Mounties skate to third win

After beginning the season with a 4 - 5 start the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties boys ice hockey team won their third straight last Saturday by defeating the Harwood Highlanders 4 - 3 in Rutland, and improved to 7 - 5 on the season. Lane Wisell led the Mounties offensive charge with two goals and an assist, while goalie Zack Richards preserved the one gol win with a twenty-one save game. Conner Burke and Steve Kallen had MSJs other two goals. Luke Sisler, Chris Martin and Trey Kiendl scored for the 10 - 2 - 1 Highlanders. The Rutland Raiders scored three goals in the final six minutes last Friday night in Montpelier to defeat the Union-32 Raiders 4 - 2. Trailing 2 - 1 with just under six minutes left in the game Rachel Bombardier took a pass from Kathleen Tredtin and from the right face off circle drilled it past Union-32 goalie Ali Freeman to tie the game, but it didnt remain tied for long. Rutlands Marissa Serafino controlled the ensuing face off and took the puck into the Union-32 zone and from the slot fired a shot into the lower left hand corner of the net, putting Rutland ahead 3 - 2. Rutland would add an insurance goal when Catherine Serafino scored with just over a minute left to play. Bombardier led the 6 - 5 - 1 Rutland Raiders with two goals, and an assist. Rutland goalie Deanna Redolfy had fourteen saves. The 5 - 8 Union-32 Raiders got goals from Ducky Dudley and Kelly Whitcomb while Freeman made sixteen saves in the net. Greg Hughes pumped in 27 points last Saturday in West Rutland to lead the Golden Horde past the Chelsea Red Devils 56 - 31 in boys high school basketball action. The Golden Horde pulled away from Chelsea by ending the third quarter on an 11 - 0 run, and then secured the win by outscoring their guests 17 - 9 over the final eight minutes of play. West Rutland out played Chelsea in every aspect of the game. They out rebounded the Red Devils twenty-five to eighteen, and forced twenty-three turnovers while turning it over only nine times themselves. Hughes had five steals and five assists to accompany his twenty-seven points. He ended the game just sixteen points shy of overtaking Justin Wener (1992) to become the Golden Hordes all-time leading scorer. Randy Cameron contributed fourteen more points for the 10 - 1 Golden Horde. Paul Amelang helped out on the boards with six rebounds and five points. Chelsea was led by Jim Welch's with 16 points, and Andrew Richardson who added ten more. In other boys action last Saturday in North Clarendon the Mill River Minutemen utilized their aggressive full court press to defeat the Bellows Falls Terriers 71 - 60. The Minutemens early pressure rattled the Terriers that lead to a slew of turnovers that the Minutemen converted into easy lay-ups. By the time the game was just five minutes old Mill River had jumped out to a 20 - 7 lead. Bellows Falls settled down after that, but could not ever pull any closer than six points, as Mill Rivers offense seemed to score at will. And it wasnt just coming from one or two shooters, but from a well balanced scoring attack. Austin Bicskei led the pack with fifteen points, followed closely by Allen White with fourteen, senior captain Pat Benini with twelve and the duo of contributing eight apiece. Justin Spaulding led the Terriers with sixteen points. Mill River improved to three and seven with the win. In other boys action last Friday night the Proctor Phantoms were doing what everyone has come to expect from them, winning. Their victims last Friday were the Leland & Gray Rebels. The game, played in Proctor belonged to the Phantoms from the opening tip. Proctor led 24 - 3 after the first quarter, and 36 - 5 at the half, and from their cruised to an easy 65 - 29 win. The 11 - 0 Phantoms were led by Jordan Snow with sixteen points, followed closely by Curtis Robinson who added fourteen more. For Proctor, who hasnt loss in three years, it was their forty-second straight win. In girls high school basketball action last Saturday the West Rutland Golden Horde fell on the road to the Rochester Rockets 55 - 53. The loss was devastating considering that West Rutland led by eight points, 44 - 36, only to be outscored nineteen to nine in the final eight minutes. The hometown Rockets, who improved to 7 - 3 with the win, had three players register double-digits in scoring. Sam Mishkit led the pack with eighteen points, followed by Caitlin Cutting and Desiree Bourassa with ten points each. The 5 - 4 Golden Horde matched that figure with Katie Lincoln scoring seventeen, Brooke Griswold adding eleven and Emily Simmons contributing ten more. The Otter Valley Otters were in action last Friday evening in Brandon, hosting the winless Mill River Minutemen. The 3 - 6 Otters who have loss numerous close games this season, including an overtime loss, finally found a wayto win the close one, outlasting Mill River 31 - 27 in this one. Senior Kelsey Knapp led a well balanced Otter offensive attack with eight points. Mackenzie Mooney led the 0 - 10 Minutemen with ten points. In Fair Haven last Friday night freshman Devyn Reed hit a pair of free throws with twenty seconds left to play, and Maeghan Hutchins added another one with seven seconds left to lift the Slaters past the Woodstock Wasps 39 - 36. Sophomore Emily McIntyre turned in a double-double of sixteen points and ten rebounds to pace the 5 - 4 Slaters. Reed came off the bench to contribute eleven more points to the win. Woodstocks Callie Bellimer led all scorers with nineteen points.

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