Weekend Round-up: Paul Nets Winner, Duncan Goes Off, More

Staff ReportsBOYS HOCKEYNo. Country 5, Rutland 4 OTRUTLAND–Ryan Paul, on a pass from Nate Marsh, scored his second goal of the game at the 1:05 marker of overtime to give the North Country Falcons the win over the Rutland Raiders on Saturday evening.While the win was nice, the Falcons showed the effects of having a ten day break in between games, much to the chagrin of head coach Ryan Jacobs."We took too may penalties, and although the penalty killers did a good job, overall we were a little rusty," Jacobs said. Ross DeLaBruere staked the Falcons to the 1-0 lead in the first, but a minute later the Raiders tied things up, and that is how it stayed moving into the second.Rutland went ahead 2-1 at 8:40 of period number two, but that lead did not last long either, as North County, on goals by Paul and Marsh, made it 3-2.Still ahead by one to start the third, Ross pushed the score to 4-2, as he converted a pass from Ben Pecue for his second of the night.That would be the highlight of the period, as things sort of fell apart in the final 15 minutes of regulation.A total of nine penalties would be called in the third (5 by NCU, 4 by Rutland), and the Raiders made the most of their chances knotting the game at 4-4.But in the end, Paul's OT goal was the difference as the Falcons picked up their fifth win to move one game over .500 at 5-4-1.Chase LaCourse returned to the nets, and stopped 24 shots to get the win.This week will a busy one for the Falcons, as they head down to Hartford on Monday before playing Essex on Wednesday and finally returning home on Saturday to play BFA St. Albans.GIRLS HOCKEYRutland 2, No. Country 0RUTLAND–One goal in the first and another in the second was more than enough scoring as Rutland scooted past North Country in the first game of a hockey doubleheader at the Spartan Arena on Saturday."It wasn't a strong effort on our part and it showed," said NCU coach Claude Paul after his team lost their fourth game of the year to move to 6-4 on the season. "There was no continuity, we didn't have our 'A' game and we were emotionally detached." The Falcons would have a better showing in the final period, but it was too little, too late and Rutland improved to 4-4-1 with the win.The girls will look to get back in the win column and avenge an early season loss to Essex when they hit the road on Wednesday for a 6:45 showdown with the Hornets.BOYS BASKETBALLNo. Country 70, MVU 61SWANTON–Playing without Connor Hogan and Rejean Roberge, the North Country Falcons made it two in a row as they bested the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds on Friday evening.Matt Duncan had his outside game going in the first quarter, hitting three 3's as part of his game-high 18 points, and after one it was 20-14 NCU.The Falcons kept their momentum going for the rest of the game, and although MVU outscored North Country in the third, it would be the Falcons getting the last laugh as they improve to 3-5 on the year.The Falcons got scoring from all but one player on Friday, and with a total of four players in double digits (Duncan 18, Collin Myrick 15, Tyler Jenne 14, Hunter Stanley 12).North Country will be back in action this Friday when they head to Jericho for 7:00 meeting with the Mount Mansfield Cougars.GIRLS BASKETBALLSpaulding 54, No. Country 18BARRE–The North Country girls basketball team's first quarter woes continued on Friday evening as Spaulding scored 16 consecutive points right out of the gate en route to the one-sided win."We need to get going on the offensive end," said Falcon coach Christiane Brown. "We are struggling right now and I know we can play better."Morgan Greene had half of her team's points, as she put up nine points and had four rebounds.Kate Patenaude came off the bench and had a nice game, contributing in little ways that rarely show up on the score sheet."She did the little things the right way for us, and her play was inspiring," Brown said of junior forward.Now standing at 2-6, the Falcons will host Burlington tonight at 6:30.