In-depth coverage of Williston boys varsity hockey

Williston Loses to Canterbury; Ties Berkshire

Williston returned from break to hit the road in the mini busses on Wednesday, January 3rd to New Milford, Connecticut to battle a tough Canterbury Saints club.  Williston tied it up in the middle of the third period but lost on a sneaky shot in the waning minutes to lose 3-2.

The first period was a battle as both teams took their time feeling each other.  Williston played stingy defense and did not let Canterbury have any grade-A chances.  Offensively, Williston struggled to create many scoring opportunities; it wasn’t a bad period, per se, but it didn’t have any razzle-dazzle.

The second period saw Canterbury start on the power play which Williston was able to kill.  However, Canterbury was able to get on the board at the 5:15 mark off the period when a Canterbury shot was deflected by a Williston defensemen beating goalie Greg Iverson.  Canterbury struck the back of the net again at 16:58 of the period when a Canterbury forward came out of the corner and let a shot go that beat Iverson.

In between periods, Coach Cunha challenged the Williston squad to break the period up into three six-minute periods and win each period.  Williston heard this loud and clear and buried two goals in the first six-minute span.  The first was off the stick of Brendan Hansen who let a laser go from the right point that found the top left corner.  Williston’s second goal was less than two minutes later when Wisconsin native, Logan Geisness streaked down the right boards creating a two-on-one and found his cheese-head counterpart, Brandon McGill, bounding down Broadway.  McGill corralled the puck and slipped it by the Canterbury netminder to tie the game, 2-2.  Williston maintained solid pressure over the course of the period but Canterbury scored the game winner at 16:38. Shots in the game were Williston 37, Canterbury 40.

 

Williston’s next opponent was the Berkshire Bears on Saturday.  Williston and Berkshire traded blows over the course of the contest but could only muster a tie.  While they say a tie is like kissing your sister, Williston was still happy to come away with a point.  Greg Iverson earned the start.

The first period saw Williston battle hard in the offensive zone while adjusting to Berkshire stretching an offensive player to pull a Williston defender off the blue line.  While Williston seemed to control much of the play in the period garnering many chances, it was the Bears who struck first when a forward stepped over the blue line and let a shot go from the circle tops that beat Iverson.  Williston went to the dressing room at the end of the period down one but feeling confident.

In the he second period, Williston killed a 5-3 penalty where many of the Williston defenders proved that not all heroes wear capes; shots were blocked, and goals were deferred.  Williston used the kill to find momentum and found it when James Belleavoine hustled to a loose puck in the Berkshire zone, put the puck deep in the zone where Alaskan native Connor Canterbury made a beauty pass cross-ice to a waiting Cam Mariani.  “The Sauce” had a wide open net and buried the puck tying the game at 1.

Williston entered the third period with gusto and Sauce scored his second goal on a one-timer at the 10:17 mark that tucked in nicely under the cross bar.  Williston tried to keep the lead but failed to get the puck out of their zone and Berkshire was able to tie it two minutes later.  Williston and Berkshire battled through overtime but to no avail.

Williston heads west to play Worchester Academy on Wednesday afternoon at 4 so if your anywhere north of the Mass Pike near 290, stop on by.

Williston Takes Four points in Post-Christmas Soiree in Boston

Williston won their second and third straight games after Christmas defeating Nobles 3-2 and St. Sebastians 4-3 in OT.  The two wins put the team’s record at 5-3-1.  In last season’s pre-/post-Christmas games, Williston went an unimpressive 1-4.  This year, they turned the tables and went 3-1-1.

Wildcats from across the United States reunited at the Noble’s rink for an hour skate last Thursday night in preparation for their two contests.  For being off for just under two weeks, the club looked solid and crisp and became reacquainted with one another rather quickly.  Following the skate, the team met family and friends at The Chateau in Norwood for an Italian dinner that couldn’t be beat.  The dinner has been a staple for Williston hockey as it has brought parents and players together for the past number of years and has been a really great kick-off to the meat of their season.

The following day, Williston had the late game at St. Sebastian’s versus a talented Nobles team.  Greg Iverson got the nod in goal for the game and did not disappoint making 30 saves to secure the win.

