ESSEX–The Falcon hockey girls rallied back from a three goal first period deficit to win 5-4 in overtime against the Mount Mansfield Cougars on Wednesday night.
With Tara Langmaid forgetting her jersey and her parents not yet at the game with said jersey, Briana Bocelli got the start for North Country, yielding three goals in the opening period.
"It was not a good period for us. We were sleepwalking out there," said coach Claude Paul.
It would be a much better, much more awake second for North Country, especially for defenseman Meghan Campbell.
Campbell scored three straight goals, two early one late, to get the natural hat-trick and tie the game up at three.
"Meghan was very calm with puck. She made sure that her shots were getting on goal. It doesn't have to be a blast, but as long as it's on net, that's what matters," said the coach, "This game was a step up for her and we hope that she can continue that."
Crease Morley gave the Falcons their first lead of the game with seven seconds left in the frame, and it was 4-3 NCU heading into the final fifteen minutes.
The Cougars tied the game at 5:58 of the third and it was on to overtime, a special time of the game that these two teams have a history in.
This marked the third time in the last three years that the two have gone into OT to settle a game, and the Falcons made it three in a row as Corrina Cota buried the winner at 3:54 of the extra frame.
Jenna Moss and Morley assisted on the goal.
North Country out shot MMU 46-17, including an 8-0 advantage in overtime. Autumn Hallock was great in the nets for the Cougars as if it was not for her, the game would have never made it beyond the forty-five minutes of regulation.
Langmaid and Bocelli combined to stop thirteen.
The 9-4 Falcons open up the hockey double-header tonight at Jay, squaring off against U-32 at 5:00.
BARRE–The boys hockey team opened up a 3-0 lead on Spaulding and held on to win their third in a row against the Crimson Tide of Spaulding.
"I was very pleased with our defensive work,"said coach Andrew Roy, "It was a hard fought physical game and we were able to limit ourselves to just three penalties."
Dylan Columbia would get credit for the first Falcons goal as Ebin Fournier fired one at the net that the officials deemed to go off of Columbia and in.
The team built on their 1-0 lead in the second as the combination of Nate Stewart, Ross DeLaBruere, and Ryan Paul went to work in the Spaulding end.
Paul made it 2-0 with Ross and Nate drawing the assists. Stewart made it 3-0 on the power-play with DeLaBruere and Paul getting the helpers.
The Tide would try and rally back in the third, but 3-2 is as close as the home team would get as Chris Bronson shut the door the rest of the way, allowing North Country to get their fifth win of the season.
Said Roy, "We skated a full forty-five minutes against a good opponent and picked up some very important points on the road."
The 5-8 boys will follow the girls tonight as they play host to Colchester in hopes of making it four straight.
Puck Drops at 7:00.