Second-seeded Hanover (18-2-1) won its ninth straight NHIAA girls state title Saturday with a 7-3 win over top seed Exeter at the SNHU Arena in Manchester,
It was the second straight season these two teams met in the title game. Hanover won last year’s match, 3-1.
The Marauders broke open a close game with five second period goals. In all, six different players scored, with Briland Laycock the only multiple scorer with a pair of strikes.
Laycock and Exeter’s Carissa Towlson traded goals in a fairly even 1-1 first period.
The Marauders scored three goals in a span of 2:31 late in the second period to turn a 3-2 lead into a 6-2 advantage.
First, Hanover’s Bryn Kable rifled home an Emma Tysinger cross-ice pass during a power play 48 seconds into the second period to give the Marauders a 2-1 lead. A minute later, it would be Tysinger who scored when her shot from the right point trickled through the pads of Exeter goalie Isabelle Day.
Just 25 seconds later, though, Towlson’s second goal of the day, a long-range wrist shot that slipped past Hanover goalie Claire Yegian kept this a game at 3-2.
Then came the Hanover barrage.
Again on the power play, the Marauders made it 4-2 at the 9:26 juncture when Hannah Curtis snapped home the puck from the doorstep.
At 10:49, amidst a scramble of players in front of Day, Clara Boland slid the puck home. Then, at 12:17, Laycock made it a 6-2 game when she converted on a rebound of her own shot.
Exeter freshman Dakota Markey breathed some life into the Hawks when she closed the margin to 6-3 with 10 seconds left in the period, whistling home a wrister from the top of the slot.
But the Hawks would get no closer. Fifty-eight seconds into the third period, Hanover freshman Natalie Morhun, taking a feed from sister Meredith Morhun, went in on a breakaway and converted to make it 7-3 Marauders.
Hanover outshot Exeter in the game by a 34-16 margin.