Tim Rego got the ‘Cats on the board at the 9:08 mark of the first period when he took a pass from Billy Smith and ripped a shot from the point thought a screen beating Nobles’ goalie Matt Lane.  Then, just three minutes later on a power play and with Williston setting up a shooting gallery in the offensive zone, Rego got his second of the game.  After ringing the cross bar, Rego remained patient, took a pass from the left hash mark and drove to the net from the left side and beat Lane again.  Logan Geisness earned the helper.

In the second, Nobles got their first goal off a rush up the ice from a shot that was tipped, beating Iverson.  The teams ended the period 2-1.

In the third period, freshman David Novotny scored his first of two game-winning goals on the weekend when cleaning up on a Sam Milnes breakaway miss that got jammed on the right post.  Novotny with the quickness of a jackrabbit pounced on the rebound.  Nobles would score to cut the lead to one but Williston’s stingy defense and goaltending kept the lead secure for the win.  The game puck went to Tim Rego for his two-goal night.

The next day, Williston crossed to the other side of 95 to Dedham to take on a strong St. Sebastian’s team that contains five Division I commits.  Williston got out of the gate rather sluggishly and looked flat for the first third of the period.  St. Sebastians, on the other hand, came out swinging and in the first six minutes beat Williston goalie Xander Rogers three times.  The opening goal came off a 5×3 power play opportunity and the second shortly after still man up 5×4.  Trying to change the momentum, the Williston coaching staff decided to replace Rogers with Iverson.  There was no scoring in the rest of the period but Williston’s play altered and they gained a number of opportunities.

Williston entered the second period with the mindset of chipping away at the Sebs’ lead.  It took some time as both Williston and St. Sebs battled back and forth for much of the period.  However, at the 11:13 mark of the period, Billy Smith broke the juggernaut.  On a pass from Alex Berg, Billy crossed over the Sebs’ blueline on the right side, cut to the middle and let a Hyde Park Howitzer go from three feet inside the line, deflecting off the Sebs’ goaltender’s stick and finding the back of the net.  The goal energized the Wildcats and they entered the dressing room with a glimmer of hope and some intensity.

In the third, Williston and Sebs traded blows with neither team budging until the 10:23 mark when, on the power play, Logan Geisness worked the puck to Brendan Hansen who fired a shot that was tipped in by Sam Milnes to bring the score to within one.  Then, after a time-out with under two minutes to go, Williston was able to get the puck into the St. Sebs’ zone and with just twelve seconds left, Milnes put a dart of a shot into the short-side top corner of the Sebs net from the goal line.  With a delayed penalty at the same time, Williston went into overtime on the power play.

In overtime, Williston was unable to get anything going with the man-up and after an offensive breakdown, had to haul down a Sebs player on a breakaway resulting in a penalty shot. Penalty shots are rare, and in overtime would be considered non-existent, however the call was warranted and Iverson stood tall making the much needed save. Play went back and forth with few chances for either side until a loose puck corralled by Milnes in the neutral zone led to a 2-1 with David Novotny driving the net.  Milnes held onto the puck looking to shoot and at the last moment made a saucer pass just over an outstretched Sebs’ defender’s stick that Novotny drove into the net.  Game.  Set. Match.  Williston 4.  St. Sebastian’s 3.

Novotny earned the game puck for the night and Greg Iverson pitched a shutout saving all 27 shots he faced.

Williston’s next game is on Wednesday when they take the mini busses down into Connecticut to face a very strong Canterbury Saints club.  Good seats are still available.

Williston Takes 3rd in St. Sebastian’s Holiday Tournament

Williston headed east last Friday for a three-day tournament at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, MA.  The Wildcats drew the 8 o’clock pm game against a young but talented St. Andrews club from Toronto, Ontario.

Williston got on the board in the first half of the game when centerman Brendan Hansen won a draw in the offensive zone to Sam Milnes who touched the puck to Kevin Lassman.  Lassman let a rip go from the right point.  With a bevy of players in front of the net, St. Andrews goaltender, Aidan Hosein was screened the entire way and could not make the save.  The ‘Cats took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room.

