Wednesday's roundup: Leitch, Grogan score 100th hockey points
PITTSFIELD -- Eric Leitch scored two goals and an assist, reached the 100-point mark and the St. Joseph's hockey team earned back-to-back wins over Taconic with a 4-0 decision Wednesday night.
The line of Andy Cella, Derek Romejko and Mike Bloom combined for eight points on the night.
"They all have some pretty good speed, good hands," coach Tim Kelly said. "They do a lot of communicating out there."
Both of Leitch's goals came in the third period, just 2 minutes, 36 seconds apart and ballooned the Crusaders' lead from two to four.
His brother Andrew was holding the fort at the other end and stopped all 19 shots for the shutout.
St. Joe's needs just one point in its final two games -- both against Mount Everett -- for a spot in the postseason. After two straight losses, Taconic needs five points in its final three games -- two against Wahconah.
SJ 1 1 2--4
T 0 0 0--0
SJ--Andy Cella (Derek Romejko, Mike Bloom), 9:26.
SJ--Romejko (Bloom, Eric Leitch), 13:37 (PP).
SJ--E. Leitch (Romejko, Bloom), 7:37 (PP).
SJ--E. Leitch (Bloom, Brett Pecor), 10:13.
Saves: T--Brenden Leary 29; SJ--Andrew Leitch 19.
Chicopee 9, Wahconah 5
PITTSFIELD -- Lane Grogan joined the 100-point club Wednesday night, but the Hennessy League-leading Warriors couldn't keep up with the Pacers' barrage of goals.
"It was probably our worst defensive effort of the season," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "They're a definite contender for [Western Mass. Division] III-A. They had good team speed, balance and that's not a team that you want to go out and not show up [against]."
Ryan Ouimet scored two goals and two assists for Wahconah, while Grogan had two assists and a third-period goal that gave him the 100th point of his career. He's the sixth Warrior in three seasons to reach the mark.
Still, Disbrow said blue-line efficiency, passing and goaltending have to improve before Saturday's face-off with Taconic.
"There isn't any one particular person on our side," he said. "[The blame] was well-spread."
Chicopee 3 3 3--9
Wahconah 2 1 2--5
C--Brendan Baker (unassisted), 7:08
W--Lane Grogan (Ryan Ouimet, Nick Montferret), 7:18
W--Ouimet (Montferret), 8:56
C--Devan Longtin (Ryan Kazeroid), 10:28
C--Dan Garvey (Alan Stevens), 13:06
C--Mark Rumyantson (UA), 0:10
W--Montferret (Ouimet), 9:38
C--Kazeroid (Longtin), 10:11
C--Baker (Longtin), 14:42
W--Ouimet (Grogan, Montferret), 0:19
C--Nick Jablemski (UA), 2:15
C--Baker (UA), 7:24
W--Grogan (UA), 8:42
C--Christian Salamon (Baker), 9:24
Saves: W--Roger Stedman 36. C--Shane Denault 30.
Wahconah 46, Monument 42
GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Spartans suffered their 10th loss of the season in a game that was tied after three quarters.
"We got into some foul trouble early," said Monument coach Chris Unsworth. "We had a couple of lapses in the fourth quarter. Haley Korte had a great game for us at both ends. We just let it slip away a little in the fourth quarter. We had some chances at the end and we had a little trouble executing."
Shannon Lussier led the Warriors with 14 while Katie Dumas had 13. Vanessa Troiano had 13 for Monument (8-10) while Samantha White added 10. Korte had nine points.
St. Joe 44, Berlin (N.Y.) 28
BERLIN, N.Y. -- St. Joe pulled within a game of Western Mass. with the road victory.
The Crusaders (9-10) got 20 points from Kendall Smith and 10 from Keegan McCauley. St. Joe held the hosts to single digits in each quarter.
"They played well defensively and Kendall Smith had a big game," said St. Joe coach Jack Quinn. "She controlled the board. She played very well down low when she got the ball. Keegan McCauley had a great game too running the floor. It was a good team effort."
The Crusaders will reach the postseason with a win in their regular season finale on Monday against Mount Greylock.
Drury 48, Taconic 40
PITTSFIELD -- Despite a strong second half, Taconic couldn't overcome a slow start or 18 points from Shannon Garvey.
"They're a good defensive team," said Braves coach Matt Mickle. "Kind of story of the season. We started out slow. Second half we did a good job taking care of the ball. Garvey made all those mid-range jumpers."
Nyanna Slaughter had 16 for Taconic while Brianna Rogers added 10.
St. Mary's 59, McCann 38
WESTFIELD -- The Hornets continued to struggle in the road loss.
Matt Plasse torched McCann for 12 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter.
"That Plasse kid killed us in the first half," Mike Nykorchuck said. "He got outside our zone and buried us."
His 12 first-quarter points helped St. Mary's out to a seven-point cushion after 8 minutes, and it maintained it throughout the second. St. Mary's then put McCann farther in the review mirror with another 16 in the third quarter before having its best offensive output in the fourth with 17 points.
Josh Superneau was the lone Hornet in double figures with 17 points.
Keenan, Peplowski win
PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield's Sean Keenan and Pittsfield/St. Joe's Emma Peplowski earned wins in the coaches' open race.
Keenan skied the giant slalom course in 32.71 seconds for the boys win while Peplowski won the girls race in 32.92. Lenox's Will Dyer-Kloman (33.27), Pittsfield's Erich Maynard (33.41), Monument's Thomas Berle (34.08) and Taconic's Tim Schmidt (34.16) rounded out the top five for the boys, all of whom received awards.
Ella King of Lenox was second in the girls race in 34.04 seconds. The rest of the top five was populated with Taconic skiers. Michaela Craft (34.24) was third, while Alyssa Latimer (34.46) finished fourth. Amanda Ely was fifth in 34.76.
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