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While both games ended with identical 3-2 scores, the fortunes of North Country's two hockey teams were as different as night and day.
The good news is that at least one team will make an appearance at the Gutterson Field House, as the girls won their semi-final game against Middlebury.
For the boys, they fell just short in their journey to the finals, losing a heartfelt game in triple overtime to South Burlington.
Updates to come online, and the full stories will be in Monday's Express on the 11th of March, 2013.
WHITE RIVER-The Lady Rangers lost to Hartford 60-39 in the Division II quarter-finals on Friday night.
The full story will be in Monday's Express on March 11, 2013.
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JAYâ€“Whitney Bernier scored twice, and Cassidy Webster notched her first career varsity goal as the North Country Falcons advanced to the Lake Division semi-finals with a 5-0 win over Stowe on Wednesday night.
Mikaella Doran had 5 saves to earn her 10th shut-out of season, while Danielle Mayo turned away 36 shots for Stowe, who finish the year at 6-14.
With the win, the 15-6-1 Falcons will host fifth ranked Middlebury who upset Rutland 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday.
Game time is set for 2:00 on Saturday afternoon at the Jay Peak Ice Haus Arena.
JAYâ€“the North Country-Colchester quarter-final game at the Ice Haus Arena was a place where hockey clicheÂ´s went to die.
The two goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, and it is hard to beat a team three times in a row, two of the most common phrases in the game, were both vanquished as the Falcons earned the 3-1 win.
North Country played a good chunk of the game up by two goals (that's one), defeated Colchester for the third straight time this year (that's two), and now have earned a date with South Burlington on Saturday afternoon.
BARRE-They fought the good fight, but in the end, size and speed from Burr and Burton ended the Lake Region Rangers run, 80-62 in the Division two semiâ€“finals Wednesday night at the legendary Barre Auditorium. The number two seeded Bulldogs erased a five point Ranger lead and went on a 20-2 tear through the second period, and LRU was never able to get any closer than eight points the rest of the evening.
The Rangers got 17 from Clint Provoncha, 13 from Caleb Prue, 12 from Drew Gallup and six from Alex Beauregard.
BHS 58, NCU 32
BURLINGTONâ€“North Country's foray into the 2013 post-season came to a close on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Burlington Seahorses.
"We didn't win, but it is nice to be associated with a great group of girls," said NCU coach Christiane Brown.
Offense was hard to come by for the Falcons in the first half, as they managed only twelve points in the opening sixteen minutes.
Things would get betting in the second half, as the Falcons would eventually out-score the Seahorses 13-12 in the final quarter, but by then it was too late.
Here is a quick round-up of what happened on Wednesday night.
For hockey fans, it was a great night at the Ice Haus, as a packed house witnessed the Falcons win both ends of the doubleheader.
The girls defeated Stowe 5-0, and the boys took down Colchester 3-1.
Turning to the hard-court, Craftsbury's girls defeated South Royalton 34-31, in what coach Rick Thomas said was the first "true home play-off game" for his team.
ORLEANS-It hasnâ€™t always been pretty.
But it has been effective. And you are, in sports, what you are in terms of record.
With that said the Lady Rangers are a pretty good little ballclub as they advanced Tuesday thru their playoff bracket.
Lake Region withstood a late Springfield rally to advance to the Division Two quarter-finals after a 51-48 play-down victory.
LRU got 18 points from Drew Neal and some clutch play in the waning moments from senior Sarah Burnham, as the blue and white achieved their 17th win against 4 defeats this winter.
CONCORDâ€“The Lady Crusaders were ready, they were rested and they were prepared.
Then they ran into Kasey DeGreenia.
The Concord Wildcat forward single-handedly out-scored the entire UCA roster, going for 27 en-route to the 55-23 play-down win on Tuesday evening.
"I am very pleased with how hard the girls worked, despite the score," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "It didn't come as a surprise though, because that is how they have played all season."
UCA was led by Hannah Piette, who had 12 points, followed by Laura Libby who had five and two boards.
NEWPORTâ€“A fantastic season for the UCA Crusader boys came to a close on Monday evening, as they fell to the West Rutland Golden Horde 68-49 at the North Country gymnasium.
"Though we lost this game, I am proud of the effort my guys played with until the end," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere.
Chris DeLaBruere led UCA with 22 points, and grabbed nine boards.
Marquel Taylor-Webster was also in double-digits, score 13 in limited time while grabbing nine rebounds and recording five blocks.
Jordan Pease led all scorers with 24.