Every winter it seems the team in Hanover with the highest expectations is the boys Hockey team. Regular season games are filled with screaming fans and players who feed off the loyalty and frenzy of their fans. The whole community rallies around the hockey team, and come playoff time rinks are filled with Hanover students and residents to see the boys pull out another win. The 2015-2016 season has not disappointed, as the Indians have gone 10-1.
The only loss through nine games was to Pembroke and the rematch later this season will be very meaningful, according to Junior forward Ryan Mahoney.
“We can’t play selfish, we need to move the puck much better than we did the first time we played them,” he said. “They were an aggressive team and next time we hope to draw more penalties and get our power play involved as it’s one of the stronger parts of our team.”
The Indians have 10 games left in their season and look to push for a high seed come playoff time. If any team makes the playoffs, it’s usually a pretty big accomplishment for the program. But with Hanover Boys Hockey being such a consistently winning program, playoffs are expected for the team. With Hanover playing in Division 3, they wouldn’t have to face the Division 2-Pembroke again. The Indians should make a deep playoff run this year as they are loaded with talent. The team that could give Hanover the most trouble is Norwell. Hanover was eliminated by Norwell last year in the playoffs. Hanover did have the upper hand when they played this season as Hanover beat Norwell 2-1.
It’s very realistic that Hanover will be able to go to the Division 3 championship game at The TD Garden and win a state title. Led by captains Noah Clapp in goal and Landon Hasenfuss at center, the Indians are solid in all aspects of the game and are an unbelievably talented team. For more about the Hockey team and all other Winter Sports teams, check back for the Winter Sports Wrap Up coming soon.