Hurricanes Thrive at the Line
Hanover — The Hartford High basketball team welcomed visiting Hanover to town last night and then dealt the Marauders a 53-49 defeat thanks to disciplined play on both ends of the court.
The Hurricanes overcame a 26-20 halftime deficit thanks in no small part to committing just one team foul in the entire game while earning a 12-1 advantage in points from the free-throw line.
“We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the first half. A lot of it has to do with Hanover’s ability to defend really well,” Hartford coach Steve Landon said.
The Canes chipped into the lead, outscoring the Marauders 14-13 in the third quarter before tallying 19 points in the fourth to pick up the win.
Josh Claflin led the Canes with 15 points. Nick Fucci added 12, Cameron Gaudette had 10 and Chris Bateman finished with nine points.
Cyrus Rothwell-Ferrris paced Hanover with a game-high 19 points while John Flory added 11 points.
“Hanover is coached very well and they’ve very smart,” Landon added.
The Canes (6-3) host defending Vermont Division II champion Mount St. Joseph tomorrow night, when Hanover (3-4) visits John Stark.
South Royalton 61, Whitcomb 35
South Royalton — The Royals (2-3) used a big second quarter to pull away from the Hornets.
Nate Moore and Keanan Thompson each had 13 points to lead SoRo, while Matthew Fifield had eight points.
Stephen Davis scored a game-high 15 points for the Hornets. Bradley Allen had 10.
“We picked up our intensity on defense,” Royals coach Jeff Moreno said. Moreno praised the play of Ben Vesper (six points) who came off the bench to provide a spark for SoRo.
Rivendell 66, Oxbow 53
Orford — Nathaniel Eastman scored 15 points to lead the Raptors over the Olympians.
Cole Stever added 13 points for Rivendell while Josh Marshall added 11 and Luke Bell and Tim Stimson each had eight points.
Caleb Lafaille (14 points) and Andrew Lyman (12 points) paced the Oxbow attack. Rivendell led 30-25 at halftime and then held Oxbow to eight points in the third quarter to pull ahead for good.
Tomorrow night, Rivendell (5-1) hosts Sharon tomorrow and Oxbow (0-7) visits Lamoille.
Twinfield 94, Sharon 39
Plainfield, Vt. — The two-time defending state champion Trojans dispatched the shorthanded Phoenix.
Sharon played without starters Andy Dando-Hess and Brandon Tracy, yet played competitively in the first half before their lack of depth proved too much to overcome. Trenton Morrison led the Phoenix with 13 points while Ben Gross had eight points.
KUA 47, Proctor Academy 42
Andover, n.h. — Fiekah Fataar scored 25 points to pace the Wildcats, who won this one thanks to a strong effort defensively and on the glass.
Shannon Walsh added nine points and 10 rebounds for KUA. Gretchen Schissel, Katie Sanders, Jill Clark and Chloe Tyler each had key baskets to help secure the victory. The Wildcats finished 8-for-11 from the free throw line while Proctor was just 5-for-13.
Windsor 58, Stevens 32
Windsor — The Yellowjackets (3-4) made the most of their frequent trips to the charity stripe, collecting 21 points on freebies to beat the Cardinals.
Lindsey Clark led Windsor with 17 points while Annie Nelson and Nikki Kibling each had 10. Emily Charest had 13 points for Stevens.
“Both teams played hard. It was kind of an ugly game with a lot of fouls. I thought we did some nice things, but we have some things to work on,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said.
Hanover 1, Pinkerton 0
Derry, n.h. — Joe Cravero’s goal with just 65 seconds to play lifted the Marauders to victory at the defending New Hampshire D-I champion Astros.
With time running down in a scoreless battle, Cravero stole the puck in the neutral zone from a Pinkerton defensemen. After a 10-second battle for possession, Cravero earned a breakaway and then deked the goalie before depositing the biscuit in the basket for the game-winner.
“It was a beautiful goal to reward his effort in stealing the puck,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “It took 44 minutes to get that first goal, but we kept after it. The third period was our best of the game, which is rewarding.”
Goalie James Montgomery stopped 24 shots for the shutout in net for the Marauders (4-4-2 overall, 3-2-2 league). The Hanover backline played a strong game with Jin Kim, Gavin Ratliff and Nick Mullen all playing well.
