Enforcers, Greyhawks to face off March 5


BRATTLEBORO >> The Vermont Enforcers are returning to Brattleboro March 5 for their seventh annual benefit hockey game with the Brattleboro Greyhawks. The Enforcers are made up of Vermont law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel who skate to raise money for worthy local causes around the state. The Greyhawks are the coaches, board members and volunteers of the Brattleboro Hockey Association willing to sacrifice their calcifying cartilage to a higher cause — in this case the Brattleboro youth hockey scholarship program.

With schools out of session for February break, action on the ice was lighter than usual for Brattleboro Hockey Association (BHA) teams. Only the Pee Wee Hawks played two Greater Springfield League (GSL) games over the weekend. According to the Pee Wee's coaching staff, the team played two "strong, but very different, games over the weekend." On Saturday the Hawks hosted the Springfield Capitals Red squad and put a hurting on one of the lower ranked teams in the league. The Hawks offense controlled the puck throughout on the way to lighting the lamp nine times. Hawks goal scorers were Aden McMahon, Jack Pattison, Ethan Young, Will Taggard (2), Alex Palomba (2), Jack Rockefeller and Lauren Carpenter. Darek Harvey kept the shutout in tact at the other end of the ice for the 9-0 victory. On Sunday the Hawks traveled to venerable Lassone Rink in Easthampton, Mass. to take on the second place Nonotuck Black Knights. This tilt was very even throughout and featured a goalie dual as the Knights goalie and Harvey played a game of anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better, kicking aside one shot after another. The game entered the third period knotted at zero, until the Knights found a way to sneak one past Harvey and take the 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later Brett Parsons sent a head man pass to Jack Pattison, who flew past the Knight defense in the neutral zone and buried the biscuit over the goalie's glove hand to tie the game. Both teams traded chances down the stretch only to see the game end in a 1-1 tie. The weekend results clinched first place for the Hawks, leaving them with a record of 20-0-3.

The BHA Squirts had similar success in their GSL game on Sunday morning at Smead Arena in Springfield, Mass., winning 4-2 over the Ludlow Lions to up their record in league play to 22-0-0. Closer to home on Sunday, at Nelson Withington rink at Memorial Park, the U-14 Girls took on the Twin Valley Flyers and defeated them by a 5-1 score.

The Novices and the Mites continued to have fun and learn skills in cross ice games played South of the border. On Saturday the Mites took on the Franklin County Hockey Association's GreenWave in Greenfield, Mass. Sunday morning found the Novice Blue Hawks taking on Ludlow's White Lions and the Novice White Hawks skating with the Springfield Capitals Blue squad at Olympia Ice Center in W. Springfield, Mass. Both teams continued to improve their abilities to pass, shoot and score.


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