MONTPELIER — The Burr and Burton boys hockey team avenged an earlier loss by skating to a 6-1 victory over U-32 on Wednesday. The Bulldogs grabbed a 3-1 lead in the first period. They added two more goals in the second period and another in the third period.
“We just couldn’t put it together,” U-32 coach Shane Locke said. “We couldn’t buy a bounce or anything. It’s just one of those games that gets away from you.”
Brady Hill scored for U-32 and teammate Kolby Tanner made 31 stops in goal. The Bulldogs were paced by Jakub Mulack (two goals, one assist), while goalie Ethan Simmonds made 16 saves.
U-32 (2-7-2) will travel to play Missisquoi at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Mount Mansfield 2,
BURLINGTON — Macauley Bernier and Will Hauf scored for the Cougars during Wednesday’s shutout victory over the Marauders. Patrick Burke and Jake Vance tallied assists, while goalie Joseph Mascolino made nine saves for MMU (7-3-1). Goalie Dylan Partlow stopped 24 shots for the Marauders. Northfield (3-8) will host Woodstock at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Harwood 1, Hartford 0
WATERBURY — The Highlanders triumphed behind a Jacob Green goal with a minute remaining in the second period. Jake Wells and Skylar Platt tallied assists and Sean Russell made 22 saves in net. Ross McFate stopped 21 for the Hurricanes. Harwood (6-3-3) will host St. Johnsbury on Saturday at 6 p.m.
U-32 4, Spaulding 0
BARRE — The Raiders rolled over the injury-plagued Crimson Tide on Wednesday.
Jenna Mekkelsen got things going for U-32 with a first-period breakaway goal. Rene Robert popped in another shot to make it 2-0 after the first period. In the second period, Cece Curtin scored from Robert, and then Robert scored on a Jordon Kellett assist. Goalie Brianna Rich made 18 saves for the Raiders, while Amber McGinley stopped 27 shots for the Tide.
“We played pretty well the first two periods,” U-32 coach Larry Smith said. “We started rolling all the lines in the second and into the third, trying to get a little more ice time for some of the newer girls. I think the girls were really trying to pass the puck and set up some of them for goals. (Spaulding) had some opportunities and they had a couple of breakaways. Brianna definitely stood tall in the net again. But when we got it down in the offensive zone I thought we possessed it pretty well. And Jenna Mekkelsen had a really good game. She really hustled and played well tonight.”
The Raiders (8-4-1) will travel to play Woodstock a 6:50 p.m. Wednesday. The Tide (2-11-1) will host Stowe at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Burr and Burton 2
WATERBURY — The Highlanders snapped a six-game winless streak by defeating the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Harwood’s players and coaches also helped bring attention to Hannah’s House, a nonprofit mental health care center. The Highlanders held a 1-0 lead after the first period and were up 3-1 by the second intermission.
“It was back and forth,” Harwood coach Mike Vasseur said. “They came right at us and it was never a sure thing because they were playing hard. And at times we made poor passing decisions.”
The Highlanders featured goals from April Tousignant, Hailey Brickey, Kailie French and Lilianna Ziedins. Harwood goalie Kaylee Thayer stopped 31 shots. Stella Turner and Julia Fillion scored for BBA and goalie Lola Herzog stopped 35 shots.
“It was good to get a win again — it had been quite awhile,” Vasseur said. “We also celebrated Hannah’s House tonight, so that was really good to have that awareness that that is out there to help kids and people who need help. So I think it was a pretty good night,”
Harwood (5-6-1) will travel to play CVU at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
U-32 68, Harwood 48
DUXBURY — The Highlanders jumped out to an 11-0 lead but the Raiders owned the second half during Wednesday’s runaway victory.
“We were a little slow going in the beginning, but then we picked up our defensive energy and enthusiasm and things started to turn around,” Raiders coach Dan Gauthier said.
Jordan Hawkins (20 points, four rebounds) and Bryson Richards (11 points, six assists) paced U-32, which closed the gap to 17-12 entering the second quarter. Harwood led 31-29 at the break before U-32 outscored Harwood 27-9 in the third quarter.
“It was a hard-fought first half,” Harwood coach Mike Woods said. “Then they came out in the second half and ramped up their defensive pressure, especially with their press, and we just couldn’t handle it. They turned us over a bunch and got a lot of easy transition baskets.”
Anthony Engelhard and Alec Lemieux added six points apiece in the victory. Noah McLane (five points), Carter Pelzel (four points, six rebounds, five blocks) and Owen Kellington (four points) rounded out U-32’s leading scorers.
Jasper Koliba and Andrew Proteau both scored 10 points for Harwood. They received scoring support from Max Hill (eight points), Will Lapointe (seven points), Charlie Zschau (seven points) and Michael Fuller (four points).
It was all Harwood at the start, as Zschau opened the scoring. Max Hill added a putback and Koliba drove toward the hoop for another basket. Lapointe scored on the next possession and Koliba followed with a 3-pointer, giving HU an 11-0 lead with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
After the Raiders called a timeout, Pelzel scored four quick points and then Hawkins trimmed the deficit to 11-6. Proteau crashed the offensive glass after missing an easy attempt and converted the putback for a 13-6 lead.
At the opposite end, Engelhard added a foul shot and Hawkins made another layup. Fuller pushed Harwood in front 15-9 before Richards buried a 3-pointer. Zschau set up Proteau to send HU into the second quarter with a 17-12 advantage.
