Sawicki rescues Turners icemen, 6-5
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Cody Booska outskates Central during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Tim Atkins (6) controls the puck with support from Trevor Peduzzi (9) during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Cody Booska moves the puck down the ice during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Brandon Lenois makes a shot on goal during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Goalie Brandon Bryant makes a save during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA - January 19, 2013 - Turners Falls vs Central hockey game at Collins-Moylan Center. Nick Murphy controls the puck during the 6-5 win over Central. Photo by Beth Reynolds
Christian Sawicki’s clutch goal bailed out the Turners Falls High School hockey team with 1 minute, 1 second remaining as the Indians let a four-goal, third-period cushion slip away before settling for a 6-5 Wright Division victory over Central High School Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Indians (6-5-1 overall, 4-1-0 Wright) scored three times in the second period and took a 5-1 lead into the final 15 minutes of play but the Golden Eagles (3-8-2, 1-4-0) fought back to score four straight goals and tie the game at 5-5 when James Hager scored his second goal of the game with 1:24 to play. Sawicki answered 23 seconds later to reclaim the lead for the hosts and push the club back above the .500 mark.
Turners Falls took a 2-1 lead after one period and opened things up with three goals in the second. Trevor Peduzzi and Cody Booska each scored twice for the Indians and added an assist apiece in the opening two periods. Brandon Lenois added one goal, while Tim Atkins finished with two helpers, and Ryan Lenois, Nick Murphy and Sawicki each added one assist.
Brandon Bryant earned the win with 23 saves. Adam Alicea suffered the loss in a 27-save effort.
Chicopee Comp 8, Greenfield 7 — Greenfield High School came up short in its comeback bid and Chicopee Comprehensive High School earned its first win of the season with an 8-7 upset victory in independent hockey action Saturday at Fitzpatrick Arena in Chicopee.
The Green Wave (6-5-0) trailed 4-1 after one period as Comp scored four times on five shots. The Green Wave chipped away at the deficit, however, and when Mike Duclos scored 52 seconds into the third period, the Wave suddenly found itself down by just one goal, 6-5. The Colts (1-9-1) responded with back-to-back goals from Ryan Tadeo to go back up by three goals with 9:42 remaining in the game. Jake Elwell got one back with 7:21 left, and Duclos scored his third of the game with 36 seconds remaining to leave the Wave just short.
Colts’ goalie James Theriault continually stymied the Green Wave, which outshot the host 46-34. Theriault finished with 39 saves to backstop the win.
Jourdan York-Welcome finished with two goals and an assist in the loss. Elwell tacked on three helpers to go with his goal. Josh Brandl chipped in one goal, Dillon Dodge finished with two assists, Cam Woodward, Kyle Smith and Tyler Townsley each had an assist.
Noah Foster Marquis finished with 12 saves in the loss before giving way to Jack Richardson, who turned away 14 shots.
Laffey celebrates 100th
Kyle Laffey defeated Dean Technical High School’s Justin Perez, 8-0, in the championship bout at 152 pounds and celebrated his 100th career win in the process as Franklin County Technical School wrestled at the Knight Hawk Invitational Sunday in Holyoke.
Laffey, a junior, will be one of the favorites to win his weight class during the upcoming WMass Division II Championships at Monument Mountain Regional High School. His record this season is 33-2.
David Weed celebrated a second-place finish in the 138-pound weight class, his lone loss coming in the championship bout, where he dropped a major decision to Abbas Tamaradze of Hampden Charter School of Science. Brett Bean also earned a second-place finish, at 132 pounds, his loss in the championship bout coming by way of pin against Sabis International Charter School’s Andrew Berthiaume.
Josh Lacosse earned a third-place finish at 120 pounds by defeating Putnam Vocational Technical High School’s Josh Ortiz. Pat Lashway finished fourth at 106, losing to Dean Tech’s David Rodriguez, and Alec Milton came in fourth at 220 pounds, losing to Dean Tech’s Phillip Fernandez in the consolation finals.
