Monday, December 11, 2017

Hanover Player Spotlight: Captain David Lehmann


(Bloggers note: Each week during the season we will feature a “Hanover Hockey Player Spotlight”.  This feature will be published on Mondays throughout the season)

Number: 5

Hometown: Hanover

Position: Right wing

Years on Varsity: 3

Youth Hockey Experience: I played Hanover Wild all the way through.  I started in the Learn to Play program and finished with the Bantams.  I was part of the Pee Wee team that went to Nationals in Virginia. 

Favorite Part of Playing for Hanover High:  My favorite part of Hanover Hockey is the alumni involvement.  I love when I am walking in town wearing my jacket and an alum asks me about how the season is going and tells me about his experience.  I also feel really fortunate playing for coach Dodds who is so prepared and so invested in making us a better team.

Best Team Hockey Moment: Beating Bishop Guertin last year at home

Best Personal Hockey Moment:  Playing Concord last year on senior night I scored the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Favorite Sport Besides Hockey:  Baseball

Favorite Professional Team:  Sabres

One Interesting Fact to Share About Myself:  I played defense all through youth hockey but then I changed to forward because I thought I would have a better chance at making the varsity team.

Blogs Coming this Week: Wednesday Londonderry Game Recap; Thursday 2017-18 Season Preview; Friday Hanover Hockey Hair Spotlight; Saturday Salem Game Recap


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Third Period Comeback Caps Senior Night Celebration

Junior David Lehmann scored both the tying and winning
goals on Senior Night to propel the Marauders to victory. 
On Senior Night at Campion Rink, a standing-room-only crowd saw the Hanover Marauders come back from a 1-0 third period deficit to defeat the Concord Crimson Tide 3-1. It was the third time the bitter rivals have squared off this season, with the two teams splitting one-goal victories in the previous two contests. The Marauders took the rubber game to keep their home-ice playoff hopes alive. Despite Concord leading for the majority of the game, Hanover outshot the Tide 28-15 on the evening and it was the stellar play of Crimson goaltender Spencer Burgess that nearly stole the victory for the visitors.

Riding the wave of their offensive explosion against Manchester Memorial on Saturday combined with the energy of the packed Senior-Night student section, the Marauders took it to the Tide from the opening faceoff. Hanover dominated the early action, forcing Burgess to make several strong saves to keep the Marauders off the board. Hanover outshot Concord in the early stages of the period, but couldn't break the ice with the game's first goal.

The Crimson Tide regrouped and stormed back in the latter third of the first period to regain a slight lead in shots. With just under three minutes remaining, an aggressive pinch in the Concord zone led to an odd-man rush for the Tide. Defenseman Dan Lebell pushed the puck up the left wing before passing to forward Ethan Donlon. Donlon fired the puck on senior goaltender Gabe Loud, who made the initial save, but Concord forward Cam LaRiviere was left unmarked in the slot and banged home the rebound for the 1-0 Concord lead at 12:35. The Crimson Tide outshot the Marauders 6-4 in the period and headed into the first intermission with the one-goal lead intact.

The second period saw nearly total dominance by the Marauders, who came out of the locker room seemingly determined not to let the visitors spoil their Senior Night. Several end-to-end rushes by defensemen Patrick Logan, TJ Beaver, and Will Smith nearly resulted in goals. Logan came within a late Burgess flashing glove save of tying the game on coast-to-coast carry in the middle of the period. Freshmen phenom Rowan Wilson nearly collected his second goal in as many games when he seemingly tied the game when he fought off two Tide defenders before unleashing a snap shot that seemed to hit the back of the net and bounce out, but the referees thought otherwise. Despite the Marauders doubling-up the Tide in shots on goal with a 14-7 advantage, Burgess was the man of the hour and kept the visitors clinging to their one-goal advantage as the second period drew to a close.

