Press-Republican

September 22, 2013

Lions, Warriors share North Country Tournament title

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Press-Republican

---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Austin Morris and Hugh Harwood each tallied goals as Elizabethtown-Lewis defeated Keene 2-0 to capture a share of the North Country Tournament title with Willsboro.

The tournament was based on a points system.

After a scoreless first half, Morris got through the defense and buried a shot with 17 minutes gone to give the Lions (4-2) a 1-0 lead.

Hugh Harwood, with just 4:26 left in regulation, delivered a shot that Keene goalie Max Rossi made the initial save on. But Harwood followed his shot and gave Elizabethtown-Lewis an insurance goal.

“I thought Keene’s defense played great,” Lions coach Paul Buehler said. “We took a lot of shots on frame and (Rossi) had really good positioning for the saves. He made a few acrobatic saves.”

Rossi made 16 saves in suffering the loss for the Beavers. Justin Haverlick and Gabe Warner were also standouts for Keene.

Justin Lapier turned away three shots for the shutout victory. Trevor Brooks and Geeg Dedam, playing new positions, each played a strong game for Elizabethtown-Lewis.

Elizabethtown-Lewis 2, Keene 0

Keene 0 0 — 0

Elizabethtown-Lewis 0 2 — 2

Second half- 1, EL, Morris, 17:00. 2, EL, Harwood, 35:34.

Shots: Elizabethtown-Lewis 36, Keene 4.

Saves: Lapier, EL, 3. Rossi, K, 16.

WILLSBORO 8CROWN POINT 0

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Warriors erupted for eight goals to defeat the Panthers in the second part of the North Country Tournament and captured a share of the championship with Elizabethtown-Lewis.

Seth Swires had a part in six of the eight goals scored. He finished with three goals and three assists.

Nick Arnold added a goal and three assists. Jesse Hearn finished with two goals, while Jake Hubbard and Jarrid McVicker each tallied two.

“Willsboro had a tough week with two overtime losses, so it was nice to get a great first half from the team,” Warriors coach Andrew Lee said. “They came out ready to play and put the two overtime losses behind them.

“We were able to finish our early scoring opportunities (Saturday), which really helped the team relax.”

Lucas Cross made six saves for Willsboro for the shutout. Brendan Crowningshield stopped nine shots for Crown Point.

Willsboro 8, Crown Point 0

Crown Point 0 0 — 0

Willsboro 5 3 — 8

First half- 1, W, Hubbard, 9:43. 2, W, Swires (Arnold), 18:57. 3, W, Swires (Arnold), 26:54. 4, W, Swires, 28:52. 5, W, Hearn (Swires), 33:03.

Second half- 6, W, Hearn (Arnold), 5:00. 7, W, Arnold (Swires), 12:07. 8, W, McVicker (Swires), 33:41.

Shots: Willsboro 19, Crown Point 9.

Saves: Cross, W, 6. Crowningshield, CP, 9.

NSLPERU 3, SARANAC 2

PERU — The Chiefs’ Austin Myers broke a scoreless tie to start the second half, but three unanswered goals by Ethan Brown gave the Indians the victory.

Myers found the back of the net with 3:53 gone in the second half to give Saranac a 1-0 lead.

Brown then scored three straight goals for Peru. Peter Daly, Jacob Dick and Kainan Provost supplied the assists.

“I thought our boys played an unselfish, team-based game passing the ball,” Peru coach Matt Armstrong said. “Saranac did a good job defending our attacks deep in their zone, led by midfielder Aaron Cross.”

After the Indians took a 3-1 lead, Myers scored again with six minutes remaining to bring the Chiefs within one. Brian Menia collected the assist.

Guy Loveless secured the win in net with four saves. Jarrett Wright made six saves in the loss.

Peru 3, Saranac 2

Saranac 0 2 — 2

Peru 0 3 — 3

Second half- 1, Sar, Myers, 3:53. 2, P, Brown (Daly), 4:55. 3, P, Brown (Ja. Dick), 7:53. 4, Brown (Provost), 33:15. 5, Sar, Myers (Menia), 34:00.

Shots: Peru 14, Saranac 6.

Saves: Loveless, P, 4. Wright, Sar, 6.