A 3-pointer from McLane gave U-32 a big boost to start the second quarter. Lapointe kept Harwood safely ahead before a Hawkins 3-pointer made it 19-18 with 6:10 left in the first half. Koliba and Hawkins traded baskets, and then Ezra Samuel and Proteau teamed up on a give-and-go for a 23-20 lead.
Richards tied the game with a 3-pointer, Lemieux gave U-32 a 25-23 lead and Zschau answered back 10 seconds later. Hawkins had the hot hand again for U-32, helping his team plow ahead 29-25. Lapointe responded with a basket and then Proteau followed up his own miss for another putback, knotting the score at 29. Koliba scored his ninth point of the first half to give HU a 31-29 lead entering the break.
Englehard kicked off the second half with a 3-pointer and Koliba tied the game with a foul shot. Pelzel and Proteau scored at opposite ends, Englehard drove in for a layup in transition and Hawkins added a putback for a four-point U-32 lead. Hill made a foul shot and a 3-pointer to knot the score at 38, but U-32 countered quickly.
Engelhard scored, Richard dropped in a 3-pointer and Engelhard scored again, extending the lead to 45-38. A Kellington layup and a more magic from Hawkins helped U-32 surge ahead 52-38. Harwood called a timeout with 2:00 left in the third quarter and Hill scored, giving his team a glimmer of hope. But Engelhard made two foul shots with 1:13 on the clock and Kellington’s turnaround jumper extended the lead to 56-40 to close out the quarter.
Lemieux kept the Raiders in control at the start of the fourth quarter, with McLane and Aiden Hawkins adding some late insurance. U-32 (8-3) will travel to play Lake Region at 7 p.m. Friday. Harwood (4-7) will host Thetford the same day.
BRADFORD — The Solons bounced back from a lackluster third quarter to hand the Olympians their fifth straight loss Wednesday.
Montpelier’s top scorers were Tyler Ricker (22 points), Leo Riby-Williams (12 points, 13 rebounds) and David Ackerson (11 points). Jonah Cattaneo and Will Bruzzese added seven points apiece in the victory.
Matt Emerson (17 points), Orin Mahikoa (12 points) and Bryce Ilsley (10 points) paced Oxbow. The Olympians trailed 16-11 at the start of the second quarter and faced a 41-34 halftime deficit. Oxbow’s defense took over in the third quarter, leading to a 49-45 Olympians lead at the start of the fourth. The Solons pulled back ahead during the final minutes and wound up going 8 of 13 from the foul line overall.
“They’re dangerous from outside and Emerson made four 3-pointers,” Montpelier coach Nick Foster said. “We were down a couple late, but we were able to make some big foul shots and Jonah had all seven of his points in the fourth quarter. And Nathan LaRosa took two big charges, including one in the fourth quarter. We executed much better on the offensive end and defensively we mixed it up with a couple different press looks.”
Montpelier (8-5) will host Lyndon at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Oxbow (6-5) will travel to play Randolph the same day at 7 p.m.
“We’re coming together as a team,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “We’ve got some young guards and we’ve got to learn how to get over the hump. We had a lead going into the fourth, we made a few mistakes the last couple of minutes and they capitalized on them.”
Williamstown 59, Thetford 48
THETFORD — Jacob Tassie scored 24 points and Colby Gingras added 12 to power the Blue Devils on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils avenged a 69-38 loss that they suffered against the Panthers earlier this month. Thetford raced ahead 13-8 during the first quarter before Williamstown pulled ahead 27-23 entering halftime. The Blue Devils led 38-29 at the start of the fourth and never let their foot off the gas. Jake Colby scored 24 points for Thetford.
Williamstown (10-2) will host Lamoille at 7 p.m. Friday. Thetford (8-3) will travel to play Harwood the same day.
MARSHFIELD — The Trojans relied on points from the entire roster Wednesday.
Twinfield led 24-6 after one quarter, was up 51-10 by the half and carried a 68-15 lead into the final quarter. Jordyn Holt (12 points), Gavin Fowler (12 points) and Chase Hudson (11 points) paced the Trojans, while Steven Martin scored 14 for Craftsbury (0-14).
“We worked on our press tonight and got a lot of easy baskets off of steals,” Trojans coach Chris Hudson said. “We are getting better each and every night defensively, which is the thing we need to work on.”
Twinfield (6-4) will travel to play Websterville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hazen 70, Winooski 44
WINOOSKI — The Wildcats cruised to a comfortable victory over the Spartans.
Hazen led 19-8 after the first quarter, 35-18 at halftime and 46-35 after three quarters. The Wildcats were paced by Isaiah Baker, who scored 22 points after going 14 of 15 from the foul line. Freddy Larson (15 points) and Elliot Kimball (11 points) were also solid for Hazen, while Mayange Mayange scored 14 points for the Spartans (1-8). The Wildcats (10-1) will host Richford at 7 p.m. Friday.
WILLIAMSTOWN — Heidi Tinker (18 points), Nadya Bear (11 points) and Cora Borideau (nine points) guided the Lancers past the Blue Devils. Jazlyn Locarno (10 points) and Sam Hepsley (seven saves) paced Williamstown, which committed 28 turnovers.
“We are still trying to find the confidence to take shots,” Blue Devils coach Sid Sweet said. “We were giving up open looks tonight and we end up turning the ball over for empty possessions. Before the half we scored five points in nine seconds to go in the locker room down 24-22. We just have to find a way to carry the momentum over to the second half.”
Williamstown will face Oxbow at 7 p.m. Thursday.