Green Wave outlast Eagles

  • Greenfield's Adam Savoy (17) crashes the net in the first period against Easthampton Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Bryan Baumann (6) maneuvers toward the goal defended by Easthampton's Matt Sullivan (21) in the second period Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Doug Hanieski (19) takes a shot on goal against Easthampton in the second period Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Above, Greenfield's Doug Hanieski (19) breaks away down the ice in the first period against Easthampton Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Below, Aiden Roche fires a slap shot for the game’s first goal.. Staff Photos/Dan Little

  • Goaltender Riley Drew (30) and a host of Greenfield defenders look to clear the puck away from the Easthampton offense in the third period Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Aiden Roche (21) scores a first period goal against Easthampton Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield goaltender Riley Drew (30) watches an Easthampton shot deflected off his blocker in the third period Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield celebrates a first period goal by Aiden Roche against Easthampton Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Greenfield's Jacob Bryant (22) takes a shot against Easthampton in the first period Saturday night at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield, Dec. 29, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Above, Greenfield's Kyle Barnes (8) attempts a wraparound shot deflected by Easthampton goaltender Tyler Cortis in the second period Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Below, Green Wave goalie Riley Drew stops a shot with his blocker. Staff Photos/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 12/31/2018 1:03:38 AM

After tying Easthampton High School twice during the regular season last winter and then fell to the Eagles 3-2 in the WMass Division 3A semifinals, costing the Wave a chance to play for a western Mass. title.

The two teams met for the first time since that loss and behind a three-point night from Sean O’Sullivan the Green Wave finally got into the win column against their blossoming rivals with a 4-2 victory in Wright Division action Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

O’Sullivan scored the eventual game-winner with 1 minute, 7 seconds left in the second period when he took a pass from Aiden Roche and buried it past Easthampton goalie Tyler Cortis to put the Wave up 3-2. Kyle Barnes gave the Wave some breathing room at the midway point of the third period when he scored on assists from Jake Croteau and Booie Harris. The assist by Croteau was the first varsity point for the freshman forward. Riley Drew made the lead stand up as he stopped 27 shots in the victory.

“Sean had a great game, he was able to really step into his own,” Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard said. “He has all the skill and now has the confidence to go out there and make things happen.”

The barn was buzzing for the game but the buzz quickly soured when the Green Wave were called for a five-minute major 10 seconds into the game for an illegal hit. The Wave were able to kill off the entire major penalty to keep the game scoreless and then struck for the game’s opening goal with 2:28 left in the opening frame as Roche scored a power play goal off a feed from O’Sullivan.

“For us to come out and kill off that penalty was huge, it gave us a huge lift,” Bouchard said.

Easthampton tied the game 5:14 into the second period when C.J. Tenczar scored from Jake Batchelder. Greenfield came right back and tied the game 32 seconds later when O’Sullivan got in on the forecheck and broke up the puck from the Easthampton defense. Bryan Baumann jumped on the loose puck and buried it to put the Wave up 2-1. That lead was short-lived, however, as Easthampton controlled the ensuing faceoff and went on the attack with Cole Growhoski scoring from Mike McColgan 45 seconds after Baumann’s goal.

“Easthampton plays a great, hard-working game, and they were able to beat our defensemen and hit two back-door goals,” Bouchard said. Even after they tied it up the first time, we fought right back, which was great.”

Cortis finished with 29 saves as the Wave outshot the Eagles, 32-29.

Greenfield finished the month of December 3-0-2 overall.

“It’s a great way for us to start,” Bouchard concluded. “One of our team goals is to make tournament and to have eight points in five games is a great start but we still have a long ways to go. We proved in the game on Saturday that if we stick to our game plan and stay out of the penalty box, great things can happen.”

Greenfield hosts Mt. Everett Saturday night.

Girls’ hoop

Whitman-Hanson 42, Greenfield 38 — Whitman-Hanson Regional High School outscored Greenfield 9-6 in the fourth quarter to hand the Green Wave its first loss of the season, 42-38, in the championship game of the Hoosac Valley Holiday Tournament Saturday evening in Cheshire.

Whitman-Hanson, a Division 1 team from the South Section of the state, faced two of the top Division 3 teams in western Mass. en route to the championship. After defeating Hoosac Valley in the semifinals on Friday night, Whitman-Hanson slowed down the powerful Green Wave offense in the title game.

“We had our chances down the stretch but didn’t make our shots,” Greenfield coach John Hickey said.

Greenfield fell behind 13-4 after the first quarter but outscored Whitman-Hanson, 16-6, in the second quarter to take a 20-19 lead into the break. The teams remained close the rest of the way, as Greenfield trailed 33-32 after three, and then struggled offensively in the fourth.

Samantha Smith scored a game-high 21 points for the Wave, but was the lone player in double figures. Raegan Hickey had 8 points, and Katie Haselton chipped in 7.

Wrestling

Tech takes third

All nine wrestlers who competed for Franklin Tech over the weekend finished inside the top six at the Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament at Agawam High School on Saturday.

Kyle Brunelle finished 4-0 on the day and defeated Noah Brink from Northampton, 4-2, in the finals at 138 pounds, while Walker Picard earned the Eagles’ second championship of the day as he went 4-0 and pinned Dominic Parrella of Tri-County Regional Vocational in the finals at 220 pounds.

The Eagles had three wrestlers finish second in their weights. Josh Brunelle fell to Christian Rivas from Sabis, 15-0, in the championship bout at 120 pounds, while Brody Wood fell to Tyler Perez from Granby, (Conn.), 9-4, in the finals at 170. Ayden Stacy fell to Don Ledoux of Agawam by pin in the championship finals at 195 pounds. 

Noah Fuess lost to Bobby Burke of Pathfinder, 5-4, in the third-place bout at 145 to finish fourth. Daniel Phillips (113) and Matthew Jordan (285) each finished fifth in their weight classes, while Colin Pettis was injured in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds and settled for sixth in the weight.

Mahar sixth

Mahar finished sixth at the Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament over the weekend.

Sayyid Roberts came in first place at 95 pounds including a 13-12 win over Nick Ugolino of Agawam in the championship bout. Ava Chiodo finished third in the division for Mahar.

Todd Chiasson took second at 160 pounds for the Senators as he pinned two opponents before falling 17-1 to Harrison Mendrala of Agawam in the championship match. Henry Ndayisaba added a second place finish at 145 pounds as he went 3-1 with a pair of pins before falling to Sabis’ Jalen Rogers, 12-4, in the championship bout.

Ed Bennington took third at 152 pounds, besting Franklin’s Luke Cashin, 9-7, in the third-place bout. Jon Mahony followed suit at 113 pounds where he pinned Quinn Fila-Montgomery in 51 seconds in the third-place bout. Peter Tattan was the fourth Mahar wrestler of the day to place third as he earned a forfeit win due to an injury in the third-place bout at 170 pounds. Luke Chiodo (128) and Sam Dejackome (120) each finished sixth on the day for the Senators.

Mohawk at E. Longmeadow

Mohawk went 2-2 overall at the East Longmeadow Duals on Saturday.

The Warriors defeated the host Spartans (36-27) as well as Duggan Academy (36-30) on the day, and dropped matches to Minnechaug (60-12) and South Hadley (39-9).

Mason Biagini and Ethan Bower led the Warriors on the day as each wrestler went 3-1. Biagini had two pins and one win by decision at 170 pounds, while Bower had two pins and a forfeit at 220 pounds. Dylan Wooldridge (160), Nate Wooldridge (138) and Elliot Gougeon (106) each went 2-2 on the day with one pin and one forfeit.


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