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Wasps Overwhelm Canes at Bouthillier Tourney

  • Phillip H. Bouthillier, who was a driving force in the development of hockey at Hartford High School, in White River Junction on Thursday, Dec.27,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Trevor White (22) takes a shot on Hartford goalie Ross McFate (30) in White River Junction on Thursday, Dec.27,2018. White tallied up two goals and an assist against the Hurricanes in the first game of the Bouthillier Classic. Hartford's Charlie Scribner (18) at left, and Jacob Derosier (16) at right help defend the goal.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jacob Derosier (16) clears the puck from the Hartford end as Woodstock's Charles Greene (15) pursues, in White River Junction on Thursday, Dec.27,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Charles Greene (15) takes a shot past Hartford defender Cody Chapman (11) in the first game of the Bouthillier Classic in White River Junction on Thursday, Dec.27,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Max Dodson (7) and Andrew Gubbins (5) block Hartford's Kyle Hamilton in White River Junction on Thursday, Dec.27,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Sports Editor
Friday, December 28, 2018

White River Junction — As befits a squad bearing the nickname Wasps, the Woodstock High boys hockey team is learning how to swarm its way to victories.

Riding quick feet and a dominant forecheck, the defending VPA Division II state champs buzzed to a 5-0 shutout of Hartford on Thursday evening in the first-round nightcap of the fifth Philippe H. Bouthillier Hockey Classic at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

Woodstock (4-0-1) established territorial control by the end of the first period and used it to wear down the Hurricanes (0-2-1) the rest of the way.

Trevor White scored twice and set up a third goal for the Wasps, who will meet Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal in tonight’s tournament final.

Playing their best hockey of the young season, the Raiders ran off three third-period goals to erase a 3-2 deficit en route to a 5-3 win over Burr & Burton.

The Wasps lost more than 60 percent of their goals from last season when forward Steven Townley and defenseman Cullen McCarthy graduated last June. Without go-to scoring sources, Woodstock coach Jon Chamberlin is emphasizing a team-first approach this time around.

As Wednesday revealed, it’s working.

“We had effort from all three lines tonight,” Chamberlin said. “We preach defensive zone first and out from there. I thought we were great in the D zone, really got on the forecheck and came at them hard all night.”

Young Hartford held its own through nearly the entire first period and should have hit the first intermission in a scoreless tie. The Wasps’ Charles Greene spoiled that with an unassisted something-out-of-nothing goal with 12.1 seconds left to get the visitors on the board.

White doubled the lead at 4:25 of the middle stanza, jamming a left-wing centering pass beyond the reach of starting Hartford goalie Ross McFate (21 saves over 2½ periods). The Canes’ defensive dam burst in the final period after the Wasps’ Andrew Gubbins converted a turnover just 12 seconds in. White and Field Willis added third-stanza strikes as Woodstock grabbed control.

The Wasps ultimately owned a 32-10 advantage in shots on goal, holding Hartford to just two attempts in the final 15 minutes. Senior Billy Mann made six saves as McFate’s relief.

“For the first two periods, we hung in there,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said. “We certainly had trouble handling the puck, but I thought we played within our systems and we were competitive. In the third period, really, the wheels came off the bus.”

Raiders Rally in Opener: Lebanon-Stevens-MRA (2-2-0) shook off a wobbly goal to open the third period and a slew of penalties that bogged the game down to overcome BBA (2-3-0) and return to the Bouthillier final after a one-year absence.

The Raiders and Bulldogs combined on 28 minutes in third-stanza penalties, including a major for each side and a game misconduct to Burr & Burton’s Jordan Eisenman for a hit from behind. The power play resulting from Eisenman’s penalties at 6:49 kicked Lebanon’s rally into gear, with Andrew Duany swiping a low-slot backhander home at 10:56 for a 3-3 tie.

Blueliner Trey Chickering put LSM ahead to stay with 1:45 left. Duany, who opened the Raiders’ account late in the first period, completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 55.6 second to go.

“Our guys battled, and they worked really hard,” Lebanon coach Jim Damren said. “They answered our directive after the second period. The penalties kind of messed up the flow of the (third) period, but I thought we skated real well and we did a good job of taking it to them.”

Joseph McCoy struck for two BBA goals, the second of which erased a 2-1 Raider lead in the middle period. Chickering finished with a goal and two assists, and Jonathan Sandmann scored with one helper. Hunter Robb stopped 23 shots for the win in net.

Ice Chips: Woodstock is the tournament’s defending champion. The Wasps are undefeated in their last 28 games dating back to the start of last season. ... Bouthillier’s wife, Mona, confirmed she’s wrapping up 52 years of off-ice Hartford High game-night work at the conclusion of the campaign. ... BBA and Hartford will face off in the 4 p.m. consolation game today, with Woodstock and Lebanon engaging for tournament honors at 6 p.m.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.