Hartford, Woodstock Advance
White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena.
With the Highlanders’ Thomas Belknap in the penalty box for roughing, Borchert received a pass in the corner from classmate Andrew Atkinson and carried the puck out front to beat Harwood goalie Elliot Emberley through the netminder’s legs.
The Hurricanes (14-5-2) finished 2-for-5 on the power play, but struggled to execute during most of its man-advantage opportunities while overcoming a pair of one-goal deficits against the Highlanders (6-13-2).
It was a much tighter game than the teams’ meeting Feb. 1 in Waterbury, where the Canes won 6-1 as Jeff Lyford notched his 100th career point. Lyford had no points Saturday as Emberley made 31 saves.
“Harwood gave us fits all day long,” said Hurricanes coach Todd Bebeau. “Their goalie played very well, and we hit five posts. We had trouble moving the puck on the power play the whole game until that last one.”
The Highlanders led 1-0 at the first intermission on the strength of a goal from Adam Lamson, assisted by Belknap. Nate Lemieux scored from Jordy Allard for Hartford at 5:14 of the second period to knot the game up, 1-1.
Harwood went back on top 1:27 into the third period on Clayton Wells’ unassisted goal, answered by Hartford’s John Lewis 4:23 later, with assists to Atkinson and Borchert. Senior Mak Lyford made 21 saves for the Canes.
Hartford moves on to Wednesday’s quarterfinal at No. 3 Mount Mansfield, which dominated No. 14 Peoples on Saturday, 10-1. The Hurricanes beat the Cougars on the road on Jan. 11, 3-2.
Woodstock 3, Burlington 1
Woodstock — Braden McCarthy had a goal and an assist as the No. 4 Wasps beat the No. 13 Seahorses in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament at Union Arena.
Connor McCarthy and Luc Issa added scores for the Wasps, while Haven Lantz, Ben Orr and Brian Townley notched assists. Connor Black made 17 saves for the Wasps and Paul Truman made a whopping 34 for Burlington.
“He played a great game, but we didn’t play very well,” said Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock. “We spent too much time in the second and third periods killing penalties.”
The Wasps host No. 5 Northfield on Wednesday.
Bow 5, Lebanon 0
West Lebanon — The Raiders (6-10-2; 5-9-1 NHIAA Division-II) were shut out for the first time this year.
“We weren’t really ready to go from the drop of the puck today,” said Lebanon coach Gary Smith. “We were better in the second and third period, but we didn’t play a full 45-minute game and that hurt us.”
The Raiders play at Winnacunnet on Monday.
Portsmouth 7 Kearsarge 1
Exeter, n.h. — The Cougars fell to 1-9-1.
Duncan MacIntyre scored in the third period for Kearsarge, with assists to Will Aufranc and Bryson Barthol. Cody Rowe made 14 saves for the Cougars, who are back on the road Monday at Manchester West.
Lebanon 6, Concord 1
Concord — Loren McEwen’s hat trick propelled the Raiders (12-4) over the Crimson Tide.
The game started slowly for Lebanon, which was locked in a 1-1 tie after the first period.
McEwen scored twice and Karli Swenson (goal, two assists) once in the second period as the Raiders pulled away.
Emma Forman and Sage Ballard also scored Lebanon, while Michaela Schones had four assists.
Elle Brine had two helpers and Kyra Taylor and Lauren Goodell contributed one assist each for the Raiders.
Goalie Erika Moffitt made 18 stops for Lebanon, which plays at Berlin-Gorham on Monday.
Hanover 3 Berlin-Gorham 1
West Lebanon — Caroline Howell had a goal an assist for Hanover (16-2 overall, 14-1 league), which won its third game in two days.
Maddie Lyons and Julia Montgomery added goals for the Marauders, and Sarah Wagner and Kelly Brigham had one assist each.
Emily Gougelet made 16 saves for Hanover, which is back at home Wednesday against Oyster River.
Hanover 42, Hartford 34
White River Junction — The Hurricanes led 16-13 at halftime before Hanover came back in the second half.
John Flory scored 14 points and Rocco Linehan had 10 for the Marauders (11-6 overall, 9-6 league), while Kiefer Harrelson and Patrick McGrath led the Hurricanes with eight points each.
It was the regular-season finale for Hartford (6-14), which will likely be the No. 12 seed and take on Mill River in the first round of the VPA Division II state tournament.
Hanover plays at Bishop Brady on Monday.
Rivendell 69, Oxbow 33
Orford — Josh Marshall scored 20 points for the Raptors, who finished the regular season 17-3 while the Olympians finished 5-15.
Scott Calhoun added 17 for Rivendell as it clamped down defensively on Oxbow guards Jonny Ratel (14 points) and Matt Thomson (no points).
Both teams now await their seeding and first-round opponents in the VPA Division III tournament, which begins this week.
Chelsea 63, Sharon 30
Chelsea — The Phoenix finished the regular season 13-6 with an uninspired performance against the Red Devils.
Brandon Poulin scored 19 and Anthony Spinella had 15 for Chelsea (18-2), while Andy Bando-Hess scored 12 for the Phoenix in his first game in nearly three weeks for Sharon. Bando-Hess is enrolled for the trimester at the Mountain School in Vershire and is eligible for only a limited number of games.
