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Local roundup: BF connection conjures up a Hartford girls hockey victory

  • Izzy Stack

Staff Reports
Published: 3/10/2021 10:35:17 PM
Modified: 3/10/2021 10:35:16 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The route to the Hartford High girls hockey team’s latest victory detoured through Bellows Falls Union High School on Wednesday … and it took a little while to pump the gas pedal first.

Grace Bazin, Emma Bazin and Izzy Stack — BFUHS students all — scored in the final eight minutes of regulation to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over Burr & Burton at Wendell A. Barwood Arena. With the help from part of its VPA member-to-member roster, Hartford (4-4-0) matched its win total from the last three seasons combined.

Scorelesslef entering the third period, the visiting Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first through senior Miranda Eisenmann’s unassisted tally with 10:39 left. Grace Bazin matched that, also unassisted, about three minutes later.

The BF bunch combined on the game-winning goal, scored by Emma Bazin, with 5:01 to play on passes from Stack and Grace Bazin. Stack, a Hartford co-captain, clinched the win with an empty-netter in the final minute of play.

Zoe Pfeiffer backed up the win with 18 saves in the Hartford net. The Hurricanes, who alternated losses and wins through their eight regular-season games, will learn their opening VPA state tournament assignment on Thursday.

Woodstock 6, Stowe 4

STOWE, Vt. — Five different goal scorers paved the way for the Wasps (6-1-0) to close the regular season on a winning note.

Skylar Haley and Sophie Yates scored in the first period for Woodstock, but Stowe also struck twice to knot the score through one. The second period belonged to the Wasps, with Lily Gubbins scoring a pair and Kassidy Haley adding one goal to help the visitors to a 5-3 lead. Lila Beckwith added an insurance goal in the third period.

Isabel Konijnenberg had a pair of assists for the Wasps. Haley, Yates, Ava Dodson and Emily Dean had one assist each. Woodstock’s three goalies each saw one period of action with Novah Conway, Dodson and Meridian Bremel combining to make 13 saves.

BOYS HOCKEYHartford 8, St. Johnsbury 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Jacob Dwinell’s first career hat trick alone was more than enough for the Canes to beat St. Johnsbury in the regular-season finale.

Dwinell added an assist to finish with four points. Joseph Barwood had a pair of goals and an assist. Ozzie DeFelice and Blaine Gour had a goal and two assists each. James McReynolds added the final Hartford goal. Gordie Willey had an assist. Netminders Davey Bradley and Sean Kelliher combined to make 18 saves.

Hartford will open the VPA Division II playoffs on Saturday against an opponent to be announced on Thursday.

Woodstock 3, Rice 3

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Wasps (3-3-2) erased a two-goal deficit and gave up a one-goal lead, settling for a draw in their regular-season finale.

The Green Knights (6-1-1) scored twice in the opening three minutes. Andrew Gubbins got one back on a Field Willis pass before the break for Woodstock. Willis set up Charles Green’s second-period equalizer and scored on a Riley Shepherd assist to give the Wasps a 3-2 lead at the second intermission, only to have Rice equalize 20 seconds into the third period.

Woodstock finds out its first-round VPA Division I state tournament assignment on Thursday.


QUECHEE — The Eagles (7-1) hit the Pride (6-2) with a ton of Goodwin — all but two of their points came from sisters Sydney and Hayley Goodwin — and maintained second place in VPA Division IV with a game to play.

Hayley Goodwin had 29 points and Sydney 27 in the victory, the latter providing nine rebounds and six assists in what coach Chris Goodwin called “her best game so far.” Rachel Horner-Richardson provided the Eagles’ other bucket, and the MVCS defense held Danville to 14 second-half points.

Mid Vermont Christian closes its schedule at undefeated West Rutland (8-0) on Saturday.

Oxbow 47, Blue Mountain 27

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — The Olympians opened the game on an 11-3 run and never looked back to beat the Bucks.

Rachel Spear led a balanced scoring attack for Oxbow with 10 points. Emma Parkin and Abigail Carson had eight points each. Darcy O’Connell chipped in six points. The Olympians kept up the fast start in the second quarter, outscoring Blue Mountain, 13-4, for a 17-point lead at halftime.

Oxbow (6-2) visits Peoples on Saturday.

Boys BasketballWindsor 65, Burr & Burton 52

WINDSOR — Owen Abrahamsen erupted for 24 points to help the Yellowjackets improve to 4-3.

The Bulldogs held a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and held Windsor at bay until halftime. The Jacks scored 23 points in the decisive third quarter and then held the visitors to nine in the fourth to earn the win.

Abrahamsen had eight of his points in the third period. Jordan Place and Ben Gilbert had eight points each. John Cook added seven points.

Windsor concludes the regular season with a visit from Rutland on Saturday.

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