Wasps, Hurricanes Battle to 2-All Draw
Hartford's Jeremy McGlone, left, and Woodstock's William Gault compete for the puck during their boys varsity hockey match in White River Junction, Vt., on December 18, 2013. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford's Jeremy McGlone, left, and Woodstock's Brian Townley lead a pack towards the puck during their boys varsity hockey match in White River Junction, Vt., on December 18, 2013. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Purchase photo reprints »
White River Junction — Back and forth they went, two teams familiar with each other battling in the early season. Nothing was settled in the end as the visiting Woodstock boys hockey team tied Hartford 2-2 on Wednesday.
Conor Joyce put the Wasps in front early, scoring with assists to Will Gault and Dylan Kuhn as Woodstock led 1-0 after the first period. John Borchert then had the first of his two goals for Hartford in the second to knot the score at 1-1. Jeff Lyford and Jeremy McGlone assisted.
Ben Orr then put Woodstock back in front one minute into the third period with a goal off an assist from Kuhn. Borchert added the game-tying goal six minutes later, converting on a feed from McGlone.
“It was just a well played game by both teams, a good positive atmosphere and two quality teams,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said.
Hartford goalie Richie Morrill stopped 26 shots while Woodstock counterpart Liam VanHerwarde had 22 saves. Both teams hit the road on Saturday as the Canes (1-2-1) visit Missisqoui while the Wasps (2-2-1) head south to face Brattleboro.
KUA 5, Brewster 0
Meriden — The Wildcats improved to 6-0-1 with the shutout, exploding for a pair of goals in the second period and three in the third.
Tyler Bird (two goals, one assist) and AJ Greer (one goal, two assists) led the attack for KUA. George Sennott and Ben Finkelstein also scored while JD Dudek had three assists and Dom Franco had one helper.
Goalie Paul Leger had 15 saves for the shutout. The Wildcats play next at the Flood-Marr Prep Tournament; KUA won the holiday classic there last season.
Souhegan 10, Kearsarge 3
Andover, n.h. — The Cougars opened the season on the losing end despite hanging tough with the Sabers for much of the first two periods.
Senior captain Will Aufranc led Kearsarge with two goals and an assist. Duncan MacIntyre added a goal and an assist. The Cougars trailed 4-3 midway through before some untimely penalties allowed Souhegan to pull away.
Lebanon 8, Timberlane 1
West Lebanon — The Raiders’ top line combined for 12 goals and assists, helping Lebanon skate to the lopsided win.
Lebanon led 5-0 after two periods.
Ryan Damren had a hat trick with an assist, Tate Singleton had two goals and three assists and freshman Nate Gariepy had two goals and an assist for the Raiders in his first varsity game.
Lebanon senior goalie Joe Grout (17 saves) staved off an aggressive start by the Owls’ front line before Singleton finally got the Raiders on the board in the 10th minute.
St. Thomas 4, Hanover 1
Dover, n.h. — The Marauders dropped their season opener against the Saints.
Hanover trailed 2-0 early before Gus Lyons scored from Andrew Huizenga in the second period to cut the lead in half.
Mike Stinson (six saves) and Luke Ratliff (15) shared time in the Marauders’ net.
Hanover’s front line of Ben Hartman, Kordell Lindsay and Jonathan Goff all had strong games, Marauders coach Dick Dodds said.
Hanover skates at Manchester Central on Monday.
Middlebury 5, Hartford 0
Middlebury, Vt. — The Hurricanes (3-2) were blanked by the Tigers on the road.
“We came out a little flat,” said first-year Canes coach Marc Gattie. “They were the best team we’ve seen so far this year, and we just didn’t really know how to react.”
Erin Hudson made 26 saves for Har tford.
Kimball Union 3, Groton 0
Groton, Mass. — The Wildcats came out strong with two goals in the first period en route to a shutout victory at Groton.
