Busy Marauders Skate to Another Victory
Tyngsboro, Mass. — The Hanover High girls hockey team has had so many games postponed by weather this winter that coach John Dodds is now inserting the following question into routine conversations: “Any weather coming?”
Well, Coach, it depends who you ask.
Fellow members of NHIAA Division I may answer in the affirmative and point to the storm eminating from Hanover for evidence. Playing the third game of a four-games-in-four-days marathon, the Marauders dominated host Bishop Guertin for a 4-0 win at Skate Three Arena.
Hanover (9-1 league, 11-2 overall) outshot the Cardinals (7-4 league) by a 38-5 margin. The Marauders’ top line of Matti Hartman, Eliza Laycock and Kelly Brigham did all of the scoring, and Katie Fenton needed to make just five saves for the shutout because of the defensive work in front of her.
“I was really pleased with our D, not just the defensemen but the team in general,” Dodds said. “There was good backchecking, and the group played well not only with the transition game but with good gap management. We had more energy as a group than I thought we would.”
Barely 24 hours after nipping a 2-1 win from Lebanon on Saturday night, Hartman potted her 14th goal of the season in the first period unassisted to get Hanover going. Laycock and Hartman struck in the second period, and Laycock added her second of the night — and 13th of the campaign — in the third for the clincher. Brigham finished with two assists, while Laycock and Hartman added one each.
“They played well,” Dodds said of the trio. “They’re moving the puck well. They created a lot of chances.
Hanover wraps up its four-fer tonight when St. Thomas-Dover (5-7) pays a call to Campion Rink.
KUA 90, MacDuffie 62
Meriden — Malik Abu took advantage of the visitors’ lack of healthy tall men for a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcats’ win over its Massachusetts-based visitor on Saturday.
Duby Maduegbunam backed up Abu’s numbers with eight points and 10 boards for KUA (15-4 overall, 10-0 NEPSAC Class AA). Crew Ainge found the range from outside, hitting seven 3-pointers en route to a 25-point afternoon, adding six assists, and Oliver Tot dealt 12 assists to go with nine points.
The Wildcats shot 59 percent fro mthe floor, including 13-for-24 from the perimeter.
KUA returns to action at home on Tuesday, meeting Tilton in a makeup contest.