Local Roundup: Hartford Boys Skate Into Win Column

  • Hartford's A.J. DeBois.

Published: 1/16/2019 11:08:35 PM

White River Junction — The pieces finally came together for the Hartford High boys hockey team.

Goaltender Ross McFate earned a shutout to lead the Hurricanes to their first win of the season, a 1-0 win over Brattleboro on Wednesday night at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Canes, who have just six in seven games, but the hosts got on the board in the waning seconds of the second period on a shorthanded strike from A.J. DeBois. The sophomore forward picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and streaked down the ice before firing a low rocket into the bottom corner of the net with 42 seconds left in the period.

McFate (27 saves) and the Hartford defense took over from there to preserve the narrow lead. McFate made 15 saves in the third period alone to help the Canes withstand a desperate barrage by the Colonels. Hartford successfully killed back-to-back penalties in the third to hold the advantage.

“(McFate) stood tall in the third, he was great for us,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said. “I’m really pleased with the effort tonight. It’s been a tough start to the season as far as wins and losses go. The kids deserved to win; they were the better team tonight. They should take a deep breath and feel good about what they accomplished.”

Hartford (1-5-1) is off until Monday, when the Canes host Missisquoi.

Deerfield 4, Kimball Union 1

Deerfield, Mass. — The hosts took a 2-0 lead in the first period and held on to beat the Wildcats (14-4-0).

Sullivan Mack scored for KUA in the second period to make the score 3-1 in favor of Deerfield.

The Wildcats will host Brewster Academy on Friday night.

Girls Hockey

Kimball Union 4Vermont Academy 2

Meriden — Four different goal-scorers helped the Wildcats (6-3-1) to a home victory.

Ashley Penney, Olive Scull and Mikah Baptiste each had a goal and an assist for KUA. Molly Davis added a goal and Taylor Coburn had an assist. Goalie Shannon Moran made 16 saves for the win.

KUA hosts St. Paul’s School on Friday.

Boys Basketball

Randolph 65, Oxbow 59

Bradford, Vt. — The Galloping Ghosts took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Olympians 26-13, to earn the win.

“It seemed like they made a lot of shots at a very high percentage (in the third quarter),” Oxbow coach Steve Carson said. “Randolph always plays really hard and they always play great defense.”

Bryce Ilsley had 25 points for the Olympians. Matt Emerson added eight points and Adam Maxwell had six. Oxbow (6-2) hosts rival Thetford on Friday night.

Vermont Academy 87Kimball Union 72

Rockingham, Vt. — Enoch Cheeks had 24 points but the Wildcats fell in a high-scoring battle at Vermont Academy. Will Engelhardt added 22 points and Marc Dolgin had 12.

Girls Basketball

Kimball Union 52, Tilton 44

Meriden — The Wildcats (5-6) got a game-high 21 points from Maddy Haynes to top the Rams. The two teams will play again on Monday, this time in Tilton.

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