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Wave qualifies for WM hockey tourney

Greenfield High School will be playing postseason hockey.

After a lethargic first period, the Green Wave woke up and netted four goals in the final two periods en route to a 4-2 independent victory over Taconic High School at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (9-1-2) got off to a slow start, giving up the first goal of the game to Taconic’s Steven Poripski, and the Braves would take the 1-0 lead into the second period. Greenfield finished with just five shots in the opening frame, and Wave coach Mike Duclos said it was less to do with his team, and more about what Taconic was doing.

“They are a good team,” Duclos said. “Defensively, they kept us in check both times we played this season. They did a good job controlling the neutral zone and our breakout.”

The Green Wave woke up in the final two periods and put 25 shots on Taconic goalie Brendan Leary. Greenfield netted the only two goals of the second period — both coming off the stick of Jourdan York-Welcome and both assisted by Jake Elwell — and then added the first two goals of the third period to take a 4-1 lead. Zach Langlois scored on assists from York-Welcome and Cam Woodward early in the third period, and Tyler Townsley netted the fourth Greenfield goal of the game from Langlois. Kyle Crocker scored with 27 seconds remaining in the game for Taconic’s final goal. Barrett Rogaleski finished with 21 saves for Greenfield, which remains the top team in the Fay-Wright Division and should be a contender in the WMass Division IIIA tournament.

“This qualified us for the postseason, and I think that was weighing on the minds of the guys a little early on,” Duclos said. “But we’re winning a lot of games that we might have lost last year. We’ve got something special here.”

Leary finished with 26 saves in the loss.

Amherst 5, Turners 4 — Amherst Regional High School outshot Turners Falls 43-16 on Friday night and used the decisive shot advantage to take a 5-4 Fay-Wright Division victory at Orr Rink in Amherst.

After scoring twice on seven shots in the first period, the Indians managed just three shots in the second period as Amherst began to take control of the game. The Hurricanes would hold a 5-3 lead late in the third before Jordan Cutting scored his second goal of the night on assists from Cody Booska and Nick Murphy with four seconds left in the game.

Both teams scored twice in the first period. Tim Atkins scored the Indians’ first of the game from Ryan Lenois, and Cutting scored on an assist from Booska. Amherst answered with goals from Nathan Masteralexis and Matt Gazaille.

Despite putting just three shots on Amherst goalie Ben Thompson in the second, the Indians did manage to score once as Murphy beat Thompson on assists from Atkins and Booska. Amherst would score twice in the frame, however, as Riley Quinlan and Caseem Knight each scored to put Amherst in front for good. Gazaille would add his second of the game in the third for Amherst.

Brandon Bryant had another strong game for the Indians, keeping them close with 38 saves. Thompson finished with 12 saves in the win.

The Indians host Easthampton High School tonight at 6 in Greenfield.

Swimming

Indians fall

Jay Fritz won the 100-yard backstroke and came in second in the 50 freestyle but Turners Falls dropped a 104-48 decision to Renaissance School in an C Division swimming and diving meet Friday afternoon in Springfield.

Fritz won the 100 back with a time of 1:09.71 and took second in the 50 free in 25.91. Ian MacPhail won the 200 free in 2:13.60, and Riley Palmer won the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.66. The 200 free relay team of Fritz, Palmer, James Dolan and MacPhail won in a time of 1:55.63.

• On the girls’ side, Mackenzie Phillips won a pair of events but the Indians fell to Renaissance, 82-45.

Phillips captured the 50 free in 28.19, and the 100 free in 1:04.32. Melissa Hersey finished second in the 200 free in 2:51.41, while Kate Garcia placed third in both the 200 free (2:52.56) and 100 free (1:18.84). The 400 free relay team of Kim Petrowicz, Garcia, Bianca Martin and Hersey came in second in 5:50.91.

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