Lebanon 6, Pembroke 3
West Lebanon — The line of Ryan White, Ryan Damren and Cam Broughton finished with 11 points to lead the Raiders (2-5) to their second victory of the season.
White gave Lebanon the early lead, scoring on a feed from Damren to put the hosts up 1-0. After the Spartans scored the equalizer, Damren answered with a pair of goals to give the Raiders a 3-1 lead after the first period. Mike Servant then scored his first career varsity goal in second period as Lebanon built a 4-2 lead heading into the final 15 minutes.
White then scored a pair of goals in the third period to cap the strong performance by the top line.
Damren had three assists to finish with five points on the night. White added a pair of helper to also tally five points. Broughton, Tanner Simms, Brendan Kelly and Donncha Coyle also had assists. Goalie Joe Grout stopped 23 shots for the win.
Kearsarge 5, Laconia 4 (ot)
Andover, n.h. — Tristan Rowe’s second goal of the game came with only nine seconds to play in the overtime and lifted the Cougars to their first home victory in two seasons.
Kearsarge led 4-1 midway through the third period before Laconia rallied with three late goals to force extra time.
Rowe finished with three points, also picking up an assist earlier in the game. Matt Pickman had two goals and two assists as the game’s high scorer. Ben Newbern added a goal while Delaney Stone, Ryan Beattie and Sam Tucker each had assists.
Goalie Nate Thompson stopped 31 shots, including nine in the overtime session, to pick up the victory. Kearsarge hosts rival John Stark on Saturday.
Hartford 3, Peoples 1
Morrisville, Vt. — The Hurricanes went on the road to beat the Wolves and improve to 5-3 on the season.
Brandon Gardner and John Borchert each scored to give the Canes a 2-1 lead late in the third period. Andrew Atkinson then added an empty netter to provide the final margin. Atkinson, Jeremy McGlone and John Lewis added assists.
Goalie Teighan Meeker stopped six shots for the victory. Hartford visits Union-32 on Saturday.
Kimball Union 9, Vermont Academy 1
Meriden — Gregg Burmaster’s four points helped pace the Wildcats (15-1) to a dominant home victory.
Burmaster finished with a goal and three assists. AJ Greer and Niko Rufo each had two goals as the KUA led 6-1 after the first period and 9-1 after two.
Brandon Cole, JD Dudek, Connor Evangelista and Matt Michaud also scored. Jonathan Charbonneau added three assists while Eric Megnia had a pair of helpers. Rufo, Michaud, Brenden White, Alex Carle, Casey Miller, Doyle Somerby and Cam Breely also assisted.
Northfield 4, Woodstock 0
Woodstock — The Wasps played the visiting Marauders tight the whole way, but fell to 2-6 with the loss. “It was a good, hard-hitting game. We had opportunities, but we couldn’t convert,” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said.
Goaltender Brady Stewart stopped 25 shots for the Wasps. Northfield scored once in each of the first two periods before adding a pair in the third.
Stanstead College 2, KUA 1
Stanstead, Quebec — The Wildcats crossed the border and lost a tough matchup.
Caroline Longpre, playing in front of her hometown fans, scored late in the game for KUA. The Wildcats then pulled the goalie for 40 seconds of 6-on-5 action, but were not able to tie it up. Morgan Walsh, Joanna Schafer, Maya Karosas and goalie Amelie Poirer all played strong games.
BFA-St. Albans 5, Hartford 0
White River Junction — The Canes lost to one of the top teams in Vermont hockey despite a 26-save effort from goalie Erin Hudson.
“BFA is traditionally really strong and they’re strong again this year,” Hartford coach Nelson Fogg said. “We had moments when we played really well. They play a unique style and the first time you play them it’s a challenge. I was pleased to see we got better as the game went on.”
The Canes (2-4-1) visit CVU on Saturday.
Forfar Named Top Rookie
Hanover — Dartmouth’s Ailish Forfar was named the ECAC Hockey Women’s Rookie of the Week after scoring two goals in a Big Green victory over Union on Jan. 5.
Forfar’s busy week included recording four shots on goal in Dartmouth’s 2-1 loss at Rensselaer the previous night and then tallied her first career multi-goal game in the Big Green’s 6-0 defeat of Union. Forfar also scored the game winning goal in Dartmouth’s 4-2 victory over Providence on Dec. 31, which marked the first goal of her collegiate career.