BFA St. Albans 4, No. Country 3 OT
Brandon Streeter's second goal of the night sealed the Falcons fate as BFA came from behind to win their third straight overtime contest at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex against North Country.
“BFA has a lot of depth and they are a tough team to beat, especially in their own barn," said head coach Andrew Roy.
After weathering a barrage of shots in the first five minutes, things settled down for the Falcons, and after one, the boys were up 2-1 on goals by Logan Fortier and Kody Halikas.
Said Roy on the early going, "Chris (Bronson) really kept us in there. They had a lot of traffic in front of him, so he had a tough time seeing the puck."
Halikas tallied again in the second, and after two it was North Country on top 3-2.
"We got some very good work out of Kody on Saturday," said Roy. "Andrew Gonyaw also gave us a lot of quality shifts and is developing nicely."
With 2:20 remaining in the third, Peter Dukas tied the game for BFA, setting up Streeter's heroics in overtime.
Chris Bronson stopped 28 shots for the now 7-2 Falcons, while BFA moves to .500 at 4-4-1.
Next up the boy's will back-end a hockey doubleheader in Jay when they host Colchester, who NCU defeated 5-4 earlier this season.
Puck drops at 7:00.
No. Country 5, Hartford 0
HARTFORD–Whitney Bernier had three goals to lead the North Country girl's hockey team past Division I Hartford (3-6-1) on Thursday night.
"This was our most complete game of the year," said head coach Claude Paul.
"We set the tone early and kept the pace, rolling three lines all game long."
Bernier had two goals in the opening period, including a power-play tally on a five on three advantage.
Savannah Alberghini-Giroux had the other score in the first.
Whitney completed the hat-trick in the third, with Taylor Morley scoring as well.
Said Paul, "This is the way I want the team to play, getting quick goals early and having an all-around team effort."
Mikaella Doran stopped ten shots to earn shut-out number five.
The win moves the Falcons ahead of Harwood by one index point, placing them in the top spot in the Lake Division with a 7-2-1 record.
The team will travel to Brattleboro today for an afternoon contest at 2:45.
Rice 40, No. Country 25
SO. BURLINGTON–North Country's girl's basketball team dropped to 4-3 on Friday, losing to undefeated Rice (9-0) 40-25.
"It was a check in how hard we have to work to compete in this division," said coach Christiane Brown. "We started to show up in the second. We picked up our D, started to get some steals, which helped to create our offense."
The was not much offense for the Falcons in the first three quarters, as Rice held them to six in the first, none in the second, and two in the third.
In the fourth they were able create some scoring, breaking out for seventeen points in the final eight minutes.
"We were patient in the fourth. The team never gave up because they are a bunch of fighters, which will help them out as they go through life," said Brown.
Nicole Therrien led the team with eight points, while Mykayla Tanguay was right behind her with seven.
Morgan Greene and Michaela Stanley each had six rebounds, and Therrien five.
Things get a little easier for the girls on Tuesday as they will head down the interstate to St. Johnsbury to face the 2-6 Hilltoppers.
Tip-off is at 6:30.
Hazen 48, Lake Region 43
ORLEANS–The Rangers let an early double-digit lead slip away as the Hazen Wildcats came storming back to defeat Lake Region in girls hoops on Friday night.
The blue and white got off to a very balanced start, getting scoring from six different players in the first.
Drew Neal had a three and a pair from the line to pace the home team with five points, and it was 16-9 LRU after one.
The Rangers would muster only five points in the second to Hazen's 11, and at the break, just one point separated the two teams at 21-20.
Just like against Lamoille, the third quarter really hurt Lake Region.
Ashley Locked had four points, Tyrah Urie two, but that was all the scoring the team could get.
The Wildcats doubled up on their opponents with twelve, and they were ahead going into the fourth.
Offensively speaking, the final quarter was the best for both teams as they combined to score thirty-four points in the eight minutes.
Lake Region had eighteen of those points, with Urie's six leading the way.
But the sixteen points scored by Hazen were just enough to earn the two-point win.
6-2 Hazen's Alyssa Whitney led all scorers with fifteen points, while Urie's eleven were tops for 5-2 LRU.
The girls are really into the meat of their schedule now, and they get right back to work tonight, hosting Lyndon Institute at 7:00.
Mid-VT 46, UCA 40
WHITE RIVER JCT–The two good quarters, two bad quarters plagued the UCA girls on Saturday as they lost to Mid-Vermont Christian to move to 3-7 on the year.
"We played great in the first and in the fourth, but we need to be more consistent when it comes to playing a full game," said coach Molly Smith. "We were trailing by seventeen in fourth, cut it to six, but just ran out of time."
Laura Libby's 15 points led the way for the Crusaders in the contest, and her effort was well received by her coach.
"She was very aggressive and took control of the game in the fourth," Smith said. "She really needed a game like this and it was nice to see her go out and have one."
Smith also noted the strong defensive work by Olivia Foster and Christina Maxwell as part of the reason UCA had success in the fourth.
Hannah Piette had nine points, while Maxwell added eight.
UCA was slated to play this Tuesday, but the game has been cancelled, so they will be back in action on the 23rd at Canaan.
Rice 77, No. Country 60
NEWPORT–Despite showing improvement, the Falcon boys still had a tough time against the number two-seeded Rice Green Knights (8-1) on Friday, falling to 1-9 on the season.
Rice's Casey Tipson led all scorers with 20 points, while Keenan Warner topped out at twelve points for NCU.
Two other Falcons were in double digits as Jason Hatin added eleven and Kendrick Gray had ten.
Things will continue to be challenging for North Country as they get to face top seeded St. Johnsbury on Thursday on the road.
Tip is at 6:30.
Mid-VT 40, UCA 29
WHITE RIVER JCT–Mid-Vermont Christian handed the Crusader their worst loss of the season on Saturday afternoon.
Said head coach Tony DeLaBruere on the loss, "We struggled with our game offensively, both outside and inside, which eventually made us tentative on the defensive side.
"When those areas are affected in a negative manner, one would expect to be on the losing side of a score like this."
Only three players were able to find the bottom of the net for the Crusaders, led by Paul Saaman's game-high seventeen points.
Chris DeLaBruere added seven, and Marquel Taylor-Webster had five.
"We need more than three guys to score in order to have a successful outcome and today we didn't get that," said DeLaBruere. "Paul kept us in it nearly all the way with 17 pts., but they finished the game with a couple baskets at the end to seal it. We will learn from this and look forward to our next game on Wednesday in Canaan."
The loss puts UCA at 8-2, right in the mix of the top three in D IV, while Mid-VT now stands at 7-4.