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December 19, 2013

Haverhill defense struggles to contain Lincoln-Sudbury attack

HAVERHILL — Haverhill hockey coach Joe Roberts did his best to remain optimistic following last night’s game.

“We had our moments,” said Roberts. “But we need to learn how to execute and play three full periods.”

Haverhill and Lincoln-Sudbury combined for 12 goals, but the Hillies came up on the short end, falling to the Warriors 9-3.

Haverhill fell behind 2-0 early in the first period before answering with a goal of its own by senior captain and football star Tommy Maguire to make it 2-1.

The Hillies kept the game close for a brief time after Jon Langlois netted his first goal of the young season, which brought the score to 3-2, the closest that Haverhill would be the rest of the night.

Lincoln-Sudbury answered with three more goals that period, as well as three in the third.

“A lot of the time, we beat ourselves,” said Roberts.

“I can’t think of a good goal that was all because they made an excellent play on it. It was more that we hurt ourselves.”

The coach also felt conditioning was a contributing factor in the Hillies’ slow start.

“We’re not in shape yet. We’re three weeks in, we’ve had a handful of practices and three games this week,” said Roberts.

“We have to get in better shape and execute. End of story.”

Haverhill will take on 2-0 Concord-Carlisle on, with sophomore goalie Mike Gleason making a scheduled start in the net for the Hillies.

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