* New Hampton took home top honors at the Brooks-Pingree Tournament, edging Lakes Region rival Tilton, 3-1 in the championship game. It was a positive weekend for the Huskies, who came into the tournament having one just one of thier previous six games.
A shorthanded goal in the third period from Alex Lobdell was the game-winning tally. Matthew Babineau had given New Hampton a 1-0 lead in the second period, and Alex Moeller added an empty netter to seal the win.
“We kept the game simple,” said New Hampton coach Connor Gorman. “That was our fifth game in five days so that is what we preached. Our defensemen did a great job with their quick ups in transition. We buried our chances when we needed to and got outstanding goaltending from Colin Androlewicz. I was really proud of the guys in how hard they played and their buy-in. We won half-wall battles, blocked shots and got pucks deep when we had the lead which showed maturity in our team.”
New Hampton went 2-0-1 in round robin play. Evan Moore had the lone goal in a 1-1 standoff with host Brooks, and also had a goal in each of the two wins, a 8-1 win over North Yarmouth Academy and a 4-0 whitewashing of Hebron. The Huskies had eight different scorers in the NYA game and four different scorers in the victory over Hebron.
“We were pleased with how we played this weekend, both offensively and defensively,” Gorman said. “Some guys really stepped up which was great for us. The line of Moore, (Jake) Terra and Moeller were our catalyst. We also got offensive contributions from our defensemen which is what we want. We always preach depth scoring and we got that this weekend.”
The Huskies are now off until December 31 when they will participate in the Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy.
* At the Groton/Lawrence Tournament, a different format this year resulted in two champions, one in each division where teams played three games. Dexter Southfield was the Kullen Divison champs, with the big win coming against Cushing (3-2), while Holderness continued its strong play to start the year, sweeping to the Choate Division title.
In Dexter Southfield’s 3-2 win over Cushing, Cullen Emery notched the game-winner in the third period. Connor Sutherland and Will Hughes also had goals.
Earlier, the Shields had impressive wins over Thayer (6-1) and Lawrence Academy (8-3).
Grayson Badger, Cullin Wilson and Fitz Frechette all scored two goals in the victory over Lawrence. Emery (2), Bobby Landry, Mick Frechette, Hughes and Joe Hurton scored in the Thayer win.
Holderness forward Max Charbonneau was named MVP of the Choate Division after the Bulls’ 6-1 win over Proctor, where he had a pair of goals. Charbonneau also scored twice in a 6-1 win over Groton, where Cooper Belanger, Dave Brandes, Nick Messina and Thomas Duane each added a goal.
In the Bulls’ 4-3 victory over Pomfret, senior Quinn McCarthy had the game-winning tally. Sean Senier, Colin Butters and Finn O’Hara also scored.
Holderness is now 7-0-0 heading into a January 8th date with Vermont Academy.
* Elsewhere, Belmont Hill continued its hot start, winning the Lawrenceville Invitational Tournament. The Hillies shut out three of their four opponents, getting round-robin wins over Elite Hockey Academy (3-0), Stanstead College (5-0) and Northfield (7-2), before a title game conquest of Nichols School (4-0).
Forward James Fisher was named Tournament MVP. He had a goal in the championship game win over Nichols and a hat trick in the win over Northfield.
Brock Cummings, Teddy Stiga and Ronan O’Donnell each had a goal in the Nichols game. Cummings also had a pair of tallies against Stanstead. Tom Goguen, Shane Kelly and O’Donnell had the goals in the win over Elite Hockey Academy.
Next up for the Hillies is the Belmont Hill-Nichols Holiday Tournament which starts December 28th.
* Hill School earned the Barber Tournament crown, beating St. Mark’s 3-2 in a shootout in the title game. Lucas Zimovcak had the deciding goal in the shootout. Tyler Chenevert scored late in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Chenevert also had two goals in a 5-4 semifinal win over Worcester Academy, while Brandon Spaulding scored twice in a 6-0 blanking of Vermont Academy.