Tie Fits Just Fine: Hanover, Bishop Guertin Draw
Hanover High boys hockey coach Dick Dodds speaks with his players during a final timeout with 9 seconds left in overtime of yesterday’s 2-2 tie with Bishop Guertin at Campion Rink. The Marauders moved up a notch in the NHIAA Division I standings with the result. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Joe Cravero, center, and Gus Lyons, left, celebrate after scoring Hanover’s first goal late in the second period. Craveo accounted for both of the Marauders’ goals, giving him five in his last three games. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
A stumble by Bishop Guertin’s Matthew Blais, left, opens the door for Hanover defenseman Nick Mullen to advance the puck during yesterday’s 2-2 tie at Campion RInk. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
West Lebanon — There is no tried-and-true solution for rebounding from a lousy game. However, having another game within 48 hours — augmented by a breakfast of waffles and bacon — apparently works.
Simultaneously trying to forget a 9-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester Central and keep its flagging state tournament hopes alive, the Hanover High hockey team filled up on a team meal, then battled visiting Bishop Guertin to a 2-2 overtime tie at Campion Rink yesterday afternoon. Joe Cravero netted both Marauder goals to extend his ongoing scoring streak to three games, and James Montgomery turned aside 30 shots to give Hanover (5-8-3 league, 5-9-4 overall) its share of the points.
The result, combined with Concord’s 6-3 loss to Central yesterday, pushed Hanover up one spot to ninth in NHIAA Division I at the start of the next-to-last week of the regular season. The top 10 schools in the 14-team league make states.
“Every point we can get is needed,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds admitted. “Obviously, it would be nice to get four, but two will do. We’re scratching and scraping for points, so we will take them any way we can get them.”
The NHIAA awards four points for wins and two for ties. Postseason seeds will be determined by points earned divided by games played.
Cravero twice gave Hanover leads. The senior converted a Nick Bowen feed with 1:23 left in the second period for a 1-0 lead, adding a second goal on passes from linemates Shawn Cavallaro and Sam Carey with 8:03 left in regulation. BG (8-7-1 league, eighth place in D-I) forced overtime with 1:12 to go.
The tie extended Hanover’s winless streak to six games (0-5-1). Cravero has been one of the more constant sources of offense for the Marauders, having now scored five goals in the last three games and a team-high 13 on the season.
“It’s his aggressive play, his solid two-way play,” Dodds said. “He’s been consistently doing that all year.”
Montgomery also received help in the defensive end from Bowen and fellow blueliners Nick Mullen and Jin Kim. The Cardinals held a 32-30 edge in shots during the matinee.
Dodds called the draw “a great bounceback game; a gutsy, courageous effort.” Without time to practice in the wake of Saturday’s lopsided defeat, the Marauders opted to meet as a group over breakfast at Cravero’s home yesterday morning. “We talked about what was needed to get this train headed in the right direction,” Dodds added.
“I told them to put Saturday night in the rear-view mirror. We’ve got a big week coming up, and it could be the best week of their hockey careers if they want it to be.”
Hanover visits No. 2 Trinity on Thursday night in a makeup game at St. Anselm College’s Sullivan Arena.
Thetford 55, Oxbow 45
Thetford — The Panthers improved to 14-4 behind 28 points and 11 steals from Michaela Pomeroy and 21 points, six assists and four steals from Shyann Josler. Mikayla Hodge had 16 points for Oxbow (5-12) and teammate Lauren Tomlinson chipped in 11.
“Our scoring may not be balanced but our role players are doing what we ask of them,’’ said Thetford coach Eric Ward, touting the defensive effort Erika Gray delivered while matched with Hodge. “We’re doing a little more pressing than in the past and it’s leading to more steals.’’
Ward said he hopes to regain the services of Rozzy Kidder next week. The center missed her fourth consecutive game last night with a broken finger. The Panthers close the regular season by hosting Lyndon on Monday and visiting Montpelier on Thursday.
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White River Junction — The Hurricanes scored more than 60 points for a second consecutive game, making quick work of the Minutemen and improving to 13-3. Stephanie Grobe had 21 points and Taylor Johnson had 19, sinking a quintet of 3-point shots.
