BRATTLEBORO -- Calvin Stebbins scored in the final minute of play as the BHA’s PeeWee East Division entry earned a 6-6 tie with Amherst at the Mullins Center.
The Hawks gave a total team effort for 36 minutes, battling back from two-goal deficits twice. Tyler Higley’s hat trick along with Aubrey Goodband’s two goals and two assists paced the offense. With Ezra Lovey Reyes out on injured reserve, the Hawks made adjustments throughout the game, heading into the MLK weekend break on a positive note.
The BHA Squirt Hawks traveled south for a pair of games against a couple of strong teams from Westfield and Amherst over the weekend.
The Hawks fell in an early hole on Saturday against Westfield and trailed 3-1 after the first period. Alex Palomba had the Hawks first goal and played a very strong two-way game throughout. After the first, the defense for the Hawks battened down the hatches as Jack Rockefeller, Ethan Young and Jenna Powers played at the top of their games to limit the Westfield offense.
The second and third periods saw the forwards for the Hawks kick it into high gear, led by the dynamic duo of Gabe Heiden and Leo Bodett, who dished the puck to each other on a number of rushes leading to a goal by each. Will Taggard and Ethan Young each scored in the third to seal the 5-3 victory.
Sunday seemed to be an instant replay of Saturday’s game as the Hawks fell in an early 2-1 hole against a strong Amherst squad, but the Hawks showed that their growing team spirit and determination is tough for their opponents to contain as they came storming back in the second period. Nelly Tattersall notched a pair of goals with help of slick passing from her linemates Alex Palomba and Cameron Fry.
The Hawks also got goals from Will Taggard, Kami Meier and Gabe Heiden. The defense on the day was led by a tenacious Lauren Carpenter and Aden McMahon, who was back in the lineup two days after a snowboarding tumble left him with a cast on his left wrist, proving that he is in fact a true hockey player.
The Hawks finished the tight battle against Amherst with another 5-3 victory and a two-win weekend.
The BHA Mites played Nonotuck and Holy Name this weekend in a pair of high scoring games. Sam Hall and William Hill both scored too many goals to count, Matthew Gordon-Macy had a pair while Evan Wright, Kyle Hamilton, Alexander Dick and others had single goals for the Hawks. The team showed its appreciation for the goal tending of Nick Gerard and Ivan Lyons by coordinating Olympic level, post-game hog piles on them.