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Backbay Indians Squirt 1 State Champions

By John Sikich, 02/24/20, 6:15PM EST

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The Backbay Indians Squirt 1 team entered the NHAHA Granite State League’s Playoff round with an undefeated record of 13 - 0 - 3.  The Indians won their first two round robin games against two very tough opponents, Plymouth and Keene. The semifinal game was a tough fight against a skilled Rochester team, however the Indians prevailed again advancing to the State Championship game on Sunday the 23rd. The rematch against Plymouth was a very hard battle during the first two periods. The Indians Liza Demain scored first and the period ended with a Backbay 1 - 0 lead. The second period started quickly with a second goal by Liza Demain and Plymouth’s Audra Custance answering with their own goal one minute later. The Indians quickly scored two more unanswered goals by Myles O’Keefe ending the second period with a 4 to 1 lead.  The third period ended with 3 goals by Chloe McClain, 1 by Reid Swinerton and 1 by Myles O’Keefe, Audra Custance scored late for Plymouth bringing the final score of the game to the Backbay Indians 9, Plymouth 2. The Indians end their Granite State League as State Champions with a final record of 17 - 0 - 3. “I am so proud of the way the team played and the level of development each player achieved throughout the season. Every player knew their role, played a two way game and brought a new level of competition to their game.” said Coach Sikich. Coach Sikich continued by stating that The Backbay Hockey Association has devoted so much time and effort to changing the way the program develops their players and has shown that they can provide a program where focus is on skill development at a reasonable cost. I can’t thank the organization enough for providing the amount of practice time needed to be successful. The Backbay Indians Squirt 1 team will continue their season by playing the Seacoast Hockey League’s Playoff rounds this coming weekend in Rochester, NH.  We look forward to some very tough competition and hope we can continue our success.