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WHAT a GAME!

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What a Game!

Sport is about the contest. It’s about the atmosphere in the arena and the drive of the players. It’s about the desire to win. All that filled the Civic Center in Montpelier Saturday night when two winless teams faced each other and a dramatic hockey game broke out.

Montpelier High and Woodstock High girls hockey teams met and battled for three periods of action-filled play. It was Senior Night and the players from both teams were recognized during the pre-game ceremony. Flowers, pictures and reflection of four years of competition were center stage. Coaches, parents and players made the most of it. After the ceremony (L/R) Junior Tess Adams, Freshman Chole Golonka, and Sophomore Julie Connor completed the festivities by singing a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to start the game. Check it out below.

The game was physical and penalty-ridden. Montpelier jumped out to a lead and Woodstock responded. It went back and forth until the final minutes of the game when Woodstock broke a 3-3 tie and topped it off with an open net goal as time expired giving them the win, 5-3.

That’s what happened but this is the story. Montpelier scored almost as many goals tonight as they did all season. Tess Adams “The “Tasmanian Devil”, and Rachel Ebersole “The Rock”, scored early to put Montpelier in the lead. Woodstock tied the game. Then Freshman Chloe Golonka (who not only took up hockey for the first time this year but also had to learn to skate at the beginning of the year) made a beautiful unassisted score off a rebound to put the Solons ahead in the third period, 3-2.

Chloe Golonka puts MHS ahead 3-2 against Woodstock.

Woodstock’s next 3 goals were all part of the drama. Two teams sacrificing life and limb got after the puck and settled it at the end of three periods of hockey. I enjoyed every minute. Two teams playing their hearts out near the end of the season.

It was disappointing to watch the Solons fade toward the end but they have to be proud of their effort and hopefully they know what joy they bring to the ice for an old dog like me. You would never know the records of these two teams watching the style of play and the energy of the coaches, fans, and players during the game. It doesn’t get much better!

You can check out pictures of the game at Crowley Photos.

Three games remain next week: North Country, Rice and U32. I hope to watch all three!

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February 19th, 2012 at 10:27 am

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  1. Well told story, Roger. The atmosphere was indeed electric, like the 7th game of World Series. Flat out exciting and fun! It proved to be what I tried to tell people to get them there: “This will be one of the best and most exciting HS sports games of the year for two teams yet to win a game.” The records of the two teams put a focus on what it means to be able to play, play hard, create a momentary sense of joy and agony, even though you’re not number one, and then move on. The Montpelier girls were spectacular in providing a unique and very championship sports moment!! Skate on!!

    Newton Baker

    19 Feb 12 at 10:48 AM

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