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NHIAA girls hockey: Hanover advances, LSK blanked

  • Natalie Morhun

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/2/2021 11:19:10 PM
Modified: 3/3/2021 7:50:56 AM

WEST LEBANON — The NHIAA’s official scoresheet for hockey features 10 slots to record goals scored for each team.

On Tuesday night at Campion Rink, the Hanover High girls hockey team nearly filled up the entire column in the first period. The Marauders netted seven goals in the first 15 minutes of play as they defeated ConVal-Conant, 9-0, in the first game of a Division I preliminary-round doubleheader.

In the late game, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge was eliminated by Berlin-Gorham, 3-0, setting up a Friday quarterfinal game between the Marauders and Mountaineers at Campion.

“It’s important to play well, not just get the win,” Hanover coach John Dodds said. “I thought we did that today. And we just want to keep building on it. Tournament hockey is a bit different. There’s less room for mistakes; you need to take care of detail.”

Hanover 9, ConVal-Conant 0

The Marauders took a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into the contest on a Natalie Morhun strike, assisted by Maeve Lee and Sage McGinley-Smith. The Hanover lead was extended less than 20 seconds later as Sophia Brackett finished a pass from Kaye Lindsay.

Greta Schutz tallied Hanover’s third goal in the opening 90 seconds of play on a wrist shot. Mackenzie Liu and Danielle Rudd were credited with assists.

“Sometimes in a game like that, you can get in bad habits when you’re trying to overpass and not shoot,” Dodds said. “Obviously, you don’t want that to translate into the next game. I thought we worked on some stuff. We were moving the puck around, trying to really work on our cycling and our zone entry. We try to give them something specific to work on between periods.”

McGinley-Smith fired in a shot from just inside the blue line with 11:01 to play in the first stanza, which was tipped in by Lee, giving Hanover 4-0 lead. Morhun scored unassisted next, a wrist shot on the left side that squeezed past Griffins goalie Abbie Friend.

The final two tallies of the first period came from Lorelei Seelig and Kaye Lindsay.

Lindsay scored her second goal of the day with 8:48 remaining in the second period. Lily Seelig capped off Hanover’s scoring flurry with 5:25 until the second intermission.

“It’s a different year this year with the playoffs; everyone is invited,” said Dodds, whose team improved to 11-1-0. “Normally, just because they’re far and we don’t play ConVal, we wouldn’t play them. Typically, we play Massachusetts and Vermont teams to supplement our schedule. This year was all New Hampshire, so we’re seeing new teams and faces.”

Goaltenders Rebekah Rudd and Katelyn Smith combined for the shutout.

Hanover fell to Concord in the D-I semifinals a year ago, ending the program’s 10-year reign as state champion. Tuesday night was a step toward reclaiming state title honors.

Berlin-Gorham 3, Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 0

Lebanon (5-7-0) held tough for nearly two full periods of play, but the Mountaineers’ score with less than two minutes remaining in the second period turned out to be the game-winning goal.

Berlin’s Jillian Hallee, who sat out in the last regular-season matchup between the two teams, came around the left goal line and found Sophia Schoenbeck, who fired a quick slapshot to Lebanon goalie Paige Hoegler’s glove side.

A few Mountaineers sat in front of Hoegler for a screen, making it tough for the junior goaltender to identify the puck.

“She was screened on that, for sure,” Lebanon second-year coach Mike Sheehan said. “We kind of got messed up on our coverage a little bit. The winger was supposed to go out (and) sucked a little deep, and the other winger kind of tried to come over, but it was too late.”

The Mountaineers netted two third-period goals to ice their win. Sidney Chapman scored with 9:02 remaining, and Hallee tallied an empty-netter.

Lebanon had its chances. The Raiders had a two-minute power play opportunity in the second period but didn’t take a shot on goal.

Hoegler had 31 saves. Berlin started Olivia O’Neil in net, and the freshman made 23 saves. She also didn’t play in the Mountaineers’ last game with the Raiders.

“I think we’re in good shape,” Sheehan said about the overall state of the program. “I think we’ve got girls that are committed to the program. We’ve got girls that play hard and play the right way; that’s the biggest thing. We’ve got girls who are good citizens off the ice, and that’s what we’re looking for at the end of the day.”

NOTES: Lebanon will lose three seniors: Lily Barber, Lena Nowell and Makayla Maccioli. …The ConVal-Conant squad only featured 10 players. Dodds said the team has struggled to maintain a strong feeder program. … Berlin-Gorham and Hanover met once this season on Feb. 19, a 3-1 win at Campion for the Marauders. … The D-I championship game will be held at Dover Arena on March 13 at 1:30 p.m. Concord’s Everett Arena will host the March 9 semifinal doubleheader. … Sheehan was forced to address his team postgame in two different rooms, a difficult reality of playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com.




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