Northshire 10U, 12U teams score championships
BURLINGTON — The Northshire Hockey Association brought home two state titles from the Vermont State Amateur Hockey Association championship weekend on Saturday at Leddy Park in Burlington.
The 10U Tier 4 Squirts took the ice first on Saturday morning. Goalie Hunter Slade made 13 saves in a 2-0 shut out of the Middlebury Tigers to win their third 10U Division title in a row.
Middlebury dominated possession through the first three minutes until McKinley Matteson put an outlet pass ahead of Aiden Lincks to set him up for a breakaway which would become the game-winning-goal.
The Tigers struggled to get through the neutral zone in the second. Lachlan Sears broke through but Northshire's Holden Brodie stopped his scoring chance. A Middlebury hooking penalty gave the Bulldogs a chance to add to their lead, but the power-play unit couldn't convert and the score remained 1-0 after two.
The Bulldogs' defense was key in the third. Coach Kate Slade attributed the defensive success to players working hard to clear pucks from the front of the net following goalie Hunter Slade's saves.
An unassisted, short-handed goal from Henry Markcrow iced it for the Bulldogs with four minutes remaining.
The 12U Tier 3 PeeWees faced the St. Albans Leafs later on Saturday evening. The results of the teams' previous meetings predicted a close match up, but the game was tilted in favor of the NHA team as five different Bulldogs scored, and goalie Jon Morency was solid in a dominating 5-2 win to bring home the second title of the day.
A Leafs tripping penalty put the Bulldogs on the power play midway through the first period, and Ryan Kramer ripped a slap shot from the hash marks for the first goal of the game.
A cross-crease pass from Levi Jones set up Cole Slade for a low wrister that shot past St. Albans goalie Elliot DesLauriers' glove, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0 three minutes later. The Leafs answered on their next possession and the period ended at 2-1.
In the second period, Morency made three consecutive saves during a Bulldog penalty kill and Jones scored the period's lone goal short-handed and assisted by Bodie Smith to make it 3-1 after two.
Northshire kept rolling in the third. Colin Brady scored early and Miles Searles added a power play goal halfway through the period to put it away.
The teams celebrated with a parade Sunday afternoon. Fans lined up from Manchester's Main Street to the town's center roundabout as players and coaches rode by on fire trucks with a police escort.
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