BRATTLEBORO -- Four days after Santa went house to house with his gifts, Danielle Mayo delivered for the Stowe girls hockey team.
The senior goalie stopped all 23 shots that she faced on Saturday at Memorial Park to help the Raiders to a 5-0 victory over Brattleboro.
"That was not our best game. I was a little disappointed in our effort. I think we have just as much skill as Stowe and expected us to give them a better game," said first-year BUHS coach Kraig LaPorte.
Stowe stole a 3-0 lead in the opening period. Katie Feeney had two of those tallies, including a short handed goal, and Ricki Haab also found the back of the net.
Madison Doucette put the heat on for the hosts. The senior tri-captain was denied twice by Mayo, missed wide and then high.
Hannah Curtiss had an open look from the blue line on a 5-on-4 situation, but her laser was caught by the visiting netminder. Sarah LaPorte made a pretty feed to Michaela Shea-Gander, who missed wide left.
"It was the most shots on net that we’ve had all season," noted coach LaPorte, whose team was outshot 53-23 on the night. "But we were not aggressive enough, our positioning was off, they beat us to the puck, and they wanted the puck more than we did."
Alexis Turner buried a shot in the 2nd period and Evie Leikert scored in the 3rd to make it a 5-0 final score. Leikert’s winner was sweet - after Brattleboro’s Sarah LaPorte swerved in on a 1-on-3 attempt, the Stowe defenseman countered up the gut and slipped the puck past goalie Alex Fellows.
The best chance for the Colonels came in the 2nd period, when Doucette went coast to coast before pushing her shot wide of the mark. Mayo would later turn back a slap shot by Doucette and a point-blank attempt by Shea-Gander to preserve the shutout.
Brattleboro (1-5) will play at Burr and Burton on Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
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