Warrior girls closing in
Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s girls inched closer to winning the PVIAC South Division title with another solid performance during the PVIAC Alpine Ski League on Thursday at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
The Warriors placed six competitors in the South top 10 to bury the competition in the team race, winning by over 22 seconds, and now lead second-place Amherst Regional High School by two points.
Caitlyn Wilkins led Mohawk by winning the South Division and placing seventh overall in the slalom, posting a time of 42.12 seconds.
Tyler Rice of Mohawk finished third in the South (48.74), followed by teammate Lizzie Herzig in fourth (50.84) and Frontier Regional School’s Jess Cobb in sixth (52.55). Spots 7 through 9 also went to Warrior skiers — Christian Lively (53.73), Erin Laffond (54.20) and Hannah Poplawski (56.03).
Frontier was a distant third in the team race.
Mohawk’s boys finished second yet again to Longmeadow High School in the North, and Frontier’s boys were second in the South behind Holyoke High School in the South in the nightly team standings.
Longmeadow, which leads Mohawk by five points, has all but clinched the North.
John White of the Warriors was the second-fastest down the giant slalom course, finishing in 25.10 seconds.
Sean Doyle of Frontier won the South individual race and placed fifth overall in 25.63, while Jameson Rice of Mohawk was sixth in the North and seventh overall (26.21) and Luke Looman was ninth in the North and 11th overall (26.65). Mohawk’s Dan Burke was 15th overall (26.87).
Frontier leads the South by a single point over Holyoke and by five over Gateway Regional High School in the season standings.
The sixth of seven regular-season races is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Turners Falls 4, Mt. Everett 2 — Tim Atkins got it done on offense, and Brandon Bryant was a stone wall in goal as Turners Falls High School snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 independent hockey victory over Mt. Everett Regional High School Thursday night at the Berkshire School in Sheffield.
Mt. Everett peppered the Indians’ net with 42 shots but Bryant stood his ground and was up to the task. The Indian goalie faced 12 shots in each of the first two periods but stopped them all. That allowed the Indians to build a 3-0 lead, although the game remained scoreless for nearly two full periods.
After both teams failed to score on a combined 22 shots in the first period, the Indians finally broke the ice in the second, and the goals came in a hurry, as Turners scored three times in the final five minutes. Jordan Cutting sparked the onslaught by receiving a pass from Cody Booska at the point and firing a well-placed shot into the upper corner of the net, past Eagles’ goalie Jonah Swotes, to break the goal drought with 4:53 left in the second.
“Cutting’s first goal was a nice pass back to the point from Cody and he took a beautiful shot,” Turners coach Nate Coffin said. “That got the guys fired up.”
Atkins, who missed the last game due to an illness, harnessed the momentum from the goal and potted a pair before the end of the frame. Atkins’ first of the game came with 2:58 left, off a pass from Booska, and Booska then helped set up Atkins’ second of the game with 35 seconds left in the period. Nick Murphy also picked up a helper on the goal to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Mt. Everett came storming back in the third on a pair of goals in a span of 18 seconds. Kyle Smith scored on assists from Dave Ibanez and Aaron Norton with 7:05 left in the game to snap Bryant’s shutout bid, and Jacob Malicky scored an unassisted marker 18 seconds later to suddenly turn what had been a comfortable three-goal for the Indians’ into a one-goal barnburner.
Atkins relieved any stress with just under three minutes to go when he netted his hat trick goal on Murphy’s second helper of the game.
“I’m glad he was healthy and was back,” Coffin joked. “He was flying around tonight. He was where he needed to be and Booska and Murphy were able to put the puck on his stick.”
Bryant finished with 40 saves to earn the win.
“He was phenomenal,” Coffin said of the goalie. “One of the goals was a tip-in that was a very good hockey play, and the other got underneath him. He was just phenomenal tonight.”
Swotes finished with 17 saves in the loss.
The Indians (5-7-1) host Amherst Regional High School Saturday at 6.