BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro’s win over Mt. Anthony on Tuesday night featured solid defense, good goalie play, and a lot of action as the Colonels pulled out a 7-5 victory against the visiting Patriots.
Seven minutes would go by at the start of the game before either team would muster offense with Mt. Anthony’s Avery Peck striking first for a 1-0 Patriot lead. Brattleboro took advantage of an extra man opportunity with Conner Elliott-Knaggs finally getting the Colonels on the board with 21 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The second quarter started out as the first with seven more minutes of scoreless action before Brattleboro broke through in a big way. With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Sam Seigel, Brennen Zolnoski and Nik Rancourt scored minutes apart to send the Colonels into the break up 4-1.
Four third quarter penalties slowed Brattleboro’s momentum and Mt. Anthony played their way back into the game scoring the quarter’s only two goals (Damon Young and Peck), cutting the Colonel lead to 4-3 heading into the final period.
The fourth quarter was back and forth. Briar Wilkinson started the quarter off quickly for Mt. Anthony, scoring at the 11:25 mark to tie the game. Brattleboro took advantage of another extra-man chance four minutes later with Rancourt putting the Colonels back up one, 5-4. Both teams battled over the final seven minutes before Young’s second goal from an Avery assist again knotted the score, 5-5. But Brattleboro would remain composed and dig deep to win this game.
Controlling the face off, Galen Finnerty found Zolnoski for the winning goal with 19 seconds remaining. The Colonels withstood a final Patriot possession before Siegel’s second goal iced the game with two seconds on the clock. Zolonoski, Siegel and Rancourt finished with two goals each in the Brattleboro win.
With the result, both teams will sport 3-1 records heading into their next contests. For Brattleboro, the next game comes on Thursday as the Colonels travel to Amherst for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Otter Valley 7, Bellows Falls 3
BELLOWS FALLS -- Justin Owen fanned 10 and walked just two to earn the victory, as the Otters pounded out 10 hits on the day.
Zac Streeter and Chris Armstrong took turns on the hill for the 2-2 Terriers. Coach Bob Lockerby was pleased with their performances and said his team played good defense behind them, but Bellows Falls was limited to just three hits.
The Terriers will play at Springfield on Thursday.
Twin Valley 7, Arlington 6
ARLINGTON -- The Wildcats won the first game of their season after breaking a 6-6 deadlock in the sixth, reported Twin Valley coach Jim Burke.
"Sam Molner crossed the plate after Kyle Murdock’s sacrifice knock late in the inning to get the win," noted Twin Valley coach Jim Burke.
Twin Valley’s Jason Moore went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Molner went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Murdoch had a pair of hits, and Hunter Therrien singled.
Craig Green started for the Wildcats and threw for almost two innings. He and catcher Chris Robertson tagged out two Arlington runners as they came home in the second.
Mill River 26, Bellows Falls 11
BELLOWS FALLS -- The Terriers fell to Mill River in a Tuesday night contest. "We played pretty good defense, but we gave them a lot of free passes," said BFUHS coach Pete Fry.
Chelsea Wilder and Casada Pencek had two hits apiece and Emily Perry singled and had two RBIs to contribute to Bellows Falls’ nine hits. Emily Stoddard was the losing pitcher.
The 1-2 Terriers will host Green Mountain on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Hanover, N.H. 9, Brattleboro 0
HANOVER, N.H. -- On Monday, the Colonels lost the six singles matches and three doubles matches to drop to 0-4 overall. BUHS coach Justin Duncan, whose team will play at Hartford on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., said that Hanover is a really deep team and that it was a good experience for his players.
Brattleboro 5, Otter Valley 2
BRANDON -- Aidan Earley beat Louisa Jerome in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2, and the Colonels beat the Otters on Tuesday.
In No. 2 singles, Brattleboro’s Libby Annis defeated Hannah Lones, 6-1, 6-2. Katie Tsukamoto returned to the BUHS courts and beat Kayla Zido in No. 3 singles. In No. 4 singles, the Colonels’ Kara Piergentili played Ally Smith and lost, 7-6, 7-5, 6-3, and in No. 5 singles Brattleboro’s Jennifer Hutton was beaten by Allyssa Adamson, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Brattleboro swept in the doubles match. Aliza Racine and Jiada Henry beat OV’s Caitlyn Curtis and Dana Rose-Weaver, 4-6, 6-3, 10-3, and Brattleboro’s Sophia Finnerty and Grace Willingham defeated Sarah Young and Sam Collette in No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-0.
The 3-1 Colonels play Woodstock on Friday.