BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Hockey Association's entries in the Greater Springfield League (GSL) completed their play before the League's holiday break, with strong showings on Sunday, Dec. 20. The Pee Wee Hawks (ages 11-12) and the Squirts (ages 9-10) remained undefeated with wins over the Pioneer Valley Lightning of Holyoke, Mass., and the Westfield (Mass.) Bombers respectively. The Bantams (ages 13-14) played Franklin County Hockey Association to a 4-4 tie, concluding their regular season series with the FCHA while the U-14 Girls squad traveled to Wilmington to taking on Twin Valley, but ended up on the short end of a 4-2 score.
The Brattleboro Squirts moved to 11-0 Sunday with a victory over a competitive Westfield team. They remained in first place, led by the crafty play of William Hill who had seven goals and one assist on the day. Emmett Smith contributed with one goal and four assists, Leo Bodett (1 goal, 2 assists) and William Miskovich (1 goal) also contributed at the offensive end. Kyle Hamilton made numerous big saves in goal to protect the lead for Brattleboro.
The BHA Pee Wee Hawks faced off against the Pioneer Valley Lightning in Brattleboro. The first place Hawks found themselves in an early 1-0 hole, but the offense soon warmed up. Jack Pattison tucked a backhander over the glove of the strong Lightning goalie to tie the game, then Alex Palomba got his dangle on, scoring a couple beauties after a puck control display with his linemates Brett and Derek Parsons. After seeing the Lightning tighten the game at 3-2 to start the third period, the Hawks put the game away behind a rebound tuck by Brett Parsons and a solid hustle play by Will Taggard to bury a rebound off a Cam Fry breakaway. The 5-2 victory kept the Hawks undefeated at 13 wins and 0 losses to sit on top of the Pee Wee standings.
The U-14 Girls travelled to Twin Valley for a rematch against the Flyers, who the U-14 Hawks had skated to a tie two weeks before at Kimball Union Arena. Despite Jenna Powers' two goals and a strong showing in the nets by Jade Bruneau and Eliya Peitree, Brattleboro fell 4-2. Coach Will Inman said the team played well and is looking forward to their games in the Green Mountain Tournament Jan. 8-10. A strong field of 14 girls teams will face off at the Nelson Withington Arena at Memorial Park. It will be a great opportunity for the U-14 Hawks to compete with teams from throughout the region.
At the Bantam level, Gabe Heiden's goal with just under four minutes left on the rink clock secured a 4-4 tie for Brattleboro against the FCHA Green Wave. The game was another hard fought, physical contest between the two teams who are battling for a playoff spot in the GSL's 10-team Bantam division. Brattleboro never led in the game, but was able to stay alive in the contest thanks to an Andrew Peloso hat trick and the combined goal tending of Austin Wood and Forrest Wohnus. The Green Wave jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but Peloso's third goal of the game — a sweet one timer down the slot on a feed from Ryan Garard — came late in the period, giving Heiden a chance to tie it in the third. With the tie, the Hawks finished their season series 2-1-1 with FCHA, taking five of a possible eight points in the process. The Bantams will return to action in the new year when they face second-place Westfield on Jan. 2.