No. 10 Union Edges Big Green
Schenectady, n.y. — Tenth-ranked Union scored twice in the third period to defeat the Dartmouth men’s hockey team, 3-2, Wednesday night at Messa Rink in an ECAC Hockey contest.
The Big Green (2-10-0, 2-8 ECAC) led for long stretches of the game, but was unable to hold off the opportunistic Dutchmen (11-3-2, 8-1-0 ECAC) forwards in the final period as the home team won its eighth straight.
“I thought we played a very good, tough game against a good opponent,” Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet said. “It came down to a few bounces of the puck at the end, and unfortunately for us, they just didn’t happen to go our way.
Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant stopped 27 shots and was a major reason for Dartmouth’s ability to hang with Union. At the other end of the ice, Colin Stevens made 37 saves as the Green put 39 shots on goal, the most allowed by the Dutchmen this year.
“Chuck is a really strong young goaltender, just now coming into his own,” Gaudet added. “He has been really strong for us as of late and tonight was another example of his gritty play in goal.”
Dartmouth captain Tyler Sikura netted his first goal of the season 3:22 into the game with Dartmouth on the power play. Snapping the longest stretch of his career without a goal, the junior finally got on the scoresheet with a perfectly placed shot over the glove from the top of the slot.
The second period began in a wild manner before both teams finally settled back into the play. Just 17 seconds in, Daniel Carr evened the score with Union’s first tally of the night, beating Grant between the pads.
The Big Green’s Ryan Bullock wasted little time in picking up his netminder, scoring his first of the season on a one-timer at the side of the net to finish off a beautiful passing play just 39 seconds later.
The play started with tape-to-tape passes in the offensive zone from freshman Troy Crema and junior Eric Neiley before the latter sent a centering feed across to Bullock for the quick response.
With 10:21 remaining in the third, Dutchmen right winger Nick Cruice tied the game as he was able to slide a backhander under Grant’s pads after skating out of the corner with a Big Green defender draped on his back.
The home team grabbed its first lead of the night as Michael Pontarelli scored a power-play goal with 3:46 left in regulation, knocking in a loose puck through a sea of bodies in the slot.
Both teams were 1-for-4 with the man-advanatge.
The Big Green will head into the winter break for 17 days off. The team returns to action on Dec. 29-30 in Hanover for its holiday tournament. Providence, Air Force and Northeastern will also join the holiday fun.
H.S. Boys Hockey
Hartord 9 Burr & Burton 2
White River Junction — John Borchert had four goals and two assists as Hartford (1-1) steamrolled Burr & Burton for its first win of the season.
Jeff Lyford had two goals and two assists, Andrew Atkinson had a goal and four assists and Nick Terino and Jeremy McGlone one goal apiece for the Hurricanes. John Lewis assisted three times and Mark Rogenski added a helper.
Goalies Richie Morrill, Mak Lyford and Teighan Meeker combined for 14 saves for Hartford, which visits Northfield on Saturday.
Middlebury 5 Woodstock 3
Middlebury, Vt. — Woodstock (1-2) dropped a road decision at Middlebury.
Braden McCarthy and Alistair Bones scored for the Wasps, while Luc Issa, Conor Joyce and Ben Orr collected assists.
Conner Black made 21 saves in goal for Woodstock, which greets Brattleboro on Saturday.
KUA 8, Proctor Acad. 2
Meriden — AJ Greer had a hat trick and two assists, and Kimball Union (4-0-1) scored six unanswered goals in a win over Proctor Academy.
Tyler Bird had two goals and an assist for the Wildcats, while teammates Bobby Hall, Jack McCarthy and Brendan Riley had a goal apiece. Hall, Chris Shero and Ben Finkelstein each had an assist.
Gavin Nieto and Paul Leger both saw time in goal for the win.
KUA visits Tilton on Saturday.
H.S. Girls Hockey
Stowe 3, Hartford 2
Stowe, Vt. — A 52-11 shot advantage was not enough as Hartford (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season.
Meghan Boardman and Morgan Morrill scored for the Hurricanes, while Caroline Miller had two assists and Julia Anderson once.
Erin Hudson made eight saves in goal for Hartford, which visits Union-32 on Saturday.
KUA 1, NMH 0
Meriden — Joanna Schafer’s power-play goal in the first period lifted Kimball Union past Northfield Mount Hermon.
Amelie Poirier earned the shutout in goal for KUA, which hosts Proctor Academy on Friday.
H.S. Boys Basketball
KUA 42, Phillips Exeter 35
Exeter, n.h. — Malik Abu had 17 points and Duby Maduegbunam 15 as Kimball Union (4-1) defeated Phillips Exeter.
Down 19-18 at the half, KUA hit its first five shots of the second half for an 11-2 run to take a lead the Wildcats maintained to the end.
The Wildcats travel to Babson College on Saturday to face Milton Academy.
H.S. Girls Basketball
KUA 45, Proctor Acad. 37
Andover, n.h. — Abby Kelly scored 18 points as Kimball Union (1-0) won its season opener.
Kelly added four assists and four steals for the Wildcats, who also received 14 points from Taylor Ong.
Miranda Judd dished out a team-high five assists and added six steals.
KUA hosts Phillips Exeter next Wednesday.
Claremont — Stevens followed its run to the NHIAA Division III championship game with three selections on the division’s all-state first team.
The Cardinals placed senior running back Donald Pellerin and senior guard Noah Ladd on the first-team offense, while senior defensive end Kai Kleyensteuber landed on the first-team defense. The trio was a key part of a Stevens campaign that included a seven-game winning streak that culminated in the Cardinals’ first state title game appearance since 2005.
The Division III all-state first team also included Mascoma senior linebacker Shane Pierce. Upper Valley athletes making the all-state second team included Mascoma senior running back Kyle Kosiorek, Newport junior tight end Zach Whalen, Newport junior punter Derek Pare, Newport senior linebacker C.J. Lawrence, Newport junior cornerback Ricky Hammond and Stevens junior placekicker Bryar Rouillard. Bow’s Paul Cohen earned the league’s coach of the year award.
The following players made the Division III all-West Conference team:
∎ Offense: Tom Hogan (Newport, QB); Donald Pellerin (Stevens, RB); Kyle Kosiorek (Mascoma, RB); Zach Whalen (Newport, TE); Stephen Nix (Newport, WR); Nate White (Stevens, WR); Dan Tyminski (Newport, OL); Noah Ladd (Stevens, OL); Noah Richer (Mascoma, OL); Andrew Bahara (Newport, OL).
∎ Defense: Kai Kleyensteuber (Stevens, DL); Jeremy Farnham (Newport, DL); Robbie Knight (Stevens, DL); C.J. Lawrence (Newport, LB); Shane Pierce (Mascoma, DL); Gunther Hubert (Newport, LB); Ricky Hammond (Newport, DB); Tanner Sherman (Newport, DB); Austin Tenney (Stevens, DB); Derek Pare (Newport, P); Bryar Rouillard (Stevens, PK).