The second half saw Williston add to their lead at the 8:14 mark when David Novotny tipped in a shot from defenseman Alex Berg with an assist from Sam Milnes.  St. Andrews would pull within one but that margin would last for less than a minute as Sam Milnes scored on a power move down the left side of the ice, driving across the crease and slipping the puck past the outstretched St. Andrews goalie for a man-down goal.  Brandon McGill got Williston’s fourth goal when he drove down the right side and went thin mints, top shelf, beating the goaltender on the near post over the shoulder.  Lassman added the clincher on an empty net goal from near his own goal line on an assist from Hansen.  St. Andrews would pull to within three with about a minute to go but Williston took game one of the tournament and earned the late game on Saturday.  Williston outshot St. Andrews 31-23.  Xander Rogers made 21 saves.

Williston played Rivers School on Saturday and never got things going dropping the tilt, 4-0.

The next day, Williston played the Winchendon School in the consolation game in the tournament.  Greg Iverson got the nod for this game and he brought it.  Williston came out of the gate with angst and outplayed the Wapitis for much of the period.  That said, Winchendon would get on the board first on a goal off a faceoff.  The lead would be short lived as Brandon McGill would let a rip go from the blue line that deflected off of a Winch defenseman.  It appeared as if sophomore Ethan Agostoni would also screen the Wapitis goaltender as well.  Logan Geisness earned the assist.  Winchendon got its second goal half when a winger hit his centerman at the red line sending him in on a breakaway and beating Iverson on a backhand over the glove.  Winchendon went into the half with a 2-1 lead.

Williston started the second half on the penalty kill and worked hard for the minute and change left on the Winch power play.  Cam Mariani later knotted the score at twos when he took a pass in the slot from Kevin Lassman and beat the Winch goalie.  The remainder of the period and a five minute overtime could not solve the tie and a shootout was needed.  In the 5th Round, Kevin Lassman scored the deciding goal on a nifty shot over the goalie’s glove.  Iverson would save the rebuttal and Williston took the game.  Iverson made 30 saves on the night. Though the Wildcats went 2-1 in the tournament, officially, they went 1-1-1 for the weekend since shootout outcomes are not included in overall records.  Williston will meet Winchendon two more times this season in what promises to be good battles.

Williston is off until December 29th when they take on Nobles at 1:15 at St. Sebastians, and then the 30th when they play St. Sebs at Nobles at 2:15.  As I begin to pack the sleigh for the land of Kodak and Garbage Plates, I want to wish you all Happy Holidays with your and your family.  See you back in Boston!

 

Williston Blanks Academie Saint-Louis, 7-0

On Friday night, Academie Saint-Louis of Quebec City traveled to Williston for a 6 o’clock tilt against the Wildcats and left a bit worse for the wear.  Behind a shut out performance by goalie Greg Iverson, Williston had seven different scorers and got their first win in a little over a week since defeating Avon Old Farms in the season opener.

The game started out a bit shaky for Williston as they struggled to find a flow in the period, but as the time progressed, they ironed things out and got into a rhythm.  Ethan Agostoni would get the first goal of the game and the eventual game winner when he took a rebound off a Billy Smith shot from the slot.  The puck hit the end boards and an opportunistic Agostoni tucked in a rebound on the right side of the net.  Cam Mariani had the other helper.  Logan Geisness would add his third goal of the season on a shot from high in the zone that appeared to be off of a screen.  Fellow Wisconsinite, Brandon McGill and defensemen Tim Rego added the assists.

The second period would be all Williston as they dominated the play for much of the period.  Senior captain Sam Milnes got the period off the ground at the 8:32 mark of the period from an assist from fellow senior, Brendan Hansen. James Belleavoine scored his first goal of the young season on an assist from Geisness.  Brandon McGill closed out the scoring in the period on a nifty tip on the power play off a ripper from Rego from the point.  Hansen would get the other assist.

Billy Smith got his third goal of the season mid-way through the third period with assists going to his linemates Mariani and Agostoni, and freshman David Novotny got the first goal of his career to close out the scoring on assists from Belleavoine and senior Connor Power.  Academie Saint-Louis was outshot 48-12 in the game.

