Hanover U12 Girls Remain Unbeaten in League Play
West Lebanon — The Hanover Hockey Association’s U12 girls team remained perfect in Granite State League play last weekend, grabbing an 8-2 win from Twin Valley at Campion Rink on Saturday before venturing to the New Hampshire Avalanche for a similarly solid 7-2 win, leaving the Wild 8-0 in GSL action this season.
Mia Brown opened Saturday’s win by scoring just 20 seconds into the contest, the first of her four goals on the day. Cate Wagner had a goal and four assists, Rose Sperry hit the net twice, and Hannah Curtis netted the Wild’s other goal. Maggie Lee, Katie Whalen and Clara Boland also earned assists.
Boland’s first-period goal, on passes from Wagner and Bryn Kable, got Hanover started toward victory over the Avs on Sunday in Hooksett, N.H. Wagner finished with two goals and an assist, Lee set up two to go with a goal, and Hanover picked up other tallies from Curtis, Brown and Catherine Miles. Sperry (two), Kable and Sydney Stearns had assists, while the weekend’s defense was keyed by blueliners Olive Scull and Emma Tysinger and goaltenders Cici Barton and Jacqueline Gour.
U14s Go 1-0-1
West Lebanon — Amelia Lubrano converted a perfect feed from Mae Butler to open the spigots for the Hanover U14 girls, blanked the New Hampshire Avalanche 5-0 on Sunday at Campion Rink to follow a 1-1 tie with the Seacoast Selects on Saturday in Exeter, N.H.
Maddie Lyons and Julia Surgenor both scored twice to cap Sunday’s rout, with Isabella Harriman and Juliana Taube earning assists. The Wild outshot the Avs 24-6 en route to the win.
Goaltender Kiely Smiga-McManus excelled for Hanover in Saturday’s draw, keeping the Wild in the contest with multiple saves. Seacoast scored its goal in the third period, only to watch as Taube equalized for the Wild just two minutes later. The Wild meets the Avalanche again on Saturday, then travels to Portland, Maine, on Sunday for a doubleheader with Casco Bay and the Maine Gladiators.
Hanover Peewees Keep Busy
Hudson, N.H. — The Hanover Peewee Greens earned three of a possible four points in a key GSL road doubleheader on Sunday, beating Nashua 7-3 at Conway Arena and playing a 1-1 tie with Hudson in a physical affair.
David Lehmann’s hat trick staked the Wild to the win over Nashua, which required a third-period comeback before Hanover skated away from the Panthers. Ian Garland, Braxton McNulty, Briland Laycock and Elias Zinman also scored. Will Laycock had the sole Hanover goal in the draw with the Cyclones, while Harris LaRock and Josh Smith continued their excellent play in the Wild goal.
Hanover made itself at home at Woodstock’s Union Arena on Saturday for a 3-2 win over Concord built on goals from Garland, Azor Goodwin and Elias Adams. The Wild is now 9-5-2 in GSL Tier II play, just one point behind the top three squads in the 11-team league.
Defense Rules For Squirt Green
West Lebanon — The Hanover Squirt Greens ran their GSL Tier I record to 5-1-1 by riding their defense to a 3-1 defeat of Concord on Saturday and a 7-2 victory over the New Hasmphire Avalance on Sunday.
Strong backchecking from Augie Oberting, Nate Adams and Sylas Oberting played key roles in both victories, as did the defense of Trey Chickering, Sammy Goodwin and Reece Jones. Ryan Austin earned the win in goal over Concord, with Jack Bayreuther, Shaun Donaghue and Matty Gardner doing the scoring.
Jones shined in goal in Sunday’s win. Gardner had a hat trick, while Bayreuther and Donaghue provided two each.
Woodstock Peewees Come Close
Woodstock — The Woodstock Peewees sustained a pair of one-goal losses over the weekend, falling to Lyndon on Saturday, 2-1, and CVSA on Sunday, 3-2.
Jeremy Sigl had the Wasps’ lone goal on Saturday, although Charlie Plottner and Peter Warhold kept the pressure on the Lightning’s goaltender. Sigl and Trevor White had the goals on Sunday, with Ely Chynoweth, Garrett Delaney and Henry Greene skating well on defense.
