Weekend Wrap-up: Play-off Picture Getting Clearer

BOYS HOCKEYNo. Country 5, Middlebury 1MIDDLEBURY–Five different players tallied for the Falcons on Saturday, as the North Country currently stands tied with CVU in third place in the Metro Division after defeating the Tigers.Ross DeLaBruere, Logan Fortier and Ryan Paul each had a goal and assist for North Country, who move to 14-41 with the win.Kody Halikas and Ryan O'Donnell had the other goals for NCU.Chris Bronson had 17 saves as the Falcons will now head over to South Burlington on Tuesday to face CVU to decide who will earn the number three seed heading into the play-offs. The game will be available by radio, as 1490 WIKE will be at the Cairns Arena covering the contest. Puck Drops at 7:25.GIRLS HOCKEYHarwood 6, No. Country 4WATERBURY–Corrina Cota had two goals for North Country, but it was not enough, as two third period goals by the Highlanders sent the Falcons home with the loss."There were a lot of positives in this game, our scoring came around, multiple players stepped up, but it was one of those games where you couldn't score enough goals," said NCU coach Claude Paul.Cota's two goals, and Emilie Paul's three assists were some of the highlights for NCU in the loss.Taylor Morley and Adrianna Fournier had the other two tally's for the Falcons.Mikaella Doran had thirty saves in defeat."I feel good, we have some room to grow, and we have a good platform to build on," said Paul looking forward.With an extended break before their next game, the Falcons will be able to rest a few players who have some nagging injuries and/or illnesses, as well as work on somethings in practice.NCU wraps up the season with a 14-5-1 record, firmly entrenched in second place in the Lake Division.With multiple teams still having games to play, play-off pairing will be announced later this week.GIRLS BASKETBALLBFA St. Albans 46, No. Country 22ST. ALBANS–The Falcons were 5-45 from two point land and 2-17 from beyond the arc in a tough shooting loss to the 10-7 Comets on Friday."It was like there was Saran Wrap on the the rims," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "We had a lot of good looks, but nothing would fall."Despite the loss, Brown said her team battle hard and showed a lot of heart in the contest.Desiree Coffin led the Falcons with 8 points, and Anna Bingham had 7.Bingham also had the dubious task of guarding BFA's Eva Clarke, which she did quite well.Lauren Larose was held to just 2 points, thanks to the strong defense applied by a trio of Falcons, Morgan Greene, Michaela Stanley and Nicole Therrien.Britni Jewer had her best game from a ball-handling perspective, breaking the Comet press and committing no turn-overs.Now 6-12, North Country will look to wrap up their season on a strong note when they host Burlington this Tuesday on Senior Night. Tip-off is at 6:30.BFA Fairfax 40, Lake Region 29FAIRFAX–Not having all of their horses available hurt the Lady Rangers as they dropped a tough one to BFA Fairfax on Thursday night.Only eight players were in the score book for Lake Region, and although all but one found the bottom of the net, they just did not have the numbers, nor the scoring, to sweep the Bullets this season.Drew Neal's nine was a team-high for 15-3 LRU.The girls will travel to Stowe tonight to take on the Raiders. Tip-off is at 7:00.BOYS BASKETBALLUCA 66, Websterville 42BARRE–The Crusaders got out to an 11-6 lead after one, but it was a big 22 point third quarter that really did the damage, as UCA closed out their regular season with a win against Websterville."It was good to start strong in this game. Going to a large court like the Aud with only 6 players was a challenge, but the guys persevered and worked hard start to finish," said UCA coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Marquel Taylor-Webster had a dominant game inside with 21 points. and 22 boards, and Chris loosened them up with 5 three's. "When we get that, along with guys cutting to the hoop, we typically have success."The boys wrap up the season in third place with a 14-6 record.Now the boys will set their sights on the play-offs, but not before ironing out some items that need attention.Said DeLaBruere, "We need to concentrate on a couple of things in our two practices, and if we can fix them it should be an interesting night of basketball."UCA will play on Wednesday night on the Falcons’ home court at North Country Union High School, and their opponent will be announced this week.Tip-off is at 7:00.