NCU 4, BFA 3
ST. ALBANS–Falcon captain Ryan Paul scored three goals, including the overtime game-winner, as the North Country boys hockey team defeat the BFA Bobwhites 4-3 on Saturday evening.
“We played very well," said NCU coach Ryan Jacobs. "We controlled most of the game, minus the final five minutes of regulation, but overall we outplayed them."
North Country got on the board early, as Paul staked his team to the 1-0 advantage in the first.
In the second Paul scored again to push the lead to 2-0 before BFA struck to make it a one goal game.
Ross DeLaBruere would score before the second drew to a close, and the two goal advantage was back intact.
In the third, it looked like the Falcons had gone up 4-1 on a power-play, but the officials got together and decided the goal did not count.
BFA would go on to tie things to force overtime, but just 54 seconds into the the extra session, Paul struck again, this time on the power-play, and the game was over.
After the game Paul would need to go get stitches, as he was cut across the chin in the second, but despite the injury he soldiered on throughout the entire game without a complaint.
Dana Marsh had 27 saves in the win.
The Falcons now stand at 3-1, and will travel to face Spaulding on Wednesday.
NCU 4, Spaulding 2
BARRE–After trailing 1-0 after one period of play, the Falcons rallied back to pick up the bounce back win on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a good game," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "We skated well, played well and this was despite once again having to play with just three defensemen."
After Spaulding had scored late in the first to give the Tide the lead, it would take almost an entire period before Savannah Alberghini-Giroux, on a pass by Whitney Bernier, knotted things up in the late stages of the second.
In the third, Bernier put North Country ahead, only to have Spaulding tie the game six seconds later.
It didn't stay tied for long, as Bernier score three minutes after that, and then completed the natural hat trick with 26 seconds left to go in the game.
Said Paul, "Whit really stepped up for us, so hats off to her."
Mikaella Doran played well for the Falcons, stopping 23 shots to earn the win.
Things will not get any easier for 3-1 NCU as defending champions BFA St. Albans comes into Jay on Wednesday for their first visit to the Ice Haus.
Puck drops at 6:00.
Lyndon 54, NCU 41
LYNDON CENTER–In their first game under new coach Ed Duncan, North Country lost a tough one to Lyndon Institute on Saturday afternoon.
"I was very impressed with how my kids responded to the game," said Duncan. "They played well, especially on defense, but we had a tough third quarter, and that just killed us."
The first quarter was game of three's as the Falcons’ Matt Duncan and the Vikings’ Mason Lantz, went back and forth dropping bombs from out deep.
The Falcons edged out the Vikings 14-13 on the score board after one.
The lead went back and forth in the second before Lyndon emerged at the half with the 31-28 advantage.
Just like Duncan said, the third quarter was the Falcons undoing, as the Vikings outscored the visitors 14-4 in the period.
Both teams put up 9 points in the fourth, but the lead was too much to overcome, and North Country starts the season at 0-1.
One shinning moment in the game for the Falcons came when Connor Hogan got a standing ovation from his teammates after a huge block against the glass of the NCU backboard.
Matt Duncan led the Falcons in scoring with 14 (four 3's), while Rejean Roberge chipped in 12.
The boys will look to get to .500 when they host MMU on Tuesday at 6:30.
Lake Region 79, Hazen 42
ORLEANS–The Lake Region Rangers looked to be in mid-season form in their season opener, as they won big over Hazen on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Rangers start the season 1-0, and will look to go to 2-0 when they host Lyndon this Wednesday.
Oxbow 60, Lake Region 59
OXBOW–The Lady Rangers came oh so close to earning a win for their new head coach Joe Houston, but a free throw with just seconds left on the clock gave the Olympians the victory at home.
"We were a little tight, but this was an awesome game for us to start the season with," said Houston after the game.
In the first, Oxbow had their game going, putting 17 on the board to just 8 for Lake Region.
The Lady Rangers picked up their game in the second, and would outscore the Olympians in the remaining three quarters, but it was not enough as they start the season 0-1.
The toughest challenge for Lake Region was containing Oxbow's center Michaella (sp.) Hodge, who had 35 points in the game and about 4 inches in height on the tallest member of the blue and white.
"She was extremely hard to defend and it was difficult to keep the ball away from her near the glass," said Houston.
Katie Menard had 7 field goals and was 7-8 from the line, scoring 21 points to lead the Lady Rangers.
Tyrah Urie added 17, while Olivia King had three three-pointers while going 2-2 from the stripe.
No time to rest for the girls, as they get right back at tonight when they host Windsor in their home opener at 6:30.