Hanover U12 Girls Take Second at UA Tournament
Woodstock — The Hanover U12 girls hockey team took on strong competition from around the Upper Valley as well as New England in claiming the runner-up position in the 12AA division of the Union Arena Veterans Day Tournament over the weekend.
After opening the season with a three-win weekend against Burlington and St. Albans in which it outscored the opposition 19-6, the Wild kept up the beat at UA. The eventual division champion New England Falcons inflicted a 7-0 loss on Hanover to open the tournament, but the Wild moved forward from that point until a 6-0 defeat to New England in Monday’s championship showdown.
After the initial defeat, the Wild knocked off Concord 3-1 behind goals from Kelly Citera, Molly French and Emma Tysinger. Hanover dropped a 4-2 contest to the Vermont Stars next, with Tysinger and Bryn Kable providing the strikes.
Despite the defeat, the Wild drew the Stars in a semifinal rematch and rallied for a 3-2 overtime win to make the finals. Down 2-0 in the third period, Kable converted a Citera rebound after four minutes, and Maggie Lee forced overtime with 30 seconds left with an extra-attacker goal assisted by Clara Boland. Lee settled the affair in the four-on-four overtime, banging home a Citera rebound.
Jacqueline Gour and Cici Barton backstopped the U12s in goal. Elizabeth Barre, Violet Sperry, Kendyl Boisvert, Macy Curtis, Rory Livingston and Meredith Morhun also contributed to Hanover’s effort.
Woodstock U12s Skate in Tourney
Woodstock — The Woodstock U12s also joined in the Veterans Day Tournament, dropping three games in the 12B division.
The Wasps ran into two strong teams to open the tourney, falling to the Newton (Mass.) Dragons, 7-0, and the New Hampshire Avalanche, 9-0. Woodstock also took the Connecticut Northern Lights to a shootout, sustaining a 3-2 loss despite goals from Audry Lee and Khara Brettell to support the goaltending of Bridget Black.
The Wasps closed the weekend with a 3-2 overtime defeat of the Hanover U10s, getting goals from Hannah Coates and Brettell and a winning breakaway tally from Rose Donaldson.
Wasp U14s Go 1-3
Woodstock — The Woodstock U14 girls won one of four contests during their weekend in the Union Arena Veterans Day Tournament.
The Wasps started with a 5-0 loss to Hanover U14, but bounced back with a 2-1 defeat of the Wellesley (Mass.) Raiders on Saturday. Brittany Richard set up Halle Clark’s goal and netted the game-winner. Lauren Forgione also earned an assist for the Wasps.
Woodstock closed the tourney with a 4-0 loss to the Hanover Indians on Saturday and a 5-0 defeat to the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday.
Hanover Peewees Win
West Lebanon — A pair of first-period goals powered Hanover Peewee Green to a 4-2 win over Keene at Campion Rink on Sunday.
Rowan Wilson put the Wild on the board with an assist from Quinn Murnaghan, and Hanover doubled its edge on a Jackson Stotland goal, set up by Cameron Woods, before the first stanza ended. The Wild picked up the scoring with a pair of strikes in the third period from Stotland and Tonio Correa, the latter into an empty net.
Henry Bernard picked up the win in goal, aided by strong defensive play from Sam Seelig and Joey Goff. Carter Auch, Brendan Brigham and Jacob Derosier all kept up the pressure on the Keene net.
Woodstock Tops CVSA Capitals
Montpelier — With Henry Greene and Dylan Nault producing a superior effort in the goal, the Woodstock Peewees visited CVSA and came home with a 3-1 victory over the weekend.
Jeremy Sigl, Brady Clark and Gunnar Wood produced the markers for Woodstock, with Clark, Sigl and Kyle Hamilton producing assists.
Woodstock faces a busy weekend, with dates against Essex, Barre and Lyndon.
Wild Squirts Sweep
White River Junction — Hanover Squirt Green made itself at home at Wendell Barwood Arena last weekend, taking victories over the New Hampshire Avalanche on Saturday, 6-2, and the Essex Sting on Sunday, 4-2.
The Wild owned a 29-9 shots edge in the win over the Avs, a victory guaranteed by a three-goal final period. Ellis DeMars, Casey Graham, Lachlan Simmers, Riley Shepherd, Spencer Lawe and Augie Oberting struck the twin, with DeMars also setting up two goals and Graham and Simmers both assisting once.
Bridger Close joined Lawe, DeMars and Graham in the goal-scoring department against Essex, with Shepherd and Jacob Kriplin assisting. Kaleb Maccioli posted the goaltending wins in both games, keyed by Jack Gardner and Curtis Rice on the blue line.
Woodstock Squirts Fall
Manchester, Vt. — Despite strong play in goal from netminder Ben Plottner, the Woodstock Squirts opened a two-loss weekend on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Northshire Bulldogs.
Plottner kept the Wasps in the contest, with teammate Charles Greene providing Woodstock’s only goal.
The Wasps also dropped a 5-3 decision to the Upper Valley Storm at Wendell Barwood Arena on Sunday. Greene scored twice, Henry Trimpi provided the Wasps’ other goal and Plottner put on another clinic in the Woodstock net.
On the Slopes
Whaleback TNRL Returning
Enfield — The Whaleback Ski Area has begun signups for one of the mountain’s traditional events, the Thursday Night Race League.
The league features A, B and C divisions for skiers and riders of all abilities. The season will start with a Jan. 2 time trial to determine league assignments, with weekly dual slalom racing scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. Teams are made up of four skiers, with at least one competitor of each gender on the roster. The cost to participate is $500 per team or $125 per individual, and the deadline to register is Dec. 12.
Registration is also under way for other Whaleback ski programs, including after-school recreation skiing, Mini-Core development squad and Core Team competitive squad. Visit www.whaleback.com for more information.
On the Mat
Winter Blue Wave TKD Classes
Hanover — Hanover Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do has kicked off its winter session of instruction in this traditional Korean Martial art at the R.W. Black Community Center.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at 5:30 p.m. for children ages 7 and older and 6:30 p.m. for adults. Led by World TKD Federation-accredited instructors Linda Smith-Blais and Stephen Hopkins, participants will learn board breaking, trick kicking, Olympic-style sparring and other skills. Visitors are welcome to observe classes at any time.
For more information, contact Hopkins at email@example.com or 603-306-9132.
On the Run
Groff Runs for Pie
Grantham — Adam Groff outpaced Rob Edson in a matchup of Hanover runners to claim the Eastman Run for Pie 5K on Saturday.
Groff, 37, produced a winning tiem of 17 minutes, 50 seconds, to better Edson, 50, by 20 seconds. Grantham’s Rodwell Mabaera, 34, was third in 19:24. Hanover’s Cindy Edson, 46, won the women’s division in 21:24, good for 11th place overall.
The top 50 finishers from the race can be found in the chart on this page.
On the Trails
Baker’s Crossing Walk
Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will lead a easy and scenic quarter-mile walk in the Baker’s Crossing Conservation Area on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Participants are asked to meet at the Baker’s Crossing parking area, on Hardy Hill Road just east of the Packard Hill Covered Bridge, to join the walk, which is free.