bri Laycock (22) and Concord's Lilly Vezina reach for her pass Tuesday at Campion Rink. The host Marauders opened their season with a 14-0 victory over the Crimson Tide. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • The Hanover High girls hockey team awaits player introductions before Tuesday's NHIAA game and season opener with visiting Concord at Campion Rink. The host Marauders won, 14-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Bri Laycock (22) bursts past Concord defenders Madelyn Farrelly (5) and Maria Armaganian to score the host Marauders' 11th goal Tuesday during a 14-0 NHIAA victory at Campion Rink. The game was Hanover's season opener while the Crimson Tide dropped to 1-2. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Natalie Morhun drives around the Concord net against defender Lilly Vezina during Tuesday's NHIAA game between the teams at Campion Rink. The host Marauders won their season opener, 14-0, and are aiming for their ninth consecutive state title. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

West Lebanon — Bad news for the rest of the NHIAA’s girls hockey teams: It doesn’t appear Hanover High’s rebuilding process will mean the Marauders are going to be any easier to dethrone from atop the standings.

Because its first two games were postponed due to bad weather, Hanover waited three weeks to get the quest for its ninth consecutive state title truly under way. The Crimson Tide (1-2) was the unfortunate recipient of that bottled-up energy in a 14-0 defeat, taking only nine shots and never possessing the puck for more than a few seconds in the home end at Campion Rink.

Sophomore Kelly Citera scored three times in her varsity debut and Bri Laycock, Hannah Curtis and Macy Curtis each struck twice for Hanover (1-0). Meredith Morhun, Clara Boland, Sage McGinley-Smith, Emma Tysinger and Cate Wagner also scored, and Wagner and Laycock each had four assists. 

Hanover led, 7-0, after a period and 13-0 after two stanzas. It mostly passed the puck around the offensive zone during the final 15 minutes. Abby Corbett, Concord’s rookie goaltender, made 27 saves.

“We talked in the locker room about not creating bad habits,” said Wagner, who’s committed to play soccer at Middlebury College starting next year. “We were still skating hard while still being good sports and not taking every shot we could. We did a good job of keeping our intensity up.”

Concord couldn’t handle what amounted to a full-court press of a forecheck, its players consistently committing turnovers as they attempted to clear their own end. Hanover put on a passing clinic during the third period, cycling the puck in the corners, moving the puck to the points and taking shots only when a blatant chance was presented.

“The standard with this team is something I’ve never seen before,” said McGinley-Smith, one of four freshmen in the program. “There’s an expectation of play that’s really special.”

Said coach John Dodds: “It was our first game and the girls were extra hungry, but the older players have been in enough of these situations that they know how to gauge them. We just work on certain situations and try not hurt any feelings.”

Wagner said that because Hanover’s 12-game NHIAA slate features what will likely be other lopsided games, it’s crucial team members go hard in practice.

“We have to take advantage of every chance to play against each other, because that’s often our best competition,” said Wagner, who produced 13 goals and 32 assists for last season’s 19-2-1 squad. 

Hanover’s schedule once again includes stiff out-of-state opposition. Vermont representatives Essex and BFA-Fairfax, along with Maine power St. Dominic, will be at Campion for a holiday tournament Dec. 28-29. There are also games at Massachusetts schools Acton-Boxborough, Andover and Austin Prep and a home-and-home series with New York’s Beekmantown Central.

Given that he lost nine players after last season and eight the year before that, Dodds knows he and his assistants have their work cut out for them in replicating the 2016-17 team’s performance. However, the 13th-year coach still has considerable talent on hand. 

“The new ones will learn what our expectations are,” Dodds said, moments after lamenting his squad’s inability to deliver consistently flat passes with good zip on them. “Our captains this year probably face a bigger challenge than ever before.”

Notes: Dodds said he chose not to cut players this year, resulting in a 20-player roster. Seventeen dressed on Tuesday, including goaltenders Claire Yegian, Aiden Stone and Rebekah Rudd, who each played a period. … Cici Barton, Hanover’s goaltender the past two seasons, departed for prep school, but is unable to play hockey this season because of past concussions, Dodds said. … The Marauders are scheduled to host Souhegan on Jan. 17 and Oyster River-Portsmouth on Feb. 9. Those are makeup dates for the postponed games that were to originally begin Hanover’s NHIAA schedule. … Laycock plans to play hockey at Williams (Mass.) College, Dodds said. Her sister, Eliza, is a sophomore forward at archrival Amherst. The Amherst roster also includes junior forward and former Marauder Sarah Wagner, Cate’s older sister, and junior defenseman Miriam Eickhoff, a Hanover resident who attended St. Paul’s School in Concord. … Northeastern University is 10-9-2, and sophomore forward Matti Hartman has produced three goals and two assists while playing in every game. The former Hanover player had eight goals and 10 assists while playing in every contest as a freshman.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.