Milton ties Brattleboro, beats North Country

SOUTH BURLINGTON — In a game featuring 15 penalties – nine of them coming in the third period or overtime – Brattleboro rallied for a 2-2 draw last Saturday to keep Milton at the .500 mark in Division II boys hockey.

The Colonels took four penalties in the final 7:14 of regulation time, including a misconduct call that went along with matching penalties assessed with just 14 seconds left in the third period.

The Yellowjackets made it through the first 40-plus minutes with just one call, but in the final 3:16 of the third period picked up three penalties with another seven seconds into overtime.

Brattleboro (3-10-2) opened the scoring 6:25 into the contest on Mason Powers’ unassisted goal. Milton (6-6-3) evened it up at 2:04 of the second period, with Brendan Green scoring from Patrick Shannon. Cole Gaudette put the Yellowjackets in front seven minutes later, with an assist from Noah Perry at 9:18.

Cam Pelkey tied it at two with just under 10 minutes remaining, off an assist from Nathan Powers at 5:19 of the third period.

Milton held a big edge in shots on goal, 29-16, and had all kinds of scoring chances in the second period. In addition to their two goals, the Yellowjackets fired 13 more shots at Brattleboro goaltender Sam Griffith (27 saves) in the frame while the Colonels put just one on net in the second.

Lucas Tourville started in goal for Milton and made six saves. Jackson Ehler came on late in the first period and stopped eight shots the rest of the way.

On February 8 at Jay Peak, Yellowjacket co-captain Liam Fersing added a goal to a hat trick’s worth of assists, playing a part in all of Milton’s goals in a 4-2 victory over North Country.

Milton’s win ended a seven-game winning streak for the Falcons (8-3), who had not lost since December 21 and fell to second place in the Division II standings. Milton improved to 6-6-2.

Milton charged to a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals from Brendan Green, Andrew McQuinn and Patrick Shannon in the span of just over four minutes.

Green opened the scoring from Fersing at 9:52, McQuinn made it 2-0 from Fersing at 12:34 and with 13:55 gone, Shannon completed the burst of goals off Fersing’s third assist of the night.

Brady Perron got North Country on the scoreboard with 45 seconds left to make it 3-1 heading into the first break.

Shannon earned an assist with 3:08 left in the middle frame, setting up Fersing for a 4-1 Milton advantage.

North Country finished the scoring with 39 seconds left in the game on a goal by Tyler Smith, assisted by Patrick Gaudreau and Michell Gonyaw.

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