MONTPELIER — The U-32 girls hockey team suffered a third-period letdown but bounced back at the end to earn a 6-4 victory over North Country-Lyndon on Wednesday.
Shots on goal were even in the opening period and the score was tied at 2 heading into the first intermission. During the second period, North Country-LI fired off one more shot than the Raiders, but U-32 was more opportunistic and grabbed a 3-2 lead going into the third period. In the final period, the Raiders went up 4-2, but North Country-LI rallied and tied the game at 4. U-32’s Brianna Rich (26 saves) was strong in front of the goal at the end and teammate Allie Guthrie produced the game-winner.
“It was a nice, hard wrist shot from just inside the blue line that went low and in,” Raiders coach Larry Smith said.
Renee Robert tallied her second goal of the night to cap the scoring. Cece Curtin finished with two goals and one assist for U-32 and teammate Morgan Ribolini recorded her first varsity goal. Goalie Erin Sanville stopped 26 shots for North Country-LI. The Raiders (3-2-1) will host Hartford at 4:15 p.m. Saturday for Pink the Rink Night to support cancer awareness.
Spaulding 4, Hartford 2
HARTFORD — The Crimson Tide snapped a three-game losing skid on Wednesday and wrapped up a season sweep over the Hurricanes.
“The girls worked hard and played smart,” Spaulding coach David Lawrence said. “Things we’re emphasizing in practice, they’re doing in the game. And it’s getting results. They’re growing and I’m proud of them.”
Analie Choquette gave the Tide an early lead at 9:13 of the first period. The Hurricanes answered with back-to-back goals before Spaulding’s Riley McFaun tied the game at 2 during the final minute of the second period. Morgan Mast scored on an assist from McFaun for a 3-2 lead midway through the third period. McFaun capitalized on a power-play opportunity to close out the scoring. Mast and Amanda Gerrish added one assist apiece and goalie Amber McGinley made 18 saves for the Tide.
Spaulding (2-5) will host Brattleboro at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
BFA-St. Albans 2, Harwood 0
ST. ALBANS — The Highlanders held the Comets scoreless for two periods before BFA-St. Albans broke through during Wednesday’s victory.
Peyton Dukas scored five minutes into the third period and Lizzie Hill netted the insurance goal six minutes later. Goalie Kaylee Thayer had a big night in goal for Harwood, stopping 38 shots. Goalie Macie Boissonneault made 14 saves for BFA (5-1). The Highlanders (3-2) will travel to play Essex at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
BHS-Colchester 2, Stowe 1
BURLINGTON — Third-period goals by Madison Chagnon and Kendall Muzzy lifted Burlington-Colchester to Wednesday’s come-from-behind victory over the Raiders.
Stowe pulled ahead 1:16 into the second period when Abby Chauvin scored on an assist by Bria Dill. Burlington-Colchester tied the game 3:35 into the final period when Meghan Lehouiller set up Chagnon. Muzzy served up the game-winner on an assist from Olivia Maher. Goalie Ally Peeters stopped 12 shots in the victory, while Stowe goalie Leo Clark finished with 39 saves.
U-32 4, Burr and Burton 3
MANCHESTER — The Raiders completed an improbable comeback on the road Wednesday night.
The score was knotted at 1 after the first period and then the Bulldogs took over the second period, building a 3-1 lead going into the third. But the Raiders were far from defeated during the second intermission and came out hot during the final period. After scoring one goal 23 into the third, the Raiders tied it up three minutes later. Malone Bruce (two goals, one assist) tallied the game-winning goal, beating the Bulldogs defense during an unassisted effort with six minutes remaining.
“The boys went for it and didn’t hold back,” U-32 coach Shane Locke said. “They were working the puck down low and attacking the net.”
Brady Hill also notched a pair of goals for U-32 and teammate Kolby Tanner made 31 saves in front of the net. Burr and Burton goalie Ethan Simonds stopped 30 shots. The Raiders (2-3-1) will host Lyndon at 6:15 p.m. Saturday for Pink the Rink Night.
Twinfield 53, Northfield 33
MARSHFIELD — Olivia Hogan dropped in 26 points Wednesday, guiding the Trojans to a 20-point victory over the Marauders.
Twinfield took control from the opening tip and held a 19-8 advantage after the first quarter. The Trojans led 31-12 entering halftime and their lead grew to 47-22 by the end of the third quarter.
“I’ve had a different roster every game due to injuries, so we’ve been mixing things up, but the last two games we were still coming out flat,” Twinfield coach Danielle Laperle said. “But tonight we had a different warm-up, everybody got pumped up and the energy was good. We were rebounding harder and getting back on D. The tempo was where I wanted it.”