The next day Williston was supposed to travel to Gunnery but a snowstorm kept the bus from rolling to Washington, CT.  In this Upstate New Yorker’s eyes, it was merely a flurry, but according to the minds that be in New England, it was enough to ground all Williston teams and cancel or postpone many other games in the Northeast region.

Williston is off this Wednesday as they gear up for the St. Sebastian’s Tournament in Needham, MA.  The Wildcat’s first game will be at 8 o’clock Friday night against mighty St. Andrews.  Good seats are still available.  And try the hot chocolate, it’s quite good.

Williston Battles Hard; Loses to Cushing 2-1

On Wednesday afternoon, Cushing Academy took an hour and half bus ride south to Easthampton to take on your Williston Wildcats.  Williston has yet to beat Cushing in the modern era and was hoping to use a big win over Avon and a strong showing versus Salisbury to push them to victory.  Sadly, it would have to wait until next year.

The puck dropped at 3:30 sharp on Wednesday afternoon and that was pretty much the only interesting thing that happened in the first period.  The play was sloppy on both ends with Cushing amassing six shots to Williston’s five.

While the second period pace picked up for the Wildcats, both teams entered the dressing room after eighteen minutes of play still knotted at zeroes.

The third period started evenly with both teams continuing to trade opportunities.  However, at the 5:55 mark, Cushing was able to beat Williston goalie, Xander Rogers on a 3 on 1 after the Wildcats failed to clear the puck out of their zone. Just under two minutes later, Williston again failed to clear the puck as a Cushing defender was able to keep the play alive. A pass went cross ice in the zone and a Cushing forward took a page out of Ovechkin’s playbook placing a one-timer over Rogers’ shoulder.  A little over two minutes later, however, and on the penalty kill, post-graduate Logan Geisness won a puck in the neutral zone and barreled down the right side on a breakaway.  As he cut to the left across the crease, he slid the puck between the goalie’s pads to cut the lead to one.  However, that was as close as the Wildcats would come.  Even with a 5 on 3 to end the game, Williston could not solve the Cushing penalty kill. Williston was 20/21 in shots while Rogers made 26/28 saves

Williston looks to get on the winning side of things on Friday night at 6pm as Academie St. Louis comes to town.  We hope to see you there!

Williston Drops Hard-Fought Road Game to Salisbury, 4-2

The Williston Wildcats got down by four goals early to the Salisbury Scarlet Knights tonight and couldn’t muster enough offense to rally in the end.

As usual, a Saturday evening game at Salisbury meant that the Scarlet Knight cheering section was in full effect bringing a raucous spirit to the arena that is rivaled by few other barns in prep hockey.  It reminded this writer of Cornell games he used to watch in the late-90s at Lynah Rink in Upstate New York: plenty of spirit and passion.

Williston began the game winning the initial draw and setting the tone early suggesting that perhaps last year’s 6-1 thrashing of Salisbury was not a fluke.  Williston broke into the zone and got things going for the style of hockey that they wanted to play.  Early on, both clubs went back and forth up and down the ice, feeling each other out.

Just about mid-way into the first period, however, Salisbury got on the board when a player came out of the corner, threw a hard shot that hit Williston goalie Greg Iverson in the mask and popped into the slot.  A fortuitous bounce put the puck on another Salisbury player’s stick and he slammed it home for a 1-0 lead.  Salisbury would score two more goals in the next minute forcing Williston coach Derek Cunha to call a time-out and replace Iverson with Xander Rogers.   Rogers was tested early and only relinquished one goal at around the 14:00 mark.

Williston, however, was not going to go down without a fight.  With just over a minute left in the period, Williston defenseman Tim Rego cleared the puck up the right wall just outside the blue line.  A Salisbury defensemen went to collect the puck and post-graduate Logan Geisness powered though him taking the puck from him and racing like a stallion out of the gates at the Kentucky Derby down the right wing; at the top of the right circle he sliced gingerly toward the middle of the ice and let a blast go beating the Salisbury goalie, far side, closing the gap to 4-1.

