Upper Valley to Send 14 Girls to N.E. Hockey Festival
West Lebanon — Fourteen girls from around the Upper Valley have been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s New England District festival next March as a result of their performances in tryouts earlier this month.
The district announced the teams on Dec. 1. Players from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island were eligible to audition for a roster spot.
The Upper Valley selections, by birth year (with hockey affiliation and hometown):
∎∎2000: Mia Brown, Hanover youth, Woodstock; Briland Laycock, Hanover youth, Hanover.
∎ ∎ 1999: Madeline Lyons, Hanover High, Norwich; Julia Surgenor, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden; Greta Close, Hanover youth, Norwich; Sarah MacCormick, Hanover youth, Norwich; Leslie McNamara, Hanover youth, Norwich; Lillian Stout, Hanover High, Norwich; Juliana Taube, Hanover youth, Hanover.
∎ ∎1998: Matti Hartman, Hanover High, Hanover; Eliza Laycock, Hanover High, Hanover; Megan Hayes, North American Hockey Academy, Hartford.
∎ ∎1997: Sabrina Huett, Rice Prep, Lebanon; Sarah Wagner, Hanover High, Hanover.
The festival is open to girls ages 14-17 and is part of USA Hockey’s player development program. The festival will be held March 27-30 at a yet-to-be-announced site in New Hampshire.
U14s Beat Selects
West Lebanon — Cate Wagner’s early third-period goal pushed the Hanover U14s to a 4-2 win over Seacoast United’s national select girls hockey team on Sunday at Campion Rink.
Katie Whalen and Briland Laycock staked the Wild to a 2-0 lead only to have Seacoast rally to tie the game by the start of the final period.
Amelia Lubrano assisted on Wagner’s eventual game-winner, and Maisie MacMillan clinched the win with a goal in the final minute.
Rose Sperry and Kate Wagner had assists in the game, and Kiely Smiga-McManus earned the win in goal. Hanover heads south for three games against Connecticut opposition this weekend.
Wasp U12s Bop Middlebury
Middlebury, Vt. — The Woodstock U12 girls rolled to a 7-1 win over Middlebury on Saturday to highlight a three-game weekend workout.
Audrey Lee and Hannah Coates both recorded hat tricks in the Middlebury victory, with Sofia Kantola going top shelf for the Wasps’ other goal. Rose Donaldson and Kantola also earned assists.
Clifton Park (N.Y.) inflicted a 6-1 defeat on Woodstock at Union Arena on Friday, with Coates getting the goal. Burlington handed the Wasps a 5-0 loss on the road on Sunday.
Hanover U12s See the North
St. Albans, Vt. — The Hanover U12 girls wrapped two weekends of games against teams from Canada and northern Vermont with a pair of ties against St. Albans on Saturday in back-to-back contests.
The hosts’ excellent goaltending played a key role in the 1-1 and 3-3 deadlocks. Bryn Kable twice rallied Hanover with goals, with Emma Tysinger and Elizabeth Barre also scoring.
Violet Sperry and Meredith Morhun both had strong games defending the Hanover net, and forwards Kendyl Boisvert, Kelly Citera, Macy Curtis and Rory Livingston pressured St. Albans throughout the contests.
Hanover spent the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 weekend playing Canadian opposition at Jay Peak.
The Wild dropped a 4-3 decision to the Ottawa Ice and a 2-1 result to Napean BB before riding goals from Barre and Maggie Lee to an avenging 2-1 defeat of Napean. Barre, Lee and Clara Boland also scored over the weekend at Jay, which ended with a 4-1 loss to the Cornwall Typhoons.
Woodstock Squirts Go 0-1-1
Woodstock — Woodstock’s two squirt teams posted a loss and a tie in action around Vermont last weekend.
Squirt White hosted CVSA and dropped a 6-2 decision at Union Arena. Caleb Morse and Dylan Deschamps provided the goals and Ethan Mello handled the goaltending, but the Capitals proved too strong.
Squirt Green took on an unbeaten Middlebury squad on the road and skated away with a 1-1 tie thanks to the goaltending of Ben Plottner, whose saves included a stop on a late breakaway. Charles Greene scored the lone goal for the Wasps.
Hanover PW Green Sweeps
White River Junction — Henry Bernard began the weekend with his second Granite State League shutout of the season, and the Hanover Peewee Green rolled from there to a three-win weekend with only three goals allowed.
Bernard backstopped Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of Henniker at Wendell Barwood Arena. Quinn Murnaghan’s unassisted goal in the first period would be all the Wild would need, but Jackson Stotland (from Brendan Brigham) and Cameron Woods (from Murnaghan) secured the victory.
Hanover won twice on Sunday, beating Back Bay 4-2 in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Mount Washington, 5-1, in Conway, N.H.
Stotland struck twice around goals from Carter Auch and Brigham in the opening win. Five unanswered goals from Stotland (twice), Tonio Correa, Auch and Jake Derosier clinched the afternoon defeat of the Eagles.