With more Hanover pressure and dominance of puck possession in the third period, but more Burgess saves, it looked as if the evening might end in frustration and disappointment for the Marauders and glory for Burgess in stealing a win on the road. However, the all-underclassmen line of junior David Lehmann, sophomore Elias Zinman, and freshman Owen Stadheim would steal the spotlight on Senior Night and snatch the game from the jaws of defeat. Five minutes into the final frame, Zinman began a breakout play that saw Stadheim break into the Crimson zone before passing the Lehmann who slammed the puck home for the equalizer at 5:31.

Freshman Owen Stadheim set-up both the tying and winning
goals before icing the game with an empty-net insurance goal.
Just three minutes later, it was deja vu for the Marauders as Lehmann struck again on another assist from Stadheim to take the lead. The Crimson Tide play a controversial and frustrating brand of hockey in keeping one forward out of their defensive zone and constantly floating high in hopes of gaining a breakaway. Hanover gave Concord a bitter taste of its own medicine when Stadheim gained control of the puck in his own zone and threaded a perfect lead pass to Lehmann who broke for daylight and went in alone on Burgess. Despite the junior netminder making the initial save, Lehmann pounced on his own rebound and banged it into the twine for the go-ahead goal at 8:36 and the eruption of the jubilant student section.

Despite the slim one-goal lead and Concord's ability to strike at any moment, as they evidenced in their last-minute tying goal in the two teams' previous meeting, the Marauders seemed to have the game in hand with the go-ahead goal, as the hosts were dominating puck possession and shots on goal throughout the period. However, this momentum seemed to be halted when Hanover drew a controversial and puzzling bench minor penalty for too many men on the ice at 11:13 allowing the potent Crimson Tide power play to go to work in the hopes of tying the game. However, the Marauder penalty-kill unit all but shut down the Crimson man-up attack, with Smith, Stadheim, and Logan making several key length-of-the-ice clears to force the Tide to regroup and eating up valuable minutes. In their one dangerous chance on net, Loud made the crucial save and pounced on the rebound to neutralize the threat.

One minute after killing off the penalty, the Marauders again found themselves fending off a man-up Tide when Concord coach Dunc Walsh summoned Burgess to the bench for an extra attacker. However, Logan picked up the puck in his own zone and sprung Stadheim who carried the puck up the left wing and into the Concord zone, fending off two Tide defenders before finding the back of the empty net for the insurance goal that sealed the 3-1 victory for the Marauders.

Loud made 14 saves for the win. Burgess had 25 saves on the losing end. With the win, Hanover improves to 14-6 overall, 11-5 in NHIAA Division I. Concord drops to 15-5 overall, 14-3 in Division I. The Marauders return to Campion on Friday for their final regular-season home game of the season as they host Bishop Brady in a reschedule of last Wednesday's snow-out. Game time is 3:00 PM.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Afternoon Offensive Explosion at JFK

Freshman Rowan Wilson collected his first career goal in the first. 
On a balmy February Saturday afternoon, Hanover returned to JFK arena for the fifth time this season to take on the Crusaders of Manchester Memorial. Any fears of rust settling on the Marauder offense after the ten-day, snow-aided layoff were quickly allayed as the visitors unleashed a torrent of goals and came away with a 12-1 victory, their largest goal total of the season.

Junior forward David Lehmann opened the scoring just 1:50 into the game on the second shift when he tipped in a Braxton McNulty shot from the point. Center Elias Zinman picked up the second assist. 

Just six seconds later, senior captain Patrick Logan doubled the lead when he took the feed off the faceoff from the opening goal, skated up the right wing, and sent a long wrist shot from outside the blue line that beat Memorial goaltender Lauren Calnan high. 

The onslaught continued as McNulty picked up his second point of the game when he scored on a slapshot from the same spot he set-up the opening goal. The junior blueliner took a feed from senior forward Jensen Dodge before unleashing a slapper that blew past Calnan for the 3-0 lead. Junior TJ Beaver collected the second assist.

The Crusaders looked like they might have an opportunity to claw themselves back into the game when Lehmann took an elbowing penalty at 3:58 and Memorial went on their first power play of the game. The Crusaders managed to apply some pressure in the initial moments of the man-up, clanging one shot off the post before the Marauders were able to clear the zone and shut down the pressure for the remainder of the penalty kill. 