In the second period, Tim Rego cut the Salisbury lead to two.  Rego gathered the puck in his own end near the dot to the right of Rogers and hit the gas—Rego exploded down the right wing, entered the zone and, using the Salisbury defender as a screen, nipped the top right corner, beating the Salisbury ‘tender with ease.  Unfortunately, the Wildcats would be forced to play much of the second period down a man due to some questionable penalty calls.  Rogers and the Williston penalty killing units stifled a barrage of chances and shots, sending both teams to the dressing room with a 4-2 score.

The third period would see plenty of opportunities for both clubs including a number of pointblank bids by the Williston offense, including a couple of posts and breakaways, but to no avail.

While Williston lost the war in this contest, they continued to grow and become more and more seasoned.  Next up for Williston are the Penguins from Cushing Academy who will travel down interstate 91 on Wednesday, December 6th at 3:30 at Lossone Arena.  Good seats are still available so bring the wife and kids down to the old hockey barn!

Wildcats Clip the Winged Beavers in Season Opener, 3-2

For the first time in over thirty years, the Williston Wildcats took on the Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers yesterday in Easthampton.  Avon came into Lossone vying to defend their 2017 Large-School New England Championship with hopes for a repeat, or better, an Elite 8 Championship in 2018.  Unfortunately for them, their first win had to wait for another day as Williston took the game, 3-2.

Williston entered the tilt with some new faces as well as some fan-favorites from last season.  The Wildcats are led by their captain, Sam Milnes from Middletown, RI.  Milnes is entering his third season at Williston and is looking to build upon a successful 2016-2017 campaign.  Other returners include seniors Kyle Caddo (Chester, NJ), Connor Canterbury (Eagle River, AK), Jacob Durocher (Rochester, MA), Billy Smith (Hyde Park, MA), Connor Power (Woburn, MA), Xander Rogers (Anaheim, CA); juniors, Greg Iverson (Brookfield, WI), Kevin Lassman (Parkland, FL), and Tim Rego (Mansfield, MA).  Newcomers include post-graduates Logan Geisness (Waukesha, WI), Brandon McGill (Mequon, WI), and Cam Jefferson (Belmont, MA); senior, Cam Ziomek (Southampton, MA); juniors James Belleavoine (Smithfield, RI), Alex Berg (Oldsmar, FL), Cam  Mariani (Wilbraham, MA), and Hunter Sarro (North Attleboro, MA); sophomore Ethan Agostoni (Pittsburgh, PA); and freshmen Brandon Barrett (Lake Worth, FL) and David Novotny (Boca Raton, FL).  There is also a new face behind the bench for the ‘Cats this season, David Cunningham.  Cunningham was a four-year goaltender at Amherst College from 2012-2016, winning the Bob Hanford Memorial Award as MVP during his sophomore year, and last year was a Hitchcock Fellow coaching hockey and baseball for the Mammoths.  He currently teaches middle school English.

After killing off a highly suspect roughing penalty just ten seconds into the game, Billy Smith got the Wildcats offense going on Williston’s first shot of the game off a pass from James Belleavoine in the slot.  Smith let it fly beating all six foot five inches of Avon goaltender Alex Aslandis low between the pads at 2:59 of the period.  This appeared to rattle Aslandis who was making his first prep school start, as he took the remainder of the period to settle himself.

Later in the period, with two Williston defenders draped all over him, Avon defenseman Mac Wiseman took a pass and beat Xander Rogers for Avon’s first goal knotting the game at one-all at 7:41.

The tie was short lived as Cam Mariani let a soft backhander go in the high slot that butterflied over Aslandis left shoulder at 9:22 of the first period.  Belleavoine and Connor Power were awarded the assists. Williston would enter the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.  Shots for the period were 9-7 in favor of Williston.

The second period was all Avon as they tied the score at the 11:25 mark of the frame.  The period was inconsistent and lacked flow with penalties marring much of the eighteen minutes.  At about the midway point of the period, Williston took a hit to their personnel as Sam Milnes took a skate to the inner thigh and was forced to leave the game.  He was taken to Cooley-Dickinson Hospital and left with nine stitches.  Avon outshot Williston 11-3.

