The 2022 NHIAA Girls Hockey State Championship title has returned to Hanover HS.
Coach John Dodd’s squad broke open a close game with a three-goal outburst early in the third period and took a 5-0 win over St. Thomas/Dover to take home the title.
Hanover had won 10 straight state titles until falling in the 2020 semifinal round to Concord.
“One of the keys to the third period was that we were able to play our pace all day long,” Dodds said. “We were getting to pucks more quickly and winning the battles. I think our 3 line depth and balance up front was tough for them to handle and St. Thomas began to wear down. When we finally got the second goal, we stopped gripping our sticks so tightly, and the next two shifts produced goals. So in the span of 1:21 we had goals from all three lines.”
Hanover, which entered the post-season as the #3 seed did control most of the first two periods, holding a 22-3 advantage in shots on net. But #5 St. Thomas/Dover was still in the game, thanks to some solid work in net from Diana Pivirotti.
The lone goal over the first 30 minutes was a first period strike by Hanover’s Rachel Rockmore.
After a quiet 2nd period, St. Thomas/Dover had an early power play opportunity in the third period, but they were unable to take advantage.
Then, at the 6:34 mark, Maeve Lee took a pass from Danielle Rudd to make it a 2-0 game. Forty-five seconds later, MacKenzie Liu lit the lamp, assisted by Kalt McDonnell. And on the next shift, Julia Lawe’s unassisted goal made it 4-0 for Hanover.
Late in the period, Kaye Lindsay closed it out to clinch the state crown for Hanover.
“Team defense is always our top priority and the final may have been our best game defensively,” Dodds said. “Our defensemen were aggressive and with good backchecking help we limited odd man rushes and gave them very little time and space. We felt that with our tough schedule and our attention to detail during practices this year we were prepared and could skate with anyone. The wild card was the St. Thomas goalie, we knew if we didn’t play with urgency she could steal a win.”