Local roundup: Hartford boys hockey drubs Northfield, remains perfect

  • Hartford High defenseman Connor Tierney is congratulated by Simon Spaulding (12) after one of his two assists against visiting Northfield on Feb. 5, 2022, at Barwood Arena. Hartford won the Vermont Division II contest, 10-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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Published: 2/5/2022 10:18:56 PM
Modified: 2/6/2022 8:01:17 AM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — With a hat trick from Gordon Willey and two goals from James McReynolds, the Hartford High boys hockey team dropped a 10-0 shutout on Northfield at Wendell A. Barwood Arena on Saturday to remain unbeaten in VPA Division II play.

Nolan Morlock, Joseph Barwood, Aidan Boonyaharn, Ozzy DeFelice and Jaden Poirier also scored, and Nick Daniels, Blaine Gour and Connor Tierney each had two assists for Hartford. Sean Kelliher made 14 saves for the hosts.

The Hurricanes (14-0-0) forced Landon Amell to make 40 saves for the Marauders (1-11-0). Hartford hosts Lyndon Institute (8-3-0) and Mount Mansfield (10-3-1), two other state title contenders, on Monday and Wednesday of the coming week.

Hanover 4, Bishop Guertin 1

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. — Senior Casey Graham had two goals and junior Jack Stadheim and senior John Hill a goal and two assists each in a confidence-building win for Hanover.

Jack Gardner, Spencer Lawe and Nick Lee each had an assist, and senior Dill Eisendrath made 19 saves in his first win of the season.

Graham’s goals came on a power play and shorthanded. He had 11 shots on goal.

Hanover coach Dick Dodds said it was a huge road win against a big, physical team that is always among the best in NHIAA Division I.

“We put together a solid game and earned a signature win for our program,” Dodds said. “The kids worked hard all week and that effort showed in the end result. We were bolstered by the return of senior captain Spencer Lawe and senior captain Curtis Rice, both of whom had missed several games each. They both played strong games and provided terrific leadership.”

Hanover (7-5) is at Keene on Wednesday.

Woodstock 2, Middlebury 2

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Wasps struck early on senior Evan Kurash’s goal 12 seconds, and a third-period score from senior Cameron Harriman earned the tie with the Tigers.

Senior goalie Keaton Piconi had 31 saves for Woodstock.

Woodstock (7-7-1) is at Burr and Burton on Wednesday.

Girls hockey Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 2Keene-Fall Mountain 1

WEST LEBANON — Stellar goaltending in the third period helped the Raiders even their record at 4-4-0 with a come-from-behind win at Campion Rink.

LSK goalie senior Paige Hoegler had 28 saves, including some key stops in the third stanza, coach Mike Sheehan said.

“Paige Hoegler shut the door in the third period, especially on two Keene power plays and in the closing minutes,” Sheehan said.

Keene grabbed a 1-0 early in the second, but senior Lily Gogan tied it less than a minute later. Senior Emma Leute got the game-winner with two minutes left in the second. Junior Olivia Pollard and Gogan had assists.

“It was nice to get in the win column after a tough few weeks,” Sheehan said. “We just need to channel our play from the second period for the entire game.”

Hartford 4, Middlebury 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Though Hartford had the better of play, Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at the 4:21 mark of the second period before the Hurricanes took over.

“That’s all it took to inspire the Canes to shoot more,” said Hartford coach Kylie Young about the early deficit. Her team responded with four unanswered goals to improve to 12-1-0 on the season.

Freshman Maddie Barwood tied the game less than a minute after Middlebury scored, with assists from freshman Emma Bazin and junior Sophie Trombley, who had a breakaway goal in the third for a 3-1 lead. The second goal, in period two, was scored by senior Brianna Roberts from junior Nedra Dwinell and eighth grader Braelyn Park. Junior Madelyn Durkee, assisted by Dwinell and Roberts, got the final goal at 13:10 of the third.

Young said they the Canes knew they had to bring their best against a strong Middlebury team.

“We knew we would have to come out hard and challenge them like any other team in the top of our division,” Young said. “They played us hard, but in the end we showed more strength, endurance and determination. They gave us a challenge tonight, and I was happy to see us answer in the way we did.”

Hartford is home to U-32 on Wednesday.

