Girls hockey: Amherst 12U captures Brattleboro tourney title

  • The Amherst 12U girls hockey team won the Brattleboro Invitational Green Mountain Hockey Tournament earlier this month. The team is comprised of coaches Patrick Costello, Shawn Parker and Erika Sawyer. Players and hometowns: goalie Olivia Antico (West Springfield), Katrina Burke (Springfield), Kaitlyn Costello (Longmeadow), Kendall Cournoyer (West Springfield), Chloe Fisher (Westfield), Sophia Hernandez (Longmeadow), Natalie LaComb (Westfield), Alyssa Laverty (Westfield), Sophia Mitus (Belchertown), Evie Parker (Chicopee), Zuri Sawyer (Belchertown), Sylvia Tobias (Hampden) and Kristine Weinberg (East Longmeadow). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 1/25/2022 4:22:22 PM
Modified: 1/25/2022 4:21:06 PM

It was a good start to 2022 for the Amherst Hockey Association 12U girls team.

The squad won their age division at the Brattleboro Invitational Green Mountain Hockey Tournament earlier this month, defeating host Brattleboro in the championship game.

Amherst picked up a 2-1 win in the title tilt, with goals coming from Sophia Mitus (Belchertown) and Natalie LaComb (Westfield).

In the semifinals, Amherst edged the Springfield Rifles, 2-1, in what was a rematch of the tournament opener — a 1-1 tie. In that game, Amherst goalie Olivia Antico (West Springfield) stopped a breakaway attempt with 30 seconds remaining to preserve the tie.

Amherst also won a dominant 10-0 victory over the Framingham Lady Flyers leading into the semifinals.

The squad has Greater Springfield League players from a number of associations across Western Mass., including the Amherst Hockey Association, Springfield Jr. Yellow Jackets, Westfield Jr. Bombers, Holy Name and Ludlow.

The Amherst Hockey Association is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that provides a supervised, recreational and competitive hockey program for youths from 3 to 17 years old who live in Amherst, Massachusetts and surrounding towns. They offer programs for all levels of youth skill and competition, including co-ed and girls travel teams, and learn to skate, learn to play, and girls house developmental programs. The Girls Division offers 12U and 10U players a chance to play girls hockey part-time while continuing with their co-ed hometown organizations. Next season they intend to field part-time 12U and 10U teams, as well as full-time teams at the 14U and 16U levels who will play in the Connecticut Girls Hockey League.

For information on the program please contact AmherstHockeyRegistrar@gmail.com or visit amhersthockey.org.


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