Julia Surgenor and Joanna Schafer each scored in the early going for KUA. Groton rallied in the second but goalie Amelia Poirier (four saves) and the Wildcats’ defense were up the task. Hannah Madden added a goal in the third period.
Burr & Burton 8, Woodstock 3
Woodstock — The Wasps dented the back of the net for the first time this season, but fell to the Bulldogs.
Rachael Surrell led Woodstock (0-3) with a pair of goals. Ashley Sigl assisted on both and picked up a goal of her own. Hannah Tobey added an assist.
Newport 56, Mascoma 55
Newport — Down by 12 in the third quarter, the Tigers rallied to knock off the rival Royals and improve to 2-0.
The Tigers were just 8-for-22 from the free-throw line, but junior Zach Whalen hit all four of his opportunities in the final minute, the last pair coming with 10 seconds left to put Newport up by one.
The Tigers got the defensive stop they needed to secure the win.
Newport switched to a full-court press defense in the fourth quarter and executed a number of steals to get back in it.
Noah Wade, Spencer Coronis and Andrew Houde (23 points) all scored five in the fourth.
Justin Marsh scored 22 and Walt Hammond had 12 for the Royals (1-1), who led 30-27 at halftime.
Hanover 64, Goffstown 60
Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders (1-1) rallied from an 11-point, fourth quarter deficit to get their first win of the year.
Hanover went on a 9-3 run to close out the game, with Ben Herndon-Miller sinking a 3-pointer, John Flory scoring four points and Rocco Linehan (16 points) hitting a pair of free throws to close it out.
Tim O’Rourke scored 13 and Noah Huizenga had 10 for the Marauders, who visit rival Lebanon on Friday.
West Rutland 47, MVCS 44
West Rutland — The Golden Horde survived a night of extremes to hand the Eagles their first loss.
Austin Sayers did it all for MVCS with 19 points and 28 rebounds. Thomas Weiler added 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Joey Callahan led the Horde with 29 points on an incredible nine 3-pointers.
The Eagles play in the Websterville Christmas Tournament on Friday against Concord (Vt.).
KUA 72, Hyde School 49
Windsor, Conn. — The Wildcats opened the Bob Southall Basketball Classic with a blowout victory.
Maili Abu led KUA with 23 points while Crew Ainge had 15 and Duby Maduegbunam had 10. Oliver Tot returned after missing four games with an injury and chipped in with eight points and six assists.
KUA faces Salisbury School today in the second round.
Monadnock 44, Stevens 38
Claremont — The Cardinals slipped to 1-3.
Alexis Melcher scored 10, Kristen Dole had eight and Madelyn Whipple scored five for the Cards, who play at a Holiday Tournament beginning Friday at Epping High School.
Newport 38, Mascoma 37
West Canaan — Renee Magoon drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Tigers to stun the host Royals (2-2).
The game winner was just the second bucket of the night for Magoon, who finished with five points. Stephanie Carl led Newport (2-2) with 15 points while Kirsten Kibby added 10 points. The Tigers rallied back after trailing 30-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
Lindsey Thompson led the Royals with 12 points while Amanda Guerin had 10 and Dani Jones had six .
Lebanon 65, Man.West 22
Manchester — The Raiders exploded out of the gate, leading 23-4 after the first quarter to pick up their first victory of the young season.
Heather King (21 points) and Sam MacDonald (20 points) paced the Lebanon attack while Jenny Laramie added eight points and Joslin Wainwright had seven .
Exeter 56, KUA 55
Meriden — The Wildcats battled a flu bug rampaging the team to the tune of having just seven players dressed for the contest against undefeated Exeter, and suffered a narrow loss.
Abby Kelly and Miranda Judd rallied the Wildcats from an early 8-0 deficit while Taylor Ong and Shannon Walsh picked up the offensive burden late in the first half to knot the score at 26-26 at the break. Judd, Ong and Kelly then combined for six 3-pointers in the second half as KUA battled Exeter to the very end.