LYNDON CENTER — They trailed through most of the first two periods. In crunch time, however, the Kingdom Blades came through as late goals by sophomore Clara Andre and junior Korey Champney keyed the Blades to a 3-1 girls hockey win Saturday afternoon over Brattleboro at Fenton Chester Arena.
Danville eighth-grader Sarah Tanner scored her first varsity goal at 10:28 of the second period, evening the game at 1-1 on Champney’s assist. Andre then scored the go-ahead goal with 4:28 left in regulation on a key assist by senior Kristen Watters, and Champney sealed it with an empty-netter with 10 seconds left.
It was the Blades’ fourth straight win, pulling them into a tie with Harwood for second place in D-III behind undefeated Spaulding.
“We dominated play. The third period was a solid period of hockey,” Blades coach Jim Davis said. “Again, it was a strong team effort that led to the win. Everyone picked up their game to a new level, and the team concept of defense is getting better every game out. I was excited for Sarah Tanner to get her first high school career goal. We need to cut down on our penalties – still too many game in, game out.”
The Blades take a 5-2 record into their next game Wednesday at Cairns Arena in South Burlington at 6:20 with Champlain Valley Union (4-4).
LI 6, NORTHFIELD 0: In Northfield, six Vikings scored, including two shorthanded goals, as Lyndon Institute won its fourth straight going into Wednesday’s 6 p.m. game with St. Johnsbury Academy.
Senior defenseman Dzamal Benda opened the scoring with a rocket from the point at 1:24 into the game. Ashton Gould scored the second goal from a nice pass in slot from Duncan D’Olimpio. Patrick Gaudreau picked up the Vikings’ third goal shorthanded on a nice pass from Martin Rudolf from behind the net.
Sam Gonyaw scored on a top-corner snipe from the point for LI’s fourth goal. Northfield got into penalty trouble and Daniel Lanoue scored the Vikings’ fifth goal on a deflection late in the third period on a power play. Rudolf then closed out the scoring on a shorthanded goal with six seconds left.
Defenseman Duncan D’Olimpio and forward Aiden Hale had two assists each. The Vikings slammed Northfield goalie Dylan Partlow with 53 shots, aiding teammate Conlon St. John’s shutout in which he made 15 saves.
The Hilltoppers will bring a 4-5 mark into Wednesday’s game after an 8-3 loss to Brattleboro (6-2-1) Saturday at FCA. Chase Porter, Viktor Pallasvesa and Gregor Vogel scored for the Toppers.
SJA RUNNER-UP AT MAU: In Bennington, the Hilltoppers wrestled well in a 16-team tournament hosted by perennial power Mt. Anthony Union, which won with 234.5 points.
St. J was second, led by its estimable trio of seniors Hunter Verge and Wilder Hudson and junior Zebb Winot. Verge, a 2018-19 state champion, beat Christian Burdick of the MAU Patriots in 3, minutes 4 seconds for the the 126-pound title. Hudson (170) also won his finals match by pin over Hunter Day of Salem-Cambridge High School (N.Y.), reversing the outcome of last year’s match in this tournament in which Day decisioned Hudson.
Coming back from a shoulder injury, Winot looked none the worse for wear in winning the 220-pound title, decisioning Salem-Cambridge’s Evan Day 8-4 in the finals.
Hilltoppers freshman Malik Newman-Shadley (285) and senior Majd Al Abas (145) took third in their weight divisions, while sophomore William Casciari (4th, 120) and junior Ryan Sullivan (4th, 160) also competed well. The Hilltoppers now get ready for a Thursday makeup match in Barre at Spaulding High School.
HAZEN 49, STOWE 33: In Hardwick, Carter Hill paced three Wildcats in double figures as they solidified their hold on first place in D-III.
“It was not our best performance but the boys played hard and defensively we had a strong game,” Hazen Union coach Aaron Hill said. “Our younger players are really starting to play well, and as a result our scoring is becoming more balanced.”
Tyler Rivard (11) and Isaiah Baker combined for 21 more for the Cats, who led 27-14 at the half. They’ll look to go to a 7-1 record Monday at winless Winooski.
STOWE (4-3): Max McKenna 5-2-13, RaShane Russell. 1-1-3, Daniel Lyden 3-1-7, Luke Farley 3 0-6, Patrick Rolling 1-0-2, Alex Reichelt 1 0-2. Totals: 14-FG 4-9-FT 33.
HAZEN (6-1): Nate Piangerelli 1 0-2, Jadon Baker 0-1-1, Derrek Salls 2-0-4, Isaiah Baker 4-0-10, Tyler Rivard 5-1-11, Carter Hill 4-5-14, Stephen Martin 2-2-6. Totals: 18-FG10-23-FT 49.
SHS 4 10 11 8 — 33
HU 13 14 15 7 — 49
3-Point FG: Hazen 3 (Baker 2, Hill); Stowe 1 (McKenna). Team Fouls: H 19, S 15. Fouled Out: S, Russell.
SJA 46, RUTLAND 36: In St. Johnsbury, senior guard Josie Choiniere posted a career-high 31 points, leading the Hilltoppers to their fourth straight win and helping avenge an earlier loss to the Raiders.
Choiniere, who scored her 1,000th career point on Monday, hit four 3s and went 13 of 15 at the foul line in Saturday’s matinee win. She also scored all 10 of St. J’s first-quarter points as the Hilltoppers raced to a 24-13 halftime lead.
Rutland won the first meeting 35-33 on Dec. 28.
Josie Moulton (six points) and Mazie Burt combined for the hosts, who hit 19 of 22 from the charity stripe.
The Hilltoppers next visit Burlington (third place in VPA standings at 4-1) on Tuesday night at 6:30.
RUTLAND (3-3): Shipley 1-1-3, Sabotka 4-5-16, Hendrickson 1-0-2, Moore 3-0-7, Burgess 2-4-8. Totals: 11-FG 10-14-FT 36.
ST. J (4-2): Sydney Huntington-Strohm 0-2-2, Josie Moulton 1-4-6, Mazie Burt 2-0-5, Maren Nitsche 1-0-2, Josie Choiniere 7-13-31. Totals: 11-FG 19-22-FT 46.
RHS 6 7 14 9 — 46
SJA 10 14 10 12 — 36
3-Point FG: R 4 (Sabotka 3, Moore); S 5 (Burt, Choiniere 4). Team Fouls: R 20, S 10. Fouled Out: R, Hendrickson.
LAKE REGION 43, U-32 32: In Orleans, the Rangers continued their undefeated ways in D-III with top scorers Tia Martinez (game-high 15) and Melanie Menard combining for 27 points. Held to five points in the second quarter, Lake Region busted out with a 15-9 third quarter, and now take a 6-0 record into their Friday game at D-II Harwood with the 4-0 Highlanders.
U-32 (1-4): McGinley 1-0-3, Croteau 1-0-2, Garland 0-2-2, Pryce 1-0-2, Hawkins 1-0-2, Gariboldi 6-0-13, Winner 0-2-2, Hogan 2-1-5. Totals: 12-FG 5-FT 31
LAKE REGION (6-0): Sakoya Sweeney 1-0-2, Melanie Menard 2-7-13, Robin Nelson 1-1-3, Ebony Cota 2-0-4, Jordyn Ingalls 1-0-2, Danyelle Pion 1-0-2, Cierra Richardson 1-0-2, Tia Martinez 6-1-15. Totals: 15-FG 9-FT 43.
U-32 2 6 9 14 — 31
LRU 12 5 15 11 — 43
3-Point FG: U 2 (McGinley, Gariboldi); L 4 (Menard 2, Martinez 2). Team Fouls: U 8, L 12.