MIAA Boys Division 4 State Final Preview: Dover-Sherborn/Weston Seeks First Title; Hanover Stands In The Way

Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis Demopoulos
Alexis is a 2017 graduate from UMass Lowell who currently works covering hockey for Hockey Night in Boston as well as the Worcester Railers JHC & is a sports reporter for the Daily Times Chronicle in Woburn.

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#5 Dover-Sherborn/Weston and #6 Hanover will square-off in the MIAA Division 4 State Championship on Sunday (11 AM) at TD Garden in a game that promises to entertain.

Both teams have had different journeys to get to where they are but both have persevered and won some big-time games.

For Hanover, they have been in this position before and were crowned MIAA Division 3 state champions as recently as 2022. But, for Dover-Sherborn/Weston, a different story as this is the first time ever playing for a state championship in their program’s history. It has been a remarkable run for them thus far and they are one game shy of winning their first ever state title.

“Hanover has been here before a handful of times, but this is a first for us,” said head coach Alex Marlow. “We just want to keep our legs under us, keep our routine and repetition, but I have also tried to remind them this is a once in a lifetime opportunity or experience for them. Quite literally, most hockey players never get to compete for a State Championship at The Garden and I want them to also take the time they can to stop, slow things down and enjoy the shine they have worked so hard to deserve.”

Dover-Sherborn/Weston (20-4-0) has put together an impressive campaign this season and quietly showed why they were one of the top teams to beat all season long under head coach Alex Marlow.  They have just four blemishes on the season, three of which were decided by one goal. They put together a hot stretch towards the end of the regular season and have carried that into postseason play.

“They are special, we love coaching this team, they make it so enjoyable to come to the rink every night as a coaching staff,” said Marlow. “We just need to worry about our game plan, our systems in all three phases of the ice. That is how we will find success. We have been through a gauntlet to get here, some really amazing teams the past couple of weeks and that took a mental and emotional toll.”

After winning four straight to end regular season play, Dover-Sherborn/Weston cruised past Latin Academy 6-1 in the first round, and beat a tough Dedham squad 4-1 in round two, a team that beat them twice during the season.

D-S/W moved on to the quarterfinals where they faced an always strong Sandwich team and were able to earn their spot in the final four with a 2-1 win. That set them up with an all-out battle with #1 Winthrop. It took two overtimes and a shootout, but DS/Weston came out on top 2-1 to advance to their first ever championship. Senior captain goalie Andrew Goldstein has been lights out this postseason.

Braden McKenna
Dover-Sherborn/Weston

The Raiders have plenty of players who can put the puck in the back of the net starting with junior assistant captain Sam Hinckley (12-19-31), junior Brayden McKenna (16-17-33), freshman Patrick Benson (10-16-26) and senior captain Andrew Marden (8-13-21).

Andrew Marden
Dover-Sherborn/Weston

Senior Max Niit (12 pts), junior Hunter Hourihan (13 pts), sophomore Max Patenaude (12 pts) and freshman Christos Rogaris (14 pts) have also been key on offense.

Andrew Goldstein
Dover-Sherborn/Weston

The blue line is anchored by two senior captains in Calvin Roman (19 pts) and Sawyer Garzone (19 pts). Seniors Robby Muse and Cole McEwen along with sophomores Andrew Cahill and Ethan Fiore help make up the defensive core. Goldstein (1.59 GAA) has been a brick wall all season and shows no signs of slowing down.

Hanover (15-9-0) is a team a lot of people probably didn’t expect to see in the end, but they have defied all odds, took out last year’s defending champs and proved they belong to be one of the last two teams standing in Division 4.

The Hawks had a bit of an up and down season, but they competed in a tough Patriot League and were on the losing end of some close games. They picked it up during the second half and have taken every bit of confidence into the postseason with them. They shutout St. Bernard’s 4-0 in the first round and beat Old Rochester 4-1 in the Round of 16.

That set them up with a big quarterfinal match-up with Norwell. The Hawks battled until the final buzzer rang and they took out the defending champs 2-1. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their semi final game against Stoneham, but the Spartans came all the way back to tie it and send it to overtime. Sophomore Cam Melone was the hero as he netted the game-winner in double overtime sending the Hawks back to the Garden.

The sophomore duo of Melone and Henry Phillips have provided the bulk of the offense for the Hawks, especially in the postseason.  Senior forwards Billy Radzik and Myles Joyce, and sophomore Cole Hendrickson have been key as well.

Senior captains Matt Reynolds and John McDonald, and junior Aiden Richards have been key to the Hawks defensive core as well as juniors Luke Fanning and Pierceson Lee. Junior Thomas Perkins has been a key part of the Hawks postseason success in goal and coach Johnny Abban will expect a big game from him. 

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