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Hard Work Pays Off for Canes in Victory

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Hartford High girls hockey team came away with a 4-1 victory at Brattleboro last night, improving to 2-0. The Hurricanes peppered the Colonels’ net but ran into a hot backstop, said Hurricanes coach Nelson Fogg.

“Their goaltender played well but we were patient and that was a real good thing,” he said. “We didn’t get frustrated and kept banging away.

“I thought it was a workmanlike effort. We grinded out a win against a team we were much better than, and we did a nice job killing off five penalties.”

Caroline Miller gave the visitors a 1-0 lead off an Elyse Lindahl pass in the first period. Teammate Alexandra Fogg popped in an unassisted goal during the second period and Haley Grigel did the same after Brattleboro had pulled to within 2-1. Hartford led 3-1 after two periods.

Fogg closed out the scoring in the third period, knocking in an Elizabeth Bergeron feed. Beth Potter made 15 saves for the Hurricanes, who host Harwood on Wednesday.

Lebanon 9, Con-Val 0

West Lebanon — Kyra Taylor, a sophomore wing, scored twice and seven other Raiders also tallied in the rout. The Cougars are a first-year varsity squad. Lebanon (2-0), which received five goals from defensemen and led 5-0 after a period, hosts Souhegan on Tuesday.

Hanover 1, BFA-St. Albans 0

St. Albans, Vt. — Sophomore Sarah Polidor scored her first varsity goal, with assists from Katrina Menard and Sarah Muller. The left wing’s tally, four minutes into the second period, made 20 saves by Katie Fenton stand up and improved the Marauders’ record to 2-1.

Hanover hosts Exeter on Tuesday in its home opener.

Boys Hockey

Noble & Greenough 2, KUA 1

Deerfield, Mass. — The Wildcats got a goal from Niko Rufo but suffered their first loss and dropped to 7-1 at the Flood Marr Tournament at Deerfield Academy. KUA, which beat Salisbury and Deerfield on Friday, plays Westminster in today’s championship game.

Manchester Central 5
Hanover 2

Manchester — The Little Green held a 13-4 shot advantage in the first period, skating past a visiting squad still lethargic from its bus ride.

“We came out slow and weren’t prepared to play and they were flying,” said Marauders coach Dick Dodds, whose team fell to 0-1-1. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Central (2-0) opened the scoring in the third minute before Hanover’s Sam Carey answered 10 minutes later. The hosts went up 2-1 after another 12 seconds, however, and scored twice during the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Mike Yukica scored a third-period goal for Hanover, which surrendered an empty-net strike with a second remaining. The Marauders, who held a 28-27 shot advantage in the game and who received 24 saves from James Montgomery, host Bishop Brady on Wednesday.

St. Johnsbury 5, Woodstock 3

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — The Hilltoppers led 3-0 in the first period but the visiting Wasps (1-2) pulled within 4-3 in the third, thanks to goals from linemates Brady McCarthy, Connor McCarthy and Will Gault. The latter two each earned two assists.

Goaltender Brady Stewart made 20 saves for Woodstock, which hosts Lyndon on Wednesday.

Dover 3, Lebanon 2 (ot)

Dover, n.h. — The Green Wave scored four minutes into overtime to improve to 2-0, while the Raiders fell to 1-1. Ryan White pulled Lebanon into a 1-1 tie in the first period and Cam Broughton put the visitors up 2-1 midway through the game.

Goaltender Joe Grout made 36 saves but couldn’t prevent Dover from forging a 2-2 tie 12 minutes into the third period and on a power play.

“We played a really good game against an older, more experienced team,” said Lebanon coach Gary Smith, whose team visits Merrimack on Wednesday. “Our guys played really hard and really smart.”

Hartford 8, Lyndon 1

White River Junction — Brandon Gardner notched a hat trick during the Hurricanes’ season opener and John Lewis and Jeremy McGlone each added two tallies. Nick Terino also scored.

Jeff Lyford had three assists and John Borchert and Will Gardner each had two. Mak Layford and Teaghan Meeker combined to make 14 saves for Hartford, which visits Brattleboro on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball

KUA 54, Salisbury 44

Windsor, Conn. — Kimball Union defeated Salisbury on Friday to capture the championship of the Loomis Holiday Tournament. KUA advanced to the title game with double-digit wins over Suffield and Loomis.

The Wildcats led 24-16 at the half against Salisbury and never trailed. But Salisbury closed to within 44-42 with 3 minutes remaining.

Malik Abu lead the Wildcats with 15 points, while Devon Thomas addd 13 and Crew Ainge 11.

KUA grabbed 44 total rebounds, led by Abu’s 15 and followed by Devin Gilligan (eight) and Malcolm Brent (seven) contributed as well.

KUA (7-2) is off until Jan. 2, when Montreal’s Vanier Prep travels to Meriden.

Girls Basketball

Whitcomb 59, Mid Vermont 20

Bethel — Six Hornets scored during the first quarter and the hosts built a 17-2 lead. Point guard Nicole Begin had seven points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Ashley Stearns had 16 points for Whitcomb (2-0), which hosts Websterville on Tuesday. The Eagles fell to 1-2.

Indoor Track

Valley Runners Shine

Hanover — Oxbow’s William Heathman won the boys 55-meter dash in 6.77 seconds and Hanover’s Aidan Bardos captured the girls 600 meters in 1:42.43 during a meet at Leverone Field House.

Hanover’s girls team won the 4x400 relay in 4:22.34 and its boys squad was second in the 4x200 relay. The Marauders girls tied for second with Mt. Anthony in team competition.

Thetford Academy’s Cole Chapman was third in the boys high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches, and Oxbow’s boys team finished eighth, tops among Upper Valley squads.

On the girls side, Lebanon’s Kelly Ladew was third in the 55-meter hurdles at 9.36 seconds and Hanover finished second in the 4 x 200 relay at 1:54.99.

Bowling

Hartford Prevails

Springfield, Vt. — Hartford defeated Windsor in the team final to take a four-team meet at the Plaza Bowl in Springfield.

The Hurricanes swept the best-of-three team final, 193-170, 159-130. South Royalton defeated Brattleboro in three games (112-94, 96-99, 97-82) to claim third.

Two individual rounds were held to determine the seedings for the team final. Hartford was led by Ben Currier, who shot rounds of 170 and 202, and Owen Connor, who shot 154 and 244.

Windsor was led by Katie Comstock (136, 180) and Ashlee Bly (133, 180). Robert Ingham (119, 130) led South Royalton.

The teams take a break until Jan. 5, when Hartford hosts Rivendell and Oxbow. South Royalton faces Twinfield and Lyndon that day, and Woodstock visits Randolph, with Brattleboro also in attendance.

Women’s Basketball

FIU 64, Dartmouth 57

Miami — Florida International went 9-for-9 from the free throw line down the stretch to pull away from Dartmouth (1-8), which led 55-54 with 2:40 remaining.

FIU All-American Jerica Coley tied the game at 55-55 with 2:40 remaining after nailing a pair from the charity stripe and dropping in a layup on the next possession, FIU (5-4) took its first lead since the 9:04 mark en route to its third straight victory.

Dartmouth sophomore forward Abbey Schmitt led a trio of players in double figures with 13 points. Kamala Thompson and Milica Toskovic added 11 points each. Tia Dawson pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Dartmouth led for 37 minutes. The Big Green shot 43.1 percent, its best shooting percentage of the season, and won the battle of the boards, 35-30.

Dartmouth will stay on the road as the team heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette on Thursday.