North Country wins hockey title

copyright the Chronicle March 15, 2017

 

Congratulations to the North Country boys’ hockey team — 2017 Division II champions. The Falcons skated to a 4-3 win over a high-powered Harwood Union team on March 9 at UVM’s Gutterson Field House.

North Country opened up a 3-0 lead midway through the contest on a pair of goals by Brady Perron, and a goal and an assist by Dawson Cote. Harwood battled back to tie the game with three unanswered goals. But Mitchell Austin netted the game-winner for the Falcons with about nine minutes to play. Goaltender Dana Marsh finished with 45 saves, breaking a longstanding record for the D-II finals.

The Falcons went 14-5 during the regular season to earn the fourth seed in D-II. Marsh earned a 2-0 shutout over Milton in the opening round of the playoffs at the Jay Peak Ice Haus on March 4, with Brady Perron and Mitchell Gonyaw scoring for the Falcons.

On March 7, North Country upset top-seeded Hartford 6-3 at the Wendell A. Barwood Arena in Hartford to earn its first crack at a championship since losing to Harwood in the 2005 finals. Jordan Cote scored in the closing seconds of the second period to knot that game at two goals apiece, and Alex Giroux took over in the third with three straight goals including the eventual game winner. Tyler Smith and Brady Perron also scored in the semifinal.

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