MNDP Academy – Vermont Weekend (South Burlington)

November 10, 2021
365, News, Wknd Round Ups
Academy celebrates after a goal
November 6, 2021 The Academy enjoyed a scenic drive to Rice Academy through the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. A 7:00pm start at Cairns Arena. The Nordiques came out flat finding themselves down 2-0 quick. An unlucky bounce off a defender and powerplay marker were the culprits. The resilient group rallied and brought the game back within one. Brad McMains streaked down from the point and found the twine with a nice snapshot low blocker. Rice Prep answered with a goal, which triggered a goalie exchange between starter, Gunnar Stevens, and Braxton Castagno. Braxton was tested early and fast, in which he held his own, until the Nords ran into some penalty trouble. Rice capitalized on their powerplay making the game 4-1. The shift following the goal against was intense and the Nords answered on a broken 2 on 1. McMains slid the puck over to Couper who tucked one underneath the bar making the game 4-2 going in to the second intermission. The Nordiques penalty misfortunes were reversed, and they found themselves on the powerplay early in the third. Some opportunities were not capitalized on throughout the man up situations to which the coaching staff was forced to adjust. The next shift, Henry McRoberts, walked into a wrister from the point making it 4-3. Braxton was tested heavily and stood his ground. Unfortunately, a successful faceoff win and defensive breakdown allowed Rice Prep to increase their lead to 5-3. The Nordiques continued to fight until the end, however, fell short. The score finished at 5-3 in favor of Rice Prep.   November 7, 2021 The Nordiques were seeking redemption on day two of the series with Rice. The Nords came out firing on all cylinders, arguably, playing some of the best hockey they have played all year. The score was 0-0 until late in the first when Rice pulled ahead. The second period start was sloppy for the Nords as Rice increased their lead to 3-0. A swift timeout was called by Coach Joe & Scott to reset the group. Play picked up and the Nords began to play to their identity, supporting pucks, and hunting. The pace they pushed led to Rice Prep finding themselves in the penalty box. A timely powerplay goal by Wyatt Fischer brought the Nords to within 2 going into the second intermission. The third period saw the Nords run into more costly penalties, where Rice Prep made the game 4-1. The theme of penalties continued throughout the third as both teams suffered being down men. Zach Dering, a menace in front of the net on the powerplay, was able to deflect home a point shot from Truman Boettiger. It was both Truman and Henry McRoberts second assists of the day. 4-2. Penalties continued and the Nordiques found themselves short for a majority of the third. They were able to kill off a 5 on 3 and two other short-handed situations. The resilient bunch did not quit, however, ran out of time to fulfill a come from behind victory. 4-2 final score sealed the weekend for the Nordiques as they packed up to head back to Lewiston.