Schools: Chicopee Comp blows past Greenfield for 4-2 hockey win

  • Greenfield’s Evan Simmons (6) was in action and registered an assist Thursday night on the road during a 4-2 hockey to Chicopee Comp at Smead Areana in Springfield. RECORDER file photo/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chicopee Comprehensive High School scored three times in the final 65 seconds Thursday night to inexplicably defeat Greenfield High School, 4-2, in an independent hockey game at Smead Arena in Springfield.

The Green Wave (4-2) led 2-1 entering the third period and carried that lead through the frame. Things looked especially good for the Wave late, after the Colts were assessed a major penalty that put the Green Wave on the power play for the remainder of the period with less than five minutes to play. Chicopee Comp was whistled for another penalty in that span, putting the Green Wave on a two-man advantage, but Greenfield failed to score and the Colts took advantage, when Derek Boutin came out of the penalty box with 1 minute, 5 seconds to play and broke in on Greenfield goalie Riley Drew, burying the game-tying goal.

The Green Wave won the ensuing faceoff but Chicopee Comp went right back on the offensive and Boutin scored an unassisted goal with 44 seconds left to give the Colts their first lead. Boutin made it a natural hat trick with an empty-net goal to ice the game with 17 seconds left.

“On that power play, with two men up, we need to finish there,” Green Wave coach Adam Bouchard said. “We have had a number of power-play opportunities through our first six games and we need to do a better job of converting our opportunities.”

Greenfield lost despite holding a 41-18 edge in shots on goal. Chicopee Comp goalie Kyle Vezina had a great game, turning aside 39 shots in the win. The loss is Greenfield’s second in a row after opening the season with four consecutive wins.

“It’s a real tough way to lose,” Bouchard said of the edge in play. “We just have to take this and look at it as a learning experience as an entire team on how to finish games. We are building something here and we need to learn from games like this.”

Greenfield took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the second period when Jacob Bryant scored on an assist from Evan Simmons. Chicopee Comp tied the game with 8:37 to play in the second as Garrett Rapelli scored on an assist from Vezina, but the Green Wave went ahead with 1:51 left in the second period as Ethan LaFleur scored from Doug Hanieski.

Riley Drew made 14 saves in the loss.

Greenfield heads to Easthampton High School on Wednesday.

Boys’ hoop

Drury 82, Turners Falls 45 — Drury High School led 28-0 before Turners Falls High School scored its first points of the game and the Blue Devils went on to earn a 82-45 win in an independent boys’ basketball game Thursday night in North Adams.

Drury led 28-2 after the first quarter and was never challenged.

Reece Racette finished with 20 points to pace Drury, while Scott McGuire added 17. Chad Lawrence finished with 10 points, and Connor Clark, Dante Woodson, Hunter Sarkis and JJ Middleton each had 6 points.

Chase Novak led all scorers with 22 points for Turners Falls, while Tyler Lavin and Jon Fritz each had 6 points.


Frontier at tourney

Frontier Regional School placed ninth out of 19 teams at the Phil Tomkiel Wrestling Tournament Thursday in Agawam.

Connor Pettis finished in second place at 132 pounds as the top individual for the Red Hawks, while Nate Austin came in third at 195 pounds. Joey Hildreth placed fourth at 182 pounds, Bailey Murry tied for fifth at 120 pounds, and Tanner Finch (113) and Jake Mattson (106) each came in sixth at their weights.