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North Reading Jessica Jacques, TeamONE net HNIB girls’ title

Ray Jacques  coach of TeamONE, reacts to a call during the second period of the championship game in Haverhill.
Ray Jacques coach of TeamONE, reacts to a call during the second period of the championship game in Haverhill.

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Each time Jessica Jacques skates down the ice on a rush, she inches closer to her dream of playing Division 1 women’s college hockey.

Her father, Ray, certain that the goal is attainable, pushes her each step of the way, this past week as head coach for the TeamONE squad in the 19th annual Hockey Night in Boston Girls’ Major Showcase in Haverhill.

“I know what she wants out of this, so I do push her when I have to,” said the elder Jacques, who was a team captain at Matignon High and later, the University of Maine.

His tutelage sank in this past week for his daughter and her TeamONE teammates, who knocked off a heavily favored Minnesota squad in Saturday’s championship game, 4-3.

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