Woodstock 9, Stowe 2

STOWE, Vt. — Freshman Kassidy Haley had four goals, junior Isabel Konijnenberg netted a hat trick and sophomore Gracelyn Lapere offered four assists in the dominating win.

Sophie Yates and Lila Beckwith had the other goals for Woodstock.

Woodstock led 1-0 after the first period on Haley’s first goal, then opened it up with five more in the second, including two each by Haley and Konignenberg, to lead 6-1 after two periods.

Woodstock (13-0-0) is home to Middlebury on Wednesday.

Girls basketball Oxbow 58, Randolph 16

BRADFORD, Vt. — With scoring contributions from 10 players, led by senior Alexa Kosakowksi’s 14 points, the Olympians had no problem with the Galloping Ghosts.

Oxbow opened with a first-quarter advantage of 16-2, and it was up to 35-7 at halftime.

Senior Nora Fahey had eight and senior Emma Parkin seven for Oxbow (6-8), which travels to Lamoille on Tuesday.

Hanover 59, Bishop Brady 22

CONCORD — Stella Galanes had 19 points and the visitors concluded the regular season at 18-0 and atop the NHIAA Division II standings.

Melissa Whitmore had 10 points and Sydney McLaughlin eight points for Hanover, which has won 65 consecutive regular-season games. Its last loss was to Lebanon on Dec. 11, 2018.

Windsor 63, Burr & Burton 22

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets got 16 points and 10 rebounds each from senior Reese Perry and sophomore Sydney Perry to improve to 13-2.

Windsor took control from the start with a 23-8 first-quarter lead and held Burr & Burton to six points in the second half. Seniors Elliot Rupp and Peyton Richardson and freshman Audrey Rupp had six points each.

Windsor travels to Otter Valley on Tuesday.

White River Valley 35, MVCS 21

SOUTH ROYALTON — Wildcat juniors Ella Perrault and Shannon Hadlock were praised by coach Tim Perrault for their defensive work on MVCS stalwart Hayley Goodwin, holding her to 11 points, far below her 28 points per game average.

“We’re down to seven players because of illnesses and injury, so we knew we needed to buckle down defensively,” said Perrault.

White River led by 10 after one quarter, 14-4, and the game was about even the rest of the way.

Sophomore Tanner Drury led White River with 13 and junior Jillian Barry had nine

“Great effort for our team,” Perrault said.

MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said the Wildcats made it tough on his team.

“They’ve got some athletes that move well on defense, and they made us uncomfortable all game,” Goodwin said. “We dug ourselves an early hole in the first quarter and never really cut it to less than eight all game.”

White River (10-3) plays at home against Leland & Gray Monday, while MVCS (8-6) is home to Mount St. Joseph’s on Tuesday.

Mount Anthony 39, Woodstock 38

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps battled back from a six-point halftime deficit to tie the game in the third quarter before Mount Anthony got the lead late and hung on.

With about 30 seconds to play, senior Lara Tarleton nailed a three-pointer to get Woodstock to within one.

“After fouling, we had an in-bounds play at our end to win but got tied up in a jump ball, and they had the possession arrow,” said Woodstock coach Dennis Wood. “We really needed this win, but it was not to be.”

Senior Emma Tarleton had 15 points and sophomore Mikalya Myers eight for Woodstock

Woodstock (5-10) is at Hartford on Wednesday.

Newfound 57 Mascoma 37

BRISTOL, N.H. — The Royals went up against a strong team in Newfound and fall to 3-8.

The Bears took a five-point first-quarter lead and built it from there, leading 28-16 at halftime.

Sophomore Gabby Pierce had 13 for Mascoma and junior Madisun Lacasse, 7.

Mascoma (3-8) is home to Hillsboro-Deering on Monday.

Fair Haven 56, Hartford 42

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — Fair Haven had a balanced scoring attack with four players hitting double figures.

The Hurricanes were down five at halftime, 25-20, before Fair Haven opened up a 12-point lead after three quarters.

Seniors Emily Wright (11 points) and Beth Dobrich (nine) led Hartford.

Hartford (7-7) is at Rutland on Tuesday.

ConVal 47, Lebanon 46

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Morgan Bemont sank two free throws with a second remaining to lift the Cougars (9-9) to victory in the NHIAA Division II teams’ regular-season finale.

