BHA's Jobin records shutout

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Hockey Association's Hawks registered two victories, clinching first place for the 2018 Greater Springfield League's Preseason High School Midget (18U) season.

The Hawks took down the Holy Name Stars 5-2 with a strong showing from their top line of Kam Pelkey, Connor Murphy, and Dmitri Seger who factored in each of Brattleboro's goals. The trio combined for the first goal of the game in the opening period when Murphy converted passes from Seger and Pelkey. In the second period Seger and Murphy connected to make it 2-0. Later in the second, defenseman Gregory Chase found Pelkey who put a bomb in the bunker, making it 3-0. Pelkey then collected the assist on Murphy's second goal of the game to make it 4-0. Ryan "Savage" Gerard closed out the Brattleboro scoring, sending a rising rocket past the Holy Name netminder, with Seger recording the assist.

The Hawks then fought their way to a 3-2 victory over Ludlow. Brattleboro controlled play throughout the game, but did not break through until the second period on Kam Pelkey's unassisted goal midway through the period. Ludlow tied the game at 1-1 before Anthony Palomba stuffed one home on a pass from Mason Foard, giving the Hawks a brief 2-1 lead. Ludlow was able to find enough energy to collect the equalizer midway through the third, but blue liner Gregory Chase delivered the finishing touch on a dynamic end-to-end rush after taking a pass in the Hawks' defensive zone from Dmitri Seger, giving the Hawks their margin of victory and a 10-1-1 record, good for 21 points, going into the final week of GSL action.

The Brattleboro Squirt (10U) White Hawks took on the top ranked Pioneer Valley Lightning on the road in Holyoke, Mass. in the North Division, dropping a hard fought 5-3 contest. The White Hawks moved the puck well and goalie Alexander Dick shined between the pipes. Andy Cay scored the first Brattleboro goal and defenseman Evan Ahnert scored on a fine rush to bring the Hawks within one. After the Lightning extended their lead, Evan Wright cut the lead back to one, going top shelf on the Pioneer Valley goaltender. But that was a close as the Hawks would get.

Brattleboro's Squirt Blue Hawks were upended by the Holy Name Hockey Stars in GSL South play at the Nelson Withington Skating Rink. After the game, coach Josh Pacheco had good words to say about the BHA squad. "Our team skated hard and competed. I liked the play of Oakley McCarty on defense and Talia Engel had a good game up front. We'll continue to keep it simple and look to put the puck in the net."

The Bantam Hawks (14U) traveled to West Springfield, Mass. to take on first place powerhouse Wilbraham Twin Meadows (WTM). The Hawks showed up ready to play and gave the home team all they could handle in the first period. Both teams traded scoring chances and power plays, but the first period ended without any scoring. Darek Harvey was a wall in net for the Hawks, aided by great defense from Derek Parsons. Ethan Young, Aiden McMahon and Alex Palomba. Young made a great individual effort to get the Hawks on the board in the second, but WTM managed to strike for three power play goals to take the lead. While the Hawks continued to battle until the end they were unable to score another and the score finished at 3-1, which is the closest test yet for the first place WTM squad.

The Brattleboro Hawks U12 and U14 girls hockey teams played the U12 and U14 Hanover Wild teams. Coach Elizabeth McClarney was pleased with her teams, saying "These were excellent games today with even play from end to end."

The U12 game showcased the Hawks strong defense and goalie, Angela Jobin, who posted her first shutout of the year. The offense kept the pressure on the Hanover goalie until Sofia Bianconi converted on a sneaky play from behind the net, banking the puck off the goalie and into the net for the only goal of the game.

In the second end of this hockey doubleheader, the U14 girls team played a back and forth game with Hanover, but ended up on the wrong side of the scoresheet. The U14 Hawks had their chances, led by Juliana Miskovich's end to end rushes, but couldn't convert against a strong Hanover goaltender, who denied her multiple attempts.

Coach McClarney was proud of the effort she saw from Brattleboro girls hockey, but was quick to add "We always welcome new players. Contact me at for information."


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