Missisquoi 6, Colchester 2
Hunter Mason tallied his 100th career point with his first of three goals on Saturday leading the Thunderbirds to a big win against Colchester.
Sophomore Ethan Messier finished the game with two goals and two assists. Jake Benjamin also had a goal and an assist in the game. Charles Gates and Jackson Porter each had an assist.
Garrett Fregeau made 21 saves in net for MVU, including 10 in the first period to keep the game 1-1 after the opening frame.
“Garrett kept us in the game with timely saves to help keep the momentum in our favor,” said MVU coach Chris Hatin.
It was a good opening night win for the Thunderbirds, who had to shake off some rust early on in the game.
“Started out slow tonight, but that’s to be expected with our first game of the season and no scrimmages,” said Hatin. “But we rebounded in the second. The team made the simple plays in the second and third, forechecked hard and produced more shots.”
The Thunderbirds (1-0) will look to build on their second and third period during their next game at Hartford on Wednesday.
“Our team is led by eight seniors, which really drive this team to work,” said Hatin. We are excited for what this season has in store for us. Although we have a core group of seniors, we are complimented by some extremely young talent that rounds out the chemistry of this group.”
BFA-St. Albans 5, Spaulding 2
Middlebury 4, Missisquoi 0
Despite outshooting Middlebury 24-20, MVU couldn’t find the goal it needed to start building momentum in its season-opener.
“We came out of the game slow and Middlebury capitalized late in the second,” said Missisquoi coach Brian Fortin. “We had a solid third period, but playing one period out of three makes it tough to win games.”
Fortin was impressed with the play of Emily Airoldi, who he said had a solid two-way performance at center and had some good scoring opportunities with linemates Naomi Edele and Kayden Lapan.
The Thunderbirds (0-1) will be back in action Wednesday when they host Woodstock.
“We will need to bounce back quick and be ready for Woodstock, because they always play us tight,” said Fortin
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Danville 64, BFA-Fairfax 56
Carl Bruso led the way for BFA-Fairfax with 18 points, while Riley Green knocked in 12 and Owen Demar had nine during the Bullets opening-season loss on the road Saturday.
“In the first half, we struggled to find an offensive rhythm,” said Fairfax coach Dave Demar. “We came alive in the second half and scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.”
The Bullets will be back on the road again for their next game at Hazen on Tuesday.