Maroon Squeeze: Hanover Boys Hockey Squeaks Past Crimson Tide
West Lebanon — Watching the Hanover High boys hockey game last night was a bit like observing a ping pong match. Back and forth went the host Marauders and Concord at Campion Rink. Dump-and-chase, all the way.
Hanover walked off with the proverbial final volley by using Gus Lyons’ rebound goal with 2:42 remaining to prevail 2-1 in the NHIAA Division I contest. The Marauders improved to 5-5-2 overall and 4-3-2 in division play.
“Both us and Concord like to get the puck in deep and pressure hard,’’ said Hanover senior defenseman Mike Yukica. “When you’re competing against your own style of play, it tends to be a bit of a scramble, because both teams are thinking the same thing.’’
The winning play unfolded with Hanover’s Jordy Levin skating to a loose puck in center ice and bringing it almost to the right wall as he crossed the Crimson Tide’s blue line. A defender stepped up and drilled Levin with a body check, but the junior managed to nudge the puck sideways just before absorbing the blow.
Picking up the biscuit was Lyons, who fed Kordell Lindsay. The sophomore got off a shot from the slot even as he was knocked down, and Lyons popped home the rebound.
“That’s really the way we’ve got to create offense,’’ said Hanover coach Dick Dodds. “The goals that we get are definitely hard-working and by doing the little things. The second period was not pretty but we refocused and worked harder than they did in the third period.”
Hanover led 1-0 after a period on a Joe Cravero goal from short range. The Crimson Tide answered with the second period’s lone tally, a beautiful rush by defenseman Colin Stevens, who went end-to-end, bypassing two defenders in center ice before beating goaltender James Montgomery with a snap shot under the crossbar.
The goal came on a power play, an advantage set up when Hanover’s Ben Acker was penalized for tossing away an opponent’s stick after colliding with him.
Stevens “went right through us and it was a nice play, but you have to be able to stop him,’’ Dodds lamented. “We had a lot of fishing going on with our sticks, instead of moving our feet and getting right into his body.’’
Yukica said he thinks Hanover, which began the day in a three-way tie for seventh place in the 14-team division, can make a climb all the way into the circuit’s top four by season’s end. Dodds also sees better times ahead for the Marauders.
“They work so hard at practice and they really push each other to get better,’’ the coach said of his players. “That’s really important. This is a real character team.”
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