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January 29th, 2012
JAYâ€“A pair of revamped teams met in the opening game of the matinee double-header on Saturday as Rice defeated the North Country girls 5-2 to earn a split in the season series.
"I think our effort was good in a lot of areas. We had a few mental breakdowns and that led to some easy goals for them," said Claude Paul after the game, "We need to tighten up in our end, including goaltending... we need to sure that up."
JAY-The boys were able to send the fans home happy after the game number two of the twin billing, as they picked up the 4-1 victory over Rice, winning their second game in a row
"It's good to have a couple (of wins) to rub together. It has been a while and it feels good," said Andrew Roy his teams' first back-to-back wins of the year.
Just fifty seconds into the game the Falcons were whistled for a Logan Fortier kneeing penalty, and it looked like it was going to be another long night of extended penalty killing for the boys in white.
HYDE PARK â€“ The Lake Region Lady Rangers traveled to face off against the Lady Lancers of Lamoille Saturday, in what ESPN would call an â€śInstant Classic.â€ť Trailing by as many as 14 in the second half Lake Region was able to rally back and pull of the 54-52 victory.
NEWPORT â€“ UCA played host to the Whitcomb Hornets Saturday afternoon and after a close first quarter, they were held scoreless for 2 quarters of play, ultimately losing 48-16
The Lady Crusaders trailed early by a score of 6-0, but a 3 by Hannah Piette and a long 2 by Olivia Foster, set the stage for Christina Maxwell to pump in a 2 of her own with 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter to cap of the comeback and put UCA on top 7-6. Piette would add a free throw and Whitney Carter connected on a nice jumper from the left elbow to give the Lady Crusaders a 10-8 lead.
NEWPORT â€“ Somebody forgot to tell the UCA Crusaders and the Whitcomb Hornets that their match-up on Saturday afternoon was a basketball game and not a football game. After a very physical contest that saw multiple complaints by the coaches and players, as well as over 25 combined fouls, the Crusaders came up short by a final score of 65-47.
JAYâ€“With the crowd already warmed up from the girls big win, the Falcon boys were able to ride the back of their stand-out goaltender all the way to the 3-0 win over Champlain Valley Union.
"Chris Bronson was amazing tonight," said assistant captain Nate Stewart, â€śEverything (he did) was just perfect. He covered us many, many times and definitely kept us in it.â€ť
While there was not a lot of flow early in the game (or for the rest of the contest for that matter), North Country was the aggressor early.
JAYâ€“While it did not start out as an highly offensive contest, it certainly finished as one, as the North Country hockey girls pumped in seven third period goals, routing the Woodstock Wasps 10-2 on Wednesday night.
The Falcons got scoring from five different players, two hat-tricks, one play-maker, and twenty-five total points in their highest offensive output of the season.
Emilie Paul got scoring started in the first period when she fired a low wrister past Woodstock netminder Emma Astbury, who is listed as a defenseman on the Wasps roster. Adrianna Fournier had the assist.
The North Country snowboard teams took to the slopes of Stowe on Wednesday.
The Boys had two riders finish in the top ten with Josh Brien taking home 4th place and Justin Christopher in 8th.
Nick Kincaid took 18th, followed by Noah St. Marie in 19th, Chuck Norton in 35th, and J Mahieux in 41st
In the girls race, Danielle Gabucci finished a team best 10th place, followed by Gina Basiliere in 13th and Emily Pennington in 21st. Gaia Riskin and Kaila DeBonville did not finish.
ORLEANSâ€”When the Richford Falcons traveled to Lake Region Wednesday, the game was over before the ball was even tipped. The Rangers were able to dominate offensively and defensively en-route to a 51 point 64-13 victory.
Darik Messier started the game on a personal 4-0 run, and the blue and white were on top 12-0 before the Falcons got their first point with 3 minutes left in the first. Marquel Webster would add a turn-around jumper as time expired to put Lake Region on top 14-3 at the end of 1 period of play.
NEWPORTâ€“Maybe it was because the roads were still bad, or maybe because there was no school that day I don't know, but it was a very quiet crowd at North Country that bared witness to a rough 48-28 loss for the Falcon girls basketball team at the hands of the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers.
"We need to make a change within our system of what we expect and what happens out there so that we can play with teams," said coach Brown after the loss, "We were able to do that in the first, but we need to make some adjustments."