BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Bantam Hawks traveled to the State Capital to participate in the 2016 Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association (VSAHA) Bantam "A" Tournament. Brattleboro was held winless in three games against teams from Stowe, Burlington and Middlebury, played at the the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center. Third period breakdowns and lack of offense hurt the Hawks, who only mustered three goals in their three games. Game One with Stowe was the expected tight contest, tied 1-1, until the fifth minute of the third period. A series of costly mistakes in the Hawks defensive end allowed Stowe to break the game wide open, before going on to win 7-1. Brattleboro's lone goal was scored by Nathan Powers, who was named Player of the Game by the Tournament Staff. The Bantams brought everything they had in Game Two with Burlington, but fell 2-1 in a hard fought contest. Gabe Heiden gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead after one period. Burlington tied the game and went ahead moments later on a power play goal. The Hawks pulled goaltender Austin Wood with 1:30 remaining in the third but were unable to net the equalizer with the extra attacker on the ice. Heiden received Brattleboro Player of the Game honors. Sunday morning's game with Middlebury followed the previous two contests: close through two periods, but not enough offense to earn the win. Jakob Curtiss scored the Hawks only goal of the game, which was again tied 1-1 at the end of the second.
At the Pee Wee Level, the Hawks played an outstanding game from start to finish against the big, bad Westfield (Massachusetts) Bombers on Sunday morning in Brattleboro at the Nelson Withington Arena. Darek Harvey stood tall between the pipes and his rugged defensive unit of Ethan Young, Derek Parsons, Nelly Tattersall, Jack Rockefeller and Lauren Carpenter stifled the Bomber attack, only allowing one goal late in the contest. The Hawks offense was clicking on all cylinders throughout the three periods of play. Jack Pattison dished a couple beautiful assists to sniper Will Taggard for a 2-0 lead. Later, Taggard finished off the hat trick after a nice pass from Cam Fry. The Hawks kept coming in waves as Aden McMahon scored shorthanded, Pattison sniped off a Taggard pass and Fry buried a feed from Brett Parsons to polish off the 6-1 victory. With the win, the Hawks improved to a league best 19-0-2.
The Brattleboro Squirts also continued their winning ways on Saturday morning with a 10-1 victory over the Franklin County (Mass.) Hockey Association GreenWave at the Withington Rink. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead with four first period goals. Leo Bodett got the offense stared, scoring the first Brattlboro goal. William Hill Followed with two more goals, building a 3-0 lead before Ben Greenwald netted the fourth and final goal of the period.
The second period scoring for the Hawks began on a nice wrist shot by Matthew Gordon-Macy. Kyle Hamilton then scored his first goal of the season, picking up a rebound in front of the GreenWave net and beating the FCHA goalie with a nice shot. The Hawks did not slow in the the third period as four different Brattleboro players scored on the way to the victory. Third period scorers included Rowan Lonergan, Will Miskovich, Emmett Smith, and Alix Dumont — scoring her first of the season with a beautiful shot. William Hill recorded three assists on the 10 Brattleboro goals while Hamilton, Bodett, Gordon-Macy and Lonergan each had one assist. Nick Gerard continued his strong play in net, making several nice saves.
The Brattleboro Mite Hawks played a pair of games over the weekend, facing Amherst on Saturday and Westfield on Sunday. In Saturday's game, the team played "lacksadaisical" hockey according to coach Andrew Dick. The high points of the game were Evan Anhert's take-no-prisoner style of goaltending and the ferocious back checking of Jack Quarry. Anhert's work in net was as enjoyable to watch as it was effective. He defended his crease and surrounding area aggressively, often coming out of the net to beat Amherst forwards to the puck. Andy Cay, Alexander Dick, Evan Wright and Gabe Alexander provided the scoring in the game. On Sunday, the Hawks emerged from their doldrums, coming alive and mounting a face-paced attack. Three prolific Hawk scores prompted the loss of many hats: Evan Wright scored a triple hat trick, Andy Cay notched a double Hatty and Gabe Alexander contributed three goals for the more conventional single trick. Coach Dick quipped "That's a lot of hats." Michela Heiden supported the scorers, pushing the pace of the game with her blazing speed and dishing the puck to the Hawks shooters. On the defensive side of the ice, Alexander Dick provided the Hawks with exceptional goaltending. His quick feet and excellent positioning stopped many Grade A Westfield chances. Matthew Lyford continued to build his reputation as a reliable stay-at-home defenseman while Alexandra Gregory helped patrol the Hawks' net front.
Both Brattleboro Novice squads saw action on Sunday at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. The Brattleboro White Hawks put together a great effort in their game with the Nonotuck (Easthampton, Mass.) Black Knights. Reid Boyd-Tucker and Henry Schwartz led the way in another potent offensive attack that featured the passing of Ethan Ahnert. Ahnert also found the back of the net along with Talia Betit-Engel, Senji Kimura, and Jacob Starkey. In this week's contest Starkey was a defensive standout and Kimura worked hard enough to break his stick, a rarity among Novices. On the other side of the cross-ice dividers, the BHA's Novice Blue Hawks looked great again in their game with the Nonotuck Gold Knights. The Blue Hawks moved the puck well and played like a team with Smiling Sammy Lyford delivering a strong defensive effort. The Brattleboro offense was able to make outstanding passes as Coen Bassler, Oakley McCarty, and Alex Fortier all recorded multi-goal games for the Blue Hawks.