Foggy night at the Oyster River outdoor rink.
HHS down, 1-0 after one. Strike by freshman Eliza Laycock to put Hanover on the scoreboard in this first of the season game. Whoops and screams accompany second go ahead goal, 10 seconds after the first; Junior Caroline Howell this time makes the strike.
Matti Hartman notched a third for Hanover in the third period. The final goal for Hanover in this opening league game was tallied by Eliza Laycock from fellow Varsity newcomer defenseman, Delia Nahabedian. Defense was solid, with many shots from the point. Win in goal to Katie Fenton. Great team effort!
Many thanks to fans who travelled to witness the game, peering through squeegee-less glass, and for calling this webmaster with game details nearly goal by goal!
Way to go, Marauder team! An excellent effort to bring home the W!
T-2 days; the Marauders skate the first game of the NHIAA 2012-2013 Girls’ Ice Hockey season against the Bobcats of Oyster River at Durham’s Churchill Rink at Jackson’s Landing. Weather should not be much of a factor for players or spectators at the open-sided outdoor rink as prediction is for a high of 53 and a low of 34. The roof on the outdoor rink will keep any rain off players and coaches.
While eleven teams are in NH D1Girls Ice Hockey competition, Hanover and Oyster River have the history to back up their team pre-season top contender positions. Monday’s match up will be the Marauder’s chance to avenge for last season’s away close one.
As championships are won at practice, tonight will be another opportunity for Hanover lines and goalies to buff up play and tactics before the match up. It’s game time, Marauders!
The Marauders closed out their 2011-12 campaign with a suffocating performance in the championship game against Lebanon at Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday morning. From the first faceoff, Hanover controlled a game that seemed never in doubt. Shots on goal were 11-1 after one (1-0 lead) and finished 31-11. Although the Black Line dominated the offensive production on the scoresheet (Madison Hill hat trick and 2 assists; Maddie Dewhirst 2 goals and 3 assists; Tessa Hill 5 assists), all three lines created both pressure and attrition for Lebanon’s short (playing) bench, especially challenged by the larger ice surface at Verizon. A stifling backcheck and layered defense all but neutralized Lebanon’s offense, allowing only a single goal in the third period. Kelly Gaudet (10 saves) earned the complete game, and her first NHIAA championship win in goal.
With the win, the Marauders convincingly avenged (both times in the playoffs… and taking 2 of 3 season games from each of those teams) the second of their only two regular season losses in NHIAA play…claiming their third consecutive (and fourth in five years of NHIAA sanctioned girls’ ice hockey) championship.
Congratulations to our girls on another hard-earned and well-deserved state title!
Valley News article (3/11/12)
WMUR TV9 Clip (3/10/12)
Union Leader article (3/10/12)
The Marauders played one of their most dominant games of the season this evening, in their semifinal victory over Oyster River.
Aside from flogging a very short (playing) bench and uni-dimensional offense, the Bobcats ensured their demise by committing multiple, undisciplined penalties….creating two five-on-three opportunities as well as a five minute major, among many short-handed challenges, upon which the deeper and more fit Marauders feasted. (Hanover out-shot Oyster River by nearly 4 to 1, scoring a total of 7 goals on two Bobcat goaltenders.) The Black Line accounted for 5 goals (Maddie Dewhirst  Madison Hill  and Tessa Hill , while the Blue Line pumped in two (Sarah Wagner and Hanna Lyons.)
Kelly Gaudet made two key stops, on a breakaway and a penalty shot, but was otherwise not all that busy (12 SOG vs. 44 for Hanover) in earning the complete game win, due to the Marauders’ controlling neutral zone play and smothering defense…regardless of whether on the power play or at even strength.
On to Verizon!
(In the late game, Leb got by Concord late in Overtime 3-2, so we will meet the Raiders again on Saturday in the final.)
Now for the HYPE (if you saw both games, better turn down your truth-o-meter):
WMUR TV9 Clip (hockey is near the end…and short)