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Anthony Pierotti 02/15/2014 At 12 years old, life should be full of friends and fun. The biggest...
Tryout Info and Times
All Tryouts are at the Bavis Rink. All tryouts go by next seasons age brackets. Hourly assignments will be posted the week before tryouts as HYHA will have an equal amount of players on each hour. Players must go to the hour assigned to them and cannot show up at a different hour. Level Directors are responsible for having the same judges at each hour (for that night) and goalies in both nets. Judges may not be a coach or be related to any player at that level. Players should arrive a half hour early to receive their shirts. Players keep their shirts in their bag for week two and are responsible for turning them in prior to leaving the rink after their final tryout. They must wear the same number each week. All Level Directors will have their prior season's coaches evaluations (of the players) in hand prior to tryouts. Teams are selected based on the prior season end coaches evaluations in conjunction with tryout scores. The skills portion counts as 20 percent of the tryout grade, the scrimmage is 80 percent. The Directors will have all scores to plug into an HYHA spreadsheet that has equations that will stack rank all the players as soon as tryouts end. The Directors having all this info when the players step off the ice should need no more than a couple days to make sure the stack rankings tie into the evaluations properly and sort through any bubble players in order to get teams posted on our site, get the season closed down and get ready for Friday Spring Cross Ice for next season's teams. Please reach out to me with any questions. Lastly, all players should bring both shirts to any season elimination game and coaches need to bag these shirts and get them turned in to the Equipment Director. Good Luck and bring home some Indian Hardware!!
Hanover Youth Hockey VP
April 1 and April 8
4:20 and 520 Rink B
April 1 and April 8
6:20 and 7:20 Rink B
April 7 and April 14
5:00 and 6:00 Rink A
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.”
This year’s HYHA Open Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm at the Hanover Middle School. All HYHA members are invited to attend. Each Board member will discuss their role and responsibilities over the past season and any changes for next season. Board members will answer any questions the members may have.
Elections for next year’s HYHA Board of Directors will be held at the Open Board Meeting. Below is the current ballot, but all positions are open and any HYHA member in good standing can run for any position. If you are interested in running for a Board position, please let me know no later than March 13th.
HYHA 2014 Board of Directors Ballot
President: Mark King
Vice President: Andy Levin
Treasurer: Tammy Tedeschi
Assistant Treasurer: Open
Registrar: Kevin Richards
Secretary: Kristen Jacobson
Midget Director: Gary Martino
Bantam Director: Rich O’Dowd
PeeWee Director: Brendan Long
Squirt Director: Sean Murphy
Mite Director: Bob Melone
ACE/Cross Ice Dir.: Matt Perkins
Girls Program Director: Pam Manning
Fundraising Director: Joanna Dyer
Equipment Director: Peter Demayo
South Shore Conf. Rep: Bob Christian
Yankee Conf. Rep: John Fanning
Information Director: Patrick Coughlin
We will also be voting on a proposal to change the HYHA By-Laws by removing the skills portion from the Pee Wee tryout so that the Pee Wee tryout will consist of two nights of scrimmages.
Congratulations to the Cohasset/Hanover High School Girls Hockey Team for their 5-3 win in the first round of the MIAA Tournament! Many of the girls on the team have come through the ranks and still play for HYHA's Girls U14 team! Next game is against Milton this Saturday night at 8:20pm at the Rockland Rink. Wear you white hockey jerseys and come to the game and cheer them on!!!
At 12 years old, life should be full of friends and fun. The biggest worry kids should have to face is extra homework assignments or tests to study for. For Hanover’s Anthony Pierotti, diagnosed with leukemia this January, his worries got a whole lot bigger. He has been admitted to Children's Hospital in Boston and is undergoing intensive treatment, which is expected to take about 2 years to complete.
Anthony has an amazing medical team and is surrounded by family, including his parents Jim and Brenda, twin brother Nick, and his younger brothers, Matt and Owen, all very active members of the Hanover Hockey Association. They have a long road ahead and will need every bit of support they can get. We know the Pierottis can't do this alone, but we also know their Hanover community would never let them!
A website, Hope for Anthony, was created to help community members offer strength and support to Anthony and his family, and to provide a way for the youngest members of our community, Anthony's friends, to tell him how much they care.
It also details ways that we can support the family through various fundraising options, including donations, Anthony Strong and Think + T-shirts, Anthony wristbands, and a link to a Meal Train site, organizing meal drop offs for the family.
Hanover Middle School will be having a "Stay Positive for Pierotti" Day on March 14. They are encouraging students and staff to rally around the Pierottis with a visible show of support, wearing one of the Anthony shirt options or something orange, the color most often associated with leukemia.
Visit the Hope for Anthony site to see how Anthony is doing, make a donation or purchase a t-shirt. We also encourage everyone to send a message or upload an image to share. It's hard for cancer patients to endure their treatments and the long days spent in the hospital; being surrounded by love and support can make it a little bit easier. Keep sending Anthony well wishes and stories from home so he doesn't feel alone.