Marauders Make Early Goals Stand Up
Hartford’s Will Gardner, left, hits the ice as Woodstock’s Hunter Schmell surges forward last night in Woodstock. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford’s Nate Lemieux prepares to make a pass last night. (Valley News - Libby March) Purchase photo reprints »
West Lebanon — A day of giving ended with a classic battle between the Hanover and Lebanon girls hockey teams at Campion Rink last night. The Marauders made two first-period goals stand up for a 2-0 victory with backup goalie Katie Fenton stopping 20 shots for a shutout in her first career start against the Raiders.
After spending most of the day at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme volunteering for the Upper Valley Special Olympics Winter Games, Hanover earned the victory on the ice with Matti Hartman and Kelly Brigham each scoring in the first period. The teams raised $650 for the Special Olympics, donating both the entire gate receipts and the proceeds from a 50/50 raffle.
“It was a big crowd and a well played game. There was a face pace, lots of intensity. These are two very good hockey teams,” Hanover coach John Dodds said.
Hartman scored unassisted at the 6:46 mark in the first period to give Hanover the 1-0 lead. Kelly Brigham then added what Dodds called an “ESPN highlight goal,” after taking a feed from Katrina Menard in the Lebanon zone. Brighman then went one-on-one with a defender, cutting one way to get the defense to commit, before cutting back and firing a left-handed wrist shot into the upper corner of the goal.
With starting goalie Kelly Gaudet out with a hip injury, Fenton earned the start in net for the Marauders. The sophomore was more than up to the task. “Katie got the call for her first Lebanon game and did a nice job,” Dodds said. “Defensively we had a really strong game. Our defensive core really buckled down and limited quality scoring chances for Lebanon.”
Defenders Caroline Howell and Margeaux Baker had strong games, according to Dodds. Both defenses came to play as scoring chances were hard to come by for either team. Lebanon goalie Erika Moffitt stopped 20 shots in a tough-luck effort.
“It was a nice clean game, very entertaining. Both teams had their chances, but both goalies game up big,” Dodds added.
Hanover (14-1 overall, 13-0 league) hosts Bishop Brady on senior night this Tuesday. Also on Tuesday night, the Raiders (9-3-1) visit Souhegan.
Stowe 7, Woodstock 0
Stowe, Vt. — The shorthanded Wasps were no match for the Raiders.
Woodstock dressed eight skaters to go along with goalie Erin Tortollano (19 saves). “We had two forward subs and one defensive sub, so considering that the girls worked very hard,” Woodstock coach Jeff Sailer said.
Spaulding 6, Hartford 1
White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell to 3-10-1 with the loss to visiting Spaulding.
Alexandra Fogg scored for the Canes, with assists going to Haley Grigel and Allyse Mullen. Goalie Beth Potter stopped 21 shots for Hartford.
Hartford 6, Woodstock 3
Woodstock — The Hurricanes emerged victorious in this rivalry game, beating the Wasps at a packed Union Arena.
The teams were tied at 2-2 heading into the third period before the Canes scored three goals and an empty-netter at the buzzer to earn the victory. Andrew Atkinson had two goals for Hartford, while Brandon Gardner and Jeff Lyford each had a goal and an assist. John Borchert and Cam Lemieux also scored while Jeremy McGlone had an assist. Goalie Teighan Meeker stopped 15 shots for the Canes (8-6).
“We had our hands full the whole night. We had a nice third period for a big win for a our program,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said.
Woodstock took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Nick Donaldson. After the Canes scored to tie the game, Will Gault added a goal to put the Wasps back in front. Conner McCarthy also scored while Gault and Hunter Schmell added assists. Ben Orr stopped 20 shots in net for Woodstock (6-8).
“It was a good rivalry game, like we always have with (Hartford),” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said. “It was a good crowd; the boys played hard on both sides. Our guys played well, played hard. It wasn’t for lack of effort that we got beat.”
Lebanon 5 (ot)
West Lebanon — The Raiders (2-9) surrendered a 5-2 lead and lost in overtime as the Owls capped a dramatic comeback.
Brendan Kelley led off the scoring for Lebanon with his first career goal, with an assist to Donncha Coyle. Timberlane answered with two goals before Lebanon ran off four straight goals.
Dylan Gaudette tied the game at 2-2, taking a pass from Nick Haidari and scoring through the five-hole. Ryan Damren then added a power-play goal, with an assist to Ryan White. Coyle then scored after winning a face off. Cam Broughton then added a power play goal of his own, with an assist to Tate Singleton, to put Lebanon up 5-2.
The Owls added a pair of their next three goals on the power play and then scored at the 5:29 mark of the overtime session, scoring on a loose puck in a scrum in front of the Lebanon net.
Goalie Joe Grout stopped 37 shots and made a number of great saves, according to coach Gary Smith, including a number of nice stops in the second period. “We struggled tonight, we didn’t come ready to play. We have to learn how to win going away, that’s something we didn’t do tonight,” Smith added.
KUA 10, Holderness 0
Meriden — Niko Rufo had three goals as KUA (23-1-0) blanked Holderness.
Brandon Cole and Nick Roberto had two goals apiece and Gregg Burmaster, AJ Greer and Casey Miller had one apiece. Jonathan Charbonneau had three assists and JD Dudek two.
