BRATTLEBORO -- The Rec & Parks women’s hoops league playoff schedule has been announced. The tournament began Monday, with the undefeated Chroma beating Lawton Flooring, 51-39.

Games take place every Monday night at Gibson-Aiken Center, starting at 6:20 through March 24.

Top-seeded Chroma was 9-0 entering the tournament, New England House (5-4) is ranked second, Lawton Flooring (4-5) is seeded third, and Houghton (0-9) sits in fourth.

Squirts, Hawks knot it up

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Squirts had a tough weekend schedule as they played games against the first place Holy Name Stars, and fourth place Amherst.

On Saturday the Stars brought their high powered attack to Brattleboro and were met at the door by a brick wall named Darek Harvey. From the start of the contest Harvey was flashing leather like his life depended on it and managed to keep the Stars off the scoreboard through the first two periods.

While the Squirts managed scoring chances of their own, the game was tied 0-0 after one period. In the second period the Squirts broke through with goals from Gabe Heiden and Will Taggard. The shorthanded Squirts defense did all they could to give Harvey some help.

Lauren Carpenter and Aden McMahon worked hard to limit the onslaught. Late in the third, the Stars managed a couple quick goals to tie the game for a final score of 2-2, only the third game on the season that the Stars have not won.

The Sunday tilt for the Hawks against Amherst was a seesaw affair from the start. Amherst managed to sneak an early goal past Harvey only to see the Beauty and the Beasts line strike for the next two off the sticks of Will Taggard and Jack Pattison, with assists to Kami Meier and Leo Bodett.

Another Amherst goal sent the game to the third period tied at 2-2. In the third, Pattison took a feed from Taggard high in the offensive zone and bulled his way to the net and banged in his own rebound to put the Hawks ahead 3-2.

Amherst didn’t let the late goal deter them as they kept the offensive pressure on the Hawks and were able to knot the game at 3-3 with 11 ticks left on the clock for a 3-3 final score.

Hawk PeeWees advance
in state tournament

BRATTLEBORO -- Peewee Blue Squad faced Northfield in their first game of the state tournament play down weekend. Northfield shutout the Hawks in a 5-0 victory. Jacob Curtis was named Player of the Game for the Hawks.

Sunday’s games would be a different story, starting when the Hawks dominated the Central Vermont Skating Association from Montpelier. The Hawks came out on top with a 8-0 victory. Andrew Peloso would receive the MVP.

Next, the Hawks faced the PVA Tigers from Saxtons River. This game was back and forth, with both teams playing very competitively. The game would end in a 3-3 tie. Nathan Powers was named Player of the Game.

The Peewee Blues made the cut and have advanced to the second weekend of play. This weekend they will play in Highgate, competing for the chance to play in the championship weekend.

Withington Cup invitational

BRATTLEBORO -- The annual Winter Carnival tradition of the Withington Cup invitational youth hockey contest falls to the BHA Hawk’s scrappy Squirt team this year when they face the slippery Keene Cobras this Sunday at 4:15 at the Nelson Withington Rink.

The Brattleboro Hockey Association will celebrate the close of another successful season with its first Blue vs. White Battle Royale, March 2 at 4:15 at the skating rink.

The entire complement of BHA skaters, from novice thru PeeWee, including 14 and Under Girls, will divide and attempt to conquer each other in two full-ice scrimmages.

There will be chili, mac and cheese, and a bake sale as well as the traditional raffle. This year the grand prizes offered include a Kindle Fire HD, a Fender Precision electric bass guitar, and a set of Dr. Dre headphones. The BHA will also be holding early registration for all of its programs for next season.