BRATTLEBORO — With the U-14 girls hosting the 24th annual Green Mountain Tournament (GMT) this weekend at the Nelson Withington Skating Rink at Memorial Park, the Squirts, PeeWees, and Bantams will all be playing road games.
The U-14 Hawks opened up the GMT's face off play in the GMT opener on Friday evening against Twin Valley. According to U-14 coach Elizabeth McClarney, the Hawks enter the tournament playing their best hockey of the season, following two solid wins last weekend against Woodstock and Northshire. The tourney action will continue today and on Sunday, as U-14 and U-12 teams from around New England will compete for spots in tournament title games — U-12 finale is Sunday at 3:45 p.m. and U-14 championship is Sunday at 5 p.m. The Green Mountain Tournament is the Brattleboro Hockey Association's biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the tournament help keep the learn to skate tournament free to to boys and girls ages 3-7 from the Brattleboro area.
On the ice last weekend, The BHA Mighty Mites played a tough Holy Name team on Saturday at the Olympia in West Springfield, Mass.
On Sunday, the first place Peewee's retained their undefeated record in Greater Springfield League play with a thrilling 4-4 tie with the second place Nonotuck (Massachusetts) Black Knights. After the Knights took a 1-0 lead with a first period goal, the Hawks came storming back in the second period on goals by Jack Pattison and Cam Fry. The Knights turned the tables on Brattleboro in the third, taking a 3-2 lead until Jack Rockefeller snuck down the slot to rip a wrister over the goalie's glove, knotting the game back up at 3-3. The Knights would regain the lead once again, just 30 seconds later. This left the Hawks staring at their first loss in GSL league play all season. With 45 seconds showing on the clock and down a goal, the Hawks brought netminder Darek Harvey to the bench for an extra skater. The six-player attack buzzed the Knights goalie until Aden McMahon sniped a short-side beauty from the right-hand face off circle with only three seconds to go, earning the Hawks a hard fought tie.
The Brattleboro Squirts also remained undefeated in GSL play. On Saturday they squared off with a tough Wilbraham Twin Meadows (WTM) team at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. The Hawks were able to make an impressive comeback after going down 3-1 after two periods, scoring three third-period goals. Will Hill had three goals and Leo Bodett netted one. Ben Greenwald, William Miskovich and Bryce Boyd-Tucker all collected assists as Brattleboro won the game 4-3. On Sunday morning in Brattleboro, the Squirts laced them up to play Holy Name at the Withington rink. The Hawks went on to win this game by a score of 14-1. Goal scorers included Boyd-Tucker (1) ,Bodett (3), Miskovich (2), Greenwald (2), Emmett Smith (2), Hill (1), Matthew Gordon-Macy (2), and Rowan Lonergan (1).
At the Bantam level, the Hawks lost to Westfield 3-1 in a physical contest on Saturday in Brattleboro. Andrew Peloso scored the lone Brattleboro goal, with an assist going to Max Albright. On Sunday, the Bantams took on Northshire for the second time this season, in a Vermont State Tournament qualifying game. Brattleboro jumped out to a quick 2-0 first-period lead against the Bulldogs, as Gabe Heiden got the offense in gear, converting an Andrew Peloso pass into a goal at 7:52 of the game. Peloso scored the first of his two goals late in the first, with assists going to Heiden and Max Albright. The Hawks extended their lead in the second when Jakob Curtiss, the Vernon Flash, scored at the five-minute mark of the middle period — going low glove from the right circle, Curtiss beat the Northshire netminder before Peloso made it 4-0 by scoring on Albright's third assist of the weekend. The Hawks were able to ride out the Bulldogs' late surge as Austin Wood and Forrest Wohnus split goaltending duties and secured the Brattleboro victory.