MIAA Boys Division 3 Tournament Semifinal: Hanna, Hanover Get Best Of Rival Scituate, Look To Follow Up 2020 Co-State Championship

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Patriot League rivals Hanover and Scituate split a pair of meetings during the regular season, and a third matchup to settle the championship of the Gould Memorial Cup over February vacation turned into a glorified scrimmage when Hanover had to forfeit because of a scheduling snafu.

But Tuesday night they were able to settle things, in what was a rare postseason matchup between the South Shore rivals.

Robbie Hanna Hanover

Senior Robbie Hanna scored 1:35 into the second period and the No. 3 Hawks survived for a 1-0 victory over the No. 2 Sailors in a Division 3 state semifinal at Gallo Ice Arena.

Hanover returns to TD Garden for the first time since 2018 and will face top-seeded Marlboro in Sunday’s state final. The Hawks were declared co-champions with Longmeadow in 2020 when the title game was canceled at the beginning of the COVID outbreak.

While Scituate and Hanover each have had their share of postseason success in the 2000s, this was actually the first time they squared off in a tournament game since March 2, 1999, when both were in Division 3 South. Hanover won that meeting, as well.

Cole Coyne Scituate

In this one, it was Hanna who finally solved Scituate goalie Cole Coyne (28 saves) after a scoreless first period. Hanna skated the puck over the blue line toward the top of the right circle, then used a screen to fire a wrist shot that beat Coyne glove side to the top right corner.

The score never changed thanks in part to Coyne and his Hanover counterpart, Liam Monahan, who finished with 15 saves for his third shutout of the postseason. The Hawks have allowed only one goal in their four tournament games.

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