BRATTLEBORO-- The Colonel girls fell to Middlebury, 4-0, at a varsity hockey game held Saturday.
"If we hadn’t been successful with our early opportunities, the game probably could have went either way," said Middlebury coach Matt Brush, after the shutout.
Middlebury took the face-off, then bunched up the Colonels defense, allowing Angela Carone to slice around the pile and bury her team’s first goal near the start of the game.
"We gave up the early goal, but still should have been able to keep up with them," said BUHS coach Linda Burke.
The Colonels came out on the attack during the next period as Kellie Schiller, Rebecca Potter, Maddy Rollins, and Amber Bessette came close to putting in a few shots, settling instead for a second period stalemate. Madison Doucette also demonstrated effective defense during the shooting spat.
The Brattleboro forwards spent a good deal of their time chasing the puck, and when they did have it, often flung it away, or tried to work it off the boards.
Rollins weaved in and out of the Tiger defense with ease, and took the majority of the Colonels’ shots, smacking the post on a few approaches.
During the third period, Timothea Carone took a spill down on her back, but somehow got off the shot, after receiving it from Lauren Bartlett, and the Tigers found the back of the net a second time. Taylor Becker provided support in the back.
A few minutes later, Middlebury tried again, seeing a weakness in the Brattleboro defense. Brattleboro goalie Alex Fellows smothered the first couple attempts, but eventually the Tigers got in, for their third. Emma Best put away the final goal for the winners.
The Colonels had five shots on target, and Middlebury took 25. Fellows made 21 saves.
The Colonels will host North Country today at 2:45 p.m.
U-32 3, Brattleboro 1
BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels’ record dropped to 8-2, after the team fell to the Raiders at a game held Saturday at Memorial Park.
Brattleboro could only hold U-32 for a few moments before the team had their first goal at the 12:22 mark, off a medium-strength shot by Jordan Jones, with Cole Mugford and Shane O’Neill on the assist.
The Raiders put away two more in the second period courtesy of O’Neill, assisted by Cooper Hatch, and Mugford, who slapped in the Raider’s last goal with eight minutes on the clock.
Jimmy Podlaski scored the Colonels’ lone goal, a few minutes into the third period, as the Brattleboro team defended against the Raider’s barrage for the remainder of the contest.
Brattleboro will host Peoples on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.