Indians, Green Wave win, to meet in Graves tourney final

Turners Falls High School picked a great time to get its first win of the hockey season.

Tim Atkins scored with 9 minutes remaining in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and the Indians edged Wahconah Regional High School, 3-2, in the semifinals of the Rabbit Graves Memorial Tournament Friday evening at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

The Indians will face rival Greenfield High School in the championship game tonight at 6, while Wahconah will face Amherst Regional High School in the third-place game at 4.

The win was the first career victory for first-year coach Nate Coffin and was the first of the season for the Indians, who sat at 0-3 coming into the game. The team came back from a pair of one-goal deficits in the game but went into the third period tied at 2-2. The winner came 6 minutes, 6 seconds into the period when Zach Demars fired a shot on goal that Wahconah goalie Roger Steadman stopped but Atkins was on the doorstep and fired home the rebound. That was enough for Indians’ goalie Brandon Bryant, who turned aside all seven shots he faced in the third to preserve the win. After allowing 26 shots on goal in the first two periods, the Indians held Wahconah to just seven in the final frame to help themselves in the win.

“The kids skated hard,” an excited Coffin said following the win. “We made a couple of adjustments and the kids did a great job executing. We told them at the intermission that the next goal would probably win it, so let’s go get it and they took it to heart. They had their assignments and they executed.”

Vinnie Orlandi gave Wahconah a 1-0 lead with the only goal of the first period, but Turners tied it at the 9:34 mark of the second on a goal from Cody Booska. Hjalmar Gustafsson gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead one minute later, but Demars tied the game later in the period on Atkins’ second helper of the game and another assist from Cam Lyons.

Bryant finished with 31 saves in the win, while Steadman made 22 saves in the loss.

Greenfield 7, Amherst 3 — Jourdan York-Welcome scored a natural hat trick with three consecutive goals in the second period and Greenfield knocked off Amherst, 7-3, in the semifinals of the Rabbit Graves Tournament Friday night in Greenfield.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the first period but Greenfield scored seven straight goals before Amherst potted two late in the third. Alex Malinowski scored his first career varsity goal in the win, and Tony Valez recorded his first career varsity point with an assist. Zach Langlois scored twice for the Green Wave, and Jake Elwell finished with one goal and three assists. Tyler Miner, Tyler Townsley and Clay Richardson each chipped in one helper, and Barrett Rogaleski stopped 26 shots.


Locals at Holyoke

Aaron Briggs, wrestling at 195 pounds for first-year program Mahar Regional School, brought home a victory in the Knight Hawk Classic held Friday at Holyoke High School. Briggs, a junior, took an 8-7 decision over Cas Woznica, a senior from St. Bernard School in Norwich, Conn.

Franklin County Technical School’s Kyle Laffey took first place at 160, beating rival Dean Technical School’s Justin Perez in a 4-1 decision. Tech’s Gabe Vorce placed fourth at 195.


Indians sweep

Ian MacPhail won a pair of individual events and helped a relay team win a third event as Turners Falls defeated Cathedral High School, 21-15, in an independent boys’ swimming & diving meet Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.

MacPhail won the 200 yard freestyle in 2:19.10 and won the 500 free in 6:06.33, narrowly missing qualifying for the Western Mass. Meet. MacPhail also teamed up with Jay Fritz, Riley Palmer and Chase Blair to form the 200 medley relay team that won in a time of 2:19.08. Fritz finished second in the 50 free in 26.24, Palmer took third in the 50 free in 28.93, and Blair came in second in the 100 free in 1:18.26.

• On the girls’ side, Melissa Hersey, Mackenzie Salls, Nicole John and Mackenzie Phillips won the 200 medley relay in 2:23.82 as the Indians defeated Cathedral, 30-6.

Salls won the 200 free in 2:43.59 and the 100 back in 1:15.86 for the Indians. Phillips narrowly missed qualifying for WMass with her winning time of 28.7 seconds in the 50 free, and John won the 200 individual medley in 3:01.65.

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