BRATTLEBORO — The Greater Springfield League's (GSL) Thanksgiving Break limited the number of games played by Brattleboro Hockey Association (BHA) teams over the holiday weekend, but it did not stop the fun on the ice at Living Memorial Park's Nelson Withington rink. BHA House League majors and minors were skating, shooting, and scoring on (Black) Friday evening. On Saturday morning, novices — ages 6-7 preparing for their first cross ice games beginning in January — and learn to skate participants were out on the ice, having an awesome time. There's still time to sign up for these Brattleboro based BHA programs.
With no GSL contest scheduled, on Sunday the Brattleboro Squirts, undefeated in the GSL South, traveled to Amherst to take on Amherst Hockey Association's Squirt A team at the Mullins Center, on the the campus of the University of Massachusetts in a non-league contest.
The Squirt Hawks took an early 1-0 lead after forward Sam Hall broke through the defense and ripped a shot past the Amherst goalie.
The next four goals were scored by Amherst's powerful offense.
The Hawks' defensive corps, comprised by Rowan Lonergan, Marina Wilson, Kyle Hamilton and Alex Dumont, rose to the challenge, doing an outstanding job and keeping Brattleboro in the game. Goalie Nick Gerard also played a strong game, making several nice saves.
Late in the second period, Brattleboro was able to cut the score to 4-2 on a hard wrist shot by forward Emmett Smith.
The third period was very competitive, and with five minutes left in the game Brattleboro scored its third goal when William Miskovich buried a rebound in the back of the net, assisted by Will Hill.
The Hawks pulled their goaltender with a minute left in the game, looking to score the tying goal but were unable to do so, leaving the Amherst Squirts with a 4-3 victory in this non-league game.
The BHA's Bantams were also in action on Sunday morning, playing their first Vermont Amateur Hockey Association (VAHA) game of the season against the Northshire Bulldogs. After the puck dropped at the Withington rink, the game was played at a brisk pace and featured strong goaltending. In the end, Brattleboro's tandem of Forrest Wohnus and Austin Wood were equal to the task, as the Hawks prevailed 2-1.
Northshire scored quickly, getting on the board in the first minute of the game, sliding the puck past Wohnus following a rebound on the first shot of the game.
Brattleboro regrouped and evened the score at 1-1 in the first on a shot from the top of the right circle by defenseman Mason Foard. Andrew Peloso was credited with an assist on the goal, capping off some fine puck movement by the Bantam Hawks.
Jakob Curtiss scored an unassisted goal early in the second period, putting the Hawks up 2-1, which proved to be be the game winner. The Hawks played solid up-tempo hockey the rest of the way, repelling Northshire's third period surge. The win was secured when a Bulldog attacker managed to gain possession and break in alone on goalie Austin Wood late in the third. Wood made the save, sending the breakaway skater's shot harmlessly into the corner.
The Bantams return to GSL action with a Saturday morning game against Holy Name Black.