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March 13th, 2013
BURLINGTON â€“ With the first girls hockey state tittle in both program's history on the line, the North Country Falcons and the Harwood Highlanders stood at their respective goal lines, ready to do battle for Division Two's ultimate prize.
A little over two hours later it was over.
A game filled with great saves, excellent scoring chances, hard hits and cagey coaching ended with Hayley Martini defeating Mikaella Doran 3:40 into overtime to give Harwood a 1-0 win and the program's first state title.
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“The last time North Country and South Burlington met in the play-offs at the Cairns Arena, the game went into double overtime and the Falcons came away victorious.
This time around, the game went into triple overtime, and unfortunately for the maroon and blue, the Rebels were able to avenge their 2012 loss, winning 3-2 to advance to the Division I state championship game against CVU.
Said NCU coach Andrew Roy, "They gave everything they had, and I could not have possibly asked for more, and I am very proud of the performance they gave.
WHITE RIVERâ€“Hartford got off to an 11-0 start in the first, and although Lake Region would battle back, making it 26-26 in third, the Hurricanes were just too strong, as they cruised to the 60-39 quarter-final win.
"They played tough defense, and as much as we tried to prepare the girls for it, we struggled early in the game before settling down," said LRU coach Mark Tinker. "Hopefully it is a good learning experience for the ones coming back, and an unfortunate ending for the ones that are graduating."
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.
For updates of the NCU boy's semi-final game against South Burlington on Saturday March 9th, follow me on Twitter at @nekdrums.
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.