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HLNSports Lady Cougars Rout Defending Champs Conant

by Marc Ayotte In a match-up of last year’s Division III championship

game, the Orioles of Conant High visited The Den at Campbell High last Thursday and were completely annihilated in a brilliant Cougar performance. A superb defensive team effort spirited by Shannon Savard and Marissa Framarini on Conant’s two-time player of the year, Brooke Springfield, was key. Throw in one of the best individual offensive exhibitions imaginable – a 30-point Liz Pettis scoring blitzkrieg – and the previously undefeated Oriole squad was handed a demoralizing, 51-29 thrashing. Coming into the contest, Conant owned an unblemished 7-0 record along with D-3’s stingiest defense, allowing their opponents a measly 31 points per game on average. The 6-1 Cougars on the other side of the ball owned the number-one offense, averaging 63 points per night so far on the season. Number-one offense versus number-one defense—what usually happens when that scenario takes place, coach? Lounged and loose in his usual pre-game courtside seat, Cougar head coach Shawn Flynn, with a sigh and a smirk, answered, “defense wins.” However, Coach Flynn, in a reference to his team’s run-32-minutes- per-game approach, quickly countered with, “I’m hoping the tempo of the game takes them out of their game.” Nice game plan! Two minutes into the opening quarter, CHS junior guard

Pettis drained the first of her three triples on the night, giving the Cougars an early 5-0 lead. Conant’s captain Springfield, who “always has a great game against us – big games, big players – she’s a big player,” according to Coach Flynn, didn’t disappoint, as she knocked down a jumper to get her team on the board. Moments later, outside Oriole scoring threat Kim Daniels nailed a ‘tres’ to cut the Cougar lead to 9-5. The Cougars then went on a scoring frenzy as back-to-back-to-back three-pointers

Marissa Framarini (#33) brings the ball up court against Conant’s Stacie Keenan’s defensive pressure

Broncos Hold Off Pack in Holiday Hockey Matinee

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Cougar JV freshman Brianna Hardy drives for two of her team-high 15 points in a 39-33 loss to Conant

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Porter Careli (#10) with an in-the-slot scoring opportunity against the Broncos In a game rescheduled from last

Wednesday’s snowstorm, the Alvirne Broncos hosted the Wolf Pack from the combined forces of Windham and Pelham high schools. The Division III battle at Skate 3 arena featured a key match- up between the two 5-1 teams in their quest to catch first-place Somersworth. After 45 minutes of feisty, offensive-oriented hockey, the Broncos held off a late third-period Pack attack and brilliant 40-save performance by goalie Caitlin Re to escape with a 3-2 victory. Almost faster than I was able to

get my tuke back on my dome after the national anthem in the frozen tundra known as Skate 3, the Wolf Pack’s Zack Malone was able to sneak one by Alvirne goalie Brian Carpentier. Grabbing a 1-0 lead at :08 of the opening period gained Bronco head coach Brian Gould‘s attention: “It sent us a shock,” as he reflected upon the Wolf Pack’s quick strike as Alvirne’s usual modus operandi. “We usually start out that way on other teams.” “We started the third line to shake things up and they caught us sleeping,” commented Coach Gould. Staggered by the quick one-goal deficit, Alvirne quickly regained their composure and began to carry the play. For the entire period, the Broncos were able to consistently apply pressure in the offensive zone. However, an Alvirne miscue inside their own zone gave the Wolf Pack’s Nick Morin an excellent scoring opportunity in tight, but Carpentier made a spectacular stick save, robbing WP‘s 8, causing him to look to the rafters in disbelief. Several key first-period saves by WP’s standout goalie Re kept the Broncos off the score sheet. And although Alvirne controlled the offensive flow of the game and was able to stop WP from

any further scoring chances, the Broncos found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first 15 minutes of play.

Caitlin Re makes a left-pad save on Broncos’ Reed Vandergraaf

Just under four minutes into the middle stanza, Bronco Reed Vandergraaf, with a shot from the right face-off circle, was able to beat Wolf Pack goalie Re stick side to tie the score at one. Less than two minutes later, the Broncos took a lead they would never relinquish as center Trevor Perron scored on an assist from Brian Blanchette. The remainder of the second period, although remaining scoreless, saw a continued offensive presence from both teams, with both goalies making key saves throughout. As the buzzer sounded, it saw Alvirne reverse its first-period, one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Symbolic on the time clock but not on the scoreboard, :08 of the third period saw the Broncos rattle a shot off the crossbar behind Re,

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