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February 07. 2014 10:15PM

NHIAA: Things looking good for Souhegan hockey

HENNIKER — The Souhegan of Amherst boys’ hockey team is letting everyone know it’s a team to be taken seriously.

After a 4-1 win over John Stark-Hopkinton Thursday at Lee Clement Arena, the Sabers are 8-1, tied in the loss column with Division III-leading Berlin. Among the Souhegan victories was a 5-3 conquest of Berlin.

Souhegan, the Division III champs from 2006-28, dominated the first period on Thursday night, but left tied, 1-1. The Sabers took control in the second period.

“I don’t know if it was as much sending a message as us regaining our confidence,” said Sabers coach Dan Belliveau. “We regrouped and developed our own opportunities. We can’t just sit back.”

Belliveau credits his leaders in the locker room, like senior captain Michael Hayden. “Michael is a true leader. He leads by example. He says the right things, he motivates and directs players on the ice.”

Hayden, who had a breakaway goal on Thursday night, as did Joe Nutting, James Wilson and Alex Maresco.

While Souhegan is having one of the best seasons it has had in years, Belliveau knows the team can’t rest.

“I think we have a lot of room for improvement. Berlin and GIlford-Belmont are really good,” said Belliveau. ”We are not getting ahead of ourselves. We’re taking it one game at a time.”

Robbie Ferguson scored for John Stark/Hopkinton.

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