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D3 South final: Hanover 6, Bishop Stang 2

March, 9, 2014
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Parents of the Hanover High School boys’ ice hockey team’s players are going to have to deal with their sons’ lustrous hairstyles for a little while longer, and they’re probably just fine with that.

The Indians (17-7-0), who to a man have dyed their hair some variety of peroxide blonde, lit up the scoreboard at the Gallo Ice Arena today to reach the Division 3 state semifinals.

Hanover put the game away with three goals in the third period, pulling away from Bishop Stang to earn a 6-2 victory over the Spartans (15-9-1). They will meet Wayland in the EMass final on Wednesday evening back at Gallo.

Hanover took a slim one-goal lead into the third against a team that seemed to be on the comeback trail after a nice second period effort had allowed the Spartans to tighten things up. At crunch time, it was the Indians that responded with an unassisted goal by Pat Nevins, who had a pair of goals and a helper in the game, turning the tide in Hanover’s favor for good. Nevins picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone, near the top of the right circle, and let it rip to the upper far corner. The puck beat the glove of Jesse Pavao (29 saves) to make it a 4-2 game at the 4:35 mark.

Landon Hasenfuss scored on a breakaway up the right wing at 12:09 to ice the victory. He flew up the right wing and picked the far side to make it a three-goal game. Colin Mahoney banked an empty-netter in off the left wing wall from inside the defensive zone with 12 seconds left.

Hanover head coach Jonny Abban said his team finished the game the way it wanted to, and said that his team has plans to complete the season the same way.

“This is something we’ve talked about since the beginning of the year, finishing strong, and they’re not done yet,” Abban said. “They hear some of the older kids talking, they won a state championship in 2007 for Coach [Jim] Sylvia, and it’s been a great effort by the team, backed by community. It’s a great feeling.”

Hanover had some great feelings right from the start. The high-powered Indians offense got on the board first, just 5:04 into the game on a goal by Matt McDougall. One of the Indians’ four captains, McDougall finished off a hard work shift by his club by chipping a loose puck up and over a prone Pavao, who just missed getting a piece of it with a wave of his glove.

Hanover increased their lead to 2-0 about five minutes later on a goal by Mitch Beard at 9:52. The forward with the long flowing bleach blonde locks camped on the far post and tipped in a super cross by Mike Proctor off the right wing wall. McDougall also picked up an assist on the play.

Stang scored at 5:54 of the second period to cut the lead in half, but Hanover wasted no time getting the lead back to two. The Spartans’ Chace Correia tucked one through the five hole on a breakaway, with a nifty move.

However, before the goal was announced over the public address system, Hanover got it back. A slap shot from high in the zone, off a draw, by Matt Beard was deflected by Pavao by Nevins to make it 3-1.

Stang cut it back to a single goal at 8:20 of the second. That came off the stick of Kade Kaminski, who trickled one by Noah Clapp on a shot from the slot.

Down just one, heading to the last period, the Spartans had put themselves in a good position, head coach Ken Gouveia said, but it was Hanover that carried the play in the third.

“The next goal was the big one, and they got it. It was tough. We were down a defenseman tonight, so we only had four D. I thought our defensemen did a great job, being down to four, but it took away from the way that we wanted to play a lot. We couldn’t be as aggressive and pinch, with just four, so we had to be more conservative and that hurt.”

Hanover made the most of its opportunities. Five different players lit the lamp in the game, and nine put their names on the scoresheet.

“We’ve spread it around pretty well this year,” Abban said. “We had four or five guys with 30 points. It’s a great group effort every game that we show up.”

D3 South: Hanover, Stang to meet in final

March, 8, 2014
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The busiest man on Cape Cod last night might have been Tom Welch in the scorer’s booth at Gallo Ice Arena. Welch had to have been suffering from writer’s cramp after last night’s pair of MIAA Division 3 south semifinal games.

The two contests saw the four teams combine for 19 goals and far many more penalties.

Hanover (16-7-0) throttled Abington (11-8-5) in the late game at Gallo last night, outscoring the Green Wave by a 7-3 score. In the early game, Bishop Stang (15-8-1) gave a steady effort to upend Diman Voke (17-5-2) by a score of 6-3.

