Wave beats Indians in OT to win Graves tourney
Greenfield defenseman Zach Langlois (17) looks for an opening to get a pass out of his defensive zone against Turners Falls during a 4-3 win this season.
GREENFIELD (December 21, 2013) — Turners Falls High School player Cam Lyons (5) advances against Green Wave player Cam Woodward (14) during Saturday night's match at the Collins-Moylan arena in Greenfield. The Green Wave won 4-3. Recorder/Trish Crapo
GREENFIELD (December 28, 2013) — Green Wave player Zach Langlois (17) gains control of the puck during Saturday night's hockey match against Turners Falls High School, where the Green Wave won 4 - 3. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Greenfield's Cam Woodward (14) celebrates a Dec. 28 Green Wave goal against Turners Falls at Collins-Moylan rink. He and the Wave will open their WMass WMass Division IIIA Tourney run tonight with a semifinal game against Chicopee.
GREENFIELD (December 21, 2013) — Green Wave player Jake Elwell (12) steals the puck from Turners Falls High School forward Jordan Cutting during Saturday night's match at the Collins-Moylan arena in Greenfield. Elwell scored 1 of the Green Wave's winning 4 points; Cutting scored 1 for Turners. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Cam Woodward scored with 26 seconds left in overtime to lift Greenfield High School past Turners Falls High School, 4-3, in the championship game of the Rabbit Graves Memorial Hockey Tournament Saturday evening at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Green Wave (3-0-2) poured on pressure in the overtime but Turners Falls goalie Brandon Bryant and the Indians’ defense withstood the barrage. The game-winning play started when Woodward fired a shot on net from the point that was stopped by Bryant (32 saves) and went into the corner. The puck wound up coming back in front where Greenfield coach Mike Duclos estimated roughly eight players fought for the puck. It finally popped loose to Woodward in the high slot and he fired a seeing-eye shot that gave the Green Wave its second consecutive Graves Tournament victory over its rival from the Powertown.
“There was a lot of excitement and it was a really good game,” Duclos said. “I think this was the best Turners/Greenfield game yet. Kudos to them, they did a lot of things well, we just got the bounce at the end. And if the game went to overtime, the way Brandon Bryant was playing in goal, it could have gone either way.”
The Indians, who have hurt themselves with penalties in the past, took just one penalty on the day (against four for the Green Wave). That helped them keep within striking distance and despite trailing 3-2 in the third period, managed to tie things up with 5 minutes, 33 seconds left to play when Tim Atkins scored on assists from Cody Booska and Jordan Cutting. Greenfield would control play much of the rest of the way, including pouring on pressure while it was shorthanded late in the game, which caused Turners Falls to ice the puck four times on its own power play.
Greenfield goalie Barrett Rogaleski was named the Most Valuable Player for his 19-save effort. Duclos said that had Turners Falls won the game, Bryant would have been the easy choice for MVP and nearly won the award despite playing on the losing team.
Turners Falls struck for the game’s first goal when Atkins got his first of the day on assists from Nick Murphy and Cody Booska 5:20 into the first period. Jourdan York-Welcome tied the game with 6 minutes left in the period and the teams remained tied into the second.
Greenfield would score a pair of goals in the second to grab a two-goal lead. Jake Elwell notched an unassisted goal 8 minutes into the frame, and Tyler Miner scored 11 minutes in off assists from York-Welcome and Tyler Townsley. The Indians would get one goal back with 37 seconds left in the period as Atkins set up Booska, setting up the wild final period and overtime.
Wahconah Regional High School took the consolation game with a 4-2 victory over Amherst Regional High School.
Greenfield 56, Hopkins 28 — Greenfield High School boys’ basketball gave its former assistant coach a rude welcome back as the Wave turned in its best defensive effort of the season and smacked Hopkins Academy, 56-28, in Hampshire League action Saturday at the Chase Your Dreams Classic to support the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund at Northampton High School.
The game was the first time that former Wave assistant and first-year Hopkins coach Angelo Thomas was pitted against his former team and Greenfield jumped all over the Golden Hawks early, building a 16-6 lead after one quarter and a 32-14 edge at the break.
“The second-half performance in the Frontier game carried over to this game,” Green Wave coach Scott Thayer said. “The kids are starting to create an identity. They are communicating and moving well on defense. There is still a long way to go offensively, we still leave a lot out there, but we are beginning to make progress.”
Garrett Hudson led the Green Wave in scoring with 17 points on the day. Connor Eckstrom finished with 12 points, Robin Marchese added 10, and freshman Connor Joy chipped in 6.
Hopkins had just three players score on the day and was led by Zach Kelley, who had half of his team’s points with 14 on the day.
Frontier 67, Easthampton 59 — Frontier Regional School outscored Easthampton High School 12-4 in overtime to earn a 67-59 independent boys’ basketball victory Saturday afternoon during the Chase Your Dreams Classic at Northmapton High School.
The Red Hawks got a career game from Ben Ruddock who scored a team-high 22 points to go with six assists. Niko Ames also scored a career-high 13 points to go along with seven assists and four steals. Tim Hoar added 16 points, Ian Blight dumped in 8 points, and Justin Farrick finished with 4 points and nine rebounds.
Dakota Wheeler paced the Eagles with 23 points on 11 field goals. Tom Palaschak finished with 14 points, and Sam Garcia tossed in 9.