The Essex Hornets girls hockey team showed why they were undefeated with a gritty comeback attempt before falling at home in overtime to the visiting Champlain Valley Union High School Redhawks.
CVU scored four unanswered goals in the second period and held a commanding 4-1 lead halfway through the third period. But Essex was at home, and with an undefeated season on the line, weren't about to quit. Julie Pearl (two goals and one assist) who earlier in the game became the first girl's hockey player in Essex history to reach 100 career points, cut the CVU lead to 4-2 with her second goal with 8:43 left to play. Kim Dvorak then took over and scored twice in the next 3:22, tying the game at 4-4 with 5:21 remaining in regulation time.
The two squads remained tied for that final 5:21, and for the majority of the sudden death overtime period. Essex goalie Lindsey Paquette was busy, finishing with 20 saves, while her CVU counterpart Nicole Sisk stopped 19 shots. But with just 1:36 left in overtime Molly Howard (two goals and one assist) fed senior forward K.K. Logan who received the puck and blasted it past Paquette, giving CVU a huge 5-4 road win.
Sophia Steinhoff had one goal and one assist, while Lizzy Betz scored once and Maggie Ryan contributed two assists for the Redhawks, who improved to 8-1 with the win. Essex fell to 6-1-2 with the tough to swallow loss.
Frost Heaves Drop Season Opener
Dwight Brewington scored 19 points to lead the Manchester Millrats to a season opening 102-93 win over the Vermont Frost Heaves last Sunday night in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Vermont's Stephen McDowell led all scorers with 22 points, and Ross Demasi turned in a double-double with11 points and 17 rebounds. Troy Jackson also reached double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Tigers Stung By Yellowjackets
Brittaney Rice (15 points) and Kaitlyn Geary (13 points) led their Milton Yellowjackets to a 47-40 high school girls basketball win over the hometown Tigers last Saturday, in Middlebury. The duo combined to score 28 of Milton's 47 points, as the undefeated Yellowjackets improved to 7-0 on the season.
Katie Ritter led the Tiger's offense with nine points while Kayla Whittemore and Nicole Brown contributed eight more apiece. Middlebury fell to 5-4 with the seven point loss.
Panthers Capture Own 18th Annual Holiday Classic
Middlebury captured the 18th annual Middlebury College Holiday Classic with a 5-2 win over Southern Maine in the title game last Sunday in Middlebury. The Panthers controlled the pace of the tournament title game, out shooting Southern Maine 37-20. Sophomore forward Martin Drolet led the Panthers offense with a pair of goals and an assist. Nick Resor matched Drolet's two goals, while Mathieu Dubuc contributed a pair of assists to the win. Bryan Curran scored the Panthers other goal, and goalie John Yanchek finished with 18 saves to secure the win. Middlebury improved to 5-1-2 with the win. David Nies Dan Rautenberg and scored for Southern Maine who fell to 4-5-1 on the year.
Middlebury advanced to that title game with a 4-0 win in the opening round over Babson last Friday night. Panther goalie Max Kennedy earned the shutout with a 14 save performance. The Panthers dominated the contest from the outset, more than doubling Babson's shots on goal, ending the game with a 32-14 advantage. Drolet again led the Panthers offense with a goal and a pair of assists, while Dubuc and Curran contributed a goal and an assist to the shutout win. Resor scored a single goal for the Panthers to round out their scoring. Babson fell to 4-4-1 with the loss.