Hanover Wins in Minn.

Blaine, Minn. — For all of the scoring the Hanover High girls hockey team brought back from last year’s state champions, it’s easy to overlook how much defense came back as well.

Someone in Minnesota knows that now.

Katie Fenton knocked aside all 15 shots she saw and sophomore forward Matti Hartman factored in both goals as the Marauders opened play in the 13th Schwan Cup high school hockey tournament with a 2-0 shutout of Henry Sibley High at the Schwan Super Rink on Monday night. Hanover (3-0 overall, 2-0 league) never trailed after Hartman scored her third goal of the year 16 minutes into the first period.

Eliza Laycock gave Fenton and her defense some breathing room with her fourth of the young campaign early in the third period, solving Sibley netminder Julia Wetzel-Edstrom (29 saves).

“It wasn’t too much of a surprise; we knew they would be physical, and they were,” Hanover coach John Dodds said. “We had some good bumping going on. But they had only two lines, and we wore them down a little bit.”

Hartman got the Marauders on the board at 15:54 of the first period, converting passes from Laycock and linemate Kelly Brigham. (The tournament is employing 17-minutes stanzas, as compared to the 15-minute periods Hanover uses in NHIAA competition.) Fenton kept the Warriors off the board, and Laycock popped in an insurance marker at 2:31 of the third stanza, with assists to Hartman and Brigham.

Hanover owned a 31-15 edge in shots on goal and spent the night out of the penalty box.

“We had a pretty long day getting out here,” Dodds noted. “We had a long delay at Midway (airport) in Chicago. We met at Hanover at 6 a.m. (Sunday) and probably got in around 7 p.m. last night. … They were a little tired and it showed in their step. We’ll try to remedy that (today).”

The Marauders continue the tournament at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) tonight against St. Paul United, a co-operative team comprised of skaters from a pair of suburban St. Paul private schools.

North Country 4 Hartford 2

Jay, Vt. — The host Falcons answered Megan Boardman’s third-period goal with four of their own to drop the Hurricanes to 3-4.

Boardman finished with both Hartford goals. Courtney Murray assisted on both, Amanda Nelson had one assist and goalie Erin Hudson finished with 28 saves.

Girls Basketball

Lebanon 47, Trinity 42

Manchester — The Raiders swept through the Manchester Central Christmas Tournament, pulling away from the Pioneers late for the title.

Lebanon trailed 32-30 through three quarters and had 17 points in the fourth to steal the victory.

The Raiders’ Heather King was named the MVP of the tournament, finishing with 21 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Trinity.

Lebanon guard Sam MacDonald filled the stat sheet with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Mariah Ramos chipped in with nine points.

The streaking Raiders (4-2 overall, 1-2 league) host Souhegan on Friday.

Oxbow 43, Rivendell 39

Orford — The Olympians withstood a late charge by the Raptors, improving to 5-0.

Savannah Fay led Oxbow with 16 points while Mikayla Hodge added 14 to pace Oxbow.

Tao Ameden had 14 points for Rivendell, and Megan Perkins chipped in with eight points.

The O’s led 37-24 through three quarters before Perkins drained a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help spark a late Raptors charge.

Both teams return to action on Thursday night, as Oxbow hosts Lamoille while Rivendell (0-2) hosts Thetford.

Thetford 63, Harwood 31

Thetford — Shyann Josler (17 points) and Ella Chapman (13 points) keyed the D-III Panthers in a blowout of the D-II Highlanders.

The Panthers led 34-12 at halftime. Michaela Pomeroy added 10 points for Thetford (6-0).

The Panthers pay a visit to neighboring Rivendell on Thursday night.

Twinfield 54, Sharon 35

Plainfield, Vt. — The Phoenix couldn’t matchup with the size of the Trojans and dropped a nonleague contest to open the week.

Mallory Lloyd had 15 points to lead Sharon (1-3), which plays host to Websterville on Jan. 6.

Boys Basketball

Woodstock 45 Poultney 34

Woodstock — With Mason Thompson helping Alex Crompton shut down the Blue Devils’ top threat and Connor Fegard scoring 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, the Wasps (2-2) rallied for a Marble Valley League win.

Sean Shepardson netted 21 points for Poultney, but only two came in the final quarter with Crompton and Thompson slowing him down.

Fegard and the Woodstock offense heated up after a sluggish first half, using a 13-2 final quarter to pull away. Doug Avellino added 15 points for the Wasps, who visit Windsor on Thursday.

Thetford 69, Windsor 41

Windsor — The Panthers rained 3-pointers down upon the host Yellowjackets, picking up their first win of the season.

Brandon Gray led the attack for Thetford with 26 points, including six buckets from downtown. Matt Perry added 16 with three 3-pointers, and Jordan Eastman added nine points for the Panthers, who led 37-22 at halftime.

Tyson Boudro countered with 24 points for Windsor, including four 3-pointers.

The win is the first in the head coaching career of Thetford’s Blendon Salls. “We finally put a full game together. We played really tough defense and shot the ball effectively tonight,” Salls said.

Both teams return to action on Thursday night as the Panthers (1-3) are at Rivendell while the Jacks (3-2) host Woodstock.

Springfield 48, Oxbow 31

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians lost ground in the second half, dropping to 2-1 on the season.

Oxbow trailed 16-15 at the break before the Cosmos rallied for 32 points to pull away. Jonny Ratel and Matt Thomson each had nine points for the Olympians, who visit Lamoille on Jan. 6.

Rochester 75, Sharon 64

Sharon — The Phoenix (1-1) rallied late, but Pavin Parrish (38 points) and the Rockets were too much.

Playing without starting point guard Tanner James, Andy Bando-Hess had 21 points to lead Sharon. Jay Knoerlein added 11 points, and Stephen Davis chipped in with eight points when not chasing Parrish around the floor defensively.

The Phoenix trailed 43-22 at halftime and outscored Rochester 42-32 after the break. Next up for Sharon is a visit from defending Division III champion Williamstown on Thursday night.