Dodds Wins 500th

  • Longtime Hanover High boys hockey coach Dick Dodds, second from right, in an undated photograph. The 36-year veteran coach won his 500th career game on Saturday night.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

West Lebanon — A determined effort by the Hanover High boys hockey team helped coach Dick Dodds earn the 500th victory of his lengthy career with a 5-0 blanking of visiting Trinity at Campion Rink on Saturday night.

“It’s not about (the 500th win), but it was good,” Dodds said afterward. “They announced it at the end of the game, and the team was excited.”

Hanover (13-2 overall, 10-1 NHIAA) controlled all facets of the game from the start. Owen Stadheim scored a pair of first-period goals, the second on assists from Tono Correa and David Lehmann. Lehmann and Charlie Plottner each added goals in the second period before Joey Goff tallied the fifth and final of the night in the third period.

Braxton McNulty had a pair of assists. Goff, Sylas Oberting, Matty Gardner, and Rowan Wilson also had assists.

“This was probably our best effort start to finish all season. We had it rolling,” Dodds said. “Shift after shift, we were coming over the boards with intensity and working really hard. It starts with defense and physical play, and that carries forward to offense, which feeds off strong defense.”

Goaltender Harris LaRock made 15 saves to earn his second straight shutout, the Marauders’ fourth of the season.

Dodds has led the Hanover program since taking over for longtime coach Jack Turco following the Marauders’ run to the 1982 NHIAA state championship. The Marauders have won five more state championships during Dodds’ tenure. Dodds’ 500 victories extends his own record for New Hampshire boys hockey career wins.

Next up for the Marauders is a showdown with undefeated Pinkerton (9-0) on Tuesday night at Campion. The Marauders’ only losses this season have come in a pair of games with Bedford.