Girls Prep Dorothy Howard Small School Championship: New Hampton Bests Groton, 3-1

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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New Hampton School is the 2023 NEPSAC Dorothy Howard Small School champions.

New Hampton School took home the NEPSAC Dorothy Howard Small School championship Sunday, besting Groton, 3-1, in the title game.

The Huskies were the #3 seed in the six-team post-season field, and reached the finals after one-goal playoff wins over Portsmouth Abbey (3-2) and Cushing (2-1).

Against Portsmouth Abbey, KK Michaud-Nolan’s shorthanded goal proved to be the game-winner. Tourney MVP Julia Pellerin and Kennedy Walker also had goals. Pellerin and Walker had the goals in the Cushing win.

In the title game, it was a scoreless contest until late in the second period, when Averi Curran put New Hampton on the board, assisted by Michaud-Nolan.

New Hampton captains with the Small School championship plaque

Early in the third period, Pellerin scored again to make it 2-0 for the Huskies. Jansen Lucas had the assist.

Groton (18-4-4) fought back with 9:43 remaining when Cristina Scalese put one home setting up a frenetic rest of the period.

New Hampton iced the title with the insurance marker with just 16 seconds to go by Lucas, off an assist from Lucie Legro.

The win capped a strong finish to the season for the Huskies, who went 7-0-2 down the stretch after losing four of five games in early February.

Groton had one of its best seasons in a while, losing regular season games only to Nobles, Tabor and St. Paul’s, all playoff teams.

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