Brady Clark and Max Dodson also had good offensive weekends, as did Max Shinder in the Woodstock net.
TV Bantams Sweep
Meriden — The Twin Valley Bantams swept to wins over Pleasant Valley and Dover at Kimball Union Academy last weekend.
The Flyers opened with a 6-2 nonleague win over PVA on Saturday. Alex Plummer found Noah Gaudette open for a blue-line blast to get the hosts going, prefacing a four-goal second period featureing conversions from Cam Perron, Christopher Schell, Hunter Maccioli and Bryce Turner. Peter Elder clinched the win with a third-period strike.
Twin Valley returned to league play on Sunday and earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over Dover. Nick Haidari set up C.J. Courtemanche’s opening goal and closed the win with an empty-netter, sandwiching a Maccioli goal in between. Grady Gilman and Chad Fazio both played roles in goal in both victories.
Flyer, Wasp Squirts Join Tourney
Barre, Vt. — The Twin Valley Squirts came within one win of leaving the Barre BOR with the championship of the Ike Lee Memorial Tournament, dropping a 6-2 decision to Lyndon in the final on Sunday.
The Flyers won three games to make the title contest. Twin Valley started by nipping Essex, 3-2, behind two John Cloud goals (both on James Surgenor passes) and one from Quinn Murnaghan (on a Kaleb Maccioli helper). The Flyers added a 5-3 victory over Milton later Saturday, with Murnaghan’s first-period hat trick fronting goals from Surgenor and Cloud and the defense of Max Van Dijk, Luke Greene, Peyton Wilkerson, Matthew Sites, Will Forman and Makayla Maccioli.
Twin Valley added a 3-1 win over Burlington on Sunday behind Hunter Robb’s goaltending to make the final. Surgenor, Cloud and Murnaghan provided the goals, the latter two coming late in regulation.
Woodstock’s A/B side lost to Stowe (3-1) and beat Barre (2-1) to open play Saturday, with Gunnar Wood scoring in the loss and Andrew Gubbins joining Wood in the goal department in the victory. Woodstock closed its tournament run with back-to-back losses to Chittenden-South Burlington on Sunday, 4-0 and 2-0, to take fourth place for the weekend.
Woodstock, TV Mites Tie
Woodstock — Woodstock’s travel and house Mites hosted Twin Valley in cross-ice play last weekend, skating to a 10-10 draw.
Kyle Smith and Henry Trimpi led the Wasps’ offense, created with help from Lilly and Hannah Gubbins on the forecheck. Sophie Yates and Gail Morse also skated well in the offensive zone. Nina Borzekowski, Wyatt Napier and Evan Falwell excelled in both ends of the rink for Woodstock.
Squirt White Splits
South Burlington, Vt. — With Gavin Slider producing the shutout in goal, the Hanover Squirt Whites opened last weekend with a 6-0 blanking of Chittenden-South Burlington at Cairns Arena.
Slider needed just four saves for the win, which Ellis DeMars secured with a three-goal hat trick. William Brannen had a two-goal, one-assist day, Will Tarnowski provided a goal, and Archer Judd, Thomas Beaver and Jordan Larson left with assists for Hanover.
Back Bay put a dent in Hanover’s weekend by taking a 4-3 decision at Wendell Barwood Arena on Sunday. Casey Graham and Quincy McBride joined Larson in the goal department, while DeMars had two assists and Silder made 12 saves.
On Two Skis
Four From UV Win Paintball Biathlon
Mendon, Vt. — Norwich’s Kirsten Miller, Lyme’s Cassandra and Evan Nichols and Hanover’s Ann Rightmire combined speed on skis and accuracy with a paintball rifle to claim victories on Sunday at the Mountain Top Inn Paintball Biathlon races.
Miller won the girls’ grade 7-8 race, covering the 3.75-kilometer route in 10 minutes, 1 second, to go with four hits at paintball targets. Thetford Center’s Erik Lindahl was the best Upper Valley finisher in the boys race, taking second in 8:30.5 and nine hits. Cassandra Nichols took the girls 5-6 race with a time of 9:18 over 3K with 11 target hits; Norwich’s Ingrid Miller took third.