Lebanon coach Chris Boucher said Raiders center Ella Longacre sank a corner jump shot with two seconds remaining, but that the referees ordered the scoreboard to read four seconds when the hosts subsequently inbounded the ball. Lebanon’s Maddy Jewell fouled Bemont, setting up the decisive free throws.

Longacre scored 15 points and guard Catherine Cole had 14 points for the Raiders. Lebanon (12-6) finished seventh in the NHIAA Division II regular-season standings and awaits its opponent for a first-round game on Wednesday.

Williamstown 55, Thetford 51

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — The Panthers answered a 10-0 home-team run in the fourth quarter with a run of their own to get within three, 53-50, with under a minute to go but could not quite pull off the comeback.

“I was extremely proud of my girls tonight,” said Thetford coach Eric Ward, who noted the Panther defeats have been against teams with just a loss or two.”I think we will be ready when we hit the postseason.”

Thetford (5-5) is home to Spaulding on Monday.

Stevens 51, Kearsarge 42

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals woke up in the second half after being down, 26-15, at the break and outscored the Cougars, 36-16, the rest of the way.

Senior Tara Sullivan had 16 points, sophomore Kiley Bundy 13, junior Alyssa Paquette 10 and junior Stella Lavertue 9 for the Cards.

Stevens (11-2) is at Newfound on Monday,

Boys basketball Mascoma 67, Mascenic 43

WEST CANAAN — Ben Seiler scored 37 points, the most in a single game by any Upper Valley boys basketball player this season, to lead the victorious Royals (11-4).

The senior guard scored all 15 of Mascoma’s points in the first quarter, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer. For much of the game, he was outscoring the Vikings by himself. All of his points were on field goals — seven from beyond the arc and eight from inside it.

“He was getting good shots; he was coming off screens well and getting open looks,” Royals coach Silas Ayres said. “It doesn’t take too many open looks for him to get going.”

Mascoma travels to Hillsboro-Deering on Monday.

Pelham 72 Lebanon 57

PELHAM, N.H. — The Pythons snapped the Raiders’ 15-game winning streak going back to the second game of the season in a rematch of last year’s NHIAA D-II title game.

Raider coach Kieth Matte said the Raiders led early but slowly gave up the lead.

“They are a good team,” he said of Pelham.

Lebanon was ahead, 13-11, after one period, but Pelham took control and led at the break, 32-24, and extended that to 53-34 after three quarters.

Lebanon was led by seniors Jackson Stone (21 points) and Braeden Falzarano (18).

Lebanon lost its opening contest at Pembroke in early December before reeling off 15 straight.

Now 15-2, Lebanon concludes the regular season at home on Sunday against ConVal ahead of the NHIAA Division II playoffs, which begin Tuesday.

Hanover 61, Bishop Brady 57

HANOVER — Hanover finished the season at 5-13 but missed qualifying for the NHIAA D-II tournament.

Peoples 53, Thetford 42

MORRISVILLE, Vt. — The Panthers dropped to 2-9 and are home Tuesday against Lake Region.

Wrestling Two Raiders in Plymouth finals

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Lebanon was seventh at the 15-team tournament, sending 120-pounder Sawyer Beaulieu and 182-pounder Dustin Jarvis to the finals of their respective weight classes. Chris Kinne was fourth in the 285-pound competition.

Colby Shepard, the lone wrestler for Stevens, was third in the 170-pound class.

Also for Lebanon, Simon Amaro went 2-2 at the 170 pounds and Abigail Stone was 2-2 at 126 pounds. Lebanon (12-5) hosts Newport on Thursday in its regular-season finale, and the NHIAA Division III championship competition is Feb. 19 at Bow.

For Newport, senior Luke Bartlett (220 pounds) was 2-2, junior Eric Wilkinson (138 pounds) was 4-1 and junior Anson Ritondo (132 pounds) was 2-1 before leaving early because of illness.

Bowling Windsor third at Maple Lanes

CLAREMONT — The Yellowjackets were seeded third after singles play in a three-school meet with Randolph and Brattleboro and dropped its Baker match to the Colonels, 2-0 (185-164, 144-127).

In singles, Windsor senior Patrick Kelly bowled 208-205, sophomore Avery Bean rolled 225-141 and senior Bailey Eddy checking in with 137-149. Brattleboro won the finals, 2-1.

Windsor travels to Barre on Saturday to bowl against Fair Haven, South Burlington and Enosburg.

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