New Hampshire High School girls hockey continues to grow. It remains to be seen if anyone can unseat 9-time defending champ Hanover, which come in as the favorite once again. Here is a look at some of the New Hampshire teams.
Defense will be a strength for the Marauders, winners of the last nine straight New Hampshire state titles. The key for another title run will be finding some goal scorers to replace graduation losses up front.
Up front, expect senior Clara Boland (who could also see time on the blue line), senior Maggie Lee and junior Meredith Morhun to carry the offensive load for coach John Dodds.
Seniors Bryn Kable and Emma Tysinger are two veteran defensemen to build with. Senior Claire Yegian is returning goaltender.
It will be a mix of old (7 seniors) and young (10 freshmen) for the Hawks, who have reached the state title game now in back-to-back seasons.
Coach Geoff Taylor will have a couple of high artillery players to count on up front in senior Carissa Towlson (70 goals last year, 228 career points) and senior Dakota Markey (51 pts last year, 133 career points). Two freshmen ready to step right in are Shauna Vadeboncoeur and Annelise Matthews.
Two defensemen the Hawks will be counting on are senior Katelynnn Kopecky and senior Grace Allen.
If a group of newcomers can step right in and replaced some good seniors who graduated, then the Crimson Tide should be able to build on last year’s success.
Senior Maggie Connolly, junior Nicole Jones and sophomore Joanna Dustin will be asked to lead the Concord offense for coach Patrick McDonough.
On defense, senior Emily Forward and sophomore Maria Armaganian will be key blueliners in front of junior goaltender Abigail Corbett.
Freshmen vying to crack the varsity roster include Elizabeth Brown, Amy Cohen, Ada Cohen, Sarah Heness, Kaitlyn McKinnon and Isabelle Sawyer.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS/WINNACUNNET (8-10-0)
Good play on special teams will be a factor if this club is to be a contender. St. Thomas allowed just four power play goals last year, but needs improve on connecting on the power play.
Sophomore Kylie Youngclaus (32 pts) will be a catalyst on offense for coach Al Oliveira. Senior Emma Connor (9 pts) can play either forward or defense.
Senior Catherine Torr will have a key role on defense.
BISHOP GUERTIN (12-5-0)
The Cardinals hope to be in the mix come March.
Senior Emma Wallat and sophomores Lindsay Hult and Brooke Yabroudy will be key forwards returning for coach Scott Ciszek. A couple of freshmen hoping to have an impact are Julie McLaughlin and Mackenzie Husson.
On defense, junior Annaliese Reed and sophomore Allyson McMahon are slated for key roles. Sophomore Sarah King is a returning netminder for the Cardinals.
New head coach Craig Bartoli is hoping his club, a playoff qualifier last winter, will be able to put the puck in the net on a more consistent basis this season.
Tasked with that job will be junior Trinity Gendron, who could play defense as well, as could sophomore Sophia Steinbeck. Junior Haley Hamilton and sophomore Mickailey Walsh are back in the fold as well. Freshman Jillian Hallee looks to be a factor on defense.
Three candidates – senior Lauren Frenette, junior Kaelyn Blais and junior Natalie Williams – are competing for the Berlin/Gorham starting job in the cage.
The Sabers hope to continue the success they have last season, where they won 11 games.
Senior Shannon Paquette (30 goals) is a big-time scorer for coach Kelli Braley. Junior Ryleigh Tobin is another key forward in the lineup.
On defense, juniors Clare Woodford and junior Julia Pinkham will be cornerstones of the defensive unit. Junior Elle Byram is a returning goaltender.
Things are looking up for the Griffins, who look to continue to improve offensive production. They are looking at a few more wins for this season.
Junior Abby Drew (13 goals) will spearhead things offensively for second-year coach Chris Spignola. Junior Haylie Drew looks to improve her offensive output. Two freshmen ready to go at forward are Savannah Lee and Tessa Spignola.
Senior Izzy Leahigh and sophomore Alessia Coburn are defensive leaders in front of sophomore goalie Abbi Friend.