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March 22, 2014

Fire on ice

The incomparable Conway, and other memories from the 2013-14 high school hockey season

Design defenses to stop her. Assign a defender to shadow her. Send two defenders. Beat her up, trip her, hook her and deliver cheap shots.

Just try it. Amanda Conway dares you. She double dares you.

Many have, but none have been able to stop her.

The Methuen junior delivered the most prolific season in modern area history this winter, male or female.

Conway scored a stunning 63 goals this season, setting a Massachusetts state record. For a second season she far outdistanced the previous area girls record (47 by Andover’s Maria Nasta in 2005-06) and boys mark (39 by Bobby Farnham of North Andover, also 05-06), since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping complete records (boys 1994-95 season, girls 1998-99 season). Conway scored 53 goals last season.

But she wasn’t only local to shine this winter.

Central Catholic continued its dominance over the local hockey scene and further established itself as a Super 8 regular by skipping right over the play-in round to earn an automatic bid.

And how about Londonderry advancing to the state title game for the first time in program history and beating archrival Pinkerton on the way there.

Now that spring has arrived, lets take a look back at the winter in the rinks:

Top five moments

1. Win of the Year — Londonderry had the chance to make history, and wasted no time taking advantage. The Lancers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first period, and finished off Pinkerton 5-1 in the semifinals to clinch their first trip to the Division 1 finals since beginning play in 2000-01.

2. Goal of the Year — After four years as a key contributor to powerhouse Central Catholic, no stage was too big for Lloyd Hayes. So with a huge win in reach, the Raiders fed Hayes and he scored with just over a minute left to give Central a 3-2 win over Catholic Memorial, then the top-ranked team in the state. It was massive in the quest for the Super 8.

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