The final period was a flurry of madness as both sides battled hard to gain the lead, but it was the crafty center from Hyde Park who lifted Williston.  Smith was able to beat Aslandis once again in front of the net.  Cam Jefferson and Kevin Lassman got the helpers.  Key blocked shots at the end of the period solidified the win for the Wildcats.

Xander Rogers played a flawless third period and ended the game making 25/27 saves.

Following the game, Billy Smith was awarded the game puck and led the squad in a boisterous rendition of “Sammy.”

Williston heads to Salisbury on Saturday evening for a tilt against the Scarlet Knights.  You may remember that Williston beat Salisbury 6-1 last year and the newly-minted number one ranked club in New England is likely licking its chops for a rematch.  See you in Connecticut.

 

Williston Ties NMH; Sweeps Millbrook, Canterbury

Coming of the heels of a much-needed mid-winter break, Williston took a short sojourn up route 91 to face the Northfield Mount Herman Hoggers last Wednesday.  Sophomore goalie Greg Iverson got the nod on this day earning a 1-1 tie.

NMH got on the board at the 8:33 mark of the first period on a shot from the left dot that beat Iverson over the shoulder on a screen.  Iverson settled in and played an aggressive game for the remainder.  The second period was a scoreless affair leading to a high-energy third period for Williston.

Williston controlled much of the play entering the final frame and was able to solve Eric Green when the puck got to sophomore defenseman Tim Rego on the right point. Rego skated down Broadway and let a low shot go from just above the hashmarks that beat Green between the pads.  Overtime was needed but to no avail as Williston’s recorded improved to 10-11-1. Iverson made 32 saves on the day.

 

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On Saturday afternoon, Williston traveled across state lines into New York to take on the Millbrook Mustangs in a five o’clock tilt.  Williston took the game, 7-6 giving Greg Iverson the win, but not without a battle from the ‘Stangs.

Millbrook got on the board at the 7:09 mark and held the lead for just under three minutes when Connor Power scored his second goal of the season off of a pass from defensive partner and roommate, Tim Rego, to Nick Day who made a nifty give and go to Power slicing down the slot beating Millbrook goalie Greg Brassard on the far post.  Just :49 seconds later, Billy Smith took a Brendan Hansen pass at the top of the left circle and let a light shot go that coasted over the left shoulder of Brassard.  Millbrook would get two more goals and eventually took the lead into the dressing rooms after the first, 3-2.

Williston tied the game early in the second period on a deflected goal by Steven Gower off a shot from Connor Canterbury.  Roommate and linemate, Owen Sylvia received the second assist.  Then, at 11:43 and on the powerplay, Lassman let a rope go from the left point that careened off the near post and in.  Assists were awarded to JT Chamberlain and Sam Milnes.  Millbrook would score at the 14:06 mark of the period tying the game.

In the third, Millbrook went up 5-4 at the 6:44 mark but again Williston had the answer as they scored three straight.  The first came just :36 seconds later when Kyle Caddo scored his first goal of his Williston career off of a Brendan Hansen shot; Brassard made the initial save but could not contain the rebound as Caddo smelled blood and pounced on the loose puck.  From this writer’s position, it looked as if the junior from Jersey “dabbed” his way down the ice in celebration.

Steven Townley took a pass from JoJo Carbone and made it six on a shot from the right circle that beat Brassard and then just over a minute later, Tim Rego put the proverbial Nail in the coffin when he took a pass from Brendan White in the mid-slot on a 2-1 that was initially saved by Brassard but who let out a rebound that Rego batted home.  While Millbrook was able to get a goal with 14:57 left, Iverson was able to close the door.

Iverson earned the win saving 21 shots and Kyle Caddo earned the game puck.

 

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On Wednesday afternoon, Williston once again took a two-hour bus trip, this time to the Nutmeg state to play Canterbury.  While Canterbury gave Williston quite the battle, the boys from Williston were able to take home a victory, 4-2.  Xander Rogers was given the nod in this contest and earned the win.

