Schools: Harris’ late goal carries Wave past Indians

  • Greenfield’s Evan Simmons maneuvers around Turners Falls’ Camden Barnes in a Jan. 23 game last season at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/MATT BURKHARTT

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Greenfield High School freshman defenseman Booie Harris scored his first two career varsity goals on Saturday and his second goal may wind up being more memorable than his first.

After notching his first career goal in the second period, Harris tallied his second career goal with 23 seconds to play in the game when he slammed home a rebound on the power play to lift the Green Wave to a 7-6 win over rival Turners Falls High School during the consolation game of the Rabbit Graves Memorial Hockey Tournament at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

The wild game saw Greenfield (2-1-1) come back from four deficits to tie or take the lead and that included once earlier in the third period after the Indians took a 6-5 lead 3 minutes, 3 seconds into the frame when Doug Hanieski scored an unassisted goal. Greenfield tied it a minute and a half later when Tyler Townsley absorbed a vicious check in front of the Turners Falls goal to get a shot off that by Turners goalie Jordyn Lavallee.

The teams played the next 10 minutes evenly but Turners Falls’ Bryce Jordan was sent off for a cross check with 31 seconds to play in the tie game, sending Greenfield on the power. On the ensuing faceoff, Evan Simmons won the draw back to defenseman Sarah O’Sullivan who fired a shot through traffic that Lavallee kicked out but Harris was right there to fire home the rebound, giving Greenfield a 7-6 lead with 23 seconds left.

“We’ve really showed all season that we play for what’s on the front of that jersey,” Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard said. “Being able to come back four times against our rivals truly shows that we are all there for each other.”

Both scored twice in the first period. Bryan Baumann scored 4:20 into the game on assists from Dalton DeForest and Mason Whiteman, but Greenfield came back to tie it 7:19 in when Tyler Miner scored an unassistd goal. Greenfield then took it’s only other lead of the day at the 10:56 mark when Townsley scored his first of the day from Miner. The Indians responded 90 seconds later to tie the game on Jordan’s first of the day from Hanieski.

That sent the teams into the intermission tied at 2-2 and the Indians (0-4-0) came out on fire in the second, scoring twice in the first 35 seconds to go up 4-2. Mike McGoldrick scored 22 seconds into the frame from Hanieski, and Baumann struck for his second of the day 13 seconds later, assisted by DeForest.

Greenfield came right back to tie the score. Evan Simmons finished off a feed from Townsley 1:26 into the period to cut the deficit to one goal, and Harris got his first career varsity goal when he finished off a play from Townsley and Zack Geyster at 2:22.

The Indians reclaimed the lead with 4:23 left as Jordan scored an unassisted goal, but Simmons tied the game right before the intermission when he scored a shorthanded goal with 42 seconds left. That set up the exciting final 15 minutes.

Riley Drew earned the win for Greenfield after he came on in relief of starter Finn O’Connor, who gave up five goals on nine shots. Drew faced 19 shots and allowed just one goal, turning aside 18 to pick up the victory. Lavallee made 22 saves in the loss.

The teams meet again on New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m.


Tech at Tyngsborough

Franklin County Technical School had six wrestlers place in the top four in their respective weight classes and the Eagles finished sixth out of 12 teams at the Big Red Tournament at Tyngsborough High School on Saturday.

The Eagles had three wrestlers take third and three others place fourth. Chris Ludwig pinned Boston Latin High School’s John Rezza at the 3:55 mark of their bout in the consolation finals at 145 pounds to place third in that weight class. Jordan Bashaw picked up a 5-1 win over Chase Anastis of Acton-Boxborough High School in the consolation finals at 152, and Mike Mattson pinned Pelham (N.H.) High School’s Riley Bassett 12 seconds into the consolation championship at 285 to place third.

Spencer Telega nearly made it four third-place finishers for Tech as he went to overtime in the consolation finals at 160 pounds but wound up on the losing end of a 3-2 score in overtime after he was unable to escape from Minuteman-Bedford High School’s Doug Kang. Brody Wood also finished fourth for Franklin Tech when he was pinned by Montachusett Regional Technical High School’s Isaiah Williamson 1:55 into the consolation finals at 170. Caileb Milton also settled for fourth place when he was pinned 58 seconds into his bout by Boston Latin’s Aidan Kilgannon at 182 pounds.

The Eagles head to Dean Technical High School on Wednesday to face Holyoke High School at 7.

Frontier at Longmeadow

Frontier had two wrestlers place in the top 3 and finished 11th out of 17 teams at the Longmeadow High School Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Connor Pettis went 3-1 at 126 pounds to place second overall and cap off an impressive day. He began his day by pinning Chicopee Comprehensive High School’s Ivan Santiago in the first period,  and followed that up by beating Sabis International Charter School’s Khadir Zachery, 9-8, in the quarterfinals. He moved to the semifinals and pinned Longmeadow’s Matt Freda in the second period to move to the title bout, but was pinned by Chicopee High School’s Danny Matta in the second period of that bout.

Miguel Olivera took third place at 195 pounds. Although he weighed in at 178.8 pounds, he moved up to 195 and went 3-1. He started the day by beating Longmeadow’s Peter Grant by first-period fall, but lost a close, 4-1, decision to Putnam Vocational Academy’s Phillip Rankin in the semifinals. That moved Olivera to the consolation bracket and he beat South Hadley High School’s Jacey Rondeau, 4-2, in his first match in that bracket to move to the finals. He then squared off with Ludlow High School’s Tim Saloio and earned a 4-3 decision to take third place.