By Tris Wykes
WEST LEBANON – The Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge girls hockey season ended Tuesday with a 3-0 NHIAA playoff loss to Berlin at Campion Rink. The Mountaineers scored once during the second period and twice during the third stanza and advanced despite 31 saves by the Raiders’ Paige Hoegler.
“Paige said she thought it was our best game and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree,” said LSK coach Mike Sheehan, whose team beat the visiting Mountaineers in overtime last week. “We just didn’t get the bounces. They had a couple and buried them on us. Hats off to them.”
During last week’s contest, Berlin (4-7-1) used a reserve goaltender and didn’t have standout center Jill Hallee available against LSK (5-7).
Hoegler appeared screened on the first goal, a Sophia Schoenberk shot from the left side on which Halle earned an assist. The second tally came off a simple Hallee pass from the right corner to the top of the crease, where an unguarded Sidney Chapman scored. Hallee shot the third goal into an empty net with 22 seconds remaining.
“We skated well and left it all out there and played better (than last week),” Sheehan said. “I might go look at the video and be proven wrong, but I thought we played well out there.”
Lebanon struggled to generate offense on the power play, but Sheehan noted that the Raiders had, at best, 25 game chances with a player advantage during the season. The girls sport generates fewer penalties than its boys counterpart.
“We’d like to do more but… we really don’t have that one natural goal-scorer that you need for a power play to click,” Sheehan said.
Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge loses seniors Lena Nowell, Lily Barber and Makayla Maccioli to impending graduation. All three are regulars and impact players and recovering from their absence won’t be easy.
“We’ll find a way,” Sheehan said. “I think we’re in good shape. We’ve got girls who are committed to the program and play hard and play the right way. We had a few more losses this year but we also had a tough schedule.”
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