Quarry scores 6 goals for Mites

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Hockey Association's Mite (ages 8 and under) Blue Hawks traveled south of the border to the Olympia Arena in West Springfield, Mass. on Saturday to take on the Keene Cobras. Keene's goalie was more than the Hawks could handle as he stood on his head and shut down the Mites, thwarting the barrage of pucks the Blue Hawks launched at the Cobra's net. Brattleboro's goalie, Jacob "the Swiss Army Knife" Sharkey, had a strong game too, using his fast action reflexes to stop shots high and low. The Blue Hawks continue playing with shape and direction, listening closely to coach Josh Pacheco and his staff about positioning, passing, and team work.

On Sunday at Amelia Park Rink in Westfield, Mass., the Blue Hawks took on the Nonotuck Valley Knights. Nonotuck's fast moving, quick passing team was a great skating match for the BHA's Blue Hawks, who were ready and just as quick. Carson Mialkowski and Kaleb Betit played strong defense, keeping the puck away from the net and passing effectively along the boards. Versatile Ethan Ahnert played strong defense and when shifted to the forward position kept the biscuit near the net and scored one for Brattleboro. Playing center, Jack Quarry put the pressure on Nonotuck, and did not let up the entire game. Quarry lit the lamp six times and looked to add a seventh goal as he scooped up a loose puck for a breakaway with 10 seconds on the game clock, but his attempt was stuffed as the buzzer sounded. Henry "The Cat" Schwartz continued his strong play in the contest, netting two more tallies for the Blue Hawks.

With The Brattleboro Pee Wee White Hawks idle on their GSL schedule, local Pee Wee hockey eyes trained on the Pee Wee Blue Hawks. Continuing their move toward an East Division playoff spot, they split a pair of games over the weekend.

The Blue Hawks lost to first place Keene 7-1 at Keene Ice on Saturday. The only goal was a thing of beauty as Bryce Boyd-Tucker slid a dime into the slot that Cameron Cruz used to light the lamp with a one timer into the twine for his first goal of the season and the first goal of his career. It was cause for celebration all around despite the lopsided score.

On Sunday, the road tripping Blue Hawks took on Amherst at the Mullen Center and won 3-2. Boyd-Tucker supplied more offensive energy, converting a first period jumble in front of the net into the game's first goal as he bull-rushed the puck past the Amherst goaltender. In the second period, Juliana Miskovich scored the second Brattleboro goal of the game, rushing the puck from the Hawks' blue line for a shot on the Amherst net that she converted by following up her own rebound. Amherst cut the lead to one in the second and tied it at the opening of the third. Some crisp passing from Boyd-Tucker and Ben Greenwald set up Miskovich's game-winning goal with about nine minutes left in the game. Matthew Gordon-Macey worked the net, making some great saves as the Blue Hawks won with a short bench — using only eight players in the victory.

The Brattleboro Bantam Hawks took two more games and clinched first place in the GSL's Bantam South Division. On Saturday, they took down Amherst 16-1, notching their second highest goal total of the season. The first Hawks hat trick of the day was scored by defenseman Mason Foard. Alex Hudon (4 goals) and Gabe Heiden (3 goals) followed as Forrest Wohnus played between the pipes. On Sunday, the Hawks went south through the snow and earned a strong 4-0 victory over the Holy Name Black Stars. Max Albright potted a Gabe Heiden pass through the slot, scoring 20 seconds into the game and that was all the Hawks would need as Forrest Wohnus and Austin Wood combined for the shutout. Heiden added two more scores to his team-leading total. Cam Hebert, rounding into form after returning from injury, put a marker on the board on a fine feed sent to the front of the net from Ernest "Triggered" Antonucci, working out of Gretsky's Office behind the Holy Name goal.

The Hawks' GSL regular season concludes with a showdown with the second place Franklin County Green Wave Warriors this morning.


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