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Green Wave icemen take down Taconic, 4-2

Greenfield High School took an early lead and goalie Noah Foster-Marquis helped it stand up with a solid effort down the stretch during the Green Wave’s 4-2 independent hockey victory over Taconic High School Tuesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (4-4-0) led 3-0 early in the second period but relaxed a bit and Taconic managed to cut the deficit to 3-2 entering the third. Foster-Marquis made sure that was as close as the Braves got, though, stopping all seven shots third-period he faced before Mike Duclos scored with six seconds left in the game to ice the win. The performance by Foster-Marquis comes as part of an up-and-down season in which Greenfield coach Mike Duclos said he and the rest of the staff were looking for the goalie to play more consistently.

“(Assistant coach Todd Boynton) told him that it has been a while since we’ve had a goalie step up and win a game for us,” Duclos said. “Noah is a very good goalie and that’s what we needed him to do. He made some great saves for us tonight. Even when we were not playing well in the third period, he stuck in there and made some huge saves for us.”

Foster-Marquis finished the game with 30 stops. He rejected all 12 first-period shots he faced as Greenfield took a 2-0 lead with a pair of late goals. Tyler Townsley notched his first career varsity goal with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first by taking a baseball swing at a puck that popped into the air after Taconic goalie Brandon Leary made a save on a Duclos shot. Thirty-nine seconds later, Kyle Smith made it 2-0 by finishing off a passing sequence from Dillon Dodge and Cam Woodward for Smith’s third goal of the year.

Greenfield struck again 1:56 into the second period, when Jourdan York-Welcome scored his sixth goal of the year on Clay Richardson’s first career assist.

Taconic fought back with two goals, the first coming 4:20 into the period off the stick of Brian Bono, the second coming with 1:14 remaining in the period when Harrison Lapant scored from Bono and Jack Milne.

Leary finished with 31 saves in the loss.

Swimming

Turners splits

The Turners Falls High School girls’ swimming team defeated Springfield School of Science & Technology in a C Division swim meet Tuesday afternoon in Turners Falls.

No score for the meet was provided due to a coaching error.

Mackenzie Salls won the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 18.9 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:36) for the Indians, while Nicole John won the 200 (3:08) and the 100 butterfly (1:19.7). Mackenzie Phillips picked up wins in the 50 freestyle (29.9) and the 100 free (1:09), and Gabby Arzuaga won the 500 free (8:18).

The boys’ team had just four swimmers against nine for the CyberCats and Sci-Tech earned a win.

Ian MacPhail won the 200 free (2:38) and the 500 free (7:18) for the Indians, while Alex Tirrell won the 100 back (1:19.7). Jay Fritz earned a victory in the 100 free (1:01.8) and Riley Palmer picked up a personal best time in the 100 breast with a second-place time of 1:29.5.

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