MONTPELIER — The U-32 boys hockey team snapped a seven-game winless streak while handing Northfield its fourth straight loss during Wednesday’s 3-1 victory.
The Raiders were serving a major and a minor penalty at 9:14 in the first period when Northfield’s Daniel Ruel scored on a 5-on-3 power play, assisted by Caden Hurley. The Raiders buckled down defensively and the score remained 1-0 heading into the final period.
“Greg Golonka and Owen Guthrie both did a nice job of controlling the puck in the defensive zone and dishing it out for the breakouts,” U-32 coach Shane Locke said.
Malone Bruce found Brady Hill for U-32’s first goal 4:40 into the third period. Hill struck again less than three minutes later with an unassisted effort. Logan Carbo capped the scoring at the 10:50 mark. Goalie Dylan Partlow made 21 saves for Northfield, while Kolby Tanner recorded 19 stops for the Raiders.
“The 5-on-3 goal took the wind out of our sails,” Locke said. “And it was a five-minute boarding penalty, so we were playing defensively obviously in the first period. Once we got that point in the third, the boys’ intensity and the urgency to possess the puck really stepped up. We did a nice job in the second — we just couldn’t get it past Dylan.”
Northfield (3-11-1) will host Harwood at 7 p.m. Saturday. U-32 (3-9-2) will travel to play Milton at 5 p.m. Friday.
CVU 4, Spaulding 2
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Crimson Tide were in a dogfight with the Redhawks midway through Wednesday’s third period before CVU regained its lead at the end.
Flyn Hall set up Payton Skillen to put CVU on the scoreboard in the first period. Teammate Kiley McClure added another goal for the Redhawks in the second period, thanks to a Sabina Brochu assist. Natalie Mattson got the Tide going early in the third period with a power-play goal, assisted by Emily Morris.
“She has been working so hard every game,” Spaulding coach Dave Lawrence said of Mattson. “So we decided at practice (Tuesday) to move her up to the power play. It was her first time practicing it. She earned her opportunity and took advantage of it.”
Mattson kept up the hard work around the net and recorded the equalizer six minutes after scoring her first goal. But McClure answered for CVU with 1:30 remaining. Skillen added an empty-netter during the final seconds after settling a pass from Kayleigh Bushweller
“It was one of our best games of the year,” Lawrence said. “They are in that Tier II above us and might be going to the D-I tournament. So it was a big challenge for us. We outshot them in the third period and it was fun to watch. We kept fighting to hang in there and hang in there. And by the third period we just started to lean on them enough where we got some momentum and carried quite a bit of the period. It just came down to a bounce on the end.”
Goalie Emma Rashford made eight saves for CVU, while Amber McGinley stopped 20 shots for the Tide. Spaulding (2-14-1) will host Missisquoi for Senior Day at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. CVU (6-9) will host Burr and Burton at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Brattleboro 2, U-32 1
BRATTLEBORO — The Colonels slipped past the Raiders late in the third period Wednesday.
Julianna Miskovich netted the game-winner on an assist by Edie Cay. Tovin Lonergan recorded the other goal for the Colonels. Renee Robert scored from Payton Kurrle in the second period for U-32. Goalie Brianna Rich made 16 saves for the Raiders (8-6-1), while Eliya Petrie stopped 24 shots for Brattleboro (5-9-1). U-32 will host Middlebury at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Thetford 71, Oxbow 50
THETFORD — Eli Dunnet (25 points), Ethan Steingas (10 points) and Owen Deffner (eight points) were too much for the Olympians to handle during Wednesday’s rout.
“We came out flat and we weren’t ready to play,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “We didn’t show up with the energy we need for a rivalry game like that. And Thetford is a good team. They play together and they play hard. They’re going to be tough come tournament time.”
Bryce Ilsley (14 points) and Seth Carson (nine points) led the way for Oxbow, which fell behind 21-11 in the first quarter. Thetford led 41-21 after two and 55-38 after three. Oxbow (8-8) will travel to play Williamstown on Feb. 20.
Rubinstein leads HU
FAYSTON — Harwood, Stowe and U-32 skiers competed with some of the best athletes in the state during Caleb’s Invitational at Sugarbush Resort.
Lyndon’s Lena Sauter won the girls race, while South Burlington’s Camden Ciari was the boys winner after two slalom runs. The finishers for the Harwood boys were Rex Rubinstein (fourth), Eli Kalkstein (17th), Eli Moskowitz (24th), Aidan Flint (35th), Eamon Gilhuly (37th) and Charlie Reilly (44th). Scoring points for the HU girls were Kelly Tynan (seventh), Gretchen Kogut (16th), Alanya Morelli (19th) and Francie Aiken (40th).
The Stowe boys relied on strong results by Rai Bleda (eighth), Antony Marron (13th), Flynn Kearney (20th), Charlie Alexson (21st), Kevin Crawford (27th), Nick Mitchell (28th) and Alex Pelletier (31st). On the girls’ side, Keely Fisher-Levering (fourth), Olivia Gianni (38th), Gianna Cate (43rd) and Elizabeth Genung (48th) paced the Raiders. Evan Elliott (51st) and Brad Bennedict (53rd) led the U-32 boys.
Colby Sawyer 94, Norwich 83
NORTHFIELD — Five players reached double-figures for the Chargers on Wednesday in a game that featured 67 attempts from the foul line.
Patrick Coffey (21 points), Dana Bean (19 points) and Jourdain Bell (18 points) set the tone for Colby-Sawyer. Teammates Terrence Harvey Jr. and Jack Carrier added 11 points apiece.
The Cadets featured strong shooting efforts from Jesse Davis (27 points, three assists), Kyle Booth (17 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) and Daniel Halmes (19 points). Colby-Sawyer went 27 of 39 from the foul line, while Norwich made 21 of 28 free-throw attempts. Colby Sawyer improves to 13-1, while Norwich falls to 7-18.