Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Hockey Splits Rare Twin Bill

  • Hanover's Briland Laycock. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Mount Royal's Jacinta Hogan. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Friday, December 29, 2017

West Lebanon — The Hanover High girls hockey team had its first two games cancelled by bad weather and had only one game under their belt entering the holidays, so the Marauders knew they’d have to make things up as time goes on.

But two games on the same day?

Friday’s Campion Rink doubleheader to close the Marauders’ holiday tournament came about when one foe, Maine’s St. Dominic’s, bowed out days before the tournament, with no available replacement. That left Hanover to face Vermont’s BFA-St. Albans and Essex on Friday, and the Marauders split a pair of 4-3 contests.

BFA took the opener with two power-play goals early in the third period to break open a 2-2 game. The first came 23 seconds into the final stanza, the latter hitting the twine after Hanover (2-1-0) took a penalty two minutes later. Briland Laycock drew Hanover within a goal with 29 seconds left with a teammate in the penalty box and the goalie pulled, but the Marauders couldn’t generate another shot.

Maggie Lee and Kelly Citera also scored for Hanover, Molly French earned two assists, and Citera joined Emma Tysinger in the one-assist department. Claire Yegian made 17 saves.

Hanover bounced back for a one-goal defeat of the Hornets in a game that started 90 minutes after the first one concluded. Laycock again came up big with two goals, including a power-play tally with 4:42 to play to break a 3-3 draw.

Citera and Macy Curtis provided the other Hanover goals. Bryn Kable and Clara Boland delivered two assists each. Meredith Morhun, Sage McGinley-Smith and Tysinger added helpers, and goalies Aiden Stone and Rebekah Rudd split 10 saves evenly.

After Friday’s spasm of game action, Hanover gets another week off before visiting Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) a week from today.

Northfield 6Lebanon-Stevens 0

Northfield, Vt. — The Raiders (1-4-0) stayed in the contest for a period before the big Norwich University ice and Northfield’s bigger roster wore them down on the opening night of the Brady Chouinard Memorial Tournament.

“The bigger ice was tough,” Lebanon-Stevens coach Brad Shaw said. “The first period, we played really well. The second period, we came out and were getting tired. They were a little flat.”

Goalies Halle Drew and Adrianna Maccioli combined on 40 saves for the Raiders, who were outshot, 46-18. Lebanon-Stevens meets Massena (N.Y.) in the consolation game at 1 p.m. today.

Boys Hockey

KUA 2, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1

Belmont, Mass. — Kyle Penney and Logan Cash scored on Kimball Union’s first two shifts of the game, and the Wildcats held on from there to beat Buffalo, N.Y.-based St. Thomas at the Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Tournament.

Penney’s goal found twine on KUA’s first shot of the game, a bullet from the left-wing circle. Cash then converted on a rush, but St. Thomas settled into routine and rode a nearly 50-save effort from its goalie to stay in the contest. Hugo Turcotte earned the win for the Wildcats, making 12 saves.

KUA meets Rivers in an 11 a.m. semifinal today, a rematch of last year’s New England Elite 8 title game won by the Wildcats. A win this morning would send Kimball Union to the tourney title game at 6:30 tonight.

Bedford 4, Hanover 2

Manchester — The Marauders dropped a tight battle with the two-time defending NHIAA Division I champion Bulldogs in the championship game of the Manchester Christmas Tournament at JFK Coliseum.

Hanover surrendered a pair of goals in the first six minutes to trail early. The Marauders answered on a Joey Goff goal, with assists to Hans Williams and Sylas Oberting, to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period.

The Bulldogs soon regained a two-goal edge before Hanover again got within one with a second-period goal from Owen Stadheim, assisted by David Lehmann. Bedford would add an empty-netter in the final minute after Marauders goalie Harris LaRock was pulled.

“Both teams had good chances, and there was some very strong goaltending,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “It was a good experience. I’m really proud of the way the kids responded. We played a really solid game.”

LaRock, Lehmann and Braxton McNulty were each named to the all-tournament team. The Marauders (6-1 overall, 3-0 NHIAA) host Nashua North on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball

Woodstock 56, Mill River 50

Woodstock — The Wasps claimed the MVL East-West Challenge title after outscoring the Minutemen, 22-1, in the fourth quarter.

Mill River scored 26 points in the third quarter and led 49-34 heading into the fourth. The Wasps turned to defense to spark the comeback, with senior Griffin Van Niel doing much of the damage. Van Niel (10 points) started the rally with multiple steals from the full court press that he converted into easy buckets.

“I underestimated how good we can play defensively. It showed today, we needed to buckle down and play full-court man and it really paid off for us,” Woodstock coach Joel Carey said.

Caleb Webb drained three 3-pointers and led the Wasps with 19 points. Christian Wood added 10 points. Woodstock (4-1) is off until it visits Williamstown on Jan. 9.

Hartford 61, Otter Valley 51

Woodstock — A 13-5 final quarter enabled the Hurricanes (2-4) to put away OV and take the MVL East-West Challenge consolation game at Woodstock’s Dailey Gym.

Hunter Gaudette sank five 3-pointers en route to a 21-point game for the Canes, who needed all of them against the Otters. Hartford never led by more than three points after any of the first three periods before OV finally tired out.

Hartford coach Steve Landon credited the play of junior guard Joey Batchelder on Otter Valley counterpart Dylan Mackie as a key to the Canes’ win. “I thought he was the best player on the floor,” Landon said. “(Mackie) had 13 points, but I’ve seen the kid go for 40.”

Batchelder, Pat Brady and Alex Valley all had 11 points for Hartford, which hosts Windsor on Wednesday. The game will be dedicated to late Hartford coach Robert “Stretch” Gillam, who died in July; all proceeds from the contest will go to a Vermont Basketball Coaches Association scholarship fund that has been established in Gillam’s name.

