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Schools: Wave’s Simmons notches 100th career point

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons scores his 100th career point on a first-period breakaway during a 4-4 hockey tie against Easthampton Saturday at Collins-Moylan rink in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons celebrates after scoring his 100th career point in the first period against Easthampton on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons celebrates his 100th career point in the first period of a 4-4 tie with Easthampton Saturday at Collins-Moylan rink in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons celebrates after scoring his 100th career point in the first period against Easthampton on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons scores his 100th career point in the first period against Easthampton on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Greenfield captain Evan Simmons scores his 100th career point in the first period against Easthampton on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little



Recorder Staff
Sunday, February 04, 2018

It was almost fitting that Evan Simmons came up one point shy of hitting the 100-career-point mark Thursday afternoon when Greenfield High School earned a 4-1 win at Belchertown High School.

That set the stage for the Green Wave hockey senior to not only do it at home Saturday; he also got the opportunity to hit the mark against Easthampton High School. That was meaningful because the Smith Academy School-Choice student lives in that Hampshire County city.

Simmons did not let the opportunity get away from him as he took a pass from Doug Hanieski with 5 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first period, beat a defender along the boards to the left of the goal and skated in on Eagles’ goalie Tyler Cortis. As he skated across the front of the goal crease he got the goalie to move and when Cortis opened his legs, Simmons tucked the puck through to notch his 55th career goal and 100th point. That was an important goal as the Green Wave went on to tie Easthampton 4-4 in a battle of the top two teams in the Wright Division at Collins-Moylan Arena.

“I have no words for it,” Simmons said of hitting the mark. “It was incredible. Honestly, I fanned on the initial shot, but I thought I still had a chance and the five-hole was open.”

Simmons followed his brother Jason Simmons, who joined the 100-career-point club in 2005 while playing for Easthampton.

“It was great to do it against my hometown team, the team my brother got it for,” Simmons said.

Simmons also said that scoring a goal to hit the mark was special and he appreciated his teammates for setting him up.

“Bryan (Baumann) took a huge hit and then Doug (Hanieski) found me,” Simmons said. “I definitely couldn’t have done it without all my teammates.”

Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard was happy for Simmons, who was a freshman when Bouchard took over as head coach four years ago.

“I remember four years ago when Evan started with us. We had a tough season that year. We lost 19 games,” Bouchard recalled. “At some point during that season, I sat down with Simmons and talked about personal goals. He said he would really like to join the 100-point club. He had five points that first year, and has really grown into the player he is today.”

The game was evenly played, as each team scored twice in the first period and then exchanged one goal apiece over the final two frames. Greenfield took a 4-3 lead midway through the third period when Hanieski scored on an assist from Baumann. Easthampton tied the game with 5:18 to play as Jake Batchelder scored an unassisted goal following a turnover.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead 2:34 into the game as C.J. Tenczar scored from Patrick O’Connor but the Green Wave potted the next two goals, as Alec Jordan blasted in a shot from the point on an assist from Hanieski, before Simmons notched his 100th to put the Wave up 2-1. The Eagles tied the game with 15 seconds left in the period when Tenczar scored his second of the game from Dillan Wilson and Batchelder.

Easthampton reclaimed the lead 2:33 into the second as Garren Fugiel scored from Tenczar, but the Green Wave struck with 14 seconds to play in the period on the power play when Baumann scored from Mike McGoldrick and Hanieski.

Riley Drew stopped 18 shots for the Green Wave. Cortis made 22 saves for the Eagles.

Greenfield hosts Mt. Everett Regional High School tonight at 5:30 for Senior Night.

Swimming

Fast-Chance Meet

Cameron Bradley won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:06.41 for Turners Falls High School during the Fast-Chance Meet Saturday at West Springfield High School.

Despite the win, Bradley fell just shy of the 1:04.55 mark needed to qualify for next weekend’s Central/West Meet. No Turners Falls swimmers qualified at the meet, and Olivia Whittier will be the lone participant at the sectional meet, which was changed to Central/West this season and had qualifying times change.

Bradley joined Nick Taylor in the 100-yard fly and Bradley finished third in 1:02.19, while Taylor took fifth in 1:05. Taylor also finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:09.21.

Whittier swam in a pair of events, placing fifth in the 100 free in 1:02.19, while teammate Allison Wheeler finished 15th in the event in 1:08.30. Whittier also finished ninth in the 50 free in 27.71.

Skiing

Mohawk XC results

The Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ cross-country ski team finished fifth out of eight teams on Saturday during a meet held in Buckland.

The Warriors were led by Hollin Keyser-Parker, who took 10th in 29:05, while Erika Looman finished 17th in 30:03. Lilliana Manley was 20th in 31:19, and Brooke Looman was 45th in 38:50.

The Mohawk boys’ team finished sixth out of seven teams at the meet. Noel Anderson led the way with an eighth-place time of 23:44. Guy Rice-Lesure was 15th in 25:13, Sam Nelson took 34th in 30:17, and Billy Hanson was 38th in 36:45.