When back to even strength, Hanover padded their lead further when freshman Rowan Wilson scored his first career varsity goal at 7:50. After fellow freshman forward Owen Stadheim brought the puck up ice and fed sophomore Charlie Plotter, the latter shot on Calnan who made the initial save and Wilson swooped in to bang in the rebound. 

Memorial freshman defender Ray Custodio picked up a cross-checking penalty at 8:24 allowing the Marauder power play to go to work for the first time on the afternoon. After extended pressure, the man-up unit broke through at 9:55 when senior captain Jonny Goff passed to Logan at the center point, who immediately fed Jake Acker at the right face off circle. The senior forward one-timed a shot past Calnan for the 5-0 lead. 

Two minutes later, the Marauders extended the lead to six when senior defenseman Will Smith walked in alone on Calnan and beat her short-side for the unassisted goal. The Marauders weren't finished as they capped their largest single-period offensive explosion of the year when Plottner picked up his second point of the night, scoring at 14:08. After Stadheim walked in alone on the left wing and took a low, hard shot that Calnan saved, Plottner was there to collect the rebound and bang it into the back of the net.  

Hanover outshot Memorial 20-4 in the opening period and scored more goals in the period than all but one total game so far this year, the 10-1 victory over Nashua North-Souhegan on January 4. 

Hanover picked up where they left off in the second with senior forward Grant Morhun picking off a Crusader breakout attempt and beating replacement goaltender Chuck Degust through the five-hole for the unassisted goal just 1:27 into the period. 

Two minutes later, Logan rushed the puck up right wing, blowing by two Memorial defenders before unleashing a slap shot on Degust. The Crusader net minder made the initial pad save, but left the rebound right in the path of a streaking Acker who banged in the rebound for his second goal of the night a double-digit lead for the Marauders. 

Another busted breakout play allowed Duncan Bailey to collect his second goal of the season just 30 second later. Failing to clear their own zone, a pinching Bailey kept the puck inside the blue line along the left-side boards. Taking a step in, the sophomore defenseman fired a wrist shot that beat Degust high and gave the Marauders their largest goal total of the season to-date with the 11-0 lead. 

The Crusaders spoiled the shutout attempt and got themselves on the board at 8:32 when junior defenseman Eric Langley brought the puck up alone through the middle of the Marauder zone and fired a slap shot that hit Marauder backstop Luke Ratliff in the mask and ricocheted into the Hanover net. 

Hans Williams scored a dazzling breakaway goal in the second.
Hanover would answer and return the lead to 11 when sophomore Hans Williams scored on a dazzling unassisted breakaway at 13:32. Picking off a point-to-point pass inside the Hanover zone, Williams took the puck coast-to-coast and broke in alone on Degust, pulling the Crusader goalie to his left with a deke before roofing the puck over him with a backhander. 

Hanover would outshoot Memorial 11-6 in the second and head into the locker room with the 12-1 advantage. 

With the game firmly in hand, and three crucial games coming up next week, the Marauders kept their starting players on the bench for the duration of the period, with the exception of Dodge who dropped back from forward to defense. Memorial mounted their largest offensive pressure in the third frame, outshooting Hanover 7-3 on the period, but Ratliff turned aside all seven to preserve the 12-1 victory. 

Hanover outshot Memorial 34-17 on the game, with Ratliff making 16 saves, Calnan 13, and Degust finishing with 9. With the victory, the Marauders improve to Record: 13-6, 10-5 in NHIAA Division I. The loss drops the Crusaders to 2-17 overall, 1-15 in Division I play. Next up for the Marauders will be a crucial Division I rematch with Concord at home on Wednesday, February 22. The Marauders hope to take the rubber match on Senior Night after splitting their two matchups with the Crimson Tide so far this season. Game time will be 6:30. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tide Shocks Marauders in OT

Sophomore forward Elias Zinman scored the Marauders' first
goal and was a force on the forecheck all evening. 
As always, the Hanover-Concord game was a knock-down, drag-out brawl, with the visiting Marauders coming within 90 seconds of a crucial win on the road only to see first the lead and then the game slip away as they dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to second-place Concord on Wednesday evening at Everett Arena.

