February 17, 2013

HS Journal: Hanover girls eyeing yet another crown

By Ed Flaherty

The Hanover High School girls hockey team has won three straight New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association girls state championships – and four of the last five – and the Marauders are clearly the frontrunner for another crown.

With a record of 16-0, Hanover has two regular-season games remaining and will be the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NHIAA tournament.

The Marauders have posted five straight shutout wins and have outscored their opponents 0-1 over their last six contests.

Hanover’s closest pursuers in the Division 1 standings – Lebanon, Oyster River and Bishop Guertin – have all had two chances to defeat the Marauders this season but have fallen short.

While Hanover has outscored its opponents 95-6 this season, the Marauders have been in three one-goal games: one each the teams they are likely to face in the postseason, Lebanon, Oyster River and Bishop Guertin.

Connecticut

The game of the week in Connecticut will feature the top two teams in the New England Hockey Journal’s state rankings: No. 1 Fairfield Prep vs. No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven.
Fairfield Prep is 15-0 and used third-ranked Darien as a tune-up on Wednesday with a 6-0 victory. Notre Dame-West Haven is 12-2.

The teams met earlier this season on Jan. 5 with Fairfield Prep earning a 3-1 victory.
In the earlier meeting between the teams, Matt Wikman, Connor Henry and Dean Lockery scored Fairfield Prep’s goals. Matt Beck made 30 saves to record the win in goal.

Maine

Greely and Scarborough have advanced to the Maine girls hockey championship game.

Greely, the defending champion, is trying to become the state’s first back-to-back girls hockey champion.

The Rangers advanced with a 3-0 win over Leavitt/Edward Little.

Sarah Kurland and Paige Tuller had a goal and an assist apiece for Greely, while Etta Copenhagen also scored. Maura Perry made 10 saves in goal to record the win.

Scarborough reached the title game with a 1-0 win over York.

Sarah Martens scored the game’s lone goal, in the second period. Devan Kane had 13 saves for the shutout.

Greely and Scarborough met once during the regular season in a 2-2 tie.

Massachusetts

The Milford High School boys earned the program’s first-ever tournament berth in a 5-3 win over Taunton.

Jared Balzarini had three goals and an assist to lead Milford (9-7-2 in Division 3). Griffin Colpitts added a pair of goals for Milford and Brad White had four assists.

Rhode Island

The West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich co-op boys team remains Rhode Island’s lone unbeaten team.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich is 13-0 and as recorded three straight shutouts.

Over its last three games, Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich has outscored its opponents 48-2.

Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich is led by Antonio Rei (29 goals, 24 assists, 53 points), Brett Coski (16-18-34), Joshua Marco (13-13-26) and Tim Sankey (7-13-20).

Ivan Forcier has handled the bulk of the goaltending duties for Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich, allowing just 13 goals with a .908 save percentage.

Vermont

A pair of Vermont girls hockey standouts reached scoring milestones recently.

Missiquoi’s Katie Campbell scored the 100th goal of her career in a 5-3 victory over Mount Mansfield-South Burlington. Campbell reached 100 goals in style, with a hat trick in the win.
Brattleboro’s Maddie Rollins hit the 100-point mark for her career with a pair of wins in the Colonels’ 2-0 win over U-32.

New England Hockey Journal State Rankings

Connecticut

1. Fairfield Prep (15-0)
2. Notre Dame-West Haven (12-2)
3. Darien (13-2-2)
4. Ridgefield (14-4)
5. St. Joseph (13-4-1)
6. Xavier (8-5-2)
7. New Canaan (11-4-2)
8. East Catholic (11-3)
9. Northwest Catholic (11-3)
10. Amity (11-3)

Maine

1. Scarborough (13-1)
2 Falmouth (13-2)
3. Bangor (12-3)
4. Lewiston (13-3-1)
5. Skowhegan (11-2-1)
6. Camden Hills (13-1)
7. Messalonskee (14-2)
8. St. Dominic (10-4-1)
9. Cheverus (10-5)
10. Brewer (11-4)

Massachusetts

1. Springfield Cathedral (15-0-3)
2. BC High (11-2-3)
3. St. John’s Prep (15-2)
4. Central Catholic (13-3-3)
5. Duxbury (12-1-4)
6. Reading (14-1-5)
7. Austin Prep (10-1-6)
8. Hingham (12-5-1)
9. Banstable (11-3-3)
10. Norwood (12-4-2)

New Hampshire

1. Merrimack (13-0)
2. Manchester Memorial (12-3)
3. Spaulding (12-1-1)
4. Berlin (15-0)
5. Trinity (11-3-1)
6. Bedford (9-3-2)
7. Londonderry (10-4-1)
8. Manchester Central (12-4-0)
9. John Stark/Hopkinton (12-1-1)
10. Souhegan (11-4)

Rhode Island

1. Bishop Hendricken (11-3-1)
2. Lincoln (16-0-1)
3. Mount St. Charles (10-6)
4. La Salle (10-5-1)
5. West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich (13-0)
6. Prout (11-4)
7. East Greenwich (9-5)
8. East Providence (11-2-1)
9. Cumberland (9-4-1)
10. Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill (9-4)

Vermont

1. Essex (11-2-2)
2. South Burlington (13-2)
3. U-32 (14-1-1)
4. Champlain Valley (9-3-3)
5. Burr and Burton (12-3-1)
6. Northfield (11-2-1)
7. North Country (10-4-1)
8. Colchester (10-3-2)
8. Rutland (10-3-2)
10. Brattleboro (13-3)

Ed Flaherty can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com