Hanover Squirts Second at States
Hooksett, n.h. — The Hanover Squirt Green youth hockey team came up a goal short in their quest to win the Granite State League Tier II state champoinship last weekend, falling in a 2-1 final to the Manchester Flames on Sunday at Tri-Town Arena.
The Wild needed to come back from a first-game defeat to get as far as it did. Despite outshooting Keene by a whopping 22-6 margin to start the tournament, Hanover dropped a 4-3 decision, getting goals from Ellis DeMars, Casey Graham and Augie Oberting, with Lachlan Simmers assisting on DeMars’ goal. The Wild rebounded for a 3-1 win over the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs I to make the semifinals, with DeMars, Oberting and Riley Shepherd scoring and Graham and Oberting adding assists.
Sunday’s dawned with a 3-1 defeat of the Junior Monarchs II squad as Spencer Lawe scored unassisted, Simmers struck on passes from DeMars and Lawe, and Jake Kriplin netted a clincher on a Simmers pass. Lawe converted a Bridger Close pass for the Wild’s only goal in the championship-game loss.
Kaleb Maccioli recorded 15 saves in the final and made 41 saves with a 2.00 goals-against average for the tournament for Hanover. Aggressive backchecking from Macsen Elkouh, Jordan Larson and Connor Pollard and strong defense from Jack Gardner and Curtis Rice contributed to Hanover’s tournament run.