The Crimson Tide got on the board early, scoring on just the second shift of the game. Speedy forward Colin Kastle evaded a body check on the left-wing boards, putting the puck through a Hanover defender's legs and circling behind the net. The move got the Hanover defense out of shape, and Kastle sent the puck to defenseman Cormick McGonigle at the right faceoff circle. The blueliner fired the puck on Hanover's Gabe Loud, who made the initial save, but unmarked Trevor Bickford banged in the rebound at 1:49 for the 1-0 Concord lead.

On the other end of the ice, Tide netminder Griffin Gilbert was the star of the show, making 8 saves on the period, but several of them show-stoppers. With two minutes remaining, senior forward Jake Acker nearly tied the game when left alone in the slot and fired a quick wrist shot, but Gilbert made the save. One minute later, Gilbert robbed David Lehmann on a similar play. Lehmann was alone on the doorstep and fired toward an open half of the net, but Gilbert flashed out his glove and snagged the puck out of the air. The teams entered the first intermission with the 1-0 Concord lead intact, and with the Tide holding a slim 9-8 advantage in shots.

Hanover showed their recent second-period surge and tied the game just 2:12 into the middle inning. Sophomore speedster Elias Zinman poked the puck away from a Tide defenseman at the Hanover blue line and took the puck all the way into the Crimson zone on the right wing. Blowing past the last defender and breaking in on Gilbert, Zinman pushed a shot past the lanky goaltender that beat him through the pads and trickled over the goal line.

Nine and half minutes later, Hanover took the lead on a 5-on-3 powerplay goal. With Andy Cole already in the Concord box, Tide captain Alex Marceau took a tripping penalty to put the Marauders two men up for over a minute. Just seconds into the two-man advantage, defenseman Will Smith fed the puck to the point to defenseman Patrick Logan. Logan faked the shot and passed low to Acker, who fed across the slot to senior Jon Goff, who one-timed the puck home for the 2-1 Hanover lead.

With three seconds left in the period, Concord coach Dunc Walsh incurred a bench penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct when the officials had finally had enough of his constant berating. Hanover headed into the final intermission with the 2-1 lead and 1:57 of powerplay remaining to start the third period. Concord again held a one-shot advantage in the second, outshooting the Marauders 11-10.

Despite starting the period with the man advantage, Concord definitely got the better of the Marauders in the third. The hosts outshot the visitors 14-6 on the period  and controlled the puck for the bulk of the period. However, the Hanover defense and Loud kept the Tide off the scoreboard and Hanover hung on to the one-goal lead for nearly the duration of the period. With the clock ticking down to the final minute, it looked as if the Marauders would weather the third-period storm and drive home with a crucial league win. However, with under 90 seconds to play, an odd bounce on a breakout play came straight to Tide forward Drew Livingston at the Hanover blue line. Livingston sent the puck to an open Marceau who walked in alone on Loud and scored low on the near post.

Hanover came into overtime determined to recapture the momentum and created several good scoring chances. However, Gilbert continued to impress and kept the Crimson Tide alive in sudden death. Five minutes into the period, Concord's counterattack launched a shot on Loud, who made the sprawling save. However, the rebound squirted just out of his control, and out of sight of the Marauder defenders. Cole swooped in and banged in the rebound at 5:28 of overtime to snatch the victory for the Tide.

Loud finished with 34 saves on the night, while Gilbert stopped 27. With the loss, Hanover drops to 10-5 overall, 7-4 in NHIAA Division I. Concord improves to 13-3, 12-1 in division play. The Marauders have a rare Saturday night off this week with their next game coming the following Wednesday when they return to Campion to face the Giants of Bishop Brady. Game time is 6:30.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Shotfest

Sophomore defenseman Duncan Bailey scored his first 
career  goal in the third period to ice the victory. 
After dropping 48 shots on Manchester Central the night before, the Hanover Marauders continued the barrage the next day against Exeter, throwing 44 at the Blue Hawks before coming away with the 5-1 victory. As in the previous night's game, it was only solid goaltending on the part of the visitors – in this case, sophomore goaltender Alex Warr – that kept the game from being a blowout early.

