Near-Perfect Hanover Girls Narrowly Miss State Crown
Exeter, n.h. — Going undefeated without allowing a goal in round-robin play wasn’t quite enough to secure a state championship for the Hanover Hockey Association U12 girls, who fell to Concord on Sunday’s state championship game, 2-0, at the Rinks at Exeter.
The Wild and Capitals played a finals preview to open the tournament, with Hanover nicking a 1-0 win. Elizabeth Barre netted the game’s only goal in the first period, and Celina Barton earned the shutout in goal. Defensemen Emma Tysinger, Clara Boland and Molly French combined to keep Concord off the scoreboard as well.
Hanover booked its trip to the championship game with two more shutouts. Barre scored twice more to go with single goals from Bryn Kable, Maggie Lee and Kelly Citera in a 5-0 defeat of Seacoast, while Barre, Lee and Kendyl Boisvert struck the twine in a 3-0 blanking of the New Hampshire Avalanche. Meredith Morhun, Macy Curtis, Rory Livingston and Violet Sperry all provided offensive-zone pressure in both games to clinch the Wild’s title-game run.
Jacqueline Gour split time in the net with Barton throughout Hanover’s tournament appearance.
Squirt Green Wins
West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Green picked up two key points in the race for the Granite State League title on Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Manchester Flames at Campion Rink.
Riley Shepherd led the Wild at the blue line and with a pair of goals, to which Bridger Close joined with a score of his own. Casey Graham and Curtis Rice both recorded assists for Hanover.
Goalie Kalem Maccioli produced nine saves to get the victory in the net for Hanover.
Peewee Green Second
White River Junction — The Hanover Peewee Greens will go into their New Hampshire state tournament with the second seed after closing the regular season with a pair of wins at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Cameron Woods scored a three-goal hat trick on Saturday in an 8-1 nonleague win over the Lyndon Red Wings. The Wild also grabbed goals from Joey Goff (two), Tono Correa, Quinn Murnaghan and Jacob Derosier in the rout, with Jackson Stotland (two) and Rowan Wilson adding assists.
The Wild completed the league schedule back at WBA on Sunday, topping the Lakes Region Lakers 4-1. After surrendering the game’s first goal, Hanover rallied behind goaltender Henry Bernard and goals from Wilson, Goff, Brendan Brigham and Derosier. Stotland and Derosier earned the Wild’s assists, both helping feed Goff for his game-winning strike.