Girls Prep Hockey – Dorothy Howard Small School Championship: Rivers Sweeps To Title

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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Rivers School won the 2022 Dorothy Howard Small School championship, beating New Hampton, 2-0 in the championship game.

The Red Wings entered the playoffs as the fifth seed and won three road games to win the title, also beating #4 Lawrence Academy (1-0) and #1 Dexter Southfield (2-1) to reach the championship game.

“I think our girls worked hard all year and really found their game at the end of January, start of February,” said Rivers coach Courtney Sheary. “Coach Ryan and I loved the way we were playing and had confidence that if the girls stuck to their game in the tournament we could make a run for it!”

Rivers (16-9-2) started strong going 6-1-1 to start the season, then hit a rough patch, losing five straight games in January, before turning things around again, going 7-3-1 to finish the regular season.

Eve Stone

“As you get deeper into the season players start to mesh with each other,” Sheary said. “Once the lines and our D pairs started clicking we started to play our best hockey.  Eve Stone (goaltender) was consistent all season long and is a big part of our team’s success.

Stone, a senior goaltender committed to Stonehill, earned Tournament MVP honors, allowing just the one goal in three post-season games.

Senior Kayla Castelucci and junior Stelia Mullen had the goals for the Red Wings in the championship game.

New Hampton advanced to the final with post-season wins over #6 Brooks (3-1) and #2 Vermont Academy (2-1 in OT).

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