High School Roundup: Hanover Sweeps Odd Doubleheader
Concord — Two games. Two rinks. One day. Friday was just like old times for the Hanover High girls hockey team, right down to the two wins.
Playing catch-up for double-digit weather-related game cancellations/postponements this season, the Marauders hit the road on Friday and came home with two more victories. In the morning, Katie Fenton recorded a 20-save shutout and Hanover’s top line accounted for all of the goals in a 3-0 defeat at Andover (Mass.). On the way home, the Marauders stopped by Concord’s Everett Arena and left with a 9-1 rout of Concord, as Kelly Brigham and Sarah Wagner scored twice each.
“It’s good to get two out of the way,” said Hanover coach John Dodds, whose team improved to 13-1-0 in NHIAA play and 15-2-0 overall. “I haven’t done this since the youth hockey days, and those weren’t 15-minute periods. To top that off, we didn’t have (new) ice in all of the periods in Massachusetts. There was no ice between the first and second periods.”
Playing for just the second time in 11 days, Hanover came out on fire against Andover in a game played at Phillips Andover Academy. Brigham and linemates Matti Hartman and Eliza Laycock provided the goals; Brigham added two assists while Hartman, Laycock and Delia Nahabedian added one each.
Up the road in Concord, Hanover scored four times in each of the first two periods for an easy win over the Crimson Tide. Brigham (two goals, one assist), Wagner (2-1), Hartman (1-2), Laycock (three assists), Julie Montgomery (1-2) and Maddie Lyons (three assists) all had three-point outings for the Marauders.
Emma Malenka, Emily Acker and Grace Tecca also struck twine for Hanover, with Acker, Caroline Howell, Mahler Meyerrose and Margeaux Baker landing in the assist column. Emily Gougelet needed to make just six saves for the win in goal.
Apparently not ones to rest on their laurels, the Marauders are back home at Campion Rink for their senior night game against Berlin-Gorham this evening.
Bp. Brady-Trinity 4 Lebanon 3
Concord — Also in need of playing make-up hockey, the Raiders (11-4-0) couldn’t make themselves at home as the designated home team in an Everett Arena loss to the Green Giants (8-5-0).
Brady-Trinity rallied from a 3-2 deficit, scoring twice in the third period to grab the victory. Aubrie Mazurek, Michaela Schones and Samantha Roberts scored for Lebanon, which picked up two assists each from Emma Forman and Loren McEwen and 10 saves from Erika Moffitt. Brady-Trinity goaltender Lauren Owsowitz made 25 saves for the win.
Lebanon heads back to Everett Arena to meet Concord today, followed by a trip to Berlin-Gorham on Monday and senior night at Campion Rink against Bishop Guertin on Tuesday.
KUA 4, Vermont Academy 2
Meriden — Tyler Bird had a hand in all of the Wildcats’ goals, netting a natural hat trick and adding an assist in a Lakes Region League tournament semifinal, avenging an earlier loss to Vermont Academy last month.
A.J. Greer scored Kimball Union’s other goal and added an assist, and Denniss Cesana earned two helpers for the Wildcats (22-6-4).
KUA hosts Proctor Academy this afternoon at Akerstrom Arena for the league championship.
Thetford 68, Hazen 24
Thetford — The top-ranked Panthers (20-1) made quick work of the Wildcats (10-12) to reach next week’s Vermont Division III semfinals at the Barre Auditorium.
Michaela Pomeroy topped the ledger for TA with 18 points, with Shyann Josler adding 13 and Ella Chapman finishing with 12. Jill Clark also contributed nine points for Thetford, which bolted to a 41-13 halftime lead.
“The girls have been playing really well lately,” TA coach Eric Ward said. “They have a mission in mind and they know what to do.”
The Panthers will play the winner of today’s Enosburg-Twin Valley quarterfinals in the 6:30 p.m. semi at the Aud on Thursday night.
KUA 71, Holderness 22
Meriden — Decked out for its annual Play for a Cure game, Kimball Union popped eight first-half 3-pointers en route to a decisive win over the Bulls at Alumni Gym.
All nine Wildcats contributed to the win, highlighted by freshman Hana Caloras’ six points and sophomore Kayleigh Coombs’ four.
KUA (14-5) hosts Governor’s Academy this afternoon.
Lebanon 62, Con-Val 19
Lebanon — The Raiders’ five healthy seniors produced a 27-5 first period in a Lang Metcalf Gym rout of the Cougars in Lebanon’s final regular-season contest.
Seniors Heather King (13 points) and Sam MacDonald (11) joined junior Vanessa Fleury (10) in the double-figure scoring department for Lebanon. Ryleigh Stearns, Claudia Boutin and Jennifer Laramie also had contributions in Lebanon’s quick start, coach Rob Marsh said. Senior center Mariah Ramos missed the contest with an injury.
The Raiders are off until learning their NHIAA Division II tournament seed on March 3.
Lebanon 68, Con-Val 40
Peterborough, n.h. — Kalin Sou and K.J. Matte both hit for 16 points as the Raiders (14-3, 15-4) wrapped up the road portion of their campaign.
Sou buried three 3-pointers on the night and Lebanon had five as a team in building a 35-14 halftime lead. Marin Gradijan and Austin Pelletier backed up the effort with eight points each, and Nic Shepherd contributed seven.
“We played good defense in the first half to pull away,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said.
Lebanon closes its season with a key game against Bishop Brady on Tuesday at Lang Metcalf Gym. The winner gets a top-four seed in the NHIAA Division II tournament.
Woodstock 53 Otter Valley 30
Brandon, Vt. — Connor Fegard’s 25 points sent the Wasps (14-6) on their way to clinching the third seed for the start of the Vermont Division II state tournament next week.
Dougie Avellino finished with 12 points and Chris Townley added 10 — just his second double-digit night of the season — as Woodstock won its sixth in a row and its eight in its last nine starts. Avellino completed a double-double with 10 assists, Bradley Lewis hauled in a team-high nine rebounds and Townley added eight boards to his totals.
Woodstock will learn its playoff fate on Monday.
Rivendell 55, Whitcomb 35
Bethel — With Kolin Huntington and Cody Williams leading the way with 12 points apiece, the Raptors (15-3) kept alive their hopes for earning a top-four Vermont Division III tournament seed with a win over the Hornets (3-15).
Shamus Peyton added 10 points for Rivendell, which is remains percentage points behind Lake Region and BFA-Fairfax in the battle for a top-four seed and the potential of two home playoff games that would come with it.
Zak Gillette led all scorers with 14 points for Whitcomb, which is bound for the D-IV tournament next week. Seniors Bradford Allen (seven) and Scott Nickerson (four) played their final home games for the Hornets.
Both teams learn their playoff assignments on Monday. Rivendell hosts Oxbow tonight in its regular-season finale.
Burr & Burton 69 Windsor 41
Windsor — The visiting Bulldogs launched a dozen 3-pointers, seven of them in the third quarter, to pull away from the Yellowjackets (11-9).
Ethan Hill and Tyson Boudro both had 12 points for the night, but their output couldn’t keep up with BBA’s outside barrage.
“They spread you out pretty good, and they do a lot of dribble, drive and kick,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue said. “They have a lot of ballhandlers and a lot of shooters.”
Ladue said he expected Windsor to hit the road to open the Vermont Division III tournament next week, most likely as the ninth seed.
Pelham 68, Hanover 59
Pelham, n.h. — The Marauders (8-6 league, 10-6 overall) dropped an NHIAA D-II contest to the Pythons (14-2), who maintained third place in the league with the win.
Hanover visits Bishop Brady on Monday night to kick off a three-game final week of the regular season.