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Marauders Reach Schwan Cup Final

Blaine, Minn. — Nobody in New Hampshire could stop the Hanover High girls hockey team during its run to a fourth straight NHIAA state championship last winter. Now the Midwest is finding out what the Granite State already knows.

Spreading their offense over all three periods, the Marauders stopped St. Paul United, 3-0, on Tuesday night to advance to the finals of the 13th Schwan Cup high school tournament at the Schwan Super Rink. Matti Hartman pumped in two goals, Emma Malenka blasted home one and goalie Katie Fenton stopped 10 shots for Hanover (4-0 overall, 2-0 league), the first New England-based school to compete in the elite event.

“We’ve talked to them about trying to compete at a different level, and they have all year,” Hanover coach John Dodds said. “That’s what we came out here for.”

St. Paul United, a cooperative team built from two suburban St. Paul parochial schools, gave the Marauders a tougher game than Monday’s opener with Henry Sibley, of Mendota Heights, Minn. As in that 2-0 win, Hanover never trailed on Tuesday.

Malenka opened the scoring at 13:43 of the first period with a long-distance blast following a faceoff win. Julie Montgomery and Lillian Stout drew assists.

Hartman struck in the next two stanzas. Kelly Brigham set up Hartman’s second goal of the tournament at 3:20 of the second and joined Eliza Laycock in serving up Hartman’s clincher at 6:37 of the third. Fenton stopped all of United’s attempts for her second shutout of the tournament and third of the young season.

The final, set for a 5:30 p.m. faceoff at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena, pits the Marauders against Achiever Academy, a first-year, St. Paul-based charter school geared toward high-level hockey training. The contest can be viewed on a free webcast by visiting www.nscsports.org.

Men’s Basketball

Dartmouth 85, Lesley 47

Hanover — The Big Green closed the 2013 portion of its schedule by getting field goals from 11 different players, winning its fourth in a row and giving coach Paul Cormier the 199th victory of his career.

Dartmouth hit 37 of its 61 field-goal attempts, topping the 60 percent efficiency mark for the second game in a row. John Golden was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor for a game-high 12 points for Dartmouth (7-4), which also picked up 11 points from freshman Eli Harrison and 10 from sophomore Connor Boehm.

Golden dunked off his own steal to start the scoring as the Big Green built a 16-6 lead quickly. A 23-0 run over an eight-minute span of the first half effectively clinched the result for the Big Green, which continues a four-game homestand with a visit from Vermont on Saturday night.