Marauders Get the Drop on Raiders
Hanover High's Kelly Brigham (3) digs for a rebound off the stick of Lebanon goaltender Erika Moffitt on Saturday during the Marauders' 5-0, NHIAA victory at Campion Rink. Moffitt, a junior in her third season as a starter, made 29 saves.
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Hanover High's Julie Montgomery, center, is congratulated by Caroline Howell (10) and others Saturday after scoring in her team's 5-0, NHIAA victory over Lebanon at Campion Rink. Purchase photo reprints »
West Lebanon — Despite a dynamic performance that included 29 saves Saturday night, Lebanon High girls hockey goaltender Erika Moffitt could only keep her team close for so long. After trailing by only two goals following a period, the Raiders fell, 5-0, to neighboring Hanover in an NHIAA game at Campion Rink.
“Erika was unbelievable,” said Lebanon coach Brad Shaw, whose team fell to 5-2 overall and in NHIAA play. “We told her that if she could keep us in the game, it would give us a shot. She certainly did her part, and you couldn’t ask for any more from a goaltender.”
Unfortunately for the Raiders, Hanover was simply too powerful. The Marauders, four-time defending state champions, ran four lines deep in skilled and speedy forwards and complimented that with three strong defensive pairings and goaltender Katie Fenton, who had to make only 10 saves. Lebanon hit a post late in the first period but otherwise never seriously threatened to score.
“They wore down a bit, playing only two lines,” said Hanover coach John Dodds, whose squad is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the state standings. “They worked hard, but it’s got to be difficult when we’re using three and four lines against them.”
Said Shaw: “We’re just not as deep. But I’m proud of our players for skating their butts off. Hanover’s an elite team, and they’ve been taking it to teams by some big scores.”
Hanover opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Sarah Wagner fired a shot from the top of the left circle and over Moffitt’s blocker at the near post.
The Marauders doubled their lead four minutes before the first intermission when Matti Hartman blocked a shot at the point, raced up the right wing and beat Moffitt with a slap shot from the circle.
The hosts scored again seven minutes into the second period, Julie Montgomery popping in a Caroline Howell pass. The score moved to 4-0 in the stanza’s closing seconds after Eliza Laycock’s shot off a rush and from the right wing trickled through Moffitt’s pads.
The night’s final goal came three minutes into the third period when an onrushing Grace Tecca scored off a cross-ice pass from Lillian Stout.
Shaw said Lebanon lost its previous game, at Bishop Guertin, partly because of repeated turnovers. He was pleased that his squad didn’t help Hanover much in that regard Saturday.
“If we were going to lose tonight, we at least wanted to make Hanover earn it,” he said.
Dodds was happy his second line scored the first and second goals and his third line chipped in with the fifth.
“There isn’t a lot of drop-off after the first line,” he said. “What I’m most pleased about is that we distributed the scoring.”
Hanover played three games in Minnesota, two against a foe from New York and one against a Massachusetts opponent earlier this season. The search for stronger competition has energized the Marauders.
“Those games can only help,” Dodds said. “We’ve gotten a lot of experience against some top teams.”
Notes: The teams spent four hours earlier in the day volunteering at events for the local Special Olympics in Lyme. The Raiders helped with skiing and the Marauders with the snowshoe event. … Stout is the daughter of former Hanover boys hockey captain Art Stout, a 1987 graduate of the school. … Dodds said that because of rescheduled games caused by earlier weather cancellations, his team will twice play on consecutive days and once play three times in 72 hours later this season.
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