Monday January 28, 2013

ST. JOHNSBURY -- Andy Harris exploded for five goals and three assists as the Brattleboro boys hockey team demolished St. Johnsbury, 11-2, on Saturday.

Harris had a hat trick and Evan Perkins dished out three assists in the opening period, helping the Colonels build a 7-0 lead. Nik Rancourt, Philip Perkins, Jimmy Podlaski and Evan Perkins also split the posts in the first.

The purple and white outscored the Hilltoppers 3-0 in the second, on burials by Harris (2) and Podlaski. Rancourt added a power-play goal in the third to make it 11-0.

Brattleboro took 30 total shots, including eight by Podlaski and six from Harris. Greg DiSilva finished with 26 saves.

The 10-2 Colonels will play at Burr and Burton on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and then host Milton on Friday at 4 p.m.

Wrestling

E. WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team traveled to East Windsor, Conn. High School to participate in the annual Rodney Smith wrestling tournament over the weekend. Sixteen schools from throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York attended. The Terrierds were the only Vermont team that competed.

Nolan Viens improved his record to 33-1 at the 145-pound weight class. After defeating wrestlers from Hampton Charter, Mass., East Windsor, Conn., and Amityville, N.Y., he went up against the top ranked and former state champion, Casey Mitchell from South Windsor High School. Mitchell was able to win 2-1.


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Kyle Record improved his season record to 34-6 and placed fourth at the tournament at the 152-pound weight class. He went 3-2 at the tournament. He had victories over wrestlers from Suffock, N.Y., Somers, Conn., and Pomperaug High Schools. His two losses came from his opponents from East Catholic and Lyman Memorial, Conn. high schools.

Patrick Libuda improved his season record to 21-6 at the 138-pound weight class and placed fourth at the tournament. After receiving a first round bye, he defeated wrestlers from East Windsor, Conn. and South Windsor Conn. high schools. He suffered losses from wrestlers from South Hadley, Mass., and East Providence, R.I.

At the 113-pound weight class, Austin Viens went 2-2 and found himself not placing for the first time at a tournament this season. He defeated wrestlers from East Windsor, Conn. and Hampden Charter, Mass. high schools. He suffered losses from wrestlers from Suffock and Pomperaug high schools.

Shane Brown and John Harris also participated, but came up empty in the win column.

"We do a lot of traveling to out of state tournaments throughout January. It gives the wrestlers the opportunity to see other wrestlers out of Vermont and go up against some stiff competition from other areas of New England. It helps us prepare for the final four weeks of the season where we have some important in-state events along with the state championships the last weekend in February. It also helps prepare them for the New England Tournament, the first week in March," said Bellows Falls-Hartford coach Claude Weyant.

Next up for the Terriers is the annual Jason Lowell Memorial Tournament at Mt. Mansfield High School this Saturday, which is the last in-season tournament. Wrestling is expected to start around 10:00 a.m.