Dec. 12: Rebel Recap

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Thursday December 12, 2013

Boy’s Hockey

The Rebels won a thriller in their opening game of the season, defeating Alexander Gault, QC 2-1 in an overtime victory. The game was the first in a pair of matchups over the border for South Burlington, as the Rebels traveled to Stanstead, QC to compete in the NCU Classic. Matt Baechle provided the offensive theatrics for the Rebels, scoring the deciding goal less than a minute into the first overtime period. Mike Blauvelt added the other goal for South Burlington, while Connor Bradley contributed two assists. With the win, the Rebels improve to 1-0 on the season.   

South Burlington handed Greeley, ME a 6-1 loss this past Saturday in a second round matchup of the NCU Classic. Brendan Lahue aggressively attacked the net for his team, netting a pair of scores and drawing defensive pressure before dishing to a teammate for an assist in the contest. Ryan Leonard contributed two scores in the game, while Mike Blauvelt and Connor Bradley scored a goal apiece. Blauvelt also contributed an assist. Ben Greenstein made an outstanding defensive stand in goal for his team, making twenty-two saves to preserve the victory for South Burlington. The Rebels return home to participate in the Beech Tournament, facing off against Rice on Thursday, December 12th and then either Colchester or CVU Friday, December 13th. Both games will be played at Leddy Park.

Girl’s Hockey

The South Burlington girl’s hockey team combined forces with the talented Redhawk’s skaters from CVU and partnership was already paying dividends this past Wednesday, December 4th. South Burlington/CVU dominated it’s opening contest of the regular contest against Rice in a 7-3 victory that saw the Rebels controlling both ends of the ice. The team used precision passing and a developing knowledge of each other’s playing styles to move the puck down the ice, as South Burlington’s Courtney Barrett, Sarah Fisher, and Molly Dunphy netted two goals apiece to extend the lead. Rachel Pitcher rounded out South Burlington’s scoring by netting a goal, while teammate Josie Toof transitioned the puck well and contributed three assists in the victory. Barrett and Fisher each contributed a pair of assists, to go along with their scores. Courtney Peyko held down the net for South Burlington, quarterbacking an aggressive defensive that shut down the majority of the opposing team’s scoring opportunities. With the victory, South Burlington improves to 1-0 on the season.

Indoor Track

South Burlington’s indoor track team gets ready to kick off it’s regular season competition, competing in their first meet on December 14th at UVM. The Rebels return a host of familiar faces to competition, and boast a depth, experience, and championship outdoor season on their resume. “We have 60 guys on the roster,” said head coach Dennis Akey, “including a lot of upperclassmen to help aid the distance crew in the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and throws.” South Burlington will be looking for big contributions from Will Gregoire, Willy Champange, and Pat Hickey, who were instrumental in South Burlington’s cross-country championship campaign. South Burlington’s girl’s team features a deep roster, with many new faces looking to step up to the plate in competition. “Many of our veterans have been on the brink of scoring for the past few seasons and they will be looking to break out this season to collect some big points for our team.” said Akey, “It’s really anybody’s game on the girl’s side. Both Essex and Mt. Anthony lost some big players, but also have veterans who will look to step up in a big way this year.” South Burlington veterans looking to make a key impact for the Rebels this season include Hadley Clark, Anne-Marie Farmer, and Katie Merrick. The girl’s team will also get their season started on December 14th at UVM.