Kimball Union emerged the winner at the Belmont Hill/Nichols Tourney, edging Millbrook 3-2, in the championship game. Bobby Hall had the game-winning goal in the third period for the Wildcats. Tyler Bird and A.J. Greer also had goals, while Gavin Nieto played strong in goal.
During the tournament, KUA defeated Brunswick (4-0) and St. Francis (5-1), and then tied host Belmont Hill 2-2 scoring twice in the third period, with Chris Shero and Greer denting the twice. Nieto made a great save on a breakaway in the final minute of regulation to preserve the tie and a first place division finish in the round robin.
In the semifinal game, KUA rallied for a 3-2 OT win over Nichols School. Greer had the game-winner on the first shift of OT converting a great pass from Dennis Cesana. Paul Leger had a strong game in goal. Brendan Riley had the first goal and J.D. Dudek sent the game into overtime with a goal with 16 seconds left and goalie Leger pulled for a sixth attacker.
“It certainly didn’t come easy for us, but it was a great experience for our team and we’re proud of how the boys rose to the challenges along the way,” said KUA coach Tim Whitehead.
Williston Northampton has been one of the most impressive prep teams in the early going. The Wildcats came up with a big late December be defeating a pair of Keller Division teams – St. Sebastian’s, 8-2, and Nobles, 3-2. Brandon Borges had all three goals against Nobles and also contributed a goal and four assists in the win over St. Sebastian’s, where Tyler Scroggins registered a hat trick. Both Borges and Scroggins played at Rhode Island’s Mt. St. Charles Academy prior to coming to Williston.
“We also got great goaltending from senior Tim Nowacki, who made the big save each time it was needed and our D corps has been solid led by senior Seth Cupak,” said Williston coach Derek Cunha.