Hogan (10 rebounds, six steals) was supported by Allyson Mill (eight points, eight rebounds) and Kaitlyn Andress (eight points, eight rebounds, four assists). Northfield was paced by Piper Mattson (14 points) and Greta Smith (10 points). Twinfield (2-4) will host Richford at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Randolph 49, Woodstock 29
RANDOLPH — Rielle Brassard flirted with a double-double Wednesday, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead the undefeated Galloping Ghosts.
Tricia Eaccarino, Kasie Mills and Shea Fordham scored eight points apiece in the victory. Emma Tarleton (11 points) and Jane Lackey (10 points) paced the Wasps. The Ghosts led 10-2 after one quarter, held a 21-13 halftime lead and entered the final quarter in front 35-23.
“We did a nice job of stopping Woodstock’s runs,” Randolph coach Scott Lafreniere said. “They’d do two or three things in a row and get some points off it. And we’d come right back at them. We stepped up defensively to prevent those runs from going any further. And we took care of the ball.”
Randolph (7-0) will host Williamstown at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Oxbow 56, Stowe 26
BRADFORD — Melanie Neal and Mariah Shumway scored 10 points apiece and the Olympians’ balance was on full display during Wednesday’s rout.
Lauren Wright scored eight points for Oxbow, which jumped in front 20-4 entering the second quarter. Kaysea Neal, Emma Parkin and Rachel Spear added six points apiece for the Olympians. Abby Lehmann paced Stowe with nine points.
“A lot of kids got a chance to score,” Oxbow coach Barry Emerson said. “And Mariah and Melanie combined for 11 steals and 20 points, so that’s pretty good.”
Oxbow (4-6) will travel to play Williamstown at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Vergennes 39, Harwood 25
VERGENNES — The Highlanders couldn’t find their range and dropped off in the second half Wednesday as the Commodores avenged an early-season loss.
Vergennes was up 7-4 after the first quarter, but things were tied at 15 by halftime. Vergennes came out strong at the start of the third quarter and built a 23-18 lead entering the fourth.
“We were cold from the field all night and Vergennes just had more energy tonight,” Harwood coach Tom Young said.
Peyton Lanphear (eight points) and Mia Cooper (seven points) led the Highlanders, who will host Montpelier at 1 p.m. Saturday. Morgan Lynk scored eight points for Vergennes, with teammates Brianna Vanderwey and Emma Bryant adding seven points apiece.
Essex 63, U-32 51
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders let a close game slip away Wednesday.
The score was tied at 12 after the first quarter, Essex carried a 30-29 lead into the break and the Hornets led 46-41 going into the fourth quarter.
“We came out of halftime playing a zone defense, and Stephen Astor hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Essex,” U-32 coach Dan Gauthier said. “We were playing catch-up after that.”
U-32’s Bryson Richards (16 points) went 12 of 15 from the foul line and teammate Jordan Hawkins chipped in with 15 points. Robbie Meslin scored 24 points for Essex. The Raiders (3-2) will host Harwood at 7 p.m. Friday.
Milton 60, Harwood 47
DUXBURY — The Yellowjackets utilized a height advantage to topple the Highlanders on Wednesday.
Milton surged out to a 15-7 lead entering the second quarter. Harwood found a little more offense after that and went into halftime down 30-20. Milton kept up the pace and led 44-30 by the start of the fourth quarter.
“They are long and tall and very good, but my guys played hard and never gave up,” Harwood coach Mike Woods said.
Will Lapointe (14 points), Max Hill (10 points) and Michael Fuller (nine points) led the Highlanders, while Ian Jennings paced Milton with 18 points. Harwood (3-2) will travel to play U-32 at 7 p.m. Friday.
North Country 51, Montpelier 47
NEWPORT — Brett Roy (17 points) and Jacob Kocis (12 points) helped the Falcons fend off a determined comeback attempt by the Solons on Wednesday.
North Country (4-1) led 26-18 at halftime before Montpelier rallied to knot the score at 39 entering the fourth quarter. Kocis made two clutch free-throw attempts to make it a two-possession game during the final seconds, preventing another Solons comeback.
Montpelier’s top scorers were Tyler Ricker (15 points) and David Ackerson (14 points). The Solons will travel to play Stowe at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hazen 55, Stowe 48
HARDWICK — The Wildcats clawed back from an early deficit for the second straight game and secured a narrow victory over the Raiders on Wednesday.
Stowe led 30-21 at halftime and closed out the third quarter with a 38-34 advantage. Hazen’s Isaiah Baker (24 points) went 12 of 12 from the foul line to give his team all the momentum down the stretch. Freddie Larson added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (7-0). Josh McDonald (17 points) and Rashane Russell (14 points) paced Stowe.