• On Saturday, Laffey and David Weed both were unbeaten, helping Franklin County Technical School to a 3-1 record in four matches at the Eagle Duals in Turners Falls.
The Eagles defeated Southwick-Tolland High School (42-28), South Hadley High School (42-36) and Granby High School (60-21), while dropping a 49-24 decision to Minnechaug Regional High School.
Laffey earned his decisions at 152 pounds by way of first-period pins, while Weed wrestled in three matches at 138 and finished 3-0 with all three wins also via pin, two in the first period, the other in the third.
Lacosse finished 3-1 for the Eagles at 120 pounds and picked up all three wins via pin, while Gabe Stafford went 3-1 at 145 pounds wit two pins. Milton (220 pounds) and Jonathan Rawls (285) joined Lacosse and Stafford with 3-1 records, all their wins by pin.
The Eagles moved to 14-7 overall and will travel to Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield Wednesday at 7.
Meet No. 4
Darion Sadri and Noah Rathbun won events Friday as Pioneer went 1-2 on the boys’ side during the fourth meet of the PVIAC Winter Indoor Track season at Smith College in Northampton.
The Panthers defeated East Longmeadow High School, 54-39, but fell to Athol High School (46-45) by one point and also dropped a 52-43 decision to Greenfield. Sadri won the long jump at 19 feet, 4.5 inches, and also picked up a second-place finish in the high jump at 5-8. Rathbun won the shot put at 43-7.25, with teammate Greg Betsold on his heels in second place at 41-4.75.
Athol finished the day 2-0, adding a 63-13 victory over New Leadership Charter School. Matt Summers had a huge day for the Red Raiders with three top-five finishes. Summers placed second in the 300 at 38.46, took third in the 55-meter dash in 7.06, and placed fifth in the high jump at 5-6. Giovani Palermo added a fourth in the 55 for the Red Raiders in 7.08.
Greenfield wound up 1-1, coupling the win over Pioneer with a 59-36 defeat to South Hadley. Venihm Darmanchev had a pair of top-five finishes, taking third in the shot put (40-4) and fifth in the long jump (18-1.25). Colen Stack added a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 at 2:57.70.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School earned a 52-42 victory over Cathedral High School in their only meet. Josh Rode paced the team with a third-place finish in the 1,000 run (2:51.50) and a sixth in the 600 (1:32.32). Lucas Purington added a third in the 300 (38.77).
Zabien Shaw had a huge day for Mahar Regional School but the Senators finished 1-1 as a team, earning a 52-41 win over Cathedral, while dropping a 53-42 decision to Central High School. Shaw won two long-distance running events, taking first in the mile (4:48.66) and 2-mile (10:14.70).
• On the girls’ side, Mohawk had four athletes finish in the top five in at least one event and it led to an 87-7 victory over Cathedral.
Kesheal Henderson picked up three top-five finishes, placing second in the long jump at 14-6, and taking third in both the shot put (31-2.5) and the 300 (46.05). Ashley Pierce earned a pair of top fives, taking second in the 55 hurdles (9.98) and fifth in the 600 (1:54.02). Natasha Olanyk earned a second in the 300 (44.46) for the Warriors, and Abbi Yezierski placed fourth in the 2-mile (12:54.48).
Mahar also had a big day, going 2-0 as a team with wins over Cathedral (86-8) and Central (56-37). Tiffany Tenney collected a pair of top-three finishes for the Senators, taking first in the 300 at 43.66, and earning a third in the 55 in 7.79 seconds. Sabrina Silva remained undefeated in the shot put with a first-place toss of 39-8, and Kelsie Bardsley finished fifth in the long jump (13-10.5) and sixth in the high jump (4-4).
Pioneer went 2-1 on the day, earning wins over Greenfield (68-20) and Athol (67-22), and a loss to East Longmeadow (82-13). Danielle Devine took third in the high jump (4-10) for the Panthers, while Jen Tufano took third in the shot put at 29-0.
Greenfield also lost to South Hadley (85-8), despite Eve Charest finishing third in the 2-mile at 12:36.18.