The teams will meet at the same rink on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. to determine the sectional champion.

The start of the night’s second game was delayed by about 20 minutes, and during that time the Hanover faithful broke out a telling chant of “it’s all over.” With four goals during the first six minutes and 25 seconds, they were on to something, as the Indians went on to win a penalty-riddled game that saw both teams reach double figures in infractions (Hanover was called for 15 penalties, and Abington 10).

The game marked the third meeting of the year between the Indians and Green Wave, and all three ended with a similar result. Hanover won the first game, 10-3, and the second one by a 5-0 count.

Hanover was hopping offensively from the first drop of the puck and it was apparent that they were hoping to hang another big number on Abington. Just 52 seconds into the game, with their first of many power plays, Colin Mahoney’s flutterer from the left circle beat Mike Morse to the near side. Morse was fighting the puck early, and the Indians made him pay for it as they scored goals on four of their first five shots.

The one shot that Morse stopped of the first five ended up in the net when Mitch Beard jammed in the rebound of Landon Hasenfuss’s wrist shot. Beard finished the night with a hat trick, with all three goals coming on special teams (two power play goals, and one shorthanded).

At 6:01, Trevor Doucette scored off a nice crossover, and then at 6:35, Drew Caldwell rung one in off the crossbar from a difficult angle.

Hanover ran their lead to five before the Green Wave got a pair of goals 29 seconds apart to make it somewhat interesting early in the second period. Abington had a chance to close the gap even further with a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period, but could not cash in any chances.

Hanover head coach Jonny Abban said that his team experienced a bit of a lull after their quick start, but that they bounced back.

“I think we got complacent when we were up by four, we let our guard down. (Abington) is probably one of the hardest working teams that we’ve come across in Division 3,” Abban said. “They won’t give up. They don’t have the depth that most clubs have, but they don’t give up. We had to grind it out, and we got into trouble with the penalties.”

Scoring power-play goals early in periods was a specialty for the Indians.

At the 51 second mark of the second period, Beard drove home a rebound with the advantage to make it 5-0. He also scored just 54 seconds into the third, putting home a power play goal on a break up the right side. That made it 6-2.

Each team got one more goal before it ended. Abington’s Joe Marella scored a power-play goal from the low slot at 6:34. Beard then finished his hat trick for the Indians two minutes later, converting a turnover into a goal.

Stang Stings Diman
Suave means smooth, and that certainly summed up the play of Bishop Stang’s brother combination of Luc and Max Suave.

Luc, a senior, found the back of the Diman Voke cage three times and his younger brother, Max, popped in two as the sibling led the 14th-seeded Spartans to a 6-3 win over the second-seeded Bengals in the other Division 3 South semifinal.

Stang head coach Ken Gouveia knew that the two forwards had led his team during the game. He just didn’t realize just how impactful they had been until afterward.

When asked about their importance, he countered with a query as to how many goals they’d scored. He was informed it was five.

“Well, there you go,” he said with a laugh. “There you go.”

Gouveia said his club battled butterflies early on. After getting a quick goal, just 49 seconds into the contest, from Luc Suave, Stang unraveled a little bit. Diman popped in two fast ones to counter, from Jay Silva and Tyler Gillet, and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

“I thought we were a little tight in the first period, but then in the second…we started to take the game over and beat them to some loose pucks,” Gouveia said.

Over the last two periods it was all Stang. They took the game over with three goals in a span of just 2:35 to turn their 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead in moments.

The tying goal was scored on wrister from between the hashes by Max Suave at 7:32. At 9:36, Luc Suave got the middle marker in his hat trick as he drove for the far post and tipped in a nice cross from the left side by Chance Correia. Thirty-one seconds later, the Spartans got their lone goal from someone not named Suave as Tristin Costa fluttered a shot from the top of the left wing circle that beat the keeper low to the far post to make it 4-2.

Diman showed some heart and got that one back 79 seconds later, trimming the lead to one with their third of the night at 11:26. Cam Levesque stick-handled through traffic on his way to the net and scored with a nice crossover move.

In the third, Stang put it away. Luc Suave finished off his hat trick with a snap shot from the edge of the crease at 2:10 and then Max Suave jammed in a carom at 7:43 to cap the scoring.