Quick starts propels Wave to 6-1 win
Greenfield High School used a four-goal first period to open up the season with a 6-1 win over Belchertown High School in a Fay Division hockey game Friday night at the Mullins Center practice rink in Amherst.
The Green Wave has only 12 skaters this season and five of those 12 scored goals in the season-opening victory, including three different scorers in the opening frame as Greenfield took a 4-1 lead.
Cam Woodward tallied the first goal of the season when he finished off a pass from Josh Brandl to put Greenfield up 1-0, and later in the first Dillon Dodge connected for a goal on a helper from Jake Elwell. Belchertown cut the lead in half when Adam Messier beat Green Wave goalie Noah Foster-Marquis, but Greenfield came back to get back-to-back goals from Jourdan York-Welcome to close out the frame, with Brandl and Woodward figuring in on the assists.
“Getting that lead was big,” Green Wave assistant Todd Boynton said. “We definitely wanted to establish ourselves early and I think it put them back on their heels a little.”
After out-shooting the Orioles 9-3 in the first period, Belchertown came back to earn a 7-2 edge in shots in the second, but neither team was able to score. The Green Wave regained momentum in the third, out-shooting the Orioles 7-2 and getting goals from Brandl and Elwell to close out the scoring. Mike Duclos added one assist in the third period.
Foster-Marquis was strong in the Green Wave goal, stopping 11-of-12 shots he faced, including a number of key saves in the second period according to Boynton as Belchertown tried to get back into the game.
Kyle Mikulski finished with 12 saves for Belchertown.
Greenfield plays its home opener on Tuesday night when it hosts Chicopee Comprehensive High School at 7.
Turners girls win
Nicole John and Mackenzie Phillips each won two events on Friday and the Turners Falls High School girls’ swimming & diving team kicked off the 2012-13 campgain with a 77-59 victory over Holyoke High School in an independent meet in Holyoke.
John swam to a first place finish in the 200 yard individual medley in a time of 3 minutes, 2.06 seconds and later won the 100 butterfly in 1:19. Phillips swam in the two sprint freestyle events, winning the 50 in 29.36 seconds and taking the 100 in 1:08.5. Mackenzie Salls and Maddie Heath went one-two in the 100 backstroke, as Salls won in a time of 1:18.76, while Heath came in second at 1:31.31.
Heath, Salls, Phillips and John teamed up to swim a pair of relays and the quartet won both events. The foursome won the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:21:09, and then captured the 200 free relay in 2:10.68.
“We’ve got a number of swimmers that posted great, first-meet times today,” coach Aaron Osborne said after the win.
• On the boys’ side, Turners Falls had just five swimmers and suffered a 95-47 defeat.
The Indians did have a number of individuals with solid times, including Ian MacPhail who won both the 200 free (2:38.56) and the 500 free (7:19.40). Jay Fritz also picked up a win for the Indians with a time of 27.64 in the 50 free. The 200 free relay team of Fritz, Alex Tirrell, Riley Palmer and James Dolan won with a time of 2:03.11.