Thursday January 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Andy Harris and Nik Rancourt each had a pair of goals as the Colonels crushed visiting Lyndon, 7-0, in a boys hockey game on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Park.

Harris scored both goals during the opening period, his first assisted by Romello Lindsey and Jimmy Podlaski, and the second by sophomore Jon Curtis.

Lindsey scored the team’s initial goal two minutes in, and Adam Griffin used some tricky stick work to give Brattleboro their fourth goal, five minutes before the period ended.

"There wasn’t a question that we had it after the first few minutes," said BUHS coach Eric Libardoni. "Lyndon played hard and were smart and battled us throughout. It was a clean game and a positive experience for the team."

The Colonels made some pretty passes all night, giving up just one interception after Lyndon’s Dave Peters responded by turning up the defensive heat and began encouraging his team to start checking the purple and white into the boards. On a few of those hits, shockwaves rippled through the glass as shredded blade ice splashed across the wall. Brattleboro’s Ryan Cobb returned the favor with a hard check of his own.

The Colonels’ fifth goal came after Rancourt passed to Curtis, who dinged one off the pipe, and Podlaski swooped in to save the day with a flick of the wrist.

Podlaski was an ever-present threat on defense to the Viking team, and he managed a handful of steals in the second and third periods. Lyndon’s Cody Knights, Jake Wilkins, and Peters applied pressure to the senior forward, but Podlaski encountered little resistance when he went into attack mode.

"We got to work on a lot of things tonight we’ve been working on at practice," said Libardoni. "Better passing, moving the puck around. I try to emphasize (to the players) to not do anything on their own. So while we did pass the puck fairly well, I think we could have skated harder."

Rancourt scored on a powerplay early in the third, with Harris and Perkins on the feed, to jack the score up, 6-0. Rancourt’s next one came seven minutes later, as he put in the Colonels’ last goal unassisted, with seven minutes left.

Brattleboro took 41 shots.

Colonel goalie Greg DiSilva stopped 12 shots, including a few gloves in the third, as the Vikings took desperate last-minute tries.

Wrapping up a rugged road schedule, Brattleboro will take to the rink for a four-game homestand, starting Jan. 9.

The 6-1 Colonels will play at Peoples on Saturday at 5 p.m.

David Aquino can be reached at daquino@reformer.com, or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 164.