After a scoreless first period, JT Chamberlain got Williston on the board just :19 seconds into the second period on a breakaway beating Saint’s goalie, Connor Cherry.  Williston would get their second goal at the 6:56 mark of the game when Jake Durocher took a shot from the point that was deflected by Brendan White, hit Cherry in the pads and bounced into the mid-slot where a waiting Sam Milnes, while getting tripped, was able to put it home.  Nick Schofield scored a nifty goal at the 15:50 mark when a shot was taken on the left side of the net and Schofield was able to gain possession of the puck on the right side near bottom of the circle and put a sweet backhander past Cherry. However, just under :30 seconds later, Canterbury scored to put the game within two as the teams headed to the break.

The third was tightly contested and Canterbury made things interesting getting a goal with just under three minutes remaining on a deflection off of a Wildcat shin pad that careened past Rogers.  The flurry that ensued in the final moments of the game was heart-pounding and stress-filled, but Milnes was able to seal the deal with an empty net goal shot from just outside of the Williston blue line.

Williston took home the “dub” and improved their record to 12-11-1 while Rogers earned the game puck.

This Friday, Williston takes on their Pioneer Valley foe to the north, Deerfield in a 6 pm matchup.  Williston has not defeated the Big Green since 2012 and look to get back at Deerfield for their four-year dominance.  Good seats are still available.

Williston Takes Down Brunswick, Westminster

It looks like a nice series is beginning to brew between the Williston Wildcats and the Brunswick Bruins.  The match-up was orchestrated by Williston trustee and current Brunswick faculty member John Booth—Williston class of ’83–last year in Greenwich with the host Bruins taking the game 5-3.  This year, Williston evened the series, winning 1-0.

The teams were deadlocked at zeroes for two full periods with both clubs battling hard.  It wasn’t until the 13:04 mark of the third period when sophomore Kevin Lassman broke the tie with a high shot from the left point that beat Bruin goalie Strauss Mann over the left should with a bevy of blue and white jerseys in front of him.

Xander Rogers earned the win making 22 saves.  Mann saved 34 shots in the loss.

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On Monday afternoon, Williston took a fifty-minute jaunt down Route 10 to the Westminster School for a five o’clock tilt with the Martlets.  Williston was able to take down their Connecticut foe 3-2 in overtime but not before losing their senior captain, Nick Schofield, to injury.

Williston got on the board quickly when junior Billy Smith took a Brendan Hansen pass and beat Westminster goalie Kai Edmonds past his glove at the :51 second mark.  However, just six minutes later, Schofield took the puck up the left wall in the neutral zone and dumped the puck deep.  Feeling pressure, he turned to avoid a hit but an oncoming Martlet defensemen could not slow up his momentum and slammed Schofield into the boards.  He lay on the ice for some forty minutes as the Westminster trainer and doctor assessed the fallen player and waited for an ambulance.  Nick was taken to St. Francis Hospital for a CT scan and MRI.  Both were negative.

With emotions running high for both teams, the players took the ice to finish the remainder of the period.  After failing to score on a 5-minute misconduct for the Schofield hit, Westminster went on the power play and was able to knot the score at one at the 9:42 mark.  Then, just seven minutes later, they capitalized again on the power play and went to the dressing room up 2-1.

In the second period, Williston was able to even up the game when sophomore Tim Rego let a blast go on the power play that beat Edmonds between the pads.  Assists were awarded to senior JoJo Carbone and Lassman.  The rest of the game was a back-and-forth contest with neither team being able to solve the others’ goaltender.  Overtime would be needed once again for Williston and the hero for the boys in blue and green would be Rego once again.  With just over two minutes left, Westminster dumped the puck into the Williston end where Connor Power got the puck to a waiting Sam Milnes who took the it up the right wall.  As he crossed into the Westminster end, Milnes made a tape-to-tape pass to Rego who was the high trailer who buried the puck putting Williston up, 3-2 for the win.

For Williston, this was their third win in row and second overtime win in three games putting them at .500 for the season.  Xander Rogers earned the win kicking out 31/33 saves.

The Wildcats take on the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans on Wednesday at 4:45 at Lossone.  Be there.

Wildcats prevail in OT, bounce back from Gunnery loss

Wildcats Find Winning Touch; Beat Millbrook, 2-1 in OT

After going 1-1 on the road in their past two games, Williston was excited to get reacquainted with the friendly confines of Lossone Arena on Wednesday afternoon as they took on Millbrook in a late afternoon contest.  With Xander Rogers back in net once again for Williston, stingy defensive play, and an auspicious overtime, Williston took the first game of the season series, 2-1.

