April 8, 2013

Chazy Flyers win 19U National Championship; Shamrocks win 16U title


---- — SAN JOSE, Calif. — It was a tale of two games for the Chazy 19U girls’ hockey team Sunday at the Tier II Girls 19U National Hockey Championships.

First there was a lopsided early game against the East Coast Wizards.

Then there was a double-overtime thriller against the Keweenaw Storm.

Luckily for the Flyers, they penned happy endings to both tales.

Chazy beat the Wizards 5-0 to advance to the championship game against the Storm, then outlasted Keweenaw for the national title, with Kallie Villemarie lifting the Flyers with her third goal of the day and second of the game.

In all, Villemarie ended the day with four points.

Christina Emery got both wins in net for the Flyers. She stopped 47 total shots Sunday.

After a scoreless first period, Chazy flew past the Wizards in the first game with two second-period goals and three third-period goals.

Villemarie, Amanda Peterson, Sydney Battistoni, Clara Giroux and Brooke Reid all scored for Chazy.

In the second game, Chazy looked to keep up that pace, going up 2-0 through the first six minutes of the second period.

But Keweenaw battled back, notching a second-period goal just a minute after Jordynne McDougall put the Flyers up 2-0, and a third-period goal with a little less than eight minutes left.

From there, Emery and Keweenaw goaltender Stephanie King kept both teams off the board for the rest of regulation and then through the first overtime period.

But three-and-a-half minutes into the second overtime, Villemarie handed King and the Storm the loss.

U16 finals

Vermont 4, Potsdam 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A couple of North Country teams went at it a long way from home on Sunday in the Tier II Girls 16U National Hockey Championships, and the Vermont Shamrocks captured the national crown with a 4-1 victory over Potsdam.

The Shamrocks, who ended the season with 18 wins in a row, held a 1-0 lead after one period and a 3-1 advantage after two before closing out the scoring late in the contest. The Shamrocks finished with a 6-0 record in the tournament.

Chazy’s Cailee LaPorte and Morrisonville’s Amy LoTemplio played strong defense for Vermont, which got a solid team effort from everyone.

The Shamrocks needed triple overtime early Sunday morning to record a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in the semifinals.

LaPorte tallied the game-winning goal with 1:58 gone in the third overtime, with LoTemplio getting the assist. The game started at 9:45 p.m. Pacific time and did not end until 12:30 a.m.