Hanover Peewees Runners-Up at Two N.H. Tourneys
The Hanover Hockey Association’s top two Peewee teams came home with runner-up honors last weekend in their respective Granite State League state tournaments. Peewee Green reached the finals of the Tier II tourney at the Hooksett Ice Den before falling in the finals to New Hampshire East, 3-0. Peewee White matched Green’s run by going to the Tier III finals in Rochester, where Lakes Region put an end to the Wild’s title hopes, 7-2.
Wild White’s run began in solid fashion with a 2-0 defeat of the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs, with Patrick Daley breaking a scoreless tie in the third period with goals on passes from linemates Alex Weinman and Hunter Whyte. Eliana Ray posted the shutout in goal, with defensemen Jacob Derosier, Brian Pattison, Ben Booker and Duncan Bailey keeping the front of the net clean.
After giving up two early goals, Hanover White upset top-seeded Oyster River in the semifinals, 3-2, with goals from Sam Shepard, Weinman and Cameron Woods, assists from Jackson Stotland, Aaron Damren and Shepard and big help from the penalty killers, who wiped out two five-on-threes in the final stanza. Daley and Whyte scored in the title-game loss to the Lakers.
While Hanover White’s season is done, Hanover Green’s runner-up tournament finish secured a trip to the New England Tier II regionals in Orono, Maine, this weekend. The Wild tied the Manchester Flames (2-2) — on two Phin Choukas goals and a David Lehmann assist — and lost to the New Hampshire Avalanche (2-0) in preliminary play, but did well enough to reach the semifinals and take a 2-1 decision from the top-ranked Northern Cyclones before falling in the finals.
The win over the Cyclones proved to be the weekend highlight for the Wild. Ian Garland got Hanover on the board in the second period, and Braxton McNulty netted the game-winner in the same stanza following a faceoff win by Elias Zinman. Goaltenders Harris LaRock and Josh Smith were superb all weekend for the Wild, who had plenty of defensive help from blueliners Elias Adams and Gary Li.
Hanover also received key contributions from forwards Azor Goodwin, Hans Williams, Briland Laycock, Will Laycock and Colleen Donoghue. The Wild’s games at regionals will be hosted by the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena.
Second at Bear
Woodstock — The Hanover Squirt Whites reached the finals of the Bear Invitational tournament on Sunday at Union Arena, going three overtimes before succumbing to Pleasant Valley, 5-4, in the championship tilt.
Offense was the name of the game for the Wild, which scored 22 goals in four games. Hanover opened by outscoring Brattleboro on Friday, 8-5, as Casey Graham scored three times, all on passes from Ellis DeMars. William Brannen converted twice on Jakob Reznek assists, while Thomas Beaver, Augie Oberting and Archer Judd also hit the target, with help from Jordan Larson.
Beaver factored in every goal in a 5-4 round-robin defeat of PVA, scoring three times and assisting on tallies from Judd and Brannen (one assist each). Oberting led Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Northshore Ice Hawks with a pair of scores, combining with defenders Quincy McBride, William Tarnowski and Reznek to limit the Hawks to just six shots on goaltender Gavin Slider.
Hanover came back from a 4-0 deficit in the final on goals from Oberting, Beaver, Graham and Judd, and Slider finished with 14 saves. PVA’s winner came into an empty net, as tourney rules called for a skaters-only third overtime to decide the champion.
Hanover Mites Split
West Lebanon — The Hanover Mite Greens won one and lost one at Campion Rink on Sunday, outscoring Lyndon, 8-6, and dropping a 6-2 contest to Concord.
Macsen Elkouh keyed the win over Lyndon with a first-period hat trick, fronting a six-goal opening stanza by scoring his first after just two minutes of play. Billy Lyons, John Hill and Zachary Hawthorne also added to the barrage, which was later augmented by goals from Bridger Close and Lachlan Simmers in the third period. Eric Tysinger finished with three assists, with Elkouh, Simmers and Jack Gardner also producing helpers. Blaine Gour picked up the win in goal.
After a season of cross-ice games, the Wild got the chance to play the Capitals on full ice in Sunday’s defeat. The Wild trailed throughout, with Corwith Simmers’ two goals helping to cut into a pair of two-goal Concord leads. Zach Miles, Angus Frew, Miles Oberting, Jacob Rimberg, Jack Stadheim, Andrew Danahey, Connor Pollard and goaltender Matt Walsh all contributed to the Hanover effort.
On The Run
Enfield — Having been snowed out earlier this winter, the Winter Wild uphill running series will finally go to the dogs on Sunday with its first K-9 Uphill race at Whaleback.
Competitors are invited to bring their canine friends for the race, which will feature only an Open category — rather than the usual four — because of the special nature of the event. Runners’ animals must be friendly to both people and other dogs, and all dogs must be leashed per the state’s leash law. The course will cover 2.2 miles, heading up Spout, Bougainvilla and Upper Whalestail and down Upper and Lower Ivory to the finish.
The run begins at 7 a.m., with an awards ceremony to follow at 8 a.m. The cost to participate is $25, and registration is available at www.winterwild.com.
James Kovacs, of Newbury, N.H., led a field of 125 competitors across the finish line on Saturday at Mount Sunapee in the Winter Wild series’ fifth race of the season. Kovacs rolled to a winning time of 28 minutes, 22 seconds, beating David Irving, of New Hampton, N.H., by more than two minutes. Times for Upper Valley-area runners can be found in the chart on this page.
Contact Chad Denning at 603-748-1070 or email@example.com or visit www.winterwild.com for more information.
On the Snow
To States Roster
Gilford, n.h. — Ford Sayre’s Maeve and Jane Goodrich added their names to the ski club’s roster for this weekend’s state championships with their performances in the New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association’s U12 finals last weekend at the Gunstock Ski area.
The Goodriches helped FSSC to a second-place team finish with their overall performances. Maeve Goodrich as third and Jane fourth to earn their spots at U12 states, which will be held at Waterville Valley. Teammates Ellie Stannard, Kate Stannard, Liz Rightmire and Kennedy Lange all contributed points to the team result thanks to their times at Gunstock. Jane Goodrich was fifth and Ellie Stannard 16th to lead Ford Sayre in Saturday’s giant slalom, while Jane and Maeve were 6-9 in Sunday’s slalom.
Cal Kocher had the big weekend for Ford Sayre in the boys U12 races. Kocher helped FSSC to third place as a team by taking seventh in Saturday’s GS and ninth in Sunday’s slalom against competition from around the Granite State.
Matthew Siegel, Charlie Reichert, Ben Abbatiello and Ellie Richardson represented the club at the U14 state finals at Gunstock. Siegel had the best weekend, finishing 12th in the slalom and seventh in the GS.
While the U12s ski their state championsnhips at Waterville Valley, the U14s will head to Loon Mountain for their N.H. finals this weekend.
On the Tee
Concord — The New Hampshire Golf Association will welcome all golfers interested in expanding their knowledge of the game to a rules clinic on April 6 at Concord Country Club.
The clinic will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with a $15 fee charged to defray the cost of lunch.
For more information or to register for the clinic, contact the NHGA’s John Jelley at 603-569-3471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Diamond
Baseball Schools Scheduled
Hanover — Hanover High School athletic director and baseball coach Mike Jackson is again teaming up with former Lebanon High and Boston Red Sox pitcher Rob Woodward for a pair of baseball schools this month.
The Rob Woodward Pitching School will take place at on March 15-16-17, while Jackson’s Hanover Hitting School is scheduled for March 23-24. Both Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored clinics will take place at Hanover High.
For more information on schedules and fees, contact Jackson at email@example.com or 603-381-5719.