Williston began the first period as they have begun recent first periods, getting pucks deep into the offensive zone and not giving up many quality shots early on.  Williston was rewarded for their gritty play just 4:12 in when JT Chamberlain collected a puck just below the left dot of the Millbrook zone and let a shot go that was deflected by a Millbrook player and beat junior goalie Greg Brassard on the far side.  Assists were awarded to sophomore d, Tim Rego and senior forward, Brendan White.  The scoring would end for both teams until third period when Williston was assessed a penalty for hooking.  Then, at 13:24, on the power play, Millbrook struck beating Rogers over his shoulder near the left dot to tie the game at 1-1.  Both teams would work hard but to no avail and for the third time this season, Williston headed to overtime.

In a rarity for the extra frame, Millbrook was assessed two penalties, one for interference and one for hooking.  The latter gave Williston the power play for the remainder of the game.  With just :17 seconds left, and the puck in their own zone, senior Nick Schofield won the draw on the right dot to Rego who collected the puck and chipped it off the glass and deep into the Millbrook zone.  Senior Owen Sylvia raced the Millbrook defender to below the circle where said defender passed the puck up the wall to the hash marks to a waiting Schofield.  Schofield gathered the puck and raced to the net with senior JoJo Carbone driving hard for any loose change.  With another Millbrook defender committed to Carbone, Schofield cut to the crease and roofed a nifty backhander under the crossbar, ringing the water bottle.  A celebration ensued and Williston won, 2-1, improving their record to 8-10.

The game was a fairly contested match with only three penalties called all game.  Rogers made 18/19 saves to earn the win, while Brassard made 32/34 saves in the loss.  Williston takes on the Brunswick Bruins on Saturday at 2:45 at Lossone.  Following the game, the Williston girls team will have their annual Pink in the Rink game to raise money for breast cancer.  Following the game, kids will be able to skate with the girl’s team.

At one o’clock, the annual alumni game will be held so come down early to see all your favorite players from yesteryear, including Coach PJ McCadden ‘10.  It will be a busy Saturday at Lossone so please stop by and show your support!

Williston Cannot Complete Season Sweep of Gunnery; Falls 4-2

On Saturday, the Williston Wildcats took to the road once again, this time heading to Washington, CT to take on the Gunnery Highlanders.  Unfortunately, two goals in the third period took down the Cats, 4-2.

The opening frame began with vengeance as Williston dominated most of the first ten minutes of the game, dumping pucks deep, pounding Gunnery in the defensive zone, and not allowing much, if any, formidable offense for their opponents.  But, as it happened, Gunnery was able to take advantage of some sloppy play and went up 1-0 at the 9:02 mark.  Williston mounted the offensive train immediately and just :52 seconds later, Williston senior JT Chamberlain netted his fourth goal of the year with assists to Steven Gower and Kyle Caddo.  Then, at the 14:43 mark, Connor Power scored his first goal of the season letting a blast go from just inside the blue line that beat Gunnery goalie, Cedrick Andree.  Brendan White was credited with the assist.  With the period winding down, and Williston feeling like they were going to go to the dressing room up a goal, a Gunnery clear was unable to be corralled by a Williston defenseman at the red line; Gunnery collected the puck and let a shot go with 1 second left that beat Xander Rogers.  The first period ended 2-2.

The second period saw a barrage of shots from both clubs, but to no avail as both teams went to the break still tied, 2-2.

The third period looked as if the pace of the game would remain the same, and it did, until the 5:03 mark when Gunnery’s Matt Danner scored and then just :09 seconds later, Gunnery’s Marc Gatcomb sealed the deal.  At this point, Andree buckled down and Williston would pull no closer.  The loss was Williston’s tenth on the season and put them three games below .500.

The Wildcats take on the Mustangs of Millbrook on Wednesday at 4:45 at Lossone rink.  The Mustangs are riding a high this season with key wins and solid goaltending and the game should be a good one.  See you there.