Boys Win, Girls Lose as Falcons Face Rice on the Road

BOYS HOCKEYNCU 6, Rice 3SOUTH BURLINGTON–Adam Viens had two goals and an assist on Wednesday as North Country defeated Rice 6-3 at the Cairns Arena.The Falcons had Chase LaCourse in goal, and despite the three goals allowed, LaCourse had a strong game in net for NCU, blocking 19 shots in the win."He made some good stops fur us tonight," said NCU coach Andrew Roy.At the end of the first, the Falcons were up 2-1 on goals by Ryan O'Donnell and Viens.By the time two periods had been played, the score was knotted at 3-3, with Ross DeLaBruere having scored the third Falcon goal.North Country came out in the third and buried three goals in the Green Knight net.Viens and DeLaBruere each tallied their second goals of the game in the frame, and Logan Fortier scored as well.The win moves NCU to 13-4-2 and keeps them in fourth place in the Metro Division.Rice drops to 4-14.A long bus ride awaits the Falcons on Saturday when they travel to Middlebury for a 7:00 showdown with the Tigers.GIRLS HOCKEYRice 2, NCU 1SOUTH BURLINGTON–Sometimes losing is not a bad thing.That is what North Country coach Claude Paul said of the Falcon girl’s 2-1loss to Rice on Wednesday."We did not have our skating legs tonight," Paul added.Despite being out shot 8-3 in the frame, the Falcons went ahead 1-0 in the first on Corrina Cota's goal, but Rice would tie the game up before the period expired.Rice went ahead at the 2:45 marker in the second, and would make the lead stand-up, as they bested NCU to move to 8-6-2.The Falcons drop to 14-4-1, but still remain in second place in the Lake Division.Mikaella Doran had 17 saves in the loss.The girls will head to Waterbury to face Harwood on Saturday. Puck drops at 6:00.