Playing in the spacious Thompson Arena at Dartmouth College as a Sunday Special, Hanover burst out of the gate and put two quick shots on Warr on the first shift. Warr saved that pair of shots, as well as 15 others throughout the period to stymie the Hanover attack. At the other end of the ice, Hanover's Luke Ratliff was equal to the challenge, turning away 12 Exeter shots on the period. Neither team could break through, and the teams headed into the locker room tied at 0-0 after one.

Earlier in the season, the second period was Hanover's achilles heel, but lately it has been the strongest period for the Marauders. The trend continued today when the hosts broke the scoring ice just 47 seconds into the period. After thwarting an Exeter attack, Hanover defenseman Patrick Logan gathered the puck in his own zone and fired a long lead pass to forward Jake Acker. Acker dished to Jonathan Goff, who walked in on Warr and beat the sophomore net minder with a wrist shot.

The 1-0 lead would hold up until 5:32 when Logan doubled it with a blistering low slap shot goal from top of the right face off circle off a feed from Goff. Three minutes later, defenseman Will Smith threaded the hockey equivalent of a touchdown pass, as he found Jensen Dodge all alone at the Exeter blue line and hit him with a crisp lead pass from the side of his own net. Dodge broke in alone on Warr; while the Blue Hawk goalie denied Dodge's first shot, he left the rebound right out in front and Dodge followed his shot and banged in the rebound.

Despite mustering only five previous shots in the period, Exeter converted with just three minutes remaining to cut the lead to 3-1. After Logan took Exeter's Ben Baldarsaro hard into the boards behind the Hanover net, the puck squirted loose to Garrett Fisher, who fed immediately to an unmarked Rob Andreasse, who was streaking in from the left circle. Andreasse banged home the pass for Exeter's only score of the period and the game.

Hanover came into the final period with the same energy they displayed in the second, and took just 43 seconds to regain the three-goal lead. On the opening shift, Goff fed Acker at the left circle and the team leader in goals unleashed a blistering low wrist shot that beat Warr to the stick side.

The remainder of the period was the most even stretch of the night, with both teams trading blows and both goaltenders pushing them aside. Warr robbed freshman Owen Stadheim with a flashy glove save on a low shot from the young center that almost netted him his second goal of the campaign. With just under two minutes remaining in the context, sophomore defenseman Duncan Bailey scored his first career goal with a long wrist shot from the left point that found the top corner of the Blue Hawks' goal. Jake Acker picked up the assist for his third point of the night.

With the victory, Hanover improves to 12-5 overall,  9-4 in NHIAA Division I. Exeter drops to 3-8. Ratliff made 24 saves for the win. Hanover will hit the road again on Wednesday, taking on second-place Concord. Game time is 5:30 at Everett Arena.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Home Again, Home Again...

Senior captain Patrick Logan had two 
goals and an assist on the night, including
the game-winning goal at 3:05 of the first. 
After being shutout for the first time this season in league play in their Wednesday road match against the Pinkerton Astros, Hanover returned to the friendly confines of Campion Rink and dropped their own clean sheet on the visiting Little Green of Manchester Central. In front a packed crowd of raucous students, the Marauders outshot Central by a staggering 9-to-1 margin and came away with the 5-0 victory and another crucial two points in the final month's push toward playoff seeding.

Hanover seemed determined to set the tone and applied the pressure to the visitors from the opening faceoff. Central soon found themselves man-down when Will Hebert took a high-sticking penalty just 2:45 into the game. It took the Marauder powerplay just 20 seconds to take advantage. Set up confidently in the zone and moving the puck crisply among all five attackers, Jensen Dodge fed Patrick Logan at the central point. The senior defenseman walked in two steps before roofing a wrist shot that past Central goaltender Keenan Alnahas and into the top of the net. Fellow senior captain Jonny Goff also assisted on the goal.

