JAY–While the weather outside was frightful, the Falcons were so delightful, firing home eleven goals en route to a 11-0 holiday thrashing of the woeful Burlington Seahorses.
"We had a lot of fun out there tonight," said coach Andrew Roy. "Our upperclassmen played well as did our younger guys, who are finding ways to help out in our offense."
The fun got started right off the bat, errr, uh $200.00 composite stick.
Kody Halikas scored the first of his three first-period goals 1:14 into the game, sniping home a low shot past Stephanie Landry from the slot.
He followed it up with a short-handed goal, wrapping the puck around the net and past the goal line two-minutes after his first tally.
Somewhere in between Halikas' second goal and his first, Logan Fortier, after coming close two times to finding the back of the net, absolutely destroyed Seahorse co-captain Jack Breen with bone crushing hit, that, according to his BHS teammate, knocked the junior out.
When Fortier was released form the box, he promptly went down and scored on a mini-breakaway.
Halikas picked up a loose puck in front of the net and slid home his third of the period, giving the senior a natural hat-trick with 5:04 to go. He would find the back of the net one more time, finishing the night with four goals.
"I was feeling pretty good out there," Halikas said. "We were working hard, and my teammates fed me good passes which ended up in the net."
North Country was not done yet, no sir.
Ross DeLaBruere kept up his torrid scoring pace, walking through the majority of the Seahorses that were on the ice and then went five-hole past Landry.
Then Ross jump-started the highlight reel goal of the night.
DeLaBruere found Ryan O'Donnell, who in turn hit a streaking Fortier in the slot where big number 17 wristed home a high shot to cap off the first period scoring.
Now, to be fair, if Landry had a girls team to play on, she would be considered one of the top goalies in the state in girl's hockey.
The junior made several nice saves in the first, and shut-down the Falcons in the second, but with a lot of inexperienced players on the ice in-front of her, she was hung out to dry a lot of the night.
As I said, Landry played an excellent second period, while Falcon goalie Chase LaCourse played the puck a few times and had a couple of saves.
North Country erupted for five more goals in the third period, including tallies by Travis Tetreault, Devin Tetreault, Ryan Paul and Ben Pecue.
The win moves the Falcons to 3-0 on the season while BHS remains winless at 0-3.
North Country will look to move to 4-0 on the 29th, when they welcome Rice Memorial to the Ice Haus for a 6:00 showdown.