Marauders Topped in Schwan Finals
Hanover's Matti Hartman (7) looks to dish the puck around Achiever Academy's Emily Antony (4) during the Schwan Cup girls hockey tournament final at Ridder Arena on Wednesday.
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Hanover's Eliza Laycock (2) forces a save from Achiever Academy goaltender Alexa Berg on a second-period breakaway during the Schwan Cup girls hockey tournament final at Ridder Arena on Wednesday. The Aces' Shelby Brossart (23) and Abbey Stanley (21) trail the play.
Barclay Kruse photograph
Minneapolis — The Hanover High girls hockey team didn’t so much hit the wall during the finals of the 13th Schwan Cup girls hockey tournament on Wednesday. The wall just hit back. Hard.
Playing their third game in three days against Minnesota-based opposition, the Marauders dropped a 7-0 decision to suburban St. Paul-based Achiever Academy at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena. Hanover stayed with Achiever — a school dedicated to high-level hockey training along with private-school education — and trailed just 2-0 after two periods, but the Aces poured in five goals in the final period to win going away.
“I think the girls couldn’t be more proud,” Hanover coach John Dodds said in a phone interview. “They had the goal to challenge themselves and prove to themselves and our community that they would play with some of these talented Minnesota teams.”
Aly Tremblay, on her way to a game-high four goals, staked the Aces to their two-goal cushion.
A junior forward, Tremblay skated through the Hanover defense and scored on Marauder netminder Katie Fenton at 3:16 of the first period. Tremblay added a second at 2:21 of the middle stanza.
Hanover forward Eliza Laycock had the Marauders’ best scoring chance midway through the second period. Taking an outlet pass through two Achiever defenders for a breakaway, Laycock forced a split save from goaltender Alexa Berg (13 saves) as defender Abbey Stanley slashed Laycock from behind. Linemate Matti Hartman also pinged a goalpost in the middle period.
“We were getting a little tired,” Dodds said. “If we had knocked in a goal … at 2-0, we had a shot.”
Fenton and Emily Gougelet combined on 17 saves for the Marauders (4-1 overall, 2-0 league), who resume NHIAA play on Saturday with a visit to Bishop Guertin.
Legends to Recognize Marauders
Manchester — The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey will recognize the Hanover High boys and girls hockey programs as part of its next hall of fame induction class this fall.
The announcement came as the Legends begin the process of deciding who will populate the next class. The organization also honors a Granite State team or program each year.
The Hanover boys are celebrating their 80th anniversary this winter, while the Marauder girls have been active as a varsity since 1987, among the oldest such girls programs in the country. The squads have combined to win 13 NHIAA championships.
The Legends are accepting nominations for its hall of fame through March 1. Details on the process can be found at www.nhlegendsofhockey.com. Selected individuals will join Hanover to be recognized at the hall of fame induction ceremony in Concord on Oct. 26.
Neiley Honored by ECAC
Albany, n.y. — Dartmouth junior forward Eric Neiley’s play during this week’s Ledyard Bank Classic netted the ECAC’s player of the week award on Wednesday.
Neiley scored twice and assisted on another goal in Monday’s consolation game, an 8-8 tie with No. 17 Northeastern at Thompson Arena. Neiley’s two scores came just 4:10 apart late in the second period, helping Dartmouth take an eventual 8-4 lead that the Huskies erased in the game’s final 11½ minutes. Neiley also landed a spot on the all-tournament team with his play in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to No. 5 Providence.
Dartmouth visits Vermont on Friday night.