Hanover special teams proved just as deadly on the flipside of the man-up/man-down equation. With senior Grant Morhun serving a rare penalty, the maroon-and-white's penalty kill proved as deadly as their powerplay. Beating a Central defenser on the right wing, David Lehmann walked into the Central slot and beat Alnahas with a low wrist shot. Assists went to freshman Owen Stadheim and Logan. Only the brilliant play of Alnahas kept the game within reach for the Little Green, as Hanover outshot the visitors 19-2 on the period, but headed into the locker room for the first intermission with only the 2-0 lead that belied their complete domination of the period.

Looking to shake their second period blues reputation, Hanover picked up right where they left off in the middle frame and completely outplayed the Little Green from puck drop to final horn. Owning an unbelievable 20-0 advantage in shots in the period, Alnahas's play was the only thing keeping the game from becoming a rout. Despite the relentless pressure, Hanover could only find the back of the Central net once in the period, with Logan picking up his second goal of the game at 10:41. With the Marauders set-up in the Central zone, senior Will Smith fed his defensive partner across the point. The latter circled low on the wing before unleashing a shot from the faceoff circle that beat Alnahas to the glove side for the 3-0 lead that would remain for the duration of the period.

Sophomore Charlie Plottner scored his
first career goal midway through the third.
Having outshot the visitors 39-2 in the first two-thirds of the game, despite owning only a 3-0 lead, Hanover coach Dick Dodds lengthened the bench in the third period. This strategy paid off when recent JV-call-up Cam Woods fed freshman Rowan Wilson, who set-up sophomore Charile Plottner's first varsity goal at 8:34 of the period.

The third period would prove to be more balanced in play than the first two, but Hanover still owned a 9-2 advantage in shots. With just under five minutes remaining, Smith capped the lead with a slap shot blast from the left point that beat Alnahas high, with assists going to Lehmann and Elias Zinmann. Hanover would pick up a penalty at 13:30 of the period giving Central one last chance to break the shutout, but once again the penalty kill unit kept the visitors on their heels and the hosts coasted to the finish line with the 5-0 lead intact.

With the win, the Marauders improve to 11-5 on the season, 8-4 in NHIAA Division I. Manchester Central drops to 5-8 with the loss. With the shutout, senior goaltender Gabe Loud moves to fifth all-time on the Hanover shutout list. Next up for the Marauders is a Super Bowl Sunday matinee against Exeter at Dartmouth's Thompson Arena. Game time is 3:30.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Deja Vu All Over Again… All Over Again.

In a game that was eerily similar to last year's afternoon visit to the industrially sterile warehouse known as the Ice Den, Hanover dropped a frustrating game to a less talented but highly spirited Astros squad.

Scoring began early with a puzzling goal by Chris Gile just 1:12 into the first period. With senior goalie Luke Ratliff seemingly having the puck covered with his glove, the referee sounded his whistle. Nevertheless, Gile slapped at the puck and sent it into the Hanover net, and the referee pointed at the net signaling "goal." Despite protests and calls for explanation from the Hanover bench, the improbably goal was counted and Pinkerton was credited with the 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Lucas Masciarelli.

The inscrutable goal seemed to rattle the Marauders who never established much flow or momentum after that point. The visitors' best chance came when captain Jonny Goff was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot with just 0.8 seconds remaining in the second period. Goff had scored earlier in the season on a penalty shot versus Bedford, but this time Astros goalie Dakota Robinson read Goff's deke to the backhand and stoned him on the post to preserve the Pinkerton lead.

A physical third period lead to two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties – one for each team – but no goals until the final minutes when Pinkerton's Cody Sullivan slipped a backhander past Ratliff with 1:33 left in the game on a breakaway after a nice feed from Chris Gile.

Robinson finished with 33 saves, while Ratliff ended the game with 31. With the loss, Hanover drops to Record: 10-5 overall, 7-4 in NHIAA Division I play. Pinkerton improves to 9-2 with the win. Hanover returns home Saturday evening to face the Manchester Central Little Green at 6:20 at Campion.