Local roundup: Hanover, Lebanon girls hockey get to play after all

  • Sage McGinley-Smith

Staff Reports
Published: 1/16/2021 9:49:50 PM
Modified: 1/16/2021 9:49:49 PM

WEST LEBANON — John Dodds doesn’t know how many games his Hanover High girls hockey team will play this season, and he isn’t exactly sure the next time they will play a home game.

But on Saturday night at Campion Rink, the 16th-year coach was just happy his Marauders could get the season started.

Scoring two goals in each period, Hanover cruised past Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge, 6-0, in the NHIAA Division I debut for both team. Because the two teams consider Campion their home rink, the game was permitted. Last week, the Hanover Improvement Society ruled that it would not allow out-of-town competition at the rink through the end of January in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 from outside community members.

The Raiders played the role of host for Saturday’s contest.

“Everything’s just different than we’re used to,” said Dodds, whose team finished 12-7-2 last season and fell in the D-I semifinals, ending a 10-year state championship reign. “At least we’re playing. We’ve been in the rink a fair amount just practicing. Felt really good to get one under the belt.”

Senior captain Sage McGinley-Smith struck twice in the opening period for the Marauders, with Natalie Morhun assisting on the first goal and Danielle Rudd on the second.

Hanover (1-0) extended its lead to 4-0 during the second period. Mackenzie Liu scored first, and Rudd and Lorelei Seelig were credited with assists. Freshman Maeve Lee set up the second goal, a Gail Morse tally.

Greta Schutz’s score put the Marauders up, 5-0, in the third thanks to a Kaye Lindsay pass. The scoring was capped off by Seelig’s first career goal with McGinley-Smith credited with the assist.

LSK (0-1) received a stellar performance in net from Paige Hoegler, who recorded 41 saves. The Raiders travel to Dover Ice Arena on Saturday for a visit with Oyster River.

Rebekah Rudd started in net and made six saves for Hanover, which isn’t scheduled to play another game until Feb. 3, when it visits Concord at Everett Arena. Dodds said there has been talk of moving up the next meeting with LSK into January so the Marauders can play another game.

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