Thetford 50, Harwood 36
Moretown, Vt. — The Panthers (11-3) pulled away in the fourth quarter for a quality road victory over the Highlanders.
Shyann Josler led Thetford with 18 points. Tara Pellerin came off the bench and added 10 points while Michaela Pomeroy added eight points. Panthers coach Eric Ward praised the play of Pellerin and freshman Kayley Gray, who both provided a nice spark on the second unit.
“We were able to play a lot of different people,” Ward said. “Every game we get contributions from somebody different which is only going to help us in the long run.”
The Panthers led just 32-27 heading into the fourth quarter and then scored 18 points in the final eight minutes to seal the victory. Thetford held a big advantage from the free throw line, shooting 20-for-29 as a team while the Highlanders had just eight points from the charity stripe.
Hartford 37, Brattleboro 36
Brattleboro, Vt. — Taylor Johnson drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to put the Hurricanes in front for virtually the first time all game and Hartford (10-3) held on for the victory at the Colonels.
Johnson finished with a team-high 10 points, including the Canes’ only two buckets from 3-point land. Kelsey Kehoe added nine points and Stephanie Grobe had eight. Hartford coach Ed Kehoe commented on strong games by Kehoe and Heather Illingworth, who both did the heavy lifting inside helping to control the paint area for the Canes.
Websterville, Vt. — The Hornets won for the third straight time, jumping out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter en route to a blowout victory.
Ashley Stearns had 19 points for Whitcomb while Lindsey LaPerle and Reba Hart each had 13 points.
Burr & Burton 50, Windsor 38
Windsor — The Bulldogs rallied in the second half to beat the Yellowjackets (4-8).
Windor led 27-23 at halftime and then scored just 11 points after the break. Ashlee Dimick and Elizabeth McCabe each had seven points while Nikki Kibling had six points.
“We played really well in the first half, we played great defense. In the second half we made some mistakes with the ball, didn’t finish well. We need to find a way to take care of the ball and play 32 minutes,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said.
Hanover 61, Con-Val 50
Peterborough, n.h. — The Marauders (5-7 overall, 3-7 league) played solid throughout to beat the Cougars.
Liam Gantrish led Hanover with 14 points. John Flory added 13 points, Rocco Linehan had 10 points and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris and Noah Huizenga each added eight points. Ryan O’Rourke drilled a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points. Hanover led 29-26 at halftime and then outscored Con-Val 16-7 in the third quarter.
“It’s a good win, our backcourt was really strong tonight,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said. Linehan scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the frame.
Brimmer and May 68
Meriden — The Wildcats burst out of the gate, taking a 24-9 lead through eight minutes of action and then withstood a late charge by the visitors.
Malik Abu scored a game-high 33 points for KUA while Devon Thomas added 15 points and Duby Maduegbunan had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Wildcats visit Tilton School on Wednesday.
Union-32 52, Thetford 51
Thetford — The Panthers dropped a heartbreaker and fell to 10-4. Ian Weider had 19 for Thetford while Dominic Chatot added 12.
Websterville, Vt. — The Hornets battled back to take a 27-26 lead at halftime and nearly pulled off the upset at Websterville.
Each team made seven 3-pointers as Caleb Chase had four on his way to 14 points for Whitcomb. Matt Kill also had 14 points while Stephen Davis had 13 for the Hornets (1-11).
Randolph — The Yellowjackets edged the host Galloping Ghosts for the victory yesterday, winning two of three games in the final round.
Ashlee Bly had games of 172 and 163 for Windsor while teammate Katey Comstrock had a 164. Randolph’s Branden Young had the high game of the afternoon with a 192 while Oxbow’s Jeremy Daigle had a 166.
Windsor overcame a slow start in the preliminary round to beat Essex in the opener of the head-to-head matches. Randolph beat Oxbow in the other first round match. The Jacks stand at No. 2 in the 10-team standings of Vermont programs and will bowl next on Saturday at Brattleboro.
Hartford Sweeps at Home
White River Junction — The hometown Hurricanes rolled over visiting South Royalton and Brattleboro for a the victory.
Colin Drake led the way with games of 218 and 186 for Hartford. Owen Connor added a 202 and a 173 while Ben Currier had 186 and 148. Robert Ingram rolled a 133 and a 125 for the Royals.
South Royalton tied Brattleboro at 99-99 in the first match of the Baker system first round, and then won 48-26 in a roll-off. After dropping the second game to the Colonels, the Royals won 110-93 in the rubber game to set up a match with Hartford in the finals. The Canes then won by scores of 191-87 and 144-110 in the championship match.
Barre, Vt. — The Raptors earned their first win of the season at Barre Twin City Lanes.
Hunter Garduno led Rivendell with scores of 148 and 146 to pace the Raptors in the first two rounds. Rivendell then won two of three games over Lyndon in the finals to claim the victory.
At Souhegan Sprints
Gilford, n.h. — The Marauders competed at a 1-kilometer sprint event hosted by Souhegan at Gunstock Nordic Center.
Tucker Cadow took second place for Hanover, just behind Souhegan’s Jason Bender. Colin Pogue added a fifth place finish, while Galen Richardson, Max Munafo, Fletcher Passow and Lars Thoms also skied well, according to Hanover coach Tom Masterson.