Sharon awaits its seeding for the VPA Division IV tournament, which begins this week.
Stevens 54, Kearsarge 49
Claremont — The Cardinals trailed by 17 points after three quarters, then rallied in the fourth for their third straight win.
Parker Smith seven of his 16 points in the fourth, where Jordan Haines had eight of his 14 — including going 6-for-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Trent Noordsij scored 22 points and Carter Noordsij had 14 for the Cougars (3-15 overall, 2-14 league).
Stevens (8-10, 7-9) plays at Fall Mountain on Wednesday, while the Cougars are at Mascoma on Monday.
Marianapolis 71, KUA 64
Thompson, Conn. — The Wildcats fell to wrap up the regular season 19-6 overall and 14-2 in NEPSAC Class AA.
Malik Abu scored 19 points, Malcolm Brent had 12 and Oliver Tott scored 11 for Kimball Union, which now awaits its postseason seeding and first-round opponent.
Craftsbury 43 Whitcomb 35
Craftsbury, Vt. — The No. 5 Hornets played the fourth-ranked Chargers tightly, but lost to finish the season 14-7.
“It was close the whole game,” said Hornets coach Dennis Wood. “We were only down one (point) at halftime and three at the end of the third. We were in the game, but just couldn’t get open enough.”
Lindsey LaPerle scored 16 points and Phoebe Parrish contributed 13 for the Hornets.
Williamston 97 Windsor 72
Williamstown, Vt. — The No. 7 Yellowjackets held a 10-point lead in the second quarter before foul trouble to point guard Ashleay Wilcox triggered a comeback and eventual blowout win by the No. 2 Blue Devils.
“Ashleay got her fourth foul, and we went from being up by 10 to down by 12 with her on the bench,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said. “We were only down by a point (44-43) at halftime.”
Williamstown moves on to face No. 3 Oxbow in the Vermont Division III semifinals at Barre Auditorium on Thursday.
Woodsville 24 Canaan-Pittsburg 19
Woodsville — The Engineers held an opponent to fewer than 30 points for the sixth time this year while improving to 16-2.
Sam Thurston scored eight points for Woodsville, which trailed by four points at halftime before outscoring the Panthers 18-9 in the second half.
Hanover 61, Pelham 43
Hanover — J.J. Daniell scored 22 points and Lexie Hamilton had nine as the Marauders improved to 14-3 and 13-2 in NHIAA Division II.
“We rebounded well and had a lot of points on the fast break,” said Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke.
Stephanie Hinck added nine points and Eileen Daley eight for the Marauders, who visit John Stark on Monday.
Kearsarge 51, Stevens 45
North Sutton, n.h. — Anna Cahill scored 24 points as the Cougars (5-13) kept alive its hopes for an NHIAA Division III playoff berth.
Eleanor Angus added 10 points for Kearsarge, while Alexis Melcher led Stevens with 20.
The Cardinals finished the year 3-17 and 2-16 in league play.
Monadnock 59 Newport 39
East Swanzey, n.h. — The Tigers finished the regular season with a loss to the Huskies.
Stephanie Carl scored 10 points and Sky Curtis had seven for the Tigers, which was outscored just 30-27 in the second half after trailing by 17 at halftime.
Stevens Falls in Semis
Manchester — Top-ranked Pinkerton Academy beat Spaulding High four games to three in the finals as the Astros won the NHIAA championship tournament at Spare Time.
Third-ranked Stevens had a first-round bye before sweeping No. 10 Merrimack in the quarterfinals, 4-0.
Spaulding beat the Cardinals 4-1 in the semis, splitting the first two games before the Red Raiders won three straight.
Windsor Edges Hartford
Springfield, Vt. — The Yellowjackets nicked the Hurricanes 2-1 in a best-of-three final round that game down to the 10th and final frame of the third game.
Tristan McMullen out-bowled Hartford’s Owen Connor as the Jacks prevailed, 152-142, 144-149, 178-171.
Connor had a great day for the Canes, with high scores of 257 and 195. Hunter Brooks (178, 168) also bowled well for Hartford.
Deven Campney (191, 124) and Jeremy Brooks (155, 148) led Windsor.
Host Springfield beat Brattleboro in the third-place game.
All four teams now prepare for next Saturday’s state championship tournament at Twin City Lanes in Berlin, Vt.
Hanover Strong at MOC
Dublin, n.h. — A total of three Marauders placed in the top 10 at the NHIAA Meet of Champions, hosted by the Dublin School.
Colin Pogue placed third in 18 minutes, 43 seconds, and Chris Powell was seventh in 19:16 in the boys race, while Liesel Robbins (23:55) was eighth in the girls race.
Lebanon’s Emily Perryman (26:08) and Kelsie Atwater (26:10) were 13th and 14th, respectively, while Kearsarge’s Margaret Lee (25:42) was 12th and the Cougars’ Kaileigh Davis (28:51) 24th.
Lebanon’s Andrew Weitzman (20:20) was 14th.