Pat Nevins scored twice Wednesday night as Hanover blanked Wayland, 3-0, in the Division 3 hockey state semifinals at Gallo Arena in Bourne.
The first legitimate scoring chance for either team occurred about eight minutes into the first period when Wayland forward Roby Williams came in on a partial breakaway. Hanover goaltender Noah Clapp (25 saves) came out of his crease to challenge Williams, but it was defenseman Matt Beard who knocked the puck away.
Hanover cocaptain and leading scorer Matt McDougall took a big hit at the end of the first, staying down for about a minute before skating off slowly.
Hanover opened the scoring at 3:44 of the second when Nevins scored off a rebound. The scoring continued for Hanover (18-7) when McDougall found the net, leaving Wayland in a two-goal deficit with 8:42 remaining.
“He’s been a warrior for us all year,” coach Jon Abban said of McDougall. “He plays a physical game but can also find the net.”
Wayland pulled senior goalie Ben Boschetto with two minutes left, but again it was Hanover scoring, as Nevins converted with nine seconds left.
Wayland outshot Hanover, 25-13, but struggled to get on the board without leading scorer Nick Morgan (43 points), a junior who was sidelined with a broken wrist.
Hanover will face the winner of Thursday’s game between Shrewsbury and Westfield on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final.