“We only scored in the 30s for four or five games, so hopefully we’re finding our offensive flow and peaking at the right time,’’ said Hartford coach Ed Kehoe, whose team visits Springfield on Thursday. “We’re getting more kids involved.’’
Hartford also received nine points from Kelsey Kehoe and eight from Devon Day.
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Hanover — Lexie Hamilton had 22 points and Erica Hinck had nine to push the Marauders to 15-5 overall and 12-5 in NHIAA Division II play. Senior Sophia Walker had six points and 10 rebounds for Hanover, which visits Windham on Thursday.
Bethel — Freshman Lindsay LaPerle sank an 8-foot shot from the baseline with four seconds remaining to lift the Hornets (13-5) to victory. Whitcomb scored the game’s last eight points in a 1:20-span, getting 3-point shots from Nicole Begin and Ashley Stearns after Concord twice missed the front end of 1-and-1 opportunities.
Hornets coach Dennis Wood said his team is ranked fifth in Vermont Division IV, while the Wildcats are ranked third. Wood’s team is battling to finish at least fourth and earn home-court advantage for the playoffs’ opening two rounds. Because Whitcomb’s court is too small to host postseason games, however, it is likely to host such contests at South Royalton.
Stearns had 18 points, LaPerle had 10 and Begin had six for Whitcomb, which hosts Williamstown on Saturday and Websterville on Tuesday to close its season.
Randolph — Kristen Keene’s game-high 17 points pushed the Raiders past the Galloping Ghosts (4-13),
“U-32 is right at the top of Division II,” Randolph coach Scott LaFreniere noted. “I was happy with our effort tonight. It was closer than the score. We battled pretty good; I’m happy with how we battled.”
Brittney LaFreniere led the Ghosts with 10 points. Brooke Jacques and Mariah Rilling added eight for Randolph, which visits Harwood on Thursday.
Rivendell 67, Cabot 29
Cabot, Vt. — Raptors coach Tim Dyke gave the bench plenty of playing time and sophomore Shamus Peyton responded with a career-high 16 points in a makeup victory over the Huskies.
Most Rivendell regulars got the night off after the Raptors (15-3) roared to a 19-4 lead after one quarter. In addition to Peyton’s big night, Rivendell’s Scott Calhoun hit for 14 points.
“He’s a big kid, 6-foot-4, maybe 6-5,” Dyke said of Peyton. “He’s improved a lot this year. He’s doing much better; his hands are getting better. He plays some jayvee; it’s hard for him to get (varsity) minutes because we’re so deep, but he played well.
“The Cabot kids tried hard. I’m proud of them. They had no give up.”
Rivendell can expect a stiffer test when it visits defending Vermont Division IV champ Twinfield tonight.
Bethel — The Hornets earned their second victory, avenging a 52-48 loss earlier this season. Steve Davis had 20 points and Caleb Chase had 18 for Whitcomb (2-17), which closes the season at Sharon on Thursday.
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Meriden — Kimball Union’s Malik Abu came out of the game when he committed his third foul in the first three minutes, but finished with 13 points. Teammate Devon Thomas had 14 points and Duby Maduegbunam had 12 for the Wildcats, who trailed 26-24 at halftime.
KUA, which took the lead several times during the second half, lost it for good with four minutes remaining. The Wildcats host Vermont Academy tomorrow at 2 p .m.
Stevens Third at States
Manchester — After receiving a first-round bye and advancing through their quarterfinal match, the Cardinals’ bid for an NHIAA Division I state championship closed in a semifinal loss to No. 3 Souheganon Saturday at Spare Time Lanes.
The 11 participating schools battled for honors in best-of-seven Baker-style matches featuring five bowlers per team. Stevens, seeded second, topped No. 7 Raymond in its quarterfinal, 4-2, breaking a 2-2 tie by taking the final two games, 181-148 and 182-157. The Cards’ luck ran out in the semifinals, as No. 3 Souhegan recorded a four-game sweep en route to upsetting top-seeded defending champion Pinkerton in the finals, 4-1.
“We were just unable to pick up enough spares, which cost us a chance to move on to the finals,” said Stevens bowling coach Shawn Wadsworth.
Bowlers will return to Spare Time on Saturday for the NHIAA individual finals.