Girls' Hockey Championship: Mauraders maintain their reign
MANCHESTER - The dominance continues for the Hanover High School girls' hockey team.
Five different players scored for the top-seeded Marauders as they knocked off No. 2 Berlin-Gorham, 5-1, for their fifth straight Division I title.
Hanover has now won six of the seven titles since the sport was sanctioned by the NHIAA.
"It's just part of the culture of the program now," Hanover coach John Dodds said about the Marauders' dominance. "We expect to win and they expect to work hard."
The Marauders (18-1) led just 1-0 after one period but blew things open with four more goals in the second. Chelsey Caron did her best in net for the Mountaineers (13-4-2), but Hanover was just too much for the competition once again.
Caron finished with 35 saves.
"Chelsey played unbelievable," Berlin-Gorham coach Tanya Rosenberg said. "She came up with some really big saves. It could have been much worse."
Eliza Laycock scored the only goal of the first period at 11:32 to put the Marauders up 1-0. Hanover then got goals from Sara Wagner, Caroline Howell, Ella Williams and Matti Hartman to essentially put the game away in the second.
Wagner opened the scoring just 1:13 into the period, and then Howell and Williams scored just 43 seconds apart midway through to make it a 4-0 advantage.
"We were able to wear them down a little bit," Dodds said. "They were a little bit short on the bench. I think that started to take its toll on them a little bit."
Hanover was clearly the better team. The Marauders were quicker to the puck, quicker with the puck and held a 29-6 advantage in shots after two periods. Hanover ended up out-shooting the Mountaineers, 40-9. The Marauders, who typically roll four lines on offense, had the fresher legs.
"That's one of the best parts of our team and our game," Hanover captain Emily Acker said. "Coach can throw any line out there and be confident."
Jensyn Dandeneau of Berlin-Gorham scored the only goal of the third period. She netted it with 5:31 left to play and the Mountaineers didn't get any closer after that.
"After such a big season, like going out (to a tournament) in Minnesota, we really upped the ante this year," Hanover captain Grace Tecca said. "To culminate it with a state championship just feels great."