Wave tops Tigers in opener, 5-2

  • Greenfield's Jacob Bryant follows through on his second-period goal Saturday that put the Green Wave in front for good during a 5-2 victory over South Hadley at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Jacob Bryant takes a shot in the second period on Saturday where his Green Wave defeated South Hadley, 5-2, at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Aurel Pydych (4) takes a shot on goal past sliding South Hadley defender Will Ortyl (9) in the second period on Saturday where the Green Wave opened the season with a 5-2 victory at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Ethan LeFleur lunges past South Hadley defender Trevor Ouimet to get a pass off to Jacob Bryant (22) in the third period on Saturday where the Green Wave defeated the Tigers, 5-2, at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Greenfield’s Evan Simmons scores on a breakaway shot in the third period against South Hadley on Saturday and it proved to be the game-winner as the Green Wave won its season-opener, 5-2, at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Below, Jacob Bryant takes a shot in the second period on Saturday. The Green Wave freshman scored his first career varsity goal in the middle frame to give the Wave the lead for good. RECORDER PHOTOS/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Evan Simmons snags a puck cleared by the South Hadley defense in the second period on Saturday during the Wave’s 5-2 win at Collins-Moylan Arena. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Doug Hanieski takes a shot against South Hadley on Saturday where the Green Wave defeated the Tigers, 5-2, in the season-opener at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Cassidhe Wozniak carries the puck up the ice in the second period during Saturday’s 5-2 win over South Hadley at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield celebrates a second period goal by Jacob Bryant on Saturday and the Wave celebrated a season-opening, 5-2, win at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Greenfield High School hockey team made quite an opening statement on Saturday.

In the first game since adding the former Turners Falls High School team into its cooperative program, the Green Wave played a complete 45 minutes of hockey. The result was a convincing 5-2 win over South Hadley High School, the defending WMass Div. III-A champions, at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

“South Hadley always has a solid team, so with them coming to our house for the first game, our team was very eager to step up to the challenge,” explained Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard.

Evan Simmons staked Greenfield (1-0) to a 1-0 lead with 7 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first period, though South Hadley (1-1-1) tied the game late in the frame on a Mike Mazza tally.

Greenfield goaltender Riley Drew, who made 15 saves on the night, turned away a few dangerous scoring chances from the Tigers in the opening period to keep it a 1-1 game.

“Riley was big early on and he kept us right there, so we were able to settle into the game,” Bouchard said of Drew.

The Wave snatched control of the game early in the second period, when Jacob Bryant scored his first-ever varsity goal just 50 seconds into the frame to put the hosts up, 2-1.

It would stay that way until the third, when Greenfield broke the game wide open with three goals. Simmons netted his second of the night on a breakaway, and Sean O’Sullivan and Mike McGoldrick scored goals within 53 seconds of one another late in the period to extend the lead to 5-1.

Ben Watkins scored late for South Hadley to account for the 5-2 final.

“All the hard work these student-athletes have been putting in, to be able to play three periods of hockey, was great to see,” said Bouchard. “We were able to open it up in the third period.”

Bryce Jordan and Mason Whiteman recorded assists in the win for the Wave, which held a 30-17 advantage in shots on goal.

Greenfield is right back at it with another home game today at Collins-Moylan, as Wright Division play begins against Drury High School at 5:30 p.m.

Girls’ basketball

Hoosac Valley 62, Greenfield 44 — A big first quarter proved to be the difference for host Hoosac Valley High School Saturday night.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter, and held off a second-half surge from Greenfield to capture a 62-44 win in the championship game of the Hoosac Valley Holiday Tournament in Cheshire.

Hoosac Valley (2-0) connected on 14 3-pointers in the victory, including six from Lexi Mercier (18 points). Allie Mendel drained four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points.

“We need to play with more intensity for the entire 32 minutes,” explained Greenfield head coach John Hickey of his team’s slow start. “But it was a great learning experience. We know what we need to do to compete against them now.”

Greenfield (2-1) dug itself a big hole, as Kirsten Ward scored the team’s only four points in the opening quarter.

Hoosac’s defensive pressure forced some mistakes on the Greenfield end, and the Wave offense struggled to score even when presented with open looks.

“At times we looked really good, but we played nervous and missed a lot of bunnies,” Hickey said.

Greenfield trailed 30-18 at halftime but cut the deficit to just five points with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter. Samantha Smith scored 8 of her team-high 11 points in the second half, but the Wave was unable to get any closer en route to the 18-point defeat.

Smith finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Raegan Hickey scored 9 points and pulled down 6 rebounds to go with 7 assists. Ward joined Smith in double figures with 10 points, while offensive contributions also came from Katie Haselton (8 points) and Lizzy Howland (6 points).

Hoosac scored 42 of its 62 points via 3-pointers, as the Hurricanes wound up with 14 3’s compared to eight 2-pointers. Greenfield hit just one 3, a Haselton triple in the second quarter.

Greenfield, which knocked off South Hadley High School Friday night in the semifinals to reach the title game against Hoosac, next opens Franklin County League North play Wednesday against Frontier Regional School.


Tech takes 4th at Big Red

Chris Ludwig won all three of his matches at 182 pounds, capturing the championship in the weight class, to help Franklin County Technical School to a fourth-place finish at the Big Red Wrestling Tournament held at Tyngsboro High School on Saturday.

The Eagles finished fourth out of 13 teams with 126 points. Chelmsford High School won the event with 243½ points, followed by runner-up Westford Academy (195) and third-place Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School (143).

Ludwig defeated Aiden Kilgannon of Boston Latin School, 11-8, in the championship match at 182 pounds to cap off his 3-0 record.

Peter Saladino went 2-1 for Tech and finished second overall at 120 pounds. Billerica High School’s Dominic Gird pinned Saladino in the finals.

Senior Spencer Telega also contributed a runner-up finish for the Eagles at 160 pounds. Telega won two matches before falling to Westford Academy’s Andrew Piedrahita in the championship match.

Matt Sullivan (138 pounds) and Brody Wood (170) each went 3-1 overall and finished third in their respective weight classes. Sullivan defeated Tyngsboro’s Matt Tyros, 7-3, in the consolation finals, while Wood pinned Whittier Tech’s Shaun Mears in 3:05 in the 170 consolation championship match.

Tech’s Kyle Brunelle went 2-2 and took fourth at 126 pounds.

Frontier at Longmeadow

Three wrestlers finished in fourth place, as Frontier Regional School competed against a field of large schools in the annual Longmeadow Early Bird Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Bailey Murry took fourth place at 120 pounds, picking up three victories in the bracket before falling to Minnechaug Regional High School’s Sean Montero in the consolation finals.

Connor Pettis was fourth at 138 pounds, as he wound up 3-2 overall on the day thanks to a trio of pins.

At 145 pounds, Rearkeous McMillan also finished fourth overall thanks to four victories on the day.

Nate Austin tied for fifth place at 182 pounds for the Red Hawks. Austin went 2-2, with a win by pinfall and one by decision.

Also taking fifth place was Jackie Phong at 285 pounds, as Phong wound up 2-2 as well.

Jake Mattson (106), Victor McNutt (132) and Eric Trueswell (160) all picked up one victory during the event on Saturday.