Sharon 65, Rivendell 45

Orford — The Phoenix (4-0) pulled away with 40 points in the second half to top the Raptors (0-4).

Sam Knoerlein paced Sharon with 18 points. Fisher Kelley added 13, Austin Gaudette had 12 and Cole Ward had nine points to go along with five assists. The Phoenix led by three, 25-22, at halftime.

“Cole (Ward) had a great game at point guard; he was the leader for us out there tonight. Sam (Knoerlein) did an excellent job pacing us on offense,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said.

Noah Martel had 11 points for Rivendell. Isaac Martel added nine and Owen Pelletier had eight points.

“It was a back-to-back with us playing (on Thursday), and we didn’t have a lot of legs in the second half. Not a lot going on for us tonight,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday when Sharon visits West Rutland and the Raptors visit Woodsville.

Fall Mountain 52, Newport 51

Keene, n.h. — The Wildcats nipped their nearby neighbors on the final day of the Keene State Holiday Tournament, denying the Tigers (3-3 overall, 2-1 league) on a bid to win the game in the final 10 seconds.

Newport couldn’t get a final shot off despite inbounding at midcourt following a timeout. Ethan Houde had his best game of the season with a game-high 19 points for the Tigers, and Cameron Gillespie netted 10 points to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.

The Tigers visit Windsor for a makeup game a week from today.

U-32 82, Oxbow 42

East Montpelier, Vt. — Jordan Hawkins had 30 points to lead the Raiders over the Olympians (3-1).

Ben Emerson had 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, to pace Oxbow. Lincoln Ilsley added eight points. The Raiders held a big rebounding edge and led, 40-20, at halftime.

Oxbow visits Springfield on Tuesday.

Sunapee 57, Leland & Gray 30

Keene, n.h. — The Lakers closed out their run in the Keene State Holiday Tournament with a victory over the Rebels.

Sunapee (3-3 overall, 2-1 NHIAA) hosts Nute on Jan. 8.

Girls Basketball

Mount Royal 40, Derryfield 36

Epping, n.h. — With Alexis Matte and Jacinta Hogan providing much of the offense, the Knights (5-1) grabbed a narrow win in their second game at the Epping Holiday Classic.

Matte scored 17 points, Hogan netted 14 and both players buried four 3-pointers as Mount Royal rallied from a 27-23 halftime deficit.

With only five players available because of vacations, Mount Royal will meet Oyster River this afternoon to close tournament play.

Rivendell 52, Oxbow 42

Bradford, Vt. — The Raptors (3-2) pulled away in the fourth quarter to top an improving Olympians team.

Mikayla DeBois led Oxbow with 18 points, all from behind the 3-point line, to go with six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Riley Thomson also had 18 points. Coach Hank Tenney praised the play of Casey Ghio, who had seven offensive rebounds.

“Ghio was a monster on the boards. She kept the ball alive for us so well in the fourth quarter and really stepped up,” Tenney said. “You have to give Oxbow all the credit for playing a great game, they made a nice run.”

Oxbow and Rivendell opened the season back on Dec. 13 in Orford with Rivendell winning by a 50-9 final score. Mariah Shumway (12 points) and Kaysea Neil (11 points) each beat that total for the Olympians in the rematch.

“We played them in our opener down there and scored nine points,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said. “To score 42 points, we executed our offense better tonight than we did two weeks ago.”

Each team hits the road on Wednesday when Rivendell visits Woodsville and Oxbow (1-4) visits Stowe.

Thetford 44, Hartford 38

White River Junction — The Panthers (4-1) used a 20-point fourth quarter to edge the host Hurricanes (2-3).

“We ran out of gas. It was a good, well-played game. They just pulled away,” Hartford coach Troy Guerin said.

Danielle Robinson had 13 points and Grace Davis had 12 for the Panthers. Morgan White (12 points) and Corey Lieberman (nine points) led Hartford.

The Hurricanes visit Lyndon on Wednesday. Thetford travels to Hazen on Friday.

Windsor 47, Mill River 35

North Clarendon, Vt. — Angelina Bigwood had 26 points to help the Yellowjackets (3-2) over Mill River.

Olivia Rockwood was held off the scoresheet, but had 15 rebounds and 12 assists for Windsor. Evelyn Page added seven points. The Jacks led, 27-14, at halftime. Coach Bruce Mackay praised the strong defensive effort from Page and Adriahna Prior.

Windsor hosts Newport on Wednesday.

Wyoming East (W.Va.) 55Hanover 17

Goose Creek, s.c. — The Marauders ran into the defending West Virginia state champions at the Carolina Invitational, unable to defend both a skilled pivot and Wyoming East’s accurate 3-pointer shooters as well.

“They had a legit 6-5 center and about six long-range shooters, so if you focus on the center, then they all start shooting 3s,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “It was a good challenge, and we were trying to work on things within the game to make us better. I doubt we’ll ever find a team as good as this one.”

Maddie McCorkle scored eight points to lead Hanover, which will play either host Goose Creek (S.C.) or Bonner-Prendergast (Pa.) in the Coastal Division third-place game this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 81, Brooklyn 71

Daytona Beach, Fla. — The Chargers turned a 47-28 rebounding edge into a 25-12 advantage in second-chance points to beat Brooklyn College (0-10) at the Land of Magic Classic.

Sophomore Dana Bean his 12 of 18 shots for a game-high 27 points for Colby-Sawyer (6-2). Junior Jourdain Bell had 21 points, and senior Taylor Grande contributed seven points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The Chargers close the tournament against Norwich this afternoon.