Evan Nichols hit five targets and posted a winning time of 6:39.3 in the boys 3-4 division over 2 kilometers, shooting five targets. Rightmire came home with the win in the girls grades 1-2 race, covering a kilometer in 3:58.4 and also hitting five targets, best among girls in her event. Hanover’s Sarah Glueck was third.
Hanover’s Colin Pogue had the best finish in the high school division, taking third in 11:42.1 over 5¼ kilometers and tying for race honors with 11 targets.
Su 6 Duo Top-10s
Ludlow, Vt. — Suicide Six skiers Grace Vollers and Caroline Keller both finished in the top 10 of Sunday’s VARA U14 giant slalom at Okemo.
Vollers took seventh place in 50.90 seconds in the single-run event on a hard-packed surface, with clubmate Keller one spot back in eighth (50.98). Su 6’s Erika Gebhardt was 18th (53.22), and Lebanon’s Julia Denny — racing for the Killington Mountain School — was 22nd, a little more than six seconds behind winner Isabelle Nolan (47.13).
Su 6’s Alden Anderson also recorded a top 10 in the boys GS, finishing 10th in 49.82, about three seconds behind winner Matthew Price (45.50). Sam Bradley had the top finish for the Quechee Ski Team, taking 39th.
Mitchell Third on Moguls
Stratton, Vt. — Competing in a packed field of more than 100 competitors from around the Northeast, the Whaleback Core Team’s Konrad Mitchell skied to two top finishes over the weekend during Mogul Fest events at Stratton Mountain.
Mitchell competed in single moguls on Saturday, taking third place. Sunday’s duals followed, and Mitchell made it through six heats before finally settling into fourth place.
Three other Core Team members also enjoyed top-10 performances in other events last weekend. Competing in their first event of the season, Norwich’s Jon Thoms took eighth place and Hanover’s Chanler Miller was ninth in the M4 age category at last weekend’s USSA Big Air Night competition at the Abenaki Ski Area in Wolfeboro, N.H. Hanover’s Cameron Cardona also had success in snowboarding action, riding to third place in a USASA New Hampshire division slopestyle event at Loon Mountain.
On The Mat
Two Wins for NLG Teams
Essex, Vt. — Northern Lights Gymnastics grabbed team wins in the Xcel and Level 8 divisions and produced four all-around winners at the Royal Invitational 2013 gymnastics meet on Jan. 12-13.
Norwich’s Emma Neuman and Hanover’s Lucy Fallon swept all of their individual events to key the Xcel division team win. Hanover’s Victoria Vincelette won the floor exercise and earned all-around honors to backstop the win for Level 8, which also picked up a floor win from Hanover’s Destiny Donahue and a victory in the uneven bars from Lyme’s Annalee Wilson.
Anna Thornton also had a big day for NLG at the Royal. Competing in Level 5, the Cornish resident won the vault and balance beam on her way to taking all-around honors for her division. Lebanon’s Ella Dulac was second all-around in Level 5 as Northern Lights took third as a team.
The Wilder-based club also sent several competitors to the Boston Classic, in Westwood, Mass., on Jan. 19-20. Hanover’s Shira Hoffer had the best individual result with a second-place score in the Level 7 vault, and Donahue’s sixth place in the Level 7 all-around was tops for a Northern Lights competitor regardless of division. Wilson, in Level 8, was third in the vault and uneven bars.
On The Run
Winter Wild Hits Ragged
Danbury, N.H. — The Winter Wild uphill running series kicks off a three-race stretch over the next three weekends by visiting Ragged Mountain on Saturday.
The three-mile race begins at 7 a.m., with competitors negotiating a counterclockwise route to and from the ski mountain’s base lodge. Runners and skiers will ascend along the Exhibition trail, returning to the lodge via the Blueberry Patch, Raggedy Andy, Main Street and Village Green trails. Awards will follow at 8:30 a.m.
The series continues with trips to Whaleback for the K-9 Uphill on Feb. 9 and to Pats Peak in Henniker, N.H., on Feb. 16. Contact Chad Denning at 603-748-1070 or email@example.com or visit www.winterwild.com for more information.