Woodstock PW Splits
Woodstock — Brady Clark’s four-goal effort enabled the Woodstock Peewees to salvage a split of their weekend with a 7-3 win over Keene on Sunday at Union Arena.
Jeremy Sigl dented the Keene net twice, and Charlie Plottner also scored for the Wasps. Sigl, Andrew Gubbins, Michael Cimis and Trevor White finished with assists for Woodstock.
The Wasps’ weekend started slowly with a 4-2 road loss to Middlebury. Henry Greene and Dylan Nault shared the goaltending duties and Sigl scored twice for Woodstock, which controlled the early part of the game before the hosts pulled away.
Squirt Streak at Six
Woodstock — The Hanover Squirt Green extended its winning streak to six games with an 8-0 blanking of Chittenden-South Burlington in nonleague play at Union Arena on Saturday.
Macsen Elkouh and Jordan Larson led the assault with two-goal games, with Ellis DeMars adding two assists. Spencer Lawe, Lachlan Simmers, Curtis Rice and Augie Oberting also found the net for Hanover. Aided by the defensive play of Connor Pollard, Riley Shepherd and Jack Gardner, goalie Jake Kriplin needed just three saves for the shutout.
The Wild’s run came to a close on Sunday in a 6-2 league loss to Keene at the Cheshire Ice Arena. Despite a 21-12 advantage in shots on goal, Hanover managed only goals from Lawe and Kriplin along with a Shepherd assist. Kaleb Maccioli made six saves in the net.
Mites Roll on the Road
St. Albans, Vt. — The Hanover Mites made the most of a long road trip with a 9-1 win over St. Albans B on Sunday.
Adam Murnaghan’s unassisted goal after just 37 seconds set the tone for the game. Corwith Simmers (hat trick) and Zach Miles (two goals, one assist) eventually led an offensive charge that included goals from John Murphy, Max Cary and Alden Turner.
Miles Oberting, Jack Stadheim and Jack Wilkinson contributed assists for the Wild. Andrew Dannehy had a good two-way game, enabling goaltender Mica McGinley-Smith to post a six-save victory.
In the Pool
Hiller, Cox Lead UVAC
White River Junction — Isabelle Hiller won seven events and Hannah Cox produced six individual victories to lead the Upper Valley Aquatic Club at its Winter Classic meet last weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Hiller, 10, of Woodstock, claimed her wins in the girls 9-10 age group. She won the 400-, 200- and 100-yard individual medleys, the 200 and 100 freestyle and the 100 and 50 breaststrokes.
Cox, 15, of Hartland, once again dominated in open competition. Her wins came in the 1,000-yard free, the 200 IM, the 100 backstroke, the 100 butterfly and the 100- and 50-yard freestyles.
Other UVAC age-group event winners included:
∎∎Kristian Hansen, 13, Hanover (boys 13-14): Won 400 IM, 1,000 and 200 free and 200 back.
∎∎Kersten Dirrane, 17, Rumney, N.H. (girls open): Won 400 IM, 200 breast, 100 breast and 200 back.
∎∎Sofia Gulick, 13, Springfield, Vt. (girls 13-14): Swept 200, 100 and 50 free.
∎∎Abby Leblanc, 14, Hartland (girls 13-14): Won 200 back and 100 fly.
∎∎Annika Clark, 12, Northfield, Vt. (girls 11-12): Won 100 and 50 breast.
∎∎Ella Pitts, 11, North Woodstock, N.H. (girls 11-12): Won 1,000 free.
Cox (six events) and Derrane (three) will represent UVAC this week at the Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. The three-day meet begins today.
On Two Wheels
Rhim, KMS Clinch Titles
Warwick, R.I. — Norwich’s Brendan Rhim topped Devin Wagner of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute over the weekend to win the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross, a win that also clinched the Men’s A Division championship of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference.
Racing for the Killington Mountain School team, Rhim took both weekend races to power the team victory. Rhim, a student at Hanover High School, missed the first three events of the 10-race series but dominated from there. His 640 standings points were nearly 100 better than runner-up Wagner.
KMS won the team title with 699 points, 30 better than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. KMS riders Jonah Meadvancourt (second, Men’s B) and Turner Ramsey (first, women’s B) over the weekend helped clinch the championship.
On the Diamond
Skills Camp at Dartmouth
Hanover — The Dartmouth College baseball coaching staff will host an advanced skills damp this weekend at Leverone Field House.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. on Saturday through 1 p.m. on Sunday, is designed to provide quality instruction in hitting, pitching, catching and infield defense from the Dartmouth coaching staff as well as other New England college and high school coaches. The cost for the camp is $175.
For more information, contact Evan Wells at email@example.com or (603) 646-9775.
On the Slopes
Whaleback TNRL Is Back
Enfield — Whaleback Ski Area has begun sign-ups 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.