Brady-Trinity-West loses to Hanover in girls’ hockey semifinals

Valley News staff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

PLYMOUTH – Hanover High girls’ hockey coach John Dodds had a one-word directive for his Marauders as they pursued Bishop Brady-Trinity-West skaters all over the ice on Tuesday night.

“Relentless!” Dodds shouted, Hanover skaters chasing puck and puckhandler like foxhounds on a scent.

It was bad enough that the official scorer for Tuesday’s Division I semifinal wouldn’t give the Giant Pioneers credit for much of anything. Second-seeded Hanover wasn’t about to allow its third-ranked foe much air, either, and it didn’t in a 5-0 win at Plymouth State University’s Hanaway Rink.

The Marauders (17-2-1) dominated from the opening faceoff, putting their first shot on BBTW goalie Emily Senko seconds after the drop of the puck. Hanover didn’t allow an official shot on net through the first two periods and used a three-goal middle stanza – punctuated by another Briland Laycock hat trick – to advance to Saturday’s state final at Manchester’s SNHU Arena.

Relentless? You betcha.

“That’s a team that doesn’t stop,” BBTW coach Dan Earley confessed. “You think you’ve got an open-ice situation, and there’s two girls coming. … They could give a college team a game.”

Dodds received the nonstop effort he desired. Hanover spent much of the contest cycling in the Brady-Trinity-West end; an official 25-3 edge in shots on goal didn’t fully reflect the extent of the Marauders’ offensive-zone time. Laycock put Hanover on the scoreboard late in the first period and factored in all three second-period conversions to reach 49 goals and 74 points on the season.

“It’s a huge win for us; I’m really excited for the team,” the Williams College-bound Laycock said. “We put together some really good passes, and I thought we played really good team defense, which led to some really great offensive opportunities as well.”

Shots off the pipe don’t count as shots on goal; otherwise, a Sydney Herrington bid four minutes into the game that clanked the pipe behind Hanover goalie Claire Yegian would at least given something on which BBTW (16-3-1) to hang its hopes. The co-op squad didn’t receive official credit for a last-minute length-of-the-rink dump that Yegian had to steer aside.

Hanover owned the rest of the opening stanza. Laycock ended it by taking Cate Wagner’s lead pass around the retreating defense and roofing a wrister past Senko (20 saves) at 13:35.

Laycock converted a Hannah Curtis rebound to make it 2-0 at 3:47 of the second. The Giant Pioneers hurt themselves with back-to-back bodychecking minors, the latter of which resulted in a Molly French power-play strike at 9:21. Laycock completed her hat trick with 46.2 seconds left in the middle period, converting a Wagner rebound to complete her seventh hat trick of the campaign.

Defensively, Hanover kept an eye – and often one or two bodies – on Herrington and BBTW’s other main scoring threat, Mary Anne Wiley. Earley did what he could to give both chances to rest. Hanover didn’t, continuing to wear both down.

“I think the approach was to make sure they didn’t get any shots off and keep our gap control,” Hanover defenseman Emma Tysinger said. “We just tried to make sure to keep it in the offensive zone. If they came, we just wouldn’t let them get shots.”

Natalie Morhun one-timed a Clara Boland pass following a BBTW turnover to cap the scoring 100 seconds into the final period. The Giant Pioneers didn’t post their first official shot on goal until a Lauren Trippiedi bid with 11:05 left in the game, and Herrington didn’t join the shot chart until a puck slipped of her stick to Yegian with 6 seconds to go.

“It’s one of those things; when you’re playing a team with somebody that’s on the ice every shift, you have to be relentless,” Dodds said. “They have a couple of good players over there, but nobody can play a whole game and keep a decent pace.”

Ice Chips

Herrington’s older sister, Shelby, is a senior on the Northeastern University women’s hockey team and a teammate of former Hanover star and current Husky sophomore Matti Hartman. Ninth-ranked Northeastern won the Hockey East tournament title on Sunday and will travel to No. 3 Colgate for an NCAA quarterfinal on Saturday.

A banner hanging at center ice honors Plymouth State junior Freydis Einarsdottir, an Iceland native who recently represented her home nation in alpine skiing at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Einarsdottir finished 41st out of 76 skiers in the women’s slalom and recorded a DNF in the giant slalom.

The challenge of being a co-op team like BBTW comes in creating an identity. Fans shouted encouragement for “Brinity West,” which was also painted in borderline illegible blue ink on the players’ dark green jerseys.

Hanover will meet top-ranked Exeter in Saturday’s 10 a.m. state final at the former Verizon Wireless Arena. The Marauders will be going for their ninth consecutive championship and 10th in 11 years of NHIAA-sanctioned play.

(Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.)