BRATTLEBORO -- The BHA Squirt Hawks traveled to Burlington last weekend for the Squirt Winter Classic. The Hawks played their first game against PVA on Friday night and started the tournament off in style with a tough 2-1 victory.
Darek Harvey made a number of key saves in net with the help of the Hawks player of the game, Jack Rockefeller, who was everywhere on the defensive end of the ice and looked to be the best defenseman in the tournament. Lauren Carpenter and Torin Kindopp aided the defensive effort with strong play.
The Hawks goals came from Alex Palomba, aided by a tenacious forecheck by linemates Nelly Tattersall and Cam Fry, and Gabe Heiden after a great defensive play by left wing Elliot Davis. After a quick sleep, the Hawks took the ice against the Northern Berkshire Bears on Saturday morning.
The Bears proved to be a tough test, as they dropped the Hawks 4-0. Player of the game for the Hawks went to Darek Harvey as he stood on his head making one save after another to give the Hawks a chance into the third period. The Bears continued their strong play throughout the tournament as they went on to win it all. After a day of swimming and knee hockey the Hawks were back on the ice to face the host CSB Red squad. The players rallied with an impressive effort throughout the lineup to earn a 4-2 victory. Once again Harvey made a number of key saves to keep the Hawks in front. Ethan Young and Aden McMahon were pillars on defense turning away the CSB attack.
The offense was led by the trio of Heiden, Emmett Smith and Leo Bodett. Player of the game Heiden netted a pair and assisted on goals by each of his linemates. The game-winner came on a lightning fast breakaway by Smith as he raced in from the red line uncontested and lasered the biscuit past the CSB goalie. The insurance marker came from Bodett as he pounced on a rebound in front of the goal and stuffed it under the crossbar to seal the win.
The two wins put the Hawks in the third place game on Sunday morning against neighboring Keene, N.H. The Hawks mustered up their last ounces of energy and came out flying. Jenna Powers battled back from injury to join Rockefeller and Carpenter in shutting down the Keene attack. The offense was led by the line of Kami Meier, Will Taggard and Jack Pattison. The high flying line passed the puck like it was a hot potato, which proved to be very difficult for Keene to defend. Player of the game Taggard and Pattison lit the lamp twice each, including a beautiful two on one rush that saw Taggard feed Pattison a back door pass for a slam dunk. Heiden was again an offensive force with two goals and Alex Palomba rounded out the scoring. The 7-3 victory put an exclamation point on a successful weekend for the Hawks, both on and off the ice.
BRATTLEBORO -- Peewee North played a busy 4-game weekend. On Friday night against Pleasant Valley Tigers, Brattleboro controlled much of the play. The game went 1-1 into the second period.
Brattleboro would net five unanswered goals in the second and would score four more in the third for a final score of 10-2. Saturday’s contest against Holy Name Black of Springfield, Mass. would end in a 2-2 tie. Goals came from Andrew Peloso and Jacob Curtiss. Austin Wood was solid between the pipes.
Sunday’s double-header was a split with a 9-0 loss against Amherst A squad and a 5-5 tie against the CVSA Capitals. Stand out players of the weekend would be Alex Hudon, Anthony Palomba and Andrew Peloso.